Stäubli Robotics signs strategic partner agreement with Cognex International

News from Staubli Corporation

02/28/2007

Duncan, SC – February 28, 2007 - Stäubli Robotics, a major supplier in the robotics market with a complete range of robots has announced the signing of a partner agreement with Cognex® Corporation, a leading world supplier of machine vision systems and industrial identification. This agreement aims to promote Stäubli Robotics automated solutions equipped with vision systems using Cognex products. This partnership will allow our clients to benefit from the coming together of two market leading products, reputed for their performance, flexibility, ruggedness and ease of use. Machine vision is used in a growing number of robotic applications and allows businesses of all sizes to achieve significant increased productivity, making them more competitive in their markets. Cognex and Stäubli already have a large international presence serving clients all over the world in many different industries. Ms. Patrice Denizard, Director of Sales for Cognex in France, said; "This agreement formalizes years of casual cooperation and is an important step in our robotic strategy. It complements several initiatives taken into the InSight® product development, notably Patmax®, an industry-leading geometric pattern matching software for location of form and form recognition. This is supported by the remote head version of the InSight 5000 series camera which is compatible with standard robotic cables and connections. This association with Stäubli, a global player in this market, will ensure our ability to develop in this rapidly expanding market of vision guided robots (VGR)." Stäubli, a global robotic supplier Stäubli positions itself as a global supplier with a unique and complete robot product range including small, medium and large 4 and 6 axis robots from 450mm to 3200mm reach and 1 to 220kg payload. This robot range includes industrial robots as well as specialized robotic systems for painting, plastics and clean room applications all running off of a common PC based CS8 control platform. Cognex Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems, or computers that can "see." Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 300,000 machine vision systems, representing over $2 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Cognex specializes in machine vision systems that are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for assuring their quality. It also specializes in machine vision systems that are used for inspecting the surfaces of products manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, papers and plastics. For additional information contact: David Arceneaux Business Development & Marketing Manager Stäubli Robotics 201 Parkway West Duncan, SC 29334 d.arceneaux@staubli.com For more information on the Stäubli Robotics please visit (http//: www.staubli.com), or Cognex International (http//: www.cognex.com)

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