Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 24-30: Computing and data storage chip, control system automation, integrator advice, more

Articles about a 3-D computing and data storage chip, control system automation tips, integrator advice, and PLC programming and advice were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 24-30. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra July 31, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jul. 24-30 for Control Engineering, covered a 3-D computing and data storage chip, control system automation tips, integrator advice, and PLC programming and advice. Links to each article below.

1. 3-D chip developed for combined computing and data storage

Researchers at MIT and Stanford have developed a 3-D chip that uses carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells to address communication bottlenecks as technology becomes more sophisticated.

2. Eight things to avoid in control system automation projects

Identifying missteps such as not building a cross-functional team and not defining responsibilities early in a project can help ensure that a control system automation project is successful.

3. Advice from integrators on HMIs, wireless, cloud use, thin clients

System Integrator of the Year roundtable: Tips follow on human-machine interface screen design, wireless and cloud technologies for Industrial Internet of Things, and thin-client use from representatives from two 2017 System Integrator of the Year companies.

4. PLC programming tips, benefits for engineers

Cover Story: Get help for programmable logic controller (PLC) programming from Control Engineering editorial advisory board member Frank Lamb, covering ladder logic and scanning, binary-coded decimals, and reusable codes. 

5. Ease of use: Programmable controllers

With “ease of use” blowing like wind through the branches of automation and control, standard programming has abstracted into configuration, as wizards become more intelligent, and libraries of code are embedded into intuitive objects. Controller hardware touts modularity, flexibility, and connectivity. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 24-30, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.