Chris Vavra

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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 23, 2024

Hot Control Engineering IIoT, Industry 4.0 articles in 2024

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about IIoT and Industry 4.0 posted over the last year covered Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, SCADA and IIoT implementations, Industry 4.0 assessments and more.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 22, 2024

Automate 2024 Recap: How to accelerate automation’s benefits

Automate 2024 focused on bringing people and technologies together and making automation better and more focused on process and results.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 10, 2024

How automation advances, innovation are transforming EV manufacturing

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing is growing in the automotive industry and companies are working to meet the challenge through increased automation and innovative strategies and people.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics May 9, 2024

How humanoid robots can help improve automation, narrow labor gaps

Humanoid robots, or mobile manipulation robots (MMRs), can help cross the islands of automation normally filled by people to help address the continued labor and skills gaps.

By Chris Vavra
Machine Safety May 8, 2024

Reducing risks for workers without making major changes

Worker safety is critical in any environment and sometimes it seems the changes required are significant, but that’s not always the case.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing May 7, 2024

Manufacturing’s long-term future looks bright after rough 2023

While manufacturing is going through a bit of a reset period with industries reporting flat or negative growth in 2023 and 2024, the long-term future is more positive.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity May 6, 2024

Four steps to designing for future OT cybersecurity challenges

Manufacturers are continuing to be a major target for cybersecurity attacks and need to plan and design for the future. Four steps on how to do this are highlighted.

By Chris Vavra
Edge and Cloud Computing April 11, 2024

Hot Control Engineering edge computing articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about edge computing posted over the last year covered edge controllers saving money, what to consider when deploying edge computing and more.

By Chris Vavra
Automation March 18, 2024

Improving automation, logistics for material handling and warehousing facilities

Doug Schuchart, global intralogistics manager for Beckhoff, talked about what they're doing to improve operations management for engineers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 14, 2024

Hot Control Engineering DCS and SCADA articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about SCADA automation, DCS and PLC integration and SCADA software advances.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation March 13, 2024

Developing a strong and pragmatic digital transformation plan

Developing a digital transformation plan can be daunting, but focusing on projects with high ROI and a realistic scope can help. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Vision and Discrete Sensors February 27, 2024

Machine vision market is improving and technology is more sophisticated

The machine vision market has gone through major changes the last few years and had a tough 2023, but the future is looking bright. See video.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning February 14, 2024

ARC Industry Forum 2024: Industrial AI potential is here, now

Industrial artificial intelligence (AI) was a dominant theme at the ARC Industry Leadership Forum, but many companies and users are only beginning to scratch the surface of the benefits it can bring. See three things industrial AI applications should do and a video demo.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs February 8, 2024

Hot Control Engineering controllers articles in 2023

The most-viewed articles about controllers posted over the last year include PLC programming fundamentals, PLC ladder logic, PID strategies and more.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 6, 2024

How to protect and safeguard critical OT infrastructure

Operational technology (OT) is at greater risk from cybersecurity attacks than ever and it requires a good, holistic plan that keeps workers educated and vigilant.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 19, 2024

Automation merger, acquisition trends for the future

Clint Bundy from Bundy Group talks about several trends in the automation market and how this is affecting mergers and acquisitions.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 19, 2024

How automation can enable success and improve workforce culture

Automation technologies can enable many positive changes, but it needs buy-in from all levels of the workforce to achieve true success.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning January 18, 2024

How companies can prepare for the age of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change how companies do their business, but it has to be part of a long-term strategy.

By Chris Vavra
Apollo is a humanoid robot made by Apptronik that is designed to perform any physical job a human can.
Robotics January 17, 2024

Robots are becoming more versatile and human

Robotics technology is getting more sophisticated and capable of performing more tasks while also making them more human in their behavior and movement.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 16, 2024

Manufacturing, global economy 2024-2025: Short-term pain, then growth

Parts of the global economy and various industries will either have a recession or flat year followed by several strong years ahead.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America
Motors and Drives January 11, 2024

Hot Control Engineering motors and drives articles in 2023

The most-viewed articles about motors and drives posted over the last year include frequently-neglected VFD parameters, getting the most from a VFD and more.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration December 14, 2023

Hot Control Engineering system integration articles in 2023

Control Engineering most-viewed articles online about system integration published in the last year include stories on sustainability and system integration, what to look for in a robotic integration partner and more.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation December 11, 2023

How digitalization’s growing role, impact is changing process manufacturing

Digitalization is changing manufacturing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is going to help fuel those changes. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Vision and Discrete Sensors November 22, 2023

Machine vision’s role in augmenting, enhancing AI in manufacturing

Machine vision's role has evolved and adapted to the modern manufacturing place and can give workers new and valuable insights. See video.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning November 21, 2023

How AI, automation are shaping manufacturing’s future

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving and it is having a major impact on manufacturing and workers' jobs. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing November 20, 2023

How innovation, collaboration result in greater success

Omron vice president Peter Brouwer and Flow Waterjet vice president Tim Fabian discuss the importance of innovation and collaboration in a video interview.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning November 17, 2023

How generative AI is impacting workers’ jobs, value

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving and has some wondering what the status of their job is, but the answer to that question is a more personal one.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics November 17, 2023

Future of robot manufacturing trends and innovation

Robots are helping change and transform the manufacturing industry and helping companies realize their potential in an Industry 4.0 world.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning November 17, 2023

Providing better insights, alarm management on the plant floor

Cody Bann, director of engineering at SmartSights, talks about the company's transition and discusses providing better and smarter alarm management and insights for customers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Machine Safety November 10, 2023

Hot Control Engineering machine and process safety articles in 2023

Control Engineering most-viewed articles online about machine and process safety stories published in the last year include stories on electrical safety for machines, removing IT/OT barriers, edge machine safety solutions and more.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning November 8, 2023

Automation Fair 2023: Building the future of industrial operations

The theme of “Discover what’s possible” at Automation Fair 2023 is a major building block toward better industrial manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Video October 18, 2023

How Industry 4.0 is evolving and fostering innovation, growth

Industry 4.0 is bringing technology, people and processes closer together and is continuing to bring power to the worker as the next generation of manufacturing begins. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Video October 17, 2023

How digital transformation and AI are changing process manufacturing

Digital transformation remains a major focus for manufacturers and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing many companies' approach. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation October 16, 2023

Honeywell Connect Recap: Digital transformation, AI powering changes in manufacturing

Digital transformation remained a major theme at the second Honeywell Connect, but AI’s potential and use in manufacturing loomed large.

By Chris Vavra
Vision and Discrete Sensors October 13, 2023

Hot Control Engineering discrete and process sensing articles in 2023

Control Engineering most-viewed articles online about discrete and process sensors included inertial measurement unit sensors, sensors used for information systems and more.

