Smart cameras saw the strongest growth in 2005, with a 19.1% increase in units and a 14.4% jump in revenue. Sales of application-specific machine vision systems rose 13.6% in units and 6.4% in revenue. Fast-growing component markets included cameras, optics and vision software.
‘‘Machine vision markets continue to display strength and vitality, with 2005 results building upon the record sales figures of 2004,” said Paul Kellett, AIA’s director of market analysis. ‘‘All indications point to continued growth in 2006, as companies continue to invest in technologies such as machine vision that can help them become stronger global competitors,’‘ he added.