2021 Editorial Calendar


Below, you will find the breakdown of each month’s topic focus for Control Engineering. Each issue can contain any of the following topic-focused segments:

Topic Guide:

  • Control Systems and Strategy: DCS, PACs, PLCs, industrial PCs, CNC, loop control, PID, embedded control, edge computing, machine control, artificial intelligence, instrumentation, mobile devices, analytical instruments, test and calibration equipment
  • Networking and Information: Ethernet, wireless, other networks, I/O modules and systems, HMI, mobility, SCADA, historians, data acquisition, Big Data, alarm management, simulation, safety, cybersecurity, industrial IT, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0
  • Control Equipment and Energy: Motors, drives, robotics, mechatronics, motion control, energy efficiency, control valves, pumps, positioners, transmitters, sensors, vision, RFID, power supplies, power protection, power distribution, enclosures, and related components
  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development
  • Special sections and supplements
  • Value-Added and Integrated Programs
  • Webcasts
  • Research
  • Ad Close: 12/15/2020

    2021 January Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    Role of PLCs in future control systems; case studies

  • Networking and Information

    Wireless networks and sensors, and Machine safety risk assessment

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Environmental sensors (and safety) - temperature, humidity, airflow, personnel

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    Automation System Integration Roundtable, part 1: COVID-19 modifications

  • Special Sections & Supplements

    Inside Process and Instrumentation

  • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

    Executive Voice/Corporate Profile, Fast Start Program and Whitepaper Connection

  • Ad Close: 1/22/2021

    2021 February Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    New DCS features, functions, future, and Automation advantages with artificial intelligence, machine learning

  • Networking and Information

    Cybersecurity - Industrial control system threats

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Safety - manufacturing COVID-19 risk reduction

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    34rd Engineers' Choice Awards; automation product implementation advice

  • Special Sections & Supplements

    Inside Machines and Robotics, and Applied Automation

  • Webcasts

    TBD*

  • Ad Close: 2/19/2021

    2021 March Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    Edge - New edge devices (and automation benefits)

  • Networking and Information

    Operational technology: Data acquisition, data architectures, data analytics

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Advances in ac motors, and Motion control (electric, pneumatic, hydraulic) advances

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    Interoperability best practices, integration, automation, controls

  • Special Sections & Supplements

    Inside Process and Instrumentation and Oil & Gas Engineering

  • Webcasts

    TBD*

  • Research

    TBD*

  • Ad Close: 3/19/2021

    2021 April Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    Advanced process control - PID tuning tips, and Control system external access, cybersecurity

  • Networking and Information

    Automation advantages in the Industrial Internet of Things

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Energy savings, power quality with ac drives

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    Control System Integration Roundtable, part 2: Edge computing

  • Special Sections & Supplements

    Inside Machines and OEMs and Applied Automation

  • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

    Whitepaper Connection and Harvey Ad-Q Study

  • Webcasts

    IIoT Edge Series

  • Ad Close: 4/23/2021

    2021 May Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    How to create control system resiliency

  • Networking and Information

    How TSN is changing Ethernet/industrial Ethernet

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Control valve advances, and Power system controls: Generation, transmission, distribution

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    Salary survey, career advice from Leaders Under 40 class of 2020

  • Special Reports & Supplements

    Inside Process and Instrumentation, and Oil & Gas Engineering

  • Research

    Salary survey

  • Ad Close: 5/20

    2021 June Issue

    Control Systems and Strategy

    Test and calibration: What automation and control need to know

  • Networking and Information

    Control design: HMI, SCADA

  • Control Equipment and Energy

    Power component, power supplies for automation

  • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

    Continuing education opportunities

  • Special Reports & Supplements

    WEB-Inside Machines and Robotics

  • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

    Innovations from the Industry

  • Webcast

    IIoT Edge Series

    • Ad Close:6/18/2021

      2021 July Issue

      Control Systems and Strategy

      PLC programming best practices

    • Networking and Information

      I/O modules and systems for IIoT designs

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      Control components: Additive/digital manufacturing

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      Advice from the Global System Integrator Database

    • Special Reports & Supplements

      Inside Process and Instrumentation

    • Webcast

      TBD*

    • Research

      TBD*

    • Ad Close: 7/23/2021

      2021 August Issue

      Control Systems and Strategy

      Industrial PCs upgrades for cybersecurity, and Achieve data integrity with electronic batch records

    • Networking and Information

      Wireless - 5G communications - application and provider readiness

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      How to apply collaborative robotics

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      Applying automation: how-to guide for the best results

    • Special Reports & Supplements

      Inside Machines and OEMs, and Applied Automation

    • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

      Educating engineers, and Deadline for 2021 Engineers' Choice products

    • Webcast

      IoT Edge Series

    • Ad Close: 8/19/2021

      2021 September Issue

      Control Systems and Strategy

      Advanced process controls: Small-scale closed-loop control in unexpected places

    • Networking and Information

      Finding the return on investment in smart manufacturing, digital transformation, and Industry 4.0: augmented reality and other practical applications

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      Servo motor control, and Energy efficiency with smart industrial networks

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      Engineering Leaders Under 40 class of 2021

    • Special Reports & Supplements

      Inside Process and Instrumentation, and Oil & Gas Engineering

    • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

      Whitepaper Connection

    • Webcast

      TBD*

    • Research

      TBD*

    • Ad Close:9/17/2021

      2021 October Issue

      Control Systems and Strategy

      Machine control migration, and Automation design tips: Embedded controls

    • Networking and Information

      SCADA platforms, and Alarm management, integration in mu

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      Energy efficiency: Improving efficiency using predictive control, and Short circuit current rating for control panels and motor control panels

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      Automation System Integration Roundtable, part 3: Packaging

    • Special Reports & Supplements

      Inside Machines and Robotics, and Applied Automation

    • Webcast

      IIoT Edge Series

    • Ad Close: 11/17/2021

      2021 November/December Issue

      Control Systems and Strategy

      Instrumentation: Pressure transmitter calibration, 4-20 mA, and Mobile HMI: Bring your device to work

    • Networking and Information

      Cloud, edge and machine control integration

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      Drives: technology advances, application return on investment

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      Control system integration with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Integrating vibration analysis devices with pumps, motors, compressors

    • Special Reports & Supplements

      Inside Process, Inside Machines and Oil & Gas Engineering

    • Value-Added and Integrated Programs

      Whitepaper Connection

    • Webcast

      TBD*

    • Research

      TBD*

    • Ad Close: 11/17/2021

      Global System Integrator

      Control Systems and Strategy

      System Integrator Giants 2022 (September deadline)

    • Networking and Information

      Advice from system integrators

    • Control Equipment and Energy

      How to find a system integrator

    • Industry focus, integrators, system integration, people, and workforce development

      System integration applications

    • Special Sections

      Global System Integrator Database; click at the top of www.controleng.com