15 Years of Control Design: Flashback 1997-2012 - January

15th Anniversary CDAs Control Design celebrates its 15th anniversary, each month we bring you a look back at some of the events and developments that shaped technology during that time. In January, we survived the much publicized Y2K computer bug, and Apple unveiled the iPad.

  • Jan. 12, 1998: Nineteen European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
  • Jan. 1, 1999: The euro became the currency for 11 member states of the European Union. Coins and notes became available Jan. 1, 2002.
  • Jan. 1, 2000: The much publicized Y2K computer bug passed with only the most minor of complications following years of preparation and billions of dollars spent. The U.S. Naval Observatory, the official U.S. timekeeper, was one of several national time services around the world that returned "19100?" as the current year.
  • Jan. 13, 2002: Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries.
  • Jan. 22, 2003: It was reported that scientists in China had found fossilized remains of a dinosaur with four feathered wings.
  • Jan. 3, 2004: NASA's Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing.
  • Jan. 14, 2005: A probe from the Cassini-Huygens mission (launched October 1997) sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Jan. 4, 2010: In UAE, the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) opened as the world's tallest tower at 2,625 ft.

More News:

  • IDS Is Among the First Vision Manufacturers to Introduce USB 3.0 Camera With Sony IMX174

    Equipped with image sensors, this new IDS camera model delivers outstanding imaging performance previously unattainable by CMOS-based cameras in terms of high sensitivity, high dynamic range, low fixed pattern noise, and highly accurate color reproduction.

  • China Adopts EtherCAT as a National Technology Standard

    Chinese company representatives shared experiences about their numerous EtherCAT systems and applications with the audience and explained the benefits realized through implementation.

  • HART-Fieldbus Foundation Marriage Complete

    The final step in constructing a single organization to lead process automation communications and integration technologies was completed at the end of August when the members of both the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation approved the merger proposed by their respective boards.

  • Use of BYOD Spreads, But Holdouts Remain

    Manufacturing workers are jumping on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) bandwagon,

  • ISA100 Wireless Standard Gains Final IEC Approval

    ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011, "Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications," has been unanimously approved by the IEC as an international standard

  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances: Danfoss Makes Offer, Hardinge Acquires Assets, and Fanuc and Rockwell Collaborate

    Danfoss made a public tender offer for all shares of the Finnish ac drives company Vacon. Hardinge, international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, agreed to acquire the assets of the Voumard internal diameter (ID) grinding business from Peter Wolters GmbH in Rendsburg, Germany. Maverick Technologies, acquired CQS Innovation, a system integrator specializing in control and information systems for life sciences, chemical and metals industries.

  • Belden Advocates Ethernet, Security and Wireless

    The Internet of Things (IoT) and the industrial IoT will use increasingly intelligent network infrastructures, but this will create more risk and increase the need to protect those critical infrastructures and their data. That's why we're investing both organically and through acquisition in Ethernet, security and wireless—so we can help transform this interconnected world.

  • The Future Is Forged at IMTS 2014

    Front and center was large-scale additive manufacturing in the form of the world's first 3D-printed car, which was printed and assembled on-site at the show. The project was a cooperative effort by Local Motors, Cincinnati Inc.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee; and IMTS' Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

  • Big Manufacturing Trade-Shows Dominate November Calendar

    There Will be More than 100 Exhibits Featuring Products and Services from Rockwell Automation and its Network of more than 100 Partners.

  • Honeywell OneWireless Takes the Prize for Best Wireless Solution

    The OneWireless Network is designed to enhance efficiency, safety and reliability in business processes. The OneWireless Network offers flexibility and scalability, wire-like performance with wireless security and best-in-class data availability with a low cost of ownership.

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