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World's first barcode reader with integrated Profinet

04 June 2010

Leuze electronic has launched the BCL 548i – believed to be the world's first barcode reader with integrated Profinet.

World's first barcode reader with integrated Profinet
World's first barcode reader with integrated Profinet

In addition to being capable of operating directly in Profinet networks without needing a gateway, its integrated switch technology enables the BCL 548i to also be used in a line network structure as is typical for fieldbuses, offering high flexibility and minimized cabling.

The BCL 548i connects via standard M12 plugs, making installation quick, economic, transparent and fail-safe. Should it be necessary to swap out a device, the configuration is automatically transfered over to the new device.

In common with the rest of the BCL500 family of barcode scanners, the units feature Leuze electronic's code reconstruction technology, which works by scanning across a barcode at an angle, rather than along the central axis of the code.

Many scans are taken at an angle across the barcode and the BCL500i reconstructs these numerous slices into one complete barcode. This enables the scanner to overcome problems such as gaps in the barcode, which would typically be due to poor print quality or soiling of the label.
The extensive range enables the user to select from four different optics types for various module widths ranging from 0.25 to 1.0 mm. All models have identical reading fields and are available as line scanners, oscillating mirror models or deflecting mirror.

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