Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 12-18

Articles about shop floor device networks, system integrator success, the 2018 Engineers' Choice winners, IIoT and conditioning monitoring, and digital twins were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 12-18, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 19, 2018

The top 5 most read articles online, from Feb. 12-18 for Control Engineering, covered shop floor device networks, system integrator success, the 2018 Engineers’ Choice winners, IIoT and conditioning monitor, and digital twins. Links to each article below.

1. Create a secure network for shop floor devices 

Operations technology (OT) environments consist of many devices using different protocols and different languages. This can cause a security risk if plant operators don’t take steps to mitigate the risk and create awareness for everyone on the plant floor.

2. Four steps to system integrator success

A structured approach yields maximum value when engaging an integration partner.

3. 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

The 31st annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2017 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience.

4. IIoT and condition monitoring turn data into decisions

Manufacturers can leverage IIoT data in nearly all stages of the manufacturing process, including monitoring product quality and performance.

5. Time to start turning digital twins into improved productivity

Digital manufacturing in the auto industry is changing the way products evolve. From design to manufacturing, digitalization is optimizing the process.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, February 12-18, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,