Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 28 to March 6, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, advanced process controls, VFDs basics, HMIs and tuning a PM motor with a VFD were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 28 to March 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 7, 2022
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC

The top 5 most read articles online, from February 28 to March 6, 2022, for Control Engineering covered Engineers’ Choice winners, advanced process controls, VFDs basics, HMIs and tuning a PM motor with a VFD. Links to each article below.

1. Spotlight on Innovation: 2022 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Control Engineering announces the best automation, control and instrumentation products in the 19 categories of the annual Engineers’ Choice Awards program.

2. Understanding the critical role of metrics for advanced process controls

Advanced process controls (APC) requires appropriate metrics, or key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure safe, efficient operations. Alarms, relief valves, safety systems and APC need monitoring. Learn five good APC metrics, the missing metric and four recommended practices for APC metrics.

3. VFDs from the inside out

Variable frequency drive (VFD) vocabulary words: These 50 terms can help properly apply VFDs.

4. Five improvements made by incorporating situational awareness in an HMI

With the recent development of the ISA-101 standard aimed at addressing operator effectiveness, there has been a new focus on bringing practical HMI design concepts to plants. Five improvements are highlighted.

5. Intro to setting up, tuning a PM motor with a VFD

A permanent magnet (PM) motor requires a variable frequency drive (VFD) to operate effectively. See motor comparison table, induction motor vs. PM torque curve, and VFD programming and tuning advice.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Feb. 28 to Mar. 6, 2022, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.

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