Siemens VDO Automotive (www.usa.siemensvdo.com) has recently presented findings of contact sensing technologies for active pedestrian protection systems. According to new European legislation, carmakers must pass a series of tests on frontal impact between a vehicle and a pedestrian. Siemens has investigated the use of contact sensing technologies in profile detection, deformation velocity, contact surface and signal evaluation, force sensing resistors, inductive contact sensors, and sensor prototypes in the bumper area.
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.