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A team from Northwestern Engineering has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator (Vortran Go2Vent) into a device better suited for COVID-19 patients. Courtesy: Northwestern University
PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers adapt emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Engineers at Northwestern University has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better-suited for COVID-19 patients.

By Amanda Morris
Engineers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have come up with a new approach to sharing ventilators between patients, which they believe could be used as a last resort to treat Covid-19 patients in acute respiratory distress. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Safety May 27, 2020

Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic

MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

By Anne Trafton
What started as a simple ask from Lake Regional Hospital for 150 face shields quickly snowballed into additional requests from first responders, dentist offices and even U.S. troops serving overseas in Afghanistan. Courtesy: University of Missouri
PPE May 27, 2020

Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19

High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

By Brian Consiglio
High demand for raw materials has impacted the supply chain, but many companies have graciously donated materials researchers require to produce face shields and diffusers for metered dose inhalers. Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
PPE May 20, 2020

University reaches out to help manufacture PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic

Houston-area hospitals asked Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Dr. Joya Mannan
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash May 18, 2020

A look at electrical safety programs

The 2020 Plant Engineering electrical safety survey examines how your plants’ electrical safety programs measure up

By Jack Smith and Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Fabrication Studio at the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 18, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020

Articles about personal protective equipment, effects of COVID-19 on automation, an overview of industrial IoT, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Figure 2: Example of an Absence of Voltage Tester. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety May 14, 2020

Adopt prevention through design for electrical safety

Leaders and managers need to implement a proactive prevention through design (PtD) program and track near misses to mitigate electrical safety hazards and protect workers in their plant

By Marty Kronz
Courtesy: NVision
PPE May 13, 2020

3D laser scanning accelerates PPE mask production for COVID-19 pandemic

Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

By Steve Glad
Courtesy: Fabrication Studio at the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan.
PPE May 6, 2020

Approved face shield design addresses PPE shortage through 3D printing

Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Engineering have offered a recommended design that is effective and straightforward to produce that addresses the PPE shortage for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kate McAlpine
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Safety Standards April 22, 2020

Alert released on protecting workers from COVID-19 pandemic

An OSHA alert released listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

By Gregory Hale