Control Engineering hot topics, March 2024

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in March 2024 included stories on PIDs, process automation, control loops and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Tyler Wall April 2, 2024
Courtesy: Ed Bullerdiek, process control engineer, retired

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for March 2024, for stories posted in the last three months included stories on PIDs, process automation, control loops and more. Links to each article below.

1. PID spotlight, part 2: Know these 13 terms, interactions

Learning proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller tuning begins with the basics: Definition of terms, the PID equation (multiple forms) and seeing how each of the PID terms functions independently from each other and separated from a process.

2. New cost analysis: Open process automation saves 52% versus DCS

Part 1: While COPA projects 52% hardware and software savings from open process automation, O-PAS interoperable OPAF-aligned products are in field trials, devices are being tested, an adoption guide is underway and system integrators are preparing use of open controls, as explained at the 2024 ARC Leadership Forum. Lifecycle costs are measured at half of a distributed control system over 25 years.

3. Three reasons to tune control loops: Safety, profit, energy efficiency

PID controller tuning is a keystone skill for control practitioners that is often given short shrift. What is the justification for investing in this critical skill? Why tune control loops?

4. Industrial networking 101: Everything you need to know

Industrial networking is vital to today’s manufacturing landscape. From different types of networks to key components and best practices, this guide will help you navigate the intricacies of industrial Ethernet networking

5. See the future: Four benefits of software-defined industrial controls

Modern automation solutions are already untethering the control system from its hardware constraints, enabling operations teams to drive more flexible projects and operations. See four benefits of software-defined control systems.

6. DCS of the future, cybersecurity services, integrated asset management

ABB discussed future process control capabilities, cybersecurity services and integrated asset management to help users interact with automation more easily, as discussed at the 2024 ARC Industry Forum.

7. Eight ways to optimize operations with industrial AI

A digital business platform can industrial customers accelerate through challenges that cross many industries. The Siemens Industrial Copilot for operations helps resolve production challenges eight ways, including with code generation, as explained at the 2024 ARC Industry Forum.

8. ARC Industry Forum 2024: Industrial AI potential is here, now

Industrial artificial intelligence (AI) was a dominant theme at the ARC Industry Leadership Forum, but many companies and users are only beginning to scratch the surface of the benefits it can bring. See three things industrial AI applications should do and a video demo.

9. Motors and drives: Three topics in energy efficiency

Industrial energy efficiency is important for machine design as measurements for motor and drive efficiencies show.

10. Your industrial AI checklist: 10 things you need to get started

Industrial AI is becoming a crucial technology in automation. But for those new to AI technologies, it’s not always clear where to begin.

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

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