Top 5 Control Engineering stories, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014, including articles about engineering customer service, wireless network security, solar-power devices, PLCs and PACs, and thermal PID loops.
While most of us know great customer service when we experience it, learning how to improve it can be less obvious, especially for those involved in engineering and technology. A customer service consultant and former Disney employee provided advice in the opening session of the annual business conference for A3, RIA, AIA, and MCA organizations.
Wireless networks can be as reliable as wired ones, and can empower workers to handle tasks they otherwise could not.
New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.
These technologies continue to evolve, making differences harder to distinguish. Here are some thoughts on what does what, and how to choose between a PLC and a PAC for your next application.
When dealing with critical temperature applications, PID controllers are a common regulatory approach, but tuning these often requires a different strategy than other types of loops. Auto-tuning features can help if you understand them.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.controleng.com during the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014.
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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.
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