No tipping point in sight for machine vision

Machine vision sales growth stuck in single digits despite advent of Industry 4.0 Very sophisticated sensor technology is key to the next phase in the development of the “internet of things.” Machines, vehicles and devices will need to be able to “see” in order to collect valuable data, avoid collisions and spot when something has gone wrong. Yet sales of machine vision technology are fairly modest and growing at a fairly sedate pace. In 2015, the German machine vision industry, which is in the vanguard of this sector, achieved sales of 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) – a rise of 9% compared to the previous year, according to figures recently released by the industry association VDMA. Although sales have more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to the VDMA, there…


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