Machine Design

Smart cameras fuel machine-vision growth

Machine-vision hardware markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific are expected to grow at 6.2 and 8.0%, respectively, over the next five years, according to a study by automation analyst IMS Research.

The prime catalyst behind the projected growth is the increasing use of smart cameras and smart sensors.

IMS consulted manufacturers and users for its study and concluded there is a great need for "smart" solutions to machine vision. Features should be integrated into cameras, and setup and use should be easy. As a result, revenues from the frame grabber market are expected to decline substantially. And machine-vision systems will rely more on Ethernet devices for communication.

IMS Research, a British firm, supplies market research and consultancy services on global electronics markets.

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