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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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey