Zarlink Semiconductor has manufactured a chip for Pricer AB designed to aid its Electronic Shelf Labeling (ESL) system. This system lets retailers easily change the price of an item by transmitting the information to a central pricing controller via Zarlink's ultra low-powered wireless device and then letting cash registers and electronic labels know of the price change. A Pricer ESL system can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of electronic shelf labels, each carrying a Zarlink ultra low-power wireless SoC (system-on-chip). For more info go to www.zarlink.com.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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