Control Engineering Article Descriptions 2019

Article descriptions and general areas of coverage below provide tentative details about the 2019 Control Engineering editorial calendar. Author guidelines, online media kit, editorial calendar, and other useful information also may be found at www.controleng.com/mediainfo. Find advice on article contribution at www.controleng.com/contribute.

Article topics are based on Control Engineering reader research, although articles and subjects in the issue may differ depending on space, author knowledge, and available information. Some research, some special reports, Applied Automation, and Oil & Gas Engineering are not shown.

(Please note that article deadlines are considerably earlier than advertising deadlines in the media kit and editorial calendar.)

General areas of Control Engineering coverage:

- Control systems and strategy: DCS, PACs, PLCs, industrial PCs, CNC, loop control, PID, embedded control, edge computing, machine control, artificial intelligence, instrumentation, mobile devices, analytical instruments, test and calibration equipment

- Networking and information: Ethernet, wireless, other networks, I/O modules and systems, HMI, mobility, SCADA, historians, data acquisition, alarm management, simulation, safety, asset management, cyber security, industrial IT, and enterprise-level functions, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrie 4.0

- Control equipment and energy: Motors, drives, robotics, mechatronics, motion control, energy efficiency, control valves, pumps, positioners, transmitters, sensors, vision, RFID, power supplies, power protection, power distribution, enclosures, and related components

- Industry, integrators, system integration, and people

Focused delivery: For system integrators, click the System Integrator box upper left at www.controleng.com. In addition to monthly print and digital (with added content) editions, Control Engineering publishes online daily, research, topical e-newsletters, webcasts, and offers mobile apps, CFE Technology's ContentStream, and has six editions globally: www.controleng.com/international.

Contribute appropriate new products into the New Products for Engineers Database at www.controleng.com/NP4E.

Control Engineering articles can be technology trends, tutorials, or case studies (problem-solution format with quantified benefits, practical advice, and lessons learned). Readers appreciate real-world, practical options (with examples) that the controls/automation engineer can employ to enhance production and/or reduce costs, risks, variability, downtime, etc. We want to provide engineers practical advice for taking "next steps" or "first steps" to take advantage of the analysis. Other topics also are covered (see bottom). More than one article may be accepted on a topic. Learn more at www.controleng.com/contribute. Send article proposals to Mark Hoske, mhoske@cfemedia.com.

 

JANUARY - editorial deadline: Nov. 1, 2018 (Value-added, integrated programs, contact your sales representative - Profiles: Executive Voice/Corporate Profile; Fast Start Program; White Paper Connection.)

Controllers for factory automation: Selection, implementation: Factory automation and discrete manufacturing need controllers for machines, machine tending, workcells, material handling, and other applications. Learn how capabilities are expanding, and implementation is easier. Consider lifecycle costs. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Software to help industrial network communications: Industrial network stacks and other industrial connectivity software work behind the scenes in devices and in systems to enhance connectivity. Here's what you need to know about selection, capabilities, and use of industrial connectivity software.

Factory automation and discrete sensor selection: With so many available discrete sensor types, different technologies can serve similar applications. What advances in sensing technologies, sensor designs, and sensor communications, are making sensor implement easier, with more choices?

System Integration Roundtable, part 1: Automotive: System integrators are invited to share success stories in automotive manufacturing application stories. What can you learn from what these experts have learned and applied?

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

 

FEBRUARY - editorial deadline: Dec. 3, 2018 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - Promote Engineers' Choice Winners.)

WEBCAST: Lowering cybersecurity risk

[date pending], at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET; One (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees. Cybersecurity, like safety, has to become part of the culture, through design, technologies, processes, and people. Risks and vulnerabilities need to be addressed. Time and budget aren't unlimited; how should prioritization happen? How should [Up to four sponsorships are available, with lead-generation opportunities.]

Learning objectives for this webcast include:

Speakers: Non-vendor experts to be determined.

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager

DCS, SCADA, process controls selection, implementation: Distributed control systems (DCSs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software, and process controls need of upgrades. Walk through the best practices in identifying when upgrades are needed, technology selection, and implementation based on application needs. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Cybersecurity: What you don't know: Safety initiatives prove that sharing information leads to smarter prevention, so what information about recent cybersecurity breaches, responses, technologies, and processes help with preparation for and response to cyber incidents? If you think a cybersecurity breach won't happen to you, it probably already has.

