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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    Rockwell Automation's linear motor business, including its recent Jacobs Automation acquisition, has developed a substantial portfolio of patents comprising over 100 issued patents on linear motor technology alone.

  • Mergers, Acquisitions Alliances and Noteworthy News in Robotics

    Iten Industries, manufacturer of advanced composite components and materials headquartered in Ashtabula, Ohio, is now offering additive manufacturing and 3D printing services.

  • U.S. Economy Looks Up for Manufacturing Industries

    The August PMI is led by the highest recorded New Orders Index since April 2004, when it registered 67.1%.

  • ASME Forum Ignites 21st-Century Engineering

    Founder and president of HMI/SCADA software developer Iconics, Russ Agrusa, said the company is focusing on how to harness big data on any device and in any class of applications, and turn it into predictive analytics in manufacturing and business intelligence.

  • New Customer Care Center for Endress+Hauser

    To help customers keep up with today's challenges, Endress+Hauser's new, state-of-the-art Customer Center is suited to greet visitors with a top-notch certified training facility with multiple classrooms and its largest yet PTU controlled by Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx system for real-world process simulation with over 120 measuring points.

  • The Rise of Aluminum in the Industrial Sector

    It is not just price that makes aluminum appealing when put alongside copper in the production of items like electrical wires and cables, though.

  • Maverick Acquires CQS Innovation Expanding Process Expertise in the Life Sciences Industry

    The acquisition expands Maverick's size and scale as a global organization with 19 office locations and 500+ engineering professionals. In addition, Chris Roerig, current president of CQS Innovation, will join Maverick as industry manager for life sciences.

  • ISA Offers Cybersecurity Certificate Program

    The program consists of passing a course on using the ANSI/ISA-62443 standards to secure industrial control systems. The course is available in the classroom or online. Students must also pass a written exam in the classroom or online.

  • Fieldbus Groups 'Unite'

    The combined power of both organizations will aim to protect the investments that end users in process automation have made in HART and Foundation fieldbus communication technologies.

  • Guess Who Just Turned 125 Years Old?

    ABB recently celebrated its 125th anniversary in Finland.

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