A coordinated enterprise asset management system should be the first consideration when modernizing a plant, writes Steve Beard, director of innovation for Infor Public Sector. A modern EAM system can solve multiple problems, detecting signs that an asset needs maintenance, scheduling projects, monitoring asset history, maintaining parts inventory and tracking equipment performance.
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Ken Latino and Tom Schiller lead the last live webinar of 2018 today at 12 p.m. Their presentation, titled "How Mobile Field Data Collection Can Improve Asset Performance," explores the basic steps to starting an electronic field data collection initiative. This webinar aligns with Pillar 3 of the SMRP Body of Knowledge and is for anyone who is responsible for improving the overall performance (reliability) of equipment within an industrial facility. Click here to register.
Engineers and clinicians are working together to develop biomaterials for new immunotherapies and vaccines. Christopher Jewell of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland explores developments in the field in the latest episode of ASME TechCast.
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform the transportation industry, but the available talent pool to develop the technology is shallow. Part the dilemma can be attributed to how hard it is to find engineers with a background in all of the disciplines relevant to AVs, including robotics, lidar, computer vision, radar and motion planning.
Molten silicon that provides light like the sun is the key ingredient in a solar power storage solution from engineers at MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A system involving thermal energy grid storage using multijunction photovoltaics would employ solar cells to heat up the silicon during the day, while at night the molten silicon's glow would shine on those same cells for continuous electrical power.
The ASME Journal of Engineering and Science in Medical Diagnostics and Therapy is currently accepting manuscripts for a special issue that will cover novel and emergent personalized cardiovascular medicine. The deadline for submitting a paper for the special issue, expected to be published in November 2019, is March 1, 2019.
An Ohio elementary school has started a science, technology, engineering and math class in which students build structures with Legos and learn computer skills. Parents' fundraising efforts contributed to the program, intended to teach students 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, teacher Mary Ann Smiley said.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a promising step forward for cement-based materials in construction, but one limitation is possible weaknesses presented by the interfaces between the additive layers. Researchers at Purdue University are pursuing a solution with 3D printing in a form that mimics the self-repair capacity of arthropod shells by actively controlling cracking through twisting and displacement of the stress caused by the load the structure is bearing.
An electrical current coursing through electrodes used in some labs on a chip can damage the blood cells being examined, which can result in compromised test results. Engineers at Michigan Technological University are using a 50-nanometer layer of hafnium oxide to shield a chip's electrodes, taking advantage of the material's high dielectric constant that allows the electric field to reach the blood cells even as a physical barrier protects them from the electrodes.