Machine Safety

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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
Professor Harley Johnson, far right, the associate dean for research at the Grainger College of Engineering, joins Wooldridge and Jones outside the mobileSHIELD facility. Courtesy: Fred Zwicky, University of Illinois
Safety November 19, 2020

University launches mobile COVID-19 testing lab

mobileSHIELD is designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy I-COVID, the saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at the University of Illinois.

By Lois Yoksoulian
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
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
AI and Machine Learning November 3, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2020 included stories about heated face masks designed to filter coronaviruses, 2021 Engineer's Choice finalists, using human and artificial intelligence with digital twins, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Robotics November 2, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020

Articles about rising robot sales, exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning, VFD parameter changes explained, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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
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Cybersecurity October 26, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Oct. 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks designed to inactivate coronaviruses, evaluating IoT wireless protocols, cybersecurity, human and artificial intelligence, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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
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Safety October 21, 2020

Manufacturers’ response to COVID-19 uncoordinated, unprepared

Many manufacturers have taken steps to mitigate COVID-19's effects, but it is largely reactive and uncoordinated and they often don't have plans for managing an outbreak.

By Brittany Magelssen