Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 4-10: Ladder logic, predictive analytics, Engineers' Choice winners, more

Articles about ladder logic and data acquisition, the power of predictive analytics, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, maintaining deepwater wells, and choosing between historian and MES integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.


The top 5 most read articles online, from Apr. 4-10 for Control Engineering covered ladder logic and data acquisition, the power of predictive analytics, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, maintaining deepwater wells, and choosing between historian and MES integration. Link to each article below. 

1. Ladder logic 401: Data acquisition and analysis

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is designed to not only provide information on signal levels, but it can also capture data and it can be analyzed, but there are a number of challenges the user faces from a software and logistical standpoint.

2. Harnessing the power of predictive analytics 

The oil and gas industry has plenty of data; now it needs to put it to better use. 

3. 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 27 categories chosen by Control Engineering's print and digital audience.

4. The challenge of maintaining deepwater wells

Technology changes for deepwater wells improve process, but they also add complexity.

5. Choosing between historian and MES integration

While historians and manufacturing execution systems (MES) have been around for a long time, knowing which one to use and how to maximize the benefit of each for particular situations is key.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, April 4-10, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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