AIA sees growth in North American vision sales

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Total machine vision sales in North America climbed six per cent compared to the second quarter of 2012, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s 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 seven per cent increase over Q2 2012.

Conversely, sales of machine vision components decreased by two per cent. 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 per cent of industry experts believe we will see an increase in sales over the next six months. On the other hand, 73 per cent of experts believe machine vision systems will remain flat over the same time period.’

AIA and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) have agreed to coordinate on 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 programme will receive free copies of the quarterly machine vision sales tracking reports from both AIA and EMVA.

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