Pepperl&Fuch's new product the "DeviceServer" enables standard RS232 barcode readers to connect directly to industrial Ethernet connection. Sixteen barcode scanners can be connected and controlled over a single Ethernet address, and multiple PC's or PLC's are able to simultaneously access and use the decoded barcode data.
The "DeviceServer" supports Modbus/TCP allowing barcode data to be processed by nearly any PLC, soft PLC and SCADA.
Pepperl&Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services.
We get a couple of clients each month asking for this type of connectivity. So far, we're only aware of one barcode scanner on the market (a fixed position scanner) that allows direct Ethernet connectivity.
Give us a call if you have an interest.