Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 4-10: Flow measurement, heat exchanger strategies, more

Articles about flow measurement challenges, heat exchanger control strategies, PLC and DCSs for process industries, and the top Oil and Gas Engineering articles for 2015 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.


The top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 4-10 for Control Engineering covered flow measurement challenges, heat exchanger control strategies, intelligent and efficient PLC programming, PLC and DCSs for process industries, and the top Oil & Gas Engineering articles for 2015. Link to each article below. 

1. Overcoming flow measurement challenges

Matching the flowmeter to the application can help engineers overcome flow measurement issues. Magnetic, vortex, and differential pressure (dP) flowmeters are the leading technologies used to measure volumetric flow or flow velocity. Know when to use each.

2. Applying heat exchanger control strategies

Integrating control schemes, such as feedback, cascade, and feedforward techniques, can satisfy the control requirements of even highly challenging heat exchanger temperature control applications.

4. Six steps to choose between PLC and DCS for process industries

Learn how to choose between PLC and DCS. Though PLC and DCS technologies were invented to serve different industrial processes, the last 15 years have seen a massive merger of functionalities between both worlds.

5. Oil & Gas Engineering's most-viewed articles for 2015

Articles about hacking oil and gas control systems, oil and gas prices, future oil and gas workers, pigging your line, and predictive analytics hitting the midstream were Oil and Gas Engineering's five most clicked articles for 2015.

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

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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