Control Engineering hot topics, December 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2021 included stories on the System Integrator of the Year winners, manufacturing and 5G, vibration analysis, sustainable automation development and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra January 5, 2022
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for December 2021, for stories posted in the last three months, included the System Integrator of the Year winners, manufacturing and 5G, vibration analysis, sustainable automation development and more. Links to each article below.

1. 2022 System Integrator of the Year winners

Integrator companies Revere Control Systems, Hargrove Controls + Automation and Huffman Engineering are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

2. Aligning manufacturing with 5G capabilities: What to know

5G can help manufacturers realize a smarter factory with some adjustments and patience to realize its full potential. See three ways 5G can help manufacturing.

3. Integrating vibration analysis devices with pumps, motors, compressors

An effective vibration measuring program can reduce downtime for manufacturers, but some tools are better situated for certain scenarios, and users should assess application needs and the situation.

4. Next-generation automation development for sustainability

Successful digitalization can enhance sustainability efforts, and Schneider Electric is helping customers with both, according to a Pack Expo Las Vegas conference presentation.

5. 2022 Engineers’ Choice Finalists: Vote now!

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote online at

6. Understanding APC limits and targets

Process automation and optimization need to use automated multivariable control so it evolves into an industry core-competency, providing low cost, low maintenance and high agility with long life-cycle technology instead of manual multivariable control. Understand limits and targets of advanced process control.

7. Vision and drone autonomy add to industrial process, safety, inspection applications

Technology advances such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR) are allowing drones to go to dangerous environments they couldn’t before without the need for GPS.

8. Finite-state machine for embedded systems

Get help for finite-state machine programming for embedded systems using C programming language.

9. How is IIoT changing industrial controller use, selection?

How are programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial PCs (IPCs), embedded controllers, programmable automation controllers (PACs), smart input/output (I/O) modules, other logic devices and related software helping Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises envisioned? A webcast investigates.

10. How the AIoT makes factories “smart”

The Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) can integrate different types of data and information to give manufacturers a better picture of how everything works in facilities. See four AIoT factors responsible for smart factory growth.

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Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.