MAY 28--A new barcode scanner, Quadrus EZ, from Microscan (Renton, WA; www.microscan.com) makes it easier for manufacturers to use 2-D symbols to track components and PCB boards through the manufacturing process. By combining the functionality of a vision system with the ease of use and price point of a laser barcode scanner, Quadrus EZ provides an out-of-the-box solution for decoding symbols on the electronics manufacturing line.
Only two steps are required to set up Quadrus EZ. Using patented technology, the field-of-view locator allows the user to positively align the reader to the symbol in a matter of seconds without the use of video monitors or even a PC. Once the symbol is aligned, all the user needs to do is push the "auto" button located on the back. Quadrus EZ automatically calibrates on the symbol.
Since Quadrus EZ decodes both linear and 2-D codes, it can be used by manufacturers who are making the transition from barcodes to 2-D codes and who need a product that can read both code types. Quadrus EZ has the processing power to perform in demanding high-speed applications. Additional features such as video input/output, USB, and Ethernet connectivity give Quadrus EZ the flexibility and functionality needed for easy integration into the manufacturing process.