Simulators, Optimizers

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 26 to August 1, 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 26 to August 1, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra August 2, 2021
Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 26 to August 1, 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. 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.

2. Optimizing manufacturing processing and quality management with digital twins, IIoT

An examination of the concepts and practices on the design, implementation and some preliminary outcomes based on a real-world use case in a production process control and quality management application in the steel industry, guided by Lean management and Six Sigma concepts and best practices.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Understanding HART status information

Using HART protocol is more effective when connected instruments provide status information back to the control system, providing reliability about the process variable, instrument reliability and troubleshoot. Learn nine HART statuses. See HART status diagram.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 26 to August 1, 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.