Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 10-16: System integration mobile controls, system integration success, SI partnership, more

Articles about system integration and mobile controls, system integration success, SI partnership, matrix drives reducing energy consumption, and automation enhancing a brewery were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 17, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Apr. 10-16 for Control Engineering, covered automation enhancing a brewery, IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity models, sensors and control system inputs, Automate 2017 preview, and PID learning. Links to each article below.

1. System integration of mobile controls and monitoring: Questions and answers

Cover Story: Reliable wireless capabilities are facilitating mobile monitoring and control. Experts explain why and how mobility helps automation and control applications. 

2. A tale of system integration success

When looking for a system integrator, users should seek out those with knowledge, experience, reliability, and integrity.

3. A detailed approach to an SI partnership

Find the right system integrator, and then define the project scope to make the project a success. 

4. Matrix drives reduce energy consumption for transporter system

Inside Machines: Industrial matrix drives were used for a transporter system retrofit to reduce energy consumption and costs by creating a more maintenance-free mechanically integral distribution system. New system regeneration capabilities for two motors saves an estimated $1,500 per year. 

5. Automation helps turn home brewer into brew house

Automation methods used in a distillery are adapted for use in the fermentation process at a brew house.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, April 10-16, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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