As a mountain bike rider I can appreciate the addition of multiple plastic bushings and punishment of trail riding. From this video, it looks like they are in critical suspension area and allow for easy wash down. Rubberized components can abrade more easily and don't like being hosed off with water at the end of the ride.
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.