Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 12-18: Engineers’ Choice finalists, 2017 SIY winners, 2016 SI Giants, more

Articles about the Engineers' choice finalists, 2017 SIY winners, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, DCS/PLC action items, and intelligent automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 12-18. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra December 19, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Dec. 12-18 for Control Engineering, covered Engineers’ choice finalists, 2017 SIY winners, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, DCS/PLC action items, and intelligent automation. Links to each article below.

1. 2017 Engineers’ Choice Finalists 

For a limited time, the official Engineers’ Choice ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers. Vote for the best Engineers’ Choice finalists of 116 entries across 28 categories. 

2. CFE Media announces the 2017 System Integrator of the Year winners

The System Integrators of the Year have distinguished themselves by combining technology with a customer-centric approach. See roundtable video discussion.

3. 2016 System Integrator Giants

The System Integrator Giants program (SI Giants) lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in the CFE Media Global System Integrator Database, ranked solely on total system integration revenue. 

4. Six action items for an aging DCS/PLC

Plant and operations managers need to be aware that their distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) could be obsolete and they should take appropriate steps to deal with the problem. Six immediate action items for an aging system are highlighted.

5. Intelligent automation series part 6: Understanding the process of automation systems

Automation pyramid part 6: The easiest way to understand the pyramid as a whole is to see how information moves from Level 1 to Level 5 and how to get value out of data analysis.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, December 12-18, for articles published within the last two months.  

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.