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Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System Market Size By Product (Lighting, Imaging, Data Storage, Printer, Rework), By Type (2D AOI Systems [Inline AOI, Offline AOI], 3D AOI Systems [Inline AOI, Offline AOI]), By Application (Printing, Selective Soldering, Reflow Soldering, Wave Soldering, Automation), By End-Use (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Telecommunication, Energy & Power) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018 - 2024

  • Report ID: GMI2969
  • Published Date: Oct 2018
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Automated Optical Inspection System Market Size

Automated Optical Inspection System Market size was valued at over USD 500 million in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% from 2018 to 2024.

Global Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System Market

The rising demand for advanced PCBs and surface mounted technology requirements in several machines & devices, such as consumer electronics and vehicles, are poised to drive the market growth during the forecast period. Technically advanced electronic machines require efficiently tested PCBs to meet the manufacturing and safety standards applied for their development. The market offers application-specific testing and fault detection at every stage of the PCB production process. Moreover, increasing standardizations and regulations across the globe to develop safe and well-equipped machines for various industry-specific requirements are fueling the market expansion. The machines are increasingly deployed across the automotive and electronics industry to cater to the growing demand for reliable PCB-based components.

A rise in the trend of automation in manufacturing electronic components, such as circuit boards and sensors, is contributing toward the market progression. Manufacturers are developing several PCB inspections machines that incorporate 3D inline features that offer efficient inspection as compared to the 2D options. Additionally, the increasing defects and more time consumed in manual PCB detection techniques account for the rising adoption of the market. The technical advancements, such as the use of high-resolution cameras and imaging systems, in modern inspection systems offer better fault detection results over the conventional human involved techniques.

A major factor hampering the automated optical inspection system market demand is unawareness about the automated inspection machines. The presence of false call rates after deploying AOI systems is another reason hindering their demand. Maximum false call rates affect the coverage of component detection area and further hamper the production line efficiency. All AOI systems have a pre-defined number of call rates and detection area capacity. However, an increased number of call rates hinders the machine performance by providing inappropriate inspection data. These issues can be overcome by developing efficient AOI machines and incorporation technologies, such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, to avoid the occurrence of false call rates.


The stakeholders of the market ecosystem experienced several challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary suspension of manufacturing facilities of several electronic component manufacturers in China disrupted production, shipments, and supply chain to unprecedented levels. This resulted into a delay in delivery of raw materials and critical components to AOI system integrators, during the first six months of 2020. The rapid spread of the pandemic coupled with increasing financial insecurities led end-users to postpone the acceptance of advanced technologies such as automated optical inspection. The gradual revival of the electronics industry with stable economic conditions is set to support the AOI market post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automated Optical Inspection System Market Analysis

Imaging solutions in the AOI system market are predicted to witness 15% growth rate through 2024 led by the essential functions performed by the cameras and sensors in the fault detection operations. The main imaging products include cameras, such as HD and machine vision, that provide better fault checking than human eyes. The key development in imaging segment is the incorporation of two to three high-resolution and high frame rate cameras into the 3D inspection systems. These imaging systems offer the detection of a larger board area and all boar parameters including height, width, and length. The suppliers in the market have developed efficient cameras and imaging systems, specifically for PCB visualization and fault detection.

The lighting products will reach USD 250 million by 2024 on account of the heavy light and brightness requirements for detecting errors on PCB systems. These products improvise the illumination of the PCB area, aiding the imaging systems to identify faults and printing issues more efficiently. The development in light sources includes implementation of LED lighting products that include color variations such as white, red, blue, and others. These sources are developed according to the PCB requirements such as low to high illumination for various applications. The lighting products enable the AOI systems to offer lighting provisioning from different angles as required by the PCB size and dimensions. These components contribute to the enhanced image quality and inspection results in an AOI system.

AOI Market Revenue


The 3D inline systems accounted for 35% of the AOI system market share in 2017 and are increasingly being deployed by the PCB manufacturers owing to the demand for highly accurate components in automotive applications. The incorporation of laser measurement technique into the 3D inspection devices accounts for their high demand as it offers better detection of co-planarity faults, which are mostly missed by the conventional 2D models. Additionally, 3D systems provide highly accurate 3D images of the PCBs, which are mainly the exact shape and volume imaging of the original device. The 3D systems offer highly defined imaging results that eliminate the involvement of human checking for detecting faults and facilitating PCB assembly.

