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What started as a simple ask from Lake Regional Hospital for 150 face shields quickly snowballed into additional requests from first responders, dentist offices and even U.S. troops serving overseas in Afghanistan. Courtesy: University of Missouri
PPE May 27, 2020

Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19

High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

By Brian Consiglio
High demand for raw materials has impacted the supply chain, but many companies have graciously donated materials researchers require to produce face shields and diffusers for metered dose inhalers. Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
PPE May 20, 2020

University reaches out to help manufacture PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic

Houston-area hospitals asked Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Dr. Joya Mannan
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash May 18, 2020

A look at electrical safety programs

The 2020 Plant Engineering electrical safety survey examines how your plants’ electrical safety programs measure up

By Jack Smith and Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: NVision
PPE May 18, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, PPE mask production for COVID-19, acoustic imaging and maintenance technology were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 2: Example of an Absence of Voltage Tester. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety May 14, 2020

Adopt prevention through design for electrical safety

Leaders and managers need to implement a proactive prevention through design (PtD) program and track near misses to mitigate electrical safety hazards and protect workers in their plant

By Marty Kronz
Courtesy: NVision
PPE May 13, 2020

3D laser scanning accelerates PPE mask production for COVID-19 pandemic

Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

By Steve Glad
Courtesy: Fabrication Studio at the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan.
PPE May 6, 2020

Approved face shield design addresses PPE shortage through 3D printing

Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Engineering have offered a recommended design that is effective and straightforward to produce that addresses the PPE shortage for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kate McAlpine
Graduate student Stephen Sakai uses an instrument in the Engine Research Center at UW-Madison to measure the filtration efficiency of different candidate materials for face masks. Courtesy: UW-Madison
PPE April 21, 2020

Engine emission researchers retool to identify effective N95 mask alternatives

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging tools used to measure the particulate from combustion engines to measure the filtration efficiency for alternative N95 masks to help improve supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Adam Malecek
Courtesy: Northwestern University
PPE April 18, 2020

Self-sanitizing face mask project for COVID-19 research receives NSF grant

A Northwestern University researcher has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact for better personal protective equipment (PPE).

By Amanda Morris
Graduate student Zach Fredin operates the Zund large-format cutter in MIT’s Center for Bit and Atoms. The machine was used to make prototypes of the face shield. Courtesy: Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
PPE April 2, 2020

University initiates mass manufacture of disposable face shields for COVID-19 response

An MIT team launched mass manufacturing of a new technique to meet the high demand for disposable face shields with a single-piece design that uses die cutting to create them quickly.

By Mary Beth Gallagher