By Chris Vavra
Process Safety October 6, 2023

The importance of odor management in water, wastewater facilities

Dr. Laura Haupert, chief scientific officer at OMI Industries, discusses trends and concerns happening in the wastewater industry.

By Chris Vavra
Process Safety October 6, 2023

Weftec Recap: Water safety, efficiency is mission critical

Weftec had manufacturers emphasizing the need to improve efficiency and safety for water treatment, wastewater plants and municipalities.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning September 25, 2023

How artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing process manufacturing

Manas Dutta, a general manager for Honeywell’s Workforce Excellence Growth Initiative, discusses the changes happening in process manufacturing and the impact artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) is having and will have in the industry.

By Chris Vavra
Automation September 18, 2023

Pack Expo Recap: Developing automation systems for facilities

Manufacturers are working on developing larger factory automation systems that can encompass most, if not all, of a facility’s needs.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation September 14, 2023

Hot Control Engineering digital transformation articles in 2023

Control Engineering most-viewed articles online about digital transformation included new technologies impact on digitalization, digital twin simulations, digital transformation and system integration and more.

By Chris Vavra
Motors and Drives September 12, 2023

Ultra-low voltage motor, motor drive industry growth driven by mobile robotics, increased flexibility

The ultra-low voltage motor and motor and drive industries are projected to have strong growth and much of this is being driven by growth in the mobile robotics industry, which is emphasizing greater flexibility. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics September 11, 2023

How robotics-as-a-service can help manufacturers with operations challenges

Manufacturers are being forced to rely on automation to overcome skills gap and quality challenges and robotics as a service (RaaS) can be a viable solution.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Twins September 1, 2023

Utilizing virtual twins to improve manufacturing operations

Virtual twins can help give manufacturers a clear and dynamic picture of a facility and help resolve supply chain and operations challenges they face.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 31, 2023

Accelerating the adoption of smart manufacturing in the U.S.

Smart manufacturing technology can integrate supply chains, improve quality, customization, safety and sustainability, but widespread adoption remains a challenge.

By Chris Vavra
Mechatronics and Motion Control August 29, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: August 21-27, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include linear actuator electrification, quantum rods for VR devices, PLC programming fundamentals and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
HMI, OI August 10, 2023

Hot Control Engineering HMI, OI articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about HMIs included HMI migration, HMI and edge computing capabilities, what engineers can learn from HMIs and more.

By Chris Vavra
Industrial Networking July 13, 2023

Hot Control Engineering industrial networking articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about industrial networking included digital twin simulations, digital twins and the cloud, sustainable 5G and more.

By Chris Vavra
Video July 10, 2023

State of the system integration industry and its future

Clint Bundy, managing partner for the Bundy Group, discusses the state of the system integration and automation industry and what the future holds. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Video June 28, 2023

How connected worker solutions can make manufacturers safer, more productive

Jorge Juan Fernandez, a senior manager of business development for Honeywell, talks about connected worker solutions and how they can help make companies safer and more productive. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Video June 26, 2023

How end-to-end programming augments, enhances plant floor operations

A demo of a robot was programmed and augmented through the metaverse, digitalization and programming during the Siemens Realize Live event in Las Vegas. See video demo.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 20, 2023

Using advanced technology to help workers learn

Younger workers don’t learn the same way as older peers, which can make the knowledge transition difficult. Programs that leverage virtual reality (VR) and provide hands-on development are helping narrow the gap.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 19, 2023

Developing a sustainability culture can lead to greater results

A sustainability program starts with building it into the culture and automation and control products. Sustainability needs to be reinforced through development and management.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Twins June 19, 2023

How manufacturers can use digitalization to prepare for the future

Honeywell Users Group (HUG) kicked off its 36th annual event by emphasizing the future of manufacturing and process optimization.

By Chris Vavra
Video June 16, 2023

Mobile robot component market growth due to greater investment, technology advances

The mobile robot component market is growing thanks to increased investments all over the world and technology improvements. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation June 14, 2023

Realize Live 2023 Day 2/3: Manufacturers need more than innovation

Innovation and a willingness to push new ideas forward is valuable and needed, but the ability to be agile and flexible is critical.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation June 13, 2023

Realize Live 2023 Day One: The importance of the digital journey

The digital journey for manufacturers is an arduous one, but it can have a meaningful impact that goes well beyond the bottom line.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics June 8, 2023

Hot Control Engineering robotics articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about robotics posted over the last year covered industrial robot trends, logistics and robotics, what to look for in an integration partner and more.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs May 31, 2023

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
Vision and Discrete Sensors May 25, 2023

Automate 2023 Day Three: Sensors gaining insights under the surface

Manufacturers highlighted sensors and information systems designed to go beyond what is shown on the surface and give customers real insights.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics May 24, 2023

Industrial robots powered by AI improve manufacturing

Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are coming together and can enhance manufacturing by going beyond traditional routes. AI-enabled robotics can act more like humans and automate tasks. See AI-enabled robot video.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 24, 2023

Automate 2023 Day Two: Optimize and simplify manufacturing applications

Manufacturers at Automate 2023 are emphasizing products that can perform complex tasks, but are designed to be simple and easy to use.

By Chris Vavra
Info Management May 23, 2023

Automate 2023 Day One: Turning data into information for better context

Manufacturers at Automate are emphasizing on helping customers with flexible solutions that give them as much information as possible to give engineers the right context they need.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Cybersecurity May 22, 2023

How to protect smart machines from cybersecurity attacks

Smart machines can provide enormous amounts of data and productivity, but they can be more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. Learn to protect, minimize operational risks in 5 ways.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation May 22, 2023

Overcoming organizational, technical readiness challenges for digital transformation

Manufacturers realize the benefits of digital transformation, but many are often ill-prepared to realize the benefits because of organizational and technical readiness.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation May 19, 2023

How the digital thread can help people learn and improve

The digital thread ties the digital and physical processes for products, creating a constant loop for refinement and improvement. The same can be said for how we learn and improve.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 17, 2023

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.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation May 16, 2023

How the digital thread can improve manufacturing productivity

Creating a digital thread that provides users with all needed information will help them make better decisions and give their products a longer and more productive lifecycle.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 2: Connecting multiple things in a proprietary Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity solution is possible, but can be complex. Courtesy: Moxa
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 11, 2023

Hot Control Engineering IIoT, Industry 4.0 articles in 2023

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about IIoT and Industry 4.0 posted over the last year covered Industry 4.0 success, open or proprietary IIoT solutions, process manufacturing and IIoT.

By Chris Vavra
Video May 8, 2023

Empowering manufacturers with connected worker solutions

Industrial frontline workers have access to more information than ever, but making the best use of this information remains a challenge. See video interview.

