ABB Automation World 2006: controls in space


Houston, TX —Stories of computer failures in space were part of the ABB Automation World 2006 Users’ Conference & Exhibition here, May 8-11. More than 2,500 attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops, training sessions and a large hands-on exhibit on site to view the full scope of ABB’s automation offerings. Technical experts were available to meet with individuals to answer users’ questions.

The event kicked off with Jerry Linenger as a guest dinner speaker. Captain Jerry Linenger is a retired U.S. Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. During what has been reported to be one of the most dangerous and dramatic missions in space history, Jerry spent nearly five months aboard the Russian space station Mir.

Linenger says he faced numerous life-threatening events, including repeated failure of critical life-support systems, a near-collision between the space station and a massive resupply space-craft, and multiple computer failures that sent the space station tumbling uncontrollably through space. His animated and detailed description of his space adventure kept the audience at the edge of their seats.

Dinesh Paliwal, chairman and CEO, ABB Inc., and president of global markets and technology for ABB Group, remarked, “Although ABB is proud of its leadership in automation products, services and solutions, our finest achievements come when we collaborate with stakeholders to transform these into measurable results. We have worked had to develop a program that clearly shares these achievements and recognizes the people from ABB, our customers and our partners who make them possible.”

For information about the 2005 event from Control Engineering , click here .

Patti Pool , Executive Editor, IAN Inside Products , for Control Engineering ,

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