Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Robotics April 10, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on mobile robotics growth

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating the opportunity for mobile robots to be used for various markets and could lead to a reassessment of supply chains in the future.

By Gregory Hale
Courtesy: Kepware
Cybersecurity April 9, 2020

Hackers using COVID-19 to find OT, IoT gaps

Employees working from home need to be vigilant about phishing campaigns using COVID-19 related content to find gaps and organize cyberattacks.

By Alessandro Di Pinto
Research April 8, 2020

Poll results, week 2: Doubled adverse COVID-19 impact on engineers, industry

Research analysis, advice: Adverse effects of Coronavirus more than doubled in just a week for visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites taking a survey on COVID-19 impacts on engineering. For respondents answering March 11 to 19 and March 20 to 25, 13% felt a “great deal” of impact in the first week and 35% the next week.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Daniel Penn Associates
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
Courtesy: Justin Baetge/Texas A&M Engineering
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