A History of Working with OEMs

Product HistoryContemporary Controls has long 35+ year history working with automation OEMs and end users supplying the perfect solution that met their needs.  The roots of the company were in the healthcare industry developing sophisticated instruments for measuring and controlling processes for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Travenol and Hollister, Inc.  Utilizing recently introduced microprocessors and programmable controller technologies, Contemporary Controls was able to comply with a rigid specification while offering a flexible, yet custom solution.

As microprocessors, memory and I/O were being applied to bus boards to achieve“function per board” architecture, Contemporary Controls was one of a core group of companies that established the STD-BUS Manufacturers’ Group committed to achieving IEEE recognition of the STD 80 standard.  Bus boards allowed for the quicker development of automation systems resulting in Contemporary Controls gaining new industrial automation customers such as the Electromotive Division of General Motors for diesel engine testing; Caterpillar Tractor for engine test cell automation; Oxy-Dry for computer control of web guides and cutoff registration systems on printing presses.  These systems were implemented with a combination of standard bus modules and custom bus modules when no standard solution existed.

As microprocessor technology moved from centralized to distributed processing using local-area-networks, Contemporary Controls embraced ARCNET and gained a following among building automation OEMs such as Johnson Controls, Teletrol, Andover Controls and Automated Logic with ARCNET adapters and modular active hubs for copper and fiber optic cabling.  Industrial automation fieldbuses such as Modbus, CANopen and DeviceNet became popular and Contemporary Controls provided ISA, PCI, PC/104 and PC Card bus adapters for these technologies as well.  The miniaturization of electronics continued and Contemporary Controls converted from through-hole manufacturing to fine-pitch surface-mount technology (SMT) along with lead-free processing in order to comply with European Union directives. 

The building automation industry has moved from electro-mechanical controls to direct-digital-control (DDC), BACnet, and Ethernet for communications.  The industrial automation industry has moved to Industrial Ethernet.  Both industries are embracing information technology (IT) standards and IP networks.  Contemporary Controls has adjusted accordingly by developing BACnet-compliant Sedona Framework controllers, BACnet routers, Modbus to BACnet gateways and a complete line of managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches and media converters as well as wired and wireless IP routers.  As the industry adapts so will Contemporary Controls.

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