Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 30 to February 5, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered Control Engineering hot topics, Microsoft DCOM, system integrator advice and more.

By Chris Vavra February 6, 2023

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered Control Engineering hot topics, Microsoft DCOM, system integrator advice and more. Links to each article below.

1. Control Engineering hot topics, January 2023

Control Engineering’s most clicked articles in January 2023 included stories on control system management, industrial robot trends, MQTT, most-viewed Control Engineering stories in 2022 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

2. 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.

3. Controls system integrator: Always something to learn with PLCs, HMI, SCADA

A controls engineer for a system integrator said he enjoys frequent learning while developing and commissioning programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human-machine interfaces (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as outlined in the Control Engineering subscriber interview below.

4. 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.

5. Making machine control open, secure

Adopting modern and flexible automation platforms helps OEMs and end users meet traditional production challenges while addressing newer concerns such as supply chain issues, labor shortages and cybersecurity.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, January 30 to February 5, 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.