MINNEAPOLIS, May 12, 2011 — Sick has launched the Lector620, an image-based reader for 1- and 2-D codes that is suitable for track and traceability applications. The code reader offers intelligent setup and intuitive operation, including teach-in with autofocus. This allows customers to mount the scanner at any distance from the code and to automatically optimize settings for the best possible read. There is no need to use a PC to set up the scanner. Multiple onboard interfaces, such as Ethernet TCP/IP, CAN, USB and RS-232, ensure flexibility. The scanner is supplied in a compact metal housing with an enclosure rating of either IP 65 or IP 67 for harsh conditions, including dusty and humid environments. Integrated illumination (red, green, blue) provides a solution for high- or low-contrast codes and a visual indication that the code has been read. The Lector620 series offers real-time decoding of all images, improving decoding performance, enabling fast detection and eliminating reading problems. Applications include individual production control and traceability of components in the automotive, packaging, food and beverage, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries. The code reader also can be used for counterfeit detection and identification of single components and polychlorinated biphenyls.