Industry expected model-predictive control (MPC) to naturally expand into the multi-loop control (MLC) region, but that never happened; MPC costs of ownership remain high and MPC remains primarily a high-end solution. MLC represents an important, but under-developed part of the APC matrix spectrum. Courtesy: Control Engineering webcast, Advanced process control: Past, present and future.
PID, APC January 27, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 20-26

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, advanced process control, robotics and AI in agriculture, improved process control engineering, and revamped HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Left to right: Steven Schneebeli, lead and director of engineering/IT at Malisko Engineering; Nancy Lange, co-founder and COO at Malisko Engineering; Matt Scott, lead and director of mentorship at Malisko Engineering; Dave Blaida, president and CEO at Matrix Technologies; Jeremy Gibbs, director of sales and marketing, Matrix Technologies; Jeff Buck, vice president of engineering at Automationnth. Courtesy: Katie Spain, CFE Media and Technology
System Integrators January 17, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2019 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, Engineers' Choice finalists, automation infrastructure, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The rise of sophisticated attacks coupled with the lack of skilled personnel are among the biggest challenges facing operations technology (OT) security. Courtesy: Siemens/ISSSource
Cybersecurity January 17, 2020

Utilities benefit from a risk-based approach to cybersecurity

Utilities need to embrace a risk-based approach to cybersecurity to match the existing basic-level of compliance. See four issues utilities are currently facing.

By Gregory Hale
Dr. Matt Pharr is an assistant professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Courtesy: Justin Baetge/Texas A&M Engineering Communications
Energy, Power January 24, 2020

Research into next-generation rechargeable batteries supported

The National Science Foundation is supporting Texas A&M researcher Dr. Matt Pharr in his work on developing improved rechargeable batteries.

By Steve Kuhlmann
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Sensors, Vision January 28, 2020

Machine vision cables and connectors need to be strong

By Dan McCarthy
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
AI and Machine Learning January 27, 2020

University experts join AI research collaboration

By Mary L. Martialay
Trilogy Education announced the launch of a cybersecurity boot camp in partnership with Arizona State University's (ASU) Continuing & Professional Education, which is geared toward adult learners. Courtesy: Arizona State University
Educational January 25, 2020

Cybersecurity program launched at Arizona State University

By Trilogy Education
PhD student Yan Xiong, Professor Sanat Kumar, Postdoc Jason Kahn, Professor Oleg Gang, and PhD student Brian Minevich, all members of the Soft Matter Lab at Columbia Engineering. The group made and partially characterized various optical and enzymatic materials to demonstrate a new nanofabrication platform. Courtesy: Columbia University
Discrete Manufacturing January 19, 2020

Nanofabrication platform developed for directing components into 3D arrays

By Holly Evarts