Coronavirus, COVID-19

Courtesy: Formlabs/West Virginia University
PPE June 3, 2020

University working with 3D-printing developer to produce swabs for COVID-19 testing

The Innovation Hub at West Virginia University is working with a Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company to produce medical swabs for COVID-19 testing.

By Jake Stump
Courtesy: Keagan Gay, CFE Media and Technology
Cybersecurity June 3, 2020

Protecting worker safety, security after COVID-19 pandemic

Expectations for workers are changing due to the pandemic. Even after they return to work, it's going to be different, and companies need to adjust to this and ensure their workers are cyber-secure.

By Gregory Hale
Courtesy: Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, www.controleng.com 
Power Quality June 3, 2020

COVID-19 emergency support for safety circuits, VFDs, vision, PLC power quality, SCADA

System integrators can provide emergency support for automation troubleshooting to shorten or prevent downtime, improve quality and save money as manufacturing restarts or continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering June 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises slightly in May from April

The purchasing manufacturers' index rose to 43.1% in May, but the general mood remains cautious and uncertain as COVID-19 continues to cause havoc on global supply chains.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Panduit
Electrical June 1, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2020

Articles about prevention through design, COVID-19 safety standards, electrical safety programs, safer ventilator sharing and high-tech warehouses were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Cincinnati Incorporated/Steve Rourke, CFE Media and Technology
Safety May 31, 2020

Staying safe in the “new normal” of COVID-19

As companies and manufacturers start to re-open in the near future, health and safety is a top priority.

By Gregory Hale
HMI, OI May 30, 2020

Upgrading HMIs and change management

The June issue of AppliedAutomation looks at high-performance HMIs (HP-HMIs) and remote monitoring in the age of COVID-19.

By Jack Smith
A team from Northwestern Engineering has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator (Vortran Go2Vent) into a device better suited for COVID-19 patients. Courtesy: Northwestern University
PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers adapt emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Engineers at Northwestern University has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better-suited for COVID-19 patients.

By Amanda Morris
Engineers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have come up with a new approach to sharing ventilators between patients, which they believe could be used as a last resort to treat Covid-19 patients in acute respiratory distress. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Safety May 27, 2020

Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic

MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

By Anne Trafton
What started as a simple ask from Lake Regional Hospital for 150 face shields quickly snowballed into additional requests from first responders, dentist offices and even U.S. troops serving overseas in Afghanistan. Courtesy: University of Missouri
PPE May 27, 2020

Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19

High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

By Brian Consiglio