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Inex Vision Systems and Cognex Corporation Announce Relationship

Cognex Corporation

Clearwater, Florida, USA-August 15, 2001-Inex Vision Systems, a worldwide supplier of turnkey inspection solutions to the glass, beverage and packaging industries has formed a relationship with Cognex Corporation, the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems. The two companies have cooperated to develop Inex's next generation packaging inspection solution, the InSpect family of products.

InSpect will offer a solution to the packaging industry that delivers cutting edge technology in a compact package. The InSpect product family brings a vision solution to the packaging sector with an unprecedented level of performance and ease-of-use. This solution is competitively priced resulting in cost effective implementation on the manufacturing floor.

The InSpect system will deploy the Cognex® In-Sight sensor as the vision engine, the "brains" of the system. The system will be programmed through a custom graphical user interface (GUI), designed and developed by Inex. This Inex designed GUI is very intuitive thereby eliminating the setup complexity of typical machine vision systems. Through the flexibility of the Ethernet network feature, the system can literately be configured to address almost any inspection problem, from a single camera solution through multiple camera situations. This Ethernet capability also allows networking of the system(s) to each other as well as to plant wide automation systems. The InSpect system provides a high performance, low-cost solution to the packaging industry that ensures product quality and integrity.

Inex is a division of the PACUNION group of IWKA, a German-based company and one of the thousand largest industrial companies in the world. The PACUNION group consists of 19 companies with over 3,200 employees. Inex has been manufacturing and marketing automatic inspection equipment for nearly forty years and has over 6,000 successful installations. Inex is committed to customer satisfaction in the design, manufacture and support of its products. The company is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida and has offices in England and Spain. In addition, the company has established a worldwide network of representatives to address and support its customer's needs. This experience coupled with the extensive sales and support network positions the company as a world-class provider of solutions to the packaging sector.

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets machine vision systems. Cognex's Modular Vision Systems Division headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, specializes in machine vision systems that are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for ensuring their quality. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex has regional offices throughout North America, Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Cognex is a registered trademark of Cognex Corporation
In-Sight is a trademark of Cognex Corporation

Steve Long
Inex Vision Systems
Telephone: (727) 535-5502

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