Coronavirus, COVID-19

The medical face shield created by UW-Madison engineers in collaboration with local companies. Courtesy: Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab (makerspace) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE March 24, 2020

Medical shield for coronavirus being developed

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are working with Madison-area manufacturers to make medical face shields, which is an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients.

By Tom Ziemer
Courtesy: GlobalData
Automation March 24, 2020

Manufacturers focusing on faster automation in wake of coronavirus

GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus' economic effects.

By GlobalData
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 24, 2020

COVID-19 and remote access challenges for manufacturers

Companies are starting to offer protected remote access at no cost in response to the large number of employees working remotely due to coronavirus.

By Gregory Hale
Courtesy: Georgia Institute of Technology
PPE March 23, 2020

Universities developing DIY medical devices, PPE to combat coronavirus spread

Researchers from Georgia Tech and other universities are racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from locally available components to try and get out in front of the coronavirus spread to help hospitals and medical healthcare facilities. See video.

By John Toon
Courtesy: Plant Engineering/ATS
Maintenance March 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus challenges for manufacturers, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, electrical component protection and 3D metal printing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy of: CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 20, 2020

Remote security working in world of coronavirus

With a large influx of people working remotely due to COVID-19, cybersecurity is becoming a topic of concern for employers and their employees.

By Gregory Hale
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology COVID-19 engineering impact survey, March 12-17
Research March 19, 2020

Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient, emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Courtesy: NIAID-RML, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Research March 18, 2020

Coronavirus diagnostic might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects are being developed to aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

By Anne Trafton, Jennifer Chu, and David L. Chandler
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 18, 2020

Good cybersecurity hygiene needed by businesses

Good cybersecurity hygiene is needed as more employees move toward working out of their homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Automation March 18, 2020

Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

By Jan Zhang