Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 7-13: Engineers’ Choice, IEC 61131-3, FDI integration, more

Articles about the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, IEC 61131-3, FDI integration standards, process models facilitating feedback control, and what to consider when specifying a servo system were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 14, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Mar. 7-13 for Control Engineering covered the 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners, IEC 61131-3, FDI integration standards, process models facilitating feedback control, and what to consider when specifying a servo system. Link to each article below. 

1. 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

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

2. IEC 61131-3: What’s the acceptance rate of this control programming standard?

Although the IEC 61131-3 standard for control programming languages has been around for nearly 25 years, limited awareness of its scope and features has kept it from becoming a requirement in North America. 

3. Standardizing, simplifying device to host FDI integration

Companies should expect to start hearing a lot more about FDI in 2016, as products that support this new device integration standard come to market. Control Engineering Europe reports on FDI’s journey so far.

4. Process models facilitate feedback control 

Mathematical models of process behavior can be used to improve the design and performance of feedback controllers.

5. Nine things to consider when specifying a servo system

This tutorial will help with selecting a servo system that will perform at the optimal level for the selected application. Ensure these areas are addressed.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, March 7-13, for articles published within the last two months.  

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