The Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 Initiative at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been working toward faster and more efficient methods of producing 3D-printed face shields for health care workers and testing filtration materials for N95 masks. The ability of 3D printing to quickly duplicate designs has been key to the initiative's success, as critical shortages of PPE continue during the pandemic.
Education for engineers is a neverending proposition, and one of ASME's missions is to facilitate the learning process. In an interview, ASME Director of Learning and Development Arin Ceglia reflects on the history of this effort and its continuing outreach and notes three new available courses.
Universal Robots' ActiNav autonomous bin picking technology helps train robots to quickly select parts for a variety of industrial uses. "You physically attach the part to the end effector, you present it to the scanner, you scan it, and the system remembers the relationship between the end effector and the part," explains product manager Eric Andersen.
Researchers at MIT, ETH Zurich, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Virginia Tech have developed an algorithm that detects obscure "traps" in oceans to help first responders identify missing people or objects. "This new tool we've provided can be run on various models to see where these traps are predicted to be, and thus the most likely locations for a stranded vessel or missing person," says Thomas Peacock, professor of mechanical engineering at MIT.
Improved ventilation systems with high air circulation rates are becoming prized amenities among employees in office settings, but many office buildings with modern HVAC systems fail to properly ventilate their indoor air, according to Joseph Matje, HVAC specialist for J&M Engineering. In buildings that lack modern ventilation systems, high price tags and negative impacts on rentable space can make it difficult for owners to make the switch, Matje says.
With 84% of recruiters adapting their hiring processes to improve remote exchanges, according to Jobvite, candidates should be ready for interviews via text messaging. It's important to keep files like reference letters and certifications on your phone to have them ready to share, writes Jobvite's Aman Brar.
A sintered aluminum device created with 3D printing offers what is said to be the first advance in scaffolding couplers in more than a century. The coupler developed by civil engineer Shiraz Dudhia is printed in two parts that are then riveted together, offering a shortened thread for two-second assembly and no external or sharp parts.
Wetlands were filled in to make way for the port city of New Orleans, but the city is joining others in implementing green solutions that perform similar anti-flooding benefits. New Orleans is using a 25-acre rain garden, porous pavement and underground holding tanks among other solutions to battle growing flood risks.
Timber harvesting leaves behind wood debris that can be useful as a soil addition when turned into biochar. In Indiana's Hoosier National Forest, such debris is being turned into the charcoal-like material and improving soil by boosting water retention and reducing erosion.
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