Top 5 Control Engineering content: July 1-7, 2024

Top 5 Control Engineering content from the past week includes PID advice, Career and Salary Survey results and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra July 8, 2024
Courtesy: Ed Bullerdiek, retired control engineer

Top 5 Control Engineering content over the past week covered PID advice, Career and Salary Survey results and more. Links to each article below.

1. PID spotlight, part 5: What does good and bad controller tuning look like?

PID controllers have visual cues that you can use to identify performance problems. Improperly set controller gain, integral, and derivative offer unique patterns that you can use to guide your efforts to improve controller performance. See seven takeaways for better PID tuning.

2. Results are in: Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2024

Benefits and salaries increased. Leading automation technologies help resolve economic challenges and workforce shortages.

3. PID spotlight, part 4: How to balance PID control for a self-limiting process

Control of a self-limiting process with a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller begins with learning the role of controller gain, integral and derivative in controlling the self-limiting process. Controller gain responds to the present, integral corrects based on the past, and derivative can be used to best-guess the future.

4. Automation, IIoT, I/O, edge controllers can be easy to apply

Expanded technology options for easier automation, control and industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications were explained by Opto 22 at the Automate 2024 event by A3, the Association for Advancing Automation, in Chicago.

5. Power quality, harmonics: How to select a variable frequency drive (VFD)

Part 2: Understand the advantages of 36-pulse input drive topology in medium-voltage (MV) motor applications and how medium-voltage VFD design mitigates harmonics and improves power quality.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 1-7, 2024, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, senior editor, Control Engineering, WTWH Media LLC,

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

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