Cognex is First Machine Vision Supplier Certified to Award Continuing Education Units |

Cognex is First Machine Vision Supplier Certified to Award Continuing Education Units

August 082003
NATICK, MA, May 30, 2003—Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and sensors, today announced that it has been certified as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). As a result, the classroom courses, live and recorded online classes, and computer-based tutorials developed and delivered by Cognex Educational Services now award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students that successfully complete these programs.
“Many people who are licensed in their field, such as certified manufacturing engineers, technologists, and managers, as well as trades people, such as electricians, must regularly attend professional development courses that award CEUs,” says Dr. Cliff Fitzgerald, Senior Manager, Worldwide Educational Services for Cognex. “Now the programs we offer help these individuals to maintain their licenses, and our students are assured that they are participating in the highest quality classroom and online courses and tutorials that meet strict IACET guidelines. No other machine vision vendor has been certified to award CEUs.”

The broad range of educational services provided by Cognex enable its customers to get the most out of their machine vision investment. Cognex offers vision courses for all skill levels at education centers around the world, or at customer facilities. Courses include demonstrations, hands-on instruction for hardware and software installation, as well as lab exercises to help students develop inspection strategies, select the best lighting techniques and lenses, and learn to set vision tool parameters for optimal performance.

Classes are taught by highly qualified technical instructors with experience helping students solve tough lighting problems and develop efficient inspection strategies. Web-based classes with interactive audio and live video provide Cognex customers with a way of learning how to setup and use their vision system without the need for travel. Computer-Based Instruction is also available on a number of Cognex products for customers interested in self-paced, multimedia tutorials that include graphics, video, and animation.

The IACET is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET certifies programs that meet strict continuing education guidelines and authorizes educational providers to award the IACET Continuing Education Unit (CEU). For more information visit

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 175,000 vision systems, representing over $1.3 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, plastics, and nonwovens. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
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