North American Machine Vision Sales Up 6% In 2Q

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ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Total machine vision sales in North America climbed 6 percent in the second quarter compared to the second quarter of 2012, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s Ann Arbor-based trade group.

Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components. The machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV and smart cameras, was the main driver of growth with a 7 percent increase over second quarter 2012.

Conversely, sales of machine vision components decreased by 2 percent. Cameras and software both saw decreases in second quarter, while lighting, optics, and imaging boards all increased over last year.

“It’s good to see the market growing again,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein. “After the contraction in 2012, it is very encouraging to see two consecutive quarters of growth in North America.”

Alex Shikany, AIA’s Director of Market Analysis, added “While MV components were down this quarter, 69 percent of industry experts believe we will see an increase in sales over the next six months. On the other hand, 73 percent of experts believe machine vision systems will remain flat over the same time period.”

AIA and the European Machine Vision Association have agreed to harmonize reporting formats in order to provide more comprehensive statistics on machine vision. Due to this development, all AIA members participating in AIA’s sales data program will receive free copies of the Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Reports from both AIA and EMVA. In addition to its sales tracking report, AIA has recently released its updated 2013 Machine Vision Camera Market Study, which is available at a discounted rate to AIA members. AIA also prepares studies on special topics, such as its upcoming market opportunity study on Life Sciences, which it makes available to all AIA members free of charge on its website, Vision Online.

Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 310 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (April 15-17, 2014 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision, Camera Link, Camera Link HS and USB3 Vision; the Automate Show (March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago); the annual AIA Business Conference (January 22-24, 2014 in Orlando); the Certified Vision Professional program; AIA Certified System Integrator company program; and Vision Online, the world’s leading online resource for vision information.

AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation, the not-for-profit umbrella association serving AIA, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the Motion Control Association (MCA).

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