The 2D systems have dominated the market in recent years attributed to the lower prices and affordability, mainly for electronic manufacturers. These systems are deployed with ultra-resolution imaging systems, telecentric lenses, and lensing technology that illuminate the PCB areas to be inspected. The 2D systems are appropriate solutions for the inspection of two-dimensional circuit boards and they facilitate manufacturers with low capital funding in PCB manufacturing. The deployment of these systems aids companies to save the manufacturing costs as it eliminates human involvement in PCB detection and assembly.

Wave soldering applications captured 30% of the automated optical inspection system market share in 2017 impelled by the implementation in cases of large production volumes. The manufacturers have developed specialized pre and post-wave soldering AOI systems for the operations that are performed by liquid dissolution methods.

Selective soldering applications are gaining a substantial popularity credited to the benefits including low operational costs over the traditional wave soldering alternatives. These techniques are used to inspect the soldering parts on partly and dully assembled PCBs. These selective soldering machines provide soldering process optimization, reliable solder joint detection, and avoid component overheating.

 Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) System Market Share


The penetration of the market into the aerospace & defense industry is rapidly growing attributed to the high machinery and device quality requirements used in aerospace engineering. The material faults and weakness lead to destructive results for the manufacturers and customers as they may cause system failures. To avoid these consequences, aircraft manufacturers need to deploy efficiently inspected components and PCBs. The AOI systems are used in aircraft manufacturing for reliable component testing and supporting the non-destructive development process.

The automotive end-use segment is slated to dominate owing to the increasing PCB requirements in automobile systems such as lighting, driving assistance, and infotainment. The automotive PCB manufacturers mainly deploy advanced 3D inspection systems due to the accuracy requirements in vehicular safety systems. Several AOI manufacturers have developed automotive application specific AOI systems that facilitate the exact needs in automobiles.

Automated Optical Inspection System Market Size


The Asia Pacific automated optical inspection system market is anticipated to observe rapid growth attributed to the penetration of several electronic component and device manufacturing companies in China, South Korea, and Japan. The increasing awareness to develop technically advanced and reliable products to support the export business initiatives in these countries is developing the market value. The presence of a large number of automobile producers in China is also responsible for the increased consumption of these machines.

The U.S. market covers a significant revenue share credited to the early technical advancements across all manufacturing sectors in the company. Moreover, the presence of various safety and compulsory inspection standards for machinery production in the country accounts for the industry expansion. The consumption of automotive and electronic products is more in the U.S. as compared to other regions due to high disposable income of the consumers. These factors are further responsible for the increasing demand for the market.

Automated Optical Inspection System Market Share

The key players operating in the automated optical inspection system market include

  • Cyberoptics Corporation
  • Nordson Corporation
  • Kurtz Ersa
  • AOI Systems
  • Orbotech Manncorp
  • Mirtec
  • Koh Young Technology
  • Viscom AG
  • ASC International
  • Machine Vision Products, Inc.
  • MEK Marantz Electronics Ltd.
  • Saki Corporation
  • Chroma Ate, Inc.
  • Omron Corporation

The companies are developing technically-advanced 3D inspection systems that are deployed majorly in the aerospace, automotive, and electronics manufacturing applications. The major leaders are also developing their dealer and distribution in countries including South Korea and China, which have a high demand for these products. Industry participants focus on providing legally compliant machines that support the efficient inspection of components to be used in highly accurate vehicle and aircraft applications.


Industry Background

Technical advancements and increasing awareness related to the reliable, tested, and accurate electronic component development will drive the market revenue. The industry comprises few players manufacturing the 3D, inline, and application specific AOI systems. These players focus on offering high-quality inspection machines that eliminate the issues in error detection and limit the human intervention in PCB production. They also incorporate high-resolution cameras to provide better imaging capabilities than the conventional systems. Manufacturers focus on providing many added inspection benefits at reasonable costs to the smaller PCB manufacturers that have limited capital investments. Companies in the market aid the PCB manufacturers in saving the operational and PCB production costs by offering machines that perform detection operations at every component production and assembly.

The automated optical inspection (AOI) system market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2013 to 2024, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product

  • Lighting
  • Imaging
  • Data Storage
  • Printer
  • Rework

Market, By Type

  • 2D AOI Systems
    • Inline AOI
    • Offline AOI
  • 3D AOI Systems
    • Inline AOI
    • Offline AOI

Market, By Application

  • Printing
  • Selective Soldering
  • Reflow Soldering
  • Wave Soldering
  • Automation

Market, By End-Use

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Telecommunication
  • Energy & Power

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

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The market size of AOI system exceeded USD 500 million in 2017.

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  • Base Year: 2017
  • Companies covered: 24
  • Tables & Figures: 343
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 350
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