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Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 18-24, 2021

Articles about wastewater surveillance tracking, COVID-19 infections, using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 18-24, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay January 25, 2021
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The top 5 most read articles online, from Jan. 18-24, 2021 for Control Engineering covered wastewater surveillance tracking COVID-19 infections, using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, and more.  Links to each article below.

1. How wastewater surveillance can track COVID-19 infections

A method has been developed that detects the COVID-19 virus in wastewater samples as well as whether infection rates are going up or down.

2. Using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) case study shows how to use pump power measurements to save energy using sensors enabled by wireless gateway and cloud-based analytics. Secure and relatively simple technologies were used; see eight project guidelines.

3. Top 5 VFD parameter changes explained

Programming variable frequency drives (VFDs) to fit most industrial applications require only the most basic settings to operate the motor. Understand these 5 VFD parameter changes to optimize VFD programming to fit most motor-drive applications.

4. Which IEC 61131-3 programming language is best? Part 1

With so many programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and standards from which to choose, what is the right choice for automation and controls applications? Part 1 provides an overview and focuses on Ladder Diagram (LD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC).

5. How advanced digital twin technology narrows the industrial skills gap

Digital twin technology such as immersive field simulators (IFS) can help companies narrow the skills gap by offering a training environment that offers an accurate replica of the world they inhabit with virtual reality and mixed reality tools.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Jan. 18-24, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media,

Keagan Gay
Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.