Top 5 Control Engineering articles Apr. 2-8

Articles about DCS implementation, IIoT's capabilities, remote monitoring for irrigation systems Big Data analytics, and ISA 88 evaluation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 2-8, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra April 9, 2018

Figure: Verifying device location, operation, effective termination, and labeling of wires are extremely important steps in preparing field devices for the arrival of the distributed control system (DCS). Courtesy: Maverick TechnologiesThe top 5 most read articles online, from Apr. 2-8 for Control Engineering, covered DCS implementation, IIoT’s capabilities, remote monitoring for irrigation systems Big Data analytics, and ISA 88 evaluation. Links to each article below.

1. Implementing a DCS

It’s time to start up your new distributed control system (DCS). How do you make the transition as positive and painless as possible?

2. What can the IIoT do?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enhances manufacturing operations by enhancing connectivity, equipment management, monitoring production, and customer relationships. Nine additional IIoT benefits are highlighted.

3. Remote monitoring of irrigation systems

Wireless remote monitoring and control systems enable farmers to gain better control and visibility over the operations of their irrigation systems and to make better decisions regarding water, chemical, and electrical usage.

4. Turning Big Data analytics into actionable information

To be effective, Big Data analytics must deliver on the end-user experience, and not on the hype associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

5. Evaluating the ISA 88 standard for batch control

Deciding whether to employ a programmable logic controller (PLC), distributed control system (DCS) or a batch control depends on certain application requirements.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, Apr. 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.