Assembly Lines: Common Standards Will Boost Vision Market
SAN JOSE, CA-The world machine vision inspection market generated revenues totaling $1.12 billion in 2002. Market revenues could reach $2.62 billion in 2009.
However, the analysis from Frost & Sullivan reveals that a lack of operating standards within the machine vision industry creates difficulties in developing and operating vision systems. End users often cannot connect components. "Conflicts between components, computer software and hardware technologies, and user interfaces reduce credibility for the industry as a whole, as no plug-and-play for a generic systems exists," says Sunderraju Ramachandran, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
Frost & Sullivan has found that end users want systems based on technology that is more robust, have greater potential applications and add value. Simpler user interfaces that allow comfortable interaction with the system are also in demand.
Therefore, as machine vision technology expands to meet market demands, developing a common standard is necessary to increase the system component and capability options available to end users, and to make systems more appealing. Innovation will also help. With assembly processes requiring more high-technology vision systems, products that have greater flexibility, the ability to inspect multiple parts and handle changeovers easily will be in demand.