Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 2-8: High-performance HMIs, Engineers’ Choice winners, alarm management philosophy, more

Articles about high-performance HMIs, the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, alarm management philosophy, PID for motion control and robotics, and artificial intelligence for control engineering were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 9, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 2-8 high-performance HMIs, the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, alarm management philosophy, PID for motion control and robotics, and artificial intelligence for control engineering. Link to each article below.

1. 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. 

2. 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. 

3. Did you check "alarm philosophy" off the list and move on to the next stage of alarm management?

The alarm philosophy document is a critical component to configuring and managing an effective alarm management program. 

4. Using PID for motion control, robotics

Advice follows on using proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning for motion control and robotics. High-end robotics with high dynamics and reasonably high accuracy of movement almost always require the use of these control algorithms for operation. 

5. 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. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, March 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

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