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

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 August, Apple Computer and Microsoft reached an agreement to share technology, Lego's Robotics Invention System was released, and Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet."

 

 

Aug. 6, 1997: Apple Computer and Microsoft agreed to share technology in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple’s survival.

 

 Robot World Cup

 

Aug. 23, 1997: The first Robot World Cup (RoboCup) soccer games were held in Nagoya, Japan, at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

 

 

Aug. 25, 1998: A survey released said that one-third of Americans use the Internet.

 

 

August 1998: Lego released its first Robotics Invention System, naming the product line Mindstorms after Seymour Papert’s seminal book on children and computers.

 

 

Aug. 9, 2004: Donald Duck received the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

Aug. 24, 2005: Pluto was reclassified as a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

 

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

 

Aug. 4, 2009: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardoned two American journalists, who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry earlier in the year.

 

 Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft

 

Aug. 5, 2011: Juno, the first solar-powered spacecraft, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to Jupiter.

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  • 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.

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