Figure: Rate-predictive control (RPC) is inherently adaptive (think naturally self-tuning) to changes in process gain. In the top graph, process gain is 1.0, while in the bottom graph, process gain is 2.0. Control performance remains “perfect,” with no change to RPC tuning parameters. Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
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
The new age digital engineering practices help enable new business models that unlock greater value for enterprises and increase the value proposition for those involved. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services Ltd.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2019

Digital engineering practices enhance technologies of tomorrow

Digitalization: By integrating digital, physical and virtual realities, digital engineering redefines product development and manufacturing. Digital engineering accelerates development of next-generation smart products, services and operations.

By Narayanan Ramanathan
EZAutomation explained how easy-to-set up edge devices help IIoT at the 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering

Eight IIoT project tips

October 13, 2019
The strength of 3D-printed products could be improved through a new technique developed by scientists at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Courtesy: University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Discrete Manufacturing October 15, 2019

Process developed to strengthen materials from 3-D printers

University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have found that fused deposition modeling (FDM) could strengthen the bonds of 3-D printed materials by as much as 200%.

By University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Bernard Lesieutre, professor of electrical and computer engineering, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Courtesy: Chelsea Mamott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Electrical, Power October 16, 2019

Electric grid monitoring tool aims to keep power flowing smoothly

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are studying patterns of activity across the electric grid by creating a tool to monitor grid stability and notify control operators of potential problems.

By Jill Sakai
Accessing the VFD’s HMI via a wireless or Bluetooth connection to adjust settings or collect diagnostic data can negate the need to suit up with personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because the operator can access the HMI without opening the enclosure containing the VFD. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives October 9, 2019

Smartphones help with VFD configuration: Your questions answered

By Michael Hall
Wireless October 9, 2019

Defining the details of a wireless network installation

By Justin Shade
Scheduled to open in time for fall semester 2021, Gonzaga's $56 million facility will contribute to a total of more than 270,000-square-feet dedicated to classroom and laboratory education for STEM disciplines. Courtesy: Gonzaga University
Educational September 30, 2019

Construction launched for STEM facility at Gonzaga

By Gonzaga University