Control Engineering hot topics, March 2022
Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2022 included stories on Engineers' Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), advanced process control metrics, information control, edge technologies and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Hot topics in Control Engineering, for February 2022, for stories posted in the last three months, included Engineers’ Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), advanced process control metrics, information control, edge technologies and more. Links to each article below.
Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 19 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.
A permanent magnet (PM) motor requires a variable frequency drive (VFD) to operate effectively. See motor comparison table, induction motor vs. PM torque curve, and VFD programming and tuning advice.
Advanced process controls (APC) requires appropriate metrics, or key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure safe, efficient operations. Alarms, relief valves, safety systems and APC need monitoring. Learn five good APC metrics, the missing metric and four recommended practices for APC metrics.
Information flow and control on the factory floor can improve automation and help manufacturers make better decisions.
Organizations using Industry 4.0 with edge technologies gain benefits such as lower costs, faster speeds, easier troubleshooting and others.
With the recent development of the ISA-101 standard aimed at addressing operator effectiveness, there has been a new focus on bringing practical HMI design concepts to plants. Five improvements are highlighted.
Accurately measuring levels in tanks and vessels can be challenging. Non-contacting radar transmitters designed for food and beverage applications are helping manufacturers improve production processes, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.
Some of the main trends for robotics in 2022 include a greater emphasis on flexibility as well as developments in artificial intelligence (AI).
Motion system designers can be challenged when selecting or developing electronics using pulse-width modulation (PWM) to drive brushless dc motors. Heed some basic physical phenomena to avoid unexpected performance issues, along with general guidelines for using a PWM driver with a brushless DC motor. See diagrams, equations.
Robots’ role in manufacturing and everyday life is growing and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) highlights five trends involving robots.
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