Control Engineering hot topics, June 2024

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in June 2024 included stories on VFDs, the salary survey, PLCs and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Tyler Wall July 2, 2024
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for June 2024, for stories posted in the last three months included stories on VFDs, the salary survey, PLCs and more. Links to each article below.

1. Power quality, harmonics: How to select a variable frequency drive (VFD)

Part 2: Understand the advantages of 36-pulse input drive topology in medium-voltage (MV) motor applications and how medium-voltage VFD design mitigates harmonics and improves power quality.

2. Results are in: Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2024

Benefits and salaries increased. Leading automation technologies help resolve economic challenges and workforce shortages.

3. Back to the future of the PLC

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are not going away any time soon, and improving technologies combined with user demands will continue their evolution as a foundational automation platform.

4. 2024 Control Engineering Product of the Year winners announced

The best automation, control, and instrumentation products, selected by Control Engineering subscribers.

5. PID spotlight, part 5: What does good and bad controller tuning look like?

PID controllers have visual cues that you can use to identify performance problems. Improperly set controller gain, integral, and derivative offer unique patterns that you can use to guide your efforts to improve controller performance. See seven takeaways for better PID tuning.

6. Gaining the edge: Reducing costs, improving outcomes with edge AI

Edge AI provides many benefits for manufacturers including reduced latency, better reliability, cost reduction and more.

7. PID spotlight, part 4: How to balance PID control for a self-limiting process

Control of a self-limiting process with a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller begins with learning the role of controller gain, integral and derivative in controlling the self-limiting process. Controller gain responds to the present, integral corrects based on the past, and derivative can be used to best-guess the future.

8. Advancing industrial connectivity with TSN and single-pair Ethernet

Continuous improvements in Ethernet, such as faster data transmission, real-time communication and broader connectivity, are essential for its relevance in industrial settings.

9. How to choose a VFD for medium-voltage motors

Understand the advantages of multi-level output drive topology in medium voltage (MV) motor applications. Motor insulation reliability and reflected waves: What to consider when selecting a variable frequency drive (VFD).

10. Critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable to malware attacks

Engineers and computer scientists show how bad actors can exploit browser-based control systems in industrial facilities with easy-to-deploy, difficult-to-detect malware.


Author Bio: Tyler Wall is an associate editor for CFE Media and Technology