Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 10-16

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 10-16, including articles about high-voltage fault, selecting a level instrument, wireless connectivity, the 2014 Engineers' Choice Awards, and the 2013 HART Plant of the Year.


1. Sniffing out an intermittent high-voltage fault

Application Update: Troubleshoot a high-voltage electrical fault and see recommended solutions.

2. 5 basic questions for selecting a level instrument

Selecting the right level measurement instrument for your application can be difficult, but these questions are what you should be asking when evaluating your options.

3. Connectivity of things: Wireless for the last 100 m of IoT

Internet of things (IoT) has huge potential for wireless as 90% of the market will be in the last 100 meters, according to some estimates. Which wireless technologies suit what applications? 

4. 2014 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 23 categories. The 27th annual Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards shines a light on 23 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2013 as chosen by you, Control Engineering's print and digital audience. Review the winners and honorable mentions here to see if their innovative solutions can help you solve one of your most pressing problems. 


5. Dow Chemical site in Texas is named 2013 HART Plant of the Year

HART Communication Foundation names the Dow specialty chemicals plant in Deer Park, Texas, as 2013 HART Plant of the Year, citing improvements plant operations and capabilities for proactive maintenance, instead of reactive maintenance.


The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 10-16, for articles published within the last two months.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs, associate content manager, CFE Media,

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