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The Automation Federation and IMS to Develop an International Automation Competency Model Network

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (27 January 2011) – The Automation Federation (AF) announced today that the Automation Federation Board of Directors has approved the participation of AF as project leader for a new manufacturing technology project within the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program. The purpose of this project is to develop an international network through which the Automation Competency Model (ACM), developed by AF and the United States Department of Labor in 2009, can be disseminated, promulgated, and updated. This network will be called the Automation Competency Model Network (ACMN).

Through the ACMN, partners in non-U.S. IMS Regions and in other countries worldwide will be encouraged to adopt the ACM, adapting it as necessary to local circumstances and using it as the basis for developing training and education curricula as appropriate. This project will operate as an open network, and additional partners from IMS Regions with expertise in automation competencies will be actively encouraged to participate.

Several IMS partners expressed their interest in being part of the ACM Network, and are joining the ACMN project, including Switzerland’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) Institute CIM for Sustainable Innovation (ICIMSI); Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM); and Mexico’s government agency, ProMéxico.

Dr. Marco Colla of ICIMSI stated, “We have a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with courses and a lab on automation, so our interest [in the ACMN] is having a reference for comparing course content, and maybe, in the future, for creating a specialization (or degree) for automation.”

Nelson Ninin, 2011 Automation Federation chair, said today, “I am pleased that the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program has aligned itself with the Automation Federation to help promote the Automation Competency Model and the importance the Model holds in enhancing recognition of the automation profession. This project will significantly aid AF in spreading our message about the importance of the automation professional worldwide.”

Organizations interested in learning more about or becoming a part of the ACMN, should contact Mike Marlowe, Automation Federation managing director/director of government relations, at

About IMS

IMS is a global organization supporting R&D innovation within the manufacturing community! IMS has successfully launched the Manufacturing Technology Platform (MTP) program for researchers designed for easier global collaborations for new and on-going research. This efficient "fast track" method helps researchers to form research consortiums rapidly and easily so they can meet the face-paced challenges of today's industrial challenges. This new program has exceeded expectations with new submissions and strong support at IMS workshops.  IMS invites all manufacturing researchers from around the globe to participate in IMS MTP workshops. IMS member regions include the European Union, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.  IMS has been networking researchers from industry, academia, and research institutions for over 15 years from over 30 countries. IMS services are provided at no charge from the IMS member regions for their researchers. Conceptually well ahead of its time, IMS strives to remain relevant to manufacturing research and researchers, and continues to be the only multi-lateral government-supported manufacturing research program.

About University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) Institute CIM for Sustainable Innovation (ICIMSI)

ICIMSI is the institute for computer applied sciences and industrial technologies of SUPSI (University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland). ICIMSI has many years of experience with intense international scientific cooperation, in particular with many European countries, China, and Mexico. The Institute has researchers and engineers with many years of experience in technology transfer and application of innovative technologies in industry.

The main characteristic of ICIMSI is to be at the service of the companies by doing applied research. The Institute is in fact integrated in a network of national and international competence centers. The network goal is the “market oriented” practical support to subject matter experts (SMEs). In this new world, science and technology play an increasingly important role. ICIMSI supports industry in all areas through high quality education; international recognized research; and providing “market oriented” practical support to local, national, and international SMEs.

About Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

ITESM is one of the largest private, nonsectarian, and coeducational multi-campus universities in Latin America with over 90,000 students at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, the Institute has 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country of Mexico.

About ProMéxico

ProMéxico is Mexico’s trade and investment organization, a branch of the Federal Ministry of the Economy. The mandate given to ProMéxico is to plan, coordinate and execute strategies to attract foreign direct investment, promote Mexican exports of goods and services, and encourage the internationalization of Mexican companies in order to contribute to the economic and social development of Mexico. ProMéxico lists the automation—intensive aerospace, automotive, medical instruments and electronics—sectors as its strategic priorities and Mexico has a vibrant and significant export-oriented presence in each of these named sectors.

About the Automation Federation

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit