Cognex Corp., Natick, Mass., a manufacturer of vision software and tools, has announced the launch of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. Through the alliance, Cognex establishes strong technical and marketing relationships with major camera manufacturers with the goal of providing integrated machine vision solutions to end users. The following suppliers have already joined the alliance: Allied Vision Technologies, Basler AG, DALSA Corp., e2V, Imperx Inc., JAI, Point Grey Research Inc., and Prosilica Inc. More suppliers are expected to join in the near future, according to company sources. For more information, visit