Cognex Corporation, supplier of machine vision systems and industrial barcode readers used in factory automation and logistics, today announced that it has developed, and is now offering for sale, a totally new product line…ruggedized mobile terminals.
Cognex’s MX-1000 series of mobile terminals offers manufacturers, logistics companies and many other organizations that currently rely on expensive, inflexible and purpose-built mobile terminals, a revolutionary new method for performing tasks such as inventory management, logistics and field service. The MX-1000 combines the ease-of-use, low-cost and flexibility of off-the-shelf smartphones together with a rugged hand-held assembly that holds both the phone and a specially designed Cognex barcode reader that outperforms competitors’ laser-based and camera-based systems. Cognex expects that this unique combination will enable it to become a major player in a $500 million segment of the mobile terminal market.
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“The initial versions of our mobile terminal will offer Cognex’s superior capability for reading both 1-D and 2-D barcodes, but the hardware in each unit is a complete Cognex vision engine that is capable of far more than just reading barcodes,” said Doctor Robert J Shillman, Cognex’s founder and Chairman. “I envision that in the near future, customers will ask us to add other valuable vision-based capabilities such as OCR, package dimensioning and inspection.”
“Cognex is disrupting the market for mobile terminals by offering customers the power, ease-of-use and low cost of Android® and iOS®-based smartphones together with Cognex’s barcode reading technology,” said Robert J. Willett, President and C.E.O. of Cognex. “Customers no longer need to choose between ruggedness and flexibility; with the Cognex MX-1000, they’ll get the best of both together with industry-leading DataMan® technology for reading barcodes reliably, even under the most difficult conditions.”
"This is an innovative approach to augmenting the functionality of today's modern mobile devices. It comes at a time of significant disruption and transition in the mobile terminal market because of the phasing out of existing Microsoft® WindowsCE® and WindowsMobile® 6.x powered handheld terminals as these platforms reach EOL,” says David Krebs, Executive VP, Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices, VDC Research. “With the MX-1000, Cognex is offering its customers a unique option to address industrial class data collection on ubiquitous modern smartphones without sacrificing ruggedness and environmental requirements. Furthermore, the ability to future proof investments is a particularly unique and important differentiator."