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Cognex Industrial Code Reading Software Wins Control Engineering Editors’ Choice Award

Cognex Corporation


Editors Choice AwardNatick, MA, February 7, 2005-Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and vision sensors, today announced that Control Engineering magazine has selected IDMax™ for their 18th annual Editors’ Choice Award. IDMax was selected by Control Engineering’s editors from the thousands of products featured in the magazine last year.

As one of only 40 to win the coveted Editors’ Choice Award for 2004, IDMax is among the most significant innovations featured in Control Engineering. This is the third time a Cognex innovation has won this prestigious award, which is based on service to the industry, technological advancement, and market impact.

IDMax is designed for Direct Part Mark Identification (DPMI), a fast emerging segment of the industrial ID market that involves directly marking parts with two-dimensional (2D) Data Matrix codes, then reading those codes quickly and reliably throughout the production process. ‘‘DPMI is a challenging application, requiring fast and reliable reading of Data Matrix codes marked directly on metal, glass, ceramic, and plastic surfaces,’‘ said Justin Testa, Senior VP of ID products for Cognex. ‘‘IDMax delivers the highest read rates, which is vital to the success of any part tracking application.’‘

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems and machine vision sensors, or computers that can ‘‘see.’‘  Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 225,000 vision systems, representing over $1.7 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Cognex's Modular Vision Systems Division, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, specializes in machine vision systems which are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for assuring their quality.  Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division, headquartered in Alameda, California, specializes in machine vision systems which are used for inspecting the surfaces of products manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, paper, and plastics.  In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Visit Cognex on-line at http://www.cognex.com.

John Lewis
Cognex Public Relations Specialist
Phone:  (508) 650-3140

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