February 1999

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HP Control: The rise of the independent advanced control firm

Recent years saw a shift in the control engineering business toward consolidation of companies in the field. During 1998 this trend began to reverse in favor of a proliferation of small independent fi..

Robertson, D. B., Bass Rock Consulting

Recent years saw a shift in the control engineering business toward consolidation of companies in the field. During 1998 this trend began to reverse in favor of a proliferation of small independent firms that spun off from the merged organizations. The emergence of these new independents will benefit the operating companies who use advanced control technology by diversifying access to top engineering talent, providing unbiased advice separated from the technology vendors, and perhaps leveling the playing field for the various competing control products. This editorial surveys the impact of the new independents. The past 12 months saw at least four new control engineering firms found

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