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Bar Code Scanners Designed for Integration with Clinical Instruments

Originally Published MPMN June 2003


Bar Code Scanners Designed for Integration with Clinical Instruments

Throughput attains 1000 readings per second

The MS-3 laser scanners can read bar codes on test tubes, reagent packs, and microplates within a distance of 1.5 in.
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Specifically designed for integration into clinical analyzers and related instruments, a line of bar code scanners meets demanding space and budgetary requirements without compromising performance.

The MS-3-series readers developed by Microscan (Renton, WA) are available in laser scanner, CCD scanner, and stand-alone CCD scan-engine versions in a 1.75 x 0.85-in. package. A large scan width and >70º scan angle enable the MS-3 laser scanners to read bar codes on test tubes, reagent packs, and microtitre plates within a distance of 1.5 in. Throughput attains 1000 operations per second.

Weighing a scant 2.5 oz, the MS-3 laser and CCD readers can be easily mounted onto robotic equipment. The scanners can also be embedded into instruments, machinery, or other applications that require a small, fast, and reliable bar code reader.

The company also recently introduced its Quadrus EZ smart camera. Reading standard linear bar codes as well as RSS and composite symbology and data matrix codes, the product can help manufacturers comply with regulatory requirements related to product labeling. Quadrus EZ has the capability to read multiple code types on a variety of products on the same production line with the same bar code reader, according to the firm.

Norbert Sparrow

Microscan Systems Inc., 1201 SW 7th St., Renton, WA 98055; phone: 800/762-1149; fax: 425/226-8250; [email protected];

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