Machine vision sales in North America during the second quarter climbed 6% compared to Q2 2012, according to AIA.
Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components. The machine vision systems category, which includes application-specific machine vision (ASMV) systems and smart cameras, was the main driver of growth with a 7% increase over Q2 2012.
Conversely, says the report, sales of machine vision components decreased by 2%. Cameras and software both saw decreases in second quarter, while lighting, optics and imaging boards all increased over last year.
"After the contraction in 2012, it’s very encouraging to see two consecutive quarters of growth in North America," says AIA president Jeff Burnstein.
Alex Shikany, AIA's director of market analysis, adds, "While MV components were down this quarter, 69% of industry experts believe we'll see an increase in sales over the next six months." On the other hand, Shikany continued, "73% of experts believe machine vision systems will remain flat over the same time period.