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Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 5-11

Articles about controller options for industrial applications, machine safety, alarm management, robotic actuators, and industrial cybersecurity needs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra August 12, 2019
Figure 1: Industrial controllers such as this traditional PLC/PAC, are typically installed in control panels local to the equipment or processes they monitor and automate. Courtesy: Opto 22

The top 5 most read articles online, from August 5-11 for Control Engineering covered controller options for industrial applications, machine safety, alarm management, robotic actuators, and industrial cybersecurity needs. Links to each article below.

1. Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

2. Rethinking machine safety risk

The design phase of a project allows companies to reduce potential machine safety before it has a chance to manifest itself as a hazard and danger to workers.

3. 10 alarm management tips for the busy control engineer

Alarm management has been a great success for the process industry. Initial challenges have largely been met, but new challenges have emerged. Alarm management is most effective as an operations tool, not a safety tool.

4. Automated system generates robotic actuators

MIT researchers have developed an automated system that designs and 3-D prints robotic actuators, which are optimized and automatically created, which is almost impossible for a human to do.

5. Modern technologies solve industrial cybersecurity needs

Emerging condition monitoring software and devices have ingrained cybersecurity that helps bring legacy systems and processes into the modern era.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 5-11, 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.