VIPA was founded in 1985 in Erlangen by Mr. Wolfgang Seel as a system house for automation engineering. After the first PC-based machine operating panel there were further developments of control and communication modules. VIPA has been increasingly active in the European market since 1995. In December 2012, YASKAWA Europe took over the majority share of the VIPA. Yaskawa will use VIPA for the area control as a Center of excellence” within the global Yaskawa Group.