When it comes to hydraulic equipment, noise apparently does matter—enough so that many design engineers would be willing to pay extra to reduce sound levels. In a recent Design News survey, 74% of the respondents say that they are willing to shell out dough to delete decibels their hydraulic applications. Most important? Those environments that involve people working around hydraulics for a significant amount of time. OSHA's workplace requirement is 70 dBA.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.