Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 23-29: Engineers’ Choice finalists, PLC or DCS, pressure transmitters, more
The top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 23-29 for Control Engineering covered the Engineers’ Choice finalists; choosing between a PLC and DCS; pressure transmitter selection; PLCs, PACs, or IPCs for a project; and selecting a controller. Link to each article below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications and controller options vary widely. Take care in selection, especially in the overlapping areas. Functionality matters more than a name. Do you need a programmable logic controller (PLC), programmable automation controller (PAC), industrial personal computer (IPC), or distributed control system (DCS)?
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, November 23-29, for articles published within the last two months.
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