Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 26 to June 1
Articles about things noncontrol people should know about control engineers, improved supercapacitors for batteries and electric vehicles, new methods for harnessing waste heat, fixing PID, and vision-enabled robots were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 26 to June 1. 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.
Researchers develop novel supercapacitor architecture that provides two times more energy and power compared to supercapacitors commercially available today.
Electrochemical approach has potential to efficiently turn low-grade heat to electricity, according to MIT and Stanford University researchers.
Proportional-integral-derivative controllers may be ubiquitous, but they're not perfect.
Inside Machines: Robot with machine vision replaces four conventional robots in this Fitz-Thors Engineering Inc. design for a tier 1 automotive supplier. The robot operates continuously, eliminating robot idle time with conventional cells. The new robot approach also eliminates proximity sensors, making it possible to handle a wider range of parts.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, May 26 to June 1, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, cvavra(at)cfemedia.com.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.