By Chris Vavra
Additive Manufacturing May 5, 2023

Additive manufacturers stretch capabilities with digitalization, motion control

Additive manufacturers are expanding and enhancing their reach beyond the printing concept and leveraging their expertise and the potential digital technologies provide.

By Chris Vavra
Hannover Messe has 27 halls that can be used for exhibition and a majority were used in the 2023 show. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Digital Transformation April 21, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Recap: Thoughts and observations

General observations on the Hannover Messe 2023 experience and what industrial transformation means for the future of manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 20, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Three: Connectivity and communication are critical to industrial transformation

Manufacturers and associations at Hannover Messe emphasized the need for better connectivity and communication with their products and each other.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 19, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Two: Partnerships, collaboration key for manufacturing growth

Manufacturers and vendors are collaborating to find better solutions to gain better insights from the data they’re collecting so better decisions are made.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 18, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day One: Manufacturers emphasizing industrial transformation, flexibility

Manufacturers at Hannover Messe 2023 are tightening their focus and emphasizing total solutions and products for their customers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Left: German chancellor Olaf Scholz and center: Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia. Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Digital Transformation April 17, 2023

Industrial transformation key focus for Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2023's main theme is focused on industrial transformation and how companies are utilizing digital technologies.

By Chris Vavra
Edge and Cloud Computing April 13, 2023

Hot Control Engineering edge computing articles in 2022

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about edge computing posted over the last year covered leveraging MQTT and edge devices, controllers and edge computers and 5G's role in edge computing.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity April 4, 2023

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2023

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2023 included stories on Microsoft DCOM, edge computing and controllers, new automation technologies, advanced analytics sustainability and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs April 3, 2023

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
Automation March 28, 2023

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.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Iconics, New Products for Engineers Database
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 9, 2023

Hot Control Engineering DCS and SCADA articles in 2022

Control Engineering top 5 articles online about DCS and SCADA posted over the last year covered SCADA migration, DCS changes, the top 10 modern SCADA system features and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Applied Manufacturing Technologies
PLCs, PACs February 9, 2023

Hot Control Engineering controllers articles in 2022

The most-viewed articles about controllers posted over the last year include PLC programming advice, tips and picking the best controller.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 6, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 30 to February 5, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered Control Engineering hot topics, Microsoft DCOM, system integrator advice and more.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 1, 2023

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2023

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2023 included stories on control system management, industrial robot trends, MQTT, most-viewed Control Engineering stories in 2022 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 3: I/O agnostic solutions, like Emerson's DeltaV IO.CONNECT, provide a path for process manufacturers to adopt the newest control technologies from their supplier of choice, without replacing existing I/O. Courtesy: Emerson
Robotics January 30, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 23-29, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered industrial robot trends, control systems, electrical safety hazards and more.

By Chris Vavra
Programmable logic controller (PLC) programmers will explain Git-based source control and the benefits it can provide users in a Control Engineering Feb. 7 webcast. Courtesy: Copia Automation
Programming January 27, 2023

Improving PLC version control, device backup using modern Git workflows

Git-based source control can help programmable logic controller (PLC) programmers improve efficiency and reduce downtime. Feb. 7 webcast, archived for a year, offers tips and other information.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics January 23, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 16-22, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered industrial robot trends, hot Control Engineering topics, MQTT and more.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing January 19, 2023

Automation provides opportunities for many industries

A roundtable discussion at A3 Industry Forum highlighted how robots and automation are being applied to augment human workers.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing January 18, 2023

Automation is driving manufacturing growth and potential

Manufacturing’s growth depends on automation, but there are some potential challenges companies face in implementing automation.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 17, 2023

Manufacturing, global economy: Mild 2024 recession

The global economy is likely heading toward a mild recession in 2024 with a quick recovery, and manufacturers can position themselves in front of these challenges by taking charge; automation is part of the answer.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors January 16, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 9-15, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered universal automation, MQTT benefits, SI Giants, control system management and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives January 11, 2023

Hot Control Engineering motors and drives articles in 2022

The most-viewed articles about motors and drives posted over the last year include VFDs, pulse width modulation, permanent magnet motors and more.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors January 9, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 2-8, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week covered control system management, December hot topics, nanoelectrics and more.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers January 3, 2023

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2022 included stories on HMI/SCADA systems and solutions, MQTT, SI Giants and System Integrator of the Year winners and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power January 2, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: December 26 to January 1, 2023

The most-viewed content from the past week covered solar cell technology, MQTT, HMI and SCADA systems and more.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators December 19, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: December 12-18, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered sustainable SCADA, sustaining SI support, HMI and SCADA systems, SI Giants and SIY winners.

By Chris Vavra
Video December 15, 2022

Providing Industry 4.0, STEM opportunities to students

A partnership between Endress+Hauser and the Purdue Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) provide students the ability to develop STEM skills and learn more about Industry 4.0. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration December 13, 2022

Crafting a multi-faceted system integration strategy

A new manufacturing facility required developing and delivering a solution that emphasized enhanced process control, information access and building control.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers December 12, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: December 5-11, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered HMI and SCADA systems, MQTT, SI Giants, real-time data and more.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration December 5, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: November 28 to December 4, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered November hot topics, System Integrator of the Year winners, sustainable SCADA solutions and SI Giants.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs December 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2022 included stories on PLC programming, System Integrator of the Year winners, sustainable 5G and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration November 28, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: November 21-27, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered System Integrator of the Year winners, sustainable 5G and PLC programming.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs November 21, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: November 14-20, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered PLC programming, sustainable 5G, agile and flexible manufacturing and more.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2022

Manufacturing needs to be agile, resilient and sustainable

The manufacturing landscape has evolved to where consumer, industrial and cultural demands are changing and creating a world where manufacturers need to be agile and flexible in their approach.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 14, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: November 7-13, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered OT edge computing, industrial 5G, COVID-19 masks and more.

