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

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 June, Phoenix Mars Lander became the first NASA spacecraft to scoop Martian soil, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft.


June 5, 1998: A strike began at a General Motors parts factory near Detroit, Mich., that closed five assembly plants and idled workers across the U.S. for seven weeks.


June 8, 1998: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission brought an antitrust complaint against Intel, alleging its policies punished other developers of microprocessors.




June 7, 2000: U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft.



June 30, 2000: U.S. Congress enacted the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) to give the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink.



June 27, 2005: A track from a three-toed Cretaceous-period dinosaur was discovered in Alaska's Denali National Park. The track was roughly 70 million years old.


June 1, 2008: The Phoenix Mars Lander became the first NASA spacecraft to scoop Martian soil.




  June 1, 2009: General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, making GM the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

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  • U.S. Economy Looks Up for Manufacturing Industries

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  • ASME Forum Ignites 21st-Century Engineering

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  • The Rise of Aluminum in the Industrial Sector

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  • 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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