Top 5 Control Engineering articles, September 29 to October 5: Open- and closed-loop controls, Wi-Fi terms and definitions, state-based control advantages, more

Articles about open- vs. closed-loop control, Wi-Fi terms and definitions, four advantages of state-based controls, nano sensors, and wireless propagation fundamentals were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 29 to October 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra October 6, 2014

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, open- vs. closed-loop control, Wi-Fi terms and definitions, four advantages of state-based controls, nano sensors, and wireless propagation fundamentals. Link to each article below.

1. Open- vs. closed-loop control

Automatic control operations can be described as either open-loop or closed-loop. The difference is feedback. 

2. Wi-Fi acronyms, wireless buzzwords, WLAN nomenclature, wireless terms

Industrial wireless tutorials: WLANs (wireless local area networks) have a language, an "alphabet soup" of acronyms and buzzwords designed to facilitate deeper discussions of the technology used. 

3. Four advantages of state-based control

State-based control may increase your workload at first, but the benefits start to kick in and earn their worth quickly. 

4. Nano sensors, everywhere

Think Again: Micromachining techniques are shrinking sensors, making devices less expensive with more capabilities. Microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS) will evolve into nanoelectrical mechanical systems (NEMS). 

5. Wireless propagation fundamentals

Industrial wireless tutorials: Understanding wireless propagation fundamentals will help you understand what can happen to a wireless signal and how that can influence wireless signal reliability. Learn the 4 results of multipath. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, September 29 to October 5, for articles published within the last two months.

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