Optimization: Power distribution monitoring: Power distribution systems, in machines, cells, units, and processes have advanced to offer information about themselves and the devices and systems they supply.

32nd Engineers' Choice Awards (Staff written: nomination deadline for the following year is first week in August; enter at www.controleng.com/EngineersChoice): Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation, and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering's print and online subscribers. Survey respondents are asked to select products based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact.

Automation product design advice (winners are asked for input; others may contribute also): Product design advice helps ensure your next product is a top vote getter among your customers. Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

 

MARCH - editorial deadline: Jan. 2, 2019

NEW MARCH 2019 WEBCAST: Machine safety: What you don't know can hurt you

[date pending] at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET

One (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

For machines used in manufacturing and processing environments, one person often is responsible for instilling and reinforcing a safety culture to ensure it's top of mind and part of everyone's job. Standards, technologies, and processes all factor into the knowledge required to lower machine safety risk. [Up to four sponsorships are available, with lead-generation opportunities.]

Learning objectives for this webcast include:

Speakers: Non-vendor experts to be determined.

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager

RESEARCH on HMI hardware and software timeline: Nov. 2018 sponsor; Dec. 2018 survey; March issue summary. What attributes in human-machine interface hardware and software do Control Engineering subscribers find important for specification, selection, and applications? Compare trends to prior research. See also www.controleng.com/CE-research.

Edge computing for today's technologies: Edge computing distributes control and logic closer to the process: where measurements are taken, decisions are made, and actions taken, either automated (closed loop) or with human intervention (open loop). What advantages can edge computing designs offer over other control design strategies?

Big Data analysis or data acquisition? Data must be acquired before it's analyzed. When do applications cross the line between a design benefitting from Big Data analytics instead of more traditional data acquisition, monitoring, trending, and analysis? What application attributes point to one architecture over another?

Process sensors: temperature, pressure, level, flow: Experts will be invited to review advancements in each of these big four process sensing areas. In some applications, the benefits of new temperature, pressure, level, or flow sensors can outweigh the costs of leaving existing, but still working, technologies in place. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Compliance with the latest industry standards: Is your manufacturing or process facility compliant with the latest standards requirements? Know the difference between recommendations and requirements. Devices, equipment, and systems may comply with standards as built, but may not comply as applied and used. Don't play, "Catch me if you can" with compliance.

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

IIoT for Engineers supplement to Control Engineering includes editorial topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the CFE Media Interactive Media Kit. Learn more at www.controleng.com/mediainfo

 

APRIL - editorial deadline: Feb. 1, 2019 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - White Paper Connection; Harvey Ad-Q Study.)

WEBCAST IIoT series. More information will be available at www.controleng.com/webcasts.

Advanced controls: Many advanced control technologies use advanced control strategies. Learn how the control techniques in advanced controls are powering the next generation of optimization and advances in manufacturing and process facilities. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Automated test equipment: New product design and development increasingly rely on automation to increase throughput and speed time to market. While simulations help, many tests benefit from real-world physical results provided with automation.

How simulation helps automation and controls: Latest features of a variety of simulation software focus on usability and integration with an eye toward reducing development costs and time to market. See examples of how simulations integrate with design and production.

Motion control: Upgrading motors for machine design: Motors are machine design moneymakers, helping to transfer energy and materials into finished products. What considerations will have you rethinking use of motors in your machine designs, new or retrofit? CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Simplifying the system integration process: While technologies have advanced to ease system integration challenges, certain workflow and project management techniques shouldn't be overlooked. If your project estimate includes something like adding 50% and then doubling it, heed this advice.

Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

 

MAY - editorial deadline: March 1, 2019

RESEARCH Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey and related advice for 2019: As engineering talent is retiring, policies haven't changed quickly enough to develop new talent. Technologies and tech-savvy next-generation workforce are helping. Are your talents advancing to meet the needs? Research and articles provide advice. See also www.controleng.com/CE-research.

RESEARCH on motors and drives starts with a May survey [sponsorship is available], follows with results in a June report, and a summary in the September issue.

Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity advice: training, process design, and technologies help reduce risks from rapidly advancing cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity needs to be a top-of-mind consideration for everyone. Budget for prevention and prepare for remediation.

