AIA membership hits record high
AIA is seeing a growing demand for vision, imaging, and automation events and educational offerings.
AIA’s 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.”
The organization hosts trade shows and educational conferences in North America, networking events in Europe and Asia, and Vision Online, an 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.
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.
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.
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.