NATICK, MA, USA March 31, 2008

Cognex Receives Order for World's Largest Web Inspection System

NATICK, MA, March 31, 2008--Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced today that it has received an order in excess of $2 million from Oji Paper Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of premium coated papers, and the largest paper manufacturer in Japan.  The customer will integrate a Cognex SmartView® web inspection system, using more than 100 cameras, at its manufacturing plant in Tomioka, Japan.

The SmartView system will be used on a production line in which paper is both manufactured and coated in one continuous process.  During production, the SmartView web inspection system identifies defects on the moving web of paper and records their exact location on the roll.  When the paper is automatically cut into individual sheets at the end of the production line, the SmartView system ensures that any sheet containing a defect is rejected before the final packaging step. 

“This is the largest and most expensive SmartView system that Cognex has ever sold, and will be the largest and most powerful web inspection system in the world,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Cognex Chairman and CEO.  “Cognex is able to deliver large systems such as this one because of SmartView’s modular design.  This unique design makes SmartView ideal both for applications on narrow webs that require only a few cameras, as well as on large webs such as the one at Oji Paper, which is 10 meters wide and requires inspection not only across that web but also at many different production stages.”

SmartView can detect and classify defects smaller than a square millimeter in the most challenging applications at full production speeds. This enables manufacturers to both improve product quality and reduce scrap, resulting in increased profitability.

Robin Pratt
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Cognex Corporation
Phone:  (858) 350-5065


About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation (“the Company” or “Cognex”) invents and commercializes technologies that address some of the most critical manufacturing and distribution challenges. We are a leading global provider of machine vision products and solutions that improve efficiency and quality in high-growth-potential businesses across attractive industrial end markets. Our solutions blend physical products and software to capture and analyze visual information, allowing for the automation of manufacturing and distribution tasks for customers worldwide. Machine vision products are used to automate the manufacturing or distribution and tracking of discrete items, such as mobile phones, electric vehicle batteries and e-commerce packages, by locating, identifying, inspecting, and measuring them. Machine vision is important for applications in which human vision is inadequate to meet requirements for size, accuracy, or speed, or in instances where substantial cost savings or quality improvements are maintained.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 4 million image-based products, representing over $10 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details, visit Cognex online at


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