Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 31 to August 13: Closed-loop system guidelines, IIoT and cobots, open- vs. closed-loop control, more

Articles about closed-loop control guidelines, robots and Industrie 4.0, the IIoT and cobots, open- vs. closed-loop controls, and control system automation tips were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 31 to August 13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra August 14, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jul. 31 to Aug. 13 for Control Engineering, covered closed-loop control guidelines, robots and Industrie 4.0, the IIoT and cobots, open- vs. closed-loop controls, and control system automation tips. Links to each article below.

1. Guidelines for using a closed-loop control system

Tutorial: Which factors should be considered to determine whether an open-loop or a closed-loop control design should be used?

2. Readying robots and the workforce for Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0 is not a distant vision for the factory of the future. Already networks of robots are connecting to the cloud and contributing massive amounts of insightful data to simplify asset management and maintenance, maximize equipment and process efficiency, and improve product quality.

3. IIoT and the rise of the cobots

Though traditional robots remain relevant, collaborative robots are starting to emerge more in the industry, as they should with their small size, low cost, and adaptability to offer. 

4. Choosing between open- and closed-loop control

Closing the control loop provides insight into the behavior of the process.

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, July 31 to August 13, for articles published within the last two months.

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