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IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanner

  • Hand-Held USB Bar-code ScannerTwo Versions:
  • 2010 GS1 Sunrise and RoHS Compliant.
  • SC5 Model capable of reading barcodes from flat screen monitors.
  • Lightweight with a comfortable hand-held design, these scanners outperform other scanners in quality, range and performance.
  • SC5 Model is compatible with Windows, including Windows 10, Mac and Linux, as well as tablets with USB connectivity, such as the HP ElitePad.
  • Plug 'n Play, one step installation without powering down; power is supplied by the USB connection.
  • Emits high intensity red aiming beam with a built-in decoder, which sends data to the PC as if the barcode is typed in from the keyboard.
  • Can be programmed to scan function keys from barcodes, and decode lower ASCII characters.
  • Provided with free barcode label software and barcode font as a separate download at time of purchase.
  • Complete manual is included. Programming Training Video is provided.
Specifications SC5-USB Model
USB Barcode Scanner in the hands-free stand
Desktop and Wall Mount Stand
Compatibility Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA- Windows, Mac (up to Yosemite) & Linux Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA- Windows
Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA- Mac (up to El Capitan)
Durability Withstands 6 foot drops Withstands 6 foot drops
Power Consumption 120 MA 30 MA idle, 170 MA scanning
Scan Engine 2048 pixel CCD 2500 pixel CCD
Scan Resolution 4 mil 3 mil
Reading Width up to 120 mm (4.2") wide up to 120 mm (4.2") wide
Reading Depth 5"-10" 4"-11"
EMI Emission FCC Class A, CE FCC Class A, CE
Aiming Beam approximately 4" by .3" approximately 4" by .3"
Weight 9 ounces 5 ounces
RoHS Directive Compliant green check mark green check mark
Plug 'n Play USB green check mark green check mark
Power supplied by
USB connection
green check mark green check mark
Programming Tools Printed Manual & SC5-USB Online Manual
Easy Programming Guides
SC1500 Online Manual - this model scans the screen well and does not need a printed manual.
Easy Programming Guides
Scans Function Keys green check mark  
Warranty 1 year / 3 years optional 1 year / 3 years optional
Scanner Stand Optional Desktop stand with weighted bottom available *This item is being phased out and Stands are no longer available.
Order Now Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA- $139.00 Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA- $139.00 Windows Scanner only
Order Now - USB Bar Code Scanner - NA-
$139.00 Mac Scanner only

With each purchase of this scanner, a free license is provided to the IDAutomation Barcode Label Software, IDAutomation Code 39 Barcode Font and the Barcode Scanner ASCII String Decoder. The software may be downloaded once the purchase is completed.

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"The wider field of this scanner picks up our narrower bar codes a lot easier, we had several Symbol laser units deployed but we had trouble with smaller barcodes under certain lighting conditions or less than ideal scanning conditions (plastic bags etc). Net result is less work per scan on average." - Nate Chadwick, Director of Technology, ProMedDx, LLC, Norton, MA

This durable and ergonomically designed USB barcode scanner is the best value handheld in its class. It offers the performance of a laser scanner with no moving parts to wear out at a lower cost. The CCD scan engine can read smaller barcodes better than many lasers scanners and still read large barcodes. It scans linear bar codes that are up to 4.2" wide from near contact to about 10" away at 200 scans per second. To integrate this scanner with an application, refer to IDAutomation's document about how to scan data into applications.

