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Sensing capabilities are retrofitted by attaching what are described as peripheral universal connection (PUC) modules to an engine. Four PUCs can monitor high-speed engine components and characteristics that include power cylinder, valve train, turbo health, main bearings and frame vibration. Courtesy: Apergy
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 30, 2019

High-speed engine monitoring IIoT-enhanced

Analytics improve performance of remote assets.

By Kevin Parker
Figure 1: Output control with a permissive is shown in this output PLC logic, typical for an actuator. Various addresses need to be in the correct state for the Z_Axis_Lower_SV output to energize. These can be manipulated by the programmer, or in the case of the HMI pushbutton, it can link to an HMI program running on the programming computer and be pressed. Courtesy: Automation Consulting
Simulators, Optimizers March 29, 2019

How simulation helps automation and controls

The controls often must be programmed for automated machinery and systems before hardware exists, but controls engineers can use simulations to test syntax, proper tag linking and addressing, and code functionality.

By Frank Lamb
Researchers have developed computationally simple robots, called particles, that cluster and form a single “particle robot” that moves around, transports objects, and completes other tasks. The work hails from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Columbia University, and elsewhere. Courtesy: Felice Frankel, MIT
Robotics March 29, 2019

Particle robots designed to work as a cluster

Researchers from MIT, Columbia University, and other research institutes have developed robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects, and complete other tasks.

By Rob Matheson
Workforce Development March 28, 2019

Online training course for smart manufacturing

MESA International's on-demand course The Journey to Smart Manufacturing covers the fourth industrial revolution and what it will mean for manufacturers.

By MESA International
Led by Cornell graduate students, high school sophomores experiment with biological engineering principles during the W.O.M.E.N Outreach event March 16 in Olin Hall. Courtesy: Lindsay France/Cornell Brand Communications
Educational March 28, 2019

Outreach event promotes STEM careers for girls

Cornell University's Women’s Outreach in Materials, Energy and Nanobiotechnology (W.O.M.E.N.) program helps promote scientific careers for high school girls curious about a career in science.

By Chris Vavra
Simulation can provide detailed visualization of a line in an existing production facility. Courtesy: Dennis Group
Simulators, Optimizers March 28, 2019

Optimize production line design with simulation modeling

Simulation modeling, used properly, can identify and remove risks, maximize value, and help produce successful outcomes. Ask these five questions to ensure the model reflects realistic behavior and constraints.

By Christy Starner
In-flow QD anion exchange. Three UV-illuminated snapshots of the continuous room-temperature anion exchange reactions of the pristine CsPbBr3 QDs (middle spiral) with 7.5 × 10−3 m ZnCl2 (left spiral) and 10 × 10−3 m ZnI2 (right spiral) with corresponding perovskite nanostructure illustrations. Courtesy: Milad Abolhasani/North Carolina State University
Process Manufacturing March 27, 2019

Nanocrystals improve quantum dot manufacturing for process monitoring applications

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots to reduce manufacturing costs for real-time process monitoring to help ensure quality control.

By Matt Shipman