Control Engineering hot topics, March 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2020 included stories about COVID-19's effects on manufacturers, preparation, safety, and wellness; the Engineers' Choice winners and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 1, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for March 2020, included COVID-19’s effects on manufacturers, preparation, research, safety and wellness; the Engineers’ Choice winners and more. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering December. Links to each article below.

1. Preventing coronavirus through preparation

Many manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned with COVID-19 breakouts on the production floor. There are ways to improve worker safety through preventive best practices and proper preparation.

2. Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

3. Universities developing DIY medical devices, PPE to combat coronavirus spread

Researchers from Georgia Tech and other universities are racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from locally available components to try and get out in front of the coronavirus spread to help hospitals and medical healthcare facilities. See video.

4. COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help. See Control Engineering highlights.

5. 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control and instrumentation products in 29 categories.

6. Paper device could bring portable coronavirus detection

Purdue University biomedical engineers have developed a handheld paper device that could accurately detect COVID-19 and other coronaviruses with the right manufacturing process, but developing the process is expensive.

7. Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

8. Software readiness for data analytics and Big Data

Expand industrial data access and get more out of it with tools such as message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT), which can help manufacturers realize Industry 4.0’s benefits.

9. Use IIoT to improve OEE, increasing ROI

Case-use examples illustrate the point.

10. Manufacturers focusing on faster automation in wake of coronavirus

GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus’ economic effects.

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Chris Vavra, associate editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.