Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 16-22: Wireless tank level monitoring, master welders and robots, solenoid valves, more

Articles about wireless tank level monitoring, master welders and robots, solenoid valves, a "human" human-machine interface, and conflicting machine control demands were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra October 23, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Oct. 16-22 for Control Engineering, covered wireless tank level monitoring, master welders and robots, solenoid valves, a "human" human-machine interface, and conflicting machine control demands. Links to each article below.

1. Wireless tank level monitoring: Three key advantages

Properly monitoring and managing levels inside storage tanks can help owners and asset managers improve efficiencies and increase productivity and profitability. In this article, Fritz Cleveland shares three key advantages to wireless monitoring.

2. Master welders teach robots their skills

The skills gap for welders is widening as the workforce gets older and retires. To address this problem, companies are turning to their master welders to teach robots how to weld because robots are more efficient than humans.

3. Picking the right solenoid valve for operating a shutoff valve

Electro-pneumatic solenoid valves come with many options and it can be challenging to know what is the right type for a specific application.

4. Keeping the ‘human’ in human-machine-interface

Advances in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are more lean and efficient with wearable technology and web-based software.

5. Meeting conflicting machine control demands

A semiconductor manufacturer designed a molding machine that used Ethernet network technology to provide separate control and data information communication bandwidths as well as improve the machine’s pressure control.

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

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