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Control Engineering hot topics, March 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Awards, edge computing advantages, manufacturing and process facility trends, Big Data analysis, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra April 1, 2019
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for March 2019, included the Engineers’ Choice Awards, edge computing advantages, manufacturing and process facility trends, and Big Data analysis. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering March. Links to each article below.

1. 2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

2. New edge computing opportunities available for manufacturers

Edge computing brings data faster to users as well as provide new possibilities for analysis and enhancing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

3. Manufacturing and process facility trends: Digitalization

Technology update: Digitalization was are among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

4. Gaining the edge in automation

Edge computing advances give users more options for architecting automation systems as well as flexible communication and programming choices.

5. Big Data analysis or data acquisition?

Centralized data architectures are adapting to new opportunities for data collection and analytics.

6. Low-power hybrid chip makes small robots more capable

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrated robotic cars that use an ultra-low power hybrid chip to give palm-sized robots the ability to collaborate and learn from their experiences like the human brain does. See video.

A robotic car controlled by an ultra-low power hybrid chip is placed into an arena to demonstrate its ability to learn and collaborate with another robot. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech

A robotic car controlled by an ultra-low power hybrid chip is placed into an arena to demonstrate its ability to learn and collaborate with another robot. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech

7. 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.

8. 10 best practices for edge computing

When choosing, installing, and using an edge computing device for a manufacturing or process facility application, these 10 best practices can help.

9. Automation trends, insights from a new company president

Companies need to be open to new technologies to see fundamental paradigm shifts in productivity, beyond incremental improvements. Rapid increases in productivity, visibility, flexibility, and agility are needed.

10. Open architecture adds advantages to automation designs

Manufacturers should consider open architectures when designing new automation products for greater flexibility, innovation, and greater competitiveness.

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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.