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How to Increase a 2D Imager’s Scanner Read Range

Posted December 13, 2016

barcode-scanner-iconWant to know how to increase a 2D imager’s scanner read range?  Here’s a couple simple solutions:

  1. Print a bigger and better quality 1D barcode OR move to a “smaller footprint” 2D data matrix barcode.
  2. There is limited tweaking that we can do to improve depth of field.  If you tweak one thing you affect something else – like speed or the scanner’s ability to read bad barcodes.
  3. Sometimes in a controlled environment you can tweak exposure settings which may help.  This is something that has to be done under the hood – nothing in the manual on this.  But for it to have any affect, you need controlled/consistent lighting, which is not something you find in a warehouse.

Check out our 2D barcode scanner selection or contact one of our representatives for assistance on your scanning solution.


Customize Your Imager’s Scanning Using Honeywell’s Centering, Aimer Delay, and CodeGate Features

Posted October 17, 2016

With all imager based scanners, the default decode mode is the full area of the decode window, so it will decode whatever barcode it sees first. This makes it difficult sometimes to target a specific barcode when the barcodes are close together.  We can help using the below features:

  • Centering(AKA pick list mode or center decode): This feature narrows the scanner’s field of view to make sure the scanner reads only those barcodes intended by the operator.
  • Aimer Delay:  Turns on the aimer for a split second before the scanner scans. This allows time for the operator to position the scanner over the specific barcode before the barcode is scanned.
  • CodeGate:  Similar to Aimer Delay except the aiming beam is on all the time, but scanner won’t scan until scanner button is pressed or specific time passes.

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Zebra DS4208 vs. DS4308 Side-By-Side Comparison

Posted September 10, 2015

When choosing the right 2D imager you ultimately need a device that meets the demands of your specific application while being easy to use out of the box.

Historically, the DS4208 was one of the most popular imagers from Motorola/Zebra which has been discontinued and replaced with the even more capable Symbol DS4308. The chart below is a quick comparison of the new features and capabilities found in the newer DS4308.

If you’re looking for a new 2D imager, the DS4308 is a scanner that will easily improve the efficiency and speed of any scanning application.


DS4208

DS4308
Market Positioning Introductory: 1D/2D Imager for paper/ mobile bar codes 2nd Generation: 1D/2D Imager with PRZM technology which enhances decode performance and snappiness, dramatically improving the user experience
Market Advantage
  • Good all around 1D/2D bar code scanner for most applications
  • DS4208-SR working range out to 15.2”/38.6cm on 100% UPC (SR)
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 7.6”/19.3cm • Sensor Resolution 752 x 480
  • Beep and LED feedback on good decode
  • IP43
  • Reads virtually any bar code in any condition; optimized for poor quality barcodes
    DS4308-SR has the largest “sweet spot” in its class with a working range out to 28”/71.1cm on 100% UPC (DS4308-SR) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and extended range scanners
  • DS4308-HD working range out to 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) eliminating the need to purchase both standard and high density scanners
  • 1 Megapixel Sensor Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • Ability to Enable All Code Types
  • USB Buffering of Output Data
  • Beep, LED and optional Illumination feedback on good decode
  • Megapixel engine supports image capture, signature capture and OCR
  • Auto host detect cables
  • Support for over 90 keyboards
  • Integrated Presentation Stand (P) option
  • Checkpoint EAS option
  • IP42
DEFAULT SETTINGS
Quick Keypad Emulation Disabled Enabled
Unique Barcode Reporting in Continuous Barcode Mode Disabled Enabled
Emulate Numeric Keypad Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 39 2 to 55 1 to 55
Code 93 Disabled Enabled
Length for Code 93 4 to 55 1 to 55
Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) Disabled Enabled
Lengths for I 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 14 6 to 55
Length for D 2 of 5 Fixed Length = 12 Any Length (1 to 55)
Codabar Disabled Enabled
Lengths for Codabar 5 to 55 4 to 55
Matrix 2 of 5 Lengths Fixed Length = 14 4 to 55
GS1 DataBar Limited Disabled Enabled
USB Fast HID Disabled Enabled
USB Polling Interval 8ms 3ms
Different Symbol Time-out 200ms 100ms

Datalogic Introduces New 2D Imaging Capable Memor X3 Mobile Computers

Posted March 30, 2015

Datalogic is pleased to announce that the Memor X3, Datalogic’s most compact mobile computer, is now extending its portfolio with the introduction of two additional models featuring a new 2D Multi-Purpose imaging engine.

The new 2D engine is easily recognized with its highly visible white-illumination and offers a reading performance that is comparable to the red-illumination 2D engines offered with existing Memor X3 2D models. Ideally suited for most any general purpose need for reading 1D or 2D codes, the multi-purpose imager is the best choice for future-proofing your customer.
These new 2D models of the Memor X3 mobile computer integrate the multi-purpose 2D engine along with our patented ‘Green Spot’ good read technology, featuring:

  • A 2D Wi-Fi Windows CE Pro model with features and performance equal to the Red-Illumination 2D model offered with the current Memor X3 mobile computer
  • A new batch 2D model running on the Memor X3 entry-level Windows CE Core platform, targeting the increasing demand of simple and costeffective 2D applications

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Motorola’s New Symbol DS4308 2D Imager Series

Posted September 16, 2014

ds4308Motorola’s new lightweight Symbol DS4308 2D imagers provide the ergonomics, flexibility and advanced performance necessary to comfortably scan bar codes nearer and farther than any other scanner in its class. The DS4308 leverages Motorola’s most advanced imaging engine to quickly capture virtually any bar code – whether it is a high-density bar code on merchandise, displayed on the screen of a mobile phone, or printed on paper and damaged, scratched or dirty. Green and red light indicators can also be mixed and matched with audio to provide scanning feedback in any environment whether it is a noisy manufacturing production line or a quiet hospital room.

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Socket Releases Updated SDK with Apple iOS 8 Support

Posted September 12, 2014

Socket CHS 8Qi ScannerSocket has released  the latest version of their industry leading Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Software Developer Kit, SocketScan SDK version 10.1. The latest version includes many new feature and benefits and is also compatible with Apple’s latest iOS 8 operating system.

Advanced features in the SDK include data editing and Softscan (to use the iPhone and Android built in cameras as a scanner). Featured benefits of the SDK include allowing developers to build a scanner enabled application so all of the limitations of HID mode are removed.  Other benefits include unlimited character set, end-to-end error checking, multiple cursor fields and program control for scan data placement.

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