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Heavy Duty Slot Reader for Bar Codes and/or Magnetic Stripes

Scans bar codes.
The DuraReader scans bar codes printed on paper, card stock, or plastic. An infrared option is available for security-based applications, where bar codes are over-printed to prevent duplication.

Reads magnetic stripes.
The DuraReader reads up to three tracks of information with a single swipe in either direction. In combination, the same DuraReader unit can read both bar code and magnetic stripe media. TTL, RS232, and keyboard wedge interfaces are available.

Stands up to heavy use.
The DuraReader is designed for demanding applications, such as for access control or in self-service kiosks. Its die-cast metal base, stainless steel wearplate, and impact-resistant housing make it ideal for stand-alone, high-volume traffic. The weatherproof design withstands harsh environments, as well as an extended temperature range to minus 35 degrees C.

Edits and formats data.
The DuraReader can be programmed to divide, rearrange, edit, and validate fields of scanned data. In addition, it allows for up to 16 preamble or postamble characters.


DuraReader Heavy-Duty Slot Reader Specifications


Bar Code: Power +5 VDC +/-10% (35mA maximum). Ground 0 VDC (GND).
Magnetic: Power +5 VDC +/-10% (50mV ripple maximum). Ground 0 VDC (GND)
Chassis Ground connected to GND and magnetic head case.
Operating Current: 35mA maximum for undecoded bar code only. 15mA maximum for undecoded magnetic stripe only (3 tracks). 70mA additional for decoded with keyboard or RS232 interface.


Operating Temperature: 41F to 131F (+5C to 55C). (Weatherproof optional.)*
Extended Temperature Option: -31F to 140F (-35C to 60C) without ice build-up on optic or magnetic head.*
Storage Temperature: -22F to 149F (-30C to 65C) non-condensing.
Humidity: Maximum 95% non-condensing.

* Minimum quantities apply


Electronics MTBF: Read electronics, bar code:30,000 POH. Read electronics, magnetic: 50,000 POH. Interface electronics, RS232/Keyboard: 50,000 POH
Magnetic Head Life: 500,000 passes minimum. (1,000,000 passes available.)
Rail and Cover Life: 1,000,000 passes minimum
Magnetic Read Rate: Less than one error in 100,000 bits on cards conforming to ISO 7811 1-5 (not induced by operator error)
Warranty: One year, parts and labor.


Bar Code Source Light: Visible red 660nm or Infrared 930nm.
Minimum Bar Code PCS: 60%
Bar Code Centerline: .49 inches (12.50mm) from bottom of slot to center of reading window.
Bar Code Resolution: .006 inches (6mil) minimum.
Magnetic Stripe Formats: ISO 7811, AAMVA, and CA DMV
Swipe Speed: Bar Code: 5 to 65 inches per second, bi-directional.
Magnetic Stripe: 5 to 55 inches per second, bi-directional (normal density)
Media Thickness: Bar Code media: .005 to .055 inches
Magnetic Stripe Media: .01 to .055 inches
Slot Width: .055 (1.37mm)
Interfaces: RS232/Keyboard wedge (AT/XT, PS2, Mac, and many others) TTL (undecoded magnetics and/or Bar Code).
Dimensions: Length: 5 inches(127mm), Width: 2.05 inches(52mm), Height: 1.38 inches (35mm).
Weight: 1.4 lb. (including power pack).
Cable Length: 6-foot straight cable.
Connector: Keyboard: Combination 5 pin/6 pin DIN. TTL: 9 pin squeeze. RS232: DB9F. TTL Mag/BC Combo Readers: unterminated cable.
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