System Integration

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 28 to November 3

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, system integration advice, the Goldilocks Zone in automation, energy management and manufacturing, and PLC tag and address naming conventions were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 28 to November 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra November 4, 2019
Case conveyor infeeds products towards robotic palletizing system. Courtesy: NCC Automated Systems

The top 5 most read articles online, from October 28 to November 3 for Control Engineering covered the Engineers’ Choice finalists, system integration advice, the Goldilocks Zone in automation, energy management and manufacturing, and PLC tag and address naming conventions. Links to each article below.

1. 2020 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media’s New Products for Engineers platform at www.controleng.com/NPE.

2. Packaging system integration advice

A vegetable processor packaging project included integration of weighers, baggers, robotic case loaders, case formers and closers, robotic palletizing and conveyors. Packaging, records and raw materials were updated and automated across eight sites. Seven bakery lines converge in one packaging area that fills 20 cases per minute.

3. Getting the automation zone “just right”

Many automation companies struggle with finding the “Goldilocks Zone” for their automation projects. Learn how companies can find that right balance by asking four questions before starting to automate.

4. Energy management’s strategic role shifting for manufacturers

Reliable energy efficiency policies are being given a new lease on life by the introduction of better technology solutions.

5. PLC tag and address naming conventions

Control programming tutorial: Learn about tag templates, common factory automation tag abbreviations, process control tag abbreviations, and five tag and address naming tips.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, for articles published within the last two months.

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for Control Engineering and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.