Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 2-8: Selecting and applying VFDs, integrating and self-regulating processes, control system implementations, more

Articles about selecting and applying VFDs, integrating vs. self-regulating processes, faster and simpler control system implementations, a profile on Saudi Arabia, and heating heavy oil benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 9, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 2-8 covered selecting and applying VFDs, integrating vs. self-regulating processes, faster and simpler control system Implementations, a profile on Saudi Arabia, and heating heavy oil benefits. Link to each article below.

1. Selecting and applying VFDs

Clear understanding of the application, noise sources, and configuration parameters ensures peak variable speed drive (VFD) performance, efficiency, and reliability. 

2. Fundamentals of integrating vs. self-regulating processes

Sometimes a process is easier to control if it "leaks." Here’s a look at why. 

3. Toward simpler and faster control system implementations

Control system hardware and architectures will look much different going forward: Less customized, more automated. 

4. Country intelligence report: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producing countries and it is the main driver of OPEC. It is currently keeping oil production high to cripple the economies of Russia and Iran and indirectly slow the U.S. shale boom. 

5. Benefits of heating heavy oil with medium-voltage mineral insulated cables

Thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR), which has been around for more than 50 years, is a relatively old technology. But over the past 20 years thermal EOR has evolved to feature all kinds of tricks. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, February 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

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