Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 12-18, 2021

Articles about edge computing, industrial Ethernet problems, plant energy efficiency, Engineers' Choice winners and Hannover Messe updates were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 12-18, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 19, 2021

The top 5 most read articles online, from April 12-18, 2021, for Control Engineering covered edge computing, industrial Ethernet problems, plant energy efficiency, Engineers’ Choice winners and Hannover Messe updates. Links to each article below.

1. Edge computing provided cost-effective upgrades

Case study: Used equipment had functional controllers, typically legacy programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and others had defunct PLCs or no automation at all. Edge controllers and input/output (I/O) devices helped integrate the equipment into a cohesive system, which led us to make an edge controller the central focus.

2. Tools troubleshoot industrial Ethernet problems

Technology ranges from the simple to the sophisticated.

3. Circuit breaker promotes automotive-plant energy efficiency

Communications and power metering capabilities built in.

4. Spotlight on Innovation: 2021 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 21 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

5. Hannover Messe Digital Edition: Digital transformation, international collaboration, award winner

With industrial digital transformation as the theme, the 2021 Hannover Messe Digital Edition kicked off a week of more than 1,500 program activities with more than 500 speakers, April 12-16, covering trends in industry, energy and logistics with experts from business, science and industry. See the 2021 Hermes Award winner.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, April 12-18, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

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

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