As I’ve mentioned numerous times in this blog and in my column over the past several months, the automation sector has been chugging along in good form for some time now — even if other parts of the economy continue to lag.
One of the more recent reports I’ve received that continue to support this outlooks comes from the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), which reports that sales of machine vision components and systems in North America rose substantially in the third quarter of 2010. Overall, year-over-year growth for machine vision hit 68 percent, up from the second quarter of 2010 where it was at 60 percent as well as the first quarter of 2010 when it had risen by 34 percent.
As you would expect from growth this significant, the uptick was not centered around the specification of one or two machine vision products. The report indicates that sales were “robust in all major machine vision supplier markets, including cameras, lighting, optics, imaging boards, software, application-specific machine vision systems and smart cameras. ”
Indicating that the surge in interest in machine vision products will continue, the report also noted that 68 percent of companies submitting data for the report expect sales to improve through at least the first quarter of 2011.
More information can be accessed at Machine Vision Online.