Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Maintenance Strategy April 8, 2020

Protecting the supply chain from global crises

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing manufacturers to rethink the supply chain and how it can be affected by outside forces. Consider the 14 questions and actions highlighted.

By Tony Rodriguez
Cut up samples of N-95 masks in lab after being sprayed with a test virus. Courtesy Krista Wigginton and Nancy Love research group, University of Michigan
Safety April 7, 2020

Engineers working to disinfect N95 masks for medical personnel

University of Michigan engineers are developing efficient, effective and scalable ways to disinfect N95 masks, which are typically discarded after one use.

By James Lynch
WPI’s Greg Fischer spearheading an effort to develop and share designs for creating ventilators. Courtesy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Hospitals April 7, 2020

Researchers developing open-source designs to create low-cost ventilators quickly

A team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is creating designs to turn hand-held, bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitators into automated ventilators for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Sharon Gaudin
“People are worried about the food supply chain,” says MIT supply chain expert Yossi Sheffi, who is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, a professor in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. “However, the U.S. food supply chain is very robust.” Courtesy: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT
Safety April 6, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 30 to April 5, 2020

Articles about coronavirus' effect on the supply chain and engineers, pneumatics systems and remote monitoring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30 to April 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Maintenance Strategy April 4, 2020

A profound impact on manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing manufacturing in many ways. Learn how some are being affected and what they're doing for the future

By Kevin Parker
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Discrete Manufacturing April 3, 2020

3D-printed diffuser designed to help hospitals treat COVID-19 patients

Texas A&M University has delivered 200 3D-printed diffusers for metered dose inhalers (MDI) to a Houston hospital to help with the demand for medical supplies brought on by the increasing number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.

By Steve Kuhlmann
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology COVID-19 engineering impact survey, March 20-25
Research April 3, 2020

Survey results: increased recognition of COVID-19’s adverse impact

Digital work from home is fine, but manufacturing takes place in the physical world

By CFE Media
Graduate student Zach Fredin operates the Zund large-format cutter in MIT’s Center for Bit and Atoms. The machine was used to make prototypes of the face shield. Courtesy: Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
PPE April 2, 2020

University initiates mass manufacture of disposable face shields for COVID-19 response

An MIT team launched mass manufacturing of a new technique to meet the high demand for disposable face shields with a single-piece design that uses die cutting to create them quickly.

By Mary Beth Gallagher
Manufacturing index slides into contraction territory for March 2020. Courtesy: Opto 22
Business of Engineering April 1, 2020

Manufacturing index falls in March as COVID-19’s effects hit suppliers, consumers

The purchasing manufactuers' index had a slight decline in March, but the specter of COVID-19 continues to loom over the manufacturing industry as the pandemic spreads.

By Chris Vavra
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Remote Monitoring April 1, 2020

When remote monitoring and control becomes essential for manufacturing operations

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing companies to adjust their business practices and settle to a new normal. See four tips on how edge computing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can help companies adjust.

By Stephen Greene