DesignSuite is an Internet-based library database of 3D models and detailed specifications of more than 100,000 mechanical components that engineers can use in product design. The first product to be developed by InPart Inc., DesignSuite reportedly lets engineers find component data and download a 3D model of gears, motors, and other parts to their own CAD systems. InPart says such a capability has never been available before. Parker Hannifin, Aeroquip, The Torrington Company, and Thomson Industries are among manufacturers whose products are included. InPart: Product Code 4264
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.