Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Cybersecurity March 26, 2020

Five tips to stay cyber secure when working remotely

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely to avoid getting sick. Consider these five tips to make sure your cyber hygiene is as strong as your physical hygiene.

By Rishbha Bhagi
Ice cream production at the Cornell Dairy Processing Plant. Courtesy: Cornell University
Safety March 25, 2020

Website created to help food manufacturers stay safe during coronavirus pandemic

Cornell’s Institute for Food Safety has created a website to help keep the food processing industry safe during the coronavirus pandemic and provide useful and accurate information.

By Blaine Friedlander
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Discrete Manufacturing March 25, 2020

Supply chain issues impacting the country’s recovery from the coronavirus

The effects of coronavirus are having an effect on the supply chain, particularly when it comes to critical items like ventilators, which are in high demand right now.

By Robert Handfield, Ph.D.
Flexicon received a waiver from the state of Pennsylvania to continue operations during the coronavirus outbreak because the company was deemed to produce vital products. Courtesy: Flexicon
Automation March 25, 2020

Manufacturer receives operations waiver during coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania

Flexicon has been granted a waiver by the State of Pennsylvania to continue operating during the COVID-19 outbreak due to its role in the supply chain for life-sustaining businesses.

By Flexicon Corporation
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Business of Engineering March 24, 2020

Equipment leasing drops sharply in February due to coronavirus worries

The ELFA reported a drop of 26% in business volume in February as concerns about coronavirus and its impact on manufacturing take hold.

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
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
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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
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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
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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
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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