Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 16-22: TSN and real-time Ethernet, reusable PLC code, hot Control Engineering topics, more

Articles about TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, reusable PLC code advantages, hot Control Engineering topics, five VFD questions, and robotics software for the next generation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 23, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jan. 16-22 for Control Engineering, covered TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, reusable PLC code advantages, hot Control Engineering topics, five VFD questions, and robotics software for the next generation. Links to each article below. 

1. What does time-sensitive networking and real-time Ethernet data mean for the future of industrial systems? 

Avnu Alliance members explain how real-time communications enabled by Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) will strengthen the future of industrial systems.

2. Advantages of reusable code for PLCs

Reusable code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) provide users with flexibility and allow structures to be built that can be exported from one application to another.

3. Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2016, 2017

Think Again: Control Engineering readers choose hot topics of 2016, and that online traffic points to key trends in Control Engineering in 2017. What can you learn from these top Control Engineering articles of 2016? New: See related articles of 2017 and top graphics of 2016.  

4. Five questions to ask when selecting a VFD

Users looking to select a variable frequency drive (VFD) need to consider their application, power source characteristics, and other safety and maintenance aspects to ensure that a production plant’s operations remain smooth with minimal downtime.

5. Robotics software for the next generation

Educators, researchers, and robotics companies have collaborated to develop software that enables robots to work in new applications to help shrink the industrial manufacturing skills gap. As a result, more intelligent robotics software now is enabling greater robotics capabilities for the next generation of technology and manufacturing workers. See video.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, January 16-22, for articles published within the last two months.

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