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NATICK, MA, USA June 02, 2009

Cognex Connect Ensures Seamless Connectivity Between Vision Systems and Automation Controls

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announces Cognex Connect, the most comprehensive suite of communications capabilities ever offered in a vision system. Cognex Connect enables out-of-the-box connectivity between Cognex In-Sight® vision systems and virtually any major PLC, robot, HMI and Fieldbus system commonly used in factory automation. A simple point and click configuration interface makes it easy to control multiple vision systems from any network PC, and allows users to easily transfer data and images to an enterprise file server or display them in the user’s own operator interface.

“Cognex Connect makes the integration of vision into any automation system very easy,” said Justin Testa, Cognex Executive Vice President and Vision Systems Business Unit Manager. “Because Cognex Connect supports virtually all major PLC, HMI, robot controller or Fieldbus systems, In-Sight users have unlimited flexibility in selecting which system integrators and automation equipment providers to work with.”

 The standard Cognex Connect suite of communication capabilities includes pre-configured drivers, ready-to-use templates and sample code to accelerate system set-up and ensure smooth communication with factory automation robots and controllers. Cognex Connect also provides an array of visualization options for integrating inspection images from In-Sight into a central operator interface.

 Cognex Connect delivers built-in support for the following controls and communications:

 · PLC Cognex Connect supports open standard industrial Ethernet communications protocols such as MC Protocol, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET for trouble free connection to a wide range of PLCs including Mitsubishi, Rockwell and Siemens.

 · PC or HMI Cognex Connect supports OPC server, Active X display controls, and standard TCP/IP Ethernet protocols.

 · Robots Pre-configured drivers, ready-to-use templates and sample code are available for robots by ABB, Denso, Fanuc, Kawasaki, Kuka, Motoman and Staubli. Communication with robots by Mitsubishi, Adept, Epson and many other manufacturers is also supported.

 · Fieldbus Cognex Connect supports all established standards, including CCLink, DeviceNet, and PROFIBUS.

The Cognex Connect suite of communication capabilities is supported on all Cognex In-Sight models. For more information on Cognex Connect, visit www.cognex.com/connect.


Annmarie Latta
Gray & Rice Public Relations
Phone: (617) 367-0100 ext. 168
Email: alatta@gr2000.com

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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