Guest We are looking at mounting a bar code reader to a permanent mount.
It must communicate via serial data.
It would have to read a bar code no matter the direction it is in.
Do they make such a bar code reader?

There are fixed mount bar code scanners which can scan omnidirectionally. Depending on the speed and range that you need to scan at I would look at two possible solutions. For a slower application the Motorola MS4404 will be able to read any bar code in any direction and is available with a serial interface. In a higher speed application with similar features I would go with the Microscan Quadrus Mini.

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Posted June 24, 2011