Executives from several motion control firms have launched a trade association to serve the interests of motors, drives and controls companies. Known as the Motion Control Association (MCA), the trade group will promote the use of mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control technology, which currently accounts for more than $44 billion in annual sales.
MCA will provide industry statistics; it also plans to develop and coordinate industry standards, provide educational programs, host an executive-level business conference and become a leading resource for motion control technology.
MCA is part of the Automation Technologies Council, a 30-year-old trade organization that includes the Robotic Industries Association and the Automated Imaging Association. Together these two associations represent more than 500 member companies.
MCA plans to grow the membership and involvement of the industry. Charter members include Applied Motion Products, Baldor Electric, Baumuller, Danaher Industrial Controls, Danaher Motion, Exlar, Incremotion Associates, Maxon Precision Motors, Nook Industries, Omron Electronics, Panasonic Electric Works, Parker Hannifin, PILZ Automation Safety, Renco Encoders, Rockwell Automation, Siemens Energy & Automation, Tol-O-Matic, and Yaskawa Electric America. Details on charter membership including benefits and an online membership application can be found on the organization’s web site.