It will always be a shorter path to code functionality than to explain why the code is doing what it is doing. Relying on the code to document itself is pernicious. If you get into the habit of believing that your code documents itself you don't keep in mind how not everyone will understand, months from now, why exactly your code is doing what it plainly says it is doing. Comments explain why, even when functionality itself does not require the explanation.
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.