Cognex Corporation, a Natick, Massachusetts, USA-based designer, developer, and maker of barcode readers, machine vision sensors and machine vision systems, has acquired EnShape GmbH, a Jena, Germany-based maker of advanced 3D vision sensors and software.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed. With this acquisition, which follows the recent purchase in August 2016 of AQSense, a provider of 3D vision software based in Girona, Spain, Cognex continues to expand its 3D vision capabilities. In conjunction with it, High-Tech Gründerfonds exited the company.
Led by Dr. Martin Schaffer, former CEO, EnShape has developed 3D sensors that use patented area-scan technology for fast image capture at high resolution, and eliminate 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.
Founded in 1981, Cognex provides 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.
The company has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.