@Don H: The issue of trusting a coder is not just a reuse issue. You have to trust the coders that work on the other modules of your system. But I think what you are getting at is having two people trying to write the same reusable module when both may have different ideas and opinions on what direction to take it. And it is especially complicated with colleagues on another continent. I would suggest that one person be the owner of the code. The other person may make changes, but the one person should look at the changes to approve them or make necessary changes as needed.
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.