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Bar Code Scanner With 360 Scan Field

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000068099D
Original Publication Date: 1979-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Laurer, GJ Walsh, WJ [+details]

Abstract

Where an optical scanner is to be used to read Universal Product Code (UPC) labels on supermarket products, it may be desirable to build the scanner with a 360 degree scan field. A 360 degree scan field can be defined as a field in which scanning beams sweep the product both as it approaches and as it moves beyond a viewing window. The advantage of such a scanner is that an operator can orient products with the UPC label on either a leading or trailing surface of the product. Where the scanner has less than a 360 degree scan field, the product must typically be oriented with the UPC label at a leading surface of the product.