Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 22-28: Engineers’ Choice, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, more

Articles about the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, cyber security attacks, and integrated HMI/SCADA system best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 29, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 22-28 for Control Engineering covered the 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, cyber security attacks, and integrated HMI/SCADA system best practices. Link to each article below. 

1. 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 27 categories chosen by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

2. Quantified benefits of Industrial Internet of Things implementations

Automation experts already have been implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architectures for years, prior to calling it IIoT; benefits of digital manufacturing including less downtime, fewer defects, energy savings, and more new product introductions, as explained by Douglas Bellin, Cisco Systems Inc., at the A3 Business Forum.

3. 11 free programs for your computer, part 1

These freeware programs are designed to be useful to any computer user regardless of experience that help enhance a feature or improve operational efficiency.

4. Cyber security attacks against oil and gas organizations increasing

According to a report sponsored by Tripwire and conducted by Dimensional Research in November 2015, 82% of oil and gas industry respondents said their organizations registered an increase in successful cyber attacks over the past 12 months.

5. Best practices in integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition 

Open platform development tools enable more effective, affordable approaches to SCADA.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, February 22-28, for articles published within the last two months.  

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