Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 17-23, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered alarm design, EtherCAT, plant instrumentation and more.

By Chris Vavra October 24, 2022
Courtesy: Emerson

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered alarm design, EtherCAT, plant instrumentation and more. Links to each article below.

1. 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.

2. EtherCAT interoperability removes industrial networking barriers

Key development tools and standards ensure interoperability among many EtherCAT devices and manufacturers.

3. Plant instrumentation and controls: Issues and drivers

Instrumentation and controls (I&C) operators are dealing with aging equipment that doesn’t allow them to take advantage of modern technology’s benefits, which can give them access to real-time information that allows them to make better decisions.

4. How AI, ML and neural networks differ and work together

While similar, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) deep learning and neural networks have specific tasks and roles.

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, October 17-23, 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.