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NATICK, MA, USA August 25, 2009

Cognex Offers New Vision Tools for Solar Cell Inspection

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) has further expanded its range of inspection solutions for solar cell manufacturing processes. The new VisionPro® Solar Toolbox includes pre-configured software tools for the most common vision alignment and inspection applications in photovoltaic (PV) solar production.  With the addition of the Solar Toolbox, users have the option of working either with the basic VisionPro software library, or using the pre-configured tool set as a starting point for setting up vision inspection and alignment applications. VisionPro software’s industry-leading tools for location, identification, and inspection can also be leveraged throughout the value chain to help manufacturers achieve higher quality, faster throughput, and better process control.

“Efficient solar cell manufacturing needs very high-performance vision to handle tougher inspections, faster production speeds, and enable full wafer-to-panel traceability,” said Markku Jaaskelainen, Executive Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Vision Software. “As the solar production process advances and becomes more automated, using vision will be a critical way for manufacturers to achieve process efficiencies, improve equipment performance and control production costs.”

Cognex offers a full range of vision products to help equipment makers, line builders and manufacturers take advantage of advanced vision technology at every step of the manufacturing process.

VisionPro Software—Ideal for solar equipment suppliers and line builders, hardware-independent VisionPro software offers an affordable, flexible and powerful alternative to standalone inspection systems and can be used with any camera, frame grabber, or direct-connect digital standard.

In-Sight® Vision Systems—Powerful, compact vision systems that can be easily retrofitted onto existing production lines to immediately enhance processes from inspecting bare wafers to verifying assembly of the final solar panel.

 

 

DataMan® Industrial ID Readers—The industry’s most powerful handheld and fixed-mount code readers enable high speed wafer handling and full wafer-to-panel traceability.

Checker® Vision Sensors—Low cost, high performance options for dedicated part detection or measurement applications.

SmartView® Web and Surface Inspection—Solutions for detecting and classifying surface defects in solar glass and plastic substrates.

In addition to inspection, alignment and ID solutions for PV production, Cognex also offers a wide-range of products for thin film solar production, including surface inspection solutions and ID products for traceability throughout the manufacturing process.

For more details about Cognex capabilities in the solar industry download our brochure at www.cognex.com/solar.

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Gray & Rice Public Relations
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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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