Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price. Typical applications for machine vision include detecting defects, monitoring production lines, guiding assembly robots, and tracking, sorting and identifying parts.
Cognex serves an international customer base from offices located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and through a global network of integration and distribution partners. The company is headquartered close to Boston in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.
Cognex is publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol CGNX.
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Cognex Corporation was founded in 1981 by Dr. Robert J. Shillman, a lecturer in human visual perception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The company produced its first vision system, DataMan, in 1982. DataMan was the world’s first industrial optical character recognition (OCR) system capable of reading, verifying, and assuring the quality of letters, numbers, and symbols marked directly on parts and components.
Despite a growing list of customers using Cognex vision, serious challenges soon became apparent in the company’s business model. Implementing a vision application in these early years required computer programming knowledge, and users demanded considerable support.
In 1999, after 18 years in business, Cognex celebrated the shipment of its 100,000th vision system. By 2003--just four years later--the company had already hit the 200,000 milestone
In 2004, Cognex was invited to open trading at Nasdaq in celebration of its 15th year as a publicly-traded company.
Cognex Founders Dr. Bob Shillman, Bill Silver, and Marilyn Matz (center) recieved the 2005 SEMI award in recognition of their technical contributions to semiconductor manufacturing.
Today’s Cognex DataMan 100 fixed mount ID reader packs much more functionality into a much smaller package.
Cognex strives to operate responsibly in regard to resource and energy conservation and the safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
Cognex believes in giving back to the community through its Corporate Donations Program. Through this program, Cognex supports a variety of worthy causes in the towns and cities where the company’s major regional offices are located.
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