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Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus effects on manufacturers and engineers, internet exchange world record and partial-stroke testing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 23, 2020
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media

The top 5 most read articles online, from March 16-22 for Control Engineering covered coronavirus effects on manufacturers and engineers, internet exchange world record and partial-stroke testing. Links to each article below.

1. Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

2. COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help. See Control Engineering highlights.

3. Internet exchange world record achieved at Frankfurt

The Deutsche commercial internet exchange (DE-CIX) set a world record with more than 9 terabits per  second data throughput at Frankfurt internet exchange.

4. Understand partial-stroke testing

Partial-stroke tests (PSTs) of emergency shutdown (ESD) valves improve safety instrumented system (SIS) performance; monitor these critical valves to ensure the system’s ability to shut a process down in the event of an emergency.

5. Preventing coronavirus through preparation

Many manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned with Covid-19 breakouts on the production floor. There are ways to improve worker safety through preventive best practices and proper preparation.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Mar. 16-22, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, associate editor, CFE Media,

Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for CFE Media.