AIA Membership Reaches All-Time High ANN ARBOR, MI — AIA, the world’s largest vision and imaging trade group, announced 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 role in helping to grow the global marketplace by providing 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. Earlier this year AIA’s fiagship trade show, The Vision Show, set new exhibition and attendance records. 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 refiected 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 fioor at Automate 2017 is already over 20 percent 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.” PEOPLE NEWS Microscan appointed Christoph Wimmer to the role of director of customer experience and electronics vertical at Microscan’s global headquarters in Renton, WA. Wimmer has been a key member of the Microscan management team and has held increasingly responsible positions in his three years with the company, culminating in his most recent position as global business development manager, Electronic Vertical. In this position, Wimmer has lead a team focused on significantly growing Microscan’s business within the electronics manufacturing sector. In his new role, Wimmer will now be responsible for global sales operations which includes customer service, technical support, sales operations, sales contracts and Microscan’s order management system. “Christoph’s first-hand experience with our customers, his passion for people, and his persistent execution of complex solutions makes him a great choice for this role,” said Scott Summerville, president. Wimmer has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a member of SMTA. BUSINESS NEWS FLIR Systems Inc. completed its previously announced acquisition of the business of Point Grey Research Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $259 million in cash, or an enterprise value of $256 million, excluding Point Grey’s closing cash balance. Founded in 1997 and based in Richmond, British Columbia, Point Grey is a developer of visible imaging cameras and solutions that are used in industrial automation systems, medical diagnostic equipment, people counting systems, intelligent traffic systems, military and defense products, and advanced mapping systems. Point Grey designs, manufactures, and distributes its cameras and related software to a global base of customers that build systems for improving the efficiency, quality, analysis, and safety of a wide range of processes and products. “The acquisition of Point Grey provides us a strong, proven, and profitable platform from which to integrate thermal technology into the underpenetrated industrial vision and people counting markets,” said Andy Teich, president and CEO of FLIR. “We are pleased to have the Point Grey team join FLIR and we look forward to working with them to innovate advanced intelligent imaging solutions for the customers in the machine vision space.” The business will be known as the Integrated Imaging Solutions line of business operating within FLIR’s OEM and Emerging segment. FLIR anticipates the business and related transaction costs will be approximately $0.01 dilutive to its 2016 earnings per share and accretive for 2017.
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