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John Merva Elected Automated Imaging Association President


Ann Arbor, Michigan - February 3, 2005 -- John Merva, President of Tattile USA has been elected 2005-2006 President of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).  He succeeds John Stack, President/COO of Edmund Industrial Optics who served a 2-year term as President and remains on the Board. 

‘‘I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the AIA at this time,’‘ Merva said.  ‘‘Technology advances are increasing the machine vision application and market space while global shifts in manufacturing are impacting how and where member companies do business.  The challenge for the AIA will be to help member companies capitalize on these underlying changes, helping them to become stronger in the process,’‘ he explained.

‘‘With his extensive background in the machine vision industry and his familiarity with AIA and the Board of Directors, I know John is going to be an outstanding leader for our association,’‘ said Jeffrey A. Burnstein, AIA’s Executive Director.

Also newly elected to two-year terms on the AIA Board are: Terry Guy, Product Marketing Manager, Eastman Kodak Company; Marc Marini, Director, National Instruments; Jim O’Hanley, President, CCS America, Inc. and Keith Reuben, President & CEO, Coreco Imaging.

Returning board members elected to new two-year terms include: Joseph Christenson, President & CEO, PPT Vision; David Dechow, President, Aptúra Machine Vision Solutions; Brian Doody, President, DALSA Corporation; Toshi Hori, Chief Technology Officer, JAI Group; Dietmar Ley, CEO, Basler Vision AG; Amir Novini, President/CEO, Applied Vision Company; Sean Phillips, General Manager – Vision Products, Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.; Bob Settle, Director of Marketing, DVT Corporation and Vic Wintriss, President, Wintriss Engineering Corporation.

Donald Vincent, Executive Vice President, Automation Technologies Council remains on the Board as an ex-officio member.

Founded in 1984, AIA is the world’s largest machine vision trade group, representing over 230 member companies from 25 nations.  Members include leading suppliers of complete vision systems, vision components, system integrators, end users, OEMs, consulting firms, and research groups. 

AIA is best known for its annual Machine Vision Market Study (next study due out in Spring 2005); The Vision Show and Conference (next show set for May 17-19, 2005 in San Jose, California); the annual AIA Business Conference; and Machine Vision Online (www.machinevisiononline.org), the world’s leading resource for machine vision information on the internet.  For more information on AIA, visit www.machinevisiononline.org or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088.

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