A new computed tomography (CT) scanner from Imatron Inc. could eliminate 20 to 40 % of the 2 million angiograms performed annually in the U.S. It uses electron beam technology (EBT) that is based on a scanning electron beam that scans at speeds of once every 50 to 100 milliseconds. Unlike angiograms, EBT is non-invasive. It allows doctors to see coronary arteries without the unpleasant procedure of inserting a tube into the patient's artery. "The EBT scanner provides a very focused image," says Ray Rand, an Imatron physicist. Other possible applications for EBT include scanning luggage for bomb detection at airports. Contact Rand at (650) 583-9964.
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.