AMETEK to Acquire Cognex’s Surface Inspection Systems Division

Cognex Corporation today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) to AMETEK, Inc. for approximately $160 million in cash. Closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Following completion of this transaction, Cognex will schedule a conference call to discuss the sale and to provide updated financial guidance.

“The sale of our Surface Inspection Systems Division is a strategic decision for us,” said Robert J. Willett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cognex. “SISD is a profitable and well-managed business, but it does not fit Cognex’s long-term objectives and business model. With this sale, we can focus all of our efforts on discrete manufacturing where we see continued strong growth for our vision and ID products.”

Surface inspection sales were $60 million in 2014, or 12% of Cognex’s total revenue.

“Cognex entered the surface inspection market in 1996 with the acquisition of Isys Controls, Inc, a small company that had developed vision systems for automatically detecting and classifying flaws and defects on the surfaces of materials as they are being produced at high speed in a continuous fashion,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Chairman and Chief Culture Officer of Cognex. “We are proud to have built this business from an organization which was primarily selling into the U.S. metals market, into a leading global supplier of surface inspection systems for metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens and glass.”

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at


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