Figure 1. The network architecture supports groups of field instruments and actuators using mesh communication to support reliable data transfer. Each device acts as a data originator and potential relay point. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
PID, APC December 1, 2018

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2018 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Finalists, matching motors and drives, designing a wireless IIoT gateway, complex upgrades, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
PID, APC November 29, 2018

Getting stronger process readings

Getting an accurate process variable measurement depends on many factors, but it must begin with the right instrumentation.

By Megan Wiens
PID, APC November 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 1. Understanding the data quality starts with the communication between the analyzer and the process control system. The process should be viewed as a hierarchy all the way down to the component. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
PID, APC November 2, 2018

Analyze data quality for process control systems

Data obtained from process analyzers need to be trusted and verified to help the user make an informed decision. Considerations include communications reliability, analyzer status, and logic platform.

By Norm Kincade
PID, APC October 30, 2018

Top 10 tuning tips for control engineers

Best practices to follow to increase loop tuning performance and reliability in a facility include increased efficiency, controller gain, and being aware of loop interactions.

By Allan Kern, APC Performance LLC
PID, APC August 30, 2018

Pros and cons of autotuning—the big story

The historic challenges of single-loop tuning, the limited success of autotuning, and the modern difficulties of model-based control share the same root cause.

By Allan Kern, APC Performance LLC
PID, APC August 28, 2018

Part singulation system benefits for robots

Part singulation can help companies who are considering using robots for assembly, picking, and palletizing applications.

By Brad Czecholinski, Cross Company
PID, APC August 22, 2018

Five safety fencing benefits and considerations

Safety fencing plays an integral role in protecting employees from hazards posed by industrial machinery and companies need to consider aspects such as operator safety and the ease of installation and modularity.

By Kevin Gough, Cross Company
PID, APC August 15, 2018

Ladder Logic 306: Simulation

Using simulation for ladder logic allows users to test advanced situations that otherwise wouldn't be possible, reducing potential costs and hazards for users.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
PID, APC August 14, 2018

Choosing between a sectional or monoblock valve

Sectional valves are the most versatile and configurable valve type for hydraulic systems, but a monoblock brings many added benefits when properly applied.

By Zek Grantham, Cross Company