Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 1-7: Process models, wireless and closed-loop applications, information systems, more

Articles about process models and feedback control, wireless for closed-loop applications, information systems, lockout/tagout for improved safety, and mathematical models for process applications were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 8, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 1-7 for Control Engineering covered process models and feedback control, wireless for closed-loop applications, information systems, lockout/tagout for improved safety, and mathematical models for process applications Link to each article below. 

1. Process models facilitate feedback control

Mathematical models of process behavior can be used to improve the design and performance of feedback controllers.

2. Using wireless for closed-loop applications

When considering wireless for control applications, including it in the system design early can prevent surprises during or after installation.

3. Intelligent automation series part 3: Information systems

Part 3: This series explains the automation pyramid: A framework for process intelligence and improvement. The third level examines information systems and how they are the first step towards a fully connected enterprise.

4. Rethink lockout/tagout to improve safety, productivity

Inside machines: Alternatives to traditional lockout/tagout procedures can improve productivity and reduce incentives to bypass this time-consuming process, improving machine safety and throughput.

5. Mathematical models help find process spill values, material savings

Designing controls: Sharper attention to spill values created 20% additional production capacity and an estimated $500,000 annually in material costs in one application.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, February 1-7, for articles published within the last two months.

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