This is one of those designs where you don't appreciate all of the engineering hurdles until you hear about the details. With the technology changing as fast as the machine is being built I'm sure there were many occasions where the original design was scrubbed to take advantage emerging technology. It never occurred to me that an LED sign may draw more current than the building is capable of providing.
One last takeaway, I didn't realize that the dot pitch changed through different parts of the sign. It's one of those very simple ideas that solves many problems at once.
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.