Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 11-17, 2022

Articles about PWM effects, Engineers' Choice winners, edge computing, PID-based control systems and evolving pneumatics were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 11-17, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 18, 2022
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The top 5 most read articles online, from April 11-17, 2022, for Control Engineering covered PWM effects, Engineers’ Choice winners, edge computing, PID-based control systems and evolving pneumatics. Links to each article below.

1. Understanding the effect of PWM when controlling a brushless dc motor

Motion system designers can be challenged when selecting or developing electronics using pulse-width modulation (PWM) to drive brushless dc motors. Heed some basic physical phenomena to avoid unexpected performance issues, along with general guidelines for using a PWM driver with a brushless DC motor. See diagrams, equations.

2. Spotlight on Innovation: 2022 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 19 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

3. Industrial communication moving networks to the edge

Edge computing can help to determine the status of device, machine, line, and even plant health, which can be used to identify opportunities to increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

4. PID-correction-based control system implementation

The analog PID controller, still considered as the most powerful, can be modified as a discrete-time control system. Equations and examples follow.

5. Pneumatics are evolving for the digital era

Pneumatic technology is adapting to the concept of digitalization and taking advantage of industrial Ethernet, IO-Link and more to make them connected.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Apr. 11-17, 2022, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.