NATICK, MA, USA September 04, 2014

Cognex Introduces 3D and Multi-Camera Vision System

Decrease the time it takes to develop, deploy and maintain complex machine vision applications

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world's leader in machine vision, today announced a complete machine-vision solution that makes developing, deploying and maintaining 3D and multi-camera 2D applications easier than ever. Together, the easy-to-use Cognex Designer™ software, powerful VC5 vision controller, 3D laser displacement sensors, and new Cognex Industrial Camera (CIC) models address the most demanding 3D profiling and high-performance multi-camera applications.

The VC5 vision controller comes pre-installed with Cognex Designer software, a complete development environment that handles vision-task configuration, factory communications, and runtime user interface design. The drag-and-drop graphical interface makes configuring Cognex’s library of industry-leading 2D and 3D vision tools much simpler. With 30 plus years of machine-vision experience, the company has also added a rich set of system features including built-in user access levels, real-time alarms, localizable interfaces, and SQL database logging.

"The combination of Cognex Designer software, industrial vision controller, 3D displacement sensors, and new CIC models will allow our customers to quickly create and deploy robust and easily maintainable multi-camera and 3D solutions, while dramatically reducing the development cycle,” says Joerg Kuechen, Vice President and Business Unit Manager, Vision Products.

“The VC5 Vision Controller is powered by a high-performance dual-core CPU and features a dedicated real-time subsystem for factory floor communication protocols (Ethernet/IP, PROFINET) and precision I/O. It connects directly to up to four DS1000 series 3D laser displacement sensors or Cognex GigE Vision® area scan and linescan cameras. Designed with OEM components, it is intended for a minimum three-year availability.

The 3D sensor range has been expanded to address an unprecedented variety of 3D applications demanding higher resolution and larger field-of-view. For standard image acquisition, the CIC portfolio offers a large selection of cameras that combine high performance in a small form factor. New models include 4k GigE Vision line scan, 60 frames/second 2 megapixel (MP) area scan, and a 4 MP color camera.

Cognex Designer provides full graphical and programmatic access to 3D Tools for inspecting height, volume, tilt angles, and cross section, plus the comprehensive VisionPro® 2D tool library, including PatMax®, IDMax®, and OCRMax™.

The VC5 Vision Controller, Cognex Designer, DS1000 3D laser displacement sensors, and Cognex Industrial Cameras are available now. 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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