Machine Vision Sales Climb Double Digits ANN ARBOR, MI—Total machine vision sales in North America grew 10% yearover- year for the fi rst quarter of 2013, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group. Sales of machine vision systems, the largest category, rose 11% year-over-year while sales of machine vision components saw an increase of 4%. The increase in machine vision system sales resulted primarily from the resurgence of Application Specifi c Machine Vision (ASMV) systems, which grew 12% over last year. Smart Cameras sales, which are included in machine vision systems, grew 4%. The increase in sales of machine vision components resulted primarily from sales of cameras, the largest machine vision components market in North America, which rose by 9% compared to fi rst quarter 2012. Software and Imaging Boards also posted single digit growth. “We are excited about this growth in the machine vision market in North America,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein. “Our industry has benefi ted 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, added “In addition to the positive news about overall growth, many industry experts are specifi cally optimistic about machine vision components. In a recent survey, 70% of machine vision experts believe machine vision component sales will increase in the next six months.” BARCODING INC. ACQUIRES MILES TECHNOLOGIES INC. BALTIMORE, MD—Barcoding Inc. announced it has acquired Miles Technologies Inc., in order to increase its presence in the central region of the United States and expand its radio frequency identifi cation (RFID) capabilities. The company is based in Lake Zurich, Ill., with two offi ce locations in the greater Chicago market and one in St. Louis. Miles Technologies is a provider of barcode and RFID equipment and a developer of software applications for warehouse management and asset tracking. LMI TECHNOLOGIES ACQUIRES 3D3 SOLUTIONS VANCOUVER, CANADA—LMI Technologies Inc. has acquired 100 percent of the shares of 3D3 Solutions–a leading supplier of 3D scanning software and hardware products based in Burnaby, Canada. The deal will result in the integration of 3D3 by LMI Technologies under the LMI brand to create a powerhouse in 3-D scanning, visualization, and measurement solutions for both inline factory automation and offl ine 3-D scanning markets such as reverse engineering and 3D printing. The 3D3 staff will continue development of HDI 3D scanners and FlexScan3D, a leading PC application offering sophisticated 3-D acquisition, visualization and mesh processing. “The simplicity of building precise and complete 3-D datasets sets us apart from everyone in the 3-D scanning market today. We are excited to integrate our 3-D processing technology with LMI’s sensor design expertise to build a formidable offering for customers,” says Thomas Tong, president of 3D3 Solutions. “As Global Sales Manager for 3-D scanning products at LMI, I am looking forward to deliver exciting 3D scanner products to a larger audience.” LMI’s Gocator 3D smart sensor product family delivers scanning, measurement, and control logic in a single industrial sensor package suitable for broad use in factory automation where non-contact quality inspection of widgets is required. “Integrating 3D3’s mesh processing algorithms into Gocator will deliver a new level of capability such as comparing scanned parts to a golden part or CAD model - a key requirement by factories to ensure parts with hundreds of features are rapidly inspected for manufacturing errors,” says CEO of LMI Technologies Terry Arden. “In addition to enabling fast 3-D inspection on Gocator, we see FlexScan3D as the platform to deploy both our 3-D measurement tools and 2D HexSight machine vision library. This will give our customers an exceptional PC based solution for high end inspection applications where multi-core PC processing is required.”
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