Industrial Ethernet best practices: What hardware and software power your industrial Ethernet applications? How are your networks designed and connected to devices and systems? Are translations happening quickly enough among various language (protocols) for data integrity? Are bottlenecks slowing throughput and degrading quality?

Robotic safety advances: Technologies race ahead of standards and can decrease risk when appropriately applied. Measure risk in robotic applications and ensure they're within applicable safety standards. Is training keeping up?

Career advice from the Leaders Under 40 class of 2018: The 30 Leaders Under 40 (announced in September 2018, and recognized in the April Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner in Chicago) will provide advice to accompany the Salary and Career Survey.

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

IIoT for Engineers supplement to Control Engineering includes editorial topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the CFE Media Interactive Media Kit. Learn more at www.controleng.com/mediainfo.

 

JUNE - editorial deadline: April 1, 2019 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - Innovations from the Industry.)

WEBCAST IIoT series. More information will be available at www.controleng.com/webcasts.

Digitalization: Data acquisition from mobile devices: Mobile device applications for tablets and smartphone increasingly are entering the industrial space and are changing the way we acquire, view, store, analyze and act on data and information. Do data structures need to change or are existing and emerging applications adapting to mobility? Is information leaving the plant with devices? If devices are lost, can access to industrial apps be wiped?

Machine control, CNCs: Smaller, smarter, faster, and more relevant decisions are coming from computer numerical controls (CNCs) for machine control applications. How are advances in connectivity and hardware pushing software capabilities, on premise and offsite?

HMI selection by application: How should various applications influence specifications for human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software? How are HMI capabilities changing to meet various application needs?

Power supply intelligence: Automation and controls cannot be reliable without reliable power. Built-in intelligence, trouble-shooting, and optimization are helping to increase downtime by delivering information on the power supplies and connected devices and equipment.

System Integration Roundtable, part 2: Petrochemical: System integrators are invited to share success stories in petrochemical application stories. What can you learn from what these experts have learned and applied? (The Control Engineering supplement, Oil and Gas Engineering, addresses related issues.)

Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

 

JULY - editorial deadline: May 1, 2019 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - White Paper Connection.)

RESEARCH on IIoT, Industrie 4.0 starts with a July survey [sponsorship is available], results in a September report, and continues with a summary in the November issue. Are you ahead of the curve for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations, riding the wave, or flopping in the swash? See also www.controleng.com/CE-research.

Automation programming languages: Standards versus non-standards? Industrial control programming versus a general-purpose integrated development environment (IDE)? In any case, common-sense structures, habits, and annotation that add a little time now can save a lot of resources later.

Automation safety: Designed in or added on? As old when the machine was commissioned or updated to current (or future) standards? Does a violation mean the system will failsafe? And/or will someone be fired quickly? Technology and/or processes? Processes and/or people? Check this checklist.

Cybersecurity assessment, recommendations: If vulnerabilities aren't assessed, cybersecurity cannot be addressed. Improvements require measurements. Recommendations from experts offer a pathway for improvement.

Enclosures to fit the application: When specified equipment require an enclosure, the enclosure should match application needs and consider future expansion. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

IIoT: Redesign processes to optimize automation: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) models are broader than throwing information technology (IT) devices at applications. Examining and redesign processes can help with automation optimization. (Control Engineering's IIoT for Engineers supplement addresses related issues in March, May, September, and November.)

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

 

AUGUST - editorial deadline: June 3, 2019 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - Educating engineers.)

WEBCAST IIoT series. More information will be available at www.controleng.com/webcasts.

Migration strategies: Digital plant-floor: Legacy process control systems and factory automation need updates for cybersecurity and process optimization. If digital plant floor advantages aren't factored into the upgrade justification, you're doing it wrong. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Augmented reality (AR) for training: See examples of how augmented reality is being used for training related to automation, controls, and instrumentation. Connect to resources that can help improve the speed and quality of industrial training to lower costs, reduce downtime, and improve quality.

Collaborative robot innovations: Some robots were designed with human collaboration in mind; some traditional robots can be fitted with sensors, feedback, and programming to operate with humans in a collaborative fashion. Either way, uncaging robots can add productivity and fill skills gaps in applications where humans may be unavailable to work and/or be subject to repetitive injuries, dangers, or boredom.

