Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 1-7

Articles about feedforward control, rate-predictive control, IIoT and machine control, Big Data analysis, and the top stories of March 2019 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 8, 2019

The top 5 most read articles online, from April 1-7 for Control Engineering covered feedforward control, rate-predictive control, IIoT and machine control, Big Data analysis, and the top stories of March 2019. Links to each article below.

1. Understanding feedforward control

Feedforward controls applied to a process, with limited, measurable disturbances, can keep the process variable close to the setpoint.

2. What is rate-predictive control?

Advanced control: A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain, which is helpful given the industry’s difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance. RPC also can serve as a model-less feedback multivariable control algorithm.

3. IIoT-ready technologies improve machine controls

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have the potential to improve user benefits through diagnostics, prognostics and predictive maintenance.

4. Big Data analysis or data acquisition? 

Centralized data architectures are adapting to new opportunities for data collection and analytics.

5. Control Engineering hot topics, March 2019

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in March 2019 included stories about the Engineers’ Choice Awards, edge computing advantages, manufacturing and process facility trends, Big Data analysis, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, April 1-7, for articles published within the last two months.

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


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