Members press release

RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association Member

News and Service Summary

March 2013

Engelberger Medal2013 Joseph F. Engelberger Awards: Nomination Deadline is May 15

The Engelberger Robotics Award is the world's most prestigious robotics honor, presented to outstanding individuals to honor excellent achievements in leadership and application. RIA is accepting nominations through the deadline of May 15 for the 2013 awards, which will be presented in Seoul, South Korea, during the 44th International Symposium on Robotics in October, 2013.  Nomination form, details.

Automation Industry Association Criticizes 60 Minutes Segment 'March of the Machines'

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the global advocate for the automation industry, is disappointed in how 60 Minutes portrayed the industry in Sunday night's "March of the Machines" segment.

"While the 60 Minutes depiction of how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace was spot on, their focus on how implementation of these automation technologies eliminates jobs could not be more wrong," said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, a trade group representing some 650 companies from 32 countries involved in robotics, vision, and motion control technologies. "We provided 60 Minutes producers several examples of innovative American companies who have used automation to become stronger global competitors, saving and creating more jobs while producing higher quality and lower cost products, rather than closing up shop or sending jobs overseas. They unfortunately chose not to include these companies in their segment. With respect to MIT Professors Brynjolfsson and McAfee who gave their viewpoint in the piece, they are missing the bigger picture." please read the whole story on RIA webpage

Association for Advancing Automation Launches New Website

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has launched a new website, www.A3automate.org. A3 is the umbrella trade association for the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA).

"The launch of our website is the next step in our strategy to engage stakeholders from around the world and demonstrate to them why automation transforms the way business is done," said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3. "The website will be used for informational and educational purposes as we continue to advocate for the industry. It will also track major industry news stories, such as the recent 60 Minutes segment on the robots vs. jobs debate and our response." please read the whole story on RIA webpage