Motion control: Hydraulics: Certain applications favor use of hydraulic technologies. Other applications also could use motors and/or pneumatics. Review advances in hydraulics and use these criteria to help choosing the best technology for the application.

Project management tutorial for automation and controls: Engineering careers can advance or stall based on project-management capabilities in an automation control project. Approach the next project with greater confidence after reviewing these project management tips and advice, from inception through operations.

Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

 

SEPTEMBER - editorial deadline: July 1, 2019 - 65th Anniversary Issue (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - September 65th anniversary celebration promotion.)

RESEARCH on motors and drives starts with a May survey [sponsorship is available], continued with results in a June report, and includes a summary in the September issue. Is your motor and drive knowledge advancing with your next buy-specify opportunities? See also www.controleng.com/CE-research.

Advanced controls: Many advanced control technologies use advanced control strategies. Learn how the control techniques in advanced controls are powering the next generation of optimization and advances in manufacturing and process facilities.

Mobile HMI: New human-machine interface software can include HTML5 capabilities that can resize larger screen automatically to fit tablets and smartphones. Other features help, too. Rugged tablet and smartphone designs can make mobile devices more appropriate for industrial use. Learn what's new. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Electrical safety in a control cabinet: Maybe some control voltages won't kill or injure, but other power points in the control cabinet may. Can technology advances and designs applied to control cabinets lower risk enough, or will you be suiting up with personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Engineering Leaders Under 40 program recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 making a significant contribution to their plant's success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. CFE Media research shows that finding, training, and retaining workers is the biggest issue facing manufacturing today. The goal of the Engineering Leaders Under 40 program is to call attention to successful young engineers in manufacturing and to show how manufacturers are recruiting and developing the next generation of manufacturing professionals. www.controleng.com/LeadersUnder40

September 65th anniversary: How can automation, controls, and instrumentation shape the future and learn from the past? Experts look at how technology applications continue to advance manufacturing, processing, and many other applications, with an eye on key historical developments.

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

IIoT for Engineers supplement to Control Engineering includes editorial topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the CFE Media Interactive Media Kit. Learn more at www.controleng.com/mediainfo.

 

OCTOBER - editorial deadline: Aug. 1, 2019 (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative - White Paper Connection.)

WEBCAST IIoT series. More information will be available at www.controleng.com/webcasts.

Artificial intelligence (AI) to improve machines, processes: How has AI been applied in machine and process control applications? Is AI going to accelerate optimization?

Industrial wireless selection, implementation: Choosing the wrong wireless technology for an industrial application can be like hopping on a bicycle, when you need a bullet train, or vice versa. Match today's and tomorrow's application needs with the correct technologies to ensure needed reliability at the best lifecycle costs. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

I/O modules and systems can serve as connection points between points in the control loop or can incorporate or embed sensors, logic, protocol translation, and wireless connections to be much more. Getting more than what you need can add costs, but not getting enough capabilities can add costs later.

Motion control: Advanced pneumatics: Electronics and software bring advanced control capabilities into pneumatic technologies, providing advanced control functions in easy to understand ways.

System Integration Roundtable, part 3: Packaging: System integrators are invited to share success stories in machine packaging application stories. What can you learn from what these experts have learned and applied?

Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

 

NOVEMBER - editorial deadline: Sept. 3, 2019

WEBCAST: Motors and drives, [date], at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET; One (1) Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

Advancements in motors and drives increase opportunities for efficiency, productivity, and connectivity. What technologies are emerging to be applied in new designs and retrofits? [Up to four sponsorships are available, with lead-generation opportunities.]

Learning objectives for this webcast include:

Speakers: Non-vendor experts to be determined.

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager

RESEARCH on IIoT and Industrie 4.0 started with a July survey, included a September report, and is summarized in the November issue. Are you ahead of the curve for IIoT implementations, riding the wave, or flopping about in the swash? See also www.controleng.com/CE-research.

Software strategy: In cloud, in plant, and software as a service (SaaS). Where should application software reside for automation and controls, on premises or in the cloud? What applications should be purchased versus licensed as SaaS. Should software be a flat fee or licensed per device or per user? Should updates be automated via remote services or held in a virtual server for testing prior to propagation?

Remote monitoring, cybersecurity: If you allow third-party suppliers to remotely access devices, machines, systems, and/or software, should it be as needed by exception or ongoing? Under what circumstances should they have rights to make changes?

