PLCs, PACs

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 4-10, 2021

Articles about PLCs power in industrial data integration, using IIoT for energy-efficient pump environments, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 4-10, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay January 11, 2021
Courtesy: AutomationDirect

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jan. 4-10, 2021 for Control Engineering covered PLCs power in industrial data integration, using IIoT for energy-efficient pump environments, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more. Links to each article below.

1. PLCs power industrial data integration

Cover Story: Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have recently gained capabilities formerly possible only with PCs, expanding their role to support seamless data integration with the enterprise.

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. Replacing seven SCADA systems with one

Toronto Pearson International Airport starts fast on major baggage program with new, streamlined SCADA system that serves as the heart of the ambitious project.

4. 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.

5. 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).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, Jan. 4-10, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media, kgay@cfemedia.com.


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