Detroit-In a setback to use of so-called zero-emission vehicles, early March found General Motors recalling its 1997 Generation I EV1 electric cars and 1997-98 S-10 Electric Trucks. The company says the vehicles were produced with a charge port that may fail during charging. If this occurs, heat could build up within the port and a fire result. GM's advanced technology group says that although the small part can be replaced in the pickups, the more complex EV1 installation precludes repair. The notice said the company would assist in termination of the lease, and "discuss your immediate transportation needs."
Generation II, 1999 EV1s were not involved "due to their uniquely different charge-port design." The company says electric vehicles are still very important to GM.
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.