Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 7-13, 2021

Articles about HMI and SCADA design, six calibration tips, the Career and Salary Survey, process control system connectivity and UPS implementation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 7-13, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra June 14, 2021

The top 5 most read articles online, from June 7-13, 2021, for Control Engineering covered HMI and SCADA design, six calibration tips, the Career and Salary Survey, process control system connectivity and UPS implementation. Links to each article below.

1. When designing HMI/SCADA, consider many factors

User abilities, skill levels, future plans, needs of stakeholders, and other items should be explored. See a system integrator’s advice and seven SCADA system integration/design questions to ask.

2. Six things automation and control engineers need to know about calibration

Cover Story: Reasons for calibration include new instruments, repairs or modifications or scheduled care. Learn details about calibration’s impact on preventive maintenance, schedules, documentation and more.

3. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2021

Career update: COVID-19 accelerates innovative technology implementations; engineering salaries increase; job satisfaction is high. The lack of skilled workers, economy and lack of necessary materials are biggest threats to manufacturing.

4. Keep process control systems connected with industrial network strategies

Traditional distributed control system (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems designs can be improved with industrial digital transformation. Seek industrial interoperability, modularity, conformity to standards, including security standards, scalability and portability.

5. 5 things to consider before implementing a UPS

Critical control systems feed the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and require uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to prevent momentary power interruptions that could cause an industrial PC or other industrial controller to crash. Here’s how to choose an industrial UPS.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, June 7-13, 2021, for articles published within the last two months.

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

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.