Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 29 to July 5: Oil and gas employment, motion controls, HMI-historian integration, more

Articles about oil and gas employment, motion controls for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, benefits of integrating HMIs and historians, the intelligent automation pyramid, and driving manufacturing competitiveness were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 6, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jun. 29-Jul. 5, covered oil and gas employment, motion controls for Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, benefits of integrating HMIs and historians, the intelligent automation pyramid, and driving manufacturing competitiveness. Link to each article below.

1. Thirty years later, the industry is losing its best and brightest, again

In the 1980s, the oil and gas industry was going through the same crew change as it is now. Highly educated workers were laid off and the cycle is repeating itself. Will the industry learn its lesson this time?

2. Motion controls inside Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ

Application Update: Motion control with instantaneous redundancy backup propels the Cirque du Soleil production of KÀ, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.

3. 7 benefits of integrating human-machine interfaces, historians

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and historians differ but need to be tightly integrated to provide company operations with optimal value. Big data has little value without analysis and access in real time.

4. Intelligent automation series: Introducing the intelligent automation pyramid

Technology can be used to fully integrate process and business operations to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and increase overall productivity across an entire organization.

5. Drive manufacturing competitiveness with energy awareness

Regardless of the industry, most operations teams have one thing in common: They’re being asked to cut expenses from already trimmed operating budgets. With the easier-to-cut line items long gone, teams need to start exploring new improvement opportunities, such as energy management. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, June 29 to July 5, for articles published within the last two months. 

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

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