Automation associations team up

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Four trade associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA-Advancing Vision + Imaging (AIA), and the Motion Control and Motors Association (MCMA), along with A3 Mexico, have joined to become the Association for Advancing Automation (A3).

As emerging automation technologies have converged the groups saw the benefits in combining forces under one umbrella.

The combined group, A3, is now North America’s largest automation trade association representing more than 1,100 organizations involved in robotics, artificial intelligence, machine vision and imaging, motion control and motors, and related automation technologies.

The organization’s mandate is to promote automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done.

According to its website, A3 sponsors trade shows, conferences and other networking events, hosts a global website on automation technologies, collects industry statistics and generates market research, develops consensus standards, provides certification programs, hosts webinars and podcasts, and engages in a variety of other educational activities.