North American Machine Vision Market Sets New Record in 2015 ANN ARBOR, MI — North American sales of machine vision components and systems grew to $2.3 billion in 2015, its highest annual total on record, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group. Total machine vision sales, which grew less than one percent, include sales of machine vision components and systems. The machine vision components category saw growth of four percent to $316 million in 2015. The leading growth categories for machine vision components in 2015 were lighting (16 percent), imaging boards (10 percent), and software (4 percent). The machine vision systems category was flat in 2015 at $2.0 billion. Within machine vision systems, sales of application specific machine vision (ASMV) systems increased one percent to $1.7 billion, while smart cameras contracted by four percent to $289 million. Despite the record performance overall, the machine vision market in North America continued to see the effects of a cyclical slowdown in the fourth quarter of the year, which was driven by a decrease in sales of machine vision systems. More specifically, the systems category saw a 17 percent decrease in sales from the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the second consecutive quarter of year over year contraction. When combined with the flat growth in machine vision components, total North American sales for machine vision decreased by 15 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. “Fifty-nine percent of industry experts are expecting things to turn upward for machine vision component markets in the first six months of 2016, 39 percent believe they will remain flat, and three percent expect further declines,” said Alex Shikany, AIA’s director of market analysis. “For machine vision systems, 56 percent of survey respondents believe the category will remain flat, 32 percent expect an increase, and 12 percent expect a decline.” “Interest in vision and imaging technology is at an all-time high today,” said AIA President Jeff Burnstein. “We continue to see new and exciting applications emerge for vision in all aspects of automation. Imaging technology is being used more and more outside the factory as well, with growth in areas like life sciences and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is an exciting time to be involved in this industry.” BUSINESS NEWS Baumer Group earned recognition as a partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. Partner-level status is Deere’s highest supplier rating. The Swissbased company was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Baumer has more than 10 years’ collaboration history with John Deere. Deere makes use of Baumer’s profound sensor, technology and agriculture industry expertise. Company representatives accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on Dec. 15, 2015 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Baumer is a supplier of sensor solutions to John Deere’s operation in Des Moines, Waterloo, Moline, Dubuque, and Arc-lès- Gray (France). With presence in 19 countries and specialists providing qualified consultation in all agriculture core markets Baumer maintains a close connection to the customer. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. Baumer supplies customer specific products as well as a range of agriculture industry-specific products. Available agriculture product categories include inductive sensors, ultrasonic sensors and a frequency sweep oil level switch. Baumer is a full-portfolio provider of sensor solutions. Allied Vision officially welcomed its 300th employee. Katharina Hilgenfeld, the camera manufacturer’s new corporate purchasing manager, will support the global strategic purchasing and materials team in Ahrensburg implementing new processes. In an official ceremony, Chief Technology Officer Andreas Gerk welcomed Katharina Higenfeld on behalf of the management board and the entire company. “I am very happy that I have found a new professional home at Allied Vision,” said Higenfeld. “I am very proud of being a part of this dynamic, international team.” With Hilgenfeld, the high-tech company with its headquarters in Stadtroda near Jena (Thuringia, Germany) has reached another milestone in its number of employees and thus underlines its steady growth. In 2015, Allied Vision has welcomed more than thirty new employees worldwide. In all regions (America, Asia, EMEA), the sales team grew. The Allied Vision Team in Asia welcomed new colleagues in Singapore and Shanghai. The office in Burnaby, near Vancouver (Canada), expanded its staff as well as the headquarters in Stadtroda. “This development provides us an additional foundation for our growth strategy 2020. This success is also due to the commitment of our 300 employees at our eight locations,” commented CEO Frank Grube. Navitar Inc., a USA based manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hyperion Development LLC, a design firm and manufacturer of custom optical assemblies and OEM solutions. Navitar owners Jeremy and Julian Goldstein comment, “We are very excited to welcome everyone at Hyperion Development into the Navitar family. This transaction brings together two industry leaders and creates an optical design powerhouse. We will be operating out of four engineering, design, and production facilities located in San Ramon, Calif., Woburn, Mass., Denville, N.J. and Rochester, N.Y.” Hyperion Development has a history of designing innovative next generation deep ultraviolet (DUV) and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) semiconductor lithography systems. Their optical solutions range from ultraprecision microscope objectives, high volume electronic imaging lenses, cine prime lenses, mobile medical solutions, and infrared (IR) solutions for aerospace, defense, and photonics applications. Hyperion Development expanded in 2014 with the acquisition of AMF Optics and American Diamond Turning, LLC. The newly consolidated company, AMF Optics, LLC, is located in Woburn, MA. This ITAR registered, ISO 9000 certified facility, will continue to provide high quality traditional diamond turned optical components and infrared lens assemblies. All personnel at each company will be maintained and current facilities will remain in place. Michael Thomas, co founder of Hyperion, sees this merger as an opportunity to expand Hyperion’s production capabilities thus moving their client’s products to market faster. According to Hyperion co-founder Russ Hudyma, “Navitar’s international presence and vertical integration will enable the team to reach more customers, speed up the design and prototyping process, and ensure our best in class solutions reach our customers on time and on budget.” Jeremy Goldstein added, “The combined capabilities of Navitar and Hyperion Development just don’t exist at other optical firms around the world. Our unique abilities will continue to help our customers maintain their competitive position and help to strengthen their market leadership.” PEOPLE NEWS Greg Matherly joined Baumer as western region sales manager for industrial cameras and vision sensors. He comes to Baumer with more than 25 years’ technology sales, sales management, and business development experience including tenure with a national distributor, several technology start-ups, and a Fortune 500 original equipment manufacturer. Microscan, a provider of barcode, machine vision, verification and lighting solutions, appointed Richard Cheng to regional sales director for Microscan’s Greater China region (including China and Hong Kong). In his new role, Cheng will be responsible for all Microscan sales and applications engineering activities in China and Hong Kong, reporting to President Scott Summerville. Cheng has held increasingly responsible positions in sales leadership during his six years with Microscan and recently led the China sales team to reach peak sales in Microscan’s history serving the Chinese market. “Richard has continually developed his sales leadership and customer- centric business skills,” stated Summerville. “The Greater China region has also been a top performer for Microscan over this period, largely due to Richard’s leadership.” Cheng has over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience working with public and Fortune 500 technology companies in the industrial automation, building automation, energy, machine vision and auto identification sectors. From 2000 to 2009, he held the position of senior sales manager, building automation and energy metering systems at Siemens. In this position, Cheng contributed to annual sales growth rates (YoY) of 151 percent in 2006, 168 percent in 2007, and 147 percent in 2008. Since 2009, he has been responsible for the strategic development of Microscan sales and marketing activities. Cheng has guided the implementation of these strategies with regard to the development of sales volume, brand promotion, pricing, and marketing communications to improve Microscan market share, sales performance, customer satisfaction and profitability in China.
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