Control Engineering hot topics, November 2017
Hot topics in Control Engineering, for November 2017, included the Engineers’ Choice finalists, micro-controllers versus PLCs, the father of the PLC, robot standards, process analytics, the IoT and ERP, and process valve safety. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering November. Links to each article below.
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Cover Story: Single-board computers and micro-controllers offer opportunities for automation applications, but they may not be the best option for critical production applications.
Electrical engineer best known for his work on the programmable logic controller (PLC) dies at 84.
Mobile robot standards are evolving to keep up with the rapid developments on the plant floor and to help ensure workers and companies are safe going forward.
Cover Story: Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) combining integration, cybersecurity, and OPC UA bring greater productivity and reliability.
Cover Story: Advancements in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) lead to increased productivity, simplified graphics configuration, and mobility.
The Internet of Things (IoT) can help cut costs for manufacturers; the next step is leveraging it for business growth through enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise systems.
Improved data management requires a new way of thinking.
A detailed process hazard analysis (PHA) has to examine the human factors involved and identify, evaluate, and control potential hazards to prevent future process valve incidents from occurring.
Tips on how to do more with what you’ve got, look to the future.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, November 1-30, for articles published within the last two months.
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