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Cognex Introduces DataMan 300 Fixed-mount Industrial ID Reader

Posted January 11, 2012

Cognex Corporation today announced its most advanced fixed-mount industrial ID reader ever created—the DataMan® 300. The DataMan 300 is designed to handle the most difficult ID code-reading applications on even the highest speed lines. These new readers dramatically increase barcode read rates and speed with a new 1DMax+™ algorithm, which incorporates groundbreaking new “Hotbars™” technology. For 2-D matrix and difficult-to-read DPM (Direct Part Mark) codes, reading performance has also been significantly improved from a major upgrade of 2DMax™ to the 2DMax+™ algorithm. With the DataMan 300, set up and deployment is even easier than before, with modular, controllable lighting options and a unique intelligent tuning system.

“It just reads. Period. The DataMan 300 can read any code we challenge it with,” said Carl Gerst, Vice President and Business Unit Manager, ID Products. “Besides unprecedented read rates, the DataMan 300 reader is our easiest to install and maintain, saving our customers time and money—two things they need to allocate to other areas of their operation in order to be successful.”

DataMan 300 series offers two models. The DataMan 300 provides standard resolution of 800×600 pixels and the DataMan 302 is the high resolution model at 1280×1024 pixels. The DataMan 302 is ideal for reading very small DPM codes on small components to ensure full part traceability—a trend for the automotive industry, for example.

Strong-performing code-reading algorithms have been advanced, taking a quantum leap beyond the current best-in-class technology. 1DMax+ with patent-pending Hotbars technology is a breakthrough in image-based barcode reading. Invented by Cognex’s 31-year veteran Bill Silver, Hotbars uses texture to locate barcodes at any orientation, and then extracts high-resolution 1-D signals for decoding. With a solid mathematical foundation and meticulous assembly language programming, Hotbars combines superior signal fidelity with lightning speed, giving the next generation of Cognex DataMan readers unprecedented performance. The 2-DMax+ algorithm is also an upgrade from existing 2DMax technology offering tremendous enhancements in handling damaged codes at high line rates and poorly marked or extremely damaged codes. Both algorithms allow for the highest read rates possible.

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New DENSO AT20B Barcode Scanner Features Advanced Technology, Yet Affordable Price

Posted January 10, 2012

Denso AT20BDENSO announced a new, AT20B handheld barcode scanner that offers high-speed scanning, user-friendly operation and high durability, at an affordable price.

DENSO’s Advanced Scan Plus(TM) technology gives the AT20B twice the scanning speed of previous models, increasing operator efficiency. A super-deep scanning field allows smooth close-up and distant operation, regardless of the scanner’s position.

Using the latest DENSO algorithms, the AT20B can scan poorly printed or otherwise difficult-to-read barcodes. The device also allows trouble-free scanning of wide barcodes, such as the ITF-14 and GS1-128 (EAN-128) codes used for utility and medical bills, and Code 39 on EIAJ labels.

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Field Mobility with the Motorola ES400

Posted December 29, 2011

Motorola ES400 mobile computer
Refinish Solutions is the premier PPG automotive refinishing distributor, serving central Virginia and the DC metro area. Their internal software could allow them to go completely paperless when working with accounts in the field, so they needed a little help to make that happen. They required a signature capture solution to be used by accounts receivable for Direct Store Delivery (DSD), as well as a mobile computing option for order entry by their mobile sales force. BarcodesInc made it easy and set them up with Motorola ES400 mobile computers to cover all their needs in a single, mobile device.

Sales Engineer: Mark Schweikle

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Slabb Completes their Kiosks with Printers, Scanners and Card Readers from BarcodesInc

Posted December 29, 2011
Star TSP743 printer MagTek SureSwipe card reader Honeywell MK3480 scanner

Slabb, a kiosk manufacturer with locations in the Netherlands and Las Vegas, came to BarcodesInc looking for high-quality, low-cost components to implement into their top tier kiosks for high profile clients around the world. After a trial period with our recommendations, BarcodesInc now provides them with the Star printers, Honeywell scanners and MagTek MSR readers to complete their kiosks, with a rollout of over 300 units of each component so far and larger orders on the horizon.

