Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 18-24: Real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, more
The top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 18-24 for Control Engineering covered the impact of real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, cyclone separators, and open standard wireless networks. Link to each article below.
Disruptive simulation technologies enabled a large oil pipeline company to maximize profits. Twenty percent savings in capital projects were realized, amounting to $85 million. An additional $24 million in benefit was achieved in additional annual, recurring revenue.
ROS-Industrial, an open-source factory automation software project, expanded its influence in 2015 as additional US and European organizations became more engaged.
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan has a goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. This has led to new regulations that require widescale pump retrofitting.
The importance of the cyclone separator is moving from the tried and true technologies to different and specific applications not considered possible even a decade or so ago until 3D printers appeared in a range of industrial applications.
Proprietary wireless systems and local area networks (LANs), while still in use, are being whittled away in spite of the time and expense many companies have invested into them in favor of open standard wireless networks.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, January 18-24, for articles published within the last two months.
– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, email@example.com.