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Control Engineering hot topics, June 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in June 2019 included stories about the Career and Salary Survey, alarm management and process safety, choosing the right HMI, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, DCS migration, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 1, 2019
Figure 5: Top factors for job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for June 2019, included the Career and Salary Survey, alarm management and process safety, choosing the right HMI, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, DCS migration, and more. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering June. Links to each article below.

1. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2019

Engineers are getting paid more, although fewer expect to get increases in 2019; top factors for determining job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation.

2. Connecting alarm management and process safety

Making the connection between alarm management and process safety management can ensure a safe and productive process.

3. Choosing the right HMI

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are available with many hardware and software features and users should work backwards from the target application to make sure all needs are addressed.

4. Retrofitting Industrie 4.0 for digital control systems

Ypsomed, a medical technology company, was able to retrofit Industrie 4.0 digital control systems onto its legacy plastic injection molding machines.

5. Some best practices recommended for DCS migration

A proven process control solution enters the 21st century.

6. Finding common ground between industrial automation and mobile technology

Mobile technologies are challenging traditional data handling practices as they move into the industrial arena.

Older architectures for mobile access present problems, but newer implementations provide greatly simplified solutions. Courtesy: Opto 22

Older architectures for mobile access present problems, but newer implementations provide greatly simplified solutions. Courtesy: Opto 22

7. Researchers improve power storage capabilities

Battery update: Several universities have been working on advances to improve battery technologies and make them safer and more reliable for industrial and manufacturing applications. Click on links for more information.

8. Sustainable cybersecurity architecture for safety instrumented systems

Choosing a safety instrumented system (SIS) architecture for defensible operation across the product lifecycle is one of the first decisions an organization must make; know these applicable standards.

9. Time-sensitive networking benefits for industrial systems

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can simplify industrial systems and reduce system and hardware costs, an appealing choice for companies looking to harness data in the Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era.

10. Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud?

Wireless sensors and specialized software deliver options for improved effectiveness.

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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.