US Automation & Robotics Associations

American Automatic Control Council (AACC)
American Automatic Control Council (AACC) is the umbrella organization responsible for organizing the annual ACC and representing the member societies in the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). The AACC board of directors is composed of representatives from each of the eight member societies that include:

  1. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  2. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  3. Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE)
  4. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  5. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  6. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  7. Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA)
  8. Society for Computer Simulation (SCS)

Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA)
ALA is the only international organization devoted exclusively to the unique professional specialty known as laboratory automation. As such, ALA serves academic, commercial and government researchers, scientists and engineers from around the world who conduct research and develop new technologies to increase productivity, elevate experimental data quality, reduce lab process cycle times, or enable experimentation that otherwise would be impossible. Primary industries served include drug discovery and development; clinical diagnostics; food and agriculture; forensics and security; energy and petrochemicals; and consumer products.

Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Its goal is to promote technological advancements and improvements in the design, manufacture and sale of members' products in those markets and act as an industry advocate on trade matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world. Since 1988, AMT has broadened its membership scope to include all of the elements of manufacturing - design, automation, material removal, material forming, assembly, inspection and testing, and communications and control. These changes reflect the worldwide evolution in the technologies of the manufacturing process and signify the commitment of U.S. providers to deliver and support the world's leading manufacturing technologies.

Automated Imaging Association (AIA)
The global machine vision industry’s trade group, representing more than 290 member companies from 26 countries. It was organized specifically to promote the use of image capture and analysis technology. AIA members include manufacturers of complete systems, components, suppliers, system integrators, distributors, end users, consulting firms, academic institutions and research groups directly involved with machine vision and imaging.

Automation Federation (AF)
An association of member organizations engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities. The Automation Federation provides industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations. The Federation is the only organization that takes a holistic approach to automation; therefore, with the Automation Federation’s leadership and support, member organizations can work more effectively to fulfill their individual missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation.

Automation Association (AA)
The Automation Association is a virtual network of more than 200 engineers, scientists, and machine builders focused on developing proprietary products, processes, and technology solutions for manufacturing. Our disciplined approach to project management allows us to assist our clients in the successful launch of new products. Based in Minnesota, our firm is successfully delivering custom factory automation to industry leaders bringing new products to market. Our project management skills coupled with our comprehensive manufacturing technology base provide state-of-the-art solutions to a wide range of industries. When you seek to integrate seasoned consultants in project management, custom factory automation providers and manufacturing technology, the Automation Association is positioned to deliver superior results.

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA)
The largest U.S. association of suppliers of equipment, ingredients and services to the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing industries. FPSA is a trade association that was created in 2005 through the merger of the Food Processing Machinery Association and the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers. The goal was to provide each member company the ability to successfully compete and win in their chosen market places of food, dairy, meat, beverage and related sanitary processing industries.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
The Society is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. Robotics is here defined to include intelligent machines and systems used, for example, in space exploration, human services, or manufacturing; whereas automation includes the use of automated methods in various applications, for example, factory, office, home, laboratory automation, or transportation systems to improve performance and productivity. Robotics and Automation involves designing and implementing intelligent machines which can do work too dirty, too dangerous, too precise or too tedious for humans. It also pushes the boundary on the level of intelligence and capability for many forms of autonomous, semi-autonomous and teleoperated machines. Intelligent machines have applications in medicine, defense, space and underwater exploration, service industries, disaster relief, manufacturing and assembly and entertainment.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.

The International Society of Automation (ISA)
the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation.

Measurement, Control and Automation Association (MCAA)
A trade association of leading companies who manufacture and distribute a wide variety of process controls, field measurement and analysis instrumentation, systems and software used in industrial process control and factory automation around the world.

Motion Control Association (MCA)
The Motion Control Association (MCA) is a global not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of motion control technologies and developing business opportunities for mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control companies. Our membership includes manufacturers of complete motion control systems, component manufacturers, system integrators, distributors, end users, consulting firms, academic institutions and research groups directly involved with mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control around the world. MCA is part of the Automation Technologies Council, an umbrella group with over thirty years experience serving global automation companies involved in robotics (Robotic Industries Association), machine vision (Automated Imaging Association), motion control and related technologies.

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
The trade association for more than 500 members who manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI’s supplier members manufacture commercially available packaging machinery components.

Precision Machine Products Association (PMPA) -
The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe. Founded in 1933 (formerly the National Screw Machine Products Association) the association is known today as the premier provider of programs and services for the industry. Through dissemination of the latest technological advancements, government regulations, benchmarking, business intelligence and management information, PMPA members stay ahead of the curve, ready to compete on a global scale. The precision machined products industry consists of a diversified manufacturing base producing highly engineered components to customer specifications using a variety of materials such as: steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and aerospace alloys.

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, and MetalForming magazine.

Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
POMS is an international professional organization representing the interests of POM professionals from around the world. The purposes of the Society are:

  1. to extend and integrate knowledge that contributes to the improved understanding and practice of production and operations management (POM),
  2. to disseminate information on POM to managers, scientists, educators, students, public and private organizations, national and local governments, and the general public; and
  3. to promote the improvement of POM and its teaching in public and private manufacturing and service organizations throughout the world.

Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Robotics Online is sponsored by Robotic Industries Association, and provides information to help engineers, managers and executives apply and justify robotics and flexible automation. The site includes a Buyer's Guide with a search engine function, plus featured articles, daily news updates, case studies, technical papers, event calendar, job openings, an "Ask the Experts" forum, and much more. Founded in 1974, RIA is the only trade group in North America organized specifically to serve the robotics industry. Member companies include leading robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups, and consulting firms.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas, and alternative energy.

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