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Cognex home page Cognex Corporation is the world’s leading provider of vision systems, vision software, vision sensors and surface inspection systems used in manufacturing automation.  Cognex is also a leader in industrial ID readers.  Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price.  Typical applications for machine vision include detecting defects, monitoring production lines, guiding assembly robots, and tracking, sorting and identifying parts.

In-Sight 2000 Vision Sensor

Cognex In-Sight 2000The In-Sight 2000 Series includes an integrated, high-performance image formation system consisting of field interchangeable lenses and a patent-pending LED ring light that produces even, diffuse illumination across the entire image and eliminates the need for costly external lighting. Lenses and a variety of colored lights can be easily swapped out as needed to meet application requirements.

Together with the In-Sight Explorer EasyBuilder® interface, which provides a fast, step-by-step application setup, the In-Sight 2000 series allows even novice users to achieve extremely reliable inspection performance in nearly any production environment. In-Sight 2000 series vision sensors can also be configured for in-line and right-angle mounting installation.

  • Simple for both new and existing users to address automated inspection requirements
  • Proven, reliable Cognex In-Sight vision tools
  • Single In-Sight set-up software for basic and advanced vision solutions
  • Field changeable integrated optics and light
  • Compact, modular design

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Vision Systems

Cognex In-Sight® vision systems are unmatched in their ability to inspect, identify and guide parts. These self-contained, industrial grade vision systems combine a library of advanced vision tools with high-speed image acquisition and processing. Best of all, configuring and deploying an In-Sight vision system has never been easier.

more information In-Sight 7000 Series

The In-Sight® 7000 series represents a true revolution in machine vision and features powerful vision tools, faster image capture, the capability to power and control a range of external lighting and enough input/output capacity for virtually any inspection scenario—all in a compact, industrial IP67 package that makes the system ideal for more applications than ever before.

    Smarter Tools

    Faster Image Capture

    Lighting Power and Control

    Expanded Input/Output Capacity

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more information In-Sight 5000 Series

In-Sight 5000 Series – The unprecedented vision power and extreme ruggedness of the best-selling In-Sight 5000 Series is helping thousands of manufacturers around the world improve productivity, ensure product quality and lower manufacturing costs.  

In-Sight 5000 models to choose from:



    Line Scan


    ID Reader

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more information In-Sight Micro

Make it small. Make it smart. Make it easy. Make it colorful! Cognex has achieved all of this and more with the next-generation In-Sight® Micro vision system.

Smallest… In-Sight Micro packs an entire vision system into an amazingly small package measuring just 30mm x 30mm x 60mm—the size of a remote head camera.
Smartest… In-Sight Micro includes the proven Cognex vision tool library to handle the broadest range of vision applications for the widest array of industries.
Easiest… No PC required! The unique VisionView® operator interface panel makes it easier than ever to monitor production processes.

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more information In-Sight Explorer Software

The In-Sight® Explorer spreadsheet view provides a robust, flexible and efficient way to configure the vision tools and handle the data created from a vision application. Drag and drop vision tools and graphics palette along with menu-driven tool property sheets makes job configuration simpler.

Ease-of-use – Ease-of-use is built into the heart of In-Sight vision systems starting with easy to use but powerful vision tools.

Round Tripping  – One can use the ease of EasyBuilder and power of the spreadsheet with the flexibility of round tripping back and forth.

The EasyBuilder® interface - walks you through the process of setting up your vision application, step by step.

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ID Products

Cognex is the world leader of image-based ID readers and is the only company that can support all of your 1D barcode and 2D code reading requirements. Cognex DataMan® ID Readers can read 1D code symbologies such as UPC, PDF and postal codes, 2D code symbologies such as Data Matrix and QR, or a mix of barcode and 2D codes simultaneously.


DataMan 50 1D Barcode Readers more information

The DataMan® 50L is a new compact barcode reader designed for 1-D oriented barcode reading. Small in size but exceptional in barcode reading performance, the DataMan® 50L measures just 23.5mm x 27mm x 43.5mm and features an IP65-rated housing. It is ideal for mounting in very tight spaces on production lines and in machinery. Both readers are equipped with Hotbars™, a proprietary image-analysis technology that delivers the highest read rates in the industry.

Unmatched read rate performance - With proprietary Hotbars™ technology, the DataMan 50L has the highest read rates of 1-D linear barcodes, including those that are damaged, distorted, blurred, scratched, low height, or low contrast.
No moving parts  - Unlike laser scanners, the DataMan 50L contains no moving parts that can wear out and require replacement, providing a longer effective product life.
No read analysis - The ability to analyze “no reads” by letting the user see what the reader sees, either live on a monitor or through image archiving.

