Control Engineering hot topics, January 2023

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2023 included stories on control system management, industrial robot trends, MQTT, most-viewed Control Engineering stories in 2022 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra February 1, 2023
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for December 2022, for stories posted in the last three months included control system management, industrial robot trends, MQTT, most-viewed Control Engineering stories in 2022 and more. Links to each article below.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2022

Think Again: Automation product awards, motors and drives, automation salary and career information, Engineering Leaders Under 40, IIoT implementation help, tutorials on HMIs, SCADA and PLC programming help were among the hot topics of 2022. See top 3 covers and top 10 articles posted prior to 2022.

5. Universal automation lays the foundation for smart factories

Universal automation can help make smart factories a reality in process industries and giving users more freedom and flexibility in their day-to-day activities.

6. SI Giants 2023 average system integration revenue increases

Supply chain, staffing and COVID-19 are main concerns among SI Giant system integrators.

7. 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.

8. Three motion control trends for 2023

The motion control industry is moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, but trends such as supply chain challenges, predictive maintenance and increased customization remain prevalent.

9. 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.

10. PLC module coordinates real-time data in coal shipping application

A coal shipping company improved their supply chain and operations by reducing inefficiency and waste with PLC modules.

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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.