Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Motors, Drives September 14, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 7-13, 2020

Articles about 3-phase squirrel cage motors, effects of low energy prices, virtual commissioning, global manufacturing outlook and grab sampling systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 7-13, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management September 11, 2020

Top 10 considerations for virtual QMS audit success

Manufacturing can’t wait; consider these 10 recommendations for a successful virtual quality management system audit

By Alisa Coffey and Rich Mintz
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Business of Engineering September 9, 2020

Equipment leasing confidence rises in August

Confidence in the equipment finance market jumped to 48.4 in August according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA).

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
New social density monitoring and contact tracing features in Emerson’s Location Awareness technology enable essential industries to create safer work environments and help ensure business continuity during uncertain times. Courtesy: Emerson
Safety September 9, 2020

Manufacturer tracking employee health, density with location technology

Emerson is using its technology to monitor the health of essential workers and keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Emerson Automation
Physical Plant plumbers open a wastewater sampler from a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance site on campus to remove a sample for testing. Courtesy: Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Safety September 9, 2020

Wastewater treatment teams searching for COVID-19

Researchers are sifting through raw sewage in wastewater treatment facilities for traces of COVID-19 to find out how it spreads.

By Kelly April Tyrrell
Courtesy: Keagan Gay, CFE Media and Technology
Cybersecurity September 9, 2020

Remote teams struggling to mitigate cybersecurity risks

More workers are forced to work remotely due to COVID-19, but cybersecurity prevention and training is lagging behind.

By NordVPN Teams
Illinois researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly. Courtesy: Bill King, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Labs, Research September 9, 2020

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass lab

A prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test has been developed and it provides a portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could bypass sending samples to a lab.

By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone
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Energy, Power September 8, 2020

Cause and effect of record-low energy prices

An elevated supply of natural gas and increased use of renewables, along with COVID-19 changing everyday life, has made energy prices drop to record lows.

By Joe Estrada
Gain asset visibility and improve vulnerability prioritization and remediation with a 360-degree risk assessment. Courtesy: Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity September 3, 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting manufacturing cybersecurity

Forward-looking organizations realize they need the same level of aggressiveness to protect assets as they have done for COVID-19 risk reduction. A three-pronged strategy on securing essential infrastructure is highlighted.

By John Livingston
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Business of Engineering September 2, 2020

Manufacturing index rises for fourth straight month

The manufacturing sector reported its fourth straight month of growth, rising to 56%.

By Chris Vavra