Cognex Dataman ID Readers Selected by Aerospace Industry Manufacturer


NATICK, MA - December 17, 2010 - Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced today that a leading manufacturer of components for the aerospace industry has selected Cognex DataMan®handheld ID readers to speed order processing and error-proof part handling at its production facilities worldwide.

The manufacturer has purchased more than 100 of the new Cognex DataMan 8500 handheld readers, which will be used to scan ID codes marked on parts and on order sheets to verify that orders have been correctly processed, and to create a traceable path for each part throughout the supply chain. The powerful code-reading algorithms of the DataMan 8500 ensure reliable performance on eventhe most difficult 2D Data Matrix and 1D barcodes marked on virtually any surface, and variable-focus liquid lens technology makes it easy to read both very small 2D codes and longer barcodes with no manual adjustment to the lens. The DataMan 8000 series was introduced in August of this year.

"The fact that this major supplier made such a significant purchase of the DataMan 8500 so soon after it was introduced is a testament to the unique capabilities of this reader," said Carl Gerst, Business Unit Manager for ID Products at Cognex. "There is no other handheld unit out there today that can match it for ruggedness, ease-of-use, and performance for reading both 2D Data Matrix codes and 1D bar codes."

Mr. Gerst continued, "The capabilities of the DataMan 8500, along with Cognex's proven track record as a supplier of reliable, high performance ID readers, allowed this major supplier to specify this new reader for their lines before it had even shipped."

The DataMan 8500 features Cognex 1DMax(TM) and 2DMax(TM) code reading algorithms, which offer the industry's most advanced technology for reading both 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface. It is also the only handheld ID reader that offers Industrial Ethernet communication and liquid lens technology.

Read more about ID readers from Cognex at www.cognex.com/id.

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets machine vision sensors and systems, or devices that can "see." Cognex vision sensors and systems are used in factories around the world where they guide, inspect, gauge, identify and assure the quality of a wide range of items during the manufacturing process. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 600,000 machine vision systems, representing over $3 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Asiaand Latin America. For details, visit Cognex on-line at www.cognex.com.

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