Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 10 to March 12: Engineers’ Choice winners, selecting and applying VFDs, high-performance HMIs, more

Articles about the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, selecting and applying VFDs, high-performance HMIs, artificial intelligence for control engineering and control system triggers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 10 to March 12. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 13, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 10-Mar. 12 high-performance HMIs, the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, alarm management philosophy, PID for motion control and robotics, artificial intelligence for control engineering, and control system triggers. Link to each article below.

1. 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

A total of 26 winners and 27 honorable mentions were named for the 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards, which were voted on by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

2. Selecting and applying VFDs

Clear understanding of the application, noise sources, and configuration parameters ensures peak variable speed drive (VFD) performance, efficiency, and reliability. 

3. High-performance HMIs: Designs to improve operator effectiveness

Users and system designers consider how changing HMI strategy can help make operators better at their job and reduce those confused phone calls. 

4. Artificial intelligence for control engineering

Robotics, cars, and wheelchairs are among artificial intelligence beneficiaries, making control loops smarter, adaptive, and able to change behavior, hopefully for the better. 

5. Support-focused enterprise controls: Control system triggers

Upper-level system applications rely on movement detection circuits to produce dependable triggers when objects enter, stop in position, and exit process stations.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, February 10 to March 12, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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