Control Engineering hot topics, May 2021

Hot topics in Control Engineering, for May 2021, included the Career and Salary Survey, winning engineering candidates, IIoT automation, safety instruments and more. Links to each article below.

1. Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2021

Career update: COVID-19 accelerates innovative technology implementations; engineering salaries increase; job satisfaction is high. The lack of skilled workers, economy and lack of necessary materials are biggest threats to manufacturing.

2. How companies are winning top engineering candidates in a post-pandemic world

Hiring and retention of engineering and technology-minded talent: Industrial automation companies think creatively about attracting skilled workers. Resiliency matters during a pandemic. See related advice.

3. Let IIoT do the dirty work: automating sewage treatment

Sewage treatment case study tracks early success, including accuracy and reliability.

4. Safety instrumented systems: Diversity in flow measurement

The designer should consider what problems should be avoided via diversity — use of a different approach or technology.

5. Benefits of PLC-controlled robots

PLC-controlled robots, companies were given the opportunity to manage a robotic automation solution with a single, unified point-of-control between industrial robots and controllers.

6. The advantages of the IIoT

Industrial Internet of Things doesn’t replace, but works together with automation, human-machine interface (HMI), MES, ERP, enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI), and analytics, adding benefits.

7. Developing a SCADA master plan framework

The best application of the supervisory control and data acquisition system’s components ensure the continuity of a water and wastewater plant’s operational success.

8. Connected distribution center takes control of intralogistics challenges

Cover Story: A connected distribution center boosts device connectivity and networking capabilities with PC control and EtherCAT while cutting controller hardware costs by 50%.

9. Safety assessments for robots and robotics

The changes to robots and robotic products, along with their growing presence, makes it important to understand potential hazards associated with these devices.

10. Your webcast questions answered: Troubleshooting techniques for AC induction motors

Over their operating lives, most AC induction motors exhibit common problems, from transients to voltage imbalances and single phasing.

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Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, cvavra@cfemedia.com.

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