When it comes to watering large or remote areas, setting up an automatic irrigation system can be a big headache. A combination of digital and analog technologies are being used to simplify that task. Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface. In places like rural properties, construction sites and municipal parks where electric power may be hard to access, the system provides automatic irrigation without worrying about changing batteries more than once a year. A key factor in reducing power consumption is Microchip Technology’s MCP1702 Low Dropout Regulator, which regulates the controllers voltage from a 9V battery down to a lower supply voltage.
Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface.
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.