Cognex Surface Inspection System Chosen by Leading Asian Steel Producer

NATICK, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 17, 2003–Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX – News), the world’s leading supplier of machine vision systems, announced today that The Siam United Steel (1995) Co., LTD, a leading Thailand-based producer of cold rolled steel sheets, will install Cognex’s SmartView® Metals surface inspection system to perform automated quality inspection at their steel mill in Thailand.

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SICK and VITRONIC Announce North American Partnership

MINNEAPOLIS – July 10, 2003 – SICK, the global leader in factory and process automation solutions, and VITRONIC, Europe’s leading machine vision company, announce today a joint partnership for the North American market. The addition of VITRONIC’s vision system solutions, the most technologically advanced system available today, will complete SICK’s Automatic Identification offerings. VITRONIC’s offerings will be combined with SICK Auto Ident, which was established in 2002 as a result of the recent acquisitions of LazerData and RVSI-Material Handling Division. These acquisitions significantly enhanced SICK’s market share position in the automatic identification industry with a broad, state-of-the-art products and solutions portfolio including bar code line scanners, omni directional systems, integration software and dimensioning products.

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