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Amir Novini of Applied Vision Corporation Named Chairman of Automation Technologies Council


The Automation Technologies Council (ATC) has elected Amir Novini as its new Chairman. He succeeds Charlie Duncheon of Adept Technology who served in 1998-1999. Novini is President of Applied Vision Corporation in Akron, Ohio.

"I'm happy to serve as the new Chairman of this dynamic organization," said Novini. Novini was involved in the initial formation of the ATC organization, which has made significant strides toward expanding its operations and services for the North American manufacturing industry.

ATC was formed in 1998 as an umbrella organization to represent companies that manufacture, integrate or use robotics, machine vision and related automation technologies. Two associations under that umbrella include the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and Automated Imaging Association (AIA) that together represent more than 400 member companies.

A recent addition to the ATC umbrella is the Metrology Automation Association (MAA), formed to serve suppliers, integrators, end users and technology developers of metrology automation, such as coordinate measurement machines.

"As we start this new century, it is truly exciting to be part of a major trade organization that oversees cornerstone technologies, such as robotics and automated imaging," Novini said. "I believe that these two technologies alone will be responsible for huge technological and human advancements during this century."

Novini outlined several new initiatives of the ATC, including an expanded presence on the Internet. He added, "Robotics Online and Machine Vision Online, to be launched in the first quarter of 2000, will be the premier online resources for the robotics and machine vision industries. The sites will include feature articles, case studies, a buyer's guide, technical papers, jobs, events, online discussions and much more."

"The goal of the ATC is to stimulate the market for robotics, machine vision and related technologies and to educate end users," said Novini. "We feel Robotics Online and Machine Vision Online will be powerful tools to accomplish this goal."

The Modern Marketing Conference is another new ATC initiative. Novini said the conference was first held in 1999, and due to its tremendous success, was made an annual event. The next Modern Marketing Conference is scheduled for July 24-25, 2000, in New York. "We've expanded on the conference and added new sessions of interest to industrial automation marketers," he said.

Novini is joined on the ATC Governing Board by Joseph Christenson, President of PPT Vision; David Dechow, President of Insight Integration, Inc.; Charlie Duncheon, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Adept Technology, Inc.; Steven Holland, Director of Controls, Robotics & Welding, General Motors Corporation; Craig Jennings, President, Motoman, Inc.; and Kevin Ostby, Vice President, FANUC Robotics North America, Inc.

Novini has 20 years experience in the machine vision industry and has developed three generations of machine vision systems for applications in automotive, defense, and food and beverage container industries. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AIA since 1988, including two terms as Chairman of the AIA Board.

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