Cognex, a supplier of machine vision systems and industrial barcode readers used in factory automation and logistics, 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.
Cognex designed the MX-1000 after detailed discussions with companies that use mobile terminals and who are also customers of Cognex’s machine vision products and barcode readers. These customers were dissatisfied with their current mobile terminals, which they described as proprietary, expensive, closed systems that are both difficult to build applications on and costly to maintain. They urged Cognex to design a flexible mobile terminal that incorporates Cognex’s field-proven barcode reading technology. Early units of the MX-1000 have been undergoing field testing by a number of Fortune 500 companies, and Cognex is now receiving orders from them.