Ford Motor Co.'s accelerated electric vehicle strategy will begin bearing fruit next year with the introduction of the battery electric Transit Connect BEV commercial van. Altering the popular European truck for fully electric operation required many close partnerships. Azure Dynamics is providing its proprietary Force Drive battery electric drivetrain, which was tapped in part because of its high power per kilowatt-hour ratings. Azure already provides power trains for some of Ford's hybrid vehicles. Batteries come from the Johnson Controls-Saft collaboration.
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.