Control Engineering hot topics, February 2023

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2023 included stories on VFD parameters, Microsoft DCOM, superconductivity, control systems and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Aaron Maassen March 1, 2023
Courtesy: Applied Control Engineering

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for February 2023, for stories posted in the last three months included VFD parameters, Microsoft DCOM, superconductivity, control systems and more. Links to each article below.

1. Eight frequently-neglected VFD parameters to optimize

Recognizing variable frequency drives (VFD) parameters such as thermal current, pulse-width modulation and more can help engineers get better performance for many different applications.

2. Analysis: Ability to delay Microsoft DCOM hardening patch ends as of March 2023

The mandatory Microsoft DCOM hardening patch, “one of the best changes Microsoft has made for DCOM,” effects only a small percentage, but still a large number of applications. There’s no postponing the patch as of March. Be aware of the impact and related misinformation.

3. Superconductivity switches on and off in magic-angle graphene

MIT physicists have found a new way to switch superconductivity on and off with magic-angle graphene by using a short electric pulse.

4. Taking control of your control system

Today’s input/output (I/O)-agnostic control solutions help plants break free of provider “lock in,” providing more choice and faster return on investment in modernization projects.

5. Hot Control Engineering controllers articles in 2022

The most-viewed articles about controllers posted over the last year include PLC programming advice, tips and picking the best controller.

6. Six industrial robotics trends for 2023

Robotics are becoming more important and manufacturers are recognizing their growing role in many different industries and applications. Six industry trends are highlighted.

7. Leading edge machine safety controls solutions

Modern machine safety controls solutions are critical for industrial manufacturing companies to maximize production capability while making equipment safe for workers to operate and improving employee morale.

8. HMI/SCADA systems: Upgrade your migration

When upgrading human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software, don’t just create a new version of the old. Enable workers with advanced HMI/SCADA capabilities after migration. See five tips for optimizing HMI/SCADA screens.

9. Gaining actionable insight with SCADA systems

Modern supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions can offer actionable insight to allow for better monitoring and control of production processes.

10. Leveraging MQTT, industrial edge devices in automation projects

Message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) and industrial edge devices remove systemic limitations, communicate more data and improve system security for IIoT implementations.

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Author Bio: Aaron Maassen, CFE Media and Technology