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

2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be Held on April 25, 2018

You are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the 2018 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 and annual report to shareholders are available at:





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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 25, 2018.






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 11, 2018 to facilitate timely delivery.





Cognex Corporation’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 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, 4 and 5.


  1. The election of two directors to serve for a term ending in 2021 and one director to serve for a term ending in 2020.

Nominees: (01) Eugene Banucci, (02) Jerry A. Schneider, and (03) Dianne Parrotte.

  2. To amend the Articles of Organization of Cognex Corporation to increase the number of shares of Common Stock which the corporation has the authority to issue from 200,000,000 shares to 300,000,000 shares.
  3. To approve the Cognex Corporation 2001 General Stock Option Plan, as Amended and Restated.
  4. To ratify the selection of Grant Thornton LLP as Cognex’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2018.
  5. To approve, on an advisory basis, 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”).
  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 2018 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”





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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 25, 2018.






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To facilitate timely delivery, all requests for a paper copy of the proxy materials must be received by April 11, 2018.