Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Control engineers and management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, gaining a production system, and MES and batch manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 5, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 29-Jan. 4 covered 7 things control engineers should know about management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, gaining a production system, and MES and batch manufacturing. Link to each article below.

1. 7 things control engineers should know about management

How to communicate effectively with management and accelerate your career: Engineers should know these 7 things about management today. Don’t wait for others to delegate the needed resources or complain that they haven’t. 

2. Automation 101 video explains industrial automation

Opto 22 explains automation simply with a basic cartoon video, "Automation 101 – What is Industrial Automation?" Adding intelligence, quality, and safety to a process is easier with automation, especially for doing things that humans cannot. 

3. Improve PLC and DCS programming with a mental model

Develop a mental model to address real-time programming, which differs from web development or classical programming. Base real-time programmable logic controller (PLC) and distributed control system (DCS) programs on models of functional programming, encapsulation, hierarchy decomposition, and petri nets. Do not accept unstructured and poorly designed PLC and DCS code. 

4. Energy pipeline operator installs control system, gains production system visibility

Information-enabled control architecture provides production intelligence, system visibility for Cybertrol Engineering’s software implementation. This includes a wide view of historical information, health monitoring, and verification for critical assets, like 5000 hp motors, and role-based access to performance data. 

5. MES or batch: What is the best answer?

A small set of decision points can determine the most commonly used models for selection or integration of ISA 88 batch execution systems and ISA 95 manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems. Ask these questions to decide. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, December 29 to January 4, for articles published within the last two months. Link to some prior Top 5 article listings below.

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

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