Edmund Optics® Gregory Hollows Elected to Board of Directors for Automated Imaging Association (AIA)
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Press release date: February 24, 2009
February 24, 2009, Barrington, NJ. - Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, today announced that Gregory Hollows has been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for the Automated Imaging Association (AIA). The AIA comprises some 300 companies across the Americas that provide products and services related to machine vision systems, including sensors, cameras, optics, and software.
Hollows is an 11-year veteran at Edmund Optics, working his way from application engineer through engineering management to his present position as director of machine vision solutions. He has Bachelor degrees from Rutgers University in both physics and chemistry. He has also been a frequent presenter and instructor in machine vision technologies for the last seven years, covering topics such as optics, lighting, and system integration.
"It's a little humbling," said Hollows of the appointment, "but it reflects the time I have spent in the machine vision community trying to understand the many diverse aspects of this industry. The industry has sales of $3 billion globally, but is fragmented across a wide range of small to mid-sized companies, many of which are in the $5 to $10 million range. Even among many of the larger companies participating in the market, machine vision is only a small portion of their business. The Association is trying to bring these companies together to advance the industry as a whole."
At his first board meeting, Hollows was appointed Chairman of the Education Subcommittee for the Association, which is in line with his personal goals for the industry. "It's hard to be an expert in all the technologies that must work together to produce a machine vision system," said Hollows, "but a lack of understanding of other areas can work against you in your own development. If you increase your performance but overshoot what another technology can achieve in applying your innovation, you get limited return on your investment." As one of his goals Hollows wants to have the AIA develop a repository for information on new developments to help developers advance their understanding of these various technologies. "The technologies are developing quickly but the information is scattered among many sources and sometimes buried deep within company websites," said Hollows. "The repository will be part of a broader effort within AIA to educate both members and their customers on bringing machine vision technology to bear in diverse applications."
EO welcomes this opportunity for one of its own to help the Association advance the machine vision industry as a whole. Please join us in congratulating Greg and we invite you to meet him personally at The Vision Show (booth 509) and Robots and Vision (booth 908).
About EO: Edmund OpticsŪ (EO) is a leading producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology. Supporting the R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and military markets around the globe; EO products are used in a variety of applications ranging from DNA sequencing to retinal eye scanning to high-speed factory automation. EO's state of the art manufacturing capabilities combined with its global distribution network has earned it the position of the world's largest supplier of off-the-shelf optical components. Customers can purchase items by contacting EO at 1-800-363-1992, via the catalog, or via the website at www.edmundoptics.com.
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