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Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 27 to Aug. 2, 2020

Articles about programmable logic controllers, personal protective equipment, new COVID-19 test developments, data management, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 27 to Aug 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay August 3, 2020
Courtesy: Glenn Asakawa, University of Colorado Boulder

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 27 to Aug. 2 for Control Engineering covered programmable logic controllers, personal protective equipment, new COVID-19 test developments, data management, and more. Links to each article below.

1. Which IEC 61131-3 programming language is best? Part 1

With so many programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and standards from which to choose, what is the right choice for automation and controls applications? Part 1 provides an overview and focuses on Ladder Diagram (LD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC).

2. Manufacturers looking to be more flexible, analytical in wake of COVID-19

A survey of German and U.S. manufacturers found many have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking to become more flexible and more dependent on data, maintenance models.

3. Engineers design reusable, silicone rubber face mask

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks.

4. COVID-19 test developed to deliver results in under an hour

CU Boulder researchers have developed a rapid, portable, saliva-based COVID-19 test able to return results in 45 minutes, which could be deployable in community settings like manufacturing facilities and factories.

5. Better data management for manufacturers during COVID-19

Will COVID-19 compel manufacturing companies to streamline connected data management more than previously?

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 27 to Aug. 2, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media, kgay@cfemedia.com.


Keagan Gay
Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.