Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 20-26: Safety instrumented systems, Engineers’ Choice, multi-platform fluency, more

Articles about safety instrumented systems, the Engineers' Choice winners, reasons to be fluent in multiple platforms, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and permanent magnet motors were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra February 27, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Feb. 20-26 for Control Engineering, covered safety instrumented systems, the Engineers’ Choice winners, reasons to be fluent in multiple platforms, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and permanent magnet motors. Links to each article below. 

1. Safety instrumented systems: Applying measurement best practices

The measurement part of a safety system tends to be the most troublesome. However, new technologies offer ways to overcome many common-cause problems.

2. 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

The 30th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 28 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2016 as chosen by you, Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

3. Four reasons to be fluent in multiple platforms

Being fluent in multiple platforms can be a helpful tool in the automation field for engineers and integrators and can give the engineer the ability to solve more problems and be a better, more rounded engineer.

4. Ensuring SCADA/HMI cybersecurity

Critical industries, such as chemical, energy, transportation, and water/wastewater depend on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for daily operations. Strengthening weaknesses in these systems must be a priority and is a shared responsibility.

5. Understanding permanent magnet motors

A permanent magnet (PM) motor is an ac motor that uses magnets imbedded into or attached to the surface of the motor’s rotor. This article provides an elementary understanding behind the terminology, concepts, theory, and physics behind PM motors.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, February 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,