Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 10-16, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered edge platforms, alarm design, smart energy measurements, plant instrumentation and more.

By Chris Vavra October 17, 2022
A fault-tolerant PROFINET ring network allows both controllers to be in independent communication simultaneously with all field I/O. Courtesy: Control Engineering Europe

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered PLCs and edge controllers, soft robots, PLC programming and more. Links to each article below.

1. PLCs, PACs and edge controllers in an era of high availability

The emergence of new high availability technologies is making it more economical to implement a redundancy strategy for PLC, PAC and edge controllers.

2. Soft robots grip with the right amount of force

MIT researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force.

3. How to improve PLC programming with Git workflows

Answer these questions to add speed, quality, and lower costs related to developing code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Many industrial automation workflows and software for PLCs haven’t kept pace with traditional software development.

4. Key strategies for improving alarm design and management

Coupling strategic engineering techniques with integrated management software helps unlock best-in-class alarm solutions. See five rules of alarm relevancy, three examples.

5. Smarter energy measurements, faster, using AI

Engineers use artificial intelligence (AI) to magnify domain expertise and significantly cut time to end user.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, October 10-16, 2022, 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.