Ground troops often want to watch for threats from fairly limited areas, but ships at sea need to monitor huge expanses for long periods. The U.S. Naval Research Lab. is exploring ways to continuously monitor large spaces at fairly low costs. Goodrich Corp. has been given a contract to provide CA-247 wide-area airborne persistent surveillance sensors that help monitor oceans or provide situational awareness to ground troops in urban environments. The CA-247 sensor's infrared optics are stabilized for image clarity, also offering software that helps human observers pinpoint potential threats.
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.