Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 23-29: Hacking oil and gas control systems, dc drives in an ac age, U.S. named Hannover Messe 2016 Partner Nation, more

Articles about hacking oil and gas control systems, dc drives in an ac age, U.S. being named Partner Country for Hannover Mess 2016, the top 5 signs of a reliable plant, and refining in the oil and gas industry were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra March 30, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 23-29, covered hacking oil and gas control systems, dc drives in an ac age, U.S. being named Partner Country for Hannover Mess 2016, the top 5 signs of a reliable plant, and refining in the oil and gas industry. Link to each article below.

1. Hacking oil and gas control systems: Understanding the cyber risk

Cyber attacks are growing in number and intensity over the past decade. Companies in the oil and gas industry are high-profile targets and must take measures to protect themselves from hackers. 

2. Still relevant: dc drives important in an ac age

For brute force speed control applications where positioning or extremely precise control are not required, it’s hard to beat a dc motor and drive. While the basic design of the brushed dc motor has not changed much, the technology used to control the dc motor’s speed has evolved over the years. 

3. U.S. to be Partner Country at 2016 Hannover Messe

President Barack Obama is expected to appear at the 2016 Hannover Messe, which will be April 25-29 in Hannover, Germany and address the opening ceremonies in an event that also will showcase American culture. 

4. The top 5 signs of a reliable plant

Having visited hundreds of manufacturing plants in the last 15 years, someone recently asked me if there were any traits the most reliable plants all had in common. 

5. Understanding business drivers in O&G: Refining enjoys some good times

Some parts of the refining segment have emerged as beneficiaries of these confusing market conditions. So how are refiners taking advantage of this prosperity-while it lasts? 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, March 23-29, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.