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North American MV Market Grew in 2011

Photonics Spectra
May 2012
Machine vision components and systems sales in North America increased 5 percent in 2011 to nearly $1.9 billion, according to the global trade group AIA of Ann Arbor, Mich. Machine vision components grew 13 percent, while application-specific systems grew 2 percent, said Paul Kellett, AIA’s director of market analysis. He also said that the first half of 2011 was much stronger than the second half, when overall economic growth began to slow. “As vision becomes more critical to a growing number of industries, we expect to see continued growth in both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing sectors,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein.


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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