Control Engineering hot topics, October 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2021 included stories on the Engineers' Choice finalists, SCADA and automation, embedded systems, machine control migrations and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra November 2, 2021
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Hot topics in Control Engineering, for October 2021, for stories posted in the last three months, included the Engineers’ Choice finalists, SCADA and automation, embedded systems, machine control migrations and more. Links to each article below.

1. 2022 Engineers’ Choice Finalists: Vote now!

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote online at

2. SCADA can accelerate automation, IIoT implementations

As industrial automation evolves, how do we keep speaking the same language? It helps to evaluate automation by functions, not components. Think about how industrial automation technologies like SCADA can accelerate application capabilities.

3. Finite-state machine for embedded systems

Get help for finite-state machine programming for embedded systems using C programming language.

4. Machine control migrations hinge on system openness

Cover Story: When upgrading controllers and automation platforms consider increasing flexibility and adding capabilities while being cost conscious. Four controller selection questions are highlighted.

5. System integrators’ role in the OT cybersecurity crisis

Cybersecurity is a challenge for many manufacturers. System integrators can help, but their role is often ill-defined and that needs to change as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) continue to merge.

6. Virtualized programmable logic controllers

A paradigm shift toward industrial edge and cloud computing.

7. How to teach digital transformation to enable advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing training can improve understanding of required competencies, Industry 4.0, Industry 4.0 technologies and use of industrial data, according to a 1-hour engineering training course available starting Oct. 18.

8. Cybersecurity demands coordinated tactics

Securing operational technology (OT) networks for resiliency against cyberattacks requires coordination between information technology (IT) and OT personnel, and recognition of the differences between the two domains.

9. UV light is effective, safe deterrent against COVID-19 in public places

A specific ultraviolet (UV) wavelength was found to be effective in killing the COVID-19 virus as well as other respiratory viruses while still being safe for public use.

10. Engineering Leaders Under 40, Class of 2021

Meet the engineers who are exceeding expectations and improving operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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

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