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DataMan 280 Series Fixed-Mount Barcode Readers

Premium decoding technology in a compact form factor

DataMan 280 Features

The DataMan 280 is an all purpose, all powerful barcode reader designed to perform in a variety of code-reading environments. DataMan 280 readers are engineered to track and trace items throughout manufacturing and logistics facilities. From hands-free code reading in a logistics warehouse to decoding direct part markings (DPMs) in a manufacturing plant, DataMan 280 readers increase traceability and boost throughput by delivering the highest read rates.

Key Features:

  • High performance in a compact package: Improve throughput and productivity across a variety of applications using industry-leading 1D/2D algorithms and uniform lighting.
  • Robust reading: Operate in the most challenging code-reading environments with dynamic auto-focus and advanced high dynamic range imaging.
  • Out-of-the-box functionality: Unbox, install, and decode with fast, intuitive deployment even for specialized applications.
  • Flexible connectivity and communications: increase efficiency and exchange information faster using 1gigabit/second Ethernet, rapid image offload, easy data management, and multi-reader sync.
DataMan 280 reading multiple codes on box

Solve tough manufacturing and logistics applications

DataMan 280 series was designed to be flexible. The modular hardware and software can be configured to solve any barcode reading challenge. Easily decode difficult DPM codes on challenging automotive and medical device surfaces. Read multiple label-based barcodes simultaneously on boxes and pallets, even behind specular wraps. And accurately read user presented codes with a large depth of focus for speedy handling.

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Get a closer look at the advanced features the DataMan 280 has to offer in a fully interactive guided 3D tour.

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Latest Cognex technology improves code handling and coverage

The latest patented decoding algorithms and technology read low resolution and damaged codes at high speeds, including QR codes. High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology enhances image quality and contrast to improve code handling and enable greater coverage for better efficiency. High-Speed Liquid Lens (HSLL) technology dynamically autofocuses without any mechanical parts to solve high-speed, high-variability applications with fewer cameras in less time.

1D OCR and 1D, 2D code reading challenging codes successfully
Photographs of the DataMan 282 with red, white, blue, and green lighting.
Users can seamlessly switch between red, white, blue, and green lighting with the HPIT.

High-Powered Integrated Torch (HPIT): Enhanced code reading with a single click

Cognex’s high-powered integrated torch (HPIT) enables operators to toggle between red, white, blue, and green lighting options. This ensures users have the right lighting for the right application by providing optimal contrast, no matter the operating environment. Multicolor lighting can also serve as a performance indicator, delivering immediate color-coded operator feedback.

Performance monitoring dashboard

Advanced features enable easy setup and performance monitoring

DataMan 280 combined with Cognex Edge Intelligence (EI)  provides advanced Industry 4.0 features like easy web browser connectivity, device management, and performance monitoring. It allows users to configure multiple devices at once and begin trending important system performance metrics in minutes. Facility managers can identify trends and intervene quickly when dips in performance are spotted.



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