Combining modern data collection with traditional physical analysis yields the best predictive maintenance results, says Tiedo Tinga, a professor in dynamics-based maintenance. "If you can combine your specific failure data with variable additional data, then you use the power of data science," he says.
Manufacturers can use the current slowdown to evaluate equipment and processes with an eye toward safety, flexibility and reliability, according to Dan Miklovic of the Analyst Syndicate. Operational data generated with emerging sensor technology and connectivity features can help organizations achieve these goals, says Michael Tay, advanced analytics manager at Rockwell Automation.
Employee training and constant awareness of potential threats are key elements of any program meant to thwart industrial cyberattacks. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have also proven useful for detecting new threats before they cause damage, writes Claudia Jarrett.
A Wisconsin school district received a $25,000 state grant to expand its new fabrication laboratory, and dozens of others received some level of funding through the Fab Labs Grant Program. Fab labs help to provide students with hands-on workforce experience, using state-of-the-art equipment, and afford them the opportunity to learn soft skills.
A wide-ranging, $1.8 billion project to restore Florida's Everglades is underway and will include a stormwater treatment area and a vast storage reservoir. The treatment area is expected to be finished in 2023, spanning 6,500 acres west of the reservoir with canals to channel water in and out.
Resilience is the new watchword for utilities, looking beyond reliability to how grids can recover in a timely fashion from a confluence of disruptive events. In an ASME podcast, PJM Interconnection Vice President for Operations Mike Bryson and Nirmal Paudel, an ABB R&D consulting engineer, discuss how they're addressing the resilience challenge.
US consumption of renewable energy topped its use of coal last year for the first time since 1885, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Coal consumption in 2019 fell 15% while use of renewable energy rose 1% from 2018, the agency reports.
ABI Research predicts a $23 billion market for mobile robotics next year as the coronavirus accelerates adoption for tasks related to the pandemic and post-pandemic world. Traditional robotics may lag a bit in an increasingly uncertain environment, ABI says, while noting that new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine vision will support continued adoption.
Active anticipation of an emerging array of new natural and man-induced challenges to electrical grids is essential to keeping the lights on, industry and academic experts say. Resilience is a relatively new field of study that's all about achieving power resiliency, or maintaining a base level of electrical service when one or more catastrophic events disrupt the distribution system.
Researchers at Northwestern University have used asymmetrically dispersed spectroscopic single-molecule localization microscopy to provide more precise spectroscopic single-molecule analysis of how cells behind certain diseases function. "This approach allows us to apply all of the available photons for spectral analysis to push the resolution limit while also acquiring spatial imaging," said study leader Hao Zhang.