PPE

Courtesy: Würth Industry North America (WINA)/Atlantic Fasteners
Maintenance February 3, 2021

Fasteners manufacturer acquired to join construction services division

Würth Industry North America (WINA) has acquired Atlantic Fasteners Inc. to become part of their new construction services division.

By Würth Industry North America (WINA)
Masks are an important tool for fighting COVID-19 but wearing one can make it difficult for others to hear us speak. Using a unique laboratory setup, Illinois researcher Ryan Corey tested how different types of masks affect the acoustics of speech. Courtesy: Ryan Corey, University of Illinois
PPE January 12, 2021

Disposable surgical masks are best for being heard clearly

Surgical masks are the best personal protective equipment (PPE) option for being heard clearly according to University of Illinois researchers, which can be a challenge for engineers, manufacturers and other essential workers who operate in noisy environments.

By Lois Yoksoulian
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Safety December 2, 2020

Contactless measurement developed for COVID-19 tests

A contactless measurement system that could help detect illnesses such as COVID-19 has been developed by University of Michigan researchers.

By Catharine June
The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University is proactively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy: Marc Hall, NC State
PPE December 2, 2020

Institute receives grant to improve mask materials

North Carolina State University’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) received a $400,000 grant to investigate improving the properties of materials they’re using for masks and respirators.

By Laura Oleniacz
Courtesy: Fluke Reliability
Maintenance Strategy November 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 16-22, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, maintenance automation, wearable exoskeletons, facility safety and building a maintenance program were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
An exoskeleton helps support a worker’s upper body while he performs repetitive overhead work drilling underbody car panels. Courtesy: Motor Company/RIA
Safety November 16, 2020

Researchers designing wearable exoskeleton

Designing a wearable exoskeleton will help workers thrive and function longer in harsh, physically strenuous environments such as construction.

By Libby Haydel
The EASYMASK combines comfortability with sustainability allowing users to easily interchange the mask filters with typical household items. Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
PPE November 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 26 to November 1, 2020

Articles about interchangeable masks, edge I/O, heated face masks, mini-brains for robots and collaborative robot optimization were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The EASYMASK combines comfortability with sustainability allowing users to easily interchange the mask filters with typical household items. Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
PPE October 27, 2020

Frame created for interchangeable mask

A team of Texas A&M students bonded together to create the EASYMASK, which is designed to provide a reusable and inexpensive face mask for the general population.

By Michelle Revels
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
PPE October 26, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks, R&D project performance, facility energy management, collaborative robot optimization and COVID-19 worker risks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
PPE October 22, 2020

Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses

The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.

By Anne Trafton