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:

  • 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.

  • The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Hosts International Conference on Workforce Skills Transforming the Fluid Power Industry

    A panel session, featuring Vanderbilt University's Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos and Dean of Engineering Philippe Fauchet, will focus on the future of public-private partnerships in innovation, high-technology workforce skills, and ways to accelerate the transition of research to the marketplace.

  • Eleven Teams To Compete for a $2-Million Prize in Next Year's DARPA Robotics Challenge

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge finals are in less than one year. Scientists from at least 11 teams will compete for a $2 million prize, though DARPA says it expects more teams to participate.

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