Top 5 Control Engineering August 15-21: PID control, tablet-based augmented reality, process optimization, more

Top 5 Control Engineering August 15-21: PID control, tablet-based augmented reality, process optimization, more

The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 15-21 for Control Engineering, covered PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, tablet-based augmented reality, improving midstream process optimization, mechatronics efficiency, and information from wireless transmitters. Links to each article below. 
1. Understanding PID control and loop tuning fundamentals
PID loop tuning may not be a hard science, but it’s not magic either. Here are some tuning tips that work.
2. Tablet-based augmented reality helps predictive maintenance for pumps
Video: sensors on critical pumps can feed a system to help technicians or operators identify when failures are pending and improve energy efficiency. A major U.S. refinery will host a pilot pump diagnostic project, similar to an NIWeek 2016 stage demonstration held on Aug. 2.
3. Four ways to improve midstream process optimization
Boost output and use fewer resources while increasing plant life and performance.
4. Mechatronics efficiency achieved by designing for functional excellence 
Mechatronics design looks at complexity of interdisciplinary technologies, and there are a number of aspects such as teamwork, efficient design, and functionality that need to be considered.
5. Information from wireless transmitters saves energy
Wireless transmitters provide process information and increase energy efficiency in facilities.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 15-21, for articles published within the last two months. 
Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.
The top 5 most read articles online, from Aug. 15-21 for Control Engineering, covered PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, tablet-based augmented reality, improving midstream process optimization, mechatronics efficiency, and information from wireless transmitters. Links to each article below.  1. Understanding PID control and loop tuning fundamentals PID loop tuning may not be a hard science, but it’s not magic either. Here are some tuning tips that work. 2. Tablet-based augmented reality helps predictive maintenance for pumps Video: sensors on critical pumps can feed a system to help technicians or operators identify when failures are pending and improve energy efficiency. A major U.S. refinery will host a pilot pump diagnostic project, similar to an NIWeek 2016 stage demonstration held on Aug. 2. 3. Four ways to improve midstream process optimization Boost output and use fewer resources while increasing plant life and performance. 4. Mechatronics efficiency achieved by designing for functional excellence  Mechatronics design looks at complexity of interdisciplinary technologies, and there are a number of aspects such as teamwork, efficient design, and functionality that need to be considered. 5. Information from wireless transmitters saves energy Wireless transmitters provide process information and increase energy efficiency in facilities. The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, August 15-21, for articles published within the last two months.  Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.