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Bar Code Scanner-Scale Combination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037832D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harris, RH: AUTHOR

Abstract

There is a continuing requirement to reduce the counter space that is required for point of sale equipment. There is also concern regarding the physical strain on an employee using a scale that requires the employee lift items to shoulder height in order to weigh them. One solution is to combine the scale and a bar code scanner.

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Bar Code Scanner-Scale Combination

There is a continuing requirement to reduce the counter space that is required for point of sale equipment. There is also concern regarding the physical strain on an employee using a scale that requires the employee lift items to shoulder height in order to weigh them. One solution is to combine the scale and a bar code scanner.

Fig. 1 shows the scanner/scale combination. The scanner is the same as that for any flat bed application. The scanner has no unique features except that its outer window is removed. An inner window protects the scanner from contamination. The electrical interface is also the same as a standard scanner.

The scale base is modified to accept the scanner. The scale platen is extended to a position above the scanner. A wear window in the platen allows the scan pattern of the scanner to the read bar code of an item placed on the scale platen. The electrical interface of the scale is the same as that of an ordinary scale.

Scale development can proceed independently of the scanner without creating functional demands on the scanner. This is particularly important since a small percentage of scanners will need the scale feature.

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