Machine Safety

There are three types of industrial mobile robots (IMRs). Type A has no attachments and is one type of mobile platform; Type B has attachments that may be passive or active, but no manipulate; Type C is a mobile platform with a manipulator attachment like an arm. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/OSHA
Robotics March 24, 2021

Developing robotic safety standards and compliance

Robotic safety standards have been around for a few decades and their importance is growing as they became more common in manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra
Safety March 16, 2021

Effective communication in a high-noise environment

High-noise manufacturing environments are already difficult places to communicate, but COVID-19 and social distancing make it even harder. Learn how to overcome this challenge.

By Rick Farrell
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Safety March 5, 2021

Effective communication in a socially distanced world

Manufacturing facilities have unique challenges because of constant ambient background noise that limits effective communication. Practice and investing in the right technology can help mitigate these problems.

By Rick Farrell
Image courtesy of Brett Sayles
Cybersecurity February 4, 2021

What OSHA can teach us about cybersecurity

Many of the lessons and changes applied to manufacturing after the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 can be applied to the growing challenge manufacturers face with industrial cybersecurity. Three keys to improving cybersecurity are highlighted.

By John Livingston
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Business of Engineering January 8, 2021

Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2020

Think Again: programmable controller programming languages, COVID-19 acceleration of engineering, automation and digitalization, and variable frequency drive parameters were among top articles posted on the Control Engineering website during 2020.

By Mark T. Hoske
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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