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Cognex Named Preferred Machine Vision Supplier
for Assembly-Line Developer

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, has been named as preferred supplier of machine vision systems for Johann A. Krause Machinefabrik, a German supplier of automotive assembly and test systems. Krause designs turnkey assembly lines for automotive plants and uses Cognex In-Sight vision sensors to read ID codes as well as detect and inspect parts. For more, visit

AutoForm Die-Design Software
Wins Auto-Supplier Innovation Award

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
AutoForm Engineering, with U.S. Offices in Troy, MI, has won the Automotive News PACE Award, which recognizes auto-supplier innovation in products and processes. AutoForm won for its DieDesigner software for stamping-tool design and tool development. According to AutoForm officials, judges noted the software’s ability to rapidly test alternate die designs and its high design quality. For more, visit

Industrial Laser Shipments Stay Level in 2003

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
At $422 million, 2003 shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems for North America and for export stayed level with 2002 shipments, according to the Laser Systems Product Group of the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Shipments to North America by 43 companies reporting to the group totaled $316.1 million, with exports amounting to $105.9 million. Cutting applications were the largest source of industrial laser activity in 2003, accounting for nearly 55 percent of all shipments. For more, visit


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