1980. There is a strong drive towards research in the field of optical bar code readers. Important industrial applications are achieved in Europe with the exclusive laser scanners for which Datalogic becomes a technological leader and benchmark for the sector.
1984. The first airport application of a bar code reader takes place, at Linate airport in Milan.
1988. Pursuing its policy of international expansion, Datalogic opens new research, production and sales centres, and during this year acquires Escort Memory Systems in California, active in the electronic tag and RFID market
In this decade, Datalogic has plants, subsidiaries and distributors in the five continents of Europe, America, Oceania, Asia and Africa.