Carpenter Technology Corporation has enhanced its online technical information database. The enhancement includes an improved interface and improved search functions. Launched in November 2000, the database allows users to search for and compare data on hundreds of Carpenter's specialty alloys. To date, more than 27,000 users have registered for the free database. With the upgrade, they will be able to edit and save searches, save personal lists of the alloys they use, sort data easily, view information on new alloys, and e-mail datasheets.
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.