Machine vision: Powerful core technology

Cognex Dataman 360 / 503

Versatile, high performance barcode readers for all applications 

The DataMan 360 series reads a wide range of 1D linear and 2D matrix symbologies. Powerful ImageMax technology with a high-powered liquid lens and a high-powered illumination enhances image formation and maximizes read rates for even the most challenging dot-peen or laser marked DPM codes. The DataMan 503 is one of the most powerful stationary barcode reader for high speed, high depth of field and wide field of view applications.

Advanced algorithms for reliable 1D and 2D code reading

1DMax® with Hotbars®, the best-in-class 1D barcode algorithm can handle extreme variations in contrast, blur, damage, resolution, quiet zone violations, and perspective distortion, and can decode up to 10x the speed of a typical image-based reader. 2DMax® with PowerGrid®, a breakthrough in 2D decoding software, handles degradations to the appearance of 2D codes, even when vital elements of the code are missing or damaged.

Optimal image formation of any code in any environment

ImageMax technology is specifically designed to read challenging DPM codes on a variety of round, reflective or specular surfaces. It auto-focuses to read small codes at variable working distances and provides even illumination.

Autotune selects optimum settings

The intelligent tuning feature automatically selects the optimum settings for the integrated lighting, autofocus and imager for each application. This tuning process ensures that the barcode reader will be set up to attain the highest read rates possible for 1D, 2D, and direct part marked (DPM) codes.  


  • Resolutions: 800x600 to 1280x1024 pixels
  • Lens: C-Mount, S-Mount, variable focus liquid lens
  • Lighting: Integrated segment-controlled bright field, various controllable external light options, colour options include red, red polarized, IR, blue, white
  • Communication: Ethernet and RS-232
  • Protection: IP65