• In the early 1970s, to meet the new sensor and automation needs of the manufacturing and packaging industry, PhD Romano Volta founded DATALOGIC in Bologna, and DIELL was born in nearby Modena on the initiative of Prof. Paolo Iori.
    • Two parallel and successful stories, like many others in Emilia Romagna which, thanks to these entrepreneurs, their ideas and work have become one of the Italian regions with the highest rate of industrialization, innovation, well-being and economic development.
    • DATALOGIC expands with commercial offices in Germany in 1974, in Japan in 1976, and in the US in 1978. DIELL specializes in photoelectric technology, introducing the first M18 sensor in 1977, which will become one of the most popular formats in the world.
    • At the beginning of the 80s DATALOGIC develops the new optical barcode reading technology, and begins to create important industrial applications in Europe with the exclusive laser scanners for which it immediately becomes the reference technology leader.
    • In 1984 DATALOGIC introduces the first application of a barcode reader in an airport, in Milan - Linate. DATALOGIC opens new research, production and sales offices, and at the end of the decade is present with factories, branches and distributors all over the world.
    • DIELL also (continued) to grow, during the 1980s it changed its name to M.D. Micro Detectors, and confirms itself as an important reality of high-tech research, development, and production, expanding its offer with inductive proximity sensors.
    • In the 90s, the strategy defined in "Il Punto di Volta" led DATALOGIC to be "an industrial reality with constant and lasting growth, important at an international level, for results, reputation and image" and to enter the portable terminal market.
    • In 1991 M.D. Micro Detectors establishes the Spanish branch, Diell Ibérica SA, introducing new capacitive and ultrasonic sensors, area sensors, as well as new photoelectric and inductive sensors on which it also specialized as a manufacturer of "custom" solutions.
    • With the advent of the new millennium DATALOGIC has now established itself as a world leader in automatic data acquisition, and in 2001 it is listed on the New Market of the Milan Stock Exchange, continuing its expansion also through various acquisitions.
    • From 2001 to 2009 DATALOGIC focused on the sensor market for industrial automation through the new company Datasensor, which introduces new application sensors, the first optoelectronic safety barriers, and innovative vision sensors.
    • In 2012, the Chinese company M.D. Micro Detectors (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., which extends manufacturing and logistics capabilities into the Asian region. The Spanish branch changes its name to Micro Detectors Ibérica SAU, continuing its growth on the local market.
    • 2021 is the year in which DATALOGIC acquires M.D. Micro Detectors and with this operation strengthens its Italian and world presence in the industrial automation market, through the integration of the product portfolio of sensors, safety and machine vision.
    • Today, DATALOGIC has 12 R&D centers around the world, over 2,700 collaborators in 30 countries, automatic data acquisition solutions in more than a third of supermarkets and points of sale, and in a third of airports, transport companies and postal services.
    • To continue growing in sensors for industrial automation, Datasensing was born in 2021, with over a hundred years of experience, combining two realities that have both passed half a century of life and have made the history of sensors in our country:
    • M.D. Micro Detectors, with its wide range of sensors made with advanced product and production process technologies, and DATALOGIC - Machine Vision, Sensor & Safety business unit - with innovative products and a consolidated presence on a global level.




    Diell is founded in Modena



    Datalogic is founded by Romano Volta in Bologna, Italy



    Launch of TL10 the first contrast sensor for mark detection



    Datalogic GmbH is established in Nürtingen , Germany



    Datalogic starts selling its products in Japan


    Launch of MS2/00 the first M18 photoelectric sensor in the World



    Datalogic opens sales office in the United States


    New Company founded for Thick Film Technology development.


    Datalogic becomes a leader in barcode readers


    Estabilishment of M.D. Micro Detectors, and development of inductive sensors.


    Datalogic first airport barcode system in Milan – Linate



    Datalogic completes its global presence


    New production factory



    "Il Punto di Volta” Datalogic starts a new strategy.


    Diell Ibérica S.A. is created in Barcellona



    Romano Volta steers new Datalogic Strategic Plan


    Launch of the first Area Sensors



    A new production plant opens in Teramo, Italy



    Datasensor spin off for Sensor & Safety business



    Datafoton S&S production plant is founded in Hungary



    Datasensor achieves International Best Factory Awards



    Datasensor becomes Datalogic S&S business unit



    B.U. Sensor & Safety and Machine Vision (S&S-MV)


    Diell Ibérica S.A. changes into Micro Detectors Ibérica S.A. M.D. Micro Detectors (Tianjin) is founded



    Datalogic exceeds 500 mi. € of sales revenues



    Datalogic acquires M.D. Micro Detectors S.p.A.



    Datalogic S&S-MV and M.D. merge into Datasensing