SICK’s Lector61x is a compact image-based code reader that specializes in reading miniature codes at a high performance level even with minimal installation space

Many industries are trending toward lean manufacturing principles, which includes smaller batch sizes in the production process. When operating with these principles, you can reduce waste in the process without sacrificing productivity. It enables manufacturers to maintain short throughput times, in spite of individualized products, and remain competitive in production.

Because of this trend, SICK has developed a new image-based code reader, the Lector61x. The compact device detects 1D, 2D, and stacked codes for identification, inspection, or content monitoring in production processes.

The small and compact image-based code reader measures just 30mm x 40mm x 50mm and supplements SICK’s Lector series of code readers for detecting 1D, 2D, and stacked codes. It can be used primarily for the intralogistics, automotive, consumer goods, and electronics and solar markets.

Electronics Component Identification

The Lector61x works well to trace components, especially in the production of sensitive and miniaturized electronics for identification of electronic components, devices, and printed circuit boards. With the Lector, electronics manufacturers can trace a component during assembly at every production step. Each component has a printed 2D data matrix code attached to the side that faces the sensor, this even includes smart phone production that uses tiny data matrix codes (2x1mm) with UHD (0.04mm) resolution. The code can be even be detected when placed on surfaces like multi-color aluminum, glass, or plastic surfaces (e.g. housing, front glass, etc.)

Reliable Code Detection with an Image-Based Code Reader

With the powerful image-based- code reader the DPM decoder, the new Lector61x reliably reads DPM codes with low contrast or distortion.  It also has integrated special optics with magnifying effect, making it even suitable for reading the smallest microcodes with up to 0.02 mm cell size with 1D codes and 0.04 mm cell size with 2D codes. In addition, the all-in-one lighting concept with adjustable lighting color helps it master different surface colors and textures.

With its compact housing with conducted plug unit, it can be optimally installed into production lines with limited space. The snap-in bracket enables fast and inexpensive installation. Additional optics accessories, such as the polarizing filter, can be easily attached without additional tools. The integrated position sensor also saves time and effort when aligning the Lector61x.

The Lector61x is characterized by excellent read properties for very small codes, poor code quality, and short reading distances. The Lector61x can even read codes that are not visible to the human eye. Using a clever decoder algorithm, its high-performance DPM decoder can read lasered or dot-peened codes perfectly – even in the case of low contrast levels, contamination, or poor code quality.

The flexible lighting concept with eight LEDs and two colors can be controlled and enables reliable code identification, regardless of the surface or code color. The new infinitely adjustable focus setting with distance LED and LED aiming device enables quick and easy commissioning.

Want to learn more about the Lector61x? Contact a SICK representative today!