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Cognex Vision Sensors Selected by Japanese Industrial Robot Manufacturer

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 22:00

(Cognex: Natick, Massachusetts) -- Cognex Corp., a supplier of machine vision sensors and systems, has announced that a Japanese supplier of industrial robots has standardized on Cognex In-Sight vision sensors for their three-axis and SCARA robots. The manufacturer will produce certain robot models with the In-Sight sensor integrated directly into the robot, and other models will be provided with specially designed firmware to optimize direct connection between In-Sight and the robot’s controller. This partnership is expected to generate more than $300,000 in annual revenues for Cognex.

Vision-guided robots offer manufacturers increased flexibility and significant cost savings by eliminating the need for part fixturing, making it possible for a variety of different items to be manufactured on the same assembly line. This mass customization enables manufacturers to customize products very efficiently, without the need for a dedicated line for each version of the product.

“Industries such as automobile manufacturing have long used vision-guided robots, but recent breakthroughs in cost, ease of use, and reliability by Cognex have led to wider acceptance by other industries,” says Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Cognex’s chairman and CEO. “In-Sight is designed to provide the best possible performance for robotic applications at the lowest possible price. In addition to its durability, In-Sight comes with the option to use Cognex PatMax software, which can locate and identify parts with extremely high accuracy, despite variations in orientation, size, and appearance.” Software tools such as Cognex’s PatMax have made In-Sight a top choice for many industrial applications, and with this sale, In-Sight has become a competitive player in the robot guidance field as well.

For more information visit www.cognex.com/news/press_releases/2007/Japan_robot_mfg.asp

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