Top five Control Engineering stories, Jan. 20-26, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Control Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 20-26, 2014, including articles about Schneider Electric and Invensys, machine safety compliance, mobile apps, HMI guidelines, and serialization.

01/27/2014


1. Schneider Electric completes acquisition of Invensys

Schneider Electric announced today that it completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence. The deal previously was reported to be a $5 billion transaction.

2. Machine Safety: Safe enough versus compliance, 8 compliance best practices

How does “safe enough” compare to “compliance”? It doesn't. Not having accidents for a period of time doesn't mean there isn't risk. See these eight machine safety compliance best practices.

3. Apps for Engineers: Parts and pricing, voltage measurements, mechanical formulas

CFE Media’s Apps for Engineers is an interactive directory of more than 170 engineering-related applications for Android and iOS operation systems, created by various companies. This month, gain access to a CTC controller, a parts and pricing app, wireless voltage measurements, and mechanical formulas. 

4. HMI display design guideline book released

The ASM Consortium's released a second edition of HMI display design guidelines with a number of changes including consolidating the number of guidelines down to 64 and revising 50% of the guidelines overall. 

5. Serialization, where automation and IT collide

Engineering and IT Insight: If your company has a serialization project, or is starting one, to prevent counterfeits, ensure the manufacturing IT and automation groups are involved early in the project.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.controleng.com, Jan. 20-26, 2014.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz, associate content managers, CFE Media, Control Engineering



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