Handheld Reader Offers Ethernet and Autofocus

Aug. 31, 2010

Cognex Corporation announces its next-generation DataMan handheld industrial ID scanner, the DataMan 8000 Series. The rugged DataMan 8000 Series is designed for the factory floor and offers the industry’s most advanced code reading technology using patented IDMax technology for reading 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface.


The DataMan 8000 Series features Cognex superior code reading capabilities with two powerful algorithms, 1DMax and 2DMax, that provide the most advanced decoding available for reading virtually every type of code, every time, with unsurpassed read rates.

The DataMan 8000 Series is the first industrial handheld reader to offer integrated liquid lens technology.  The adjustable focus of the liquid lens gives the maximum depth of field flexibility for an image-based handheld reader. This proven new technology, already integrated into Cognex fixed-mount readers, allows a user for the first time to read small 2D direct part marks as well as long linear bar codes with a single reader.

The DataMan 8000 Series also supports both RS-232/USB and Industrial Ethernet communication.  The system’s unique modular communication design allows users to easily upgrade from RS-232/USB to Industrial Ethernet with field exchangeable interface modules. This flexibility enables users to modify their initial reader installation to meet future communication requirements.


The DataMan 8000 Series is available in two models:

  • DataMan 8500
    • The DataMan 8500 readers incorporate patented UltraLight® technology from Cognex for superior image formation on any mark type and surface. The UltraLight 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, with bright field illumination. The DataMan 8100 readers are ideal for applications that require superior code reading performance without specialty lighting.