Great round-up, Alex. It's nice to know what is going on out there in the tech world. I have to say, whether you are a techie or not, and no matter your age, paper is important. I, at times, prefer it over the Web. There's nothing like the smell of fresh newsprint or even just curling up on the couch with a new magazine that just came in the mail. What do you think readers? - print or online; a trip to the library or an e-reader? Let the debate begin!
Good idea, Alex. It's hard to keep up with emerging trends in automation and control by just going story to story. A one-stop is truly needed.
You're right about that worm scaring engineers. Plants are vulnerable. Deploying plant-wide networks has created openings. IT has tried to wrap security around these networks, b.ut the plant is not an office. You can't shut the plant down each night to install upgrades.
Excellent idea to have a weekly wrapup. I especially enjoyed the variety of topics - with particular emphasis (from my perspective) on the hiring plans. Also thought the comment about the increasing emphasis on security. Lots of talk and finally some action.
In terms of the hiring front, this whole trend that puts interdisciplinary engineering back in the spotlight has the potential for some serious jobs creation. More and more companies are going to need these skills in order to take their products to the next level. Definitively a career opportunity for those who keep their skills in step.
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.