Analysis of the Industrial Digital X-Ray Inspection Systems Market The Future of Industrial Radiography has Arrived
- ID: 2163013
- June 2012
- 71 Pages
- Frost & Sullivan
Digital X-ray systems are common in the medical field, but this is still a nascent market for NDT applications. X-ray technology trends in medicine are usually a precursor to what can be expected to happen in the X-ray inspection market for industrial applications. Furthermore, it should be understood that the needs and requirements for a digital X-ray inspection system for NDT applications vary significantly from the systems in hospitals. Analysis of the total market is provided, including revenue and pricing forecasts and drivers and restraints. Segment and regional breakdowns are also given.
-The global industrial digital X-ray inspection systems market is in the growth stage
-The highest-contributing product segment for this market is computed tomography (CT).However, the fastest-growing segment in this market is direct radiography (DR
-The most significant customer need in the current economic environment is cost-saving. Any solution that can save the customer money is in high demand. Digital x-ray inspection systems have a number of features that contribute to enhanced cost savings versus traditional film radiography solutions. Hence, this is one of the key drivers for this market.
-The top participants in this market are GE Measurement and Control Solutions, YXLON
International GmbH (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the COMET Group), Nikon Metrology, and Carestream NDT.
-The largest end user for digital X-ray inspection systems is the automotive and transportation
segment and it is expected to remain as such throughout the forecast period because this
segment is accepting toward newer technologies.
In 2009, in a poll conducted for Britain’s Science Museum, X-ray was named the most important modern scientific achievement for its impact on the past, present, and the future. X-ray has been used for over a century for non-destructive testing applications. However, the technology has evolved considerably since the advent of film-based radiography.
The paradigm shift of analog to digital X-ray inspection systems is an ongoing trend in the NDT market with continuous evolution of X-ray sources, detectors, and software bringing techniques such as direct radiography (DR), CR, and CT to the fore.
Although the use of digital X-ray solutions in the medical field is common, it is still a nascent market for NDT applications. X-ray technology trends in medicine are usually a precursor to what can be expected to happen in the X-ray inspection market for industrial applications. At the same time, it should be understood that the needs and requirements for a digital X-ray inspection system for NDT applications vary significantly from those in hospitals.
There are several advantages associated with replacing film with digital X-ray inspection systems, such as improved efficiency, cost control, computer-aided image interpretation, and the ability to conveniently archive, share, and retrieve images.
For the purpose of this study, the global industrial digital X-ray inspection systems market has been segmented by technology as:
-CT inspection systems
-CR inspection systems
-DR inspection systems
The key components that make up any X-ray inspection system are:
X-ray Tube—The X-ray tube is the source of X-rays and is further segmented depending on the type of tube used in the system. Certain industrial applications require higher resolution X-ray images which have seen increased adoption of microfocus X-ray tubes.
Detectors—X-ray’s from the source penetrate the device being tested, get absorbed by the detection medium, and are displayed using a detection system. There are several ways to detect X-rays. The most common method is using photographic film, but this process will soon be replaced by digital technology.
Manipulation System—The manipulation systems not only hold the object to be inspected in position, but also rotates or tilts the object. Presently multi-axis manipulator systems are increasingly being implemented for high-end inspection applications.
Cabinets—X-ray cabinets form an integral part of the X-ray inspection system because they protect the operator and environment from the risk of radiation.
Control System – The control system is the main work station of the system operator. It is primarily comprised of controls for the manipulator system and a computer with advanced image quality enhancement and analysis software for image capturing, processing, and storage.
Geographic Regions Covered
-North America—United States and Canada.
-Europe—Countries in Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia.
-Asia-Pacific (APAC)—Countries on the western border of the Pacific ocean, including those on the Indo-Chinese peninsula and the Pacific islands, and Central Asia.
-Rest of World—Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Central and South America) and regions not mentioned above, particularly the Caribbean Islands, the Middle East, and Africa.
End-user Segments Covered
-Automotive and Transportation—automotive industry as well as industries involved in the automotive supply chain
-Aerospace, Military, and Defense—includes commercial and private aviation, spacecraft, and military and defense-related research labs
-Electronics—includes electronics, semiconductor, and surface mount technology (SMT)/printed circuit boards (PCB) manufacturing
-Power Generation—includes renewable power, non-renewable power, cogeneration, and utilities industries
-Oil and Gas—includes refineries, natural gas, and petroleum industries
-Others—include commercial R&D, academic, foundries, minerals, organic samples, etc.
Market Overview—Key Questions This Study Will Answer
Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow and at what rate?
What are the key growth drivers and restraints for the market?
Who are the major participants in this market and what is their market share?
What are the strategic growth regions?
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Total Industrial Digital X-ray Inspection Systems Market
External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
Forecasts and Trends
Market Share and Competitive Analysis
Computed Tomography Breakdown
Computed Radiography Breakdown
Direct Radiography Breakdown
North America Breakdown
Rest of World Breakdown
The Last Word (Conclusions and Implications)