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    Environment

    Cognex strives to operate responsibly in regard to resource and energy conservation and the safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

    Cognex is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations, including the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directives.  Cognex has formal RoHS and WEEE programs in place to reduce the use of hazardous substances in its manufacturing and service activities, and to ensure proper disposal and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.

    Cognex further enforces these efforts by working with a supply chain that is equally committed to these goals.  In developing our manufacturing supply chain, Cognex considers environmental impact alongside other key factors such as quality, performance, and price.

    It is important that our customers, suppliers and employees know that Cognex is committed to protecting and improving the environment for future generations.

    Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) Compliance
    The RoHS Directive restricts the use of hazardous materials in electrical and electronic equipment.  Cognex has committed itself to achieving RoHS compliance by eliminating lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and other specified hazardous substances from its products.

    In some cases Cognex will be unable to convert certain products due to a lack of RoHS compliant components or because the products are at the end of their life cycle. In these cases, Cognex will recommend alternative products that will meet RoHS requirements and will assist customers in the development of transition plans.  All Cognex products for which development programs started after July 2005 have been designed to be RoHS compliant.

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance
    Cognex fully supports the implementation of the WEEE Directive, the aim of which is to reduce and recycle the increasing volume of WEEE disposed of in landfills.

    Cognex products are designed and manufactured for long life, high reliability and have been evaluated against the criteria set forth in the WEEE Directive.  Whenever possible, products will be repaired to reduce the environmental impact of waste electronics.  In cases where repair is not feasible, Cognex will arrange with customers to take back a product for disposal.  Cognex is registered in several European Union member states in accordance with the requirements of the WEEE legislation.

    Customers in European Union member states that have Cognex products intended for disposal should contact Technical Support to obtain instructions.