Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra December 2, 2019
Mobile HMIs may be hand-held, or on a cart as shown here, but can serve to widen the area where control and information tasks can be performed, from the central control room to the plant floor. Courtesy: Emerson

The top 5 most read articles online, from November 25 to December 1 for Plant Engineering covered Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components. Links to each article below.

1. 2019 Product of the Year Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Plant Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your votes at

2. HMIs enable operations and maintenance collaboration

Mobile interfaces facilitate convergence of operations and maintenance.

3. Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

4. Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

5. Eight selection criteria for actuation components

Electromechanical systems offer advantages over hydraulic and pneumatic actuators

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for Control Engineering and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.