Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 31 to January 6

Articles about smarter robot sensing, the Engineers' Choice finalists, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, IIoT trends and risks, and robot end of arm tooling trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 31, 2018, to January 6, 2019. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra January 7, 2019

The top 5 most read articles online, from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 for Control Engineering covered the 2019 System Integrator Giants, Engineers’ Choice finalists, marshaling virtual resources, clean water benefits, and automating a manual valve. Links to each article below.

1. Smarter robot grasping with sensors, software, and the cloud

Hardware and software advances such as improved sensors and the cloud have helped robot grippers enable safer, closer human-robot collaboration, ease of use, and flexibility for many different applications.

2. Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform.

3. System Integrator Giants 2019

Three new companies joined the 2019 System Integrator Giants list in a year when most of the world’s top 100 integration companies saw overall business growth.

4. Identifying IIoT risks and rewards

Integrators provide a safe passage to smart factory technology.

5. Three industrial robot end of arm tooling trends

Industrial robot end of arm tooling (EOAT) trends include safer grippers and greater connectivity as companies face greater productivity and demand from their customers.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Dec. 31 to Jan. 6, 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.