Motorola (www.motorola.com) is making advances in its carbon nanotechnology research. The technology (termed "nano emissive display" or NED) enables manufacturers to create large flat- panel displays that exceed the image quality characteristics of plasma and LCD screens at a reduced cost. It's feasible that NED could contribute to a wall-mounted television with a 50-inch or larger diagonal, but remain just 1 inch in depth. NED utilizes carbon atom nanotubes, less than one nanometer in diameter.
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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