Don Cochran grabs AIA award
Don Cochran, chairman and CEO of Pressco Technology, was presented with the 2008 Automated Imaging Achievement Award during a ceremony held at the Automated Imaging Association's (AIA) 16th Annual Business Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Cochran was nominated by AIA members and selected from a talented pool of candidates by its Board of Directors, who wished to recognise Cochran for his accomplishments and for his outstanding contributions to the machine vision and imaging industry.
Cochran has more than four decades of experience in high-production manufacturing, factory automation, robotic systems, and automated machine vision inspection. In 1982, Cochran founded Pressco Automation Group, developing it into a market-leading provider of high-speed machine vision inspection systems. The company's primary market focus is in the food, beverage, and container industries with approximately 60 per cent of its production exported internationally.
Cochran was recognised for 40 years of innovation and leadership in the machine vision industry. He holds 17 US patents relative to machine vision, lighting and optics, and has other US and International patents pending. Also serving as Pressco's CTO, he led the development of nine generations of machine vision products. Today, his accomplishments can be found in the more than 5,000 complete turnkey systems operating on-line at high speeds in 59 countries around the globe.