Record sales for Q1 in North America
North American sales of machine vision systems and components grew 22 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, due to large growth in smart cameras, lighting, and application specific machine vision (ASMV) systems.
This marks the market's highest first quarter total in history, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group.
While the news is good for the market as a whole, Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis, warned: ‘Industry experts remain bullish on machine vision components for the next two quarters. Less so for machine vision systems however, where 55 per cent of survey respondents believe the category will be flat, 25 per cent expect an increase, and 20 per cent expect a decline.’
Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components. The machine vision systems category saw a year-over-year increase of 24 per cent. Machine vision systems include smart cameras and application specific machine vision (ASMV) systems. In the first quarter, smart cameras expanded by 23 per cent, while ASMV systems increased 24 per cent.
Similarly, machine vision components had a strong quarter with 11 per cent growth over the first quarter of 2014. The leading product categories within machine vision components in terms of growth were lighting (28 per cent), cameras (11 per cent), and software (eight per cent).
‘It’s great to see the North American machine vision market off to such a strong start in 2015,’ said AIA president Jeff Burnstein. ‘We think more and more companies in all industries are recognising the value that machine vision and imaging systems can have on their overall competitiveness.’
Burnstein said AIA will focus more attention this fall on reaching companies that can benefit from vision and imaging technologies. He cited two new AIA events in particular, the first Canadian Machine Vision conference in Ottawa, 5-7 October, and the Vision in Life Sciences conference in San Diego, 17-19 November. ‘These are great events for learning about the technology, meeting the key players, and determining how to successfully apply vision and imaging at your company.’
AIA will be releasing its 2015 Global Machine Vision Camera Study later this year.