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Norske Skog Selects Cognex for Web Inspection

Cognex Corporation

NATICK, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2001--Cognex Corporation CGNX, the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that Norske Skog, the second largest supplier of newsprint in the world, has integrated two Cognex SmartView(TM) ICN web inspection systems at their Saugbrugs mill in Halden, Norway.

The Cognex SmartView systems will be used on Norske Skog's manufacturing line to check their products for defects such as holes, dirt particles, contaminants, and edge cracks. The Cognex machine vision systems will be installed on parallel super-calender machines, which apply a gloss coating to the paper.

"Cognex's automated inspection technology allows paper manufacturers like Norske Skog to produce a high-value product at a more cost-effective rate," said Markku Jaaskelainen, General Manager of Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division. "By providing 100% quality inspection, SmartView can improve real-time process control and greatly reduce costly reject production."

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

Headquartered in Norway, Norske Skog is the second largest supplier of newsprint in the world. With mills and sales offices located on five different continents, Norske Skog supplies all grades of wood-containing printing paper to publishing houses and other customers in virtually every country in the world.

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 150,000 machine vision systems, representing over $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 which are used for inspecting the surfaces of products that are 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.

Contact Information:
Cognex Corporation
Pamela Beaudet
(508) 650-3300 ext. 3218


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