Top 5 Control Engineering articles, October 20-26: Engineers’ Choice finalists, control system integration industry, support-focused enterprise controls, more

Articles about the 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalists, evolution of the control system integration industry, support-focused enterprise controls, alarm management, and the first PLC were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra October 27, 2014

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 20-26, covered the 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalists, evolution of the control system integration industry, support-focused enterprise controls, alarm management, and the first PLC. Link to each article below.

1. 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalists

The Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards program features 94 finalists across 26 categories. Voting will close on Dec. 31, 2014; Details and photos are available for each product. 

2. Evolution of the control system integration industry

The role of system integrators has changed over three decades, driven by their customers’ wants, needs, and desires. 

3. Support-focused enterprise controls series

This article is the introduction for a series of five articles that explore the critical components of a support-focused controls system. 

4. Can luck cover for a lack of alarm management?

Is it safe to run a plant without alarm management? An effective alarm management program will let you run the plant harder while still remaining safe. 

5. Inside the competition for the first PLC

The race to develop the first programmable logic controllers was underway inside General Motors’ Hydra-Matic Transmission Division in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1970. Three finalists had very different architectures. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, October 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.

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