Raw To Ready: Mack Truck
Airs Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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.
Episodes include "Komatsu" (October 16), "Bentley" (October 23), "Mack Truck" (October 30), and "Bombardier" (November 6).
"Mack Truck" - The highway truck — a modern workhorse, a heavy hauler vital to commerce — carries an 80,000-pound payload and must operate in every condition from sub-zero cold to triple-digit heat. To survive, it must be strong, durable and fuel-efficient, like the Mack Pinnacle, an engineering achievement made possible by platinum, petroleum, copper, manganese and polyurethane.