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North American vision sales up 11 per cent

North American sales of machine vision components and systems increased by 11 per cent to $1.04 billion in the first half of 2014, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Sales of machine vision components were up 28 per cent to $155 million through June, while total machine vision systems are up nine per cent to $886 million.

This is the best first half performance by the North American machine vision market since AIA began tracking quarterly statistics in 2009.

The second quarter of 2014 was especially strong, posting growth of 30 per cent and 12 per cent for machine vision components and systems respectively. Every component and system category increased in the second quarter of 2014 except for imaging boards.

Cameras (41 per cent), smart cameras (34 per cent), lighting (28 per cent), and software (20 per cent) were the standout individual categories in terms of year over year growth for the second quarter of 2014.

‘It is great to see record machine vision sales in North America this year,’ said AIA president Jeff Burnstein. ‘More North American companies are realising the benefits of automating with machine vision, and that is a positive long-term sign for our industry.’

‘Despite the booming machine vision market and manufacturing sector, AIA membership is tempering its expectations for the second half of the year,’ added Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis. ‘Our most recent survey of industry experts shows that the majority of AIA members believe component and systems markets will remain flat in the next six months.’

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