The industrial X-ray inspection systems are used for risk management and quality control in industrial applications. These systems are capable of detecting defects, inconsistencies and contaminants in the products. Some of the major end users for industrial X-ray inspection systems include scientific, electronics, industrial, automotive, aerospace and oil and gas owing to their consistent high quality requirements. X-ray is the highly comprehensive and non- invasive imaging technique in the industrial applications which offers comprehensive information about the soldered link without concern of the package type. Industrial X-ray imaging offers high precision, high-speed and repeatability. The x-ray systems are capable to go through metal casing and recognize a broad variety of non-metallic impurities. This factor contributes to the widening scope of such systems to the food industry.
Industrial x-ray inspection systems are one of the most attractive segments of the global inspection systems market. This is primarily because of the non-invasive method of scanning and filtering. Security programs started by governments across the globe after 9-11 terrorist attacks, is one of the major growth factor for x-ray inspection systems in sensitive and high security areas. These areas include airports, seaports and state borders. X-ray systems, with capability to recognize contraband, plastic weaponry, metal weaponry and explosives are growing fast as one of the highly accepted means of threat detection.
The market is segmented by product type. Product type includes computed tomography, computed radiography and direct radiography. Direct radiography is the major segment and expected to have double digit growth in near future. Key players in the market include Smiths Group Plc., CEIA S.p.A., Nuctech Company Limited, Nikon Metrology NV, OSI Systems Inc., Teledyne DALSA and YXLON International GmbH among others.