Sensors, Actuators

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Pumps October 4, 2020

Process sensors, wireless transmitters, help pump diagnostics

Applying vibration and temperature sensors with wireless transmitters, paired to local or cloud diagnostics, can help keep pumps running safely and reliably. 

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sensors, Actuators September 9, 2020

Velcro-like food sensor detects spoilage, contamination

A Velcro-like food sensor made from an array of silk microneedles has been developed that is designed to pierce through plastic packaging to sample food for signs of spoilage and bacterial contamination.

By Jennifer Chu
Courtesy: Honeywell Intelligrated
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 31, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Aug. 24-30, 2020

Articles about smart thermometers, predictive maintenance, edge computing and IIoT, PLC's, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug.18-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Sensors, Actuators August 26, 2020

Smart thermometers use real-time data to help prevent outbreaks

Smart thermometers to detect and track the spread of contagious illnesses and pandemics like COVID-19 before patients go to the hospital have been developed by Kinsa, a startup company.

By Zach Winn
Baumer FlexFlow sensor for flow rate and temperature meets the requirements for protection class IP 68, appropriate hygienic applications. It has maximum temperature of 150 degrees Celsius, making suitable for sterilization-in-process (SIP) applications. Courtesy: Baumer
Process Manufacturing July 26, 2020

Analyzing energy consumption using flow sensors

Arla Foods achieved energy transparency during cottage cheese production at a factory in Sweden. A flow sensor monitors temperature and flow rate.

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