NATICK, MA, USA April 18, 2013

Cognex Upgrades Its Powerful Line of Handheld Barcode Readers

New features enhance existing groundbreaking technology

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), has upgraded its line of DataMan® 8000 series industrial handheld barcode readers with a major performance boost to both reading robustness and speed. The already powerful handheld readers are now equipped with proprietary Cognex Hotbars™ image-analysis technology for the fastest 1-D barcode reading performance and Cognex 2DMax+™ algorithm for unmatched decoding of 2-D printed and DPM matrix codes. The new features also include a rapid dual-focus image acquisition routine which enables the readers to decode a wide range of barcode sizes even faster.

Advanced The most advanced barcode readers on the market

“The DataMan 8000 series was a true breakthrough for industrial handheld readers when it was released in 2010,” said Carl Gerst, Business Unit Manager for ID Products. “However, at Cognex, we strive for excellence and are always looking for ways to break new ground in technology. With the addition of Hotbars, 2DMax+, and faster focusing capability, the DataMan 8000 series is the most powerful and reliable industrial handheld reader available.”

The DataMan 8000 series is designed for the factory floor and offers the most advanced code reading technology.

Easily read the most challenging 1-D barcodes

1DMax+™ with Hotbars enables the DataMan 8000 series to read the most challenging 1-D barcodes quickly and easily even when those barcodes are damaged, blurred, at extreme perspective, or otherwise challenging.

Customizable settings for 2-D code reading

The DataMan 8000 series now utilizes the powerful 2DMax+ algorithm, which has the fastest decode times and is effective even on codes with perspective distortion, low contrast, or finder and clocking pattern damage. The DataMan 8000 series now allows the user to select the type of code to be read (from easy to extremely challenging). This is especially useful for increasing reading speeds when only printed or high-contrast codes are being read or when facing the most challenging DPM codes that cannot be read with standard settings.

Fast image acquisition and liquid lens settings

The DataMan 8000 series is now equipped with patented auto-exposure algorithms and faster image acquisition and liquid lens performance. The faster imaging means readers can now be used in a dual focus mode, which allows users to increase the depth of field or to read a wide range of barcode sizes, from very large multi-inch barcodes to tiny 5 mil 2-D Data Matrix codes.

The DataMan 8000 series is available in two base models:

  • DataMan 8500: The DataMan 8500 readers incorporate patented UltraLight® technology from Cognex for superior image formation on any code type and surface. UltraLight illumination provides dark field, bright field and diffuse lighting all in one electronically controlled light.
  • DataMan 8100: The DataMan 8100 includes all of the features of the DataMan 8500 readers as well as bright field illumination. The DataMan 8100 readers are ideal for applications that require superior code reading performance without specialty lighting. For more information about the DataMan 8000 series of industrial handheld barcode scanners, visit
For more information about the DataMan 8000 series of industrial handheld barcode scanners, visit

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation (“the Company” or “Cognex”) invents and commercializes technologies that address some of the most critical manufacturing and distribution challenges. We are a leading global provider of machine vision products and solutions that improve efficiency and quality in high-growth-potential businesses across attractive industrial end markets. Our solutions blend physical products and software to capture and analyze visual information, allowing for the automation of manufacturing and distribution tasks for customers worldwide. Machine vision products are used to automate the manufacturing or distribution and tracking of discrete items, such as mobile phones, electric vehicle batteries and e-commerce packages, by locating, identifying, inspecting, and measuring them. Machine vision is important for applications in which human vision is inadequate to meet requirements for size, accuracy, or speed, or in instances where substantial cost savings or quality improvements are maintained.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 4 million image-based products, representing over $10 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details, visit Cognex online at


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