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Automated optical inspection (AOI) system market to witness a double-digit CAGR over 2018-2024, automation applications to drive the industry expansion

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Rapid industrialization and increased demand for electronic components has propelled the automated optical inspection (AOI) system market expansion, with rise in consumption of automotive and consumer electronics. AOI systems have gained immense momentum for fast and accurate inspection of electronics assembly lines to facilitate the production of only the highest quality PCBs and surface-mount devices. Constant innovations in smartphone technologies and automotive electronics has reinforced the need for lowering time and cost of production, necessitating the involvement of the AOI system industry. Estimated to have recorded earnings of more than US$500 million in 2017, the global AOI system market will experience an accelerated growth rate from augmented industrial automation.

U.S. automated optical inspection (AOI) system market, by end-use, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. automated optical inspection (AOI) system market, by end-use, 2017 & 2024 (USD Million)

Automation has been a trending process among manufacturers around the world, and more factories are expected to be completely automated in the near future with advancements in communication and robotics. As the field of electronics production get more competitive, achieving the balance between manufacturing speed and quality through automation is considered to be a major factor for success. The AOI system industry is crucial in providing powerful solutions to help manufacturers monitor processes and greatly improve their overall quality. AOI systems can now be integrated with robots, pneumatics and other process components to offer precision quality control.

Increasing focus on consumer protection and the need for reducing the costs involved in 100% inspection process will further bolster the AOI system market. 100% inspection is critical for segments where a human life could be put at risk, for instance medical devices, portable electronics and automobiles. A while back, certain smartphone product launched by Samsung was under scrutiny due to exploding batteries which endangered the users while being charged or operated. It was found out that the leading cause of explosions was improper assembly of batteries, stressing the importance of inspection in automation. Experts believe the company could have avoided this fiasco by adopting quality inspection systems, such as AOI, for inspecting all batteries and not just samples.

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Speaking further on the significance of the AOI system market, electronic components are becoming smaller in size, making it difficult to perform accurate and fast checks manually. PCBs for different applications require hundreds of parts to be soldiered or mounted on them in a short period of time, needing AOI systems to inspect each and every part, either in pre-manufacturing stages or post-production. Many global industries are adopting fully-automated manufacturing processes for not only PCB production but also cars and consumer electronics. Subsequently, the AOI system industry will witness robust demand over the coming years.

To elaborate, Volkswagen recently announced that it would be construction its electric vehicle manufacturing facility near Shanghai, China, where fully-electric SUVs and other e-vehicles will be made. The company said the new facility will consist mainly of robots, around 1,400 of them, and will be operational by 2020. The expected 300,000 per year capacity of the factory represents extremely high

levels of automation that will be implemented and signifies a key application area for the AOI system market. Government rules and international standards regarding vehicle quality and safety have boosted the demand for advanced AOI systems, as they can match the complexity and speed of automated manufacturing.

Over the years, AOI systems have been optimized to collect data and provide feedback so that the manufacturing process can be improved, and any suitable adjustments are made. When used during the assembly or soldering process, AOI helps to inspect the quality of the product as it is being made, which considerably lowers the need for post-production inspections. The AOI system industry can benefit from the tremendous development in optical sensors and miniaturization of inspection cameras. The enormous opportunities for the implementation of AOI can be surmised from industry estimates which peg the global process automation segment to be valued at nearly USD 50.3 billion by 2020.

As more companies look towards AOI for ensuring a fast, reliable and cost-efficient quality control in manufacturing and process automation, the AOI system market is anticipated to register a 12% CAGR between 2018 and 2024. Viscom AG, Cyberoptics Corporation, AOI Systems, Nordson, ASC International, Omron Corporation and Kurtz Ersa, are some key players outlining the AOI industry dynamics. Compliance with evolving engineering standards and demand for higher quality of products will drive innovations in AOI technology.

Author Name :Pankaj Singh

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Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) market landscape to be underlined by strategic tie-ups & collaborations, global industry to record an impressive CAGR of over 25% over 2017-2024.

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The number of cyber-crimes across the globe is sky-rocketing – a factor that has provided a substantial push to FWaaS market, an integral vertical of the network security landscape. According to recent news reports, roughly 2 billion data records around the globe were stolen or lost by cyber-attacks in the first half of 2017. The increasing complexity and sophistication of these attacks further paint a grim picture of today’s network security landscape, in extension leading to Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) market emerging in rather a gigantic way. FWaaS industry is capitalizing on the back of ever-growing demand for network security and data protection. The maturation of Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) market can also be accredited to the increased utilization of the ever-expanding cloud computing and the regulatory guidelines being prescribed by the Governments around the world to protect critical data and information. Furthermore, the large enterprises are gradually realizing the significance of firewalls and are increasingly adopting the cloud-based firewalls to fortify their data. The prominent cloud firewall service providers and software vendors are collaborating to enhance the customized products and solutions to address the growing market-specific demand. As per a report compiled by Global Market Insight, Inc., Firewall as a Service market size is estimated to grow at a robust CAGR of over 25% from 2017 to 2024.

Firewall as a Service Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)
Firewall as a Service Market Size, By Application, 2016 & 2024 (USD Million)

Some of the remarkable benefits of cloud-based firewall services include simplified management, better internal threat protection, comprehensive protection services, reduced cost of training the staff, improved threat perception, and enhanced disaster recovery. The BFSI sector stands to contribute immensely toward firewall as a service industry growth, as the most ferocious cyber-attacks are directed towards financial institutions. The BFSI application, as per the estimates, is contemplating a resilient and sturdy growth of over 22% CAGR from 2017 to 2024. The Governments across the globe are willingly joining hands with the firewall service providers to contain the burden of cyber thefts on the national exchequer, which is carving a profitable roadmap for the Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) market to reap huge benefits in the near future.

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The recent trend of the increasing collaboration of firewall service providers and pure software vendors is seen to be growing. These proactive and dynamic prospects are vividly underlining the competitive and strategic landscape of firewall as a service industry. To cite an instance, Tata Consultancy Services, a dominant Indian IT service provider, has recently teamed up with US-based security firm Palo Alto Networks to assist enterprises to reliably transfer applications and data to the public cloud infrastructure. The Global Security Operations Centres of TCS will be leveraged to keep a tab on the sophisticated and complex cyber-threats and ward off malicious cyber-attacks trying to inflict organizations. Furthermore, Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) market is striving to be a combative market as the leading players are continuing their efforts to integrate with cloud companies to cater to a wider range of customers.

As enterprises are willing to invest in upgrading and refining the cloud security and automation of firewalls, the firewall management software market will obtain a much-required boost. If the recent news reports are to be believed, the hackers are making a concerted effort to reverse-engineer devices and apps. A simple misconfiguration would expose a serious vulnerability in the network of any enterprise. The loopholes include downtime, irregular optimization of firewalls, and infringement of policy guidelines. In response, the firewall management softwares like the Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) is set to make a rather pronounced impact in the firewall as a service market, courtesy its multifunctional security potential.

Speaking of the regional distribution of firewall as a Service market, North America has the largest market size and is presumed to grow at a higher rate owing to its network security infrastructure, heightened awareness and the speedy adoption of latest cutting-edge cybersecurity technology. The Asia Pacific FWaaS market, which has the highest number of SME’s, is expected to thrive in the coming few years as the increased awareness, security infrastructure and technology adoption acquire significance. In terms of global commercialization potential, Global Market Insights, Inc. estimates the firewall as a service industry to hit a revenue of USD 2.5 billion by 2024.

Author Name : Saif Ali Bepari