OUR HISTORY

    • 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.

    MILESTONES

     

    1971

    Diell is founded in Modena

     

    1972

    Datalogic is founded by Romano Volta in Bologna, Italy

     

    1973

    Launch of TL10 the first contrast sensor for mark detection

     

    1974

    Datalogic GmbH is established in Nürtingen , Germany

     

    1976

    Datalogic starts selling its products in Japan

    1977

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

     
     

    1978

    Datalogic opens sales office in the United States

    1980

    New Company founded for Thick Film Technology development.

    1980

    Datalogic becomes a leader in barcode readers

    1984

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

    1984

    Datalogic first airport barcode system in Milan – Linate

     

    1988

    Datalogic completes its global presence

    1989

    New production factory

     
     

    1990

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

    1991

    Diell Ibérica S.A. is created in Barcellona

     
     

    1993

    Romano Volta steers new Datalogic Strategic Plan

    1994

    Launch of the first Area Sensors

     
     

    1995

    A new production plant opens in Teramo, Italy

     

    2001

    Datasensor spin off for Sensor & Safety business

     

    2003

    Datafoton S&S production plant is founded in Hungary

     

    2006

    Datasensor achieves International Best Factory Awards

     

    2009

    Datasensor becomes Datalogic S&S business unit

     

    2010

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

    2012

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

     
     

    2015

    Datalogic exceeds 500 mi. € of sales revenues

     

    2021

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

     

    2022

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