NATICK, MA October 09, 2007

Cognex Expands Reading Capability

DataMan ID readers offer flexible lens options, support new symbologies

Natick, MA, October 9, 2007—Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, vision sensors and industrial ID readers, today announced new features that expand the power and capability of the high-performance DataManTM  100 family of image-based ID readers.

New lens accessories provide magnification flexibility to optimize reading performance in a variety of applications. A new super high density (SHD) lens kit allows flat-panel-display manufacturers and printed circuit board assemblers to read tiny codes with cell sizes as small as 2 mil (0.05 mm), and the new C -mount lens adapter further extends the range of lenses that can be used. For example, in material handling and logistics applications, C-mount lenses provide integrators the flexibility they need to match the working distance and the field of view to the application requirements.

In addition to the new lens options, DataMan readers support an expanded list of 1D and 2D symbologies including PharmaCode, Reduced Space Symbology (RSS), Composite Symbology (CS) PDF417, MicroPDF and the most popular postal codes making the readers suitable for a wider range of automotive, packaging, electronics, pharmaceutical, postal and document handling applications.

“By extending the range of lenses which can be used with DataMan, customers can increase performance, facilitate integration, and in some cases, reduce the overall cost of implementation,”  said Carl Gerst, Cognex Senior Director & Business Unit Manager for ID Products. “By continually adding new code symbologies to DataMan, more customers can benefit from DataMan’s remarkable speed and continuously high read rates.”

All DataMan 100 readers offer easy set up with integrated illumination, beeper, adjustable optics, a built-in aimer and a push-button trigger. The compact design of DataMan 100 readers makes them ideal for applications where space is limited such as label printers, clinical analyzers, marking equipment and document handlers.

John Lewis
Public Relations Manager
Cognex Corporation
(508) 650-3140


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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