Cognex introduces ActiveX development environment

Natick, Mass. - Cognex Corp. January 10, 2002 introduced VisionPro, an ActiveX-based software development environment that enhances development of vision applications.

By Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor January 11, 2002

Natick, Mass. – Cognex Corp. January 10, 2002 introduced VisionPro, an ActiveX-based software development environment that enhances development of vision applications. VisionPro provides a flexible, graphical programming environment in which applications can be prototyped and developed more quickly than conventional programming.

‘Going from the proof-of-concept stage to getting a completed system up and running on a customer’s plant floor can take us up to a month with C++ programming,’ said John Lee from Zmation Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based automation systems integration firm. ‘With VisionPro, it will take less than a week due to its ActiveX compliance.’

‘In addition to enabling fast prototyping, many users want the flexibility to develop highly customized vision solutions,’ said Justin Testa, sr vp of marketing for Cognex. ‘VisionPro eliminates the tradeoff between ease of use and flexibility, allowing users to easily go between graphical development and lower-level, advanced programming languages.’

VisionPro provides a drag-and-drop graphical interface for prototyping vision applications using ActiveX controls. Once configured, these controls are easily converted into Visual Basic, where they can be used directly in a deployable application. Customized solutions can also be developed using Visual Basic or C++. VisionPro’s COM/ActiveX software architecture enables third party components for process control, I/O, and machine control to be added to the vision application.

VisionPro is available on a variety of Cognex frame grabbers as well as packaged systems requiring no PC. Each system features a comprehensive library of proven Cognex vision software tools, including the company’s PatMax technology for locating objects despite changes in angle, scale, or appearance.

VisionPro is currently available from Cognex.