Universal bar-code reader claims number of ‘firsts’


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MAH200 Universal Bar Code Reader from Pepperl+Fuchs automatically discriminates among major 2-D, matrix and linear bar-code symbologies.

MAH200 Universal Bar Code Reader is the first that automatically discriminates among all major 2-D, matrix and linear bar-code symbologies and "performs more functions than any other single device of its type," according to Pepperl+Fuchs at time of introduction.
The units incorporate a unique dual-path optical system, a 1.3-million pixel CMOS sensor, and a 400 MHz processor. Reading system supports high-density matrix codes and larger low-density linear codes, a superior working range, high-speed omni-directional decoding, and "unsurpassed" data rates. These are said to be the only readers available in handheld, gun handle, and presentation-stand form with cabled, batch, and cordless configurations.

Cordless version uses the latest Bluetooth class-1 interface with a 300-ft operating range, has an operating time exceeding a complete shift at the highest usage rate. It performs over 4,000 reads and transmits from one battery charge. Cabled version is available with USB or RS-232 interfaces. Batch versions feature a 1,300 mA Lithium-ion battery with a 6,200-scan lifespan with 8 hours of standby time.

— Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering ,

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