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Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about computer integration, data analytics, HMI safety, mobile devices, and smart manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 29, 2019
Figure 3: Don’t integrate computers on the manufacturing floor without protection in mind. Courtesy: Armagard

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 22-28 for Control Engineering covered computer integration, data analytics, HMI safety, mobile devices, and smart manufacturing. Links to each article below.

1. Tips for computer integration on the manufacturing floor

Installing computer systems can be an arduous process for new and existing manufacturing plants; basic best practices for enclosures can help companies avoid costly pitfalls and long-term challenges. See five tips for using computers on the plant floor.

2. Drag-and-drop data analytics using machine learning

MIT researchers have developed a system that lets nonspecialists use machine-learning (ML) models to make predictions for medical research, sales, and more.

3. Keeping an HMI safe after companies stop updating the software

Keeping a human-machine interface (HMI) up-to-date and safe even after companies stop updating the software behind the HMI can be a tricky process.

4. Using mobile devices for communication, data collection

Mobile devices like Raspberry Pi are an inexpensive alternative for controllers in the manufacturing space and can be useful for particular input/output (I/O) applications.

5. Smart manufacturing opens the door to real-time data

Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technologies can use real-time data to optimize processes and reduce costs for manufacturers.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 22-28, for articles published within the last two months.

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra has been production editor for Control Engineering since 2014 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.