Coronavirus, COVID-19

Jeff Burnstein is president, Association for Advancing Automation (A3), here speaking at the January 2020 A3 Business Forum in Orlando. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics September 2, 2020

Robotics help a post-pandemic world

Despite death and economic destruction from COVID-19, robots are effective tools to create social distancing, reduce touches, disinfect the workplace, safeguard hospital staff and keep companies running when workers are unavailable.

By Jeff Burnstein
A3 statistics showed robotics, machine vision, and motion control markets all contracted in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Courtesy: A3
Robotics August 31, 2020

Robotics, machine and motion control market outlook positive for 2021

While the market is down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market outlook for 2021 is positive according to a report by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and ITR Economics.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
In addition to the ethanol-alcohol base, the hand sanitizer contains small amounts of a denaturant and hydrogen peroxide to make it safe and effective, along with glycerin and distilled water to avoid drying of people’s hands. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Safety August 31, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 24-30, 2020

Articles about Ethanol-based hand sanitizers, protecting VFD investments, global manufacturing outlook, IIoT engagement and predictive maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 24-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Business of Engineering August 26, 2020

Software in support of survival

The software industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in new and interesting ways.

By Kevin Parker
In addition to the ethanol-alcohol base, the hand sanitizer contains small amounts of a denaturant and hydrogen peroxide to make it safe and effective, along with glycerin and distilled water to avoid drying of people’s hands. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Energy Efficiency August 26, 2020

Ethanol-based hand sanitizer developed to prevent COVID-19

An ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by University of Missouri researchers.

By Eric Stann
Courtesy: Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Business of Engineering August 26, 2020

Equipment leasing business down, but confidence rising

The ELFA's monthly report shows overall business volume is down 3% YOY, but confidence is rising in spite of potential COVID-19 challenges ahead.

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
Courtesy: ECIA
Electrical August 24, 2020

Electronics market steady in first half of 2020

Revenues in the electronic components market for the first half of 2020 are better than expected in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are supply chain concerns.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Courtesy: Cincinnati Incorporated/Steve Rourke, CFE Media and Technology
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 24, 2020

Virtual service launched with online booking tool

Setpoint Integrated Solutions' SNAP is an online booking tool designed to give customers remote access to technical experts, which is needed more than ever because of COVID-19.

By Setpoint Integrated Solutions
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Business of Engineering August 21, 2020

Global manufacturing outlook post-COVID mixed depending on sector, region

COVID-19's impact on manufacturing for the short- and long-term depends on the particular industry and the region, though recovery is eventually expected to reach 2019 levels according to Interact Analysis.

By Interact Analysis
Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Safety August 19, 2020

How a COVID-19 testing trailer was built for a university

MIT engineers and medical staff built a 60-foot trailer for COVID-19 testing that can test up to 1,500 people a day and is now operating as the main test site for asymptomatic members of the MIT community.

By Jennifer Chu