Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 25-31: Motor and drive efficiency, Microsoft Windows 10, more

Articles about motors, drives and HVAC efficiency; Microsoft Windows 10; data historians and the cloud; and choosing to repair, replace, or retrofit were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.


The top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 25-31 for Control Engineering covered motors, drives and HVAC efficiency; Microsoft Windows 10; PLC programming; data historians and the cloud; and choosing to repair, replace, or retrofit. Link to each article below. 

1. Motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency

Engineers must understand how the components in the HVAC systems they design use power and how they can be optimized without compromising traditional design values. Motors and drives are shown in relation to the design of HVAC systems.

2. Windows 10: Upgrade or not?

Microsoft introduced Windows 10, but should industrial institutions consider an upgrade? Here is a quick analysis.

4. Data historians deliver value from big data in the cloud

Cloud: Data historians help manufacturers collect, store, and retrieve the massive amount of process-related data in cloud-based applications, comparative analysis, and quality improvement in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

5. The three R’s: Repair, replace, or retrofit

Deciding whether to repair, replace, or retrofit an asset within a plant depends on business goals and operation and maintenance requirements of each asset in a facility.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, January 25-31, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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