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You might not know us by name, but we’ve been here all along.

Nexus Controls was unveiled as a Baker Hughes business on October 9th 2019. But the Nexus Controls story begins long before that. Our business today exists as the collective experience and history of multiple companies whose lineage spans 150 years. Our history is what’s made us a leader in the power, DCS, and industrial controls markets. It’s important to us because it’s who we are.

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Our Beginning
our beginning

The early years.

In 1869, at Promontory Summit in the Utah Territory, a ceremonial golden spike is driven into the last segment of the now-complete Transcontinental Railroad—a monumental achievement in industrial technology that opens doors to advancement of all kinds. Exemplifying this age of innovation, another industrial achievement occurs the very next year and sets in motion the events that will lead to the formation of the Nexus Controls business more than a century later.

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1870

Amos W. Woodward patents the first mechanical governor for water wheel speed control.

1890

Thomas Edison establishes the Edison General Electric Company.

1935

The Hoover Dam is completed.

1872

The Woodward Governor Company is formed in Loves Park, IL.

1889

The Eiffel Tower is completed, becoming the tallest structure in the world.

1931

The Empire State Building claims the title of world’s tallest building.

1950s

1950s

Technology Takes Off

The 1950s are a decade of optimistic progress. Post-WWII, the world throws itself into industry and innovation. We begin to  see life in a new light, thanks to the introduction of color television, and we learn more about ourselves than ever before with discoveries like the first model of human DNA. The Woodward Governor Company and General Electric keep pace, introducing products and forging relationships that will ultimately shape the Nexus Controls brand.

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1954

The Woodward Governor Company establishes its first agreement with General Electric’s Aviation Division and the Woodward 1307 becomes the controller of choice for GE’s J79 engine. The Douglas F4D Skyray becomes the first J-79 powered production aircraft.

1955

The Woodward Governor Company establishes the Engine & Turbine Controls division in Fort Collins, CO.

1957

A year of historic launches.

1955

The ribbon is cut at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA to much celebration. The same year, a grand opening in our past has a great impact on our present.

1956

The Woodward Governor Company introduces the Electric Cabinet Actuator, the first analog electronic governor for hydroelectric turbines.

1960s
1960s

A Decade of Firsts.

With the newly-formed Hydro and Engine & Turbine Controls retrofit businesses up and running, The Woodward Governor Company and General Electric make an important debut in a decade that sees other historic firsts like the start of construction on the Berlin Wall in 1962 and the Beatles’ arrival in America in 1964.

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1965

The Woodward Governor Company launches the 2301 Speed/Loader Controller first analog electronic engine and turbine controller.

1969

In Colorado at the end of the decade, the Engine & Turbine Controls division becomes The Woodward Governor Company’s top-selling business unit. At the same time Neil Armstrong takes humanity’s first steps on the moon.

1966

General Electric introduces its Mark I analog electronic controller for gas turbines.

1970s

1970s

New Frontiers.

The 1970s see the world start to go digital, with the early part of the decade seeing the advent of the floppy disk, the pocket calculator, and the cellular phone. Digital products help virtually every person and industry work smarter and more efficiently. The Woodward Governor Company and General Electric are no exception, making moves in the decade that harness digital technology to power progress — a practice that remains at the heart of the Nexus Controls business.

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1975

The Engine & Turbine Controls division releases its first digital industrial controller.

1976

The world also starts to get a little smaller in the 1970s. The first supersonic commercial airliner, Concorde, makes its maiden flight in 1976. Engine & Turbine Controls also makes a move to connect the globe, expanding into South America in 1977.

1979

General Electric releases its first digital control system, the Mark III.

1976

The Woodward Governor Company digital controller is successfully installed on a Westinghouse turbine.

1977

The Woodward Governor Company establishes a Campinas, Brazil plant to serve its growing local Hydro business. This would become the first international facility for Nexus Controls.

1980s
1980s

Big Moments That Moved Us.

The things that happened in the 1980s-both in the world and in our business-had such an impact that they can still be felt by us all today. The decade started with one of the most historic sports moments of the century: the USA’s victory over the Soviet hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics in the famed “Miracle on Ice” game. And The Woodward Governor Company and General Electric were creating some electricity on their own.

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1980

The Woodward Governor Company releases the first digital controller for hydroelectric turbines.

