Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 22-28: Tablet-based augmented reality, PID control, IoT and power plants, more

Articles about tablet-based augmented reality, PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, IoT technology and power plants, IoT benefits, and industrial control system integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra August 29, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 22-28 for Control Engineering, covered tablet-based augmented reality, PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, IoT technology and power plants, IoT benefits, and industrial control system integration. Links to each article below. 

1. Tablet-based augmented reality helps predictive maintenance for pumps

Video: sensors on critical pumps can feed a system to help technicians or operators identify when failures are pending and improve energy efficiency. A major U.S. refinery will host a pilot pump diagnostic project, similar to an NIWeek 2016 stage demonstration held on Aug. 2.

2. Understanding PID control and loop tuning fundamentals

PID loop tuning may not be a hard science, but it’s not magic either. Here are some tuning tips that work.

3. IoT technologies used to make power plants more efficient

Companies such as GE are launching digital power plant systems in gas and coal plants to make operations cleaner and more efficient by using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

4. Study suggests companies are adopting IoT technologies without realizing the benefits

Businesses are increasingly adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, even if some don’t yet truly understand the benefits they can bring to their company, according to a survey by Strategy Analytics.

5. Five critical factors in industrial control system integration

Several factors have to be taken into account when discussing industrial control systems integration such as software infrastructure, process databases, operator interface, alarm management, and network security.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 22-28, for articles published within the last two months. 

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