Rockwell Automation Releases Allen-Bradley 48CR Code Reader for More Reliable Decoding

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation released its new Allen-Bradley 48CR Code Reader designed to provide 1D, 2D and Direct Part Marked (DPM) code reading, including barcodes and QR Codes, in a more compact package.  This ruggedized code reader is designed for easier, more cost-effective integration into the Connected Enterprise.  Simpler integration helps to deliver data from the plant floor directly into a control system to help minimize downtime and increase productivity.

With scanning and more flexible programming, the 48CR helps to streamline code reading processes across several applications, especially in the automotive, packaging, material handling, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries.

  • Start scanning faster: Simpler configuration helps users to implement and deploy the code reader quicker. Ethernet/IP supported 48CR offers multiple setup options, fitting more seamlessly into existing Rockwell Automation systems with the Studio 5000 Add-on Profile or into other systems using embedded WebConnect software.
  • Increasing capabilities: With the latest decoding algorithm technology, the 48CR can more effectively read damaged and incomplete symbols, often with poor prints, scratches or other obstructions, without slowing down the scanning process or losing accuracy.
  • Save more on maintenance and reduce downtime: This more intuitive device does not require additional software or more extensive training for operators. Because the configurations can be saved remotely, personnel on the plant floor can swap out a code reader if required without more extended downtime to reconfigure or having to wait for a specialized technician.


The 48CR is available in a standard model (0.3 MP resolution, fixed focus) and a more advanced model (1.2 MP resolution, autofocus).  For decoding at different speeds, the 48CR has speeds up to 60 fps for fixed focus and 42 fps for autofocus.

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