Coronavirus, COVID-19

A March 31 Control Engineering webcast, “Empowering Machine Builders for Virtual Factory Acceptance Tests,” will explain how using digital twin and virtual commissioning tools can reduce costs and time to market, and harness the layers of complexity and data in machine design. It will be archived after the webcast for a year. Courtesy: Siemens and CFE Media webcasts
Webcasts Coronavirus, COVID-19 March 30, 2020

Virtual factory acceptance tests for machine builders

Webcast: How to empower virtual factory acceptance tests for machine builders is the topic of a March 31 webcast. Here’s what you need to know and how to view the webcast, which seems even more relevant with remote work requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CFE Media
Courtesy: Georgia Institute of Technology
Safety March 30, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020

Articles about researchers developing DIY medical devices and PPE to fight coronavirus, coronavirus effects on manufacturers and engineers and poll results on coronavirus were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Labs, Research March 30, 2020

Research team working on open-source, low-cost ventilator for coronavirus patients

An MIT volunteer research team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists and others are carrying on prior work to develop an open-source low-cost ventilator to help hospitals and emergency teams around the world.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing March 30, 2020

Manufacturing, supply chain face uncertain future due to coronavirus

An MIT supply chain expert warns the effects of coronavirus, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, could have long-lasting ripple effects as the pandemic causes major disruptions to the supply chain.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering 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)
Courtesy: Siemens
Manufacturing IT, MES March 27, 2020

Manufacturer connects healthcare field to produce components through additive manufacturing

Siemens has opened its additive manufacturing network to enable the efficient execution of design and printing requests by doctors, hospitals and suppliers of medical equipment in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
“People are worried about the food supply chain,” says MIT supply chain expert Yossi Sheffi, who is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, a professor in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. “However, the U.S. food supply chain is very robust.” Courtesy: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT
Business of Engineering March 27, 2020

Coronavirus’ effect on supply chain varies by industry, according to expert

Supply chain concerns depend on the industry according to an MIT expert on the topic. While food availability is not a major concern, the lack of critical medical supplies is and needs to be addressed quickly.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Discrete Manufacturing March 26, 2020

Hannover Messe 2020 cancelled

The annual manufacturing event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Organizers plan to launch digital events leading up to the next annual show in April 2021.

By Hannover Messe
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Cybersecurity March 26, 2020

Five tips to stay cyber secure when working remotely

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people are working remotely to avoid getting sick. Consider these five tips to make sure your cyber hygiene is as strong as your physical hygiene.

By Rishbha Bhagi
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Discrete Manufacturing March 25, 2020

Supply chain issues impacting the country’s recovery from the coronavirus

The effects of coronavirus are having an effect on the supply chain, particularly when it comes to critical items like ventilators, which are in high demand right now.

By Robert Handfield, Ph.D.