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Leading North American Rigid Film Manufacturer Selects Cognex for Web Inspection

Cognex Corporation

NATICK, Mass. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - July 17, 2001:  Cognex Corporation, the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that a leading North American producer of high-quality, rigid films has integrated three of Cognex's SmartView™ web inspection systems on their manufacturing lines.

The company will use the SmartView systems to inspect plastic film for contaminants, gels, holes and other defects as it is being manufactured.  The film is used to make blister packaginin the pharmaceutical and medical packaging industries.

"SmartView allows manufacturers of web and strip products to solve their most demanding surface inspection applications," said Markku Jaaskelainen, General Manager of Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division.  "By reducing scrap, customer claims and down time, this state-of-the-art inspection technology is capable of providing a factory with significant savings and improving overall productivity."

SmartView is a state-of-the-art web inspection system that is used to automatically detect, identify and display defects in plastics and other materials as they are being produced.  Cognex has sold over 100 SmartView systems since its product launch in February, 2000, making it the most successful product launch in the history of Cognex's Surface Inspection Division.

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 to date more than 150,000 machine vision systems, representing $1 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, also known as web inspection 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 www.cognex.com


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