Encore Tire Recovery of Livonia, MI, debuted a mobile tire-shredding vehicle that has the capacity to shred tires at the rate of 500 tires per hour. Vehicle tires present one of the thornier problems in recycling. The U.S. alone has already produced 280 million scrap tires and they’re not easy to recycle. When buried in landfill, they work their way to the surface. They’re also a fire hazard. Many states have enacted laws requiring tire retailers to ensure proper disposal of used tires. Once shredded, tires can be used as playground and landscaping mulch, asphalt and athletic track surfaces.
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.