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Christenson Takes the Helm at ATC

The Automation Technologies Council (ATC) has elected Joseph C. Christenson as its 2004 President. He succeeds Kevin Ostby, of Fanuc Robotics America, who served in 2002-2003.

Christenson is chief executive officer of PPT Vision, in Eden Prairie, Minn.

“It is a privilege for me to serve the Automation Technologies Council as President in 2004,” said Christenson. “I look forward to working with the leadership of our over 450 member companies and our outstanding staff in Ann Arbor to promote greater awareness and usage of robotics, machine vision and related factory automation technologies.”

ATC was formed in 1998 as an umbrella organization to represent companies that manufacture, integrate or use robotics, machine vision and related automation technologies. Two associations under that umbrella include the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).

Joining Christenson on the ATC Board are Kevin Ostby, vice president General Industries, Fanuc Robotics America; Charlie Duncheon, executive vice president, Adept Technology; Steven Holland, director of manufacturing systems research lab & chief scientist of manufacturing, General Motors Corp. R&D Center; Craig Jennings, president & chief operating officer, Motoman; John Stack, president, Edmund Industrial Optics; Donald A. Vincent, executive vice president, Automation Technologies Council; and Vic Wintriss, president, Wintriss Engineering Corp.

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