Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020

Articles about food manufacturing safety during coronavirus, how coronavirus is affecting manufacturers, and metal batteries were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 30, 2020

The top 5 most read articles online, from March 23-29, 2020, for Plant Engineering covered food manufacturing safety during coronavirus, how coronavirus is affecting manufacturers, and metal batteries. Links to each article below.

1. Website created to help food manufacturers stay safe during coronavirus pandemic

Cornell’s Institute for Food Safety has created a website to help keep the food processing industry safe during the coronavirus pandemic and provide useful and accurate information.

2. Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

3. Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

4. Manufacturer receives operations waiver during coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania

Flexicon has been granted a waiver by the State of Pennsylvania to continue operating during the COVID-19 outbreak due to its role in the supply chain for life-sustaining businesses.

5. Metal battery using Potassium could be alternative to Lithium-ion

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a metal battery that relies on potassium instead of Lithium-ion, which could create more energy efficient batteries for consumers.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Mar. 23-29, 2020, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.