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Sensors, Vision January 15, 2020

Machine learning shapes microwaves for a computer’s eyes

Researchers have developed a method to identify objects using microwaves that improves accuracy while reducing the associated computing time and power requirements.

By Ken Kingery
An on-skin device designed by engineers at the University of Missouri can achieve around 11 degrees Fahrenheit of cooling to the human body. The device also includes numerous human health care applications such as the ability to monitor blood pressure, electrical activity of the heart and the level of skin hydration. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Sensors, Vision January 9, 2020

Wearable air conditioning device developed to monitor human condition

University of Missouri engineers have developed an on-skin device that functions as wearable air conditioning and has numerous human health care applications such as the ability to monitor blood pressure and body temperature.

By Eric Stann
This is an Endress+Hauser display from Process Expo 2019. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Sensors, Actuators December 30, 2019

Get flow measurement right the first time

Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems and must be done right. See five key flow considerations.

By Brendan Robson
Sensors, Actuators December 20, 2019

Researchers develop coating that uses thermal trickery for detection

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have built a coating designed to break the relationship between temperature and thermal radiation, which could have an impact on infrared cameras used for vision applications.

By Renee Meiller
Diagram of a procedural batch process. Courtesy: ECS Solutions
System Integrators December 19, 2019

Designing an equipment model

System integrator offers expert advice on designing equipment and procedural batch models.

By John Parraga
Figure 4: Wireless sensors were installed as part of a complete data-to-desk system, including powerful data visualization and analytics. Courtesy: Emerson
Asset Management December 3, 2019

Maximize production by monitoring erosion

Data from two complementary monitoring technologies enable maximized production rates, even with high entrained solids.

By Jake Davies, Ph.D.
Figure 2: Real-time dashboards provide the information required for each level of the plant’s organization. Courtesy: Yokogawa Electric Corp.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 2, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about profit-driven operations, data acquisition, the Engineers' Choice finalists, smart instrumentation, and control system design best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Better control means getting useful information when needed to the right people, for smarter decisions. Intuitive dashboards showing plant parameters provide faster understanding, as shown at the 2019 Honeywell Users Group Americas meeting in June. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing December 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, control system migration, information and the cloud, profit-driven operations, the future of industrial automation, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 20, 2019

Five factors to smart instrumentation in Industry 4.0

Learn how Industry 4.0 incorporates the data and analytics from smart instruments to add tremendous value to an organization.

By Cory Perelman
Figure 6: “The architecture of the RCS allows you to achieve very high safety and reliability,” said Dr. Angela Summers. “And by designing it into the manifold, you also can eliminate many sources of maintenance errors, which further improves the reliability of your installation.” Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators November 15, 2019

Double up on solenoid safety

Adding two solenoid valves to a safety instrumented system keeps equipment, facility and personnel safe and the system online.

By Joseph D. McHugh II