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For 30 years I have been helping organisations and individuals with their Barcode and Auto ID issues but now I have decided it is time to move on and retire from being the Barcode Man.
I will continue to respond to emails from existing customers about their earlier purchases, their special programming configurations and warranty issues but I regret I cannot help with new purchases or issues nor recommend alternative products or sources.
Lee Allen, The Barcode Man. February 2010
USBUSB installation is described for a PC running Windows. Other platforms and operating systems may differ and you should refer to your computer documentation regarding the installation of USB devices. The USB interface is specially designed to allow 'hot swapping'. This means USB devices may be connected and disconnected while the computer is switched on and running.
Very old versions of Windows before 2000 may not include USB support even though some of these computers had USB connectors.
Scanning normal barcodes
Barcode scanning is easy and intuitive. Simply point the scanner at the barcode and press the trigger. Move the aiming beam across the barcode. A beep will sound and the beam is switched off automatically.
If the scanner does not react immediately move it closer or further from barcode. The exact distance between the scanner and barcode will vary and is not critical. Typically it will be about 25-50mm (1-2 inches). Make sure the aiming beam covers the entire width of the barcode and is roughly parallel to it.
Scanning 2D barcodes
The scanning technique for two dimentional barcode like PDF417 is slightly different.
Start with the aiming beam just outside and above the barcode symbol. Slowly move the beam downward so it sweeps over the entire barcode symbol. As you do so a 'scratching' sound will be heard. When the whole barcode has been traversed a beep will sound and the beam is switched off automatically.
You may need a couple of attempts until the correct action is learned. The following comments may help.
The scanner requires no regular maintence other than the occasional cleaning of the scanning window with a soft damp tissue to remove accumulated dust.
IMPORTANT: Never use a solvent on any part of the scanner.
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