The Association for Advancing Automation in Ann Arbor has announced that, effective April 14, it will converge the Robotic Industries Association, AIA – Advancing Vision and Imaging, Motion Control and Motor Association, and A3 Mexico.
All five organizations — the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and its four branches — are based in the same office in Ann Arbor. They were formed in different years and eventually came under the same management. The association decided to pull the branches into one brand, so members of each organization have access to the same resources and benefits.
A3 Mexico also has an office in Mexico.
A new website, automate.org, will serve as the group’s hub and offer opportunities for companies and organizations to connect with the automation community. The group will operate under the Association for Advancing Automation.
Combined, the association represents more than 1,100 members companies active in the automation industry and combines nearly 50 years of leadership and relationships within the robotics, machine vision, motion control, and artificial intelligence communities.
“As the automation industry expanded and evolved, companies worldwide have come to depend upon multiple technologies — not just robots or vision or motion control — to successfully develop and deploy their automation solutions,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of A3.
“Merging our associations into one makes it easier for anyone interested in automating their processes to get what we promise them: ongoing education about the automation market and the latest technologies and applications, connections with new customers, and workforce training opportunities.”
The association made the announcement at Automate Forward, a virtual automation trade show and conference taking place from March 22-26. Senior executives from 3M, General Motors Co., Intel, Microsoft, FedEx, and more are presenting at the free conference. The show features more than 270 companies in a virtual exhibit hall and networking center.
A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas. Its members include automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms globally.
Along with Automate Forward, the organization hosts events including the Automate Show and Conference, scheduled for June 6-9, 2022 in Detroit; Vision Week, June 8-10, 2021; and The Vision Show, set for Oct. 11-13, 2022 in Boston.