Vision Sensors can integrate with automation devices.

Press Release Summary:

In-Sight(TM) 4000 Series vision sensors offer dual processors for simultaneous, dedicated vision processing and network communications. Models include: In-Sight 4000 with fast frame rate; high resolution (1024 x 768) In-Sight 4001; and In-Sight 4100 remote head camera for harsh industrial environments. Sensors have built-in Ethernet communications; vision tool library for locating, inspecting, measuring, and identifying parts; and spreadsheet interface.

Original Press Release:

Cognex Expands Vision Sensor Family With Three New High-Performance Models

New In-Sight 4000 Series Extends Product Family to Nine Models

Natick, MA, March 18, 2002-Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that it has added three models to its award-winning family of In-Sight vision sensors. The new In-Sight(TM) 4000 Series vision sensors offer speed improvements of up to 5x over previous In-Sight models, setting a new standard of high performance, low-cost vision. Additionally, each sensor features dual processors to enable simultaneous, dedicated vision processing and network communications. The Series consists of the following new models:

* In-Sight 4000 - an ultra-high performance vision sensor offering fast frame rates and accelerated vision tool performance.
* In-Sight 4001 - a high resolution (1024 x 768) version of the In-Sight 4000 for applications that require increased resolution for inspecting small objects, or capturing images of larger parts.
* In-Sight 4100 - a compact, remote head camera (1.25" L x 1.25" D) version of the In-Sight 4000. Ideal for applications where a small and/or lightweight camera head is required, or for harsh industrial environments where protection from dust and wash down is necessary.

"The In-Sight 4000 Series is significant for a number of reasons," said Justin Testa, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cognex. "First, by offering accelerated performance, it will broaden the range of high-speed applications that can be solved with a low-cost product. Secondly, its dual-processing architecture provides maximum vision performance, even in network-intensive applications such as remote process monitoring. Finally, the new 4000 Series expands our ever-growing vision sensor family to nine models, with sensors to handle everything from color inspection to high-accuracy gauging to automatic ID. This makes In-Sight the most comprehensive line of vision sensors currently available."

Like other In-Sight vision sensors, each In-Sight 4000 Series sensor is equipped with built-in Ethernet communications, a full library of proven Cognex vision tools for locating, inspecting, measuring, and identifying parts, and a spreadsheet interface for fast, easy application set up. In-Sight 4000 Series sensors can be easily integrated with PC-based factory automation devices via Ethernet communications, and with PLCs on the factory floor via EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, ModBus, and ProfiBus communications.

In-Sight 4000 vision sensors are equipped with all vision software tools pre-installed. A number of optional In-Sight-compatible accessories are available including LED-based lighting modules, an Ethernet workstation, network gateway modules, and industrial camera enclosures.

In-Sight 4000 Series sensors will be available in April 2002.

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