Top 5 Control Engineering articles Mar. 5-11

Articles about ladder logic, optimizing manufacturing processes, the Engineers' Choice winners, alarm management, and safety standards for integrated manufacturing systems were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 5-11, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 12, 2018

The top 5 most read articles online, from Mar. 5-11 for Control Engineering, covered ladder logic, optimizing manufacturing processes, the Engineers’ Choice winners, alarm management, and safety standards for integrated manufacturing systems. Links to each article below.

1. Ladder Logic: Fault detection and messages

In ladder logic, faults are used to capture abnormal circumstances and each cell or station in a program will usually have its own fault routine and can send messages to a human-machine interface (HMI) or programmable logic controller (PLC).

2. Biopharmaceutical company optimizes manufacturing processes with modern DCS

Gilead Sciences used a new, flexible distributed control system (DCS) for a pilot lab to support research and development (R&D), clinical trials, and meet pipeline demands. 

3. 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

The 31st annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2017 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience.

4. Alarm management: 6 hazards, 4 strategies

Alarm management in an IIoT world: Correlation and classification of industrial process control alarms before the operator sees them vital for safety, speed, and efficiency. Networking and advanced software tools help.

5. Exploring the updated safety standard for integrated manufacturing systems

ANSI B11.20-2017 increases worker safety with added processes for those working on or near integrated manufacturing systems (IMS).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Mar. 5-11, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.