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Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about VFD replacements, object-oriented industrial programming, robotics research and development, evaluating a system integrator, IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra May 6, 2019
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa

The top 5 most read articles online, from April 29 to May 5 for Control Engineering covered VFD replacements, object-oriented industrial programming, robotics research and development, evaluating a system integrator, IIoT benefits for manufacturers. Links to each article below.

1. VFD: Swap it or upgrade?

There’s a lot to know behind the process of replacing a drive.

2. Leverage object-oriented industrial programming

Plants and equipment are assembled from objects, so controls architecture should be too. New tools help industrial programmers deliver the productivity of object-oriented programming (OOP) without the complexity.

3. Universities driving robotics research and development

Researchers at multiple universities are developing and researching potential uses for robots in industries such as inspection, medical, and automotive.

4. How to evaluate a system integrator for a project

There are many aspects to consider when evaluating a system integrator for a project, and taking the time to ask important questions up front allows a company to reap long-term benefits.

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, April 29 to May 5, for articles published within the last two months.

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra has been production editor for Control Engineering since 2014 and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.