Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 5-11: Control engineers and management, PID loop tuning advice, oil recovery techniques, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, learning PID loop turning from an expert, thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques, PLC and DCS programming, and Industry 4.0 and the IoT for factory automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 5-11.


Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 5-11 covered 7 things control engineers should know about management, learning PID loop turning from an expert, thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques, PLC and DCS programming, and Industry 4.0 and the IoT for factory automation. Link to each article below.

1. 7 things control engineers should know about management

How to communicate effectively with management and accelerate your career: Engineers should know these 7 things about management today. Don't wait for others to delegate the needed resources or complain that they haven't. 

2. Learning PID loop tuning from an expert

Hands-on experience helps accelerate the PID learning curve. 

3. Thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques

Oil & Gas Engineering spoke with Dr. Berna Hascakir from the Heavy Oils, Oil Shales, Oil Sands, and Carbonate Recovery Methods (HOCAM) center at Texas A&M University to get a glimpse of new technologies being developed to extract heavy oil and bitumen in unconventional plays. 

4. Improve PLC and DCS programming with a mental model

Develop a mental model to address real-time programming, which differs from web development or classical programming. Base real-time programmable logic controller (PLC) and distributed control system (DCS) programs on models of functional programming, encapsulation, hierarchy decomposition, and petri nets. Do not accept unstructured and poorly designed PLC and DCS code. 

5. Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things tools help streamline factory automation

Factories can become smarter through the application of tools used for Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things initiatives, according to Aurelio Banda, Beckhoff Automation. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, January 5-11, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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