Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 16-22: Engineers’ Choice winners, selecting and applying VFDs, motor and drive systems, more

Articles about the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, selecting and applying VFDs, motor and drive systems, distributed power control, and 7 things control engineers should know about management were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 23, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 16-22 covered the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, selecting and applying VFDs, motor and drive systems, distributed power control, and 7 things control engineers should know about management. 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. Motor and drive systems: Advanced motors, encoders, applications

Advanced motor and motion systems were discussed at the 12th annual Motor & Drive Systems 2015 conference and exhibition, Jan. 21, in Orlando, Fla., including an axial variable flux permanent magnet motor, dual axial gap wheel motors, electric 2-wheelers, intelligent encoders, magnetic encoders, and inductive encoders. 

4. Distributed power control

Results from distributed power control include integrating power users with power suppliers with Smart Grid technologies and storing energy for peak load shifting, and evening the load from renewable (non-baseload) power sources. 

5. 7 things control engineers should know about management

How to communicate effectively with management and accelerate your career: Engineers should know these 7 things about management today. Don’t wait for others to delegate the needed resources or complain that they haven’t. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, February 16-22, for articles published within the last two months.

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