Frost & Sullivan Research Service   Published: 27 May 2005
Growth Opportunities for the World SMT Inspection Equipment Markets
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   Research Overview
 

Tracking Developments in Novel PCB Packaging Technologies Essential to Sustain Growth

New and more complex printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and component packaging technologies, such as ball grid arrays (BGAs), are creating demand for more technically sophisticated X-ray inspection systems. Higher resolutions demanded by chip-scale packages (CSPs) and flip chips are also expected to spur growth for open-tube X-ray systems. For greater success in the future, vendors need to keep pace with the changing technologies favored by end users in the electronics manufacturing industry and accordingly align their product development strategies for surface mount technologies (SMT) inspection systems.

This Frost & Sullivan research service analyzes the world markets for SMT inspection systems, segmenting them into automated optical, X-ray, laser, and bare PCB inspection systems. It also discusses the various market trends and opportunities while providing in-depth analysis of market share, forecasts, drivers, restraints, and revenues. The comprehensive focus of this study enables companies to align their positioning strategies to benefit from the changing markets and obtain maximum return on investment.

Increasingly Flexible Production Necessitates Higher Throughput Inspection Systems

Significant improvements in SMT equipment including pick-and-place machines, screen printers, and reflow ovens as well as the introduction of 'modular' machines have increased the speed of SMT lines. Consequently, vendors of SMT inspection equipment are facing immense pressure to keep up with other PCB assembly equipment and maintain the speed of SMT lines. "In this regard, the in-line automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment has been the largest market segment," observes the analyst of this research. "Technological improvements in AOI equipment have resulted in higher throughput, repeatability, and reliability as well as increasing quality and production yields for the PCB assembly manufacturers."

Moreover, the growing demand for SMT equipment is reducing the need for expensive rework and repair while increasing throughput. As PCB assembly manufacturers aim for a zero-tolerance regime, the demand for pre-solder paste and pre-reflow optical inspection equipment that detect faults such as poor quality solder joints, tombstoning, and other post reflow defects is expected to rise significantly.

Increasing Use of New and Complex boards in Medical and Automotive Applications Encourages Changes in Equipment Capabilities

SMT inspection equipment derive the maximum demand from automotive and medical applications where miniaturization of components and more complex PCBs with high layer count necessitate novel inspection technologies. The medical and automotive segments contributed $30.4 million and $20.5 million respectively to the total revenues of the SMT inspection markets in 2004.

"Inspection of PCBs in medical and automotive applications is critical since the circuit has to be foolproof and rework must be avoided at all costs," explains the analyst. "On their part, vendors need to offer products with higher reliability and longer life cycles to remain competitive in these segments."

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Analysis of Manufacturing Trends Enables Improvements in Software

With the concept of lean manufacturing and inclusion of statistical process control in production lines increasing, the research looks at how different products add value to the production lines.

Detailed Competitive Environment Analysis Provides Competitor Strengths and Weaknesses

There continue to be shifts in the competitive structure especially in the AOI and Bare PCB inspection equipment markets. However technology continues to remain an important differentiating factor among competitors. This study analyzes how heightened research and development efforts are expected to provide competitive advantages.

Impact of Component Developments on Inspection

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   Market Sectors
 

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

By application:

  • Automated Optical Inspection
  • X-ray Inspection
  • Laser inspection
  • Bare PCB inspection

By geographic region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Rest of World
   What's Included
 
  • Market and technology trends
  • Detailed product segment analysis and an added segment on Bare PCB inspection equipment.
  • Highly relevant and updated information on the emerging vertical markets such as medical and automotive
  • Quantitative analysis containing over 40 charts and figures
  • Detailed regional analysis of the different markets globally
  Table Of Contents

1. Executive Summary
        1. Market Overview
                1. Introduction
                2. Competitive Analysis
        2. Major Research Findings
                1. Forecasts and Opportunities
                2. Product Segment Analysis
                3. Conclusion

2. Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market
        1. Market Overview and Definitions
                1. Introduction
                2. Definitions and Scope
                3. Market Segmentation
                4. Market Engineering Measurements
        2. Market Dynamics
                1. Challenges
                2. Market Drivers
                a. Expensive Rework Precludes Automated Inspection
                b. Complex Circuitry in Disk Drives, Handsets Drives Inspection Needs
                c. Continued Growth of Telecom and Data Communications Market
                d. Real Time Statistical Process Control Boosts Inline Inspection
                e. Higher Usage Rate of Area Array Packages Boosts Unit Sales
                f. Growth in the EMS providers Market Supports X-Ray Inspection Equipment Growth
                g. Process Control Regime Enforces Solder Paste Inspection
                h. Desire for Higher First Pass Yield Inspires Adoption of Laser Based Solder Paste Inspection
                i. Increase in Utilization of Multiple PCB Layers Spurs Growth
                j. Usage of Newer Finishing Materials Drives Unit Shipments
                3. Market Restraints
                a. AOI Equipment Inspection is Limited to Visible Defects
                b. Element of Human Verification Constrains Unit Sales
                c. High Cost of Replacement and Maintenance of Sealed X-Ray Tubes Deters Sale
                d. Slow Cycle Times for X-ray Equipment Impede Growth
                e. Limited Fault Coverage of Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Discourages Purchase Decision
                f. Lack of Awareness Regarding the Use of Laser Technology Hampers Growth
                g. AOI Equipment Slows Down Production Line
        3. Revenue Forecasts and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Geographic Analysis
                3. End-user Analysis
                4. Distribution and Customer Analysis
                5. Market and Technology Trends
        4. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure
                2. Market Share Analysis
        5. Frost and Sullivan Awards
                1. Market Leadership Award
                2. Technology Excellence Leadership
                3. Product Line Strategy Leadership Award
                4. Product Quality Leadership Award

3. Automated Optical Inspection Equipment Market
        1. Market Overview and Definition
                1. Introduction
                2. Definitions
                3. Market Engineering Analysis
        2. Market Dynamics
                1. Market Drivers
                a. Increase in Pre-Reflow Inspection Enhances Sales
                b. Expensive Rework Precludes Automated Inspection
                c. Complex Circuitry in Disk Drives,and Handsets Drives Inspection Needs
                d. Continued Growth of Telecom and Data Communications Market
                e. Improving Technology Resulting in Higher Throughput and Accuracy Drives Growth
                f. Price Sensitivity Demands by OEMs Push EMS Providers Towards Automated Optical Inspection
                g. Real Time Statistical Process Control Boosts Inline Inspection
                2. Market Restraints
                a. AOI Equipment Inspection is Limited to Visible Defects
                b. AOI Equipment Slows Down Production Line
                c. Programming Issues Restrain Demand
                d. False Failure Calls Discourage Adoption of Automated Optical Inspection Equipment
        3. Revenue Forecasts and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Demand Analysis
                3. Geographic Analysis
                4. End-User Analysis
                5. Pricing Analysis
        4. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure Analysis
                2. Market Share Analysis

4. X-Ray SMT Inspection Equipment Market
        1. Market Overview and Definition
                1. Introduction
                2. Definitions
                3. Market Engineering Analysis
        2. Market Dynamics
                1. Market Drivers
                a. Higher Usage Rate of Area Array Packages Boosts Unit Sales
                b. Improved Technology Encourages Product Acceptance
                c. Highly Developing Wireless Communication Applications Boosts Inspection Requirements
                d. Need for Process Control Stimulates Usage of Inspection Equipment
                e. Surge in PCBs with Flexible Circuitry
                f. Lead Free Solder is Expected to drive growth
                g. Growth in the EMS providers Market Supports X-Ray Inspection Equipment Growth 
                2. Market Restraints
                a. Slow Cycle Times for X-ray Equipment Impede Growth
                b. High Cost of Automatic X-ray Inspection Equipment Curbs the Market
                c. High Cost of Replacement and Maintenance of Sealed X-Ray Tubes Deters Sale
                d. High False Failure Rates With AXI Equipment Discourages New Unit Sales
                e. Expensive AXI Operator Training Bulges Total Cost of Ownership
                f. Safety Issues Deter Wider Acceptance of X-Ray Equipment
        3. Revenue Forecasts and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Demand Analysis
                3. Geographic Analysis
                4. End-User Analysis
                5. Product Analysis
        4. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure Analysis
                2. Market Share Analysis

5. Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market
        1. Market Overview and Definition
                1. Introduction
                2. Definitions
                3. Market Engineering Analysis
        2. Market Dynamics
                1. Market Drivers
                a. Process Control Regime Enforces Solder Paste Inspection
                b. Continued Growth of Telecom and Data Communications Market
                c. Desire for Higher First Pass Yield Inspires Adoption of Laser Based Solder Paste Inspection
                d. Price Sensitivity Demands by OEMs Push EMS providers Towards Automated Optical Inspection
                2. Market Restraints
                a. Limited Fault Coverage of Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Discourages Purchase Decision
                b. High Capital Expenditure Curbs Unit Shipments
                c. Lack of Awareness Regarding the Use of Laser Technology Hampers Growth
        3. Revenue Forecasts and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Demand Analysis
                3. Geographic Analysis
                4. End-User Analysis
                5. Pricing Analysis
        4. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure Analysis
                2. Market Share Analysis

6. Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market
        1. Market Overview and Definition
                1. Introduction
                2. Definitions
                3. Market Engineering Analysis
        2. Market Dynamics
                1. Market Drivers
                a. Increase in Utilization of Multiple PCB Layers Spurs Growth
                b. Usage of Newer Finishing Materials Drives Unit Shipments
                c. Demand for Ultrafine Line Width Boards Spurs Development of Precision AOI Equipment
                d. Sustained Growth of Board Production Sustains Demand for Inspection Equipment
                2. Market Restraints
                a. Element of Human Verification Constrains Unit Sales
                b. High False Call Rates Deter High Adoption of AOI Equipment
        3. Revenue Forecasts and Trends
                1. Revenue Forecasts
                2. Demand Analysis
                3. Geographic Analysis
                4. End-User Analysis
                5. Pricing Analysis
        4. Competitive Analysis
                1. Competitive Structure Analysis
                2. Market Share Analysis

7. Appendix
        1. Decision Support Database Tables
                1. Annual Telecom Investments
                2. Number of Secure Servers
                3. Printed Circuit Board Sales
                4. PC Installed Base
                5. Portable PC Installed Base



   List of Figures
 

Chapter 1

  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Product Type (World), 2001-2011

Chapter 2

  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Impact of Top Ten Industry Challenges (World), 2005-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (North America), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (Europe), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (Asia), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (China), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts (Rest-of-World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by End-User Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Telecom Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Data Communications Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Computing Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Medical Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Automotive Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Aerospace Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Consumer Electronics Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for the Industrial Segment (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Revenue Forecasts for Other Industries (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Customer Type (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Product Type (World), 2001-2011
  • Total SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Share Trends of Major Market Participants (World), 2003-2004

Chapter 3

  • AOI Equipment Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • AOI Equipment Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • AOI Equipment Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • AOI Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (World), 2001-2011
  • AOI Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by End-User Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • AOI Equipment Market: Competitive Structure (World), 2004
  • AOI Equipment Market: Market Share Trends of Major Market Participants (World), 2003-2004

Chapter 4

  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (World), 2001-2011
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by End-User Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Competitive Structure (World), 2004
  • X-Ray Inspection Equipment Market: Market Share Trends of Major Market Participants (World), 2003-2004

Chapter 5

  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (World), 2001-2011
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by End-User Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Competitive Structure (World), 2004
  • Laser SMT Inspection Equipment Market: Market Share Trends of Major Market Participants (World), 2003-2004

Chapter 6

  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Market Drivers Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Market Restraints Ranked in Order of Impact (World), 2005-2011
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecasts (World), 2001-2011
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by Geographic Region (World), 2001-2011
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Percent of Revenues by End-User Industry (World), 2001-2011
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Competitive Structure (World), 2004
  • Bare PCB Inspection Equipment Market: Market Share Trends of Major Market Participants (World), 2003-2004
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