NATICK, MA, USA May 22, 2012

Cognex In-Sight 7000: The Only Vision System to Support POWERLINK

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and industrial ID readers today announced that it has expanded the communication capabilities for real-time Ethernet communication by adding POWERLINK support from B&R Automation to the In-Sight® 7000 machine vision product line. The POWERLINK standard has been integrated into the Cognex Connect™ communications suite to deliver high speed deterministic control that integrates directly with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) developed by automation industry leaders B&R Automation based in Eggelsberg, Austria.

POWERLINK is one of the key emerging standards for real-time Ethernet communication for high speed industrial automation applications. As a result, Cognex has made using POWERLINK in the In-Sight 7000 line of machine vision systems a strategic goal and is the only machine vision company that supports the POWERLINK protocol.

“We recognize the growing importance of deterministic Ethernet and we see POWERLINK as a “must have” addition to the Cognex Connect communications suite” said Bhaskar Banerjee, Business Unit Manager for Vision Systems. “We are very excited about the new opportunities that POWERLINK opens up for the deployment of highly integrated vision system applications in advanced automation architectures.”

The synchronization between Cognex In-Sight 7000 vision systems and B&R Automation POWERLINK systems will help deliver faster, highly automated solutions to users on the production line. POWERLINK is available now for In-Sight 7000 vision systems. For more information, visit

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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