Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 3-9, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most-clicked articles from last week, March 3-9, 2014, including articles about steam traps, boiler control systems, female engineers, Smart Grid, and the commercial building sector.


1. Don't blow your money on a steam trap

Steam and condensate leaks cost buildings and industrial plants millions of dollars in lost energy, while increasing emissions from boilers due to increased operation, creating potential safety hazards, and lowering the reliability of operations. This article will review the many factors that impact the reliability, performance, longevity, and maintenance requirements for condensate return piping systems.

2. Codes for boiler control systems and pressure vessels

The end user is ultimately responsible to use the correct code for pressure sensors and transmitters for boiler controls and pressurized vessels.

3. Female engineers should get creative

An enhanced focus on creativity in engineering along with a reduced emphasis on classical tool collection may encourage women students to remain in the profession.

4. Interconnection, interoperability for integration in the Smart Grid

The relationship between interconnection and interoperability in the Smart Grid is often a source of confusion for engineers.

5. Lodging, office buildings lead commercial building sector

Reed Construction Data’s U.S. chief economist Bernard Markstein answers one-on-one questions about the commercial building construction forecast.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 3-9, 2014, for articles published within the last two months.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs and Jordan Schultz, associate content managers, CFE Media, and

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security