Top 5 Control Engineering articles, October 19-25: Engineers’ Choice finalists, drive software, process optimization, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, drive software and machine vibration, process optimization and VFDs, security for wireless instrumentation, and methane regulations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra October 26, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 19-25, covered the Engineers’ Choice finalists, drive software and machine vibration, process optimization and VFDs, security for wireless instrumentation, and methane regulations. Link to each article below.

1. 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. 

2. Drive software can suppress machine vibration

Advanced vibration suppression algorithms used in servo drives can achieve smoother motion, faster settling time, and more accurate positioning, providing vibration suppression, greater precision, and improved performance for industrial robots and other machines and motion systems.

3. VFDs reduce costs through process optimization 

Variable frequency drives (VFDs), modern motor controllers, that communicate readily with process automation controllers can achieve much higher efficiency and process improvements by providing power consumption details. 

4. Security for wireless instrumentation

Keeping wireless field device communications secure: Protocols for wireless instrumentation and other field devices use encryption as a key security element. Is it enough?

5. Understanding new methane regulations

Faced with new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals for greenhouse gas reduction, oil and gas companies are turning to optical gas imaging to hunt down harmful and costly gas leaks.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, October 19-25, for articles published within the last two months. 

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