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Cognex Ships 300th SmartView Web Inspection System
Cognex Corporation Posted 03/26/2003
NATICK, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2003--Cognex Corporation CGNX, the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that it has shipped its 300th SmartView(R) web inspection system since the product was introduced in mid-2000. The strong sales across all major industries that use web inspection technology, including paper, metals, nonwovens, and plastics, prove that the SmartView system has achieved rapid acceptance in the web inspection market.
The SmartView system is a web inspection system that automatically detects, identifies, and visualizes defects in materials such as paper, metals, nonwovens, and plastics as they are being produced at high speeds. The system makes it possible for manufacturers to significantly reduce waste and downtime on their production lines by detecting defects early in the manufacturing process, thereby enabling operators to take corrective action and eliminate defective material before it is sent to customers.
‘‘With the SmartView system we have created a robust and flexible system platform that, together with industry-specific application software, can easily be used to serve the needs of customers in many different industries,’‘ said Markku Jaaskelainen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division. ‘‘This flexibility, and the product's scalability within each individual production line environment, have been key factors in the SmartView system's rapid success.’‘
Mr. Jaaskelainen continued, ‘‘Since the introduction of the SmartView system in 2000, we have had great success with leading manufacturers in all industries and across all geographical regions. Many of these companies are now purchasing additional systems from us, which is a further indication of SmartView's success, and a primary reason why it is now the world's best selling and most widely used web and surface inspection system.’‘
Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems, or computers that can ‘‘see.’‘ Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 175,000 machine vision systems, representing over $1.3 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 online at http://www.cognex.com.