Control Engineering hot topics, May 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2022 included stories on the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT implementations, hiring engineers, PID system implementation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra June 1, 2022
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for May 2022, for stories posted in the last three months, included the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT implementations, hiring engineers, PID system implementation and more. Links to each article below.

1. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2022

Solve the workforce challenge: Automate, innovate, hire and retain great workers. Lack of skilled workers, materials and the economy are biggest threats to manufacturing. Lack of available skilled workers jumped from 37% in 2021 to 57% in 2022.

2. Industrial IoT made fast and easy

With the tools available today, implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is not as hard as people think.

3. How to hire engineers other companies don’t know about

Finding the right engineers for a company starts with a focus on leadership, training and a focus on the future. Learn about automated training. See six tips for effective mentorship.

4. PID-correction-based control system implementation

The analog PID controller, still considered as the most powerful, can be modified as a discrete-time control system. Equations and examples follow.

5. Spotlight on Innovation: 2022 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 19 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

6. Layered COVID-19 controls significantly reduce risks

QuaRAD method quantifies efficacy across thousands of scenarios; rating system anticipated.

7. How IIoT, AI can help make future-proof manufacturing a reality

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers manufacturers greater productivity and better information insights through artificial intelligence (AI) as companies look toward the factory of the future.

8. Intro to setting up, tuning a PM motor with a VFD

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.

9. Implementation of a data pump with Ignition

There are many tools on the market for historizing process data and it is often desirable to log a “set” or “group” of data together, associating many data points with a single event.

10. Time-sensitive networking for industrial applications

A primer on IEC/IEEE 60802 TSN Profile for Industrial Automation: Time-sensitive networking (TSN) from IEEE reduces communication latency and increases reliability. TSN is a key component of Industry 4.0.

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Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is the web content manager for CFE Media.