Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 21-27: PC-based control, Engineers’ Choice winners, heat exchanger control strategies, more

Articles about PC-based control, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, heat exchanger control strategies, ladder logic and PLC scanning, and data acquisition and analysis were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 28, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Mar. 21-27 for Control Engineering covered PC-based control, the 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners, heat exchanger control strategies, ladder logic and PLC scanning, and data acquisition and analysis. Link to each article below.

1. PC-based control drives global adoption of Industrie 4.0, IIoT concepts

PC-based control systems are at the front lines of automation technology and information technology convergence (AT/IT) as businesses find ways to funnel data into a useful, actionable form designed to empower decision makers as they look to stay competitive.

2. 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 27 categories chosen by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

3. Applying heat exchanger control strategies

Integrating control schemes, such as feedback, cascade, and feedforward techniques, can satisfy the control requirements of even highly challenging heat exchanger temperature control applications.

4. Ladder logic 105: PLC scanning

Understanding how scanning works in a programmable logic controller (PLC) is something that needs to be addressed for a user regardless of the program being used.

5. Ladder logic 401: Data acquisition and analysis

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is designed to not only provide information on signal levels, but it can also capture data and it can be analyzed, but there are a number of challenges the user faces from a software and logistical standpoint.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, March 21-27, for articles published within the last two months.

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