Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 21-27: PC-based controls, augmented reality, IIoT and cobots, more

Articles about PC-based controls, augmented reality and process control, IIoT and collaborative robots, robots on the assembly line, and reducing alert load were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra August 28, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 21-27 for Control Engineering, covered PC-based controls, augmented reality and process control, IIoT and collaborative robots, robots on the assembly line, and reducing alert load. Links to each article below.

1. PC-based controls: Expanding plant-floor architectures from the edge to IIoT 

Edge devices facilitate data processing at the plant level, increasing security and using Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) standards.

2. Augmented reality for manufacturing and process control applications 

Manufacturers looking to find answers quickly to complex problems within factories, buildings, and process control applications are using augmented reality.

3. IIoT and the rise of the cobots

Though traditional robots remain relevant, collaborative robots are starting to emerge more in the industry, as they should with their small size, low cost, and adaptability to offer. 

4. Robots solve assembly line production challenges

Inside Machines: An electronics manufacturer with double-digit product rejection rates used a collaborative robot that was controlled and monitored in a cloud-connected system to handle soldering, drilling, silicone dispensing, and light assembly. This helped rejects fall to near zero and increased production efficiency almost fivefold.

5. Reducing alert load via data analytics 

Technology Update: Cloud-based data analytics can help plant operators focus on the emergencies that matter and improve overall productivity as well as reduce plant downtime.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 21-27, for articles published within the last two months.

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