By Chris Vavra
Jason Urso, vice president and CTO of Honeywell, during an interview at Honeywell Connect in Orlando. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Digital Transformation November 8, 2022

Digital transformation and IIoT’s impact on process manufacturing

Digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can help companies transform their culture and business. Five steps for companies embarking on the digital transformation journey are highlighted.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC November 7, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 31 to November 6, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered advanced process control, PLC programming, device lifecycle management and more.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity November 6, 2022

OT threat detection and research benefits for manufacturers

Operational technology (OT) systems are in more danger than ever of being hacked and manufacturers have to step up their awareness. See four ways the OT cyber attack surface is increasing.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation November 5, 2022

Digital trends are transforming industrial landscape

The shift from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 is already happening, and the emphasis on digital technologies and concepts are driving this change. See six growth opportunities for manufacturers.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation November 4, 2022

Manufacturing digitalization: Think differently, working smarter

Manufacturers can change how they operate and make better decisions with automation and controls, but it requires a different mindset and approach. See six steps for effective product, operations management.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors November 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2022 included stories on alarm design management, edge computing, energy measurements, plant instrumentation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs October 31, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 24-30, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered PLC programming, MES integration, device lifecycle management and more.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors October 24, 2022

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
high availability controllers
PLCs, PACs October 17, 2022

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
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics October 10, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 3-9, 2022

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

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors October 3, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: September 26 to October 2, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered plant instrumentation and controls, Engineering Leaders Under 40, PLC programming, automation mergers and acquisitions and digital twins.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC October 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, September 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2022 included stories on Engineering Leaders Under 40, PID controller advice, plant instrumentation and controls, modern SCADA features and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Info Management September 28, 2022

IMTS emphasizes the importance of information

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) returned to McCormick Place in Chicago with an emphasis on improving information management and communication in manufacturing facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics September 15, 2022

Successfully implementing robots in an unpredictable future

Manufacturing has gone through many changes in recent years and the rising labor gap and the need for continued productivity has companies turning toward robotics. Three robotic myths and five steps for successful implementation are highlighted.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning September 14, 2022

Improving worker optimization on the factory floor with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to enhance worker productivity by gathering information about their work performance and turning it into actionable data.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity September 13, 2022

Securing the edge in a manufacturing facility

Manufacturers looking to gather more information at the edge need to have a strong cybersecurity program in place, but not enough do, leaving them at risk. See four ways to increase cybersecurity shields.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Applied Manufacturing Technologies
PLCs, PACs August 2, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2022 included stories on PLC programming, digital transformation, direct-drive servos, IIoT optimization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 11, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: July 4-10, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Control Engineering hot topics, IIoT optimization, the Career and Salary Survey, HMI and SCADA design and engineering recruiting goals. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, June 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in June 2022 included stories on the Career and Salary Survey, leveraging IIoT, HMI design tips and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health June 30, 2022

Advice on meeting engineering recruiting goals

There is a major push by system integrators and other engineering firms to find qualified talent, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shift in many ways. Two experts offer advice on finding the right engineering talent.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators June 28, 2022

The future of work is shifting and changing

The CSIA Executive Conference returns for the first time since 2019 with the world grappling with the changes of a pandemic and many other challenges that are changing how people work and interact with others.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 27, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: June 20-26, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered the Career and Salary Survey, Automate highlights, the need for diversity, HMI design and IT/OT convergence. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 20, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: June 13-19, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered IIoT optimization, fabricating transistors, IIoT in 2022, semiconductor manufacturing and HMI design strategies. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation June 17, 2022

Flexible automation, robotics at Automate

Automate 2022 in Detroit strongly emphasized flexible automation as companies seek ways to address the supply chain and labor shortages exacerbated by COVID-19 and other world events.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 3: Many robot manufacturers provide their own simulation software, such as Roboguide from Fanuc, that can act as a digital twin simulation. Courtesy: Patti Engineering Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 13, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: June 6-12, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered IT/OT convergence, Career and Salary Survey, digital twins, Industry 5.0 and building an HMI. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Digital Transformation June 13, 2022

Smart manufacturing needs smart security, communication

The need for digital transformation in manufacturing is only as good as the security program behind it, which needs buy-in from all sides.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Automation June 7, 2022

Automation can help manufacturers, workers thrive

The growing need for skilled workers and increased automation should be a joint venture that can provide benefits for the company and employees.

By Chris Vavra
Yaskawa's GA500 AC Microdrive can operate a variety of motors, which include induction, permanent magnet (SPM and IPM), and synchronous reluctance (SynRM). Courtesy: New Products for Engineers, Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives June 6, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 30 to June 5, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered the Career and Salary Survey, induction motors, HMI design tips and improving remote operations. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2022 included stories on the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT implementations, hiring engineers, PID system implementation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 31, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 23-29, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT implementations, PID implementation, PLC modules and tuning a VFD motor. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 27, 2022

Private indoor 5G network established at manufacturing facility

Wireless provider Betacom provided MxD's Chicago headquarters and Factory Floor Lab with a private 5G network.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development May 23, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 16-22, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT implementations, data pumps and COVID-19 controls. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Workforce Development May 16, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 9-15, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered hiring engineers, TSN, IIoT implementation, autonomous computer vision and future-proofing manufacturing. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, retired control software engineer
PID, APC May 9, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 2-8, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered PID implementation, COVID-19 controls, future-proof manufacturing, creating connected industries and oil and gas. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, retired control software engineer
PID, APC May 2, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 25 to May 1, 2022

Articles about PID implementation, oil and gas, information control, quality of service and remote intelligence were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 25 to May 1, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson
PID, APC May 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, April 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in April 2022 included stories on optimal loop tuning, Engineers' Choice winners, PID, easy Industrial IoT and expanding manufacturing capabilities. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Yaskawa's GA500 AC Microdrive can operate a variety of motors, which include induction, permanent magnet (SPM and IPM), and synchronous reluctance (SynRM). Courtesy: New Products for Engineers, Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives April 25, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 18-24, 2022

Articles about induction motors, wireless instrumentation, heat engines, PWM effects and flue-gas monitoring were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 18-24, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Portescap
Motors and Drives April 18, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 11-17, 2022

Articles about PWM effects, Engineers' Choice winners, edge computing, PID-based control systems and evolving pneumatics were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 11-17, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson
PID, APC April 11, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 4-10, 2022

Articles about optimal loop tuning, IIoT implementation, Engineers' Choice winners, IIoT and manufacturing and information control were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 4-10, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
System Integration April 4, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 28 to April 3, 2022

Articles about electron correlations in graphene, Engineers' Choice winners, information control, edge technologies and advanced process controls were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from March 28 to April 3, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors and Drives March 31, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2022 included stories on Engineers' Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), advanced process control metrics, information control, edge technologies and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson
Process Instrumentation and Sensors March 28, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 21-27, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, enhanced level measurements, edge technologies, HMIs and situational awareness and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from March 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors and Drives March 21, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 14-20, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, tuning a PM motor, maintenance operations, process control systems and bolstering information control were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from March 14-20, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics March 14, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 7-13, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, advanced process controls, VFDs basics, HMIs and tuning a PM motor with a VFD were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from March 7-13, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
PID, APC March 7, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 28 to March 6, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, advanced process controls, VFDs basics, HMIs and tuning a PM motor with a VFD were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 28 to March 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives March 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2022 included stories on Engineers' Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), neural networks, pulse-width modulation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: ATC Diversified Electronics, Marsh Bellofram
Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 28, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 21-27, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, process monitoring, digital transformation, cybersecurity advice and industrial PCs were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics February 21, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 14-20, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, edge controllers, IT/OT convergence and unified operational systems were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 14-20, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Motors and Drives February 14, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 7-13, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, VFDs, motion control implementation, PWM effects and asset management were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 7-13, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives February 7, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 31 to February 6, 2022

