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DataMan 500

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Cognex has launched the DataMan 500 image-based barcode reader. The device is designed to achieve higher read rates, offer improved on-line visualisation and have higher reliability than laser scanners currently in use in the logistics, postal and retail distribution markets.

Using Cognex IDMax code reading software, DataMan 500 achieves higher read rates by reading the 1D barcodes that laser readers cannot read, including damaged, distorted, blurred, scratched, low height and low contrast codes. The system processes images at up to 1,000fps and can read codes in any orientation, 2D codes such as Data Matrix and QR, and multiple codes in the same image.

DataMan 500 allows users to see what the reader sees, either live on a monitor, or by using image archiving for later review. The system has no moving parts and is designed to be more reliable than laser scanners.

The device offers a wide range of additional benefits including auto-trigger, auto-focus and 'no read' feedback. The base unit will support both standard C-mount lenses as well as variable focus options. The auto-focus is achieved using liquid lens technology, which provides maximum operating range flexibility for even the highest speed applications. This technology, already integrated into Cognex industrial readers, is fast and reliable and offers good optical quality with low power consumption.

To simplify the installation, DataMan 500 combines Ethernet communication and power delivery in a single cable using Power over Ethernet (PoE). DataMan 500 also supports RS-232 and multiple I/O points for integration into legacy systems.

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