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NATICK, MA, USA October 12, 2010

Cognex Announces Color and Hi-Resolution Enhancements to Omniview 360° Inspection System

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) today announced its next generation OmniView® 360° inspection system, now with color and 5 megapixel high resolution cameras.  OmniView allows detailed inspection and verification of unoriented wine and juice bottles, canned goods, pharmaceutical vials and other cylindrical packages right on the production line.  Using the latest Windows® 7, 64-bit PCs, OmniView technology inspects products at up to 1200 parts per minute without disrupting bottling and packaging lines.

OmniView can help to minimize product recalls and protect brand image by ensuring product quality, help control process by identifying defects early and track parts through the supply chain by reading labels and codes. It uses four cameras positioned around the conveyor to capture views of all sides of a product.  These are mapped into a 3D model using proprietary Cognex vision technology, and then inspected using Cognex’s VisionPro® software library.  An additional fifth camera can be used to confirm that the lid or cap matches the label on the front of the package.

Expanded Color Capabilities
Now with full color inspection, OmniView 5.0 lets manufacturing plants inspect color logos, match the cap and label colors, and confirm the color of bottle contents.  It also provides operators with an appealing color display.

High Resolution Inspection
Using cameras that are up to 5 megapixels in resolution, OmniView can perform detailed inspections on slower lines.  The higher resolution can also be used to image tall bottles in a single field of view, while retaining enough resolution to clearly read small print or Data Matrix codes.

“Version 5.0 of OmniView dramatically increases the vision and ID applications that can be solved with expanded color functionality and higher resolution options,” said Markku Jaaskelainen, Executive Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Vision Software. “In addition, OmniView now offers GigE support for the best price/performance option.”

OmniView 5.0 cylindrical product inspection system comes complete with:

  • OmniView application software, complete with turnkey user interface
  • Cognex VisionPro vision tools for product identification and inspection
  • A set of calibration plates to support 3D modeling
  • Cameras:  either four or five camera system, in color or monochrome

For more information about the OmniView cylindrical inspection system, visit www.cognex.com/omniview.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Annmarie Latta
Gray & Rice Public Relations
Phone: (617) 367-0100 ext. 168
Email: alatta@gr2000.com

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of image-based products, all of which use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that give them the human-like ability to make decisions on what they see. Cognex products include machine vision systems, machine vision sensors and barcode readers that are used in factories and distribution centers around the world where they eliminate production and shipping errors.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1.5 million image-based products, representing over $5 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 www.cognex.com.

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