Articles about VFDs, artificial neural networks, machine learning, edge control and smart face masks were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from January 31 to February 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yokogawa
Automation February 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2022 included stories on Control Engineering hot topics, industrial automation advances, embedded systems, edge computing advances and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, retired control software engineer
PID, APC January 31, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 24-30, 2022

Articles about the Control Engineering table of contents, artificial neural networks, IT/OT convergence, industrial automation and integrated cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 24-30, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yokogawa
Automation January 24, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 17-23, 2022

Articles about the industrial automation, lithium-ion batteries, most-viewed articles of 2021, Control Engineering table of contents and industrial cybersecurity hot topics were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 17-23, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Motors and Drives January 17, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 10-16, 2022

Articles about the most-viewed articles of 2021, machine learning, motor nameplates, the IT/OT relationship and LV drive trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 10-16, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America
Motors and Drives January 13, 2022

Hot Control Engineering motors and drives articles in 2021

The most-viewed articles about motors and drives posted over the last year include servomotor types, electric motors, motor types and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, retired control software engineer
Edge and Cloud Computing January 10, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 3-9, 2022

Articles about embedded systems, automated pressure testing, the 2022 SIY winners, PLCs' role in automation and no-code robotics were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 3-9, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Fluke Reliability
System Integration January 5, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2021 included stories on the System Integrator of the Year winners, manufacturing and 5G, vibration analysis, sustainable automation development and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Seeq
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 4, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 27 to January 2, 2022

Articles about digital twin adoption, advanced analytics, virtualized PLCs, IT/OT convergence and AI vision were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 27 to January 2, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Adlink
System Integrators December 20, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 13-19, 2021

Articles about the SI Giants, manufacturing and 5G, System Integrators of the Year, no-code cloud and AI vision for manufacturing environments were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 13-19, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration December 13, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 6-12, 2021

Articles about the SI Giants, System Integrators of the Year, sustainability, APC limits and targets and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 6-12, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
PID, APC December 6, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 29 to December 5, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, finite-state machines, AI shortcuts, nanotube-based sensors and SCADA and automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 29 to December 5, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental Health December 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2021 included stories on the Engineers' Choice finalists, nanotube-based sensors, finite-state machine, IIoT controller use and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, a retired control software engineer
Edge and Cloud Computing November 29, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 22-28, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, finite-state machines, AI shortcuts, nanotube-based sensors and SCADA and automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental Health November 22, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 15-21, 2021

Articles about Engineers’ Choice finalists, nanotube-based sensors, SCADA and automation, finite-state machines and IIoT and controller use were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Patti Engineering, Control Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 15, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 8-14, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, IIoT and controller use, cybersecurity levels, five site visit tips and finite-state machines were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Workforce Development November 3, 2021

Workforce development, automation top of mind at Process Expo

Process manufacturers, especially those in the food and beverage industry, are facing a skills gap crunch due to the pandemic. While some companies are trying to get workers back and engaged, more are turning to automation to keep operations running.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: VTScada by Trihedral
DCS, SCADA, Controllers November 2, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2021 included stories on the Engineers' Choice finalists, SCADA and automation, embedded systems, machine control migrations and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Tesco
Cybersecurity November 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 25-31, 2021

Articles about cybersecurity tactics, Engineers' Choice finalists, digital transformation, embedded systems and system integrators and cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: PI North America
System Integrators October 25, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 18-24, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, system integrators and cybersecurity, UV light and COVID-19, digitalization and the automation and controls market were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 18-24, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Discrete Manufacturing October 18, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 11-17, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, machine control migrations, IIoT improves operations, SCADA benefits and improved sustainability were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 11-17, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: VTScada by Trihedral
DCS, SCADA, Controllers October 11, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 4-10, 2021

Articles about SCADA benefits, Engineers' Choice finalists, finite-state machines, virtualized PLCs and the Engineering Leaders Under 40 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 4-10, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Siemens Factory Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 4, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 27 to October 3, 2021

Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, IT/OT convergence, digital transformation, COVID-19 testing and smart manufacturing ROI were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 27 to October 3, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
PID, APC October 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, September 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2021 included stories on the 2021 Engineering Leaders Under 40, APC and control system improvements, COVID-19 testing, digital transformation ROI and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson
Environmental Health September 27, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 20-26, 2021

Articles about the COVID-19 testing, Engineering Leaders Under 40, hydraulic actuators, multipoint temperature profiling and COVID-19 and manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 20-26, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Caron Engineering
Industrial Networking September 20, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 13-19, 2021

Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, digital transformation ROI, scaling machine learning, linear servo motors and the factory of the future were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 13-19, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics September 14, 2021

Five ways to improve operational excellence in robotic welding automation

Robotic welding automation, more common for many manufacturers, but it is fraught with potential issues that takes time and effort to resolve. See five methods for operational excellence in robotic welding in the short- and long-term.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Peter Galan, a retired control software engineer
Industry News September 13, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 6-12, 2021

Articles about Engineering Leaders Under 40, control system improvements, APC improvements, factory of the future and effective process safety were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 6-12, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
PID, APC September 7, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 30 to September 5, 2021

Articles about APC improvements, industrial products, face mask prototypes, industrial products, control system improvements and jumpstarting a successful IIoT program were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 30 to September 5, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health September 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2021 included stories on COVID-19 prevention, process safety, industrial product purchasing, manufacturing processing and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health August 30, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 23-29, 2021

Articles about face mask prototypes, industrial products, effective process safety, scalable IIoT networks and hiring engineers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 23-29, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 25, 2021

Secure device onboarding for manufacturing supply chain

Until now, there has been no broadly supported industry standard for automated secure device onboarding. The FIDO Alliance looks to change that.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 23, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 16-22, 2021

Articles about scalable IIoT networks, robots for manufacturing operations, motor and drive tips, HMI/SCADA design and effective process safety were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 16-22, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Safety August 16, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 9-15, 2021

Articles about effective process safety, optimizing manufacturing processing, serial communication monitoring, HMI and SCADA design and what IEC 61499 means for PLCs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 9-15, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC August 9, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 2-8, 2021

Articles about multivariable control, optimizing manufacturing processing, robotic 3D manufacturing, rotary knife applications and Control Engineering hot topics were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 2-8, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers August 2, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 26 to August 1, 2021

Articles about programming standardization, scalable IIoT networks, simulation and computer-aided design, programmable fibers and IEC 61131-3 structuring were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 26 to August 1, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers August 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2021 included stories on control system design, IEC 61131-3 structuring tips, scalable IIoT networks, programming standardization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Info Management July 26, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 19-25, 2021

Articles about programming standardization, scalable IIoT networks, simulation and computer-aided design, programmable fibers and IEC 61131-3 structuring were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 19-25, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics July 22, 2021

Mobile robotics group acquired

ABB announced it will acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group (ASTI), a global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer to expand their robot and automation portfolio.

