100 Years of Innovation in Aviation and Oil & Gas
June 04, 2014
Honeywell creates and builds innovations for a world that's safer and more secure. One that is more energy efficient and where our quality of life is always improving. A world where people and organizations have the tools to be even more successful. In this respect, Honeywell is honored to celebrate an important milestone for two of its businesses: 100 years of innovation and leadership in the aerospace and oil and gas industries.
A Legacy of Aviation Innovation
Honeywell Aerospace traces its legacy of innovation to June 18, 1914, when Lawrence Sperry did a “wing walk” with no one at the controls of his airplane to demonstrate the first aircraft stabilizer, which became known as the autopilot.
From that moment to today, Honeywell has built one of the largest portfolios of aerospace products and services in the industry. Our legacy of innovation has made skies safer, helped passengers reach their destination comfortably, put men into space, and enhanced military capabilities. Honeywell’s thousands of aviation products and services can be found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide.
Honeywell can trace its aviation heritage back to the Sperry Gyroscope Company and other aviation leaders like Bendix, Garrett AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King, AlliedSignal, EMS Technologies and many others. With an impressive list of “firsts,” Honeywell has made flying and space exploration safer, more efficient, productive and comfortable.
But, the best is yet to come. Honeywell will bring more innovation to the aviation industry over the next 25 years than it did over the past 100. We are in the early stages of bringing home and office-like broadband wireless connectivity to airplanes. Look at what Wi-Fi has done in terms of rapid innovation after laptops, smart phones, homes, cafes and businesses all got unwired. The possibilities for passengers, flight crews and operators/maintenance facilities grow dramatically when a high speed network and IP address is added to the equation – realizing the potential of the Intelligent Aircraft.
Aerospace is also developing the first electric taxiing system, innovating its 3D weather radar, improving the power and fuel-efficiency of propulsion engines, revolutionizing the global air traffic management system, growing the service businesses among so many other areas. Honeywell is dramatically simplifying the experience customers have with our products the Honeywell User Experience initiative. For example, we now have an aircraft engine that only requires just 13 hand tools to maintain and repair.
While largely contributing to the innovation of the aviation industry, Honeywell was also playing an integral part of the evolution of transportation in a different way.
Revolutionizing the Oil & Gas Industry
While the aviation industry was starting to take flight, a revolution had started on the ground and innovation from another Honeywell business was leading the way.
At the end of 1913, with the adoption of assembly-line technology by Henry Ford, automobiles were available to more and more people. More than one million cars and trucks were on the road and gasoline production had quadrupled to 25 million barrels. Gasoline was being consumered at a higher and higher rate.
At this time, Jesse Dubbs sold his invention for treating oil that allowed producers to quadruple the amount of gasoline pulled from a barrel of oil, creating the company that is today know as Honeywell’s UOP. This thermal cracking process, later improved by his son Carbon P. Dubbs, became the industry standard for making gasoline, ensuring that automobile fuel was cheap and widely available, revolutionizing the refining industry.
During the 100 years since it was founded, Honeywell's UOP has led the development of several breakthroughs in the oil and gas industry, including catalytic polymerization, alkylation and isomerization, driving more efficient fuel production, cleaner and more powerful fuels, the birth of the petrochemicals industry, the widespread commercialization of natural gas and the development of fuels from renewable sources.
Here are some other UOP “firsts” from over the years:
Today, 85 percent of the world’s biodegradable detergents, 70 percent of its polyester, and more than 60 percent of the world’s gasoline are all made using Honeywell UOP technologies.
Honeywell is excited about the future. By being smart and focusing on creating solutions to improve the quality of life, we will continue to enable people around the world to connect, communicate, and collaborate. You can read more about the history of Honeywell by clicking here.