Top 5 Control Engineering articles, August 3-9: Future of oil prices, IIoT at the IO level, process modeling and feedback, more

Articles about the future of oil prices, IIoT at the I/O level, process modeling and feedback, methane emissions from shale leaks, and the PMI report for July 2015 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

08/10/2015


Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Aug. 3-9, covered the future of oil prices, IIoT at the I/O level, process modeling and feedback, methane emissions from shale leaks, and the PMI report for July 2015. Link to each article below. 

1. Black October on the horizon

The price of oil may not have hit the nadir yet, supply is almost double that of demand, and the Iran deal may slash oil prices to new lows.

2. IIoT at the IO level

Really look at the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): How will device-level communication work using this developing technology? What is IIoT? Learn four IIoT misconceptions, five ways IIoT is new, and six reasons why the disruptive technology of IIoT will be slow to catch on.

3. Process modeling, feedback controllers

Feedback controllers assume that their control efforts will have some effect on the process variable. Advanced process control (APC) and advanced regulatory control (ARC) can help a controller choose its control efforts more effectively by modeling the process.

4. Research raises concerns about methane emissions from shale leaks

Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations, and processing plants in the Barnett Shale in Texas leaks far more methane than previously estimated, which could potentially offset the climate benefits of natural gas.

5. PMI skids to 52.7% in July despite positive outlook

Growth slips as oil prices and global economic uncertainty continue to linger, though the overall outlook among manufacturers is trending positive.

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

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



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