Machine Safety

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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
Courtesy Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE October 5, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, 2020

Articles about mobile robots, improved PPE, explosion protection for wireless internet, VFD parameter changes, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 28- Oct. 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
The hardware for the robot developed by USC Viterbi researchers includes a spray sense camera to detect spray droplets and a nozzle, from which the spray is released. All of the specifications, including speed and coating thickness, can be defined by the user. See video for more. Courtesy: USC Viterbi
PPE October 4, 2020

Engineering understanding about COVID-19’s effects, safety

Students at USC worked on robots, masks and droplet dispersion to better understand how to live with COVID-19 over the summer. See video.

By Avni Shah
Courtesy: Emerson
Machine Safety October 2, 2020

How to keep machines operating during stoppages and power disruptions

Zoned safety and uninterruptible power supplies for control power offer enhanced machines control during stoppages and power disruptions

By Mike Johnson and Enrico De Carolis
In early-fall 2020, College of Engineering student employees assembled Badger Seal mask fitters outside the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Laboratory in Wendt Commons. Courtesy Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE September 28, 2020

DIY fitter developed to improve mask filtration

The Badger Seal is a mask fitter with a soft, adjustable “frame” with elastic worn either as ear loops or behind the head and can be made in minutes to improve mask filtration and improve PPE quality.

By Renee Meiller
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash September 22, 2020

Your questions answered: Arc flash mitigation

Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A

By Zia Salami and Tracy Wagoner
Ameet Bathiya, 31, Plant Engineer, Protech Powder Coatings Inc., Strongsville, Ohio, BS Mechanical Engineering, Modern College of Engineering, India, MS Mechanical Engineering, Cleveland State University
Events and Awards September 17, 2020

2020 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ameet Bathiya, 31

Plant Engineer, Protech Powder Coatings Inc., Strongsville, Ohio, BS Mechanical Engineering, Modern College of Engineering, India, MS Mechanical Engineering, Cleveland State University

By Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
PPE September 16, 2020

Redesigned mask offers greater protection, comfort for user

A mask that combines barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for greater protection and comfort has been designed by Georgia Tech researchers.

By John Toon
Courtesy: Lavoro Technologies
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing September 9, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2020 included stories about edge computing and IIoT, PLCs, digital transformation, COVID-19 developments, personal protective equipment, automation, SCADA, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Safety August 19, 2020

How a COVID-19 testing trailer was built for a university

MIT engineers and medical staff built a 60-foot trailer for COVID-19 testing that can test up to 1,500 people a day and is now operating as the main test site for asymptomatic members of the MIT community.

By Jennifer Chu