Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 6-12, 2020

Articles about drawing electrical schematics, manufacturer management during COVID-19, process safety, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 6-July 12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay July 13, 2020

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 6-12 for Control Engineering covered drawing electrical schematics, manufacturer management during COVID-19, process safety, and more. Links to each article below.

1. Five tips for effectively drawing electrical schematics

Industrial automation schematics drawings communicate design intent from the engineer to the assembler, troubleshooter and maintainer. See five tips on making electrical schematic drawings better.

2. Better data management for manufacturers during COVID-19

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

3. 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?

4. Separating process control and safety systems

Process safety: Keeping process control and safety systems separate is crucial, but knowing what to separate and integrate and why is critical. Learn about safety instrumented function (SIF) and layers of protection analysis (LOPA).

5. Moving toward self-assembly machine automation systems

Evolving PLC and PAC platforms, networking, and programming methods are leading to self-assembled machine automation systems, reducing risk and user integration efforts.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 6-12, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media,

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