Accu-Sort® MiniCam™ CMOS Camera and Decoder Give Camera Performance at Laser Price


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - May 22, 2006 – Accu-Sort Systems, Inc. introduces the AccuVision® MiniCam™ CMOS camera and decoder that offers the accuracy of a camera at the price of a laser scanner. With a read rate of 99 percent (compared to 90-96 percent for lasers), quick set-up and low maintenance, MiniCam provides the lowest total cost of ownership of any bar code scanning option.

MiniCam is Accu-Sort’s smallest 2D reader with a footprint that easily fits on a production line; yet it is powerful enough to handle sorting or other material handling applications. The MiniCam provides a wide field of view, integrated LED illumination and flexible connectivity to host systems. Paired with the AccuVision Decoder for Mid-Range Cameras, MiniCam provides real-time decoding of all industry standard one-dimensional bar codes and two-dimensional symbologies. Plug-and-play functionality allows for fast and easy installation and setup. Replacement takes less than five minutes.

“The new MiniCam, the only camera in its price/performance category, increases productivity and provides a lower cost of ownership compared to lasers,” said Mike Bosha, Accu-Sort product manager. “Customers are concerned about higher read rates, quick setup time and the lowest cost of ownership. Camera technology delivers a read rate of 99 percent or greater compared to laser technology’s 90-96 percent. Cameras can also consistently read damaged, poorly printed or small aspect ratio codes that cannot be decoded by laser scanners.”

With the largest sensor size in its class, MiniCam provides coverage to accommodate a variety of package shapes and sizes on the production line without having to relocate the camera. Multiple heads per decoder allow for greater cost savings and flexibility, along with easy multisided reading of packages or product.

MiniCam is a true plug-and-play device. It sets up in less than 10 minutes, compared to 60 minutes for laser systems.. The integrated LED illumination eliminates the need for time-consuming alignment. Multiple interfaces – Ethernet TCP/IP, RS232/422 serial ports – allow MiniCam to interface quickly and easily with existing networks.

MiniCam has no external fans or filters, and requires maintenance only once a year, compared to two to four times a year for lasers. It also has a longer life than lasers, reducing the cost of ownership over the product’s life.

The Accu-Vision decoder ships with Accu-Sort’s advanced control and diagnostic software, AXCESS™ for AccuVision Cameras®, a web-based application that allows anyone with a computer and an internet browser to set up and configure the decoder. AXCESS saves configuration parameters for both the camera and decoder. Parameters can also be conveniently stored on a USB memory stick. When the memory stick is inserted in the decoder, the parameters are automatically downloaded from or uploaded to the camera and decoder. It operates remotely using a network connection or locally via a keyboard/monitor connected to the decoder. AXCESS also provides extensive diagnostic capabilities, image viewing and image analysis tools.

MiniCam is a cost-effective scanning solution for a variety of industries, including parcel/package distribution, retail/wholesale distribution, tire manufacturing and general manufacturing. The system is ideal for applications including multisided arrays, package verification and print/label verification.

“As Accu-Sort’s newest innovation,” Bosha said, “the MiniCam gives camera performance at a laser price.”

About Accu-Sort

Accu-Sort Systems is a pioneer in reliable auto ID and high-speed compliance solutions with more than three decades of experience deploying and supporting scanning and tracking solutions in distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, and retailer environments. The company is also an established provider of convergent RFID and bar code systems with more than 50 RFID installations.


* Reads all standard 1D and 2D symbologies * High 99% read rate performance * Setup in under 20 minutes * Lower cost of ownership * Easy “plug-and-play” replacement * No routine maintenance
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