Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 15-21

Articles about control and instrumentation tips, hot Control Engineering topics, modular control system design, four VFD trends, and selecting the correct factory automation controller were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 22, 2018

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jan. 15-21 for Control Engineering, covered control and instrumentation tips, hot Control Engineering topics, modular control system design, four VFD trends, and selecting the correct factory automation controller. Links to each article below.

1. Seven tips for better control and instrumentation RFP/RFQ results

A good request for proposal (RFP/RFQ) project should use qualified results, have a defined scope, an architecture overview, and a strong consideration for risk.

2. Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2017

Think Again: Control Engineering readers choose hot topics of 2017 based on online traffic at the automation industry website. What can you learn from these top Control Engineering articles of 2017? Also see the top three covers of 2017.

3. The benefits of a modular control system design approach 

Cover Story: A new automotive production facility used a modular controller design to reduce startup challenges and optimize plant operations for Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (MCPP).

4. Four trends in VFD management

Variable frequency drive (VFD) advances enable users to do more with less.

5. How to select the correct factory automation controller for your application

Cover Story: Picking the right hardware is critical, but users also need to make sure they include controller programming software in the evaluation process.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, January 15-21, for articles published within the last two months.

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