Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 16-22: PLCs, PACs, or IPCs; pressure transmitters; Engineers’ Choice finalists; more

Articles about PLCs, PACs, or IPCs for a project; pressure transmitter selection; the Engineers' Choice finalists; choosing between a PLC and DCS; and arc flash safety measures were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra November 23, 2015

The top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 16-22 for Control Engineering covered PLCs, PACs, or IPCs for a project; pressure transmitter selection; the Engineers’ Choice finalists; choosing between a PLC and DCS; and arc flash safety measures. Link to each article below. 

1. PLC vs. PAC vs. IPCs

Know the features, limits, and compatibilities to select the right controller: programmable logic controller (PLC), programmable automation controller (PAC), or industrial PC (IPC). Choosing the correct control platform from the beginning will increase the odds that the project will be a success.

2. Critical decisions for selecting pressure transmitters

There are many considerations when it comes to selecting a pressure transmitter, and few are examined in school. Here’s advice to avoid tough lessons as you learn on the job.

3. 2016 Engineering Choice Awards’ Finalists  

The Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering’s print and online subscribers. 

4. Six steps to choose between PLC and DCS for process industries

Learn how to choose between PLC and DCS. Though PLC and DCS technologies were invented to serve different industrial processes, the last 15 years have seen a massive merger of functionalities between both worlds.

5. Top seven arc flash safety measures

Consider these seven ways to limit the exposure of workers to the risk of arc flash incidents.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, November 16-22, for articles published within the last two months.  

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