Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 22-28, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include PLC ladder logic code, the Career and Salary Survey, digital twin simulations and more.

By Chris Vavra May 31, 2023
Courtesy: Flex

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week covered PLC ladder logic code, the Career and Salary Survey, digital twin simulations and more. Links to each article below.

1. How to create PLC ladder logic code with Excel

Programmable logic controller (PLC) ladder logic code can be mass produced with Microsoft Excel to generate repetitive logic like I/O mapping and alarms.

2. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2023

Leading-edge automation technologies are helping solve workforce shortages and economic challenges by adding efficiency. Automation salaries increased more than bonuses fell. Worker shortages were cited as a threat by nearly half of respondents in 2023.

3. How digital twin simulations advance digital transformation in manufacturing

By increasing visibility into a company’s manufacturing operations and testing an unlimited number of what-if possibilities in real-time, a digital twin can provide factories a reliable way to save time and money.

4. Scaling Industry 4.0 transformation for the future

Industry 4.0 initiatives are evolving, but many companies are still struggling to take the next step forward and change not only on a technological level, but a cultural one, too.

5. Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: May 2023

The Bundy Group reported 15 automation transactions in the month of May. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, May 22-28, 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.