Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 2-8: PLC or DCS, Engineers’ Choice finalists, DCS development changes, more

Articles about choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Engineers' Choice finalists, DCS development changes, robotic vehicles, and improving hydraulic controls were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra November 9, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 2-8, covered choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Engineers’ Choice finalists, DCS development changes, robotic vehicles, and improving hydraulic controls. Link to each article below.

1. 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.

2. 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. 

3. The changing drivers of DCS development

Now that distributed control system (DCS) technology is moving into middle age, the nature of what users want from it is evolving. Enough maturity may avoid a mid-life crisis.

4. Robotic vehicles are not the highest form of auto technology, MIT professor says

David Mindell, an MIT professor, argues against the idea of fully automated cars and vehicles in a book titled Our Robots, Ourselves, and says that while technology advances are good, it is a fallacy to believe that artificial intelligence advances for driverless vehicles will make the roads inherently safer.

5. Five tips for improving hydraulic control in a mechatronic system

Advanced machine designs and new Industry 4.0 technologies combine mechanical motion with sophisticated electronic controls in a synergy known as mechatronics.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, November 2-8, for articles published within the last two months. 

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