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Endress+Hauser’s booth at WEFTEC had several sensors and tools designed to gather quick and accurate readings that could be sent to a display for the user so they know when something is wrong. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Process Manufacturing July 26, 2020

Analyzing energy consumption using flow sensors

Arla Foods has achieved transparency over the energy consumed during cottage cheese production at a factory in Sweden using flow sensors.

By Control Engineering Europe
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
I/O Systems, I/O Modules July 25, 2020

Making the automation environment smarter with I/O data

Industrial environments are generating more data than ever. Whether for production volume, downtime or serial numbers, this information can offer insight into processes and productivity.

By Svenja Litz, Kate Zimmerman
Courtesy: Jun Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sensors, Actuators July 23, 2020

3D-printed artery monitors blockages from the inside

UW-Madison materials science engineers developed an artificial artery that contains piezoelectric elements that can monitor for blockages and other problems remotely, which could be adapted for industrial hoses and pipes that could embed pressure sensors inside.

By Jason Daley
Sensors, Actuators July 22, 2020

Researchers print, tune graphene sensors to monitor food freshness, safety

Iowa State researchers are using aerosol-jet-printing technology to create graphene biosensors that can detect histamine, an allergen and indicator of spoiled fish and meat for better food and beverage safety.

By Iowa State University
Josiah Davidson, a graduate student in Mohit Verma's Purdue University lab, collects a nasal swab from a calf to test for bovine respiratory disease. Verma received a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a biosensor that will rapidly test for the costly cattle disease. Courtesy: Suraj Mohan, Purdue University
Sensors, Vision July 21, 2020

Researchers receive grant to develop rapid sensor technology for cattle disease

Purdue University researchers are developing technology to reduce diagnosis time of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) to around 30 minutes, which could help reduce the costs of the disease to the agricultural industry.

By Brian Wallheimer
This sensor can be buried to continuously measure water tension in soil, a reading that can be related to soil water content. It's part of a cyber-physical agriculture system being developed by researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Courtesy: Liang Dong, Iowa State University
AI and Machine Learning July 19, 2020

Cyber-physical system developed to improve agriculture production

Researchers are developing a cyber-physical system (CPS) that improves agriculture production by constantly monitoring fields at near single-plant resolution, predicts productivity and helps farmers manage their water and fertilizer use.

By Mike Krapfl
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
R. Graham Cooks is working on making mass spectrometers into a smaller, more portable system. Courtesy: John Underwood, Purdue University
Sensors, Actuators July 12, 2020

Enhancing a mass spectrometer’s utility by making it smaller

Purude University researcher R. Graham Cooks is working on making mass spectrometers into a smaller, more portable system so its uses can be enhanced in the field.

By Sarah Olson Michel
The MPA-L and VTUG are Festo valve manifolds shown at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019, communicating using EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, and IO-Link. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske
Process Manufacturing July 10, 2020

Five tips for selecting the correct process valve for the job

Choosing an industrial valve for process applications depends on a variety of parameters: Use these five tips to help with process valve selection.

By Matthew Glicksman
An infrared image of the fused silica window used to test the depth thermography concept. Courtesy: Mikhail Kats, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sensors, Actuators June 16, 2020

Method developed to measure temperature within 3D objects

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have made it possible to determine a 3D temperature profile for semi-transparent objects in the infrared spectrum, which couldn't be done before.

By Jason Daley