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Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 19-25, 2021

Articles about programming standardization, scalable IIoT networks, simulation and computer-aided design, programmable fibers and IEC 61131-3 structuring were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 19-25, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra July 26, 2021
Courtesy: Siemens

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 19-25, 2021, for Control Engineering covered programming standardization, scalable IIoT networks, simulation and computer-aided design, programmable fibers and IEC 61131-3 structuring. Links to each article below.

1. Programming standardization unifies, improves operator experience

Integrated automation suites provide control system programmers with the tools to manage standardization across multiple automation projects, creating consistent operational experiences enterprise-wide. See 10 advantages of an integrated programming suite that saved 30% programming time at one customer.

2. Four tips for designing scalable IIoT networks

Don’t get distracted by the promises of the latest so-called solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Focus on these essential design principles while building a data network. Intelligent input/output modules and other tools can add flexibility.

3. From simulation to computer-aided design of control systems

Cover Story: While simulation systems can help for control system programming design, a general-purpose programming language like C# can be used: First, some basic control system theory.

4. Programmable fiber created to sense, store personal data

MIT researchers have created the first fabric-fiber to have digital capabilities, ready to collect, store and analyze data using a neural network.

5. Structuring with IEC 61131-3: 7 steps to success

The IEC 61131-3 standard includes powerful structuring tools and can help provide users an excellent way to break a control system down into manageable units for greater overall effectiveness.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 19-25, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is the web content manager for CFE Media.