Turkish metals giant Erdemir Steel bought five SmartView quality-inspection systems from


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Erdemir will use the SmartView systems to detect and classify defects such as scratches, dents and roll marks on the surface of steel as it undergoes various finishing processes, including continuous annealing, galvanizing, pickling and tinning, Cognex said. Installation at Erdemir's cold-rolled steel mill in Eregli, Turkey, is expected to be complete by the end of the month, the Natick, Mass.-based machine vision systems maker said.

"Cognex's extensive experience with cold mill applications enables us to provide the best surface inspection available," said Cognex exec Markku Jaaskelainen said. "That expertise also enables us to preload SmartView with known defect detection and classification parameters. As a result, customers get results as soon as the system comes online and experience immediate return on their investment."

Cognex, which bills itself as making "computers that can 'see,'" rose 15 cents Thursday to $27.12.