AIA Announces New In-Depth Study of Machine Vision Camera Market ANN ARBOR, MI—AIA has just released its first ever special study of the worldwide machine vision market for cameras. The seven chapter study contains a detailed market description, a retail pricing analysis, a sales analysis and a trend analysis. The study is designed to answer a host of important questions such as: • How is the market changing? • What are the sweet spots in the market? • What product features are the most popular? • What geographic regions are contributing the most sales? • What factors determine retail pricing? • How do different types of cameras compare in terms of their pricing, demand, market penetration and rates of growth? According to Paul Kellett, AIA's director, market analysis, "We're pleased to provide meaningful answers with our data analyses that will aid machine vision companies in their sales efforts." The study focuses on cameras because of their central role as the "eyes" of machine vision systems and to also provide important market intelligence on other machine vision components that are tied to cameras such as optics, lighting and imaging boards. The intended audience for this study is camera manufacturers and suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of other machine vision components, system integrators and the financial investment community. MICROSCAN CELEBRATES 30 YEARS RENTON, WA-Microscan, a global barcode, vision, and lighting technologies company, is celebrating 30 years in the auto ID and machine vision business. The company prides itself on bringing ground-breaking solutions to market since its start in 1982, when founder Mike Mertel integrated a laser diode into a barcode scanner, producing a smaller, faster, and safer barcode reading solution. Today, Microscan represents the convergence of multiple separate, equally innovative histories.With the 2008 acquisition of Siemens Machine Vision business, Microscan's genealogy not only includes the pioneering Auto ID line spawned by Mertel, but a history in machine vision that spans more than three decades. Its milestones include the invention of the first personal computer-based machine vision system and the industry standard 2-D code, Data Matrix. Originally designed for use in the photo finishing industry, Mertel's laser diode barcode scanner launched the company in 1982, and by the late 1980s, Microscan had grown to become the leading supplier of embedded barcode readers to the clinical diagnostics industry, thanks to the revolutionary small size of its scanners. Acquired by Fairey Group (now Spectris) in 1994, Microscan is still the leader in this market. The company's reach has since broadened to include a broader manufacturing marketplace, with an emphasis on the packaging and electronics industries, in addition to its continued focus on clinical customers.Microscan's product portfolio has expanded to address the evergrowing need for cradle-to-grave traceability; its line of readers now includes both laser and image-based technologies in a variety of fixed mount and handheld configurations. The early 1980s also saw the beginning of machine vision in factory automation. During this time, two innovative companies, Automatix and iTran, were developing vision inspection products for these new industrial applications.Founded in 1980 and 1982, respectively the two companies merged to form Acuity in 1994. Not long thereafter, I.D. Matrix, the developer of the Data Matrix symbology, and NERLITE, the well-known machine vision lighting company, would join Acuity under the RVSI, and later, Siemens, brand. The 2008 acquisition of this division rounded out Microscan's portfolio of track, trace, and control products to include a complete line of barcode, machine vision, and machine vision lighting technologies. Microscan has built a unique set of core competencies over the past three decades, culminating in the launch of the AutoVISION suite in 2011. A convergence of auto ID and machine vision technologies, the product line includes the Vision HAWK and Vision MINI smart cameras, as well as the simplified AutoVISION machine vision software interface. "Miniaturization, ease of use, and scalability are the three core benefits of our technology that we choose to focus on," says Microscan President Scott Summerville.With AutoVISION, "customers can solve a multitude of applications with a single interface." Thirty years after its founding, Microscan is the owner of over 100 patents and the company continues to develop innovative technology products to help its customers meet traceability requirements, reduce costs, and ensure accuracy in their process. VISION MEASURING MACHINES MARKET SEES INTENSE COMPETITION AND STEADY REVENUE MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA-The vision measuring machine rebounded strongly in 2010, caused by the revival of the manufacturing and automotive sectors in North America and Europe, and continued strong in 2011 with unit sales of 8,000 to 10,000. In between 2010- 2011, most participants witnessed a marked increase in sales, and many reported up to 60 to 70% morethan- average sales. New analysis of the vision measuring machines market from Frost & Sullivan, finds that the market earned revenues of $346.6 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $456.7 million in 2016. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: measuring microscopes, profile projectors and multi-sensor systems. The outlook for every market segment is positive, especially for multi-sensor systems, which currently accounts for 69.9 % of total sales. The escalating competition among end users has made them desirous of offering the best quality of products, creating a significant market for advanced and expensive metrology equipment. "With a variety of equipment available in all price ranges and with cost being proportional to quality, customers prefer systems that provide the best product within their budgetary allocation," says Frost & Sullivan Research Associate Vigneshwaran Shanmugam. "The major end users of non-contact metrology systems include the electronic and industrial manufacturing segments." Acknowledging the demand for sophisticated equipment, vision measuring machine manufacturers need to keep raising the bar on technology development.Currently, there is minimal technological progress relating to hardware with most changes restricted to aspects of specification such as accuracy, resolution and speed of measurement. On the other hand, software manufacturers are making rapid strides in introducing novel algorithms to their solutions portfolio for better speed and performance. To work around this issue, product vendors could collaborate with customers by tailoring their offerings to suit their needs. "Due to the long shelf-life of the majority of these products, new equipment purchases are few and far between," notes Shanmugam. "Providing software upgrades with sizeable functional upgrades and working closely with end users to develop customized solutions products will help improve sales." Analysis of the vision measuring machines market is part of the Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Services program. AVERY DENNISON PARTNERS WITH PREVENTICE TO DEVELOP MOBILE HEALTH APPLICATIONS CHICAGO and MINNEAPOLIS-Avery Dennison Medical Solutions announces its partnership with Preventice Inc. to produce patch-based wearable sensors for clinical monitoring of a patient's unique physiological characteristics. Preventice is a developer of mobile health applications and patient monitoring systems that deliver continuous care, wherever an individual might be. Mobile health applications, like those developed by Preventice, improve the doctor-patient relationship by establishing a constant connection and exchange of information between care providers and their patients. This connection encourages patients to stay engaged in actively managing their health while away from their health care providers, and feeds data to clinicians about a patient's health status without impacting their daily lifestyle. "Preventice has a unique understanding of clinical care delivery, which when combined with their expertise in mobile device platforms, remote monitoring protocols, algorithms, data management and EMR integration, gives us an advantage in the marketplace," said Howard Kelly, vice president and general manager, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions. "Together, we will leverage these strengths, along with Metria Wearable Sensor Technology, to offer clinical remote monitoring applications that address the unmet needs of health care providers, while helping improve patients' quality of life and reducing costs." Through this partnership, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions will develop a new version of the Metria patch-based wearable sensor and user interface for the Preventice Care Platform, which creates a real-time, continuous connection between patients and health care providers through mobile, cloud-based and sensor technology.The Metria solution, which incorporates sensor technology from Proteus Biomedical, will be sold as part of the Preventice Care Platform for remote monitoring applications to hospitals and health care systems in the United States.
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