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North American Machine Vision Sales Grow Six Percent in Second Quarter 2013

Total machine vision sales in North America climbed six percent 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 percent increase over second quarter 2012.

Conversely, sales of machine vision components decreased by two percent.  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% of industry experts believe we will see an increase in sales over the next six months.  On the other hand, 73% 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 harmonize 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 program will receive free copies of the Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Reports from both AIA and EMVA.  In addition to its sales tracking report, AIA has recently released its updated 2013 Machine Vision Camera Market Study, which is available at a discounted rate to AIA members.  AIA also prepares studies on special topics, such as its upcoming market opportunity study on Life Sciences, which it makes available to all AIA members free of charge on its website, Vision Online.

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