VDMA joins G3 standards initiative
The machine vision group of the VDMA has joined the G3 initiative – the North American AIA, the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) – on standardisation, it has been announced at the Vision 2014 trade show in Stuttgart, Germany. The VDMA will join with the other three members of G3 to promote machine vision standards.
Klaus-Henning Noffz, a member of the board of VDMA Machine Vision, commented: ‘VDMA Machine Vision with its expertise and membership strength in system integration is looking forward to share this knowledge within the G3 initiative and to support the further development and promotion of international standards.’
The agreement reunites the European Machine Vision Association with the VDMA in the area of standardisation after the EMVA split from the German engineering federation two years ago in April 2012.
At the time, the decision for the EMVA to form an independent body was taken in order to grow the organisation, to take advantage of European funding, and because of statute changes within the VDMA that allowed non-German members to join the engineering federation. The VDMA has recently appointed two non-German members to its board of directors.
Jochem Hermann, EMVA board member, said on behalf of the three founding associations: ‘This is a positive step in a sense that more associations join the idea of commonly promoting standards which is beneficial for the development of the whole industry.’
The agreement was signed exactly five years to the day after the founding signature of G3. It is hoped that the increased effort in standardisation will facilitate the wider use of machine vision, as standards cut down development time and investment costs and also accelerate time-to-market for new products.