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Research June 28, 2022

Automation helps combat labor shortages

Think Again: Are automation and controls helping to fill the growing manufacturing skills gap? Control Engineering research, “Purchasing Considerations for Automation Systems & Control Systems” shows an increase in spending for the next 12 months in most categories.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research May 25, 2022

Automation experts wanted: Hire, retain the best, webcast says

Research and advice assist with hiring and retaining automation experts, according to a May 25 Control Engineering webcast, citing recent research, with system integration help.

By Ben Kurth and Mark T. Hoske
Research May 17, 2022

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2022

Solve the workforce challenge: Automate, innovate, hire and retain great workers. Lack of skilled workers, materials and the economy are biggest threats to manufacturing. Lack of available skilled workers jumped from 37% in 2021 to 57% in 2022.

By Mark T. Hoske and Amanda Pelliccione
Research December 16, 2021

Supply chain shortages encourage automation interoperability

Automation users are more likely to purchase from companies supporting standards that promote interoperability: Among findings in Control Engineering research.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research May 18, 2021

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2021

Career update: COVID-19 accelerates innovative technology implementations; engineering salaries increase; job satisfaction is high. The lack of skilled workers, economy and lack of necessary materials are biggest threats to manufacturing.

By Mark T. Hoske
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Research March 19, 2020

Poll results: Coronavirus, COVID-19 impact on engineers and industry

Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research March 18, 2020

Coronavirus diagnostic might be tested on patient samples soon

A variety of MIT research projects are being developed to aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

By Anne Trafton, Jennifer Chu, and David L. Chandler
Research March 18, 2020

Department of Energy seeking input in response to COVID-19

The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for input and collaboration on science and technology response to the coronavirus.

By Department of Energy
Research March 6, 2020

Seven reasons to take the 2020 Control Engineering salary and career survey

Help benchmark progress on critical industrial topics: Control Engineering asks those involved with automation, controls and/or instrumentation to participate in its salary and career survey. Results will be covered in the May 2020 print/digital edition and online.

By Mark T. Hoske and Amanda Pelliccione
Research January 12, 2020

Learning about the automation engineer

Five findings from the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Salary Study as it relates to automation engineers and their feelings on their profession.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research June 2, 2019

Researchers grow stable 2-D magnets for electronic, storage applications

Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of an iron oxide that could be combined with 2-D materials for electronic and spintronic applications that take advantage of their spin states.

By Mike Williams
Research February 21, 2019

DMDII receives Defense Dept. funding to strengthen research

Grants totaling $30 million over next five years will fund advanced manufacturing projects.

By Bob Vavra
Research February 1, 2019

PMI rebounds as manufacturing’s fundamentals remain solid

Index increases to 56.6% as new orders, production levels point to a positive start to 2019

By Bob Vavra
Research March 1, 2018

2018 ERP, IIoT and the Cloud Study

The IIoT for Engineers 2018 Enterprise Resources Planning, IIoT and the Cloud Study unveiled several key findings regarding usage of ERP, IIoT, and the Cloud. This includes connections to process control, HMIs, SCADA, data historians, alarm management, and data acquisition systems.

By CFE Media
Research May 11, 2016

Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey, 2016

Control Engineering research shows nearly a 5% increase in salaries among respondents to an average of $94,747; analysis of salaries by years with employer shows upward salary pressure for engineering new hires. Respondents continue to indicate they like their jobs, by more than 80% this year, but financial compensation is becoming more important, as the economy is seen as the biggest threat by far to manufacturing today.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research May 2, 2016

2016 Cybersecurity Study: Six key findings

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2016 Cybersecurity Study identified six high-level findings impacting control systems today.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research December 8, 2015

Control Engineering 2015 System Integration Study

Six system integration key findings

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research July 2, 2015

Six key findings on mobility, Ethernet, wireless

With the 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study, Control Engineering identified the following six trends regarding integration, use, and spending for mobility, Ethernet, and wireless technologies.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research June 2, 2015

2014 Information Integration Study: Five findings on integrating operations

Key findings on how companies have undertaken projects to integrate multiple levels within their organization.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research May 18, 2015

Control Engineering salary and career survey, 2015

Control Engineering research: While slightly less is expected for salary and significantly more for bonuses in 2015 compared to 2014, concerns about shortages of skilled workers remained highest on the list of challenges. This online report has additional graphics and details, with links to past research and related articles. NEW: Salary by engineering education, discipline, years, age.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research May 12, 2015

Control Engineering 2015 Cyber Security Study

This study was conducted by Control Engineering to evaluate cyber security implementation, resources, and training. See 7 findings for protecting control systems.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research April 22, 2015

2014 System Integration Study: Five hardware integration trends

Seventy-five percent of respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 System Integration Study perform system integration services, either for their own projects or for third-party affiliates.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research March 13, 2015

2014 Wireless Study: 8 key findings on wireless technologies

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified eight important high-level findings regarding wireless technologies.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research February 13, 2015

2014 Ethernet Study: 10 key findings on Ethernet technologies

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified 10 important high-level findings regarding Ethernet technologies.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research January 9, 2015

Control Engineering 2014 Mobility Study

According to the data in this report, benefits for using mobile devices on the plant floor include easier data access and increase productivity, 74% of users are allowed to use this technology on their plant network, and more than half of respondents expect an increase in mobility products and service spending in 2015.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Research April 15, 2014

Control Engineering 2014 Cyber Security Study

Cyber threats to control systems are high, frequencies of vulnerability assessments are low, and many organizations are lacking a capable cyber incident response team. Are your systems at risk?

By Amanda McLeman