Anyone can drop a roast or spare ribs into a commercial meat
smoker, but Peter Rauch decided to create an electronically controlled smoker
that uses a programmable controller, touch-screen human-machine interface, and
a network connection. Not only will this high-tech smoker control its
temperature, it also monitors meat temperature and can hold it at that
temperature until you're ready for a feast. The design includes a Web server
for remote control and text-message alarms. As they say in German,
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.