High energy prices and energy consumption concerns have taken the fun out of freight services. To alleviate some of the gloom, Lean Logistics of Holland, MI has introduced GreenLanes, a transportation and freight optimization
program designed to improve sustainability and reduce empty miles for
shippers and carriers across the U.S. GreenLanes is a
software-as-a-service application that lets freight managers determine
opportunities for round trips, continuous moves and fractional
dedicated truckload. The goal is to reduce empty miles, now at 15 to 20
percent, to 3 to 5 percent.
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.