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  • Continuous Innovation

    Companies around the world rely on Cognex vision to optimize product quality, drive down manufacturing costs and control traceability.


    When Cognex was founded in 1981, we were one of the first machine vision companies to get started when the subject was just emerging from academic laboratories.

    Our engineers pioneered some of the earliest commercial applications for machine vision. Many vision tools that are now commonly used in the industry were the brainchild of our co-founder, Bill Silver, an MIT graduate who is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in machine vision.

    We employ the best and brightest vision scientists and engineers in the world and we continue to invest heavily in our core vision technology. In many cases our R&D investment alone is greater than our competitors’ total annual revenue.

    Cognex’s commitment to continuous innovation ensures our ability to continue to develop and deliver powerful vision tools that work for our customers in real environments throughout the world.

    Largest team of vision experts
    • 37% of employees are engineers
    • 36% have advanced degrees
    Largest installed base of systems
    • More than 900,000 installations
    • More than one billion products are made each day with Cognex vision
    R&D Investment
    • 15% of revenue
    • 500+ man years
    Intellectual property
    • 660+ patents issued or pending worldwide
    • Some of the tools and patented technologies include:
      • Hotbars™
      • PatMax®, PatFlex®, PatInspect®
      • IDMax®, IDQuick™, 1DMax+™, 2DMax+™
      • UltraLight®
      • OCRMax™, OCVMax™
      • MatchColor™, ExtractColor™
      • EasyBuilder®
      • Cognex VSoC™
      • One-Click Setup™
      • Internal Triggering







  • Major Milestones

    • Cognex Directory Server – 2013
      Enterprise network security for vision systems
    • DS1000 – 2013
      Factory-calibrated 3D machine vision inspection
    • DataMan 503 – 2013
      Area scan reader for challenging logistics applications
    • AE2 Advantage Engine – 2013
      OEM smart camera the size of a finger tip
    • OCRMax – 2012
      A new standard for industrial Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
    • In-Sight 7000 – 2012
      Small, tough and very smart
      vision system
    • Hotbars – 2012
      New technology for quickly reading 1-D linear barcodes
    • DataMan 300 – 2012
      Advanced barcode reading with intelligent tuning technology
    • DataMan 500 – 2011
      The laser killer for
      logistics applications
    • Checker 4G – 2011
      Ethernet-enabled, high speed,
      high resolution sensors
    • DataMan 8000 – 2010
      The most advanced handheld reader with liquid lens and Ethernet
    • DataMan 200 – 2009
      First fixed-mount industrial ID reader to incorporate liquid
      lens technology
    • In-Sight Micro – 2008
      World's smallest, smartest, easiest vision system
    • DataMan 7500 – 2006
      First handheld reader for any mark on any surface with UltraLight
    • Checker 101 – 2004
      Breakthrough product for
      presence sensing
    • IDMax – 2004
      Pattern matching technology for
      2-D Data Matrix codes
    • In-Sight 2000 – 2000
      First compact, full-capability machine vision sensor
    • PatMax – 1997
      First geometric pattern
      matching technology
    • Checkpoint – 1994
      First user-friendly, general purpose machine vision system
    • Cognex 3000 – 1988
      Included VC-1, the first machine vision chip
    • DataMan – 1982
      First industrial optical character recognition system