Our History

Founded in 1988, CipherLab Co., Ltd. designs, manufactures, and markets AIDC (automatic identification and data collection) products and systems. The company is dedicated to serving firms around the world that seek more effective and efficient ways of doing business and creating business value.

CipherLab has subsidiaries and partners in EMEA, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and China. This growing network of long-term relationships has been established to serve the unique needs of world regions and markets with dynamic flexibility and response to opportunity. CipherLab's valued partnerships allow critical market intelligence, open communication and mutual success.

CipherLab has invested tremendous resources for research in optics, electronics, mechanical engineering, communication technologies, software, and industry applications. Knowledgeable and experienced engineers work closely with industry partners to design, engineer, and create systems that meet customers' needs, as well as providing timely and competent services.

The company carefully examines its manufacturing capacities and processes to improve efficiency, ensure quality, and minimize harm to the Earth. CipherLab, both ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified, supplies quality products at competitive prices with flexible and timely delivery. The majority of products are marketed under the registered brand name CipherLab.

CipherLab is listed on the Taiwan OTC market under the ticker 6160.

Milestones and Awards

1988 Founded company and built the first real-time feedback system for the Taiwan Stock Exchange
1989 Released the first time and attendance data terminal
1990 Installed the first solid-state LCD display (240 x 960 cm) in Taiwan at Chinese Petroleum Corp., Lin-Yung factory
1991 Released the first CCD barcode scanner
1992 Began marketing under the brand name CipherLab
1993 Designed the first handheld portable terminal with IC card reader for Taiwan Banking System
1997 ISO 9001 Certificate awarded and began the roll-out for Taiwan 7-11 convenience chain-stores POS system
1998 President Liau receives Gold Asian Award of Excellence for his role in the industry
Began the roll-out for Taiwan Family Mart convenience chain-stores POS system
Designed the first software development tool 'Basic Compiler' for mobile computers
1999 CipherLab begins conversion to public company through initial public offering and CipherLab enters the mobile computer market with 711/720 data collection mobile computer
2000 Established U.S. subsidiary
2001 Released model 1000 CCD scanner, the most popular contact scanner.
2002 Publicly listed on Taiwan OTC market with NT$327 million capital
Established Software R&D Center in China
Established cooperative education and internship with Tzu-Chi University
Released pocket-sized mobile computers, the 8000 series, targeting retail markets
Released light-industrial mobile computers, the 8300 series, targeting warehouse environments
2003 Model 1000 scanner ranked #1 by Japanese barcode scanner users (Webzine Magazine)
CipherLab ranked #18 of Taiwan's top 100 Mid-Small Enterprises (CommonWealth Magazine)
Pioneered wireless BT handheld scanning with release of the world's first commercial BT scanner
Increased capital to NT$398 million
2004 ISO 14000 Certificate compliance achieved
CipherLab ranked #29 of Taiwan Top 100 Growing Enterprises (Smart Monthly)
Increased capital to NT$500 million.
Awarded ACNielsen Homescan CRM project for Asia-Pacific and EMEA
2005 Released the first industrial mobile computers, the 8500 series, targeting transportation and logistics environments
Increased capital to NT$622 million
Ranked #48 of Taiwan Top 100 Competitive Mid-Small Enterprises (Marbo Magazine)
2006 Awarded ACNielsen Homescan CRM project for South America
Ranked #17 of ROE and #9 of ROA of Taiwan Top 1000 Manufacturers (Business Weekly)
Increased capital to NT$710 million
Changed corporate English name to CipherLab Co. Ltd.
Ranked in top 5 scanner manufacturers by Vertical System Retailer, USA.
Released the first Windows®-based industrial mobile computers, the 9500 series, targeting transportation and logistics environments
Established EMEA subsidiary
Ranked in top 3 scanner manufacturers worldwide by Venture Development Corporation (industry analyst), USA
2007 Establish China subsidiary
In-store Handheld Automation Product Innovation of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan (industry analyst), USA
2008 Released the 1500 handheld linear imager scanner, targeting retail, healthcare and public sector
Released the first pocket-sized Bluetooth scanner, the 1660 linear imager, targeting healthcare, field sales and field service
Established DACH office
2009 Released Bluetooth handheld scanners, the 1560 and 1562 of 1500 series
Released industrial mobile computers, the 8400 series, targeting warehousing
Released industrial mobile computers, the 9300 series, targeting retail and warehousing
8000 series were awarded Best Product and Service by Networks Products Guide, North America
1660 Bluetooth scanner was awarded Gold Mobile Star Award by MobileVillage, North America
Established GmbH office
2010 Released industrial mobile computers, the 9600 series, targeting retail, healthcare, manufacturing and field mobility
Released the first industrial handheld scanner, the 1704 2D imager, targeting manufacturing, warehousing and logistics
Established subsidiary CipherLab Medical Co., Ltd.
2011 Released enterprise mobile computers, the 8200 series, targeting retail and healthcare
Released the first PDA-typed Windows mobile computer, the CP30 series
Released new Antimicrobial Protection series, including 1500H and 1600H handheld scanners and 8000H cOS mobile computers
Released the 1504 and 1564 2D scanners
Released 1070 contact scanner
Released 1661 pocket-sized linear imager scanner
Established Remuneration Committee
2012 Released industrial mobile computers, the 8700 series
Released 1662 and 1664 pocket-sized laser and 2D imager scanners
Released industrial mobile computers, the CP50 series, targeting field mobility, transportation and warehousing
Released Antimicrobial Protection series including 1664H handheld scanner and 8200H cOS mobile computers
Released the first handheld RFID reader, the 1861, targeting retail, warehousing and distribution center
Established subsidiary CipherGenii Co., Ltd.
2013 Released industrial mobile computers, the 9200 series, targeting transportation, logistics, and warehousing
Released flagship mobile computer, the CP60 series, targeting the high-end market in transportation, logistics, manufacturing, warehousing and field service
Released 1663 pocket-sized Bluetooth linear imager scanner
2014 Released new generation of cOS mobile computers, the 8600 series, targeting warehousing, distribution center and manufacturing
Released industrial mobile computers, the 9700 series, targeting warehousing and within-four-wall applications
Released industrial mobile computers, the CP55 series, targeting transportation, logistics, manufacturing, warehousing and field service
2015 Released the first Android touch mobile computer, RS30 series, targeting field sales, field service, retail and healthcare
Released 1862 handheld RFID reader, giving users extended RFID capabilities with mobile devices through Bluetooth pairing
2016 Established CipherLab Europe Representative Office in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2017 Released 2500 series business-rugged handheld scanner to suit various applications such as retail, warehousing and light industry
Released 9700A series mobile computer, a new force on Android OS for applications in warehousing
Released RS50 series rugged Android touch computer, providing user-friendly operations with industrial durability
Released RS31 series touch-centric Android mobile computer targeting retail and field service applications
ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 awarded
2018 Released 2200 series omnidirectional presentation scanner for retailers
CipherLab was awarded in Huawei Developer Challenge for bringing innovative solutions fulfilling industry demands
Released RK25 series rugged mobile computer combining smartphone usability with keypad options
Released Nemo improving utilization of labor and equipment for smart manufacturing

