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PPE

In early-fall 2020, College of Engineering student employees assembled Badger Seal mask fitters outside the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Laboratory in Wendt Commons. Courtesy Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE September 28, 2020

DIY fitter developed to improve mask filtration

The Badger Seal is a mask fitter with a soft, adjustable “frame” with elastic worn either as ear loops or behind the head and can be made in minutes to improve mask filtration and improve PPE quality.

By Renee Meiller
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash September 22, 2020

Your questions answered: Arc flash mitigation

Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A

By Zia Salami and Tracy Wagoner
Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
PPE September 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 14-20, 2020

Articles about a redesigned COVID-19 mask, the Leaders Under 40 winners, EAM systems, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and quality management system audits were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
PPE September 16, 2020

Redesigned mask offers greater protection, comfort for user

A mask that combines barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for greater protection and comfort has been designed by Georgia Tech researchers.

By John Toon
Asset Management September 11, 2020

Top 10 considerations for virtual QMS audit success

Manufacturing can’t wait; consider these 10 recommendations for a successful virtual quality management system audit

By Alisa Coffey and Rich Mintz
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
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
Motors, Drives August 3, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 27 to August 2, 2020

Articles about VFD parameters, PPE production, predictive analytics, wearable devices and manufacturing accidents were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 27 to August 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Herek Clack, University of Michigan
PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering researchers work on making N95 masks better

University of Michigan engineers and physicians have created a testing system to evaluate the effectiveness of N95 and surgical masks to find ways to make them better.

By James Lynch
University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Rebecca Alcock is playing a leading role in a large-scale, U.N.-backed effort to help developing countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy: Rebecca Alcock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering student helps organize PPE production, COVID response in developing countries

University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Rebecca Alcock is playing a leading role in a large-scale, U.N.-backed effort to mobilize production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more in developing countries around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Tom Ziemer
Researcher Emmeline Blanchard from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University places items into an ozone disinfection chamber for testing. Courtesy: Georgia Tech University
PPE July 22, 2020

Ozone disinfection could make PPE reusable for workers

Georgia Tech researchers found that ozone gas could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of PPE that are in high demand for shielding workers from COVID-19.

By John Toon