Process Manufacturing

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2018 included stories about the 2019 System Integrator Giants, Engineers' Choice Finalists, SIY winners, temperature measurement for process applications, leveraging process simulation, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 1, 2019
In addition to various RTD and thermocouple sensors, different sensor construction types also are available: standard solid sheathed elements (top and middle) or a flexible trim-to-length sensor with a shorter sensor capsule (below), designed for quicker response times and better resiliency to vibration, such as the Worm from Moore Industries. Courtesy: Moore Industries

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for December 2018, included the 2019 System Integrator Giants, Engineers’ Choice Finalists, SIY winners, temperature measurement for process applications, and leveraging process simulation. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering November. Links to each article below.

1. System Integrator Giants 2019

Three new companies joined the 2019 System Integrator Giants list in a year when most of the world’s top 100 integration companies saw overall business growth.

2. Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform.

3. System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies E-Technologies Group, Polytron, and Northwind Technical Services are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.

4. Temperature measurement with RTDs, thermocouples

Process sensing: The most common process sensor measurement is temperature and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and thermocouples are the most widely used sensors for industrial temperature measurements. See 11 summary tips for temperature sensor selection.

5. Leveraging process simulation throughout the plant lifecycle

Using simulation for plant design, process automation system validation, and operator training will help optimize plant operations.

6. Bring IIoT capabilities to refineries and process plants

The first step to bringing fieldbus networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into process manufacturing plants and refineries may be changing device-level networking practices.

7. How to automate an existing manual valve

Automating an existing valve instead of replacing it can save time and reduce costs.

8. Three phases of industrial digital transformation

Manufacturing, packaging, and logistics companies are unlocking new potential through digital transformation with the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics.

9. Using IIoT to simplify automation and control

Integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) organizations is difficult but critical to IIoT success. Five best practices for overcoming these cultural barriers are highlighted.

10. Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application

When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.

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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Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Production Editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media