Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 29 to March 6: Engineers’ Choice, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, more

Articles about the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, neural networks in process control, ladder logic, free computer programs, and mathematical models and process spill values were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 29 to March 6. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 7, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Feb. 29 to Mar. 6 for Control Engineering covered the 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners, neural networks in process control, ladder logic, free computer programs, and mathematical models and process spill values. Link to each article below. 

1. 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 27 categories chosen by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

2. Neural networks in process control: Neural network architecture, controls

Neural networks have been used in process control strategies for years, but they’re still not commonly found in industry. This technology has been applied in a number of fields with great success. With proper training to lift the vail from the technology, it can be more widely applied—without mystery—to solve some of the most nagging process control problems.

3. Ladder logic 104: Memory organization

Memory allocation varies from platform to platform. All platforms have input and output (I/O) memory and it is assigned and labeled in different ways depending on the platform.

4. 11 free programs for your computer, part 2

These freeware programs are designed to be useful to any computer user regardless of experience that help enhance a feature or improve operational efficiency.

5. Mathematical models help find process spill values, material savings

Designing controls: Sharper attention to spill values created 20% additional production capacity and an estimated $500,000 annually in material costs in one application.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, February 29 to March 6, for articles published within the last two months.  

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