Research

The new labs are at IU Bloomington and at the IU School of Medicine on the IUPUI campus. Courtesy: Liz Kaye, Indiana University
Labs, Research October 27, 2020

University starts lab operation for COVID-19 mitigation testing

Indiana University has started operating its own labs for COVID-19 testing and will be able to complete 35,000 tests per week.

By Chuck Carney
Bar graph of cybersecurity products and services used: Respondents could check all the products and services that apply. The most universally used is anti-virus software by 91% of respondents. More than half use regular patch updates and firewall logs; 46% use network logs; 39% get help from the IT department. Six other product or services fall into the 36% to 31% range: Cybersecurity analytics/monitoring-internal, Patch updates-emergency, Instruction detection or prevention systems, Physical guards and port protection, Industrial control system cybersecurity tools, and Password audits. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report
Cybersecurity September 5, 2020

Cybersecurity tips from subscribers

Cybersecurity advice about process, technologies, people (internal) and external threat resulted from the Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report. See graphic of technologies and services used online.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: ControlSphere Engineering
Data Acquisition, DAQ July 27, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 20-26, 2020

Articles about PLCs, COVID-19 innovations to keep front line workers safe, tips for selecting an industrial valve, data management, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Business of Engineering July 22, 2020

Learning lessons and taking back control

While we are still embroiled in the battle to contain and defeat COVID-19, nobody truly knows the eventual outcomes, but we can begin to assess the impacts and respond positively to change.

By Steve Sands
Alcami Tech Center and Laboratory Wilmington, North Carolina. Courtesy: CRB
Labs, Research July 20, 2020

Lab design techniques to accelerate COVID-19 test processing

Testing is a crucial component of our global response to COVID-19 and producing enough tests processing the results quickly to the public is a challenge we currently face.

By CRB
Ladder diagram is the most popular programmable controllers programming language at 80% followed by function block diagram at 58%, structured text at 44%, object-oriented programming at 39%, sequential function charge at 34%, C at 31% followed by five others at 24% down to 5%. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Industrial Controller Research Report
Research July 16, 2020

Research: Controller programming methods, advice

Control Engineering 2020 research on industrial programmable controllers said ladder logic continues to dominate programming, software integration and simulation capabilities are increasing, and survey respondents seek programming flexibility. See six software-related programmable controller changes since 2018 and nine programmable controller bits of software advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CRB
Safety July 13, 2020

Seven steps to plan for re-entering the workplace

When people return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided enough, it is important to have a concrete plan in place during those early days to enhance safety and worker confidence.

By CRB
Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report
Cybersecurity June 13, 2020

Cybersecurity requires asset updates

Age of existing assets are the greatest cybersecurity risk factor, 67% in 2020 Control Engineering research, up from 46% in 2016. This is of particular concern with remote operations increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and manufacturing starting up again.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Dewberry
Business of Engineering June 12, 2020

Learn from one another whenever possible

Engineers, regardless of their skill or experience, can always learn something new and should strive to gain knowledge from all corners to be a better employee and mentor/mentee.

By Sid Pandey
Courtesy: New Products for Engineers Database and Des Champs Technologies
Research May 21, 2020

Top products since COVID-19 pandemic relate to air control, cleaning

In the New Products for Engineers Database by CFE Media and Technology, 5 of the top 6 products cover control of air or cleaning, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.

By Mark T. Hoske