Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 23-29: High-performance HMIs, salary and career survey, engineering career advice, more

Articles about high-performance HMIs, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, engineering career advice, smart manufacturing, and robot programming languages were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra May 30, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from May 23-29 for Control Engineering covered high-performance HMIs, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, engineering career advice, smart manufacturing, and robot programming languages. Link to each article below. 

1. Developing high-performance HMIs: Evolution, improved usability

This two-part series examines the development of high-performance human-machine interface (HMI) methodology. Part 1 covers HMI evolution, security, improving usability, and consistent use of color.

2. Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey, 2016

Control Engineering research shows nearly a 5% increase in salaries among respondents to an average of $94,747; analysis of salaries by years with employer shows upward salary pressure for engineering new hires. 

3. Engineering career advice from the 2016 Control Engineering salary survey

Many subscribers taking the 2016 Control Engineering salary survey provided write-in advice about engineering careers; education, workplace strategies, and project management are among engineering tips and reminders.

4. Smart manufacturing is not a thing; it’s a convergence of things

Smart manufacturing is a convergence of capabilities from multiple areas to enhance productivity. Smart manufacturing is where smart business processes converge with smart operational processes, smart equipment, and smart product definitions.  

5. A history of robot programming languages 

There are many different programming languages for robots and it can become overwhelming to keep them all straight. Understanding the history of robotic programming languages can provide some perspective on why it is so convoluted and where they all come from.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, May 23-29, for articles published within the last two months.  

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