Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 14-20: Engineers’ Choice finalists, arc flash safety, electrical noise and EMI, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists; support arc flash incident energy analysis; electrical noise and EMI; fixing PID; and PLCs, PACs, or IPCs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra December 21, 2015

The top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 14-20 for Control Engineering covered the Engineers’ Choice finalists; support arc flash incident energy analysis; electrical noise and EMI; fixing PID; and PLCs, PACs, or IPCs. Link to each article below. 

1. 2016 Engineering Choice Awards’ Finalists 

The Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering’s print and online subscribers. 

2. Ten essential steps to support arc flash incident energy analysis

These 10 essential steps after receipt of an arc-flash-incident energy analysis will help enhance personnel and equipment protection, and help support compliance with NFPA and OSHA standards.

3. Don’t be the victim of electrical noise and EMI

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) in automated machinery can negatively affect operations, and there are options to reduce or remove it. Learn the consequences of electrical noise and benefits of quieting things down.

4. Fixing PID, Part 3

PID: Proportional-integral-derivative controllers may be ubiquitous, but they’re not perfect. Consider how deadtime affects integral action.

5. PLC vs. PAC vs. IPCs

Know the features, limits, and compatibilities to select the right controller: programmable logic controller (PLC), programmable automation controller (PAC), or industrial PC (IPC).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, December 14-20, for articles published within the last two months.  

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