Pepperl+Fuchs buys Omnitron to aid product identification

Twinsburg, OH—Pepperl+Fuchs reports that it has acquired Omnitron, a Germany-based supplier of Data Matrix-type, 2-D optical coding readers for product identification or online data recording.


Twinsburg, OH— Pepperl+Fuchs reports that it has acquired Omnitron, a Germany-based supplier of Data Matrix-type, 2-D optical coding readers for product identification or online data recording. Data Matrix is an internationally standardized code symbology, which the company adds is expected to replace many older codes, while extending the reach of identification systems into many new applications.

“The acquisition of Omnitron strengthens our offering of identification solutions, and adds a strategic and very flexible component to our extensive family of product ID and other factory automation systems and components,” says Helge Hornis, Ph.D., manager of Pepperl+Fuchs’ Intelligent Systems Group.

Pepperl+Fuchs adds that several factors are driving active adoption of Data Matrix identification technology, including:

  • Amount of data that needs to be stored will increase significantly over time;

  • Area available to store information on products requiring tracking and identification will decrease, requiring greater data density;

  • Significance of reliable identification will increase in importance; and

  • Demand for a reduction in labeling costs.

With possible feature sizes down to 0.25mm and a theoretical limit of more than 2,000 bytes of storable information, Data Matrix allows detailed information to be carried on even the smallest objects. Read-reliability is increased because information is 'scattered' over the data field, with 20-30% information redundancy. Labeling costs can be greatly reduced by lasering or needling a Data Matrix symbol directly onto a part. Data Matrix symbols can be applied using nearly any printing process, including offset, Thermo-Transfer, Inkjet, laser, and direct laser marking.

Pepperl+Fuchs manufactures factory and process automation products and services, and pioneered development of proximity sensors about 45 years ago.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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