Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 12-18
Articles about things noncontrol people should know about control engineers, fixing PID, the engineering job market, a strategy for the passing of Windows XP, and Control Engineering's salary and career survey were Control Engineering's most-clicked articles from last week, May 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
A few basic differences between control engineers and others in the plant can hinder progress toward optimization. Start a conversation to improve communications and controls. See examples and career advice. Send a link to these seven things other people should know about control engineers, so they understand.
Proportional-integral-derivative controllers may be ubiquitous, but they're not perfect.
Career Update: Demographic shifts and talent shortages put engineers in the driver's seat. This advice will help maximize your personal potential as an engineering resource.
Cyber security expert offers advice for finding one silver lining in the passing of support for Microsoft Windows XP. It might get companies to face larger realities.
Of 880 taking the 2014 Control Engineering salary and career survey, 525 offered advice, some of which is offered here to help engineers better succeed in their careers.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, May 12-18, 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.