Microsoft is taking its software into green territory. The company recently signed an agreement with Yello Strom, a Cologne, Germany-based electricity supplier, to help people better understand how their electricity is being used in their homes. The program shows how much electricity is being used by individual appliances such as the refrigerator, microwave and home entertainment system.
Microsoft also partnered with Fiat Group Automobiles to develop ecoDrive, a program to improve environmentally friendly driving. The tool analyzes a motorists’ driving style and recommends a greener way to drive. Microsoft is also sharing best practices for data centers with the goal of helping companies learn energy-savings tactics from each other.
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.