Keller Products Inc., a supplier of extruded plastic profiles, has developed a family of polymers that glows brightly in the dark, providing light for more than eight hours. These KelBrite plastics can be formulated for flexible or rigid profiles. And they can be co-extruded with other plastics or supplied with adhesive or hook-and-eye backings. Available in green and blue, KelBrite is activated by either artificial light or sunlight. Applications include lifesaving devices, camping and hiking equipment, toys, home assistance products, clothing and footwear, safety devices, and military applications. For more info about Keller Products Inc., visit www.kellerproducts.com.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.