Balluff’s BVS Universal Vision Sensor offers 360° part position detection, defect finding, contour based counting and matching, bar code reading (linear and 2D DM) and OCV. It also includes a serial port and digital I/O. The 360° algorithm provides the performance of vision systems, but in a simpler, smaller package and at a lower price. Applications include assembly and presence control, reading and verification of codes, and advanced part position detection. It can read multiple codes at once—up to 40 per second, read and verified in any orientation. An optical character verification (OCV) function can verify printed sequences of characters and numbers such as batch numbers or minimum shelf life dates.