The machine vision giant, which boasts $7 billion in cumulative revenue since the company’s founding in 1981, expands its range of products into the software side of the industry with its Cognex Edge Intelligence (EI) platform. The company says the platform provides barcode reading performance monitoring and device management to help customers prevent downtime and boost the productivity of manufacturing and logistics operations.
“Cognex’s machine vision tools and barcode reading systems produce insight-rich data across
manufacturing and logistics facilities”, said Carl Gerst, Executive Vice President, Products and Platforms.
“With EI’s powerful visualization and diagnostics tools, our customers can now use that data to identify
performance issues and take corrective action faster”.
They report that within a few minutes of installation, the Cognex Edge Intelligence software begins securely collecting critical device data and displaying the results in visual dashboards. Customers can use this data to analyze performance trends, monitor configuration changes, and capture no-read and failed validation images for further analysis.
The platform can monitor multiple devices and lines within a single site as well as deploying configurations and firmware updates simultaneously to a large number of connected devices. It also includes audit trail capabilities that track and report any changes to device settings and connectivity features for easy integration with other Industry 4.0 solutions.
Cognex state the EI is designed to help improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and increase throughput across a range of industries including logistics, food and beverage, consumer products, packaging, automotive, medical devices, and electronics.
Cognex claims to be the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 2.3 million image-based products since 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Cognex designs, develop, manufactures, and markets a wide range of image-based products, all of which use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques which they say “give them the human-like ability to make decisions on what they see”. More familiar with machine vision systems, machine vision sensors, and barcode readers that are used in factories and distribution centres around the world, the announcement of the Cognex Edge Intelligence platform marks a sign of growth for the company in the industry.
You can find more information about Cognex’s new Edge Intelligence platform on its website.