Control Engineering hot topics, August 2017
Hot topics in Control Engineering, for August 2017, included stories about closed-loop control system guidelines, wireless process sensing, augmented reality, Tesla coil designs, and robots and Industrie 4.0. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering August. Links to each article below.
Tutorial: Which factors should be considered to determine whether an open-loop or a closed-loop control design should be used?
Installing a wireless sensing system may seem complicated, but following these four basic steps can simplify the required effort.
Manufacturers looking to find answers quickly to complex problems within factories, buildings, and process control applications are using augmented reality.
Researchers at The Geek Group National Science Institute have set out on an ambitious program of research and experimentation seeking to discover new uses for Tesla coils (TCs).
Though traditional robots remain relevant, collaborative robots are starting to emerge more in the industry, as they should with their small size, low cost, and adaptability to offer.
Fluid power applications are complex. It can be a challenge to choose between an open- or closed-loop design; both have advantages and disadvantages. See table.
Industrie 4.0 is not a distant vision for the factory of the future. Already networks of robots are connecting to the cloud and contributing massive amounts of insightful data to simplify asset management and maintenance, maximize equipment and process efficiency, and improve product quality.
Identifying missteps such as not building a cross-functional team and not defining responsibilities early in a project can help ensure that a control system automation project is successful.
Edge devices facilitate data processing at the plant level, increasing security and using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) standards.
Technology Update: Cloud-based data analytics can help plant operators focus on the emergencies that matter and improve overall productivity as well as reduce plant downtime.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 1-31, for articles published within the last two months.
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