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"Machine vision hardware and costs are declining as performance is improving," explains Jeffrey A. Burnstein, AIA's executive director. "This creates many new market opportunities for machine vision technology in a wider range of industries than ever before."
Addressing a slow start in 2001, Burnstein says this results from a slowdown in capital equipment expenditures and not a decline in demand for machine vision. Ex-pecting an increase of purchases in machine vision once the economy takes a positive turn, Burnstein says, "Machine vision is an essential technology for many companies and is high on the list of desired technologies for a growing number of manufacturers."