So how about an engine that sings? French technicians have programmed the controller for an Asiatech 10-cylinder, 750-hp Formula 1 engine (based on a Peugeot design), to run through various rpm/note ranges in the correct sequence to play a rousing sequence of musical notes. With five combustions per revolution at a frequency per second of 12/rpm [60/(5 x rpm)], the engine can produce revs for a particular note by multiplying the note's frequency by 12. For example, a 440 Hz A note needs 5,280 rpm and a C needs 3,139 rpm. For a demonstration of "When the Saints Come Marching In," go to http://astro.temple.edu/~kmr/Chauffe2.mp3.
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.