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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Cognex Corporation

2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be Held on April 17, 2015

You are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the materials and vote online or request a copy. The items to be voted on and location of the meeting are on the reverse side. Your vote is important!

This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. The proxy statement, annual report to shareholders and Form 10-K are available at:





Easy Online Access — A Convenient Way to View Proxy Materials and Vote


When you go online to view materials, you can also vote your shares.


Step 1: Go to to view the materials.


Step 2: Click on Cast Your Vote or Request Materials.


Step 3: Follow the instructions on the screen to log in.


Step 4: Make your selection as instructed on each screen to select delivery preferences and vote.

When you go online, you can also help the environment by consenting to receive electronic delivery of future materials. You will be able to vote electronically until 1:00 a.m. EDT on April 17, 2015.





Obtaining a Copy of the Proxy Materials – If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of these documents, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed on the reverse side on or before April 5, 2015 to facilitate timely delivery.





Cognex Corporation’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Cognex Corporation, One Vision Drive, Natick, Massachusetts, at 9:00 a.m., local time.

Proposals to be voted on at the meeting are listed below along with the Board of Directors’ recommendations.

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the nominees listed in Proposal 1 and FOR Proposals 2, 3 and 4. The Board of Directors does not have a recommendation for voting on Proposal 5.


  1. The election of three directors to serve for a term ending in 2018.

Nominees: (01) Robert J. Shillman, (02) Jeffrey B. Miller, and (03) Reuben Wasserman


  2. To ratify the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as Cognex’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2015.


  3. To approve the compensation of Cognex’s named executive officers as described in the proxy statement including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, compensation tables and narrative discussion (“say-on-pay”).


  4. To approve the Cognex Corporation 2007 Stock Option and Incentive Plan, as Amended and Restated.


  5. To approve a shareholder proposal concerning majority voting if properly presented at the meeting.


  6. The consideration of any other business that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

PLEASE NOTE – YOU CANNOT VOTE BY RETURNING THIS NOTICE. To vote your shares you must vote online or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. If you wish to attend and vote at the meeting, please bring this notice with you.



Directions to the Cognex Corporation 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders



One Vision Drive

Natick, MA 01760

Please note: Guest parking is available in front of the building.

From Boston and Logan Airport:


  Merge onto Route 90 West (Mass Turnpike) toward Worcester


  Take Exit 15 (I-95/Route 128) toward Waltham/Dedham


  Follow “From Route 128 (I-95)”

From Route 128 (I 95):


  Take Exit 20B (Route 9 West) toward Framingham/Worcester


  Follow “From Route 9 West”

From Route 495:


  Take Exit 22 Route 90 East (Mass Turnpike) toward Framingham/Boston


  Follow “From Route 90 (Mass Turnpike)”

From Route 90 (Mass Turnpike):


  Take Exit 13 (Natick/Framingham - Route 30)


  Follow left ramp towards Natick (Route 30 East)


  Follow signs to Route 9 East


  Follow “From Route 9 East”

From Route 9 West:


  Follow Route 9 West


  Look for an Audi dealership on your right as you head up a hill. At the crest of that hill, Vision Drive is 0.1 miles past Wethersfield Rd. Cognex is on the left of Vision Drive.

From Route 9 East:


  Follow Route 9 East


  Make U-turn at the left lane U-turn signal near Natick McDonald’s


  Follow “From Route 9 West”





Here’s how to order a copy of the proxy materials and select a future delivery preference:


Paper copies: Current and future paper delivery requests can be submitted via the telephone, Internet or email options below.


Email copies: Current and future email delivery requests must be submitted via the Internet following the instructions below.


If you request an email copy of current materials you will receive an email with a link to the materials.


PLEASE NOTE: You must use the number in the shaded bar on the reverse side when requesting a set of proxy materials.




Internet – Go to Click Cast Your Vote or Request Materials. Follow the instructions to log in and order a paper or email copy of the current meeting materials and submit your preference for email or paper delivery of future meeting materials. You will be able to vote electronically until 1:00 a.m. EDT on April 17, 2015.




Telephone – Call us free of charge at 1-866-641-4276 using a touch-tone phone and follow the instructions to log in and order a paper copy of the materials by mail for the current meeting. You can also submit a preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings.




Email – Send email to with “Proxy Materials Cognex Corporation” in the subject line. Include in the message your full name and address, plus the number located in the shaded bar on the reverse side, and state in the email that you want a paper copy of current meeting materials. You can also state your preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings.


To facilitate timely delivery, all requests for a paper copy of the proxy materials must be received by April 5, 2015.