Association for Advancing Automation

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The Motion Control Association (MCA) and SMMA – the Motor & Motion Association have completed a merger that combines the two leading trade groups serving the global motion control and motor industry. The new organization name is the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA).

MCMA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. A3 is the umbrella group for MCMA, Robotic Industries Association (RIA), and AIA – the vision and imaging association. Combined, MCMA, RIA, and AIA represent more than 850 automation technology companies throughout the world.

“The A3 Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes SMMA to the A3 family of associations,” said Jeff Burnstein, A3 President. “Our goal is to promote the use of automation technologies and the products made by SMMA members are a critical part of the automation landscape.”

SMMA was founded in 1975 and served motor and motion control manufacturers, material suppliers to those manufacturers plus consultants and academia. SMMA was successfully managed for the last 38 years by Betsy and Bill Chambers, who have recently retired. MCA began in 2006 and served motion control and motor manufacturers, distributors, system integrators, end users and affiliates. Combined, the new MCMA serves the full supply chain from material suppliers to manufacturers to distribution channels to end users.

"Separately MCA and SMMA had been very effective in promoting their industry and members’ interests. Now, combined as MCMA, the strength of the larger organization will allow us to do even more to help promote the industry, provide education and certification, launch research initiatives and track market data," said John Payne, the Chairperson of MCMA and Vice President of the Motion Division at Yaskawa America Inc.

The Permanent Magnet Division (PMD) of SMMA is now part of MCMA. This group specifically promotes the understanding and use of magnetic materials, assemblies and systems and is a very active part of the association.

The Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation (EMERF), a non-profit charitable foundation that was launched and managed by SMMA will now be managed by MCMA. EMERF funds education, research and technology transfer in cooperation with academic, private research and governmental organizations.

MCMA’s key activities include market data collection, analysis and reporting – members receive free quarterly reports. The annual A3 Business Forum brings together over 500 industry leaders for networking and outstanding speakers (February 3-5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida). MCMA offers education through the Motor & Motion College, the MCMA Fall Technical Conference (November 3-5, 2015 in Tampa, Florida), free monthly webinars and at Automate (April 3-6, 2017) featuring hundreds of automation exhibitors with 18,000 plus buyers of these technologies attending the show and educational conference. An online motion control education and certification program is currently in development. Motion Control Online is MCMA’s website and is a one-stop resource all motion control and motor industry and supply chain information including education, company listings, products, news, technical articles and a career center.

The Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) is a not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting the global innovation and growth of motion control and motor technologies through the entire supply chain. Its members include suppliers of raw and finished materials, manufacturers of motors and motion control components and systems, system integrators, distributors, end users, consulting firms, academic institutions and research groups directly involved with motion control around the world. MCMA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).

The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 is the umbrella group for the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), Robotic Industries Association (RIA), and AIA – the vision and imaging association. MCMA, RIA, and AIA combined represent 850 automation stakeholders from throughout the world.

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The International Conference for Vision Guided Robotics (ICVGR) will be held on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, November 13-15, 2013. The Conference, which is held every two years, will be in Atlanta for the first time, having previously been held in Detroit, Michigan and Nashville, Tennessee.

“We’re very excited to hold this prestigious international event in Atlanta because it allows us to reach a wide range of industries in the South, including the growing number of automotive companies and suppliers based in the region,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), primary sponsor of the conference.

Georgia Tech’s Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center is co-sponsoring the conference. “Vision guided robots are playing an increasingly significant role in manufacturing and non-manufacturing applications and the technology is rapidly evolving,” Burnstein said. “ICVGR will delve into the latest advances in 2D and 3D vision guidance, case studies of successful solutions and emerging application areas for vision guided robots.

A special exhibitor expo featuring products from leading vision and robotics vendors will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. “This is a great opportunity to meet prospective vendors one-on-one, see demonstrations of their latest products, and get solid advice on how to handle your company’s challenges.” Burnstein said.

AIA, which is the world’s leading trade group for vision and imaging companies, will conduct its Certified Vision Professional – Basic Level training and certification program in conjunction with the ICVGR event on November 11 & 12. The CVP-Basic classes and exam will be offered. The CVP training is timed so that attendees can also register for ICVGR.

The International Conference for Vision Guided Robotics is co-sponsored by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Georgia Tech’s Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center. The Association for Advancing Automation is the parent group for the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA). Together these groups represent more than 700 leading automation organizations from around the world, including manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end user, research groups, educational institutions, and consulting firms.

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