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System Integration

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: 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
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
If a hazard occurs and the control system can’t achieve the required risk reduction on its own, a safety instrumented function (SIF) is implemented to reduce the hazardous risk to an acceptable level. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Process Manufacturing May 30, 2020

Separating process control and safety systems

Process safety: Keeping process control and safety systems separate is crucial, but knowing what to separate and integrate and why is critical. Learn about safety instrumented function (SIF) and layers of protection analysis (LOPA).

By Scott Hayes
Safety May 19, 2020

How COVID-19 is changing the engineering jobs, jobs market

Taking control in an uncontrolled time: Leaders share lessons from the industrial automation, controls, and manufacturing industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Jeff Briggs
Courtesy: Avanceon
System Integration May 3, 2020

10 ways manufacturers can add COVID-19 support preparedness

Ask these 10 questions to improve support preparedness for manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
CFE Media and Technology websites (Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Oil & Gas Engineering) include a section with updates on coronavirus impacts on engineers along with a related newsletter. Courtesy: Control Engineering
Business of Engineering March 17, 2020

COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help. See Control Engineering highlights.

By Mark T. Hoske