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NATICK, MA, USA March 24, 2011

Cognex Expands VisionPro Surface Inspection Software Capabilities

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced the launch of version 2.1 of VisionPro® Surface inspection software for flat products. This release significantly expands the capabilities of VisionPro Surface from defect detection and classification on continuous products to automated inspection of sheeted products and gauging of crossweb and downweb features on both continuous and sheeted products.

VisionPro Surface is an easy-to-use, self-learning inspection and gauging software that is used to find critical surface defects that affect product quality or process efficiency. Unlike traditional surface inspection technologies that use signal processing to detect defects, VisionPro Surface works by monitoring the visual appearance of the material. The easy-to-use setup tools and visual user interface enable users at all levels to automatically inspect their products. The advanced defect detection tools, classification algorithms, and gauging tools enable users to easily address a broad variety of flat product inspection applications.

VisionPro Surface, version 2.1, now offers four different platforms that can be selected depending on the application to be solved, including the new VisionPro Surface Sheeting.

“VisionPro Surface Sheeting allows manufacturers of sheeted and continuous flat products to grade sheets, measure sheet geometry, and automatically detect sheet edges reliably and accurately using technology from the recognized leader in the machine vision industry,” said Dr. Markku Jaaskelainen, Executive Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Vision Software.

VisionPro Surface comes with:

  • Easy-to-use setup tools
  • Point-and-click application configuration
  • Visual self-learning defect classification tools
  • Robust gauging tools
  • Automatic sheet edge detection
  • Production unit grading
  • Internet browser based reporting tools

Hardware components such as PCs, cameras, I/O, lights, encoders, and cabling can be purchased separately from Cognex, or from third-party vendors.

VisionPro Surface is available now. More information about VisionPro Surface is available at www.cognex.com/vprosurface.

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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