Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 3-9, 2014
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 3-9, 2014, including articles about motion control, training simulators, CFE Media’s Apps for Engineers mobile application, Microsoft in process control systems, and control charts.
A piece of Cold War history uses automation for precise control of its floating dry dock. Less expensive components and in-house engineering allowed for a more advanced system.
Changing demographics and the ability to deploy trainers to remote locations are driving new technologies for the next generation of operators.
CFE Media's Apps for Engineers is an interactive directory of more than 170 engineering-related applications for Android and iOS, created by various companies. We've organized apps by category, company, and type. This month, gain access to our vision category.
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.
For real-time monitoring, a control chart is a statistical tool to analyze the past and predict the future. Choosing the wrong one from among hundreds increases the risk of errors. Advice follows on how to choose the right control chart. This is a March Digital Edition Exclusive.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.controleng.com, March 3-9, 2014, for articles published within the last two months.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.