Air travel is growing 8% annually, which is placing a significant burden on current baggage processing systems that have remained relatively unchanged for 30 years, Cognex notes in its press release. The new system uses either DataMan 300 or 360 barcode readers, which are available in 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, or 1600 x 1200 models. The image-based barcode readers achieve a speed of up to 60 reads per second at up to 400 ft/minute.
Additionally, the solutions features patent-pending Xpand technology, which provides the flexibility to fit into space-constricted environments. Xpand increases the field of view by more than 50% and increases reader coverage across the belt without adding readers of moving parts.
“Until now, reading transfer tags has been difficult due to damage incurred during numerous handlings of each bag. We have designed an identification and tracking system that provides the performance benefits of image-based readers that is competitively priced to laser-based systems,” said Jay Bouton, Cognex’s New Business Development Manager, Airport Baggage Handling. “Through field demonstrations on an international transfer line, Cognex was able to boost read rates up to 15% above the existing laser readers.”
The Cognex Airport Baggage Handling Identification Solution, which is available now, will be particularly useful because the new International Air Transport Association Resolution 753, starting June 2018, will require all member airlines to demonstrate the acquisition and delivery of baggage at three points of the baggage journey: load, transfer and arrival, according to Cognex.
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