Electrical

Duke University researchers chose arbitrary frequency responses for their machine learning system to find metamaterials to create (circles). The resulting solutions (blue) fit well with both the desired frequency responses and those simulated by commercial software (grey). Courtesy: Duke University
Electrical September 29, 2019

Machine learning model finds metamaterial designs for energy harvesting

Duke University electrical engineers are using machine learning to design dielectric metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation, which could create new, sustainable types of thermal energy harvesters and lighting.

By Ken Kingery
Hybridization can help companies control and reduce energy expenditures. Courtesy: Danfoss/Control Engineering Europe
Electrical September 9, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 2-8

Articles about hybridization benefits, control system connectivity, arc flash hazards, VFDs in injection molding, and IIoT baby steps were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Each component in an industrial control panel must be properly applied for safe and reliable operation. The requirements for each component are unique and often misunderstood. Courtesy: Eaton’s Bussmann Division
Switchgear September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Power Systems October 9, 2019

Workforce development, batteries

The October issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on workforce development through universities and colleges and battery safety.

By Jack Smith
While traditional maintenance teams completed manual routes, organizations that capitalize on modern technologies can stream asset data to the cloud. By eliminating manual measurements, personnel can attend to needed repairs and the ever-expanding backlog of work orders. Courtesy: Fluke Corp.
Arc Flash September 4, 2019

Evolution of modern manufacturing: more data

Automation future: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 are widely known concepts, have not been widely adopted. On the way, physical device data connectivity can increase information flow to add efficiency, eliminate errors and increase uptime

By John Bernet
Courtesy: CFE Media
Power Quality October 11, 2019

Energy management’s strategic role shifting for manufacturers

Reliable energy efficiency policies are being given a new lease on life by the introduction of better technology solutions.

By Vincent de Rul