System Integration

Courtesy: Quantum Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 9, 2020

How integrators can help IIoT applications

End users may find the variety of IIoT devices and connectivity technology to be intimidating. A system integrator can minimize risks and costs by implementing proven specification and implementation methods and architectures.

By Maryam Afshar and Brian Gallogly
Courtesy: Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators November 6, 2020

Integrator group announces virtual events for 2021

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is hosting weekly virtual events as a replacement for their executive conference, which is being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
Researchers led by Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, have altered 2D materials to enhance light emission and increase signal strength. Courtesy: Penn State University
Electrical October 29, 2020

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

Altering thin 2D materials atomically and physically for applications in many optical and electronic devices allows them to enhance light emission and increase signal strength.

By Sarah Small
Physical Plant plumbers open a wastewater sampler from a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance site on campus to remove a sample for testing. Courtesy: Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Safety September 9, 2020

Wastewater treatment teams searching for COVID-19

Researchers are sifting through raw sewage in wastewater treatment facilities for traces of COVID-19 to find out how it spreads.

By Kelly April Tyrrell
Courtesy: Everactive, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 27, 2020

IIoT platform built on battery-free sensors

Everactive has developed an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform and industrial sensors that eliminate batteries altogether.

By Zach Winn
Courtesy: Alvarez Research Group/Rice University
Process Manufacturing July 21, 2020

Graphene shield improves wastewater protection

Rice University researchers have found that a shield of graphene helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistance genes and other potential superbugs in wastewater treatment plants.

By Jade Boyd
Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
Data Acquisition, DAQ July 7, 2020

Better data management for manufacturers during COVID-19

Will COVID-19 compel manufacturing companies to streamline connected data management more than previously?

By Sanjay Barnwal
Research involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source demonstrates crystal-like heat conduction in a solid-liquid hybrid, AgCrSe2. Courtesy: Jill Hemman/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Energy, Power June 30, 2020

Spectrometry research advances could lead to safer rechargeable batteries

Researchers have found a way to advance safer rechargeable batteries with spectrometry. Their findings could improve batteries used for consumer electronics such as laptops and cellphones.

By Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hot electrons travel along the molecule into the probe tip. The molecule only allows electrons within a narrow range of energies to pass. Credit: Enrique Shagun, Scixel
Energy Efficiency June 25, 2020

Electron energy distribution measured for improved storage, conversion

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool in the UK have figured out a way to measure how many hot charge carrier are present in a metal nanostructure for improved energy storage and conversion.

By Kate McAlpine
If a hazard occurs and the control system can’t achieve the required risk reduction on its own, a safety instrumented function (SIF) is implemented to reduce the hazardous risk to an acceptable level. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Process Manufacturing May 30, 2020

Separating process control and safety systems

Process safety: Keeping process control and safety systems separate is crucial, but knowing what to separate and integrate and why is critical. Learn about safety instrumented function (SIF) and layers of protection analysis (LOPA).

By Scott Hayes