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Sensors, Vision

New social density monitoring and contact tracing features in Emerson’s Location Awareness technology enable essential industries to create safer work environments and help ensure business continuity during uncertain times. Courtesy: Emerson
Safety September 9, 2020

Manufacturer tracking employee health, density with location technology

Emerson is using its technology to monitor the health of essential workers and keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Emerson Automation
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sensors, Actuators September 9, 2020

Velcro-like food sensor detects spoilage, contamination

A Velcro-like food sensor made from an array of silk microneedles has been developed that is designed to pierce through plastic packaging to sample food for signs of spoilage and bacterial contamination.

By Jennifer Chu
Illinois researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly. Courtesy: Bill King, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Labs, Research September 9, 2020

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass lab

A prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test has been developed and it provides a portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could bypass sending samples to a lab.

By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone
Courtesy: Swagelok
Maintenance September 4, 2020

Select and specify efficient, accurate grab sampling systems

How fluid vessel types and other variables influence system design

By Matt Dixon
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)
Courtesy: Swagelok
Machinery and Equipment August 17, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 10-16, 2020

Articles about VFD parameters, CMMS success, robotic software, industrial lubrication and predictive analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 10-16, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Posital Inc.
Discrete Manufacturing July 31, 2020

Cost-effective position control boosts stepper motor performance

Kit-based absolute encoders (position sensors) can make stepper motors a lower-cost option to servo motors for many industrial machinery motion control applications.

By Jim Stevens
Iterate Labs’ location and contact tracing device, top right, which can be attached to a worker’s wrist or arm or worn around the neck, for workplace social distancing. The device gives off audio and haptic alerts when workers are too close to one another. Courtesy: Iterate Labs/Cornell University
Safety July 29, 2020

Wearable devices developed to ensure workplace social distancing

Iterate Labs' wearable devices help ensure social distancing in the workplace so people work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Sara Baier
Laser beam transmitting upwards through glass. Courtesy: John Whitehead, Columbia University
Discrete Manufacturing July 28, 2020

Laser inversion enables multi-materials 3D printing

Columbia university researchers develop technique that could transform additive manufacturing processes, enabling the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components and robots.

By Holly Evarts
Courtesy: ATI Industrial Automation
Automation July 23, 2020

Space-rate force/torque sensor developed for Mars 2020 Rover

ATI Industrial Automation worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) to develop a custom force/torque sensor for Perseverance, the Mars 2020 Rover project. See video of the project.

By ATI Industrial Automation