A Living Legacy: Celebrating National Inventor’s Day

UTC Celebrates National Inventor's Day

No matter where you live, what you do, or how you get from one place to another, there’s always an inventor to thank. On February 11 — National Inventor’s Day — Americans will celebrate the spirit of ingenuity. We'll be joining in, taking time to appreciate all the impressive minds that have made our lives easier, faster, and more comfortable.

After all, innovation is at the core of our business.   We were founded by people who invented technologies, turned them into businesses and, through innovation, built entire industries. Our products help the world travel, connect, and relax every single day. Some of our inventive luminaries include:

  • Elisha Otis, who, in 1853, invented the safety brake that kick-started the elevator industry and allowed the buildings that shape the modern skyline to grow taller
  • Willis Carrier, who designed the first modern air-conditioning system in 1902 allowing us to be comfortable indoors in any weather
  • Walter Kidde, who produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use on board ships in 1918
  • Frederick Rentschler, who founded Pratt & Whitney in 1925 and led the team that designed the legendary Wasp and Hornet engines
  • Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, who founded the B.F. Goodrich Company — now part of UTC Aerospace Systems — which created tires for airplanes and equipped many of the first planes built in the United States

But as the great Alexander Graha m Bell once said: “The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.”

This legacy of invention continues to inspires boundless curiosity and drives our commitment to push the boundaries of aviation and urban development. Our recent developments — the result of our talented employees and a commitment to lifelong learning — are a testament to our commitment, and are changing the way we live, work and travel.

Consider Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower ® Geared Turbofan engine, which burns 16 percent less fuel and reduces noise footprint by 75 percent, and Carrier’s new AquaEdge ® 19DV centrifugal chiller with Greenspeed ® intelligence, which delivers climate control solutions and customer comfort using an environmentally sustainable refrigerant. We’re also making great advances with technology, whether it’s UTC Aerospace System’s Electronic Flight Bag — a lightweight tablet that puts key aircraft data at a pilot’s fingertips — or the integration of Otis mechanics and elevators and the Internet of Things, allowing access to real-time data that ensures the best possible experience for passengers and customers.

And that’s only some of what we’re working on. Every day, we celebrate this spirit of ingenuity and the inventions that drive tomorrow on National Inventors’ Day.

We’re pretty sure that our founders would be pleased.

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