Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 20-26
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 20-26, including articles about navigating Windows XP ceasing customer support, the integration of remote HMIs, delegating tasks for better leadership, PLCs, and process control systems.
A cyber security expert offers advice for finding one silver lining in the passing of support for XP. It might get companies to face larger realities.
That new pump skid just installed has its own HMI. What should you expect to see on that screen, and how should it interface with the larger control system?
Delegation is leadership. Here are the secrets for effective delegation.
Inside Machines: The PLCopen working group for motion control has standardized and logically defined all aspects of machine control programming, providing one of the best attempts of integrating PLC, robot, and motion control in an easy-to-understand language common among many manufacturers.
Engineering and IT Insight: Process control architects and designers are questioning the 15-year wisdom that you cannot go wrong by picking the Microsoft environment for a process control system. See 6 critical requirements for process controls.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, April 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.
- Jessica DuBois-Maahs, associate content manager, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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