Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 21-27: Engineers’ Choice finalists, deploying smart HMIs, System Integrator Giants, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, deploying smart HMIs, the 2015 System Integrator Giants, and fixing PID were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra December 28, 2015

The top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 21-27 for Control Engineering covered the Engineers’ Choice finalists, deploying smart HMIs, the 2015 System Integrator Giants, intelligent and efficient PLC programming, and fixing PID. 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. How to deploy smart HMIs as communication hubs

Smart human-machine interfaces (HMIs) can securely tie servers, controllers, and input/output (I/O) devices together, inside and outside the plant. There are many differences between embedded and PC-based HMIs and it is important to know them to find the right fit for a particular system. 

3. 2015 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. 

5. Fixing PID, Part 3

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

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, December 21-27, for articles published within the last two months.  

– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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