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AIA Membership Reaches an All-Time High

POSTED 10/31/2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AIA, the world’s largest vision and imaging trade group, announced today that its membership has reached a record high of 350 companies from 32 different nations.

“Since AIA was founded 32 years ago we have seen remarkable growth in the vision industry, our trade association, and member companies,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of AIA. “Originally, AIA represented companies who focused on factory automation applications of machine vision. Today the technology has expanded into applications such as medical imaging, biometrics, security, entertainment, autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, and many more. As the industry’s largest global trade association, we are driven by the opportunities these new markets represent for our members, potential vision users, and those just beginning to learn about the technology.”

AIA plays a key role in helping to grow the global marketplace by providing industry-leading education and promoting vision throughout the world. Among AIA’s key activities are trade shows and educational conferences in North America, networking events in Europe and Asia, and Vision Online, the world’s leading online resource for vision and imaging information.

Earlier this year AIA’s flagship trade show, The Vision Show, set new exhibition and attendance records. The event is North America’s largest display of machine vision and imaging components and systems, and brought together leading companies from across the world to showcase vision and imaging technology. The Vision Conference, which ran concurrently with the exhibition, provided in-depth educational presentations on key industry issues and developments.

“Interest in vision and imaging technology is at an all-time high, which is reflected in AIA’s new membership milestone,” said Marc Marini, AIA Chairman and Director of R&D for National Instruments. “In the years ahead, vision will continue to play an important role in advancing industries both inside and outside the factory. AIA is proud to facilitate the growth of this dynamic industry by developing global standards, offering new networking events, and promoting industry leading education to advance the use of vision and imaging worldwide.”

AIA and its parent group the Association for Advancing Automation are also seeing the growing demand for vision, imaging, and automation in events like the upcoming Automate 2017 trade show. “With five months to go, the exhibit floor at Automate 2017 is already over 20% larger than our final 2015 event,” Burnstein said. “This growth is attributed to the fact that leading vision and automation companies are reaching out to small and medium sized customers. These companies, many of whom are just now beginning to explore automation, make up the core of the Automate 2017 attendee base.”

In addition to its events, AIA has also announced the release of its new Certified Vision Professional (CVP) Online Training Center and 2016 Machine Vision Camera Market Study. For the first time, AIA is offering its CVP Basic and Advanced courses online, where Basic level videos are provided for free, and access to the Advanced videos can be purchased via company subscription. AIA’s 2016 Machine Vision Camera Market Study aggregates data directly from leading machine vision camera manufacturers from across the world. The study breaks down the updated global camera data by customer type, region, sensor type, interface, resolution, color, lighting, and color, among others. Also included are analyses of pricing, interfaces, industries, and market trends. Both the CVP Online Training Center and the 2016 Machine Vision Camera Market study are available now on Vision Online.

AIA also develops and administers leading global machine vision standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™. A key benefit of standardization is increased interoperability between components and systems. AIA showcases these interfaces at its own trade shows and leading events across the globe to educate vision users, manufacturers, and integrators on the benefits of each technology.

About AIA
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 350 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (April 10-12, 2018 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (April 3-6, 2017 in Chicago); the annual AIA Business Conference (January 18-20, 2017 in Orlando); the Certified Vision Professional program; the AIA Certified System Integrator program; and Vision Online, the world’s leading online resource for vision information. AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation. For more information on AIA, visit Vision Online or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent some 990 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.

For more information, visit the following websites: A3 - RIA - AIA - MCMA

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