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NATICK, MA, USA May 22, 2012

Cognex In-Sight 7000: The Only Vision System to Support POWERLINK

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and industrial ID readers today announced that it has expanded the communication capabilities for real-time Ethernet communication by adding POWERLINK support from B&R Automation to the In-Sight® 7000 machine vision product line. The POWERLINK standard has been integrated into the Cognex Connect™ communications suite to deliver high speed deterministic control that integrates directly with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) developed by automation industry leaders B&R Automation based in Eggelsberg, Austria.

POWERLINK is one of the key emerging standards for real-time Ethernet communication for high speed industrial automation applications. As a result, Cognex has made using POWERLINK in the In-Sight 7000 line of machine vision systems a strategic goal and is the only machine vision company that supports the POWERLINK protocol.

“We recognize the growing importance of deterministic Ethernet and we see POWERLINK as a “must have” addition to the Cognex Connect communications suite” said Bhaskar Banerjee, Business Unit Manager for Vision Systems. “We are very excited about the new opportunities that POWERLINK opens up for the deployment of highly integrated vision system applications in advanced automation architectures.”

The synchronization between Cognex In-Sight 7000 vision systems and B&R Automation POWERLINK systems will help deliver faster, highly automated solutions to users on the production line. POWERLINK is available now for In-Sight 7000 vision systems. For more information, visit www.cognex.com/cognexconnect.

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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