Top 5 Control Engineering content: March 27 to April 2, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include logistics, controllers, PID loop tuning, edge computing for industrial automation and more.

By Chris Vavra April 3, 2023
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered logistics, controllers, PID loop tuning, edge computing for industrial automation and more. Links to each article below.

1. Logistics, robotics advances at the heart of improving automation

ProMat’s return after a four-year absence showed a greater emphasis on robotics and how logistics improvements can make automation better in manufacturing facilities. See video.

2. Controllers, interfaces provide advanced edge computing capabilities

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are used for real-time control, but now they can do much more to ease implementation of analytics and other needs with edge computing technologies.

3. PID loop tuning parameters and control fundamentals

It is important to understand what proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control is and the parameters for closed-loop, open-loop and cascading loops and the parameters involved.

4. Evaluating edge opportunities for industrial automation

For a rapid and reliable approach to building edge solutions, industrial automation designers should leverage hardware and software to improve operations. See nine elements of edge automation platforms. One implementation saved 30% water use.

5. Smart instrumentation helps with green hydrogen production, sustainability

Addition of green hydrogen energy processes needs smart instruments to help with goals for global sustainability and net-zero carbon emissions. Instrumentation needed include gas analyzers as well as conductivity, temperature, level, pressure and flow measurement devices (flowmeters, transmitters).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, March 27 to April 2, 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 web content manager for CFE Media and Technology.