Control Engineering hot topics, December 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2019 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, Engineers' Choice finalists, automation infrastructure, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra January 17, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for December 2019, included the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, Engineers’ Choice finalists, automation infrastructure, and more. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering December. Links to each article below.

1. 2020 System Integrator Giants

The overall gross revenue for the top 100 system integrators and their parent companies topped $26.4 billion as most businesses saw growth.

2. 2020 System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies Matrix Technologies, Malisko Engineering, and AutomationNTH are recognized for their outstanding achievements. See video of a roundtable discussion with the winners.

3. 2020 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

4. Short timeline for automation infrastructure

System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.

5. Eight data acquisition best practices

To discover which real-time data adds value to improve operational efficiencies and increase competitive edge in the marketplace, first understand data acquisition systems and consider the eight essential best practices for data acquisition success.

6. Six use cases for collaborative robots

Robotics special report: The six most common collaborative robot applications are pick and place, machine tending, packaging and palletizing, process tasks, finishing tasks, and quality.

7. Make digital twins easier to implement for manufacturing industries

International: Move from vision to reality: It’s time to embrace digital twins for manufacturing. Benefits include more efficient digital transformations and more effective asset monitoring and performance.

8. Industrial virtualization heads to the plant floor

End users are comfortable with virtualization in their information technology (IT) server rooms and desktops, and many similar benefits now can be realized with industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs).

9. 10 industrial Internet terms you should know

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) released its Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V2.2. See 10 terms IIC thinks you should know and see a link for more definitions.

10. Eight IIoT project tips

Think Again: If you’re stalled with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations or haven’t begun, consider these eight expert tips.

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Chris Vavra, associate editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.