The two-day Product Lifecycle Management Roadmap 2003, sponsored by research and consulting firm D.H. Brown, Inc., is scheduled for October 28 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI. The conference will highlight PLM strategies in use by several auto manufacturers, including Ford's C3P program designed to streamline use of engineering software. Among the keynote speakers: Christopher Couch, Toyota North America's manager of operations strategy; John Waraniak, D.H. Brown's director of Automotive and Aerospace Advisory Board; and Lorie Buckingham, VP and Chief Information Officer of Visteon Corp. For more info, visit www.dhbrown.com/events/plm2003.cfm.
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.