Ametek Inc. (NYSE: AME) is buying Cognex Corp.’s (Nasdaq: CGNX) surface inspection systems division for $160 million.

The Hayward, California-based unit develops and manufactures software-enabled vision systems used to inspect surfaces of process materials for flaws, including metals, paper, nonwovens, plastics and glass. The surface inspections division has annual revenues of $60 million.

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