Dick Dilling was
Vice-President for Marketing and Sales of Interface
Mechanisms (now Intermec Technologies) from 1971 to 1982
– the days before there was any established market for
the then curiosity known as bar codes. In 1971, Dr.
David Allais (an AIDC 100 member) of the company had
invented a keyboard driven printer to produce pressure
sensitive labels with the Plessey bar code, used with
library systems in the UK.
In the 70s, when the firm’s only product was this
printer, at MHI trade shows, visitors would ask, “Why
would I want that device?” The answers became easier
when Intermec developed its own wand scanners and
displays. Dick was tireless in his constant efforts to
promote and find uses for the new technology.
When AIM became an independent trade group, Dick was
elected as the Vice-President; and his energy and
enthusiasm were utilized in planning and staging in 1982
the first of the very successful Scan-Tech trade shows,
which he repeated in 1983. Shortly thereafter he
succumbed to cancer. In his honor and memory, AIM
established in 1984 the Dilling Award given annually to
an individual within the industry who has rendered
outstanding service in the promotion of AIDC