MRO Magazine

Reliable wired and wireless barcode readers for hazardous areas


November 30, 2011
By PEM Magazine

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces the PowerScan barcode reader system for Zone 1 and Division 1 hazardous areas. The wireless PowerScan M system for Zone 1 locations consists of a transmitter and base station, with power provided by a charger located in the safe area. The wired PowerScan D system for Div. 1 / Zone 1 locations consists of a barcode reader connected via a junction box to the Host PC, which can be located up to 150 meters away in the safe area.

With PowerScan, all common 1D-barcode families can be captured, and patented technology effectively reads even damaged and difficult-to-read barcodes.  The rugged housing ensures full functionality, even after being dropped from a height of two meters.  PowerScan features a targeting guide that helps the user achieve successful readings when codes are located in close proximity to one another. Three green LEDs located on the top and back of the barcode reader are visible from any angle to visually confirm that the code has been successfully read. Successful readings are also confirmed with an audible tone, and the result can be read in the display.

The PowerScan wireless barcode reading system can be used in combination with VisuNet industrial operator workstations, TERMEX operator terminals or as a standalone solution.