Cognex Introduces Handheld Readers for Direct Part Mark Identification

7500 series readers targeted at manufacturers implementing part traceability programs, read printed and direct part mark codes

7500 series readers targeted at manufacturers implementing part traceability programs, read printed and direct part mark codes

Natick, MA — January 5, 2006 — Industrial ID specialist Cognex has rolled out the next generation of its handheld direct part mark readers, providing capabilities targeted at manufacturers implementing part traceability programs in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, healthcare and defense industries.

Cognex said that the new DataMan 7500 series readers, developed in conjunction with Hand Held Products, are capable of reading all printed and direct part mark (DPM) codes, combining Cognex's IDMax code reading software with the new UltraLight illumination technology to read codes regardless of marking method, part material, shape or surface texture.

"Rapid adoption of DPM identification for part traceability has manufacturers demanding a rugged, self-contained reader that performs consistently on all types of codes and parts," said Justin Testa, Cognex senior vice president for ID products. "The DataMan 7500 sets a new performance standard for handheld DPM readers, reliably reading everything from the most challenging DPM codes to the easiest printed barcodes. And the new reader is rugged enough to withstand up to 50 drops to concrete from two meters."

The DataMan 7500 series includes the 7500 corded and 7550 cordless models. The 7500 supports USB, keyboard wedge and RS232 communications, and the 7550 supports Bluetooth wireless communications. Both readers combine the DSP found in any handheld reader with a 1280 x 1024 image sensor.

Cognex said it teamed with Hand Held Products on the development of the DataMan 7500 and 7550. "Collaborating with Hand Held Products, the leader in image-based auto ID, allows us to deliver industry leading Cognex DPM reading technology in the rugged, ergonomic form factors that industry demands," Testa continued. "Going forward, we will work together with Hand Held Products to deliver wireless and mobile solutions for DPM ID."

The DataMan 7550 will be available this month, and the DataMan 7500 is slated to be available in February.

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