Control Engineering hot topics, October 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2022 included stories on alarm design management, edge computing, energy measurements, plant instrumentation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra November 1, 2022
Courtesy: Emerson

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for October 2022, for stories posted in the last three months included alarm design management, edge computing, energy measurements, plant instrumentation and more. Links to each article below.

1. Key strategies for improving alarm design and management

Coupling strategic engineering techniques with integrated management software helps unlock best-in-class alarm solutions. See five rules of alarm relevancy, three examples.

2. Evaluating edge as a platform

By standardizing on complete edge platforms, end users are simplifying edge software and hardware delivery, development, deployment, and support, while streamlining operations. See four edge platform building blocks and four concerns.

3. Smarter energy measurements, faster, using AI

Engineers use artificial intelligence (AI) to magnify domain expertise and significantly cut time to end user.

4. Plant instrumentation and controls: Issues and drivers

Instrumentation and controls (I&C) operators are dealing with aging equipment that doesn’t allow them to take advantage of modern technology’s benefits, which can give them access to real-time information that allows them to make better decisions.

5. PLCs, PACs and edge controllers in an era of high availability

The emergence of new high availability technologies is making it more economical to implement a redundancy strategy for PLC, PAC and edge controllers.

6. Top 10 modern SCADA system features

A modern supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system should be designed to help manufacturers take advantage of digital transformation and should run on modern technology.

7. EtherCAT interoperability removes industrial networking barriers

Key development tools and standards ensure interoperability among many EtherCAT devices and manufacturers.

8. Soft robots grip with the right amount of force

MIT researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force.

9. Engineering Leaders Under 40, Class of 2022

The future of automation, engineering and manufacturing relies on the younger workforce, and these 36 individuals are here to advance their industries now and for years to come.

10. How to improve PLC programming with Git workflows

Answer these questions to add speed, quality, and lower costs related to developing code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Many industrial automation workflows and software for PLCs haven’t kept pace with traditional software development.

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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.