North American machine-vision sales increase in 2012
Test & Measurement World Staff- September 13, 2012
Total machine-vision sales in North America rose 3% compared to the second quarter of 2011, according to statistics from the industry’s trade group AIA. Total machine-vision sales include the sale of machine-vision systems and components. Sales of machine-vision systems, the largest category, rose 2% year-over-year, while sales of machine-vision components saw an increase of 10%.
The increase in sales of machine-vision components resulted primarily from sales of cameras, the largest machine-vision components market in North America, which rose by 13% compared to the second quarter 2011. Sales of other machine-vision components also rose on a year-over-year basis, including software (24%), imaging boards (10%), optics (2%), and lighting (1%).
“We welcome a return to growth,” said AIA president Jeff Burnstein. “These encouraging results break the pattern of the previous three quarters, which recorded year-over-year declines.”
Paul Kellett, AIA’s director of market analysis, added, “While second-quarter results are up from the first quarter of this year, industry experts do not expect an ongoing improvement. Fifty-three percent of the experts surveyed expect flat sales, while 37% believe sales will decrease in the next two quarters. Only 10% expect an overall improvement in machine vision sales.”
AIA’s Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report is available free of charge to all AIA members participating in AIA’s sales data program.