System Integration

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 8-14

Articles about evaluating a system integrator, the Engineers' Choice Awards, IIoT and machine control, questions to ask an SI, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra April 15, 2019
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The top 5 most read articles online, from April 8-14 for Control Engineering covered evaluating a system integrator, the Engineers’ Choice Awards, IIoT and machine control, questions to ask an SI, and rate-predictive control. Links to each article below.

1. 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.

2. 2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

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. Ask 11 questions to simplify system integration

Being prepared, having project management structures and processes in place, and building trust with the customer are the most reliable ways to simplify the systems integration process. See eight system integration project management tips.

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, April 8-14, 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.