Cognex Acquires Two 3D Vision Companies

The two European acquisitions are expected to help the U.S. company meet 3D vision demands in the automotive, electronics and logistics industries.

Cognex Corp. (Natick, Massachusetts) has expanded its 3D vision capabilities with the recent acquisition of two companies specializing in 3D machine vision technology: EnShape GmbH, a German maker of 3D vision sensors and software, and AQSense, a 3D vision software provider based in Spain.

“We see a growing number of opportunities for 3D vision in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and logistics, to name just a few,” 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.”

EnShape’s 3D sensors use area-scan technology for fast image capture at high resolution eliminating 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 part of a new Cognex engineering center based in Jena, Germany. 

AQSense develops and sells a library of field-tested 3D vision tools and a configuration software package that helps customers set up their 3D vision applications. The company’s software engineers joined Cognex’s 3D engineering team earlier in 2016.

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