Control Engineering hot topics, April 2024

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in April 2024 included stories on VFDs, industrial networking, industrial AI and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Tyler Wall May 1, 2024
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for April 2024, for stories posted in the last three months included stories on VFDs, industrial networking, industrial AI and more. Links to each article below.

1. How to choose a VFD for medium-voltage motors

Understand the advantages of multi-level output drive topology in medium voltage (MV) motor applications. Motor insulation reliability and reflected waves: What to consider when selecting a variable frequency drive (VFD).

2. Industrial networking 101: Everything you need to know

Industrial networking is vital to today’s manufacturing landscape. From different types of networks to key components and best practices, this guide will help you navigate the intricacies of industrial Ethernet networking

3. Your industrial AI checklist: 10 things you need to get started

Industrial AI is becoming a crucial technology in automation. But for those new to AI technologies, it’s not always clear where to begin.

4. PID spotlight, part 2: Know these 13 terms, interactions

Learning proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller tuning begins with the basics: Definition of terms, the PID equation (multiple forms) and seeing how each of the PID terms functions independently from each other and separated from a process.

5. PID spotlight, part 3: How to select one of four process responses

Tuning a PID controller begins with identifying the process type. The process type determines the rules and methodology used to tune the PID controller.

6. 2024 System Integrator Giants

CFE Media and Technology presents the 2024 System Integrator Giants, a ranking of the top systems integrators by system integration revenue as reported in the Global System Integrator Database.

7. How unified namespace drives efficiency, quality in manufacturing

A UNS in modern manufacturing enhances efficiency, quality and profitability by standardizing data integration and communication across various systems and technologies.

8. How gen AI can help amplify industrial efforts

Carefully curated AI, when integrated on a comprehensive industrial automation platform, will accelerate the way users develop, deploy and optimize manufacturing and processing operations.

9. Six Toyota SCADA software requirements; how to select KPIs

Toyota demonstrated how to select key performance indicators (KPIs) among many datapoints available among devices and systems connecting to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software, at the 2024 ScadaFest conference by VTScada by Trihedral. See three elements of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and six requirements for SCADA software selection.

10. Edge to cloud: Understanding new industrial architectures

Modern edge devices put emphasis on cybersecurity, data democratization and programmability to enable advanced cloud capabilities.

Author Bio: Tyler Wall is an associate editor for CFE Media and Technology