From the late 19th century to today, our inventors have made history and shape the future.
Albert Butz invented a device he called the "damper flapper.” That system included a thermostat, battery and motor. It would lift the damper in a furnace, fanning the flames and warming a home.
Why it’s innovative: The invention was the predecessor to the modern thermostat and set the stage for building controls and comfort. Honeywell continued to have many firsts in this area, including those that support building operations through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, fire safety systems and video surveillance. Our products are present in 25% of buildings worldwide.
The autopilot maintains stable flight of an aircraft even if a pilot took their hands off the stick.
Why it’s innovative: Autopilot was the first step toward aviation autonomy. Honeywell continued to advance the state of the art in autopilot and flight controls through the World War II era C-1 autopilot and postwar missile guidance and commercial aircraft systems.
Honeywell UOP developed better refining methods of crude oil and the technologies that brought lead-free gasoline.
Why it’s innovative: Unleaded gasoline is safer for the environment and people and continues to fuel vehicles to this day.
Detergents once polluted many of the world’s rivers and lakes, with rapid algae growth that killed fish and plants. Biodegradable detergent technologies, prevent that from happening.
Why it’s innovative: Today, more than 85% of worldwide biodegradable detergent production uses Honeywell UOP’s petrochemical process technologies.
Collision avoidance system
The Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alert pilots to obstacle in the flight path such as a mountain.
Why it’s innovative: The GPWS made air travel safer and helped pilots know that the obstacles existed despite weather conditions like fog.
Most widely used barcode
The Code 39 barcode is the most widely used barcode today.
Why it’s innovative: Barcodes are now used throughout industries, including grocery store checkouts, package tracking, flight boarding passes, in the health care space and more.
Solstice is a fluorinated compound has lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) than the refrigerant it replaces in car air conditioners, supermarket refrigeration and home insulation.
Why it’s innovative: It keeps food fresh longer, protects homes from extreme weather and reduces car emissions.
Gentle warehouse sorting
Essential to warehouses and distribution centers, these conveyors, software and controls protect products from being damaged.
Why it’s innovative: These systems can accommodate virtually any product size and shape. This maximizes throughput and efficiency – getting goods where they’re going faster.
* Main Image Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society