Engineers looking to embed secure WiFi networking capabilities into their devices can get a turnkey solution — from a programmable, dedicated co-processor to a full TCP/IP stack and Windows development software — with MatchPort b/g Pro/MPP3002000G-01 from Lantronix Inc. MatchPort b/g Pro manages wireless connectivity and Web services, allowing engineers to network-enable devices like medical equipment or access command panels, for example, simply by embedding the co-processor into their designs. Because the package is turnkey, engineers don't need extensive knowledge in wireless device drivers, configuration or wireless chip sets, allowing them to spend more time on their core competencies while minimizing engineering risk and increasing time to market.
Have a need to showcase large assembly CAD models or simulations to a group and don't want to invest in costly plasma or LED displays? AccelerOptics LLC's XLV-100 digital display is engineered to deliver plasma-like performance in brightly lit public spaces using front projection technology. The 100-inch digital display weighs in at 65 lb, making it more lightweight than most 100-inch plasma displays, which are closer to 500 lb. The multi-patented, micro-structured surface rejects ambient light (reducing glare) while capturing and redistributing the projected light to a defined viewing area in order to create a digital image with superior contrast, officials say.
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.