Automation Associations/User Groups 

Dedham, MA
Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading research and advisory firm for industry and infrastructure. www.arcweb.com
U.K.
BARA (British Automation and Robot Association) provides a voice for the Robot and Automation Industries, when dealing with government, industry, financial and academic institutions. www.bara.org.uk
Vernon Hills, IL
The CC-Link Partner Association exists to support member companies, provide technical assistance in developing CC-Link compatible products, conduct conformance testing, and to promote these compatible products to the marketplace. www.cclinkamerica.org
Dayton, OH
We are a diverse group of industry, vendor, and academia representatives addressing human capabilities and limitations with research, collaboration, and human factors engineering. Our mission is to raise the performance level of our operators and improve Health, Safety, and Environmental effectiveness. www.operatorperformance.org
China
gongkong means industrial control in Chinese, while gongkong® is the most authoritative and professional brand committed to providing automation marketing and consultation services. www.china.gongkong.com
Madison, WI
CSIA is a global, not-for-profit, professional association for control system integration companies. www.controlsys.org
 
DirectIndustry is aimed at industry buyers seeking industrial products on a daily basis. www.directindustry.com
U.K.
Engineering Update is a journal, providing advice and solutions for management and technical challenges encountered by Managers, process and control Engineers. An in-depth and innovative guide to the most state-of-the-art products and advanced technologies in the business.engineering-update.com
Nuremberg, Germany
Ether CAT is the open real-time Ethernet network originally developed by Beckhoff. EtherCAT sets new standards for real-time performance and topology flexibility. www.ethercat.org
Berlin, Germany
 
Belgium
FDT standardizes the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems. www.ftdgroup.com
Austin, TX
The Fieldbus Foundation is a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and automation companies. www.fieldbus.org
Austin, TX
The HART Communication Foundation, an international, not-for-profit membership organization, is the technology owner and standards setting body for the HART Communication Protocol, the global standard for smart instrument communication. www.hartcomm.org
Galway, Ireland
Measurement, Control and Automation Resources throughout the World www.read-out.net/
Research Triangle Park, NC
The International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. www.isa.org
Research Triangle Park, NC
Industry leaders from major manufacturing and automation control system users and suppliers have formed an organizaiton to establish essential specificaitons and ISA100.11a Registered Prducts proceses to be used in the testing and certification of wireless products and systems for the ISA100 family of wireless standards. www.isa100wci.org
Ann Arbor, MI
The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) is the global vision and imaging industry's trade group currently serving some 300 member companies. www.machinevisiononline.org
Berkeley Heights, NJ
DataOnline is the Leading Global Provider of M2M (Machine-To-Machine) solutions specifically for the Monitoring of Remote Assets. www.dataonline.com
Williamsburg, VA
We are the trade association of leading companies who manufacture and distribute a wide variety of process controls, field measurement and analysis instrumentation, systems and software used in inudustrial process control and factory automation around the world. www.measure.org
Chandler, AZ
MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International is a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on improving Operations Management capabilities through the effective applicaiton of technology solutions and best practices. www.mesa.org
Rosslyn, VA
NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926, and headquartered near Washington, DC, its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. www.nema.org
Ann Arbor, MI
ODVA is the organization that supports network technologies built on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) — DeviceNet™, EtherNet/IP™, CompoNet™, and ControlNet™. www.odva.org
Raleigh, NC
OMAC is the organization for automation and manufacturing professionals that is dedicated to supporting the machine automation and operation needs of manufacturing. www.omac.org
Scottsdale, AZ
OPC is all about Open Productivity & Connectivity in industrial automation and the enterprise systems that support industry. www.opcfoundation.org
Gorinchim, The Netherlands
PLCopen, as an organization active in Industrial Control, is creating a higher efficiency in your application software development and lowering your life-cycle costs. www.plcopen.org
Karlsruhe, Germany
PI is is the largest automation community in the world. It heads a global network of vendors, developers, System Integrators and end users having a common interest in promoting, supporting and using PROFIBUS and PROFINET. www.profibus.com
Scottsdale, AZ
PI North America's main role is to show industrial automation developers and users the beneficial results of using fieldbus - in particular PROFIBUS and PROFINET - in North American discrete manufacturing and process automation applications.www.us.profibus.com
Scottsdale, AZ
PROFINET, the all-encompassing Industrial Ethernet for advanced manufacturing, is 'the future' for industrial networking in automation. www.allthingsprofinet.com
Ann Arbor, MI
Robotics Online is sponsored by Robotic Industries Association, and provides information to help engineers, managers and executives apply and justify robotics and flexible automation. www.roboticsonline.com
 
The Repository of Industrial Security Incidents is a database of incidents of a cyber security nature that have (or could have) affected process control, industrial automation or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. www.securityincidents.org
Los Angeles, CA
A site showcasing research and events related to Smart Process Manufacturing. https://smart-process-manufacturing.ucla.edu/
Dearborn, MI
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. www.sme.org
Natick, MA
VDC Research Group provides thought leadership, market opportunity assessments and corporate development services to our clients through our syndicated market research reports and a range of consulting services. www.vdcresearch.com
Chandler, AZ
WBF - The Organization for Production Technology, is dedicated to supporting the process automation and operations needs of the technical and management professions in process manufacturing. www.wbf.org
 
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