Control Engineering hot topics, December 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2017 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, System Integrator of the Year winners, five technology trends for 2018, analog meters, robot implementation success, and optimizing data. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 2, 2018

Image courtesy: Ant Rozetsky/UnsplashHot topics in Control Engineering, for December 2017, included the Engineers’ Choice finalists, System Integrator of the Year winners, five technology trends for 2018, analog meters, robot implementation success, and optimizing data. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering December. Links to each article below.

1. Vote now for 2018 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform at www.controleng.com/NP4E.

2. 2018 System Integrators of the Year

Burrow Global, Automation Plus, and ECN Automation are chosen as the 2018 System Integrators of the Year for their service and solutions to the system integrator community.

3. Five technology trends for 2018

With advancements in automation, industries need to stay on top of the challenges ahead.

4. Replacing analog meters in the nuclear industry

Cybersecurity concerns about analog meters are influencing nuclear industry automation and are forcing an industry resistant to change to do so.

5. ECN Automation, Hermosillo, Mexico

ECN Automation is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Technology. Director general Arturo Freydig shares some of the company’s success stories and advice.

6. 5 steps to robot implementation success

In order to ensure success when implementing a robotic system, it is important to get company-wide support, define success, and more.

7. Collect, optimize data

Use automation to collect pertinent operations data in the right format for worthwhile outcomes. See three data structure tips.

8. Automation Plus, Cincinnati, Ohio

Automation Plus is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Technology. President John Glenski shares some of the company’s success stories and advice.

9. Burrow Global, Houston, Tex.

Burrow Global is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Technology. Chief strategic officer and director of business development Nigel James shares some of the company’s success stories and advice.

10. Top 10 Control Engineering topics for 2018

Think again: Hottest 2018 topics in automation, controls, and instrumentation are here, but don’t take my word for it; help write future history.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, December 1-31, for articles published within the last two months.

On Mondays, see the top 5 articles of the prior week. In January, see the hot topics for the prior year.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.

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