Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 23-29, 2021

Articles about face mask prototypes, industrial products, effective process safety, scalable IIoT networks and hiring engineers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 23-29, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra August 30, 2021

The top 5 most read articles online, from August 23-29, 2021, for Control Engineering covered face mask prototypes, industrial products, effective process safety, scalable IIoT networks and hiring engineers. Links to each article below.

1. Face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection

Engineers at MIT and Harvard have designed a prototype face mask that can diagnose the person wearing the mask with COVID-19 within about 90 minutes and can be used to detect other pathogens and chemicals.

2. Rethinking the way industrial products are purchased

Greater operational efficiency is required in manufacturing today and it requires a comprehensive look at everything, starting with how things are purchased. See four clarifications on consolidated industrial purchasing advantages.

3. How to achieve effective process safety

Automation systems and people can work together with a corporate safety culture in place that emphasizes zero-risk tolerance and proper understanding of engineering principles such as using proper alarm management strategies and systems, regulatory procedures and industry best practices.

4. Four tips for designing scalable IIoT networks

Don’t get distracted by the promises of the latest so-called solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Focus on these essential design principles while building a data network. Intelligent input/output modules and other tools can add flexibility.

5. The best engineers are going to the competition, and here’s why

Hiring engineers is hard. Five reasons why and five tips on how to improve hiring engineers are highlighted.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, August 23-29, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.