2001: industry innovates despite economy

This sampling of top 2001 coverage shows the control and automation industry's determination to innovate despite this year's economic downturn. For links to more items each month, view this editorial at www.controleng.com.January: Integrate plant and enterprise.... Schneider Electric to auction patents.


This sampling of top 2001 coverage shows the control and automation industry's determination to innovate despite this year's economic downturn. For links to more items each month, view this editorial at www.controleng.com .

January: Integrate plant and enterprise.... Schneider Electric to auction patents.... Pro-face American buys Xycom Automation.... Siemens buys Orsi....Rockwell International spins off Rockwell Collins.

February: Schneider Electric sues Opto 22 on patent....Schneider Electric merges Steeplechase with Think & Do....Time to reinvest in automation....Yaskawa Electric buys MagneTek drives....Danaher combines motion units....Exclusive: neural-network-based controller....Parker Hannifin buys SBC Elettronica SPA servo, motor manufacturer....Groups seek real-time, embedded specs.

March: Safety in machine control....Ethernet....National Manufacturing Week, National Industrial Automation Show.... Embedded Systems.

April: "Power of Industry" Hannover Fair....Process measurement software "sensors" rival lab tests....Machine vision in 3-D expands quality....NetSilicon, eMation deal aims at secure device access through corporate firewalls....Manufacturers predict no growth or contraction.... ABB "transforms," restructures.

May: Invensys forms $1.6 billion system integrator....Guidelines help select, work with system integrators.... Control Engineering launches technology webcast.... Control, MES software join in collaborative manufacturing....Fluke acquiring Hart Scientific....Efficient motors ease energy crunch....Fisher-Rosemount becomes Emerson Process Management....Layoffs.

June: Dow Chemical, ABB sign landmark 10-year agreement advancing ABB Industrial IT....Users advise on global technical support services; vendors take heed....ABB buys Entrelec....IDA seeks vendor-independent, distributed automation....French chemical plant gets 100% predictive maintenance with smart instruments.... Siemens, National Instruments to integrate test/measurement, automation.

July: Software and interoperable hardware enable integrated logic, motion, information control, smart sensors, networks....Schneider Electric merges control, automation, motion into $3.3 billion unit.... Prepare for the bounce, advise leaders... Siemens Energy & Automation creates Process Industries division.

August: Honeywell, GE: European regulators halt proposed $41 billion merger.... GE Fanuc buys VMIC to aid convergence of PLCs, embedded open platforms.... Microsoft continues court actions on government antitrust case....Entivity, Cognex integrate software....Three groups promote energy-efficient motors.

September: OPC creates Ethernet data exchange standard with wide support.... ISA 2001 closes early due to terrorist attacks....Magnetrol starts Orion Instruments for level indicators....More layoffs, low earnings.... Field-based systems, advanced diagnostics add economic efficiency....Siemens runs a high-temperature, superconducting motor.

October: Terror attacks slow just-in-time deliveries.... Control Engineering helps with three www.supplychainlinkexpo.com presentations....Interkama 2001....Wireless.

November: ABB speeds plan to cut jobs....EC prohibits Schneider Electric from acquiring Legrand....MycroSensor Technologies buys transmitter, flowmeter lines.... SPS/IPC/Drives 2001.

December: Integrated, intelligent motors and controls....Rockwell Automation Fair 2001.... Control Engineering launches 7th topical e-newsletter.

Author Information

Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief mhoske@cahners.com

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