One of Top 3 Best Supplier of Equipment for Retail, CP30 series mobile computers
from Wiadomości Handlowe, Poland, 2013

Best of 2012 in Innovationspreis-IT, CP30 and 8200 mobile computers
from Initiative Mittelstand, Germany, 2012

Gold Mobile Star Awards, 9500 series mobile computers
from Mobile Village, North America, 2007

Best Product and Service Award, 8000 series mobile computers
from Networks Products Guide, North America, 2009

Gold Mobile Star Award, 1660 BT scanner
from MobileVillage, North America, 2009

Gold Mobile Star Award, 8000 series mobile computers
from MobileVillage, North America, 2008

Mobile/Wireless Product Innovation of the Year
from Network Products Guide, North America, 2008

In-store Handheld Automation Product Innovation of the Year
from Frost & Sullivan (industry analysts), North America, 2007

Small to Midsize Retail Solution Award for Best In-store System
sponsored by Integrated Solutions for Retailers Magazine, 2006

One of Top 3 Scanner Manufacturers Worldwide
by Venture Development Corporation (industry analysts), USA, 2006

One of Top 5 Scanner Manufacturers
by Vertical System Retailer, USA, 2006

Ranked #9 of ROA and #17 of ROE in Top 1000 Manufacturers,
Business Weekly, Taiwan, 2006

Ranked #29 among Top 100 Growing Enterprises,
Smart Monthly, Taiwan, 2004

#1 Scanner rating
for CipherLab 1000, Webzine Magazine, Japan, 2003

Ranked #18 of Top 100 Potential Mid-Small Enterprises,
CommonWealth Magazine, Taiwan, 2003

Gold Asian Award of Excellence
to Steven Liau, CipherLab chairman, Taiwan, 1998