DeltaTrak (Pleasanton, CA, US) will feature the FlashTrak Telematics Out-Time Solution, an RF wireless system that electronically tracks and records the amount of time carbon fiber prepreg and other time- and temperature-sensitive (TATS) materials are kept outside of cold storage areas. The most significant feature of this system is its ability to automatically calculate remaining shelf life of the materials and alert users of pending end-of-life. Users can track the data on DeltaTrak's secure cloud-based service, ColdTrak Data Central. Visibility of product conditions is available 24/7, and alerts can be sent to personnel when remaining shelf life is at user-defined low levels, in order to better manage inventory. The data is also archived for analysis, audits and to comply with regulatory guidelines.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.