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more information DataMan 100 & 200

The DataMan 100 Series readers offer industry-leading reading performance in a small product size with USB and RS-232 communication options.

    Three-position adjustable lens

    Integrated lighting and LED aimer

    Train and trigger button for ease of setup

    C-Mount lens option

The DataMan 200 Series readers offer industry-leading reading performance in a small product size with Ethernet connectivity for real time tracking, image download, data transfer and effortless plant integration.

    Liquid Lens Technology

    Power-over-Ethernet POE Technology

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DataMan 300 Barcode Reader

The DataMan 300 series of readers was developed to handle the most difficult-to-read DPM (Direct Part Mark) codes as well as challenging 1-D linear barcodes and 2-D Data Matrix codes and for indexed or high-speed lines. more information

Unmatched read rate performance

    Decode the most challenging 1-D and 2-D barcodes with enhanced 1DMax+™ and 2DMax+™ code-reading algorithms

    2DMax+™ algorithm reads DPM codes no matter the mark type or surface

    1DMax+ with Hotbars™ technology provides higher read rates of damaged 1-D linear barcodes at a faster pace than ever before

Flexible lighting and optics

    Controllable, field interchangeable lighting modules allow you to create the best possible lighting for your part, ensuring the highest read rates of DPM codes

    Flexible lens options—C-Mount lens, S-Mount or a variable focus liquid lens to provide maximum depth of field flexibility

Ease of deployment

    Intelligent tuning automatically adjusts the settings of the integrated lighting to find the optimal light setup for the part

    Cognex Connect™ communications suite supports industrial protocols

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more information DataMan 500 Logistics Barcode Readers

The DataMan 500 is an advanced barcode reader that combines the benefits of image-based readers with the ease-of-use and cost of laser scanners for your postal, parcel and package sorting operations.

    Image acquisition rates of up to 1,000 frames/second

    Read the 1D and 2D barcodes that laser scanners cannot with IDMax® code-reading technology

    Power over Ethernet (POE) eliminates a separate power supply or communication line

    DataMan 500 is designed with no moving parts!

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DataMan 8050 Handheld Industrial Barcode Readers

DataMan 8050 barcode readers bring Cognex's patented algorithms to a new, lightweight industrial handheld platform.  DataMan 8050 reads 1-D and 2-D barcodes with incredible speed every time even if it's damaged, smudged, scuffed or poorly marked.  And, at an economical price point.

more information Modular Design Easily Adapts to Meet Your Needs
With field interchangeable communications modules, one reader can be configured to meet specific communication needs. Available with both corded and wireless modules.

 Rugged Industrial Design
The DataMan 8050 barcode reader is constructed to handle the harshest environments.  Other industrial features include: lanyard hook for easy retractor mounting, bright centralized aimer for clear targeting, loud beeper and indicator lights provide operator feedback.

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DataMan 8000 Series Handheld Readers

The rugged DataMan 8000 Series of readers offers the industry’s most advanced technology for reading 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface, and is the only handheld industrial ID reader that offers Industrial Ethernet communication and liquid lens technology.

more information The DataMan 8000 Series also features patentedIDMax code reading software technology for optimum read rates. 

    Superior DPM reading performance for 2D codes and 1D symbologies

    Integrated liquid lens technology

    Modular communications support for RS-232/USB and Industrial Ethernet

Wireless Reader

The DataMan 8000 wireless readers include a DataMan 8x00 handheld reader, an Intelligent Base Station, a Wireless Modular Communication Slide-in Module and a Rechargeable Battery.The Intelligent Base Station communicates with a host via USB, RS-232 and Ethernet with Industrial Protocols for Ethernet/IP and PROFINET.

Modular Connectivity

The DataMan 8000 Series of ID readers innovative modular connectivity means that you can upgrade from RS/232/USB to Industrial Ethernet with field exchangeable interface modules to modify the initial installation when your communication requirements change

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DataMan 8600 Series Handlehd Barcode Readers

more information DataMan® 8600 series image-based ID readers provide the world’s most advanced barcode reading technology for decoding DPM, 2-D and 1-D codes of varying sizes, quality and marking or printing methods. These handheld DPM barcode readers are designed for the harshest factory floor environments.
Equipped with an advanced imaging system and patented flexible lighting technology, the DataMan 8600 series of barcode readers decode the most challenging Direct Part Mark (DPM) barcodes on the widest variety of surfaces. And, the modular communication design supports Ethernet with Industrial Protocols as well as corded and wireless modules to ensure the DataMan 8600 series of readers are ready to meet your application communication requirements.

