Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 16-22: Artificial intelligence for control engineering, automated distribution systems for material handling, Engineers’ Choice winners, more

Articles about artificial intelligence for control engineering, automated distribution systems and material handling, the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, pros and cons of using a virtualized machine, and high-performance HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 23, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 16-22, covered artificial intelligence for control engineering, automated distribution systems and material handling, the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, pros and cons of using a virtualized machine, and high-performance HMIs. Link to each article below.

1. Artificial intelligence for control engineering

Robotics, cars, and wheelchairs are among artificial intelligence beneficiaries, making control loops smarter, adaptive, and able to change behavior, hopefully for the better. 

2. Automated distribution systems speed material handling

United Sortation Solutions (USS) organized automation into a consolidated platform for material handling applications using embedded PCs, human machine interfaces, I/O modules, programming software, and industrial Ethernet networking in their machines to help customers to pick, pack, and ship goods more quickly. 

3. 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

A total of 26 winners and 27 honorable mentions were named for the 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards, which were voted on by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience. 

4. The pros and cons of using a virtualized machine

A virtualized machine can be a great help in maintaining a system, but the pros and cons of using one should always be taken into consideration. 

5. High-performance HMIs: Designs to improve operator effectiveness

Users and system designers consider how changing HMI strategy can help make operators better at their job and reduce those confused phone calls. 

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

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