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Sensors, Vision

Northwestern researchers have developed a device that monitors early signs, disease progression and response to treatment to COVID-19. Courtesy: Northwestern University
Sensors, Vision June 21, 2020

Wearable COVID-19 sensor receives research grant

A Northwestern research team received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue developing a novel wearable device and set of algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and monitor progression of COVID-19.

By Amanda Morris
Courtesy: SSOE
Energy Management June 9, 2020

Three strategy tips for optimizing your next energy assessment

Better energy assessments improve a plant's overall optimization and provides better data insights.

By Eric Hopkins
Courtesy: Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, www.controleng.com 
Power Quality June 3, 2020

COVID-19 emergency support for safety circuits, VFDs, vision, PLC power quality, SCADA

System integrators can provide emergency support for automation troubleshooting to shorten or prevent downtime, improve quality and save money as manufacturing restarts or continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
Courtesy: Fluke
Business of Engineering May 19, 2020

Career advice for engineers: Step out of the comfort zone

Looking wider, at engineering career development requires looking at other perspectives, understanding customers, finding a mentor, and having fun.

By Dileepa Prabhakar
Figure 8: Cost comparisons for parallel pumps. Courtesy: Mentor
Pumps May 12, 2020

Optimization of a plant cooling system design

Size a feed water pump; consider heat-exchanger options; determine cooling system power and energy use

By Doug Kolak
Compressed Air May 11, 2020

Detect leaks with acoustic imaging

Consider reaching beyond ultrasonic leak detection to find pesky compressed air leaks

By Ron Marshall
Sensors, Vision April 9, 2020

Improve plant uptime with advanced sensing systems

What every plant manager must know about today’s sensing systems

By Westin Siemsglusz
Courtesy: Endress+Hauser
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 2, 2020

Deploy IIoT sensors and networks in remote locations

IIoT adds value within a plant, but also is a natural fit for field data gathering

By Ryan Williams
Courtesy: Velo3D
Maintenance March 9, 2020

Rethink 3D metal printing of turbomachinery parts

Higher-performance pumps and compressors are now possible through support-free additive manufacturing (AM)

By Dr. Zach Murphree
Courtesy: Acieta
Robotics March 7, 2020

Robots work to aid humans

The industry is moving toward using collaborative robots (cobots) with force-sensing technology that work alongside people

By Steve Alexander