Top 5 Control Engineering articles Aug. 24-30, 2020

Articles about smart thermometers, predictive maintenance, edge computing and IIoT, PLC's, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug.18-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay August 31, 2020

The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 24-30 for Control Engineering covered smart thermometers, predictive maintenance, edge computing and IIoT, PLC’s, and more. Links to each article below.

1. Smart thermometers use real-time data to help prevent outbreaks

Smart thermometers to detect and track the spread of contagious illnesses and pandemics like COVID-19 before patients go to the hospital have been developed by Kinsa, a startup company.

2. Connect automation to the power of predictive maintenance

Leveraging operational data already in control systems can drive distribution center (DC) performance and maintenance improvements.

3. Ethanol-based hand sanitizer developed to prevent COVID-19

An ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by University of Missouri researchers.

4. How edge computing will unleash the potential of IIoT

Combining the potential of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices with the processing power of edge computing, automation solutions and analytics is giving manufacturing production data more value. See five ways to make edge IIoT deployment more effective.

5. Which IEC 61131-3 programming language is best? Part 1

With so many programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and standards from which to choose, what is the right choice for automation and controls applications? Part 1 provides an overview and focuses on Ladder Diagram (LD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Aug. 18-30, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.