Flowmeters: What advances make new flowmeter technology worth considering prior to the end of useful life for existing technologies? Recent advances will be reviewed with a cost and benefit discussion. CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Energy efficiency: VFDs, other options: Have most energy efficiency applications moved past the low-hanging fruit, so to speak? Can variable-speed drives and other energy saving network and monitoring continue to lower the lifecycle costs of production? CASE STUDIES also are welcomed on this topic.

Operational technology (OT) integration with information technology (IT): Industrial technologies continue to borrow from commercial technologies, helping OT gain advantages by using IT advancements, networks, processors, and policies...where it makes sense. Is "where it makes sense" a moving target?

Inside Process and Instrumentation: Features on improvements in process control, instrumentation, process sensing and actuation (control valves, pumps, positioners, etc.)

IIoT for Engineers supplement to Control Engineering includes editorial topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in the CFE Media Interactive Media Kit. Learn more at www.controleng.com/mediainfo.

 

DECEMBER Global System Integrator Report - editorial deadline: Sept. 16, 2019, a supplement to December Control Engineering and Plant Engineering (Value-added, integrated program, contact your sales representative -

System integrator company profiles: See Global System Integrator Database at www.controleng.com/Global-SI-Database. System integrator can update company profiles online, anytime, showing in industries served, engineering specialties, vendor experience, professional experience, vendor partnerships, annual revenue, location, and more.)

System Integrator of the Year for 2020 (complete application by mid-August): System integrators apply for and compete for System Integrator of the Year as recognized by a panel of judges selected by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines (part of CFE Media).

System Integrator Giants 2020 (SI Giant candidates complete form by early August) is CFE Media Research to tally the top 100 integrators by control system integrator revenue.

Advice from system integrators: These include SI Giants, System Integrator of the Year companies, and others to help with your next implementation of controls, automation, and instrumentation. How to find a system integrator: Get the most of the Control Engineering and Plant Engineering Global System Integrator Database at www.controleng.com/Global-SI-Database.

System integration application stories: System integration experts discuss application and offer advice about what they and their customers learned from the experiences.

 

DECEMBER - editorial deadline: Oct. 1, 2019

SCADA WEBCAST, [date], at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET; One (1) Certified Professional

Development Hour (PDH) available for all attendees.

Supervisory control and data acquisition software advances increase communication, efficiencies, productivity, and throughput, while improving cybersecurity. [Up to four sponsorships are available, with lead-generation opportunities.]

Learning objectives for this webcast include:

Speakers: Non-vendor experts to be determined.

Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager

Interoperability: Industry organizations and standards bodies have been talking about interoperability for years. Have end-users had enough talk? Are next-generation systems going to play and play, with auto-configuration capabilities? Where are we, and how can you help shape the future?

Virtualization: When applied to a server means that multiple controllers can exist in one processor. Virtual controllers can be easier to update, offer opportunities to safely update or modify and verify offline, without risk of unintended downtime.

Wire and cable: Advances in in wire and cable technologies make installations easier, with less risk of downtime due to damage or insecure connections. See a checklist of considerations when buying or specifying wire and cable.

Industrial robots by application: What do you need? Industrial robots range widely in payload 3 kg (6.6 lb) to 2300 kg (5,070 lb), reach, speed, accuracy, and repeatability. What do you need for what applications?

Uncovering challenges in control panel design: When designing control panels, consider these challenges, and learn how new technologies and techniques and ease panel design and assembly.

Inside Machines and OEMs: Features on automation and control topics related to what happens around and inside machines.

Additional coverage online, in print and digital editions (www.controleng.com/magazine), enewsletters: Control Engineering International www.controleng.com/international, Back to Basics, New Products for Engineers (submit at www.controleng.com/NP4E), News, and Applications. See the latest at www.controleng.com/InteractiveMediaKit

Webcasts: Control Engineering has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program. Professional development hour (PDH) credit earned on completion of the webcast will be reported to RCEP at RCEP.net. Custom webcasts, also available, offer a certificate of completion. www.controleng.com/webcasts

Need more? Also, from CFE Media, ask about: IIoT for Engineers, Oil & Gas Engineering, Applied Automation, Plant Engineering, Consulting Specifying Engineer, and Pure Power. www.cfemedia.com.

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