By Chris Vavra
Info Management July 19, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 12-18, 2021

Articles about IEC 61131-3 structuring, simulation and computer-aided design, edge computing, industrial wireless best practices and HART status information were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 12-18, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers July 12, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 5-11, 2021

Articles about simulation and computer-aided design, IEC 61131-3 structuring, edge computing, IIoT networks and control system cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI July 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, June 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in June 2021 included stories on HMI and SCADA design, six things to know about calibration, process control system connectivity, the Career and Salary Survey and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs June 28, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 21-27, 2021

Articles about PLC benefits, HMI and SCADA design, six calibration tips, process control systems and cybersecurity's past were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 21-27, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity June 21, 2021

Looking into the cybersecurity future through the past

The past informs the present when it comes to cybersecurity and what we once thought of as fanciful is becoming a reality. What people are willing to do will inform our future.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers June 21, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 14-20, 2021

Articles about HMI and SCADA design, process control systems, six calibration tips, Ethernet-APL standards and diversity hiring were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 14-20, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI June 14, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 7-13, 2021

Articles about HMI and SCADA design, six calibration tips, the Career and Salary Survey, process control system connectivity and UPS implementation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 7-13, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors June 7, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 31 to June 6, 2021

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, mature engineering information management, entry management portals, process control system connectivity and digitalization benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 31 to June 6, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 2, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2021 included stories on the Career and Salary Survey, winning engineering candidates, IIoT automation, safety instruments and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News June 1, 2021

Manufacturing index continues solid pace in May

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) stayed above 60% for the fourth straight month, finishing at 61.2%.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 24-30, 2021

Articles about retaining engineering employees, the Career and Salary Survey, security by design, secure network deployment and IIoT automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 24-30, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development May 24, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 17-23, 2021

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, IIoT automation, retaining engineering employees, PLC-controlled robots and ac induction motor advice were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 17-23, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 17, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 10-16, 2021

Articles about connected distribution centers, SCADA master plan frameworks, integrated automation suites, PLC-controlled robots and OPC UA communications were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 10-16, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industrial Networking May 10, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 3-9, 2021

Articles about connected distribution centers, SCADA master plan frameworks, integrated automation suites, PLC-controlled robots and OPC UA communications were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 3-9, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News May 4, 2021

Manufacturing index stays strong in April

The purchasing manufacturers' index hits 60.7% in April as new orders, production and employment continue to grow for manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC May 3, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, April 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in April 2021 included stories on control loop tuning, control system evolution, Engineers' Choice winners, COVID-19 refining tests and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers May 3, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 26 to May 2, 2021

Articles SCADA master plan frameworks, control system evolution, edge computing, OT cybersecurity and IIoT automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 26 to May 2, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers April 26, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 19-25, 2021

Articles about COVID-19 refining tests, control system evolution, data visualization, IIoT and sewage treatment and SCADA frameworks were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 19-25, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics April 19, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 12-18, 2021

Articles about edge computing, industrial Ethernet problems, plant energy efficiency, Engineers' Choice winners and Hannover Messe updates were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 12-18, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation April 14, 2021

Cybersecurity is key for digital transformation

Digital transformation can change manufacturing, but companies need to invest in cybersecurity knowledge and training to make it viable.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity April 13, 2021

Addressing cybersecurity challenges through collaboration

Cybersecurity remains a growing challenge for many, and one way to bring greater awareness to the challenge is through collaboration among public, private and academic institutions. See three lessons to improve cybersecurity.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC April 12, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 5-11, 2021

Articles about control loop tuning, OT cybersecurity, Engineers' Choice winners, control system evolution and data visualization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News April 5, 2021

Manufacturing index continues positive trend in March

Purchasing manufacturers' index jumps to 64.7% in March as demand, employment rise.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics March 24, 2021

Developing robotic safety standards and compliance

Robotic safety standards have been around for a few decades and their importance is growing as they became more common in manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Vision and Discrete Sensors March 23, 2021

4D vision’s benefits for robotic automation

4D vision takes some aspects from 2D machine vision and gives it more human elements and a boost with artificial intelligence (AI), which can help robots perform better in automation applications.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 9, 2021

Water treatment facility targeted by hackers

An unknown hacker tried to hack into the Oldsmar, Fla., water treatment system in the latest high-profile cyberattack against critical infrastructure facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Control Systems February 9, 2021

Changing winds of cybersecurity for ICSs

The SolarWinds attack is the latest reminder the cybersecurity landscape is changing, and manufacturers need to protect industrial control systems (ICSs). See three ways a software bill of materials can help cybersecurity.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News February 1, 2021

Manufacturing industry records growth for eighth straight month

January manufacturing index slides a bit from December to 58.7%, but industry still showing strength.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News December 2, 2020

Manufacturing index stays strong in November

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) drops from the 2-year high in October to 57.5%, but still records its seventh straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News November 2, 2020

Manufacturing index hits highest point in two years

The purchasing manufacturers' index jumped almost 4% to 59.3 in October as new orders, production and employment grow.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News September 2, 2020

Manufacturing index rises for fourth straight month

The manufacturing sector reported its fourth straight month of growth, rising to 56%.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC August 11, 2020

Model-less multivariable control technology acquired

Lin and Associates, Inc. has agreed to acquire APC Performance LLC's model-less multivariable control (XMC) technology, which provides back-end control to distributed control systems and programmable controllers.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News August 3, 2020

Manufacturing index grows for third straight month

The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing manufacturers' index reported a 1.6% increase to 54.2%, which is the third straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News July 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises in June as industry rebounds

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) registered at 52.6% in June, which is up almost 10% from May's reading of 43.1%, as the industry rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and look to pick up where they left off.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News June 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises slightly in May from April

The purchasing manufacturers' index rose to 43.1% in May, but the general mood remains cautious and uncertain as COVID-19 continues to cause havoc on global supply chains.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing May 1, 2020

Manufacturing index slides into contraction for first time in 11 years

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid in April down to 41.5%, marking a contraction for the first time since 2009 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil in the markets and supply chain.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News April 1, 2020

Manufacturing index falls in March as COVID-19’s effects hit suppliers, consumers

The purchasing manufactuers' index had a slight decline in March, but the specter of COVID-19 continues to loom over the manufacturing industry as the pandemic spreads.

