Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 30 to August 5

Articles about motion controllers, motion control standards, training tips, comparing ladder logic and object-oriented programming, and digitalization helping machine builders were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 30 to August 5, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

08/05/2018


Part coordinate systems define the position and orientation of specific objects and move with the object. Courtesy: YaskawaThe top 5 most read articles online, from Jul. 30 to Aug. 5 for Control Engineering covered motion controllers, motion control standards, training tips, comparing ladder logic and object-oriented programming, and digitalization helping machine builders. Links to each article below.

1. A standard reference point for motion controllers

A coordinate frame is a point of reference that defines the six degrees of freedom (DoF) in a PLCopen controller. A programmer needs to know how the different coordinate frames interact and which ones are important to understand.

2. Motion control standards drive IIoT

Among the most important standards for industrial motion control are open networking standards for interoperable communications, but don’t overlook the importance of standard naming conventions to ease system integration and promote Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and similar initiatives.

3. Training provides tips on power, VFDs, standards

Engineering education can help with motors, drives, and lightning control in industrial and commercial applications in retrofit and with new designs. See five misconceptions in applying motor controls. 

4. Comparing ladder logic and object-oriented programming

Cover story: Many young automation professionals are comfortable with object-oriented programming (OOP), but ladder logic remains the standard for industrial automation applications. See advantages and disadvantages of OOP and ladder logic. 

5. How digitalization helps machine tool builders

Inside machines and embedded systems: New technologies will drive the digital factory of the future inside a machine in three ways. Greater efficiency and reliability will add value; new services will add revenue.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, Jul. 30 to Aug. 5, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.



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