New report covering the global industrial X-ray inspection equipment and imaging software market


The global industrial X-ray inspection equipment and imaging software market is projected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 6.8% during 2018-2023 (the forecast period), according to a new report from Research and Markets. The scope of this report is limited to the solutions that are offered by the major players, including providers of computed tomography (CT) and digital radiography, while the regions considered in the scope of the report include North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (RoW).

X-ray inspection is one of the most promising methods of NDT. These systems are also viewed as important screening tools for risk management and quality control, owing to their ability to detect contaminants, defects and inconsistencies in products. The industrial X-ray inspection systems market is anticipated to scale new heights in the coming years, with the market moving from conventional film-based systems to the innovative and highly advanced digital systems. With rapid progressions in technology, enhanced image quality and throughput, an increase in the rate of adoption in varied industrial applications is expected to be witnessed. However, high costs associated with portable X-ray devices and stringent regulation may hamper the market growth.

With rapid advancements in technology, X-ray systems are witnessing a rise in demand. One of the most prominent developments taking place in the electronics industry is the miniaturisation of devices. The growing demand for compact-sized products is driving the need for industrial X-ray systems, which can offer high resolution, for quality analysis. Such a 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 enable detailed 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.

Furthermore, flat-panel detector (FPD) integrated systems, particularly digital radiography (DR) machines, that fulfil high resolution and faster processing requirements, would be viewed as the next-generation X-ray inspection systems of the future. Additionally, CT, equipped with FPDs and other sophisticated technologies, are expected to drive the market due to their widening footprint in various end-use areas.

The Asian market is expected to witness a robust growth, primarily driven by the bolstering aviation market and power generation sector, which demand highly advanced systems. The major factors driving the growth of this market are the rising growth of automobile and aviation industries, technological advancements in industrial X-ray products, growing consumer awareness regarding enhanced quality of products and rising government funding, boosting the growth of the Asia-Pacific industrial X-ray market. China is expected to witness the highest growth, driven by the rapidly growing manufacturing industry along with increasing vehicle production, which is fuelling the demand for high-quality X-ray inspection systems. Apart from this, the expanded application of general X-rays, such as interventional X-rays, mammography and general radiography, has been witnessing higher demand in the APAC region. This is driven by the increased need for non-surgical procedures. Furthermore, other advantages, such as 3D imaging through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, help in determining the pattern of the disease more effectively. The upgrade of software applications and increase in MRI-compatible interventional procedures for treating chronic disorders are also expected to drive market growth.