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System Integrators

Courtesy: Charlotte Evans, Natelson Research Group/Rice University
Electrical September 11, 2020

Electricity generated by temperature differences

Electricity generated by temperature differences doesn’t appear to be affected measurably by grain boundaries placed in its way in nanoscale gold wires.

By Mike Williams
Physical Plant plumbers open a wastewater sampler from a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance site on campus to remove a sample for testing. Courtesy: Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Safety September 9, 2020

Wastewater treatment teams searching for COVID-19

Researchers are sifting through raw sewage in wastewater treatment facilities for traces of COVID-19 to find out how it spreads.

By Kelly April Tyrrell
Courtesy: Everactive, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 27, 2020

IIoT platform built on battery-free sensors

Everactive has developed an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform and industrial sensors that eliminate batteries altogether.

By Zach Winn
Courtesy: CFE Media & Technology
Research August 17, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering

Research: For 2021, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control system integration, instrumentation, industrial wireless, industrial PCs, industrial Ethernet, and advanced process control are among hot topics; 18 topics are in the top 10; 62 are in the top 20.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Festo
Robotics August 17, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Aug. 10-16, 2020

Articles about edge computing and IIoT, automation helping the COVID-19 pandemic response, system integration, MQTT, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug. 10-16, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Alvarez Research Group/Rice University
Process Manufacturing July 21, 2020

Graphene shield improves wastewater protection

Rice University researchers have found that a shield of graphene helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistance genes and other potential superbugs in wastewater treatment plants.

By Jade Boyd
Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
Data Acquisition, DAQ July 7, 2020

Better data management for manufacturers during COVID-19

Will COVID-19 compel manufacturing companies to streamline connected data management more than previously?

By Sanjay Barnwal
Project management for system integration projects may need to overcome frustration, anxiety and resentment to build trust. Project documentation, project communications, and project planning help with system integration project management, according to MartinCSI, a CSIA Certified control systems integrator in Central Ohio. Courtesy: MartinCSI
System Integration July 4, 2020

System integration project management, trust, pitfalls

Project management for system integration projects may need to overcome frustration, anxiety and resentment to build trust. Project documentation, project communications, and project planning help with system integration project management.

By Joe Martin
Research involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source demonstrates crystal-like heat conduction in a solid-liquid hybrid, AgCrSe2. Courtesy: Jill Hemman/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Energy, Power June 30, 2020

Spectrometry research advances could lead to safer rechargeable batteries

Researchers have found a way to advance safer rechargeable batteries with spectrometry. Their findings could improve batteries used for consumer electronics such as laptops and cellphones.

By Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hot electrons travel along the molecule into the probe tip. The molecule only allows electrons within a narrow range of energies to pass. Credit: Enrique Shagun, Scixel
Energy Efficiency June 25, 2020

Electron energy distribution measured for improved storage, conversion

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool in the UK have figured out a way to measure how many hot charge carrier are present in a metal nanostructure for improved energy storage and conversion.

By Kate McAlpine