Ep.50 [High technology meets food wastes / ‘Cobot,' a key to smart factory / Korea’s latest plastic surgery ]
World Ch. Schedule : FRI 08:30 KST
Date : 2019-05-17
From wet food wastes before cooking to leftovers! A tremendous amount of food wastes are generated everyday. This leads to a question on how to address environmental pollution and high processing cost. Against this backdrop, technologies are being developed to recycle food wastes to be used for various purposes. In some residential complex, people directly put food wastes down the kitchen sink, which are then fertilized in the basement facility. As a result, there is no need to burn food wastes or bury them underground. Instead, fertilizers made from food wastes are used to help grow vegetable in a city. Meanwhile, as a lot of people enjoy coffee, 98% of coffee grounds are scrapped as food wastes. Increasing number of companies jump into the industry to make them into various products for sales. They can become charcoal to be used as fuel or turn into products such as deodorizers or air purifier filters. In addition, a technology to transform tens of thousands of tons of oyster shells taken away as wastes into eco-friendly paint or sidewalk blocks is under development. We introduce food waste-related technologies, which allow food wastes to be used as something valuable once again.
Robots collaborating with humans are garnering attention! It is because they serve as one of the core technologies to be applied in smart factory along with increased productivity and efficiency. In Korea, a lot of research is going on Cobot which assists workers in many ways and it is focused on giving the agility to automate batch runs which require precision.
Moreover, research is going on to develop robots whose fingers can move like humans and arms can have improved sensitivity. Against this drop, increasing number of companies are introducing cobots into their shop-floors. While robots process simple repetitive tasks, operators conduct quality inspection. In other words, robots are working with humans as one team in the manufacturing site. Furthermore, enhanced safety of cobots is another reason why they gain a lot of attention. When they collide operators, they detect humans and immediately stop operation. Furthermore, cobots in a smart factory can identify the circumstances and collaborate with other robots based on 5G wireless connectivity. We look into cobots, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated.
South Korea is widely known for its plastic surgery technology, making up a quarter of the global market. With less touch upon the face to emphasize the unique beauty that the patients have, Look at Me Plastic Surgery is making South Korea the central hub for lastic surgery by attracting patients from home and abroad. Along with the perfect hygiene management in the surgery room, the clinic is equipped with its devices including 3D CT to assess patients’ conditions accurately before and after surgery. As a result, patients are provided even safer and better quality surgery. In addition, facial contouring surgery, which is the main treatment of the clinic is much more effective in terms of recovery since surgery is done without fixed screws. Furthermore, PRP dermal regeneration is a surgery of injectingplatelet extracts deep into dermis extracted from patient’s blood by using high performance centrifuge. It is a popular treatment since it addresses general skin problems including skin regeneration. We look into South Korea’s plastic surgery services, which is expected to serve as a growth engine to raise the standards of global medical services in the future not only by responding to patients' needs with customized services but also with high medical technologies.