Machine vision (MV) uses automated technology for capturing images and transferring to a PC. The images are then processed for inspection and reporting of the processed results.
MV systems can therefore be termed as devices that capture and analyze visual information, and are used to automate "seeing" tasks. A camera and an image sensor are used to capture images, and vision software analyzes what is being seen and communicates information to other equipment. Vision systems also require lighting and are configured by connecting them to a display device such as a computer monitor.
MV systems can have a variety of physical forms, depending on the needs of the users, who can purchase vision software to use with their own cameras and processors, or can purchase a stand-alone unit that combines the camera, processor and software into a single package. Such systems have increasingly become more powerful while at the same time easy to use. Advances in MV technology including smart cameras and vision-guided robotics have increased the scope of the market for MV, with a wider application in the manufacturing and nonmanufacturing sectors.
MV is now used to ensure the quality of products from tiny computer chips to massive space vehicles as well as in major security applications and traffic and crowd-control applications. MV has become a vital and effective automation tool that enables computers to replace human vision in many high-speed and high-precision manufacturing and nonmanufacturing applications. MV systems are utilized in manufacturing applications, including manufacturing of semiconductor, electronics, pharmaceuticals, packaging, medical devices, automotive and consumer goods. MV has also become a useful tool in traffic management, toll collection and many other nonmanufacturing uses.
This report will look at the application market for MV systems and the competition involved in this ever-expanding field. This report will also study the global market for the various components and different systems that constitute an MV system. The market for these components and systems has become very competitive, and this report will look into the nature of the competition and the region-wise breakdown of these markets.
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
To succeed in a market, MV companies must understand that market. They must know who their competitors are, how the market as a whole is performing, and what is selling and what is not. In addition, they must know where market opportunities lie. This report provides important information on the current size and anticipated growth of the overall market and market segments, characteristics of the market, leading suppliers, trends in customer preference and geographic market opportunities.