Research

Research January 27, 2021

OT, IT collaboration helps IIoT

Recent research indicates more operational technology and information technology collaboration, and 40% are spending more to do it. See a dozen bits of OT/IT collaboration advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media & Technology
Research August 17, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering

Research: For 2021, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control system integration, instrumentation, industrial wireless, industrial PCs, industrial Ethernet, and advanced process control are among hot topics; 18 topics are in the top 10; 62 are in the top 20.

By Mark T. Hoske
Ladder diagram is the most popular programmable controllers programming language at 80% followed by function block diagram at 58%, structured text at 44%, object-oriented programming at 39%, sequential function charge at 34%, C at 31% followed by five others at 24% down to 5%. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Industrial Controller Research Report
Research July 16, 2020

Research: Controller programming methods, advice

Control Engineering 2020 research on industrial programmable controllers said ladder logic continues to dominate programming, software integration and simulation capabilities are increasing, and survey respondents seek programming flexibility. See six software-related programmable controller changes since 2018 and nine programmable controller bits of software advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: New Products for Engineers Database and Des Champs Technologies
Research May 21, 2020

Top products since COVID-19 pandemic relate to air control, cleaning

In the New Products for Engineers Database by CFE Media and Technology, 5 of the top 6 products cover control of air or cleaning, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Research May 19, 2020

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2020

Career update: Many subscribers work in critical industries; half of non-salary compensation relies on profits, some changed by COVID-19. Lack of skilled workers continues to be the top threat to manufacturing for the survey period ending March 16, before more recent COVID-19 impacts.

By Mark T. Hoske
Cassio Fontes demonstrates a prototype of the D4 assay, which might be used to quickly test for COVID antigens, using blood drops and a hand-held scanner. Courtesy: Duke University
Research May 12, 2020

Rapid testing platform adapted to try and catch COVID-19

Duke University biomedical engineers have adapted a low-cost platform to diagnose COVID-19 thanks to an NSF grant.

By Duke University
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Research April 13, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 6-12, 2020

Articles about COVID-19's impacts on engineers, manufacturers and electronic industry, and advanced process control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Research April 8, 2020

Poll results, week 2: Doubled adverse COVID-19 impact on engineers, industry

Research analysis, advice: Adverse effects of Coronavirus more than doubled in just a week for visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites taking a survey on COVID-19 impacts on engineering. For respondents answering March 11 to 19 and March 20 to 25, 13% felt a “great deal” of impact in the first week and 35% the next week.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Stratus
Research April 6, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles March 30 to April 5, 2020

Articles about coronavirus research, and how it is affecting the industry and business operations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30-April 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology COVID-19 engineering impact survey, March 20-25
Research April 3, 2020

Survey results: increased recognition of COVID-19’s adverse impact

Digital work from home is fine, but manufacturing takes place in the physical world

By CFE Media