Formed in 1981, Cognex is an American manufacturer of machine vision systems, software and sensors used to identify parts, detect defects, verify product assembly and guide assembly robots. Their headquarters are in Massachusetts and it has offices in more than 20 countries.

In its formative years, the company produced its first vision system, DataMan which was the world’s first industrial optical character recognition (OCR) system capable of reading, verifying, and assuring the quality of letters, numbers, and symbols marked directly on parts and components.

Cognex quickly became the leading supplier of machine vision too semiconductor and electronics capital equipment makers who integrated Cognex vision into many types of machines used to make semiconductor chips and printed circuit boards.


Industries Cognex serve:
  • Machine builders and suppliers
  • Robotic systems integrators
  • Integrators and line builders
  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceutical / medical
  • Semiconductor



Today’s vision

Cognex retains its focus as a company of ‘vision experts’ and continues to investigate new ways to improve performance of industrial machine vision. 30 years’ experience available to Cognex engineers lends itself to developing new vision technology and solving the industry’s most challenging vision applications.


Routeco are here to help


To discuss your machine vision requirements with one of Routeco's Safety and Sensing Specialists please contact Kevin Kirby (Team Leader) in the first instance


Phone: 07855 431328



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