NATICK, MA, USA August 11, 2008

Cognex Receives Over $300,000 from Leading Auto Maker for Part Traceability Initiative

NATICK, MA, August 11, 2008--Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced today that a leading Japanese auto manufacturer will use Cognex In-Sight® ID readers for part tracking at its engine assembly plant in the United States. Cognex has already received orders totaling more than $300,000 from this customer, with additional orders expected in the near future.

The customer will use Cognex In-Sight 5110 ID code readers to read 2D data matrix codes marked on engine parts. The codes are used to track individual components from machining centers through final assembly, providing a verifiable path through each critical production process, and ensuring that the correct parts have been used in each engine.   

“Tracking parts and components throughout manufacturing and assembly enables manufacturers to isolate the source of production problems quickly, and control costs,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cognex.  “For this reason, manufacturers around the world are increasingly investing in traceability initiatives, and Cognex ID readers with ID Max software provide the most robust and reliable ID code-reading performance available.”

Robin Pratt
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Cognex Corporation
phone: (858) 350-5065

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation (“the Company” or “Cognex”) invents and commercializes technologies that address some of the most critical manufacturing and distribution challenges. We are a leading global provider of machine vision products and solutions that improve efficiency and quality in high-growth-potential businesses across attractive industrial end markets. Our solutions blend physical products and software to capture and analyze visual information, allowing for the automation of manufacturing and distribution tasks for customers worldwide. Machine vision products are used to automate the manufacturing or distribution and tracking of discrete items, such as mobile phones, electric vehicle batteries and e-commerce packages, by locating, identifying, inspecting, and measuring them. Machine vision is important for applications in which human vision is inadequate to meet requirements for size, accuracy, or speed, or in instances where substantial cost savings or quality improvements are maintained.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 4 million image-based products, representing over $10 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details, visit Cognex online at


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