The PIATI_STI was developed specifically to read ECC200 Data Matrix codes lasermarked on medical/dental tools and instruments in accordance with HIBCC specifications. The unit is housed in a compact (130 x 84 x 132 mm), IP54 protection class, anodized aluminum enclosure that meets specified hygiene standards. It is a fan-free, foolproof, plug-and-play appliance that uses customized built-in white LED illumination to generate the high quality image data that its embedded digital signal processor analyzes to produce accurate and repeatable decoding results. A conventional 15-pin connector allows images, system status, and decoding results to be displayed on standard analog VGA monitors. The decoding results are sent directly to PCs or electronic data processing systems via an RS-232 serial communications interface.