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Cognex CEO to ring Nasdaq opening bell as firm turns 40

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the leader in industrial machine vision, announced that CEO Robert J. Willett will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square today and ring the opening bell at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The company is commemorating its 40th anniversary. Willett will be joined on the bell podium by a group of Cognoids, including members of the Cognex Leadership Team and the company’s Chairman, Anthony Sun.

“For four decades, manufacturers around the world have relied on Cognex machine vision to improve product quality, eliminate production errors, and drive down manufacturing costs,” said Robert J. Willett, Chief Executive Officer of Cognex. “We have a lot to celebrate today,” continued Willett, “not only is it Cognex’s fortieth anniversary, but we have also just surpassed $1 billion in annual bookings for the first time in our history.”

Founded in 1981 by Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Cognex has pioneered the field of machine vision. Today, machine vision plays a critical role in factories and distribution centers around the world. For more information on Cognex and the history of machine vision, visit Cognex’s website at

“Annual bookings” is an internal operating metric that reflects customer purchase orders with firm requested delivery dates. Bookings are not necessarily indicative of future revenue as delivery schedules may be extended and orders may be canceled.


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