Balluff's new IDENT sensors stand out from the crowded market of code readers with the inclusion of IO-Link. This allows users to integrate code reading without separate Ethernet drops and IP addresses for every reader.

content provided by balluffThe IDENT sensors reliably read both 1D and 2D barcodes and direct part marked codes while providing several other innovative features, including built-in condition monitoring capabilities.

In addition to code reading functions, the sensors can provide visibility into the machine and/or application environment. They can monitor temperature, vibration, humidity, inclination, signal quality, and operating time, data that can save operators time and money by minimizing downtime and increasing maintenance efficiency. Condition data is transmitted every 60 seconds. Operators can view the data via a dashboard using a standard web browser. No added software is needed.

These stationary sensors use the MVTec HALCON algorithm, while integrated code quality metrics allow it to provide a code quality grade in addition to the code data. Users can select from multiple process and data interfaces to meet their needs with support for the REST API and MQTT and IO-Link and TCP/UDP interfaces.

Fast reading speeds and a working distance of 50 to 600 mm make the IDENT sensors a solid choice for production processes and logistics applications across a wide range of industries, with an IP67 rating which makes them a good choice for packaging, food, and beverage applications.

Versions are available with white and red light or white and infrared light. A standard M12 connection and a teach button make for easy setup.

This new vision-based code reader delivers next-level capabilities for the future of manufacturing.


  • Reliable code reading with the simplest operation
  • IO-Link as process and data interface alternatively TCP or UDP
  • This product is part of the SAMS (Smart Automation and Monitoring System)
     -- Additional IIoT data interfaces: MQTT and REST API
     -- Additional condition monitoring information for production optimization

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