First Group of AIA Certified System Integrators Announced
(Ann Arbor, Michigan USA) The AIA announced the names of the very first AIA Certified System Integrator companies during an event they held at the VISION show in Stuttgart, Germany on November 7th. They are: i4 Solutions, LLC (St. Paul, Minnesota USA); LEONI Vision Solutions (Lake Orion, Michigan USA); Ponfac S/A (Porto Alegre, RS Brazil); and Vista Solutions, Inc. (Windsor, Ontario Canada). Their certification will be effective for three years at which time they can re-certify.
To qualify as AIA Certified System Integrators, companies must meet AIA’s specific criteria for years of vision system integration experience, skill level of employees (with a minimum number of advanced level Certified Vision Professionals), number of successful integration projects completed each year, and verifiable experience in the industries they wish to show specialization.
“LEONI was a big supporter of this program that helps system integration companies demonstrate their experience and they were our first official AIA Certified System Integrator company. They were followed by Vista Solutions, i4 Solutions and Ponfac and we expect two more companies to be announced soon,” said Dana Whalls, AIA vice president. “We expect this group of certified companies to grow significantly in 2013,” added Whalls.
“This program was years in the making and was something that both the end user and system integrator communities asked us to develop; their input was crucial to its success. The certification is just one more tool that companies can use to evaluate their system integration partners. The system integration companies can use their certification to show third party verification of critical qualifications. This really is a win-win for the industry”, said Whalls.
One of the elements of the program is the Certified Vision Professional-Advanced level achievement by an integrator’s personnel. This global individual knowledge certification was launched in 2010 and there are now 120 CVP-Basic level and 43 CVP-Advanced level certifications awarded. The advanced level program includes five days of training and a written exam. The next offering of both the basic and advanced classes and exams will be during Automate 2013, January 21-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois USA (www.automate2013.com).
Full details on the AIA Certified System Integrator program, including a list of certified companies and information on gaining certification can be found on AIA’s website www.VisionOnline.org or by calling 734 994-6088.
Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 320 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is known for vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois USA); The Vision Show (May 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts USA); the annual AIA Business Conference (February 20-22, 2013 in Orlando Florida USA); the Certified Vision Professional program; the AIA Certified System Integrator company program; and Vision Online (www.visiononline.org), the world’s leading online resource for vision information.
For more information on AIA, visit www.VisionOnline.org or contact AIA Headquarters at 734 994-6088.
About LEONI Vision Solutions
LEONI’s extensive engineering expertise enables them to implement complete turnkey solutions for the most challenging of applications. LEONI employs around 56,000 people in 37 countries. Contact them at www.leoni-industrial-solutions.com or call 248 484-5500.
About Vista Solutions
Vista Solutions is an advanced engineering and technology company providing turnkey vision inspection products and solutions to a diverse client and industry base. Contact them at www.vistasolutions.ca or call 519 974-3330
About i4 Solutions, LLC
i4 Solutions develops, sells and supports machine vision solutions. Although they serve many industries, the company offers special expertise for FDA regulated manufacturers. Contact them at www.i4solutions.us or call 651 452-5882.
About Ponfac S/A
Ponfac is focused on image processing solutions for companies aiming to automate visual processes. They provide a complete solution for projects in any sector. Since 1997, Ponfac is present in most Brazilian states. Contact them at www.ponfac.com.br or call 55 51 30242700.
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