Coronavirus, COVID-19

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
Courtesy of: RIA
Automation June 23, 2020

COVID-19 survey results show impact on automation industry

How the global coronavirus pandemic has effected manufacturing, onshoring, new developments, and more

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Courtesy: CannonDesign
Business of Engineering June 22, 2020

Four lessons to take from working at home to improve the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things for people who worked at home, but there are some valuable lessons to take from this unique experience that can make the work environment a better one.

By Ken Crabiel and Michelle Rotherham
Courtesy: Phoenix Automation
Business of Engineering June 22, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 15-21, 2020

Articles about COVID-19 business impacts and upgrades, ferrography fundamentals, planning an energy assessment and the Product of the Year winners were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 15-21, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Northwestern researchers have developed a device that monitors early signs, disease progression and response to treatment to COVID-19. Courtesy: Northwestern University
Sensors, Vision June 21, 2020

Wearable COVID-19 sensor receives research grant

A Northwestern research team received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue developing a novel wearable device and set of algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and monitor progression of COVID-19.

By Amanda Morris
A project to develop smart faces masks to assess proper fit and monitor health has received an NSF RAPID grant. Courtesy: Northwestern University
PPE June 18, 2020

Smart COVID-19 PPE mask project receives research grant

Northwestern Engineering researchers received a $200,000 grant from the NSF to develop smart personal protective equipment (PPE) masks embedded with battery-free sensors to assess health for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Amanda Morris
The U.S. gets close to a trillion dollars of products annually from Asian countries, and most are shipped by sea, which requires a four-to-six-week lead time. Here, containers are stacked at a Georgia Ports Authority facility in Savannah. Courtesy: Stephen B. Morton/Georgia Institute of Technology
Business of Engineering June 17, 2020

Four challenges and four recommendations for manufacturing in the COVID-19 pandemic

As the economy grows after the COVID-19 pandemic slowdown, manufacturers face challenges and opportunities including industrial disaster recovery, manufacturing supply chains, manufacturer staffing, transparency, and manufacturing investments.

By Jerry Grillo
Courtesy: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Business of Engineering June 16, 2020

Research institute releases survey findings of COVID-19 business impact

The ACEC Research Institute released its report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected manufacturing companies and what the future looks like for the industry.

By American Council of Engineering Companies
Courtesy: Phoenix Automation
Automation June 15, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 8-14, 2020

Articles about plant upgrades, robotic compliance, Product of the Year, automation design software and remote operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 8-14, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra