Machine Vision System incorporates vision software tools.

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Incorporated into VisionPro®, geometric measurement tools measure distance between circles, points, and lines in ActiveX environment. Data analysis tools allow users to perform statistical analysis of vision tool results without having to first write custom programs, automatically computing various statistics to be analyzed over time. VisionPro systems offer QuickStart(TM) drag-and-drop graphical interface and choice of MVS-8100 frame grabbers.

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Cognex Expands Software Library of PC-Based Vision Systems

Popular VisionPro® Series now delivers expanded vision functionality in user-friendly ActiveX software environment

Natick, MA, October 18, 2002-Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, today announced that it has expanded the functionality of its VisionPro® PC-based machine vision systems with the addition of new high-performance vision software tools. The new tools, which join a library of proven Cognex vision software for general-purpose inspection, measurement, identification, and guidance, include the following:

o Geometric measurement tools - VisionPro now includes a suite of geometric measurement tools that make it easier than ever for users to gauge parts, including measuring the distance between circles, points, and lines. This specialized software can significantly reduce machine vision development time by eliminating the need to apply numerous individual edge detection tools to perform measurements.

o Data analysis tool - The VisionPro data analysis tool enables users to quickly and easily perform statistical analysis of vision tool results without having to first write a custom program. It automatically computes various statistics over time, such as the average and standard deviation of result values, which can be analyzed to better understand manufacturing process trends.

"Since its introduction in early 2002, the Cognex VisionPro Series has become the premier choice for PC-based vision among system integrators, OEMs, and advanced manufacturing engineers," said Justin Testa, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cognex. "Users find its fast prototyping environment allows them to take vision projects from start to finish in a very short period of time. The addition of these new vision tools will enable users to solve complex vision tasks more efficiently using easy-to-configure ActiveX-based controls."

VisionPro vision systems feature Cognex's QuickStart(TM) drag-and-drop graphical interface for prototyping vision applications using ActiveX controls. Once configured, these controls are easily brought into Visual Basic, where they can be used directly in a deployable application. Customized solutions can also be developed using Visual Basic or Visual C++.

VisionPro systems offer users a choice of Cognex MVS-8100 frame grabbers, which provide high-speed, PC-based vision processing and support a wide range of analog and digital cameras. Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, and NT 4.0 operating systems are supported. Vision Pro software development licenses are available upon purchase of a VisionPro starter system. The new VisionPro geometric measurement tools and data analysis tool will be available from Cognex in Q4 2002.

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems, or computers that can "see." Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 150,000 machine vision systems, representing over $1 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Cognex's Modular Vision Systems Division, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, specializes in machine vision systems which are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for assuring their quality. Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division, headquartered in Alameda, California, specializes in machine vision systems which are used for inspecting the surfaces of products manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, paper, and plastics. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Visit Cognex on-line at

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