A wide range of packaging has just gone green. Smart Planet Technologies of Irvine, CA has released a number of green solutions for packaging, displays and signage. Smart Planet's products are designed to conserve natural resources and provide high-quality environmental alternatives to a number of rigid, flexible and corrugated packaging and signage applications. Here are some of Smart Planet's patent-pending products:
EarthBoard: a composite boxboard created for use in folding cartons and boxes. Smart Planet says the EarthBoard composite technology upgrades the print surface of recycled fiberboards for use in premium carton applications that previously required virgin fiberboard made from trees.
StoneFlex: a composite solution designed to reduce the use of plastics in pouches, sacks and other flexible applications.
EarthLiner: designed to be an eco-friendly solution for barrier linings in corrugated packaging.
EarthDisplay: water-resistant packaging and signage applications designed to provide a durable solution for temporary point-of-purchase displays and signage projects.
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.