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

15th Anniversary

As 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 October, British Royal Air Force Pilot Andy Green drove a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound, Chevron announced that it would buy Texaco for $35 billion, and NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.



Oct. 15, 1997: British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.


Archimedes Oct. 29, 1998: The oldest known copy of Archimedes' work sold for $2 million at a New York auction.

Oct. 1, 1999: The People's Republic of China celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding.



October 2000: The United Nations estimated that there were 742,500 industrial robots in use worldwide. More than half of those were being used in Japan.



Oct. 16, 2000: Chevron announced that it would buy Texaco for $35 billion. The combined company became the fourth largest oil company in the world.


commercial supersonic Concorde Oct. 24, 2003: In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

Oct. 20, 2004: The United Nations reported that Japan was using 320 robots of all sorts per 10,000 employees, and Germany was using 148 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. In the car industry, there was one robot per 10 workers in Japan, Italy and Germany.


Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Oct. 9, 2009: NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).
International Space Station Oct. 22, 2010: The International Space Station set the record (3,641 days) for the longest continuous human occupation of space.

More News:

  • WEG Electric Introduces the CFW500 Machinery Drive

    WEG's engineers specifically designed this new drive with increased features that focus on the machinery manufacturer's needs. It is simple, efficient, flexible and can be commissioned quickly and easily.

  • Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in May 2014

    Expectations for the 2014 manufacturing technology market were for a soft first half of the year, followed by a stronger second half. The fluctuations seen in the past few months are on track with forecasts, and all indications are that U.S. manufacturing activity is and will remain strong

  • Fast 2014 Start for NA Robotics

    A record 14,135 robots, valued at $788 million were ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2014, an increase of 30% in units and 16% in revenue over the same period in 2013.

  • WEG Electric Introduces the CFW100 Mini Drive

    Programing is easy with the built in keypad that monitors two different parameters at the same time along with operation status, alarms and faults.

  • New and Noteworthy: Ocean Data Systems Develop Specialized Survey and Omega Engineering Receives Honorable Mention

    Omega Engineering received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Best of Sensors Expo Innovation Award for its M12LCP thermocouple probes with high- temperature M12 molded connectors. The Gold Award winner was AG-SL900A EPC sensor tag and data logger IC from ams.

  • IMTS Will Land Big Footprint in Chicago

    The IANA pavilion will showcase the newest technologies focusing on new ideas and topics ranging from resource-efficient manufacturing and network security to secure industrial control systems and big data. In addition to more than 120 vendors from 16 countries, who will demonstrate their products and services, IANA will host the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, Motion, Drive & Automation Conference, and ISA training program.

  • NI Week Aids Industrial IoT Convergence

    Truchard reported that NI divides IoT into industrial IoT and consumer IoT, and this industrial side is focused on using big analog data, analytics, distributed timing and synchronization, and intelligence via cyber-physical systems to help factories, power grids, cities and machines work better.

  • Infographic: Internet of Things - What The Future Will Be Like

    The past 25 years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next 25 years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. How is the Internet going to affect us and what we do?

  • Bits and Bytes: Moxa Gets UL Certification; Fieldbus Int'l and Fieldbus Inc. Enter Strategic Alliance, and More

    Lemo, a Swiss designer and manufacturer of custom connectors, acquired Northwire, U.S. specialty cable manufacturer of wire and multi-conductor cable and retractiles for the medical, aerospace and defense, energy and industrial markets.

  • Industrial Businesses Know They Need More Cybersecurity; Don't Do Much About It

    So what are companies waiting for? Reasons cover everything from lack of knowledge about threat severity to worry about the cost-effectiveness of remedial efforts and the effect they might have on uptime. A full one-third of those surveyed reported they were unaware of the potential vulnerabilities in their ICS/SCADA environment, and another 19% said they were unsure about the degree of threat.

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