By Chris Vavra
Safety April 1, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2020 included stories about COVID-19's effects on manufacturers, preparation, safety, and wellness; the Engineers' Choice winners and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety March 30, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020

Articles about researchers developing DIY medical devices and PPE to fight coronavirus, coronavirus effects on manufacturers and engineers and poll results on coronavirus were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety March 23, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus effects on manufacturers and engineers, internet exchange world record and partial-stroke testing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity March 18, 2020

Good cybersecurity hygiene needed by businesses

Good cybersecurity hygiene is needed as more employees move toward working out of their homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Chris Vavra
Safety March 16, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 9-15, 2020

Articles about coronavirus prevention and detection, software readiness for Big Data, controlling coronavirus with the supply chain, and the Engineers' Choice winners were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 9, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 2-8

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, IIoT improvements, robots in process facilities, automating auxiliary processes, and Hannover Messe's 2020 delay were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 4, 2020

Supply chain show releases statement on coronavirus, adds education panel

MODEX 2020 in Atlanta is not being delayed; education panel on COVID-19 related to supply chain has been added for attendees.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics March 3, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2020 included stories about the Engineers' Choice winners, intelligent cloud use, intuitive HMI screens, advanced process control and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical March 2, 2020

Manufacturing index grows, but concern looms about coronavirus

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 50.1 in February, which shows overall growth, but there are major concerns about the coronavirus and what it will mean for the manufacturing industry.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI March 2, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 24 to March 1

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, intuitive HMI screens, IIoT improvements, digital transformation, and machine modules were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 24 to March 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 24, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 17-23

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, process valve choices, cotton gin improvements, robots and drones in process facilities, and the top 2019 university articles were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics February 17, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 10-16

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, intelligent cloud use, safety systems, integrators and 3-D printing, and cybersecurity effectiveness were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Analytics February 13, 2020

Most-viewed university articles in 2019

The most-viewed articles from university sources included stories on drag-and-drop analytics, robotic actuators, nanocrystals, and prolonging power plant life with AI. Links to each article below.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC February 10, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 3-9

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, advanced process control, robotics and AI in agriculture, intelligent cloud use, and exoskeletons were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics February 3, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 27 to February 2

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, advanced process control, robotics and AI in agriculture, improved process control engineering, and revamped HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 27 to February 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 1, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2020 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, Engineers' Choice finalists, robots in agriculture, subscription software, and advanced process control answers. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC January 27, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 20-26

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, advanced process control, robotics and AI in agriculture, improved process control engineering, and revamped HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators January 20, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 13-19

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, robotics and AI in agriculture, subscription software, system integrator relationships, and advanced process control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators January 17, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2019 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, Engineers' Choice finalists, automation infrastructure, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing January 6, 2020

Manufacturing index contracts to close out 2019

Manufacturing index reaches lowest point in 10 years as new orders, production and employment contracts amid economic concerns.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration December 16, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 9-15

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, collaborative robot use cases, digital twins, and industrial virtualization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Data Acquisition, DAQ December 9, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, data acquisition, cut-to-length cable, IT/OT convergence, and industrial virtualization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 2, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about profit-driven operations, data acquisition, the Engineers' Choice finalists, smart instrumentation, and control system design best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors December 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, control system migration, information and the cloud, profit-driven operations, the future of industrial automation, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors November 25, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 18-24

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, control system technologies, control system migration, industrial automation, and information and the cloud were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity November 22, 2019

Extend IT security to the plant floor

Cybersecurity is critical as information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge, which is the first step in making the transition between the two sides almost seamless.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 11-17

Articles about information and the cloud, control panel building tips, the Engineers' Choice finalists, control system migration, and the Motor Drives Study were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Wireless November 13, 2019

Using energy harvesting, radio technologies to power wireless sensors

Gathering data from wireless sensors is critical in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era; using energy harvesting and radio frequency identification (RFID) can provide peace of mind for operators who don’t have to worry about batteries.

By Chris Vavra
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 4-10

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, information and the cloud, control system migration, wet and flooded motors, and IIoT project tips were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration November 4, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 28 to November 3

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, system integration advice, the Goldilocks Zone in automation, energy management and manufacturing, and PLC tag and address naming conventions were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 28 to November 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing November 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC naming conventions, digital engineering practices, RPC and model-based control, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2019

Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs October 21, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 14-20

Articles about PLC tag and address naming conventions, the Engineers' Choice Finalists, digital engineering practices, control engineering terms, and level instrumentation improvements were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
I/O Systems, I/O Modules October 14, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 7-13

Articles about I/O systems and the IIoT, SCCR safety tips, smart systems and increased productivity, the Engineers' Choice Finalists, and IIoT adoption programs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation October 11, 2019

Getting the automation zone “just right”

Many automation companies struggle with finding the “Goldilocks Zone” for their automation projects. Learn how companies can find that right balance by asking four questions before starting to automate.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers October 11, 2019

Teaching engineers skills through video games and simulation

Using video games that are designed to teach engineers how to act in certain safety situations can provide training and experience for plant-floor operations, which can help narrow the skills gap.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC October 7, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 30 to October 6

Articles about RPC and model-based control, water/wastewater applications, OOIP, advanced process control, and prolonging power plant life were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 30 to October 6. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors October 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, September 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2019 included stories about control system design shift, process control education, model-following control, the evolution of modern manufacturing, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 30, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 23-29

Articles about control system design, HMI and SCADA web browsers, SCCR safety, water/wastewater applications, and process control and instrumentation productivity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 27, 2019

Water, wastewater industry is going digital and getting smarter

The water and wastewater industry is improving digitalization and automation with smarter sensors designed to make operations safer.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 23, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 16-22

Articles about process control and instrumentation productivity, control system technology, Leaders Under 40 winners, modern manufacturing, and electronic motion control developments were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 16, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 9-15

Articles about control system connectivity, vulnerable cloud servers, making things work with the IIoT, IIoT security, and succeeding with the AIoT were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC September 9, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 2-8

Articles about model-following control, industrial controller cybersecurity, machine learning, improving engineer retention, and IIoT platforms were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 2, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 26 to September 1

Articles about smart control valves, orifice meters, managing automation projects, managing an engineer career, and preventing burner fuel delivery accidents were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 26 to September 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development September 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2019 included stories about managing an engineering career, digitizing reality, evaluating controller options, intelligent decisions with the cloud, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors August 26, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 19-25

Articles about smart control valves, orifice meters, managing automation projects, managing an engineer career, and preventing burner fuel delivery accidents were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors and Drives August 19, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 12-18

