Top Control Engineering articles, March 2012
Most-read Control Engineering online articles for March 2012 at www.controleng.com included articles on salary survey, mobile applications for engineers, field device networks, project management, energy savings, best products, I/O upgrades, among others. More about each article and links follow.
Control Engineering Salary and Survey, Advice – Career Update: The 2012 Control Engineering salary and career survey showed enthusiasm for automation, controls, and instrumentation professions. Pay is up, and survey respondents encouraged those interested in engineering to continue learning. Strategies for workplace success follow.
Apps for Engineers – Product Exclusive: CFE Media’s Apps For Engineers Software Is An “App Of Apps,” Providing An Interactive Directory Of Approximately 60 Mobile Engineering-Related Software Applications Useful For Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, And Consulting-Specifying Engineer Areas Of Coverage.
Field device networking: Extending interoperability beyond devices – Testing Field Devices May Not Be Enough. Most Interoperability Problems Happen When A Device Tries To Communicate With A Host System, But That Can Be Addressed.
Nightmare Recovery – How To Avoid Nightmare System Integration Projects: When An Automation Project Is Far Astray, There May Be A Point Where You Must Call In Reinforcements To Clean Up Rather Than Scrap It. Here’s How To Recover From That Nightmare Project And What Signs Might Point To A Future Nightmare.
Nissan Plant Reduced Energy Expenditure 30% with Daily Power-Down Regimen – Industrial Energy Management: Accumulation Chain Conveyors, Overhead Lighting, And Compressed Air Are Among Areas Addressed.
2012 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Winners – Subscribers voted on the best products in automation, control, and instrumentation, based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. Winners and honorable mentions were featured in the February 2012 issue.
Upgrading Legacy I/O Systems – When It’s Time To Modernize, Choosing The Best I/O Strategy And Supplier Is Critical For Both New And Upgrade Projects.
Industrial Ethernet Signal Clarity – Best Practices And Latest Technologies Help Ensure The Information Received Over Industrial Ethernet Networks Represents The Desired Measurement Or Instructions. These Includes Proper Grounding, Cable Routing, Proper Shielding, And Cable Length.
Advanced process control in electric utilities – How Model-Based Predictive Control Can Optimize The Overall Steam Cycle And Burner Management.
UML use cases, sequence diagrams: easily converted into executable code – Engineering and IT Insight: UML (Unified Modeling Language) is the language of software engineering, and State Models in UML are used to define internal logic. When state diagrams, use case diagrams, and sequence diagrams are combined with UML class diagrams they define a system, can be easily understood by non-programmers, and can be rapidly converted into executable code.
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– Compiled by Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com.