North American Robotics, Vision, and Motion Control Industries Set Growth Records in 2017

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Last year was a banner period for the North American robotics, machine vision, and motion control industries as all markets continued to set records.

Today, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in Ann Arbor released its annual report on automation and robotics market statistics, highlighting the growth.

“What I find most telling about these results is not simply that the automation market continues to grow, but that it is growing in such a wide variety of industries,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of A3. “New industries continue to embrace robotics, vision, and motion, reaping the benefits of automation.”

According to the report, the robotics industry saw $1.9 billion in sales, a 0.1 percent increase over 2016’s numbers.

Demand in the vision and imaging market grew even higher. In 2017, total Machine Vision (MV) transactions in North America grew 14.6 percent over 2016 to $2.6 billion.

The motion control industry also grew, going up about 8 percent from 2016, raking in about $3.6 billion.

Industry experts are bullish on all component markets except imaging boards (flat) for the first half of 2018. The industry also expects application specific machine vision systems (ASMV) and smart camera sales to remain flat over the same period.

The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control and Motor Association (MCMA).

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