Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 19-25: Installing VFDs, the 2017 Salary and Career Survey, VFD fundamentals, more

Articles about installing VFDs, the 2017 Salary and Career Survey, VFD fundamentals, technology enhancements for sensors, and vision-guided robotics were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra June 26, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Jun. 19-25 for Control Engineering, covered installing VFDs, the 2017 Salary and Career Survey, VFD fundamentals, technology enhancements for sensors, and vision-guided robotics. Links to each article below. 

1. Installing VFDs: environmental and safety considerations

Inside Machines: Understanding ac variable frequency drive (VFD) installation options can save costs, reduce downtime, and enhance safety. 

2. Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey, 2017

Control Engineering salary and career survey research shows an average salary of $96,045 in 2017, up slightly from the 2016 results; job satisfaction continues among respondents. Life-long learning remains critically important. To get youth interested in engineering, more investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and high-profile projects need to be made, respondents said.

3. The ABCs of VFDs

Find the right application to match the motor need and know the conditions for using a variable frequency drive (VFD).

4. Technology drives performance of presence sensor range and accuracy

As sensors evolve, engineers can take advantage of new technology to improve sensor performance.

5. Vision-guided robotics for pick-and-place applications

In order for vision-guided robots (VGR) to perform properly and efficiently, a machine vision system must be set up accurately to avoid potential mistakes. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, June 19-25, for articles published within the last two months.

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