Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 5-11

Articles about tuning tips, Engineers' Choice finalists, pharmaceutical manufacturers, machine metrics, and functional safety were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 5-11, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra November 12, 2018
Figure 1: Sites frequently raise the priority of loop tuning efforts, and allocate financial and human resources to remedy conditions. Unfortunately, considerations from a process operation perspective are often overlooked. Courtesy: APC Performance LLC

The top 5 most read articles online, from Nov. 5-11 for Control Engineering  covered tuning tips, Engineers’ Choice finalists, pharmaceutical manufacturers, machine metrics, and functional safety.  Links to each article below.

1. Top 10 tuning tips for control engineers

Best practices to follow to increase loop tuning performance and reliability in a facility include increased efficiency, controller gain, and being aware of loop interactions.

2. Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

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

3. Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to consider cybersecurity for PLCs

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to enact cybersecurity measures for their programmable logic controller (PLCs) to prevent hackers from causing damage that could have major repercussions for the health of the company’s customers.

4. Optimize machine metrics with a machine-as-a-service model, blockchain

Machine as a service (MaaS) and blockchain manage and secure machine data and transactions. Blockchain, while known for its use in the financial world, is being used by Steamchain, a start-up company, to provide secure financial and machine information design to help end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

5. Functional safety: Understand the fundamentals

Functional safety can help reduce downtime, improve product reliability, and expand global markets for manufacturers.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Nov. 5-11, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Production Editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media