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Omron: Ultra-Small Versatile Code Reader
Ultra-small code readers.
Schaumburg, IL — Omron Electronics LLC has introduced an ultra-small, fixed mount multi-code reader, model V400-R, that automatically recognizes commonly used bar codes and 2D matrix codes to simplify setup. Measuring just 58 x 46 x 24.2mm, the palm-size metal body reader mounts almost anywhere due to its combination of flexible mounting orientation and front view or side view models.

A built-in aiming guide (green LED) quickly locates the reading area for recognition within a 60mm working distance and 52 x 41mm field of view. The reader scans codes twice to reduce discrepancies and ensure data accuracy even if the code is oriented in reverse. According to the company, the reader also offers significant energy savings with the industry's lowest current consumption in both standby and operation modes.

The V400-R reader integrates a visible red LED light source with 1.3 mega-pixel CMOS imaging (1280 x 1024 pixels) for highly accurate reads of 14 standard bar codes and 2D codes. It automatically recognizes the commonly used bar codes — JAN/EAN/UPC (A, E), CODE39, NW-7, ITF Industrial2of5, CODE93, CODE128 (including EAN128), RSS — with a resolution of 0.1mm. When reading 2-D Codes, it recognizes DataMatrix (ECC200), QR Code, Micro QR Code, PDF417, RS — with resolution of 0.169mm.

Setting the V400-R functions can be done by menu sheet scanning or by host command method using a signal from either a PC or an Omron PLC. A built-in "read" LED indicator and internal buzzer provide both visual and audible indication when the imager reads a symbology. A manual scan test button commands the imager to perform a test read without having the imager connected to a logic system to safely troubleshoot the device and isolate faults.

Based on recent comparisons of multi-code readers, the new reader proved to be the most energy-saving choice on the market with current consumption of 230mA in operation mode and 130mA in standby mode.

The company includes at no charge "Configear" setup and monitoring software that simplifies uploading and downloading imager settings and files, setting or monitoring read rates, and capturing scanner images. Mounting base and L-bracket are also included.

Contact: Omron Electronics LLC, 1 Commerce Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173 866-886-6766 or 847-843-7900 fax: 847-843-8081 Web:

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