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Control Engineering hot topics, January 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2020 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, Engineers' Choice finalists, robots in agriculture, subscription software, and advanced process control answers. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra February 1, 2020
Intuitive touchscreen displays put a wealth of real-time data and analysis tools at operators’ fingertips so they can monitor, adjust and learn from their machinery while moving through the field. Courtesy: John Deere/RIA

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for January 2020, included the System Integrator Giants, Engineers’ Choice finalists, robots in agriculture, subscription software, and advanced process control answers. 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 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 www.controleng.com/NPE.

3. Cultivating robotics and AI for sustainable agriculture

Technology advances ranging from better autonomous vehicles to smarter machines will help relieve the effects of an aging agricultural workforce and a shrinking supply of workers.

Intuitive touchscreen displays put a wealth of real-time data and analysis tools at operators’ fingertips so they can monitor, adjust and learn from their machinery while moving through the field. Courtesy: John Deere/RIA

Intuitive touchscreen displays put a wealth of real-time data and analysis tools at operators’ fingertips so they can monitor, adjust and learn from their machinery while moving through the field. Courtesy: John Deere/RIA

4. Subscription software drives digital transformation

A subscription delivery model can hasten adoption automation software required to progress in the journey toward digital transformation.

5. Advanced process control: More answers

After a webcast on “Advanced process control: Past, present and future,” more answers to audience questions are provided by the webcast speaker covering advanced process control (APC) to help with process optimization.

6. Get flow measurement right the first time

Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems and must be done right. See five key flow considerations.

This is an Endress+Hauser display from Process Expo 2019. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology

This is an Endress+Hauser display from Process Expo 2019. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology

7. Smart factory controllers bring security and connectivity

Powerful edge controllers are replacing PCs on the factory floor and going where PCs can’t, providing a variety of “apps” for every task.

8. Improve process control engineering with better collaboration, security

The process control system can provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration for engineering projects.

9. Short timeline for automation infrastructure

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

10. System integrators and autonomous mobile robots working together

System integrators should know an autonomous mobile robot’s (AMR’s) programming and implementation capabilities make them attractive to end users.

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

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for CFE Media.