Cognex Corp., Natick, Mass., acquired ViDi Systems SA, a Switzerland-based maker of deep learning software for industrial machine vision. The acquisition was completed on April 4.
ViDi’s deep learning software uses artificial intelligence techniques to improve image analysis in applications where it is difficult to predict the full range of image variations. Using feedback, ViDi’s software trains the system to distinguish between acceptable variations and defects.
“The ViDi team is at the forefront of applying deep learning techniques to the real-world challenges of industrial machine vision,” says Robert Willett, president and CEO of Cognex. “We are excited to bring this expertise to Cognex to broaden the scope of applications that can be addressed at a world-class level with Cognex vision.”
Upon closing, ViDi Systems became part of Cognex’s vision products business unit, and will continue to be developed and integrated into the Cognex product portfolio.
Cognex will maintain operations at the company’s current site in Switzerland.