Senior Sales Engineer: Greg Hamilton

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Now is the time to transition to the new Honeywell Hyperion 1300g linear-imaging barcode scanner

Posted December 23, 2011

Honeywell 1300gThe Hyperion 1300g is Honeywell’s direct replacement for the popular 3800g product line. The Hyperion 1300g has the same scan performance, features and behavior as the 3800g. With no moving parts to wear out, the Hyperion 1300g is one of the toughest general duty barcode scanners on the market. Designed to keep your operation running smoothly, the Hyperion 1300g is durable enough to hammer nails. In addition, the Hyperion 1300g is compatible with the common cables, power supplies and utilities used across the Honeywell hand-held scanning product line. Automatic interface detection and configuration provides support for all popular interfaces in one device, eliminating the time consuming process of scanning programming bar codes. Choose Honeywell’s Hyperion 1300g for your linear scanning needs.

Honeywell recently announced December 31, 2011 as the last time buy date for the 3800g. Begin your transition now to ensure a seamless switch.


Code39 Barcode Control For Windows Applications

Posted December 21, 2011

Sample C# source code for generating and printing Code39 barcodes in a Windows application is now available from Microsoft.

The code can be incorporated into Visual Studio 2010 to create new applications.

Get the Code39 C# source code

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Sato acquires Argox

Posted December 19, 2011

Sato, a manufacturer of barcode printing, labeling and EPC/RFID products, has acquired Argox Information Co Ltd, a supplier of barcode printers, barcode scanners and portable terminals, making Argox a member of the Sato Group of Companies.

Founded in 1996, Argox became one of the world’s leading design and manufacturers of low cost and entry level thermal printers. Argox has focused on China, Brazil and Turkey, and is today tracking to become a main provider of auto-ID technology in countries such as India, Russia and South Africa.

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Wireless Carrier in Need of Some Asset Management

Posted December 15, 2011

Motorola DS3508 barcode scanner
One of the largest wireless carriers in America required a revamp of all of their cellular towers and needed to begin scanning 2D barcodes in order to track all the equipment in each tower. The company’s main concern was to be able to parse the equipments’ serial numbers, which were encoded in different barcode formats by three different manufacturers. BarcodesInc provided them with over 400 Motorola DS3508 barcode scanners, custom configured for their application and ready to use out of the box. The company was so happy with their new solution, they have shown interest in two future orders of comparable magnitude.

Senior Sales Engineer: Alyce Miller

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Lights, Camera, Asset Tracking!

Posted December 15, 2011

Motorola DS3508 barcode scanner
Red Digital Cinema rents out film equipment and was in need of a way to track their cameras and manage the related data within an Excel spreadsheet. Data Matrix barcodes were printed on each camera, so a good 2D barcode scanner was necessary. BarcodesInc hooked them up with Motorola DS6707 scanners which made it quick and easy to scan the information into their spreadsheet, complete with a date and time stamp of when the units were checked out and where they were going.

Sales Engineer: Gary Seiko

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Microscan Announces New C-Mount Design Barcode Imager and Smart Camera for QX HAWK and Vision HAWK

Posted December 15, 2011

Both products can now be used with interchangeable lenses to address more application needs, such as high magnification and wide fields of view.

Microscan has introduced a new C-Mount lens configuration for two of its products: the popular QX HAWK imager and the Vision HAWK smart camera. The QX HAWK barcode imager is ideal for industrial track and trace applications, with powerful algorithms for reading virtually all linear and 2D barcodes. The rugged Vision HAWK combines this decode capability with a complete vision toolset to enable a broad range of inspection and identification tasks. Both products can now be used with interchangeable lenses to address more application needs, such as high magnification and wide fields of view.

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