Articles about digitizing reality, using the cloud for business, long battery life, making the IIoT work, and IIoT's effects on the motor business were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 12-18. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs August 12, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 5-11

Articles about controller options for industrial applications, machine safety, alarm management, robotic actuators, and industrial cybersecurity needs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development August 5, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 29 to August 4

Articles about managing an engineering career, PLCs on the internet, controller options for industrial applications, HMI safety, and computer integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 29 to August 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 1, 2019

Manufacturing index drops for fourth consecutive month

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 51.2% in July as anxiety about tariffs, inventory and employment weigh on manufacturing companies.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs August 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2019 included stories about PLC programming languages, connecting a PLC to the internet, digitalization advantages, choosing the right enclosure, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industrial PCs July 29, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about computer integration, data analytics, HMI safety, mobile devices, and smart manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs July 22, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 15-21

Articles about PLC programming languages, digitalization advantages, alarm management tips, operationalizing cybersecurity, and CNC developments were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration July 15, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 8-14

Articles about selecting an enclosure, using context with the IIoT, cybersecurity best practices, digitalization advantages, and connecting a PLC were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs July 8, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 1-7

Articles about connecting a PLC, the Career and Salary Survey, June hot topics, choosing a transparent CIP system, and choosing the right HMI were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI July 1, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 24-30

Articles about choosing the right HMI, the Career and Salary Survey, DCS migration, alarm management and process safety, and monitoring assets were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 24-30. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors July 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, June 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in June 2019 included stories about the Career and Salary Survey, alarm management and process safety, choosing the right HMI, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, DCS migration, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers June 24, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 17-23

Articles about DCS migration, industrial automation and mobile technology, the Career and Salary Survey, monitoring assets, and alarm management and process safety were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 17, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 10-16

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, power storage capabilities, alarm management and process safety, and choosing the right HMI were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power June 11, 2019

Researchers improve power storage capabilities

Battery update: Several universities have been working on advances to improve battery technologies and make them safer and more reliable for industrial and manufacturing applications. Click on links for more information.

By Chris Vavra
Mechatronics and Motion Control June 10, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, CNC digitalization, alarm management and process safety, process instrumentation education, and asset performance in refineries were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Educational Facilities June 3, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 27 to June 2

Articles about Career and Salary Survey and research findings, fenceless robots, data historian history, and medium-voltage drives were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 27 to June 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors and Drives June 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2019 included stories about VFDs, safe human-robot interaction, sustainable cybersecurity, object-oriented programming, the Career and Salary Survey, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity May 27, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 20-26

Articles about sustainable cybersecurity architecture, robot ethics, data historian history, location intelligence and the IIoT, and online education benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics May 20, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 13-19

Articles about human-robot interaction, using AI for real-time data, IEC 61131-3 programming languages, sustainable cybersecurity architecture, and universities driving robotics research were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PID, APC May 13, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 6-12

Articles about multivariable control benefits, control network standards, human-robot interaction, data historians, and IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 6-12. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors and Drives May 6, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about VFD replacements, object-oriented industrial programming, robotics research and development, evaluating a system integrator, IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors May 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, April 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in April 2019 included stories about rate-predictive control, Engineers' Choice Awards, feedforward control, object-oriented programming, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechatronics and Motion Control April 29, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 22-28

Articles about object-oriented industrial programming, AI and machine learning benefits, IIoT benefits for manufacturers, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Vision and Discrete Sensors April 26, 2019

Stereo cameras help self-driving cars ‘see’

Cornell researchers use two inexpensive cameras on either side of the windshield to detect objects with high accuracy and a low cost. See link to video for more information.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors April 22, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 15-21

Articles about rate-predictive control, the Engineers' Choice Awards, feedforward control, temperature sensor calibration, and connecting quality and process data were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration April 15, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 8-14

Articles about evaluating a system integrator, the Engineers' Choice Awards, IIoT and machine control, questions to ask an SI, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 11, 2019

Use context with IIoT to provide automation value

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a lot of potential, but without context and a clear goal, value for companies will be less. See 8 ways to move from data to information.

By Chris Vavra
AI and Machine Learning April 10, 2019

Benefits of AI and machine learning for automation safety systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can use the information from robots and machines to help improve safety standards by learning what was done in the past and applying it to future situations.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics April 9, 2019

Improving industrial robot accuracy and precision

There are many tools and programs designed to make industrial robots more accurate and precise for demanding manufacturing applications.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors April 8, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 1-7

Articles about feedforward control, rate-predictive control, IIoT and machine control, Big Data analysis, and the top stories of March 2019 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
Industrial PCs April 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Awards, edge computing advantages, manufacturing and process facility trends, Big Data analysis, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 1, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 25-31

Articles about Big Data analysis, edge computing best practices, the Engineers' Choice Awards, industrial mobile robot standards, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Educational Facilities March 28, 2019

Outreach event promotes STEM careers for girls

Cornell University's Women’s Outreach in Materials, Energy and Nanobiotechnology (W.O.M.E.N.) program helps promote scientific careers for high school girls curious about a career in science.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics March 25, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 18-24

Articles about low-power hybrid chips for robots, gaining the edge in automation, connecting quality and process data, manufacturing and process facility trends, and the Engineers' Choice Awards were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration March 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 11-17

Articles about the R&D tax credit, easy automation, IIoT software in manufacturing, IEEE 1584-2018, and the Engineers' Choice Awards were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industrial PCs March 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about edge computing opportunities, the Engineers' Choice Awards, open architecture advantages, robotics 101, and manufacturing and process facility trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors and Drives March 4, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 25 to March 3

Articles about the Engineers' Choice Awards, control systems with style, selecting a VFD scope, the future of the IIoT in manufacturing, and robotics as a service were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 25 to March 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Awards, upgrading hardware and software systems, robotics as a service, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics February 25, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 18-24

Articles about robotics as a service, robotics and AI, collaborative robots, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, and robot offline programming were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity February 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 11-17

Articles about plant cybersecurity management, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, control systems, future plant design, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 4-10

Articles about upgrading hardware and software, the 2019 Engineers' Choice awards, DCS migration challenges, cybersecurity for IIoT robots, and the System Integration Giants were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 4, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 28 to February 3

Articles about process closure benefits, the System Integration Giants, the future of IIoT software, MQTT's role as an IoT message transport, and primary and secondary flow measurement were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 28 to February 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2019 included stories about MQTT's role as an IoT transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, industrial controller selection, the future of IIoT software, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 28, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 21-27

Articles about the future of IIoT software, primary and secondary flow measurement, industrial controller selection, hot Control Engineering topics for 2018, and MQTT's role as an IoT message transport were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 21, 2019