Energy Management

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
Energy Management 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
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Energy Management August 12, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 5-11

Articles about managing an engineering career, burner management, lubrication and bearings, collaborative robot benefits, and lubrication aesthetics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Webcasts Electrical Systems May 15, 2019

Rental Units: The Solution to Planned and Unplanned Outages

To give you the needed resources to stay ahead, Trane experts will explain the benefits of rental services and three scenarios when rental services may be necessary.

Sustainability November 18, 2019

Synthetic compounds could help produce more energy from biogas

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that synthetic compounds, called siloxanes, could be harnessed to produce more energy for industries such as wastewater treatment plants and other energy-dependent industries.

By James Lynch
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Lighting November 8, 2018

2018 Product of the Year Finalists

Get connected to manufacturing's future: The official ballot is open for voting for Plant Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 11, 2019.)

By CFE Media
Figure 4: AutomationDirect’s C-more HMI mobile app works securely when used in conjunction with the secure StrideLinx VPN router. It’s also available for Google Android. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Remote Monitoring September 20, 2019

Selecting HMI remote access options

Two leading methods exist for establishing mobile human-machine interface (HMI) connectivity; one providing more cybersecurity. See table comparison of remote access HMI connections.

By Jonathan Griffith
Figure 6: “The architecture of the RCS allows you to achieve very high safety and reliability,” said Dr. Angela Summers. “And by designing it into the manifold, you also can eliminate many sources of maintenance errors, which further improves the reliability of your installation.” Courtesy: Emerson
Oil and Gas November 15, 2019

Double up on solenoid safety

Adding two solenoid valves to a safety instrumented system keeps equipment, facility and personnel safe and the system online.

By Joseph D. McHugh II