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Global Industrial X-Ray Systems Market to Reach US$591.9 mil

14 Nov 2011 07:18 Viewed1729

Global Industrial X-Ray Systems Market to Reach US$591.9 mil

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on X-Ray Inspection Systems. The global market for industrial x-ray inspection systems is projected to cross US$591.9 million by the year 2017, primarily prompted by rising quality and safety standards in various end-use industries. In addition, rising concerns towards security, witnessed in various countries is driving the adoption of x-ray inspection systems in sensitive areas such as airports, seaports and state borders. Technological developments and new end-use applications areas will spur growth in the industrial x-ray inspection systems market in the future.

 

Industrial x-ray inspection systems have emerged as one of the most lucrative segments of the global inspection systems market, primarily owing to the non-intrusive method of screening. X-ray inspection is gaining prominence as one of the most promising methods of non-destructive testing (NDT). The systems are also viewed as important screening tools for quality control and risk management, with their ability to detect contaminants, defects and inconsistencies in products. Areas such as scientific/industrial, electronics, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas are some of the most prominent end-users of these systems, due to their consistent high quality requirements. In industrial applications, X-ray is the most comprehensive, non-contact imaging technique that provides complete information about the soldered connection, irrespective of the package type. X-ray imaging offers superior precision, repeatability and high-speed capabilities. The ability of x-ray systems to penetrate through metal packaging as well as identify a wide variety of non-metallic contaminants is widening the scope of these systems to include the food industry. Security programs initiated by various governments across the world post 9/11 terrorist attacks, is boosting usage of x-ray inspection systems in sensitive areas such as airports, state borders and seaports. X-ray systems, with potential to identify contraband, explosives, plastic and metal weaponry are rapidly gaining ground as one of the most accepted and advanced methods of threat detection.

 

The industrial x-ray inspection systems market is projected to scale new heights in the years to come with the market moving from conventional film-based systems to the innovative and highly advanced digital systems. With rapid progressions in technology, which enhance image quality and throughput, increased adoption in varied industrial applications will be witnessed. Flat panel detector (FPD) integrated systems particularly digital radiography (DR) machines, that fulfill high resolution and faster processing requirements would be viewed as the next-generation x-ray inspection systems of the future. Additionally, computed tomography (CT) equipped with FPDs and other sophisticated technologies are expected to drive the market due to their widening footprint in various end-use areas.

 

Rapid technological advancements in inspection systems are increasingly driving traditional x-ray systems with low resolution towards obsolescence. One of the most prominent developments taking place in the electronics industry is the miniaturization of devices. The growing demand for compact size products is driving the need for industrial x-ray systems that offer high resolution, for quality analysis. Such requirement of high magnification systems can only be met through x-ray sources, which have a minute punctiform x-ray focal spot. This has resulted in the development of nanofocus tubes that facilitate detail inspection at the sub-micron level. Additionally, multifocus x-ray sources that include high-power modes, nanofocus and microfocus have also been developed for varied application areas.

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