Workforce Development August 16, 2019

Control your career with a personal board of directors

A personal board of directors is a broader version of a mentorship with many people assisting your engineering career journey from a variety of viewpoints. See four ways to begin.

By Nelson C. Baker, Ph.D.
Robotics August 15, 2019

Do-it-yourself collaborative robotic project

Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

By Joe Campbell
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 14, 2019

Take baby steps on IIoT

Collect usable data as the first step toward effective analysis.

By Tim Faillo
AI and Machine Learning August 21, 2019

Five steps to implement AI on the factory floor

Companies should be looking to benefit from the potential of technologies such as artificial intelligence and edge computing for business success and competitive advantage.

By Tim Foreman
Workforce Development August 20, 2019

Study launched to examine hurdles women face in STEM careers

A researcher from Rice University will examine the hurdles women face in STEM careers by examining their everyday work experiences in the profession.

By Amy McCaig
Webcasts August 20, 2019

Plant Data and Connectivity: The Building Blocks for Industrial Transformation

Recent technology innovations have made IT/OT convergence a necessity and a reality, but complexities arise from a short-term view of plant data and connectivity needs. Operational technology (OT) users can mitigate this by working collaboratively with information technology (IT) to develop an implementation plan that addresses complexities and limitations for a positive future outlook.

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Robotics August 23, 2019

Robots need to understand and think more

Robots, according to a paper from the University of Birmingham, will need to think in the right context as economies embrace automation, connectivity and digitization and as levels of human-robot interaction increase.

By Suzanne Gill
To test how well the algorithm might work in a warehouse, the researchers had a robot (white arm) monitor participants performing activities in a warehouse-like setting. Within three seconds of the end of each activity, the robot showed a score on its display (right). Courtesy: Parsa et al./IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters/University of Washington
AI and Machine Learning August 23, 2019

Machine learning used to determine warehouse ergonomics for worker safety

Researchers at the University of Washington used machine learning to develop a system that monitors factory and warehouse workers and tell them, in real time, how risky their behaviors are.

By Sarah McQuate
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Cybersecurity August 22, 2019

Program developed to train cybersecurity professionals

The University of Arkansas received a five-year, $4.63 million award from the National Science Foundation to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

By Gregory Hale
Lance Lin, civil and environmental engineering professor, is the lead investigator of a research project aiming to reduce the use of fresh water resources by the nation's power plants. Courtesy: West Virginia University
Energy, Power August 22, 2019

Reducing fresh water use by power plants

West Virginia University researchers are seeking ways to quench the thirst of the nation’s power plants in a more cost-effective, environmentally-friendly fashion. 

By Jake Stump
Effective maintenance of waste grabs ensures continued safe and reliable performance. Courtesy: Sulzer
Hydraulics August 22, 2019

Regular hydraulic grab maintenance improves performance and reliability

Hydraulically-powered grabs are designed for tough working environments and regular maintenance and repair is essential to keep the business running smoothly.

By Mike Baker
A battery-free underwater “piezoelectric” sensor invented by MIT researchers transmits data by absorbing or reflecting sound waves back to a receiver, where a reflected wave decodes a 1 bit and an absorbed wave decodes a 0 bit — and simultaneously stores energy. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sensors, Actuators August 22, 2019

Battery-free sensor developed for underwater exploration

A submerged system developed by MIT researchers uses the vibration of piezoelectric materials to generate power and send and receive data.

By Rob Matheson
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AI and Machine Learning August 21, 2019

Combining vision technology and collaborative robots for safer work environments

Safety is paramount with collaborative robots and they can be made safer with machine vision and artificial intelligence technology.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)