Machine Manufacturing

Machine Vision Groups Agree to Collaborate

November 4, 2009

The AIA, EMVA, and JIIA have signed an accord to facilitate the development and promotion of global machine vision standards.

Ann Arbor, MI -- Leaders from the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), and Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) signed an agreement to cooperatively develop and promote global machine vision standards in Stuttgart, Germany, during the VISION trade fair.

Up to this point, each association has developed industry standards on its own; these legacy standards will remain in place. Going forward, if the associations agree on an issue needing standardization, a lead association will develop the standard, and then the group will mutually promote the result as a global industry standard. If there is no consensus on the global need of a standard, each association retains the right to develop standards outside the cooperative group.

"This accord will benefit machine vision users and suppliers alike by accelerating the pace of standards development, avoiding overlapping efforts, and creating more awareness of new standards," said Jeff Burnstein, President of AIA.

"This new cooperation in the field of machine vision standards development will play a decisive role in promoting machine vision technology in all markets. It will increase the global information flow during the standards development process and help the standards to become established internationally," said Patrick Schwarzkopf, EMVA General Secretary.

"We've worked diligently since JIIA first proposed this idea to prepare a global standardization process that will benefit the industry. It is especially rewarding that this agreement is now signed. We congratulate all of the machine vision players and look forward to further cooperation," said Shigeo Oka, Chairman of JIIA.

Machine vision, which accounts for more than $5 billion in annual sales worldwide, is a critical technology for users in industries such as automotive, electronics, food & beverage, lab automation, pharmaceuticals, and security. New markets are rapidly developing in areas such as medical imaging, energy, entertainment, and other nonmanufacturing sectors. AIA, EMVA, and JIIA believe that new standards can help stimulate the growth of machine vision sales.

Representatives from the three trade groups said they hope to add leaders from other associations in the future as new groups emerge to represent the growing machine vision industry in countries such as China and India.

For more information on the new standards agreement, contact the participating associations: AIA—Jeff Burnstein, President, at
EMVA—Patrick Schwarzkopf, General Secretary, at
JIIA—S. Kiura, Director, Secretary General, at

About AIA
Founded in 1984, Automated Imaging Association was organized specifically to promote the use of image capture and analysis technology and now represents nearly 300 machine vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms, from 30 countries. In addition to administrating standards development for GigE Vision and Camera Link, other key activities include publishing an annual machine vision market study and the machine vision industry directory; sponsoring The Vision Show and the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show in North America; sponsoring the annual AIA Business Conference; and hosting Machine Vision Online, the world's leading Web resource for machine vision information. For more information about AIA and the machine vision industry, contact AIA headquarters at 734-994-6088.

About EMVA
Founded in May 2003 in Barcelona, the European Machine Vision Association currently has 114 members, representing 20 nations. Its aim is to promote the development and use of machine vision technology and to support the interests of its members—machine vision companies, research institutions, and national machine vision associations. The main fields of work of EMVA are standardization, statistics, the annual EMVA Business Conference and other networking events, public relations, and marketing.

About JIIA
Founded in 2006, the Japan Industrial Imaging Association is a Japan-based organization fostering technological innovation of industrial imaging, promoting global community for the organizations related to industrial imaging, and thereby further contributing to development of the field of industrial imaging worldwide. JIIA aims to promote and disseminate standards in Japan, contribute to and promote the field of industrial imaging worldwide, compile statistics of the machine vision market, and network with foreign-related organizations.

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