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Raw To Ready: Komatsu (New Series Premiere)

Airs Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Engine fan blades waiting to be assembled to engine.

Explore the science, innovation and sheer genius it takes to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines in the four-part series RAW TO READY. From aircraft to big rigs to earth movers, venture deep inside factories and witness the hard work and craftsmanship necessary to build these incredible machines. Uncover the hidden stories of human ingenuity that have transformed the earth’s most essential raw materials into monumental marvels of modern technology. Natural resources, critical moments in time and human ingenuity forge the world’s most awe-inspiring machines.

Courtesy of Hoff Productions

Strut housing for truck waiting to be assembled.

Episodes include "Komatsu" (October 16), "Bentley" (October 23), "Mack Truck" (October 30), and "Bombardier" (November 6).

"Komatsu" - To extract precious metals found beneath the earth requires a massive 232-ton, two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons — a giant earth-mover like the Komatsu 930E.

This amazing engineering achievement is made possible by five essential raw ingredients: coal, chromium, mineral oil, latex rubber and sulphuric acid, an electron superhighway that generates massive power.

Enjoy "Exploration Wednesdays" including new season of NATURE, NOVA Making Stuff…, and RAW To Ready, on KPBS-TV beginning at 8 p.m. October 16-Novemeber 6, 2013.

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Explore the science, innovation and sheer genius it takes to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines.

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Exploration Wednesdays on PBS

Above: Enjoy "Exploration Wednesdays" including new season of NATURE, NOVA Making Stuff…, and RAW To Ready, on KPBS-TV beginning at 8 p.m. October 16-Novemeber 27, 2013.

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