1982

With digital applications come digital problems. In 1982 the Elk Cloner appears—the world’s first computer virus. It highlights the need even then for cybersecurity, something Nexus Controls does not ignore in the coming years.

1988

The Xinhua Control Company is established in Shanghai, China.

1982

General Electric releases the Mark IV controller for gas turbines with a triple modular redundancy option.

1986

The Woodward Governor Company establishes a separate Hydro Division and the Stevens Point, WI plant is built to house it.

1989

The Xinhua Control Company releases its first two control products: DEH III and DAS-100, targeting the China market.

1990s

1990s

Coming Together.

Perhaps the most significant innovation of the 20th century arrives in the 1990s with the World Wide Web becoming available to the public. It connects people and businesses like nothing before it. The Hydro Controls and Engine & Turbine Controls retrofit businesses bring things together as well, rolling out new integrated solutions encompassing hardware, software, and support that provide end-to-end capability.

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1991

General Electric releases the Mark V digital controller.

1995

Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal to be cloned. Woodward Governor Company performs a successful experiment of its own.

1998

Engine & Turbine Controls retrofits the engine controls of the QE2—the world’s most famous ocean liner.

1995

The Woodward Governor Company merges the Engine & Controls Turbine division with the Hydro Controls division.

1997

General Electric releases the Mark VI digital controller.

2000s
2000s

New Millennium, New Names.

The new millennium begins with the world holding its collective breath over concerns about Y2K computer issues. As the clock strikes midnight, the lights stay on and we avoid catastrophe. However, one notable event significantly expands the future Nexus Controls Business portfolio.

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2000
2004

Global Control Services adds Mark Controller migrations to its service portfolio and becomes the sole upgrade provider for General Electric Power’s installed base.

2005

In 2005, as we adjust to using the word “google” as a verb and publishing our lives online following the introduction of YouTube and a host of social networking sites, Global Control Services adjusts to another big change.

2008

Burj Khalifa becomes the world’s tallest building.

2008

General Electric renames Global Control Services to Control Solutions and moves the business from Fort Collins, CO to Nexus Controls’ current home in Longmont, CO.

2000

The business is new to General Electric, but it comes with 43 years of knowledge collected during the successful upgrade of over 8,000 sites around the globe. This business will later become Nexus Controls, a Baker Hughes business.

2004

The second half of the decade is spent updating Mark I – Mark V controllers to the Mark VIe, resulting in significant productivity advancements and accelerating the progress of upgrading the General Electric installed base.

2005
2008

Global Control Services takes over General Electric industrial controllers’ cybersecurity.

2010s

2010s

Nexus is Now.

As we watch the last Space Shuttle mission blast off in 2011, big moves are occurring within General Electric. The Control Solutions business is shifted from the GE Power portfolio into the GE Oil & Gas business, and the collective Global Control Services knowledge is leveraged to launch a new controller product line of the future.

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2011

Control Solutions releases the OC6000e to meet China market needs.

2017

Control Solutions becomes a Baker Hughes business following a merger between GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes is one of the foremost global energy technology companies.

2019

General Electric sells its controlling interest in Baker Hughes and the company strikes out on its own. Control Solutions takes on its own brand - Nexus Controls, a Baker Hughes business.

2013

Control Solutions introduces its best-in-class cybersecurity solution, SecurityST.

2015

Longmont, CO team launches the Nexus Control System, targeting global markets. The product’s capability flows back into the OC6000e Nexus.

2017

In 2017, a total solar eclipse is visible across the entire United States. When the sun reemerges, it illuminates a new era for Nexus Controls.

2019

Nexus Controls renames the “Nexus Control System™” to “Nexus OnCore™ Control System” and also introduces the “Nexus OnCore™ Safety System.

Over sixty two years after the formation of the Woodward Governor Company Hydro and Engine &Turbine Controls Businesses, General Electric Corporation sells its controlling interest in Baker Hughes and the company strikes out on its own. Control Solutions takes on its own brand—Nexus Controls, a Baker Hughes business.

Our history has led us here, proudly serving our customers and successfully delivering over 10,000 site-specific outcomes, while also building up an installed base of over 1,700 Nexus Controller sites. We’ve been here all along, but we’re certainly not stopping here.

What will the next century bring?

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