Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 28 to December 4: Process automation systems, Engineers’ Choice finalists, robotic programming advancements, more

Articles about process automation systems, the Engineers' Choice finalists, robotic programming advances, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and IoT control system optimization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 28 to December 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra December 5, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from Nov. 28-Dec. 4 for Control Engineering, covered process automation systems, the Engineers’ Choice finalists, robotic programming advances, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and IoT control system optimization. Links to each article below. 

1. Intelligent automation series part 6: Understanding the process of automation systems

Automation pyramid part 6: The easiest way to understand the pyramid as a whole is to see how information moves from Level 1 to Level 5 and how to get value out of data analysis.

2. 2017 Engineers’ Choice Finalists 

For a limited time, the official Engineers’ Choice ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers. Vote for the best Engineers’ Choice finalists of 116 entries across 28 categories. 

3. Easier, safer robotic programming is among results from an expanding open-source robotics software group 

ROS-Industrial, an open-source factory automation software project, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in January 2017 by expanding into Asia, increasing visibility in a major robotic competition, and is looking to improve workplace efficiency and safety with its programming.

4. Ensuring SCADA/HMI cybersecurity

Critical industries, such as chemical, energy, transportation, and water/wastewater depend on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for daily operations. Strengthening weaknesses in these systems must be a priority and is a shared responsibility.

5. Internet of Things control system optimizes plants and factories

Technology Update: The Industrial Internet Control System (IICS) from GE Automation and Controls can enable a 7% increase in performance, 22% increase in productivity, and 40% decrease in maintenance costs, GE said. Here’s how this helps Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, November 28 to December 4, for articles published within the last two months.  

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,