Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 2-8: Control panel design, achieving operational excellence, 2016 SI Giants, more

Articles about good control panel design, achieving operational excellence, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, SCADA and industrial automation, and robotics software were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 9, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jan. 2-8 for Control Engineering, covered good control panel design, achieving operational excellence, the 2016 System Integrator Giants, SCADA and industrial automation, and robotics software. Links to each article below.

1. Four aspects of good control panel design

Good control panel design should feature strong layout and component placement, labeling, panel sizing and component spacing, and wireway design.

2. Achieving operational excellence using APC

In the chemical industry, advanced process control (APC) is the formula for reaching higher levels of operational excellence. See 10 APC opportunities, including 3%-5% capacities gain and 3%-15% energy savings.

3. 2016 System Integrator Giants 

The System Integrator Giants program (SI Giants) lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in the CFE Media Global System Integrator Database, ranked solely on total system integration revenue. 

4. SCADA remains relevant for industrial automation

Embedded workflow, engineering model support, and auto-discoverable assets are among the technologies keeping SCADA alive.

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 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.  

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