Top 10 articles from January 2019

From the Top 50 Automation Companies of 2017 to the Top 10 articles of 2018, these were the most-read articles in January 2019

1. Top 50 Automation Companies of 2017: Digitalization takes over
Taking the No. 1 spot  yet again, the storm surge of digital transformation, driven by the IIoT, cloud computing, advanced analytics and the push to managed services, continues to transform how the Top 50 do business. Read more.

2. Introduction to Modbus
Modbus is a communication protocol for transmitting information between electronic devices over serial lines (original version) or via the Ethernet, and is commonly used in process and factory automation. This article is an introduction to Modbus and its basic functions. Read more.

3. Intrinsically safe tablet raises the bar
It's not easy to make devices intrinsically safe for service in hazardous areas. But, also making them easy to use in these settings is even more difficult, which is why Pepperl+Fuchs partnered with Samsung four years ago. Read more.

4. A 2018 retrospective on control system cybersecurity — We aren't as far along as many people think
During 2018, Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity and threat hunting vendors flourished. There was the rising tide of OT cybersecurity and threat hunting vendors, some of which have never seen an actual control system device, and the insurance industry is offering cyber insurance without understanding the unique issues with control system cybersecurity. Read more.

5. Siemens, partners strive for security
Siemens hosted a press tour in and around Munich in late November to provide an update on the progress of its Charter of Trust, which it developed in collaboration with 16 of its partners. Read more. 

6. Honeywell rises to ExxonMobil challenge
"It's the best example of Honeywell's commitment to continuous evolution that I've ever seen." ExxonMobil's David Paten discussed how Honeywell helped bring forward its legacy TDC investments. Read more. 

7. 2019 Readers' Choice Awards
No one automation professional is an expert in every category of process control hardware, software and systems necessary to support today's plant. Where do you look to find a new source for a less familiar need in your facility? Why not try 2019 Readers' Choice Awards? Read more. 

8. Best practices for PID
PID control is used in more than 99% of the loops for chemical, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage production. The opening challenge with PID control is recognizing the effect of PID form, structure and tuning units. Read more. 

9. Missed opportunities in process control - Part 1
The disparity between theory and practice is exponentially growing. Much of what is out there is a distraction at best. Greg McMillan makes a decisive pitch. Here is the start of a point blank decisive comprehensive list in a six part series. Read more.

10. Top 10 articles of 2018
From the Top 50 Automation Companies of 2017 to live event coverage, these were the Top 10 articles from 2018. Read more.

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