History and Functions of the Society
The Finnish Society of Automation (FSA), founded in 1953, is a professional association for specialists within the field of automation technology. The FSA operations cover all branches of the industry. The members represent various fields of automation, including trade, research, manufacturing, education, design and use.
The Aim of the Society is to:
promote control theory, technological development and industrial applications, be a forum for members and all users of automation to disseminate technological experience and to advance professional skills, enhance exchange of information between domestic and international organizations
The membership of the society consists of ordinary, young, permanent and honorary members and patrons. Any person willing to promote the goals of the society may apply for membership. Any legal body may register with the council as a patron of the society.
In 2000 we have more than 1,900 ordinary members, nine honorary members and 50 patrons in the society.
Organization and Operations
Operations of the society are adminstered by the Council, which consists of the Chairman and seven members,
including the Secretary General and the Treasurer. The council is elected by the annual meeting of the society,
and it nominates committees and sections. In 2002, the society has six committees and six sections.
Committees: Education, Maintenance, IMEKO affairs, Field bus development, Technology, IFAC affairs, International
Sections: Power Plant Automation, Finnish Batch Forum, Vision Club of Finland (VCF), Building Automation Forum in Finland (BAFF), Finnish Simulation Forum (FinSim)
The society has established a foundation to give financial support to publishing in the automation field, Finnish professional literature, in particular.
Finnish Automation Support Ltd
The company provides the society with necessary office services. It also makes practical arrangements of scientific events, excursions, society meetings, exhibitions etc.
The Automaatioväylä (Automation Bus) periodical is the leading Finnish professional publication in the automation field. The members of the society receive seven annual volumes included in the membership fee.