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Total machine vision sales in North America grew ten per cent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2013, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Sales of machine vision systems, the largest category, rose 11 per cent year-over-year while sales of machine vision components saw an increase of four per cent.

The increase in machine vision system sales resulted primarily from the resurgence of Application Specific Machine Vision (ASMV) systems, which grew 12 per cent over last year. Smart Cameras sales, which are included in machine vision systems, grew four per cent.

 “We are excited about this growth in the machine vision market in North America,” says AIA president Jeff Burnstein. “Our industry has benefited from a healthy manufacturing sector so far this year, which has helped spur this growth. We are hopeful it will continue throughout the year.”

Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis, adds that “in addition to the positive news about overall growth, many industry experts are specifically optimistic about machine vision components. In a recent survey, 70 per cent of machine vision experts believe machine vision component sales will increase in the next six months.”

Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 300 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries.

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