Top 10 Control Engineering articles, October 13 to November 12: Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC or DCS, Leaders Under 40, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Leaders Under 40, DCS development changes, and reducing VFD costs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 13 to November 12. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

11/13/2015


The top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 13 to Nov. 12 for Control Engineering covered the Engineers' Choice finalists, choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Leaders Under 40, DCS development changes, and reducing VFD costs. Link to each article below. Also see what ranked 6-10 over the past month. 

1. 2016 Engineering Choice Awards' Finalists 

The Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering's print and online subscribers. 

2. Six steps to choose between PLC and DCS for process industries

Learn how to choose between PLC and DCS. Though PLC and DCS technologies were invented to serve different industrial processes, the last 15 years have seen a massive merger of functionalities between both worlds.

3. 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40

The 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40 are a dedicated group of engineers that give hope to the future of manufacturing.

4. The changing drivers of DCS development

Now that distributed control system (DCS) technology is moving into middle age, the nature of what users want from it is evolving. Enough maturity may avoid a mid-life crisis.

5. VFDs reduce costs through process optimization  

Variable frequency drives (VFDs), modern motor controllers, that communicate readily with process automation controllers can achieve much higher efficiency and process improvements by providing power consumption details. 

More popular stories on Control Engineering

As an online-only feature, we're featuring the stories that finished 6-10 over the past month.

6. Drive software can suppress machine vibration

Advanced vibration suppression algorithms used in servo drives can achieve smoother motion, faster settling time, and more accurate positioning, providing vibration suppression, greater precision, and improved performance for industrial robots and other machines and motion systems.

7. Best practices in control system HMI graphic development

In consideration of the scope of designing, migrating, or upgrading a control system, it is important to not overlook or underestimate the importance of HMI graphic development.

8. Understanding new methane regulations

Faced with new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals for greenhouse gas reduction, oil and gas companies are turning to optical gas imaging to hunt down harmful and costly gas leaks.

9. Five tips for improving hydraulic control in a mechatronic system

Advanced machine designs and new Industry 4.0 technologies combine mechanical motion with sophisticated electronic controls in a synergy known as mechatronics.

10. Smartphones and tablets in manufacturing

Manufacturing environments are seeing wisdom in adopting smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices, offering faster access to critical information and problem-solving applications. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, October 13 to November 12, for articles published within the last two months.  

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.

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