Control Engineering hot topics, September 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2018 included stories about autotuning control, cybersecurity strategies, ladder logic, network security, and designing a wireless IIoT gateway. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media September 30, 2018

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for September 2018, included autotuning control, cybersecurity strategies, ladder logic, network security, and designing a wireless IIoT gateway. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering September. Links to each article below.

1. Pros and cons of autotuning—the big story

The historic challenges of single-loop tuning, the limited success of autotuning, and the modern difficulties of model-based control share the same root cause.

2. Implementing a cybersecurity strategy for cloud-based SCADA

It’s critical to have the proper framework and cybersecurity measures in place to help prevent cyber attacks for cloud-based deployments of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

3. Ladder Logic 306: Simulation

Using simulation for ladder logic allows users to test advanced situations that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, reducing potential costs and hazards for users.

4. Understand network security: public key encryption and industrial automation

Remove unnecessary fear, take a proactive approach to network security as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to rapidly expand.

5. Design a wireless IIoT gateway with open-source tools

Wireless: Software-defined radio (SDR) hardware and open-source programming software provides an alternative to proprietary wireless communications systems, helping improve Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks.

6. Self-organizing versus managed industrial wireless networks

ISA 100.11a and WirelessHART standards reflect contrasting attitudes toward network management and these standards impact operational effectiveness.

7. Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT-ready 

As well as four reasons why kinetic mesh is a better broadband solution for the manufacturing industry.

8. Process control safety and compliance advice

Process safety regulations, standards, and loss prevention practices are derived from a tangled web of documents and it’s vital for a company to know the different agencies, standards, and other groups involved to reduce potential confusion.

9. Use process analytics effectively

Pattern recognition software leverages historian data to automate information gathering and make process analytics more efficient and accurate.

10. Manufacturing 4.0: Just add people

Adding human intellect to technology produces greater results and ingenuity is central to manufacturing, increasing efficiency, inspiring a new generation of skilled workers, and creating bottom line profitability.

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, cvavra@cfemedia.com.