I'm sure all of you remember when full-length feature articles were a part of this site. Given that the change to a different format took place midyear, and also given that I have provided a top article countdown for all of the years that I've been the site editor on Industrial Control DesignLine, I'm doing this one more time. We should have seven more weeks this year where I will be publishing newsletters. For the next three weeks, I'll be publishing the top 13 articles -- this week five, followed by two weeks of four, ending naturally with the top article of the year.
I've used just feature articles and slideshows and not product how-to or other product-related design articles. You may notice that several of these were not originally published in 2013. They were, however, the most popular during 2013 as evidenced by page views -- which proves the long shelf life of really good content.
So, here's the headline and a recap of what the article is about. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Counting backwards from 13 through 9:
13. Basics of Electric Servomotor & Drive, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
In Part 1, brush up on control system design with a review of basic magnetics, the motor control system elements, and electric servomotors in an excerpt from the book Control System Design Guide.
12. Embedding TCP/IP: Working Through Implementation Challenges, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Here is an excerpt from uC/TCP-IP, the Embedded Protocol Stack by Christian Legare. In this third chapter of the book, we look at how to actually embed TCP/IP and the common challenges and solutions you'll face.
11. Slideshow: A Spotlight on Industrial Control Tutorials
When looking at the success of tutorials -- whether called "an introduction to", "the nuts and bolts of," "a tutorial on," or "the basics of" -- the result is the same: You seem to love them.
10. Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Fiske Planetarium
A behind-the-scenes tour of the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado. What follows is the complete set of behind-the-scenes pictures, with captions supplied by graduate student Dylan Dickey.
9. The Basics of Waterproofing Capacitive Touch Screens
Touchscreen get wet? Don't panic. Here's what's happening and what to do about it.
Stay tuned next week for the articles in spots 8-5. In case you're curious, the multi-part articles above are not on the list because of the page views of all of the segments combined -- in each case, one of them made the top 13 all on its own. I just added the rest because I knew you'd want to keep reading.