Rich, the continuing education program is a great service provided by design news. Even for experienced practitioners it is useful in that it is useful to see up to date information on a topic. The breadth of the topics is also very useful. Keep it up.
Agreed, Naperlou. It's a great service. I've been amazed how many people attend the sessions from all over the world. They tend to get the buzz going by logging onto the site 30 minutes before class. I believe I've seen every continent represented among our attendees.
Hopefully this is something Design News can continue to expand into other topic areas. We all know it's important to re-invent ourselves by keeping up with the latest technologies. Depending on your job, that can be more difficult. These types of course are great opportunities.
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.