Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 5-11

Articles about three VFD trends, avoiding alarm overload, internal automation standards, the 2018 Engineers' Choice winners, and selecting an automation controller were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.


The top 5 most read articles online, from Feb. 5-11 for Control Engineering, covered three VFD trends, avoiding alarm overload, internal automation standards, the 2018 Engineers' Choice winners, and selecting an automation controller. Links to each article below.

1. Three major VFD trends

Variable frequency drive (VFD) development is shifting focus away from general-purpose motor controls that are already meeting market demands toward reduced installation costs.

2. Avoid alarm overload with consolidation and escalation

Take steps to improve supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) alarm management and avoid alarm overloading.

3. Setting internal automation standards

Industry regulations aren’t specific enough, so internal standards are required to ensure consistency among automation system hardware and software installed in your plant or facility.

4. 2018 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

The 31st annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2017 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience.

5. Selecting an automation controller

Consider these criteria when selecting an automation controller for motion, robotics, machines, and other applications.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, February 5-11, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
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