Control Techniques, an Emerson Industrial Automation business, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The motor control technology manufacturer has its global headquarters in the United Kingdom and its Americas headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. Originally founded as KTK on October 4, 1973, the company became Control Techniques on December 9, 1975 and was acquired by Emerson (NYSE: EMR) on November 30, 1994. Enrique Miñarro Viseras, President of Control Techniques, says, I am proud to be leading this fantastic company. I would like to thank all employees, past and present, for the hard work that they have put in over the past 40 years to make Control Techniques the global success story it is today.
Last year, Control Techniques launched Unidrive M, the first family of drives that is dedicated specifically to the manufacturing automation market and in the near future we will be launching new ranges of products targeted at each of our other main market sectors. I believe that our ongoing commitment to technical innovation will ensure Control Techniques’ continued success.
Control Techniques has manufacturing and engineering and design centers in the UK, the US, France, China and India, as well as sales operations in over 100 countries. Currently, the company employs approximately 1,971 people.
Control Techniques – Product History Timeline
- World’s first compact AC drive: Commander VL – 1983
- World’s first digital DC drive: Mentor – 1986
- World’s first practical flux vector AC drive: Flux Vector – 1988
- World’s first universal AC drive: Unidrive – 1995
- World’s first safety on-board and PLC: Unidrive SP – 2003
- World’s first comprehensive servo family offering customer choice and full variants: Digitax ST – 2008
- World’s first family of drives dedicated to manufacturing automation: Unidrive M – 2012