Research

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: CRB
Safety July 13, 2020

Seven steps to plan for re-entering the workplace

When people return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided enough, it is important to have a concrete plan in place during those early days to enhance safety and worker confidence.

By CRB
Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report
Cybersecurity June 13, 2020

Cybersecurity requires asset updates

Age of existing assets are the greatest cybersecurity risk factor, 67% in 2020 Control Engineering research, up from 46% in 2016. This is of particular concern with remote operations increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and manufacturing starting up again.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Dewberry
Business of Engineering June 12, 2020

Learn from one another whenever possible

Engineers, regardless of their skill or experience, can always learn something new and should strive to gain knowledge from all corners to be a better employee and mentor/mentee.

By Sid Pandey
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
Figure: Leading skills needed to get ahead are engineering, project management, communication and presentation skills, followed by computer, and team building. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Educational May 19, 2020

Education, attitude, communication are top tip topics from 2020 salary survey respondents

Career update: Top areas of advice offer by respondents to the 2020 Career and salary survey from Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, cover education, attitude, communications. Advice also includes engineering tips, project management, and workplace strategies.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Arc Flash May 18, 2020

A look at electrical safety programs

The 2020 Plant Engineering electrical safety survey examines how your plants’ electrical safety programs measure up

By Jack Smith and Amanda Pelliccione
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: 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