Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Business of Engineering July 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises in June as industry rebounds

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) registered at 52.6% in June, which is up almost 10% from May's reading of 43.1%, as the industry rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and look to pick up where they left off.

By Chris Vavra
Some health care professionals are experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators. Courtesy: David Staack, Texas A&M University
PPE June 30, 2020

Researchers develop method to recycle PPE using radiation

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method to make PPE masks reusable by sending them through an electron beam facility to get rid of contaminants.

By Laura Simmons
The approach uses a custom UV-C light fixture designed at CSAIL that is integrated with Ava Robotics’ mobile robot base. Courtesy: Alyssa Pierson, CSAIL
Robotics June 29, 2020

Robotic system developed to neutralize aerosolized forms of COVID-19

Researchers MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) collaborated with Ava Robotics and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to design a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of COVID-19.

By Rachel Gordon
If a hazard occurs and the control system can’t achieve the required risk reduction on its own, a safety instrumented function (SIF) is implemented to reduce the hazardous risk to an acceptable level. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Safety June 29, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 22-28, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, N95 mask research, process control and safety systems, high-performance HMIs and COVID-19 business impacts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 22-28, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Business of Engineering June 26, 2020

Manufacturers need to rethink global supply chain, production

A study from the University of Birmingham says manufacturers need to redesign and reform their supply chains or global production networks (GPN) if they want to prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control Engineering Europe
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Process Safety June 26, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on wastewater treatment facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on wastewater treatment facilities from many perspectives including maintenance, operations and safety.

By Patrick Radabaugh
Gears and Bearings June 25, 2020

Executive Brand Video Series—Learn How Thought Leaders at Motion Industries are Responding to COVID-19

Randy Breaux, President, Motion Industries, discusses how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Randy Breaux
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Robotics June 24, 2020

Building resilience with robotics

Will the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate the speed adoption of robotic and automation across the industrial sector? There are many factors at play.

By Suzanne Gill
A Purdue University team has come up with an approach to extend the shelf life for an N95 PPE mask being used by health care and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
PPE June 23, 2020

Researchers develop approach to make N95 masks last longer

A Purdue University research team is working on extending the shelf life for an N95 mask, a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), by making the elastic band last longer.

By Chris Adam
Smart watch study expands by providing devices designed to detect COVID-19. Courtesy: Duke University
Mobility June 23, 2020

Smart watch study expands to identify COVID-19 symptoms

Researchers at Duke University are helping establish a more comprehensive method of early-symptom detection. Data collection, analysis, and alarms parallel industrial human-machine interface (HMI) mobile software applications.

By Duke University