  • Performance: This product outperforms others priced below $200 in quality, range and performance. Unlike many low cost scanners, it quickly and easily decodes barcodes at various angles and distances using patented technology.
  • Long Range Scanning and Focus: Average size bar codes are easily decoded when pulling the trigger anywhere from 4" to 8" away. Many other low cost barcode readers require pulling the trigger at precise distances from the barcode.
  • Ergonomically Designed: It is lightweight and designed to fit comfortably in the hand for extended periods of usage.
  • Projection Modes: This model features both handheld and fixed projection modes, as well as long-range activation and an adjustable stand (optional) for automated operation.
    "Plug and play ease and the ability to receive barcode input as keyboard input was the reason we purchased IDAutomation’s scanner. Development time on a new application was significantly cut by being able to treat barcode reading as simple key press (The application is web-based; we can just use JavaScript to interface with the scanner.)" - Peter Landry, PLEXUS Corporation, Providence, RI
  • Function Key Emulation Mode: The built-in decoder may be programmed to emulate function keys as well as other keys such PgUp, PgDn, Backspace, Tab, Enter, Esc, Insert, Delete, Home and End. To activate this ability, simply enable "Function Key Emulation Mode" by scanning the appropriate barcode in the manual. When enabled, lower ASCII codes in the Code 128 barcode will simulate pressing this key on the keyboard. For example, an ASCII 23 (0x17 in the manual) digit encoded in a bar-code will send the same codes to the computer as if the F7 function key was depressed. Because the scanner manual only lists hexadecimal numbers, refer to the ASCII chart for conversions.
  • GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128) Decoding: This scanner has the ability to decode the FNC1 codes in GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128) barcodes according to the Application Identifier Standard.
  • Decodes Lower ASCII Characters: This scanner is compatible with IDAutomation's Barcode Scanner ASCII String Decoder when Function Key Emulation is disabled.
  • Free software included: With each purchase of this product, a license is provided for the use of IDAutomation's Free Barcode Font, Free Barcode Label Design Application and the Barcode Scanner ASCII String Decoder. Generally, these products may only be used by non-profit organizations. However, when this product is purchased from IDAutomation, a license is granted without this limitation according to the license agreement. The software may be downloaded once the purchase is completed.
  • A printed programming manual is provided with the SC5 scanner, as well as a PDF version. The SC1500 scanner is provided as a PDF only because it reads directly off the screen very well. If difficulty is encountered in scanning barcodes from the PDF, ensure the PDF is being viewed at 100% or print the pages of the manual that need to be scanned.
    "I am very pleased with my purchase; this low cost scanner is comparable to the higher priced scanners in the market. Our company’s efficiency has increased by using your product, we are now able to use bar coded data from a fixed workstation. The IDAutomation Plug n’ Play scanner, I would recommend it to everyone. Thank you for an excellent overall experience with your company." – William T. Speckman – IT Manager Ecce Panis, Inc. East Brunswick, NJ
  • Supported 1D symbologies (barcode types) include GS1 DataBar 14, DataBar Truncated, DataBar Stacked, DataBar Stacked Omni-directional, DataBar Limited, DataBar Expanded, DataBar Expanded Stacked Omni-directional, GS1-128, Code 39, Full ASCII Code 39, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13, EAN-8, Code 128, UCC/EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, MSI Plessey, Industrial 2 of 5, Code 93, UPC/EAN with addendum.  

Scanner Test Results:

This scanner also outperforms many other low priced CCD scanners and offers performance equal to many laser scanners that are priced much more. This barcode reader easily decoded IDAutomation's Code 39 bar code font when printed as small as 6 points (4 mil) and as large as 48 points (32 mil), as well as any size between. Unlike other low cost CCD scanners, the scanner focuses very well on barcodes and even reads poorly printed barcodes.

Programming the USB Barcode Scanner:

"We purchased the SC5USB Scanner because of a combination of price, historically demonstrated performance, reliability and IDAutomation's reputation for good customer and technical support." - Michael Harvey, Worldwide Entertainment Ventures, Tampa FL
The Hand Held USB Scanner is ready to use out of the box in most situations. By default, the common barcode types such as Code-39, Code-128, UPC and EAN are enabled. The manual provided with the scanner is structured well; it allows the ability to program the scanner by scanning barcodes in the manual. Video on Programming a Symbology to Read.

Several scan mode options can be set, as well as the ability to add preamble, prefix, suffix or postamble data. By default, this scanner has the suffix of 0D, which inserts a carriage return after the barcode is scanned. To disable this, program the suffix string setting to 00 (for null) or 09 for a tab. Video on Using the String Setting Feature to Program a Tab.

The SC5-USB Scanner also includes advanced options, such as the ability to scan function keys from a barcode and the reading of GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128) FNC1 and FNC2 codes. When Function Key Emulation is disabled, the scanner is fully compatible with IDAutomation's Barcode Scanner ASCII String Decoder, which reveals hidden ASCII codes such as <GS> and <RS>.

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