Coronavirus, COVID-19

Hierarchy of Controls: This figure, developed for an industrial setting or work environment, is used here as a model for airborne pandemic situations.
COVID-19 April 8, 2022

Layered COVID-19 controls significantly reduce risks

QuaRAD method quantifies efficacy across thousands of scenarios; rating system anticipated

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
COVID-19 January 21, 2022

Turning face masks into smart monitoring devices

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a new smart sensor called FaceBit, which is a quarter-sized sensor that uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.

By Amanda Morris
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COVID-19 December 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2021 included stories on the Engineers' Choice finalists, nanotube-based sensors, finite-state machine, IIoT controller use and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
COVID-19 November 29, 2021

COVID-19 antigen testing method offers fast, accurate results

An antigen-based COVID-19 detection method developed in a Northwestern University laboratory demonstrated 100% accuracy in a blind test in five or fewer minutes from swab to signal.

By Lila Reynolds
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COVID-19 November 22, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 15-21, 2021

Articles about Engineers’ Choice finalists, nanotube-based sensors, SCADA and automation, finite-state machines and IIoT and controller use were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
OIL-TAS technology enables integrated RNA extraction and detection of SARS-CoV-2 on a single device. The process begins with lysing and capturing viral RNA onto magnetic beads (large pink well on left), followed by magnetically transporting the beads through two washing liquids (blue droplets) and into a final detection solution (small pink droplet on right), where a reaction amplifies the viral RNA for detection. Courtesy: Terry Juang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
COVID-19 November 12, 2021

Simpler COVID-19 test could be applied for future pandemics

Researchers from UW-Madison are working on commercialization of a faster, simpler and less expensive alternative to PCR tests for detecting COVID-19, which could be adapted to other infectious diseases.

By Tom Ziemer
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
COVID-19 October 31, 2021

Nanotube-based sensor can detect COVID-19 proteins

MIT engineers have designed a nanotube-based sensor that can detect COVID-19 without any antibody and could be used for other pandemic, improving worker health.

By Anne Trafton
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
COVID-19 October 29, 2021

COVID-19’s effect on digitalization in manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a marked effect on the speed of digitalization across the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

By Ravi Gopinath
Courtesy: Linden Research Group, CU Boulder
COVID-19 October 17, 2021

UV light is effective, safe deterrent against COVID-19 in public places

A specific ultraviolet (UV) wavelength was found to be effective in killing the COVID-19 virus as well as other respiratory viruses while still being safe for public use.

By Kelsey Simpkins
Accessible onsite inventory alleviates interruptions in throughput levels. Courtesy: BHDP
COVID-19 October 11, 2021

Capacity planning in a post-COVID manufacturing world

Capacity and supply-chain strategies help manufactures remain competitive

By Michael D. Verdier