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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
COVID-19 September 27, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 20-26, 2021

Articles about the COVID-19 testing, Engineering Leaders Under 40, hydraulic actuators, multipoint temperature profiling and COVID-19 and manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 20-26, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
COVID-19 September 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2021 included stories on COVID-19 prevention, process safety, industrial product purchasing, manufacturing processing and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
COVID-19 August 30, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 23-29, 2021

Articles about face mask prototypes, industrial products, effective process safety, scalable IIoT networks and hiring engineers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 23-29, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
COVID-19 August 27, 2021

Manufacturers encourage COVID-19 vaccinations but stop short of mandates

Manufacturing supply chains continue to adapt to COVID-19

By Sikich LLP
COVID-19 August 9, 2021

Engineers develop COVID-19 saliva test

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a small tabletop device that can detect COVID-19 from a saliva sample in about an hour.

By Anne Trafton
COVID-19 July 25, 2021

Airport logistic automation market stays strong in spite of COVID-19

Overall airport logistics automation sales only fell by 5% in 2020, from $4.3 billion in 2019 to $4.1 billion in 2021, and is expected to have a gradual rebound in the next few years, according to Interact Analysis.

By Jamie Fox
Environmental Health June 29, 2021

How manufacturing has changed post-pandemic

Manufacturing has changed a lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic as technologies thought to be happening down the road are happening now. Five key drivers are highlighted.

By RedViking
COVID-19 June 11, 2021

Managed services close the gap in adopting edge computing

A practical solution for limited staffing adds assurance at the edge.

By Ryan Smith
Environmental Health June 7, 2021

Slower than expected manufacturing recovery expected post COVID-19

Interact Analysis said in June that good performances by the US, South Korea and China are offset by Europe and Japan, expected to make swift recoveries, and India and Brazil, where slow recoveries are expected. The semiconductor sector is holding back some manufacturing, and some inflation is expected.

By Interact Analysis
Environmental Health June 7, 2021

Four ways manufacturers can grow post COVID-19

Manufacturers remain resilient and strong in the wake of the pandemic, but there are steps they can take to be better prepared for the latest anomalous event.

By John Felix
COVID-19 May 20, 2021

Data-driven decisions improves COVID-19 vaccine production

Process engineers enabled with advanced analytics can have better operational control.

By Michael Chang
COVID-19 May 12, 2021

How to ensure OT cybersecurity

Despite advances, operational technology network cybersecurity still lags information technology cybersecurity.

By Jesse Ku
COVID-19 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
COVID-19 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
Environmental Health February 24, 2021

Global manufacturing contraction lower than expected in 2020

The manufacturing industry output (MIO) tracker from Interact Analysis reveals a stronger than expected overall global manufacturing performance in 2020.

By Interact Analysis
COVID-19 February 16, 2021

Change packaging to meet grocery delivery demand

Food manufacturers may have to adapt their packaging to meet the requirements of grocery delivery due to COVID-19.

By Sean O'Brien
Environmental Health 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
Environmental Health November 30, 2020

China, U.S. leading manufacturing charge from COVID-19 shock

Global manufacturing economic forecasts in the wake of COVID-19 have improved thanks to stronger than expected recoveries from the U.S. and China, but there is a long road to recovery, particularly for some key industries.

By Adrian Lloyd
Environmental Health August 21, 2020

Global manufacturing outlook post-COVID mixed depending on sector, region

COVID-19's impact on manufacturing for the short- and long-term depends on the particular industry and the region, though recovery is eventually expected to reach 2019 levels according to Interact Analysis.

By Interact Analysis
Environmental Health July 22, 2020

Learning lessons and taking back control

While we are still embroiled in the battle to contain and defeat COVID-19, nobody truly knows the eventual outcomes, but we can begin to assess the impacts and respond positively to change.

By Steve Sands
Environmental Health June 26, 2020

Manufacturers need to rethink global supply chain, production

A study from the University of Birmingham says manufacturers need to redesign and reform their supply chains or global production networks (GPN) if they want to prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control Engineering Europe
Environmental Health June 17, 2020

Four challenges and four recommendations for manufacturing in the COVID-19 pandemic

As the economy grows after the COVID-19 pandemic slowdown, manufacturers face challenges and opportunities including industrial disaster recovery, manufacturing supply chains, manufacturer staffing, transparency, and manufacturing investments.

By Jerry Grillo
Environmental Health May 14, 2020

Market survey: COVID-19 impact on China’s manufacturing industry

COVID-19 is negatively affecting manufacturing in China and causing series supply chain challenges according to a Control Engineering China April survey. More automation with faster digitalization is the most-expected result in a ranked list.

By Aileen Jin
Environmental Health March 28, 2020

Survey on impact of COVID-19 on electronics industry released

Recent results of a survey on the impact of the coronavirus displayed a shift towards more positive expectations and minimal impact to the electronic components industry.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Environmental Health March 17, 2020

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.

By Mark T. Hoske