Coronavirus, COVID-19

Illinois researchers developed a microfluidic cartridge for a 30-minute COVID-19 test. The cartridges are 3D-printed and could be manufactured quickly. Courtesy: Bill King, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Labs, Research September 9, 2020

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass lab

A prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test has been developed and it provides a portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could bypass sending samples to a lab.

By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone
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: AutomationDirect
HMI, OI September 8, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2020

Articles about mulitvariable control, PLCs, robots remotely assisting in health care, HMI's, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Gain asset visibility and improve vulnerability prioritization and remediation with a 360-degree risk assessment. Courtesy: Verve Industrial
Cybersecurity September 3, 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting manufacturing cybersecurity

Forward-looking organizations realize they need the same level of aggressiveness to protect assets as they have done for COVID-19 risk reduction. A three-pronged strategy on securing essential infrastructure is highlighted.

By John Livingston
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering September 2, 2020

Manufacturing index rises for fourth straight month

The manufacturing sector reported its fourth straight month of growth, rising to 56%.

By Chris Vavra
Jeff Burnstein is president, Association for Advancing Automation (A3), here speaking at the January 2020 A3 Business Forum in Orlando. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics September 2, 2020

Robotics help a post-pandemic world

Despite death and economic destruction from COVID-19, robots are effective tools to create social distancing, reduce touches, disinfect the workplace, safeguard hospital staff and keep companies running when workers are unavailable.

By Jeff Burnstein
A3 statistics showed robotics, machine vision, and motion control markets all contracted in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Courtesy: A3
Robotics August 31, 2020

Robotics, machine and motion control market outlook positive for 2021

While the market is down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market outlook for 2021 is positive according to a report by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and ITR Economics.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Courtesy: Honeywell Intelligrated
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 31, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Aug. 24-30, 2020

Articles about smart thermometers, predictive maintenance, edge computing and IIoT, PLC's, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug.18-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Sensors, Actuators August 26, 2020

Smart thermometers use real-time data to help prevent outbreaks

Smart thermometers to detect and track the spread of contagious illnesses and pandemics like COVID-19 before patients go to the hospital have been developed by Kinsa, a startup company.

By Zach Winn
In addition to the ethanol-alcohol base, the hand sanitizer contains small amounts of a denaturant and hydrogen peroxide to make it safe and effective, along with glycerin and distilled water to avoid drying of people’s hands. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Energy Efficiency August 26, 2020

Ethanol-based hand sanitizer developed to prevent COVID-19

An ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by University of Missouri researchers.

By Eric Stann