Manufacturing Research/Timeline

  • Vanderbilt moves from steamboats to railroads

    Vanderbilt moves from steamboats to railroads
    a self-made man who dominated American industry and died one of the richest men in the world—epitomized the American dream for many in the mid-19th century. He made his first fortune as a steamship entrepreneur before turning his attention to the next revolution of overland transportation technology: railroads. He was the first of a new breed of industrialist titans and his legacy would spawn generations of giants with names like Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller
  • Galveston Hurricane

    Galveston Hurricane
    The Great Galveston hurricane, known regionally as the 1900 Storm, was the deadliest natural disaster in United States history and the fifth-deadliest Atlantic hurricane overall. The hurricane left between 6,000 and 12,000 fatalities in the United States; the number most cited in official reports is 8,000.
  • McKinley

    The second inauguration of William McKinley as President of the United States was held on Monday, March 4, 1901, at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • First controlled airplane takes flight

    First controlled airplane takes flight
    Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. The Wright brothers had invented the first successful airplane.
  • Elkem chemical company

    Elkem chemical company
    Is a global provider of advanced material solutions, with more than 6,800 employees and 29 production sites worldwide.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration

    Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration
    The second inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, took place on Saturday, March 4, 1905, at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • FBI Established

    FBI Established
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency.
  • Ford installs first moving assembly line

    Ford installs first moving assembly line
    Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to one hour and 33 minutes.
  • Jeanette Rankin

    Jeanette Rankin
    Jeannette Rankin of Montana is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Nov. 7).
  • Influenza

    Worldwide influenza epidemic strikes; by 1920, nearly 20 million are dead. In U.S., 500,000 perish.
  • The star spangled banner

    The star spangled banner
    "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. president Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931.
  • World War II Begins

    World War II Begins
    World War II or the Second World War, often abbreviated as WWII or WW2, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers.
  • First 100% solar powered house

    First 100% solar powered house
    Telkes continued to develop solar-energy applications and received several patents for her work. Together with American architect Eleanor Raymond, she designed and constructed the world's first modern residence heated with solar energy. The house was built in Dover, Massachusetts, in 1948.
  • First CAD software created

    First CAD software created
    The digital computer was used in 1953 with built-in computer operations to automatically coordinate transforms to compute radar related vectors and the essentially graphic mathematical process of forming a shape with a digital machine tool. These were accomplished with the use of computer software. The man credited with coining the term CAD was Douglas T. Ross.
  • Integrated circuits or “chips” developed

    Integrated circuits or “chips” developed
    The introduction of integrated circuits allowed a higher level of processing laying the groundwork for more industrial automation.
  • Self-Driving Car

    Self-Driving Car
    Norman Bel Geddes created the first self-driving car, which was an electric vehicle guided by radio-controlled electromagnetic fields generated with magnetized metal spikes embedded in the roadway.
  • Discovery of LED lighting

    Discovery of LED lighting
    Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first LED that could produce visible red light. He invented these red diodes while he was employed with General Electric. For his achievement, Holonyak has earned the title of “Father of the Light-Emitting Diode.”
  • Department of energy was founded

    Department of energy was founded
    President Jimmy Carter signed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (Public Law 95-91), centralizing the responsibilities of the Federal Energy Administration, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Power Commission and other energy-related government programs.
  • American manufacturing peaks

    American manufacturing peaks
    represented the pinnacle of U.S. manufacturing, with 19.4 million Americans working in the sector. By early 2010, fewer than 11.5 million manufacturing jobs existed, despite steep population gains over the previous three decades. Thanks to automation, robotics, and the arrival of computer technology, however, output has actually increased.
  • The rise of 3D printing

    The rise of 3D printing
    In 1981, Hideo Kodama of the Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute in Japan discovered a way to print layers of material to create a 3D product. Unfortunately, Kodama was unable to get his patent for the technology approved.
  • San Fransisco Earthquake

    San Fransisco Earthquake
    , a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Despite the fact that the disaster was one of the most powerful and destructive quakes ever to hit a populated area of the United States, the death toll was relatively small.
  • Robotics

    The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report showed a record of 2.7 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 12%. Sales of new robots remain on a high level with 373,000 units shipped globally.
  • Liquid biopsy

    Liquid biopsy
    It was in 1994 that scientists were able to advance to the point where they could detect specific mutations in cfDNA. In 1997, Dennis Lo was able to detect fetal cfDNA in the blood and in 2000, Veridex introduced the first commercially available liquid biopsy assay, the CELLSEARCH® CTC test.
  • U.S. Manufacturing Enterprise integration act

    U.S. Manufacturing Enterprise integration act
    authorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work with major manufacturing industries on an initiative of standards development and implementation for electronic enterprise integration, etc.
  • Augmented reality

    Augmented reality
    is an enhanced version of the real physical world that is achieved through the use of digital visual elements, sound, or other sensory stimuli delivered via technology. It is a growing trend among companies involved in mobile computing and business applications in particular.
  • Artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence
    In many industries, AI is already used to streamline data, images along with language processing. In the future, we can expect that AI will be extremely popular in making new visual designs from a small text description.