Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 30 to November 5: Micro-controllers versus PLCs, father of the PLC, Engineers’ Choice finalists, more

Articles about micro-controllers versus PLCs, the father of the PLC, Engineers' Choice finalists, machine vision systems, and three modern HMI elements were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 30 to November 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra November 6, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 for Control Engineering, covered micro-controllers versus PLCs, the father of the PLC, Engineers’ Choice finalists, machine vision systems, and three modern HMI elements. Links to each article below.

1. Micro-controllers versus PLCs: Which one belongs in your plant? 

Cover Story: Single-board computers and micro-controllers offer opportunities for automation applications, but they may not be the best option for critical production applications. 

2. Dick Morley remembered as ‘Father of the PLC’

Electrical engineer best known for his work on the programmable logic controller (PLC) dies at 84.

3. Vote now for 2018 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/NP4E.

4. Machine vision systems pushing automotive industry towards full autonomy

Automotive companies are turning to machine vision companies to help them master deep learning algorithms that help autonomous cars safely navigate public roadways while handling the heavy processing demands from the data being generated.

5. Three elements of a modern HMI for improved operations

Cover Story: Advancements in human-machine interfaces (HMIs) lead to increased productivity, simplified graphics configuration, and mobility.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, October 30 to November 5, for articles published within the last two months.

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