Control Engineering hot topics, October 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2017 included stories about HMI elements, VFDs, process engineers, and the Engineers' Choice finalists. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra November 1, 2017

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for October 2017, included HMI elements, VFDs, process engineers, and the Engineers’ Choice finalists. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering September. Links to each article below.

1. Three elements of a modern HMI for improved operations

Cover Story: Advancements in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) lead to increased productivity, simplified graphics configuration, and mobility.

2. Six ways VFDs can improve motion control applications

Inverter and variable motor control technologies are being used to solve application challenges and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in unexpected ways.

3. Process engineers need new analytics awareness

Improved data management requires a new way of thinking.

4. Vote now for 2018 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform at

5. Wireless tank level monitoring: Three key advantages

Properly monitoring and managing levels inside storage tanks can help owners and asset managers improve efficiencies and increase productivity and profitability. In this article, Fritz Cleveland shares three key advantages to wireless monitoring.

6. Digital twins help to reshape manufacturing

Digitized production and use of a digital twin improves the amount and effective use of valuable data about the manufacturing process. See two methods to create a digital twin. 

7. Control Engineering hot topics, September 2017

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8. Master welders teach robots their skills

The skills gap for welders is widening as the workforce gets older and retires. To address this problem, companies are turning to their master welders to teach robots how to weld because robots are more efficient than humans.

9. Five reasons why system integrators are critical assets for the IIoT 

System integrators can help expand the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for companies because they have a deep understanding of many systems and can work as a go-between for many departments as an independent and powerful voice.

10. Dick Morley remembered as ‘Father of the PLC’

Electrical engineer best known for his work on the programmable logic controller (PLC) dies at 84.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, October 1-31, for articles published within the last two months.

On Mondays, see the top 5 articles of the prior week. In January, see the hot topics for the prior year.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.