Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 8-14: IIoT and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City, energy-efficient machines, more

Articles about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, industrial Internet programs and the cloud, and do it yourself HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra June 15, 2015

Control Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jun. 8-14, covered the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, industrial Internet programs and the cloud, and do it yourself HMIs. Link to each article below.

1. Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0

Connected automation and analysis enable smart factories. How can Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 concepts help with your next automation, controls, and instrumentation implementations? Advice from industry experts follows. 

2. 10 years later: BP Texas City and the inevitable cost of an incident

This unfortunate incident from 2005 is familiar to many working in process industries and especially in the U.S., where an extensive investigation and its associated report have been used to illustrate the importance of process safety management. 

3. Best practices for energy-efficient machines

Machine control designs are changing to integrate best practices in energy management. These steps include measurement and monitoring of energy use and control and optimization to minimize energy consumption. 

4. Launching industrial Internet programs into the cloud

Cloud service providers shorten the journey to the industrial Internet. Cloud services provide practical, low-cost, and adaptable solutions to address many aspects of the industrial Internet. Benefits can include managed security, cloud data storage, analytics, applications, and improved information delivery (integration). 

5. Do it yourself HMI

Should you build or buy a human-machine interface (HMI)? Developing PC-based HMI software may seem a simple task, but there are pitfalls. Configuring a purchased HMI software package is often a better long-term option. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, June 8-14, for articles published within the last two months.

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