Cognex introduces its next generation fixed-mount barcode readers

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Cognex Corporation has announced availability of the DataMan 150, 260 and 360 series fixed-mount, image-based, ID readers. These new readers deliver high performance, flexibility, and ease-of-use – and they run the latest Cognex algorithms claimed to achieve the highest possible read rates. The new readers feature:

  • 1DMax with Hotbars 2 technology for high-speed reading of damaged or poorly printed 1-D barcodes;
  • 2DMax and patent-pending PowerGrid technology for reliable reading of challenging 2-D codes, including previously unreadable 2-D codes without visible perimeters;
  • Field exchangeable lighting and optics that readily adapt to changing factory conditions and application requirements;
  • Auto-tune and trigger buttons to set up and use the readers easily without a PC.

The serial USB-based DataMan 150 series and Ethernet-based 260 series models offer straight or right-angled configurations to fit into the tightest spaces. This flexible design eliminates the need for equipment redesign or complicated optical paths with mirrors. DataMan 360 series enhancements include a light-ring that provides 360 degree visual read indicator and a Micro SD card for system-level backup and convenient unit restoration or replacement. The DataMan 360 also offers triple the memory of its predecessor, the DataMan 300, allowing for improved image buffering and increased image storage.

"Cognex is dedicated to engineering advanced products that help make our customers successful and protect their ID reader investment," said Carl Gerst, Senior Vice President, ID Products. "Not only do these seven new fixed-mount ID reader products run Cognex's world-class algorithms to increase read rates and performance, but they also offer the increased ease-of-use, and field exchangeable lighting and optics that our customers require to facilitate integration and reduce overall implementation cost."

These new models are IP-65 rated and offer an ideal solution for harsh environments typically encountered in the automotive, consumer electronics, document handling, food and beverage, and logistics industries.

The DataMan 150, 360, 362 and 363 are available now, and the DataMan 152, 260 and 262 will be available in the second quarter of 2015.


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