Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 1-7

Articles about connecting a PLC, the Career and Salary Survey, June hot topics, choosing a transparent CIP system, and choosing the right HMI were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 8, 2019
Figure 4: A parsing instruction, such as this JSONPARSE block in an AutomationDirect BRX PLC, is needed so the PLC can drill into the layers of objects within a JSON data payload and extract the desired information. Courtesy: AutomationDirect

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 1-7 for Control Engineering covered connecting a PLC, the Career and Salary Survey, June hot topics, choosing a transparent CIP system, and choosing the right HMI. Links to each article below.

1. Benefits of connecting a PLC to the internet

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are now gaining information technology (IT) abilities to interact directly with the internet, creating new automation and information possibilities.

2. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2019

Engineers are getting paid more, although fewer expect to get increases in 2019; top factors for determining job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation.

3. Control Engineering hot topics, June 2019

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in June 2019 included stories about the Career and Salary Survey, alarm management and process safety, choosing the right HMI, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, DCS migration, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

4. Benefits of a transparent CIP system

Transparent clean-in-place (CIP) systems can be programmed in a variety of ways, but the process is often difficult to follow. Learn more about the benefits of a transparent process and how it helped one company improve their operations.

5. Choosing the right HMI

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are available with many hardware and software features and users should work backwards from the target application to make sure all needs are addressed.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 1-7, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for Control Engineering and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.