Control Engineering hot topics, September 2023

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in September 2023 included stories on PID Control, Control Engineering’s 2023 Leaders under 40 and model predictive control. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By David Miller October 4, 2023

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for September 2023, for stories posted in the last three months included PID Control, Control Engineering’s 2023 Leaders under 40, model predictive control and more. Links to each article below.

1.Beyond PID: 6 advanced strategies to add value to modern process control

While PID control is a good choice for most process control applications, sometimes the application is too challenging or complicated. When that’s the case, six strategies can simplify the process.

2. What makes an engineering trailblazer? Read about the 2023 leaders here

Engineering Leaders Under 40 include 34 rising stars of innovation.

3. Automation upgrades reduce sortation system wiring and lower costs

NPI’s singulation and sortation solutions, which leveraged PC-based controls and EtherCAT, helped a California distribution center reduce difficult-to-fill labor requirements while increasing throughput and decreasing turnaround times.

4. How can PID methods protect compressors from surge and choke?

Application: Advanced controls avoid hazardous surges to centrifugal and axial compressors. Processes described make it easier to find optimal PID settings using standard tuning routines that can be the basis for autotuning and makes it easier to implement adaptive control. See diagrams, equations.

5. How artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing process manufacturing

Manas Dutta, a general manager for Honeywell’s Workforce Excellence Growth Initiative, discusses the changes happening in process manufacturing and the impact artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) is having and will have in the industry.

6. 7 ways model predictive control benefits your food and beverage operation?

Model predictive control offers food and beverage operations a variety of gains in efficiency, safety and waste reduction.

7. Utilizing virtual twins to improve manufacturing operations

Virtual twins can help give manufacturers a clear and dynamic picture of a facility and help resolve supply chain and operations challenges they face.

8. What’s new in wireless, RFID for IoT asset tracking?

Recent innovations have been good for tracking technology providers and end-users; what’s in the pipeline seems likely to provide additional industrial benefits.

9. How electrification of linear actuators improve material handling automation

Electric actuators are helping connect the emerging digital world and the physical world. Three factors impacting industrial motion and seven linear actuator advances are highlighted.

10. Pack Expo Recap: Developing automation systems for facilities

Manufacturers are working on developing larger factory automation systems that can encompass most, if not all, of a facility’s needs.


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