3 Advantages of Ethernet-based handheld barcode scanners
Cognex DataMan and MX series of industrial, image-based barcode readers decode 1-D and 2-D codes, from printed labels to the hardest to read direct part mark (DPM) codes, and deliver industry-leading read rates.
Eric Andersen, 09-09-2011
Last time I explained that the DataMan 8000 is the first handheld barcode reader to support Ethernet protocols. Now let’s talk about why we would want to do that. Why bother?
When the reader gets to operate at the Control Level with other Ethernet-enabled devices then you can get rid of the black box, whether it’s a PC or other translation device, and communicate directly with the PLC. Because it has Ethernet, the DataMan 8000 works as a node on your network and has a discreet IP address, which means it’s accessible from any terminal on the network.
The top 3 benefits include 1) easier and faster deployment of handheld readers, 2) reduced installation and maintenance costs, 3) remote access for diagnostics.
But I’ll save the details for another post. Stay tuned!