Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Age of the control engineer, technologies for sensor networks, ICS cyber insecurity, more

Articles about the age of the control engineer, technologies for improving sensor networks in oil and gas, ICS cyber insecurity, proactive obsolescence management, and compressed air efficiency at a distance were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.


Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Apr. 27-May 3, covered the age of the control engineer, technologies for improving sensor networks in oil and gas, ICS cyber insecurity, proactive obsolescence management, and compressed air efficiency at a distance. Link to each article below.

1. 'The age of the control engineer is just dawning'

Dr. Peter Martin of Schneider Electric talked about opportunities to apply control engineering skills beyond efficiency at the Schneider Electric Global Automation Conference. 

2. Technologies converge to improve sensor networks in the oil and gas industry

In a time of depressed oil prices, producers and large oil companies are working hard to increase production and reduce costs. However, adding sensors to oil and gas infrastructures allow engineers to better actuate extraction process efficiency and maximize production potential. 

3. ICS cyber insecurity: Not if, but when

Think Again: A major cyber security incident will happen to industrial control systems (ICS): not if, but when. Are you and your coworkers ready? Is your organization ready? Do you have the technologies, processes, and procedures ready at every level? 

4. Proactive obsolescence management: Plan now or pay later

Skyrocketing costs of today's industrial equipment coupled with the accelerated pace of technological change are creating expectations from customers that products will be supported far beyond the typical component lifecycle. Component obsolescence is inevitable and cannot be avoided. 

5. Compressed air efficiency at a distance

Remote monitoring tools allow effective measurement when no one is around. An optimized compressed air system is integral to a manufacturing facility's success. Remote monitoring is a vital part of compressed air system optimization and offers a highly efficient strategy on the pathway to the connected plant. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, April 27 to May 3, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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