Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 5-11, 2021

Articles about simulation and computer-aided design, IEC 61131-3 structuring, edge computing, IIoT networks and control system cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra July 12, 2021
Courtesy: Peter Galan, a retired control software engineer

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 5-11, 2021, for Control Engineering covered simulation and computer-aided design, IEC 61131-3 structuring, edge computing, IIoT networks and control system cybersecurity. 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. 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.

3. Edge computing for industrial AIoT applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and edge computing provide advantages for real-time decisions and smarter actions in the field. See advice on edge computer selection and tools for building Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) applications.

4. 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.

5. Control system cybersecurity tips and tactics released

NIST has developed an infographic with steps control system owners/operators can take now to get started or refreshed on their cybersecurity journey and to help manage their control system cybersecurity risks.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 5-11, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is the web content manager for CFE Media.