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.

1. Top 50 Automation Companies of 2017: Digitalization takes over

This storm surge of digital transformation, driven by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud computing, advanced analytics and the push to managed services, continues to transform how the Top 50 biggest worldwide and North American automation suppliers do business. Read more.

2. Understanding P, I and D

It is important to understand what the proportional, integral and derivative terms do within the PID controller. That understanding is essential to choose appropriate action, troubleshoot controllers, choose appropriate modifications, or set up advanced controllers. Read more.

3. Honeywell rises to ExxonMobil challenge

ExxonMobil’s David Patin discussed how Honeywell had successfully paved the way for the company to preserve and bring forward its legacy TDC investments at this year's Honeywell Users Group Americas. Read more.

4. 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

We've now tabulated the Readers' Choice Awards 26 times, for more than a quarter century, and we're starting to see it as an institution—more than a habit, at least a tradition, and we think, a trusted repository of valuable information for process automation professionals who want to know which companies offer the best technology, according to their peers. Read more.

5. Control's 2018 salary survey

It had to swing back eventually. After years of rapidly aging workforces, accelerating retirements, the brain drain of expertise, and questions about where it would get the next generation of engineers, technicians and operators, it appears the process control field's professionals are finally getting a little younger as a group. Read more.

6. Compressor surge control: Deeper understanding, simulation can eliminate instabilities

We tend to rely on companies specializing in surge control to protect our plants, but what happens if something is not quite right in the middle of night, causing a surging fright and piping to take flight? Read more.

7. Emerson to acquire GE's Intelligent Platforms business

Emerson announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric. Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Read more.

8. How to design effective HMIs

As standards and guidelines developed, technology evolved and open systems platforms matured, enabling HMI capabilities to become quite advanced. Research into presentation formats, color selection and interaction methods led to a common set of concepts for best-practice HMI presentation, performance and interaction. However, methods to determine the content of an entire HMI or even one screen are not as defined in industrial settings. Read more.

9. Live from Automation Fair 2018

The editors of Control were on-site at this year's Automation Fair to bring you the latest news and trends from the event. Read more.

10. Prevent pressure transmitter problems

A measurement is only as good as its installation. Here, Hunter Vegas, Daniel Warren and Greg McMillan offer what they think is important for how to make sure that smart transmitter installation doesn’t limit performance or create maintenance and reliability issues. Read more.