The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to use
renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging for its
Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands.
Sugarcane-derived plastic is unlike traditional plastic,
which is made from non-renewable petroleum. The new material is made in a
process that transforms sugarcane into high-density polyethylene plastic, a
substance commonly used for product packaging. P&G says the substance is
100-percent recyclable in existing municipal recycling facilities.
P&G will source the sugarcane-derived plastic from
Braskem SA, a company that manufactures the material using ethanol made from
sustainably grown Brazilian sugarcane. The pilot will be rolled out globally
over the next two years. The first products are expected to hit the shelves
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.