Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 23-29, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered industrial robot trends, control systems, electrical safety hazards and more.

By Chris Vavra January 30, 2023
Figure 3: I/O agnostic solutions, like Emerson's DeltaV IO.CONNECT, provide a path for process manufacturers to adopt the newest control technologies from their supplier of choice, without replacing existing I/O. Courtesy: Emerson

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered industrial robot trends, control systems, electrical safety hazards and more. Links to each article below.

1. Six industrial robotics trends for 2023

Robotics are becoming more important and manufacturers are recognizing their growing role in many different industries and applications. Six industry trends are highlighted.

2. Taking control of your control system

Today’s input/output (I/O)-agnostic control solutions help plants break free of provider “lock in,” providing more choice and faster return on investment in modernization projects.

3. Addressing electrical safety hazards

Considering newer products and technologies can improve personnel safety, especially when combined with a “design for safety” approach and appropriate automation.

4. Analysis: Ability to delay Microsoft DCOM hardening patch ends as of March 2023

The mandatory Microsoft DCOM hardening patch, “one of the best changes Microsoft has made for DCOM,” effects only a small percentage, but still a large number of applications. There’s no postponing the patch as of March. Be aware of the impact and related misinformation.

5. Universal automation lays the foundation for smart factories

Universal automation can help make smart factories a reality in process industries and giving users more freedom and flexibility in their day-to-day activities.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, January 23-29, 2023, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.