Top 5 Control Engineering articles Mar. 19-25

Articles about building a machine with motion design software, Big Data analytics, steam trap stations, the 2018 HMI Software and Hardware Study, and fog computing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 19-25, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 26, 2018

Figure 1: Modern motion designer software can help specify, design and simulate fully-functional mechanics in machines and other equipment. Courtesy: Beckhoff AutomationThe top 5 most read articles online, from Mar. 19-25 for Control Engineering, covered building a machine with motion design software, Big Data analytics, steam trap stations, the 2018 HMI Software and Hardware Study, and fog computing. Links to each article below.

1. Building a machine using motion design software 

Motion design software allows engineers to design machines for improved accuracy and overall performance.

2. Turning Big Data analytics into actionable information

To be effective, Big Data analytics must deliver on the end-user experience, and not on the hype associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

3. Testing steam trap stations by temperature

The relationship between steam pressure and temperature makes temperature measurement extremely helpful in understanding many different operating conditions of steam components in the steam and condensate system. 

4. 2018 HMI Software and Hardware Study: Upward trends for HMIs

The 2018 HMI Software and Hardware study revealed several upward trends on the usage of human-machine interface software and hardware.

5. Fog computing for industrial automation

How to develop a secure, distributed automation architecture in a data-driven world: Two examples and five advantages of fog computing are highlighted.

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

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

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