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Cognex acquires two 3D vision companies

Cognex Corporation expands its 3D vision capabilities with acquisition of EnShape GmbH and AQSense.

Cognex acquired EnShape GmbH, a provider of 3D vision sensors and software based in Jena, Germany. EnShape’s 3D sensors use patented area-scan technology for fast image capture at high resolution, and eliminate the need to mechanically move objects in front of the device as required with laser line scanners. The company’s team of 3D vision engineers will become a part of a new Cognex engineering center based in Jena.

Cognex also acquired AQSense, a 3D vision software provider based in Girona, Spain. AQSense develops and sells a library of field-tested 3D vision tools and a configuration software packages that help users set up 3D vision applications. The company’s software engineers joined Cognex’s 3D engineering team upon the closing of the acquisition.

“We see a growing number of opportunities for 3D vision in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics, and logistics,” says Joerg Kuechen, vice president of Vision Products for Cognex. “We believe that our acquisition of these two companies, especially the addition of two highly experienced new engineering teams, will accelerate our ability to bring innovative new 3D products to market.”

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