Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 20-26: PID learning, Engineer’s choice, artificial intelligence, more

Articles about PID learning, the Engineers' Choice winners, artificial intelligence and machine vision, standardized control system programming, and human-robot collaboration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 27, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Mar. 20-26 for Control Engineering, covered PID learning, the Engineers’ Choice winners, artificial intelligence and machine vision, standardized control system programming, and human-robot collaboration. Links to each article below.

1. The PID learning process

While there are many excellent loop tuning methods available, many practitioners prefer tweaking proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning constants or using rules-of-thumb rather than doing the required step test and data analysis. 

2. 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

The 30th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 28 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2016 as chosen by you, Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

3. Artificial intelligence and its impact on machine vision

Several companies are working on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the machine vision industry that will allow AI to think more like humans by employing deep learning techniques and other functions that humans use to develop their brains.

4. Standardizing control system programming with IEC 61131-3

For the first time in the history of industrial controls, industrial control system (ICS) programming—regardless of the controller type—can be implemented with the same standard, and the programs created with that standard easily can be transported from one compliant control system to another. 

5. Robots, humans collaborate on safety

A new age of collaborative robots put people closer to technology than ever before.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, March 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.

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