Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Nov. 9-15, 2020

Articles about SCADA, HMI and MES projects, the 2021 Engineers' choice finalists, top 5 VFD parameter changes, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay November 16, 2020

The top 5 most read articles online, from Nov. 9-15 for Control Engineering covered SCADA, HMI and MES projects, the 2021 Engineers’ choice finalists, top 5 VFD parameter changes, and more. Links to each article below.

1. SCADA, HMI, MES projects produce results, recognition

Cover Story: System integration case studies from several industries show lower costs and greater efficiency in projects using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human-machine interface (HMI), and manufacturing execution systems (MES). These won awards.

2. 2021 Engineers’ Choice Finalists: Vote now!

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform at

3. Top 5 VFD parameter changes explained

Programming variable frequency drives (VFDs) to fit most industrial applications require only the most basic settings to operate the motor. Understand these 5 VFD parameter changes to optimize VFD programming to fit most motor-drive applications.

4. Changes in store for advanced process control

In advanced process control (APC), closed-loop multivariable control brings the inherent benefits of greater timeliness and consistency, fewer alarms and constraint violations and more effective process optimization. Multivariable control is core to most process operations. See “What is ‘real-time’ optimization?”

5. How to match drives (VFDs, VSDs) to the motor

Size a variable-speed drive (VSD) for the application, and ask if a general-purpose drive will do or if more embedded intelligence is needed. Do you need a VSD, variable frequency drive (VFD) or adjustable speed drive (ASD)? (Trick question)

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Nov. 9-15, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.