ProofReadTM

Natick, MA, April 26, 2005-Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems, today announced ProofReadTM, an optical character verification (OCV) system that ensures information is correctly printed onto pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and personal care product labels and packages. With ProofRead, manufacturers can ensure the right date, lot or product code is printed, the right labels are placed onto the right products, and the right product is placed into a carton or box.

ProofRead includes OCVMaxTM, a breakthrough in character verification technology. For the first time, characters can be verified, even when they are printed on curved or flexible surfaces or distorted during the printing or packaging process. "Because of its ability to tolerate print distortion, ProofRead minimizes false rejects and eliminates costly operator intervention," said Marilyn Matz, Co-founder and Senior VP of PC Vision Products for Cognex. "And, as a ready-to-use application, ProofRead is both easy to set up and operate."

The intuitive graphical interface guides the user in configuring vision tasks, cameras, and I/O, while the touch screen interface enables line operators to easily view images, review results and statistics, and perform product changeover. With built-in security, change tracking, and logging capability, ProofRead also helps ensure compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations.

In addition to character verification, ProofRead comes equipped to read 2D matrix codes, RSS, and 1D bar codes, providing a complete solution for package integrity and product traceability. A single ProofRead system can utilize up to four cameras to verify characters and read codes at multiple stations on a packaging line, reducing the overall cost per inspection.

ProofRead is available in three configurations: a board-level configuration for OEMs and system integrators, a ProofRead system including a PC, and a fully packaged system complete with PC and stainless steel enclosure. Alternatively, customers can purchase the OCVMax tool for use with any Cognex VisionPro® PC vision system to integrate into their own application.

Cognex certified vision specialists are available to provide local integration and validation services when required. And for those companies with manufacturing facilities in other countries, Cognex has regional offices that provide local support throughout the world.

ProofRead is available immediately from Cognex.

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems and machine vision sensors, or computers that can "see." Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 225,000 vision systems, representing over $1.7 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 manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, paper, and plastics. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Visit Cognex on-line at http://www.cognex.com.

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