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Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, CNC digitalization, alarm management and process safety, process instrumentation education, and asset performance in refineries were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra June 10, 2019
Dr. Alexander Broos, VDW, German Machine Tool Builders Association, spoke at OPC Day, Sept. 13, 2018, at IMTS in Chicago, explaining that non-standard connections are among machine builders’ challenges. With OPC UA from OPC Foundation, there already is connectivity, he said. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media

The top 5 most read articles online, from June 3-9 for Control Engineering covered the Career and Salary Survey, CNC digitalization, alarm management and process safety, process instrumentation education, and asset performance in refineries. Links to each article below.

1. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2019

Engineers are getting paid more, although fewer expect to get increases in 2019; top factors for determining job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation.

2. Standard interface simplifies CNC digitalization

Cover Story: VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, said the first concrete OPC UA companion specification based on a realistic set of parameters will be presented at EMO Hannover 2019 in September. The interface allows data exchange from and among machines with different control systems. See more answers in “Flexibility in a marketable standard.”

3. Connecting alarm management and process safety

Making the connection between alarm management and process safety management can ensure a safe and productive process.

4. Online education benefits for process instrumentation, control

In-person training for process instrumentation and control (PIC) provides valuable training on-site for engineers, but online education can save time and money for everyone involved while giving engineers a base of knowledge they can build from.

5. Optimizing asset performance in refineries

Advanced analytics use machine learning to simplify user experience, generate process data insights.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, June 3-9, for articles published within the last two months.

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

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Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Production Editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media