Total machine vision sales in North America have been on the rise over the last year. In the second quarter of 2013 machine vision sales are up 6% compared to the second quarter of 2012. According to the AIA, the industry’s trade group, the machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV (application specific machine vision) and smart cameras was the main driver for the growth of the industry.
“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.”
Interestingly, sales of machine vision components decreased by 2% compared to the second quarter of 2012. How has the industry seen a 6% growth in light of the 2% decrease of components? One explanation; users are recognizing the value proposition of enlisting the services of machine vision integrators. Anyone can sell a camera, but it takes an experienced team of machine vision integrators to provide a solution. No two vision applications are identical. Each vision solution should be treated as a custom application, unique that manufacturer’s production line.
Application specific machine vision solutions are widely responsible for the growth of the machine vision industry. End users are finding quality checks and vision applications require more than individual components they are comprised of. Programming and integrating the complex systems requires machine vision experts that have developed an expertise in automation through specific machine vision applications.
EPIC machine vision integrators start with a comprehensive in-house testing and evaluation of specific part samples. Integrators then test a combination of lenses, cameras, lights, and software that best accommodate specific applications. Simulations are then completed to account of any production challenges before final design.
To learn more about how EPIC machine vision integrators can produce a customer machine vision solution for your application visit https://www.epicvisionsystems.com/contact/.