Coronavirus, COVID-19

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Business of Engineering October 15, 2020

Equipment finance confidence drops slightly in October

The equipment finance market's confidence dropped to 55.0 in October, as concerns about the economy's long-term health remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
An Oct. 22 Control Engineering webcast from Universal Robots will cover “Leveraging AI to Maximize Collaborative Robot Efficiency” by using video case studies and a live question and answer session. Learn more at Courtesy: Universal Robots
AI and Machine Learning October 13, 2020

Collaborative robot optimization with AI, for safer manufacturing during COVID-19

Collaborative robots use artificial intelligence (AI) to increase usefulness in dynamically changing workspaces. Cobot factory applications can create more space between workers, lowering COVID-19 risk for manufacturers while increasing throughput.

By Mark T. Hoske
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Business of Engineering October 12, 2020

Manufacturing orders slide in August

Manufacturing orders totaled under $300 million in August according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which is down more than 20% from the same period in 2019.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
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Safety October 12, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 5-11, 2020

Articles about forklift safety, operating machines during stoppages, COVID-19 and robots, pump diagnostics and four profit killers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Analytics October 12, 2020

How self-service analytics enables remote working

Self-service analytics support efficient shift handovers, reduced time loss

By Edwin van Dijk
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Robotics October 6, 2020

Reducing COVID-19 worker risks with robots

Focusing on COVID-19 risks in the workplace has shed new light on the benefits of automation and robots and their benefits on the plant floor and manifesting in multiple ways.

By Tanya M. Anandan
In early-fall 2020, College of Engineering student employees assembled Badger Seal mask fitters outside the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Laboratory in Wendt Commons. Courtesy Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PPE October 5, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 28 to October 4, 2020

Articles about mask filtration, global manufacturing, COVID-19 and digitalization, microgrid system design and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The hardware for the robot developed by USC Viterbi researchers includes a spray sense camera to detect spray droplets and a nozzle, from which the spray is released. All of the specifications, including speed and coating thickness, can be defined by the user. See video for more. Courtesy: USC Viterbi
PPE October 4, 2020

Engineering understanding about COVID-19’s effects, safety

Students at USC worked on robots, masks and droplet dispersion to better understand how to live with COVID-19 over the summer. See video.

By Avni Shah
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Maintenance October 3, 2020

Four common profit killers and how to avoid them

Superior maintenance operations may just be the difference maker

By Paul Lachance
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Business of Engineering October 2, 2020

Manufacturing index records fifth straight month of industry growth

The purchasing manufacturers' index registered at 55.4% in September, down slightly from August, as cautious optimism abounds due to COVID-19.

By Chris Vavra