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Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 29 to August 4

Articles about managing an engineering career, PLCs on the internet, controller options for industrial applications, HMI safety, and computer integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 29 to August 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra August 5, 2019
Figure 4: A parsing instruction, such as this JSONPARSE block in an AutomationDirect BRX PLC, is needed so the PLC can drill into the layers of objects within a JSON data payload and extract the desired information. Courtesy: AutomationDirect

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 29 to August 4 for Control Engineering covered managing an engineering career, PLCs on the internet, controller options for industrial applications, HMI safety, and computer integration. Links to each article below.

1. Choosing and managing an engineering career: 7 things to know

A well-managed engineering career means a lifetime career outside the rut. Apply these seven tips to manage a successful engineering career.

2. Benefits of connecting a PLC to the internet

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are now gaining information technology (IT) abilities to interact directly with the internet, creating new automation and information possibilities.

3. Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

4. 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.

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 29 to August 4, 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.