The global optical digitizer and scanner market is seeing rapid growth in unit sales based on increased end-user measurement needs, as well as greater innovation and product capabilities. To keep pace with evolving end-user requirements, equipment suppliers are consistently reinvesting in research and development. The resulting advances in probe technology, software, accuracy, and integration methods are creating further opportunities for high-end optical digitizers and scanners.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (testandmeasurement.frost.com), Analysis of the Global Optical Digitizer and Scanner Market, finds that the market earned revenues of over $358.3 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $467.1 million in 2016.
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"Evolving metrology needs in end-user manufacturing segments, particularly in automotive and aerospace, have generated demand for optical digitizers and scanners with better portability and speed," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Prathima Bommakanti. "As such, high-speed, high-throughput scanners that measure difficult geometry with touch probe accuracy are gaining popularity."
The growing shift towards non-contact probing is driving 3-D laser scanner sales. Additionally, with greater awareness, end users look for more efficient and affordable products, particularly when it comes to white-light laser scanners. Absolute measurement inline metrology equipment is preferred over relative measurement systems by these users.
Offering high-functionality solutions at lower costs, however, affects overall market revenues. Moreover, customers who are not well-versed with the advanced technologies in blue-light and white-light scanners are raising concerns over their reliability.
Furthermore, the market is also extremely price-sensitive due to the increasing number of competitors and the steady decline in prices over the last few years.
"Manufacturers are trying to mitigate price sensitivity by developing core value propositions around service level and supply chain efficiencies," said Bommakanti. "Offering software development and support services to overcome the glitches inherent in sophisticated technologies will boost adoption."
Strategic alliances with service centers will be a key market trend, as optical digitizer and scanner vendors look to expand their support portfolio.
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Analysis of the Global Optical Digitizer and Scanner Market / NA89-30