Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 27 to March 5: Ladder logic, safety instrumented systems, industrial analytics platforms, more

Articles about ladder logic, safety instrumented systems, industrial analytics platforms, the Engineers' Choice winners, and artificial intelligence's impact on machine vision were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 27 to March 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 6, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 for Control Engineering, covered ladder logic, safety instrumented systems, industrial analytics platforms, the Engineers’ Choice winners, and artificial intelligence’s impact on machine vision. Links to each article below. 

1. Ladder logic 305: ASCII and strings

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and strings are designed to turn printable characters into numbers that programmable logic controller (PLCs) can deal with and are commonly used in the U.S.

2. 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.

3. What industrial analytics platforms offer manufacturers

Challenges and benefits of analytics applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are highlighter as well as the value analytics can provide.

4. 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.

5. Artificial intelligence and its impact on machine vision

Several companies are working on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the machine vision industry that will allow AI to think more like humans by employing deep learning techniques and other functions that humans use to develop their brains.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, February 27 to March 5, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,