In 2019, vision solutions provider Hikrobot announced to release the brand new smart code reader series, the ID series. After introducing the first ID series product - ID6000, to market with great success, Hikrobot went on to launch the ID3000 and ID5000 successively. Today, the ID series products have been proven to be the perfect choices for those who are seeking for reliable code-reading solutions in demanding tasks.
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Barcode is a carrier of information. It can contain the country of production, manufacturer, commodity name, book classification number, origin and destination of express, category, production date, etc. Consequently, barcodes are widely used in commodity circulation, library management, postal management, banking system and many other fields. Generally speaking, assigning a barcode that contains related information to every single product is a universal method to realize the track & trace and quality management in modern manufacturing industry.
It is a trend that barcodes are becoming smaller in size while richer in information storage, which requires higher processing capability of barcode readers. Besides, in certain industries, barcodes are directly marked onto objects, such as metal parts in automobile industry or PCBs in consumer electronics industry. In those occasions, a more robust code-reading performance is desired to avoid the influence generated by the reflection on the surface or the distortion due to irregular object shape.
ID series smart code readers are designed to meet diversified demands from industry fields. Embedded with deep learning hard cores and self-developed high-performance algorithms, the ID series can easily deal with the barcodes in complex situations such like film coverage, poorly printing quality, reflective surface, low-contrast background, etc. Particularly, ID3000 and ID5000 features modularized field-interchangeable optics and lightings, which is favored by industrial code-reading applications on mixed-model manufacturing lines.
In logistics industry, it's necessary to record the information of each parcel in the process of inbound, outbound, sorting, distribution, etc. If these things were to be done by human, it would be not only a waste of time, manpower and financial resources, but also accompanied by a very large error rate. ID6000 series smart code readers are designed dedicatedly for logistic scenarios. Unlike handheld barcode scanners which still require manpower to handle parcels, ID6000 smart code readers can be mounted directly above or aside the conveyor belt, and automatically scan parcels when they pass by. Featuring ultra large resolution (up to 5440*3648), the ID6000 is able to provide large field of view and reduce deployment cost while maintaining stable and robust code-reading performance.
PCB manufacturing is the key process in consumer electronics industry. In PCB manufacturing industry, 2D codes are used to record production time, location, soldering temperature, flux density, batch number, test info, etc. As the information contents keep increasing and the code size shrinking, the requirement on code reading systems tends to be more rigorous. ID series smart code reader is able to steadily locate and recognize tiny 2D codes with high accuracy thanks to its powerful deep-learning algorithms. Moreover, the optional integrated red light source* can effectively increase the contrast for PCB inspection.
The modern automobile industry is paying more and more attention to the quality and safety of cars. How to completely and accurately record the serial number, production batch, production date and other information of various parts in the production and assembly is the key to guarantee the product quality and safety. Data Matrix codes are often printed directly by laser on key components such as engine blocks, connecting rods and clutches to realize traceability. However, the code contrast is usually poor, and the component surfaces are sometimes covered by oil. With the help of deep learning code-reading algorithms, ID3000 and ID5000 can easily deal with the stain, defect, low contrast and other interference. At the same time, the 4-way independently controllable lights provide a more flexible approach to restrain the reflection on metal.
Food and Packaging
In food and packaging industry, the demand on decoding efficiency and recognition rate is still valid, but the core concern is different to some extent. Since the inspected object is on a relatively fixed position on the conveyor and the movement is very fast, people usually focus more on the processing speed and care less about the field of view or depth of focus. ID3000 and ID5000, in this case, become the top options by virtue of their high frame rate and flexible modular design, which is a natural fit for mixed-model manufacturing line. On top of that, ID5000 also supports mechanical auto-focus to further ease the set-up and maintenance.
Requirement varies in different application scenarios. Choose an appropriate smart code reader based on real needs is the key to succeed modern code-reading challenges. Hikrobot ID series is such a reliable series product that dares to face up to any challenge in the task.
*ID3000/ID5000 provides integrated light source.