Parcel+Post Expo: Keyence launches handheld computer capable of scanning 100 codes simultaneously

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Making its debut at Parcel+Post Expo 2021, Japanese sensor manufacturer Keyence is showcasing its latest developments in barcode reading technology, ranging from dynamic handheld computers to plug-and-play readers for sorting systems.

Recently launched in Europe, the SR-5000 Series logistics code reader benefits from a wide field of view, long depth of field, and high-speed reader to register the barcodes of fast-moving packages in a logistics environment. The device’s field of vision makes it possible to read codes fixed to the top and sides of packages of different sizes and varying locations, something that would conventionally require multiple sensor units.

Nick Murakami, international marketing manager, Keyence, said, “The machine’s depth of field means it doesn’t matter what the distance or angle is, it reads the data in milliseconds, it’s not comparable with any other scanner. It’s also a turnkey solution, the unit can simply be integrated with existing systems with very little effort.”

Alongside its established BT-A700 handheld computer for wide range reading, Keyence is also demonstrating its new BT-A500 handheld scanner for increased operational speed. The device is capable of scanning up to 100 codes simultaneously thanks to its batch functionality. The slim design and lightweight construction makes it easy to operate one handed, while its software enables it to read text and barcodes that have been damaged or are obscured by packaging.

Franz Tippelt, regional sales manager, said, “Our reading speeds are really fast and we can read up to 100 codes with just one pull of the trigger. Just imagine there’s a room full of boxes, you can walk in and capture all the codes in one go, saving time and therefore cost. It doesn’t matter if the label is damaged or blurry, the reader is still smart enough to capture the data.”

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