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Process Manufacturing

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I/O Systems, I/O Modules July 10, 2020

Machine mount I/O devices are the data satellites of the machine

Machine mount I/O devices are expected to support simple digital and analog inputs and outputs and other modules with intelligence built in support motor starters, variable speed drives, communication modules and radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers. Integrated safety can support systems more simply than hardwired solutions or separate systems.

By Raj Rajendra
Courtesy: McEnery Automation
HMI, OI July 8, 2020

How to reduce pandemic risk with batch automation

Investing in batch automation to limit your facility’s risk in a future pandemic will most likely pay for itself in many ways that were not originally considered.

By Michael McEnery
Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs July 13, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 6-12, 2020

Articles about drawing electrical schematics, manufacturer management during COVID-19, process safety, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 6-July 12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Automation June 20, 2020

Maximizing operational efficiency and productivity

Discrete event simulation (DES) on existing processes can help identify and unlock additional production capacity and improve operational efficiency for manufacturers.

By Tim Bednall
Artificial Chemist is an autonomous system designed to intelligently navigate through the chemical universe and develop useful materials for manufacturing applications. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Robotics June 17, 2020

Automated system developed to accelerate R&D, manufacturing of materials

North Carolina State and University of Buffalo researchers have developed Artificial Chemist, which is a technology that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and an automated system for performing chemical reactions to accelerate R&D and manufacturing of commercially desirable materials.

By Matt Shipman
C-level executives of the World Health Organisationa and Lloyd's Register Foundation speak at the Virtual Edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS). Courtesy: GMIS
Safety Standards July 14, 2020

Manufacturing accidents still too common, say officials

Officials from the WHO and Lloyd's Register Foundation said occupational accidents are still far too common and countries should increase efforts in digital technologies and tools that currently exist.

By Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS)
One day, people could monitor their own health conditions by simply picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin. In a new study, University of Missouri engineers demonstrated that the simple combination of pencils and paper could be used to create devices that might be used to monitor personal health. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Sensors, Actuators July 14, 2020

Draw electronic sensors on human skin with a pencil

University of Missouri engineers discovered the possibility of using pencils to draw bioelectronics on human skin, which could potential use for biomedical components including electrophysiological, temperature and biochemical sensors.

By Eric Stann