Cognex’s most powerful algorithms, 2DMax+ ™ and 1DMax+™with Hotbars,™ enable the DataMan 8600 series image-based readers to decode the most challenging DPM barcodes in the most demanding industrial conditions

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DataMan 9500 Series - Handheld Code Reader with Mobile Computer

Industry-leading DataMan® DPM (direct part mark) reading technology is now available on a mobile computer.  The DataMan 9500 mobile computer was specifically designed for the rugged conditions of the factory floor yet is small and lightweight enough to fit comfortably in the hand with easy-to-use ergonomic controls.

more information This industrial-grade mobile computer is ideal for reading DPM (direct part mark) codes in applications where operators need to read and view code data but cannot be stationed at a terminal or PC.  Mobile code reading applications include subassembly rework, repair/maintenance, inventory management, process tracking and more.

Unmatched Code Reading Performance

    2DMax™ technology has set the industry standard for reading the most challenging DPM Data Matrix codes no matter the marking type, surface or code degradation.

    1DMax™ technology is optimized for omnidirectional 1-D linear barcode reading and can handle extreme printing and positional variation.

    UltraLight® integrated illumination provides different types of lighting techniques used for reading DPM codes.

    Liquid lens variable focus technology enables a single reader to decode DPM marks close up, or barcodes from a distance.

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more information DataMan Verifiers

DataMan Verifiers ensure Data Matrix Code quality and contract compliance.  In addition to breakthrough code reading, there are DataMan® products for every step of the direct part marking (DPM) process, including quality verification, and data validation.

Easy-to-use and reliable DataMan products enable quality control solutions for applications that require the highest read rates for 2D Data Matrix codes—critical to product traceability.

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Vision Sensors

The Checker® Vision Sensor is an award winning all-in-one vision sensor with built in camera, processor, lighting, optics and I/O capable of detecting and inspecting up to 6,000 parts per minute–all in an industrial IP67 enclosure small enough to fit into the tightest of spaces.

more information The Checker® 4G Series offers the same powerful and easy to use setup Checker is known for plus Ethernet networking for remote setup and monitoring, PLC communication through EtherNet/IP and PROFINET and the ability to save images of every inspection to an FTP server.

    Industry standard Ladder Logic editor


    PROFINET industrial protocol support

    Image storage to FTP server

    Remote setup and display through your PC

The Checker 4G7C Color Vision Sensor introduces the unmatched ease of set up and use that the Checker products are known for but now for color applications. Simply click on the color to be verified with the application software and you can be up and running in seconds! The Checker 4G7C also includes all the great other features that the 4G7 Series is known for including the ability to add virtually unlimited sensor tools to a single job. In addition, the Checker software makes it easy to use the logic tools to provide intelligent outputs to determine whether a particular part passed or failed.

    Checker 4G7C delivers 376 x 240 pixel resolution 

    Ethernet support for industrial protocols

    High-intensity white LED illumination for detecting and inspecting small parts and part features at up to 800 parts per minute

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more information SensorView 2

SensorView® Teach Pendant is a compact, rugged, panel-mount display for both the Checker® series of vision sensors.

The SensorView™ 2 smart display from Cognex gives production managers the power to create, edit and monitor vision sensor activity without the need for a PC. With integrated part detection, lighting, I/O and job change, Checker 4G is the easy and affordable way to verify the products you manufacture.

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VisionView® is ideal for monitoring and controlling In-Sight® vision systems and DataMan® 200 industrial ID systems on the factory floor, and allows operator controls specific to the application.

more information VisionView 900 Operator Interface Panel

The VisionView 900 is a powerful, low-cost operator interface panel that provides password-protected user control to adjust vision tool parameters and regions of interest without requiring a PC on your factory floor. Nine-inch touch screen gives total control during run-time operation. The LAN port allows you to connect a PC for setup or use with an external switch to connect up to nine systems. Two USB ports facilitate your ability to save failed images for further analysis without interrupting your throughput.

VisionView PC

Monitor and control the vision application with a licensed version of the VisionView software that can run on your PC.  The VisionView PC software has all of the VisionView features while providing the flexibility of using your own choice of PC and monitor.

more information VisionView VGA

Your vision application may also be monitored and controlled by the VisionView interface by connecting larger size VGA monitors via the VisionView VGA adapter.  VisionView VGAprovides the flexibility by allowing “control room” viewing of images and results without being limited by the size of the display. The VisionView VGA adapter supports VGA displays of different resolutions, as well as touch screen displays.

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