Global Industrial Computed Radiography Market 2022
According to market projections, the global industrial computed radiography market is expected to grow from $59.1 million in 2022 to $68.8 million in 2033, with a compound annual growth rate of 1.49% during the forecast period of 2023-2033. This growth can be attributed to two main factors: the adoption of Industry 4.0 practices and the increasing demand for portable radiography systems.
Traditionally, non-destructive radiography inspections in industrial settings relied on conventional X-Ray machines that used film to capture images of defects. Technicians would manually examine these films to identify any flaws. However, this process was time-consuming, required skilled labor, and necessitated extensive film storage facilities. To address these challenges, manufacturers developed industrial computed radiography solutions.
USD 68.8 Mn incremental growth between 2022 and 2027
Application, Component, Region
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Industrial computed radiography systems allow technicians to capture images using an imaging plate, which is then converted into a digital format by a computed radiography (CR) reader. This significantly reduces image capture time and enables defects to be visualized digitally using review stations and acquisition software. Additionally, digital storage eliminates the need for physical film storage, reducing costs and enabling easy sharing of defect images with clients.
One of the key drivers for the demand of industrial computed radiography solutions is the commercial aviation industry. The industry has a substantial order backlog for next-generation commercial aircraft, which fuels the need for effective inspection methods and, consequently, drives the demand for industrial computed radiography systems.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including application, component, and region.
Segmentation by Application
Aerospace and Defense
Oil and Gas
Power and Energy
Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device
Electronics and Semiconductors
Food and Drugs
Segmentation by Component
Computed Radiography Reader (Digitizer)
Review Station with Acquisition Software
Segmentation by Region
North America – U.S. and Canada
Europe – France, Germany, Russia, U.K, and Rest-of-Europe
Asia-Pacific – China, Japan, India, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific
Rest-of-the-World – Middle and Africa and Latin America
The global industrial computed radiography market is categorized by application, including aerospace and defense, oil and gas, manufacturing, marine, automotive, and more. Among these applications, aerospace and defense and oil and gas are projected to be the dominant sectors, with respective market shares of 15% and 36% by 2033. The estimated market sizes for aerospace and defense and oil and gas in 2023 are $7.1 million and $23.7 million, respectively, with compound annual growth rates (CAGR) of 3.8% and 0.4% expected during the forecast period of 2023-2033. The revenue from the oil and gas segment is anticipated to be higher due to the flexibility of the imaging plate, which enables imaging from challenging angles. On the other hand, the marine, transportation infrastructure, and electronics and semiconductors segments are expected to experience a decline in revenues as these industries shift towards advanced technologies like digital radiography and computed tomography.
In the oil and gas industry, computed radiography solutions are extensively used for pipeline inspection to prevent corrosion and ensure welding quality and wall thickness. X-ray or gamma rays are employed to penetrate the circular pipeline walls and capture images using the imaging plate, facilitating the detection of defects. The flexibility of the imaging plate allows operators to wrap it around the specific areas affected by corrosion or welding defects. Moreover, computed radiography solutions have become more portable, enabling service providers to conduct offshore inspections in the field. Although many industries are transitioning to digital radiography due to technological advancements and real-time defect evaluation, the oil and gas sector continues to rely on computed radiography solutions because of the high flexibility of imaging plates. Consequently, the demand for computed radiography solutions and components is expected to gradually increase during the forecast period. In 2022, the oil and gas sub-application segment in the industrial computed radiography market generated $23.6 million in revenue, and it is projected to reach $24.8 million in 2033, with a CAGR of 0.42% for the period 2023-2033.
Welding plays a crucial role in the construction of the oil and gas industry, where it is utilized to create durable components capable of withstanding extreme pressures, temperatures, weights, and environments. However, errors resulting from negligence and human fatigue are common occurrences during welding. To overcome this issue and prevent pipeline leakage, non-destructive tests are conducted using computed radiography solutions. These solutions accurately detect welding defects and enable digital viewing on monitors. Therefore, the demand for computed radiography solutions for welding inspection is expected to significantly increase during the forecast period. In 2022, the welding inspection sub-application segment within the oil and gas application segment generated $14.8 million in revenue, and it is projected to be $14.4 million in 2033 for the period 2023-2033.
Corrosion under insulation (CUI) poses a significant risk to the oil and gas, industrial plants, and petrochemical facilities sectors. Managing corrosion is challenging due to restrictions on inspection methods for live operating systems, often resulting in planned and unplanned shutdowns and opportunistic inspection programs during short shutdown periods. Computed radiography (CR) is employed to assess internal and external corrosion losses in process piping, pressure vessels, and valves, minimizing the need for frequent operational shutdowns. It also aids in estimating remaining thickness and wall losses. While corrosion may be inevitable, it can be identified and addressed through non-destructive testing using CR solutions. Therefore, computed radiography non-destructive testing is crucial for identifying corrosion defects, leading to a significant increase in demand during the forecast period. In 2022, the corrosion (integrity) sub-application segment within the oil and gas application segment generated $5.9 million in revenue, and it is projected to be $5.5 million in 2033 for the period 2023-2033.
The computed radiography (CR) system serves as a digital alternative to conventional X-Ray film radiography, which is widely used in non-destructive testing for industrial and medical applications. The CR system consists of various components, including imaging plates, CR readers (digitizers), and review stations with acquisition software. Photostimulable phosphor-based imaging plates are used to detect X-Rays, and these exposed plates are scanned using computed radiography readers (digitizers) equipped with helium-neon lasers to convert them into digital images. The digital images are then analyzed on review stations using acquisition software. By capturing images of components used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and power sectors, cracks, corrosion, welding defects, and foreign object detections can be analyzed.
Computed radiography readers, also known as digitizers, are crucial components that convert images stored in the hard copy of imaging plates into digital format using helium-neon lasers. These readers are lightweight, compact, portable, and can be used on tabletops. Waygate Technologies, Carestream Health, and Durr Ndt Gmbh & Co. Kg are prominent companies offering a wide range of computed radiography readers to end users in various industries. Since imaging plates are manufactured in standard sizes, such as 35 x 35 cm, 24 x 30 cm, 18 x 24 cm, and 15 x 30 cm, the size of the readers is also restricted accordingly. These CR readers are widely utilized across industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace, defense, and oil and gas. However, the demand for CR readers is expected to gradually grow and remain stable during the forecast period. In 2022, revenue from computed radiography readers in the industrial computed radiography market reached $40.1 million, and it is projected to reach $46.7 million in 2033, with a CAGR of 1.49% for the period 2023-2033. However, a few industries like oil and gas, power and energy, and electronics and semiconductors are expected to experience negative growth rates due to their transition towards digital radiography and its advanced technology.
Europe and North America are expected to hold the highest shares of 28% and 25% respectively in the industrial computed radiography market by value in 2023, owing to the presence of numerous companies in these regions. Asia-Pacific is estimated to account for a 23% share in 2023 and is projected to witness the second-highest growth during the forecast period of 2023-2033, driven by various manufacturing companies and NDT service providers. Increased investments by industrial computed radiography manufacturers such as Durr Ndt Gmbh & Co. Kg, Carestream Health, and Waygate Technologies (Baker Hughes Company) for various industrial applications are expected to drive stable growth in the industrial computed radiography market during the forecast period.
The North America region comprises the markets of the U.S. and Canada. Currently, the U.S. dominates the computed radiography development sector with a 65% market share, contributing to the continued demand for industrial computed radiography until 2033. Furthermore, U.S. companies are heavily investing in research and development of digital radiography for various applications and are expected to gain prominence in the market during the forecast period. The region holds a significant market share of 25% in value in 2023, which is expected to gradually decline over the forecast period. The dominance of North America in the industrial computed radiography market can be attributed to major industry players like FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, Waygate Technologies (Baker Hughes Company), and Carestream Health, who are modernizing their existing systems to capitalize on market opportunities.
In 2022, the industrial computed radiography market was dominated by established players in the segment, accounting for 100% of the market presence.
The key companies profiled in this report include Carestream Health, DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG, FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., MQS Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Rigaku Corporation, Virtual Media Integration, and Waygate Technologies (Baker Hughes Company). These companies are recognized leaders in the industry and play a significant role in shaping the industrial computed radiography market.
Recent Industry Developments
In September 2022, DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG entered into a partnership with JME Ltd. The objective of this collaboration was to develop an innovative X-Ray solution. Through this partnership, JME Ltd. would be able to leverage the D-Tect X software in conjunction with the DXB:1 system for inspecting circumferential welds in various applications, including new pipelines.
In July 2022, L3Harris Technologies forged a partnership with DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG. As a result of this collaboration, L3Harris Technologies would be able to utilize the advanced ScanX Discover HC computed radiography scanner. This scanner enables the electronic capture of X-Ray images, which can then be projected digitally on a monitor for convenient evaluation purposes.
In February 2021, DÜRR NDT GmbH & Co. KG introduced the D-Tect X NDT software. This cutting-edge software solution offers high performance, user-friendliness, and exceptional flexibility.
In November 2019, Rigaku Corporation extended its existing partnership with Covalent Metrology. As part of this extension, Rigaku Corporation installed two of its latest analytical instruments at the new facility of Covalent Metrology, situated in Sunnyvale, California.
In June 2018, Carestream Health entered into a partnership with ayData Management, LLC. The aim of this collaboration was to provide customers worldwide with integrated DICONDE-based archive storage solutions. By leveraging the ayData Management NDT archiving suite of products, Carestream’s NDT division could enhance its end-to-end digital product line.
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