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Control Engineering hot topics, January 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2019 included stories about MQTT's role as an IoT transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, industrial controller selection, the future of IIoT software, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 1, 2019
Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for January 2019, included MQTT’s role as an IoT transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, industrial controller selection, the future of IIoT software. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering January. Links to each article below.

1. MQTT’s role as an IoT message transport

Messaging queuing telemetry transport’s (MQTT) role as an Internet of Things (IoT) message transport derives from its simple design, when it began as an industrial communicator for a pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.

Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.

2. 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.

3. Industrial controller selection: Look beyond the basics

Factory automation controllers: When specifying controllers for industrial automation applications, consider capabilities such as data handling, communications, and high-speed control.

4. The future of IIoT software in manufacturing

A guide to understanding and using data distribution service (DDS), time-sensitive networking (TSN), and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) for advanced manufacturing applications.

5. Automation programming advances enhance communication, programming capabilities

Automation software and hardware advances reduce programming tasks and provide more built-in configurability, scalability, background communication among software components, simulation/digital twin capability, and usability.

6. Yogurt plant improves active culture, technology

System integrator helps Chobani streamline operations to provide more flexibility and efficiency.

Chobani operators schedule washes for more than 150 pieces of equipment. Courtesy: Inductive Automation

Chobani operators schedule washes for more than 150 pieces of equipment. Courtesy: Inductive Automation

7. Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2018

Think Again: Engineering salaries and career tips, neural network advances, ladder logic, cybersecurity, and autotuning were among top articles posted on the Control Engineering website in 2018.

8. The SI as your partner

Developing a long-term relationship delivers better solutions across multiple projects. Six critical criteria are highlighted.

9. Industrial Ethernet enables smarter, more reliable machines

Machine builder uses industrial Ethernet for remote monitoring and diagnostic services to improve machine reliability and uptime.

10. Improving industrial network communications

Selecting a Profinet interface may enhance industrial network communication for devices.

On Mondays, see the top 5 articles of the prior week.

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra has been production editor for Control Engineering since 2014 and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.