Top 5 Control Engineering content: March 25-31, 2024

The top 5 pieces of content from the past week includes PIDs, industrial controls, control loops and more.

By Tyler Wall April 1, 2024
Courtesy: Ed Bullerdiek, process control engineer, retired

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week includes PIDs, industrial controls, control loops and more.

1. PID spotlight, part 2: Know these 13 terms, interactions

Learning proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller tuning begins with the basics: Definition of terms, the PID equation (multiple forms) and seeing how each of the PID terms functions independently from each other and separated from a process.

2. See the future: Four benefits of software-defined industrial controls

Modern automation solutions are already untethering the control system from its hardware constraints, enabling operations teams to drive more flexible projects and operations. See four benefits of software-defined control systems.

3. Three reasons to tune control loops: Safety, profit, energy efficiency

PID controller tuning is a keystone skill for control practitioners that is often given short shrift. What is the justification for investing in this critical skill? Why tune control loops?

4. Automation creates a better world; SCADA helps nearly 100 ways

At the 2024 ScadaFest conference keynote session, Trihedral executives, part of the Delta Group, touted the power of advanced supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software.

5. Industrial networking 101: Everything you need to know

Industrial networking is vital to today’s manufacturing landscape. From different types of networks to key components and best practices, this guide will help you navigate the intricacies of industrial Ethernet networking. See video.

Author Bio: Tyler Wall is an associate editor for CFE Media and Technology

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