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PSC QuickScan Laser 

   PSC QuickScan Laser

Welch Allyn 3800LR-12   

 Welch Allyn CCD 3800LR & 3800LX-USB   

Intermec T2090

 Intermec T2090 w/laser


Star SP-212 Receipt Printer


Intermec 2410 Portable Terminal







Wireless Scanner


FAQ #1




FAQ #2

Barcode Depot has a special barcode reader conversion program available for all Sirsi, DRA and Dynix libraries.  Many libraries have purchased new PC/workstations this year, only to discover their PS/2 interface devices no longer are compatible with the new PC's.  Barcode Depot’s conversion program will resolve your barcode scanner problems, guaranteed!  This conversion is specifically for WorkFlows, but works great for Dynix and DRA users also.  For further details e-Mail kimbrent@barcode-depot.com  or call our toll free line at 866-556-5766 for personal attention.  Military users can access e-mail for Barcode Depot via the Army Knowledge On-Line (AKO) at kimbrent.j.olson@us.army.mil 


Barcode Depot can convert any PS/2 barcode scanner/reader from a PS/2 interface to that of a USB interface. 


A few examples of scanners and pricing:


1.     Welch Allyn (HHP) 3400 and 3800 series scanners  $128.00

2.     PSC Quickscan Plus model QS6000                            $128.00

3.     Symbol model 4000 & 6000                                $144.00

4.     Other makes and models pricing available upon request.


Each converted scanner receives thorough cleaning, adjustments, a 12-month cable and scanner guarantee from Barcode Depot, and programmed for WorkFlows, Dynix or DRA.



  http://store.barcode-depot.net/index.html you will need a login and password for this secure site.  The login & password is available from Sirsi Customer Care or by calling Barcode Depot.



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Question: Why must I program our barcode scanners

 for Sirsi Workflows?

Answer: Sirsi has always required your barcode scanners (Welch Allyn / HHP, Intermec, Symbol, or any other manufacture, to be programmed for the following reasons.

1. If your library is one of approximately 28% of all of the Workflows customers using specialized Barcode Policies to add or remove specific digits from their
scanned barcode labels, then programming is a must. A programmed scanner sends a code to Workflows to go out and access Barcode Policy, and apply each policy that has been setup in the BARCODE POLICY in Access Control. If your scanner is not programmed, Barcode Policies will never be accessed or employed.

2. If your library uses barcode label Check Digits, and your scanner is NOT programmed to perform a Read, Calculate, but NOT transmit, you will experience misreads of barcode labels that are aged, wrinkled, dirty or smudged. This type of failure will be random and appear to exhibit no exact cause. The worse case scenario would be to check out a book to the incorrect patron or to check out a book other than the book the patron has presented to you. The check digit performs a very important "confirmation" that the barcode label you just scanned is in fact a good label. So a typical "out of the box" scanner is not programmed to perform this function and is normally set to read any barcode symbology and to add a carriage return at the end of the scanned barcode.

3. Another failure is associated with libraries that have multiple length barcode labels. Here is the scenario; customer presents 3 books for checkout, first book is 14 digits, second book is 13 digits, and the third is 10 digits. Upon scanning the 14 digit barcode label, Workflows checks the correct book out to the patron, upon scanning of the second book with only 13 digits, (and an unprogrammed scanner) Workflows will ONLY overwrite the first 13 digits, leaving the 14th digit remaining in the data well. Now if you have a corresponding book that matches that barcode, you just checked out the incorrect book. If this is not caught at the moment of checkout by you or the patron, and when the book is returned it will be checked in as the 14 digit book and the patron will still be on the hook for an overdue book. Ever wonder why you have so many "Claimed Item Returned".

4. 75% of all libraries that have unprogrammed barcode scanners will experience random failures of the types I have described. Many libraries will mentally write these failures off as an unknown failure of Sirsi Workflows. I can attest to you after 14 years of working with these issues with hundreds of Sirsi customers, that it is NOT Workflows. It is your unprogrammed barcode reader.

5. Every barcode reader that is sold by Barcode Depot has been programmed specifically for Workflows. We stand firmly behind each and every product and guarantee 100% satisfaction. If you ever experience a scanning issue with one of our scanners, we will perform any special programming that your particular library requires, as part of our commitment to you to make it function exactly as Sirsi Workflows demands.

6. We permanently install the required Sirsi Workflows programming into the Welch Allyn and the HHP 3800 series scanners. This allows you to completely reprogram a "scrambled" scanner by scanning two barcode labels on our scan sheet. We also have a special cable manufactured for the Welch Allyn and the HHP 3800 series that allows you to scan a barcode label with either the Caps Lock on or off or Workflows will input all typed data in upper case. If your scanner is not programmed and does not have our special cable, you must toggle between having Caps Lock off then scanning in a barcode and Caps Lock on when entering patron data.


Incident Information
Model Number: T2090
Keywords: battery, batteries, charging, charge
T2090 batteries won't hold a charge. Even though the battery indicator shows a full charge, the unit shuts down due to a low battery condition. This can occur within a very short time of powering the unit up. The time from turn on to shut down could be anywhere from seconds to hours, but will not the expected run time.

Suggested Solution
There are two known possible causes for this issue. 

One issue is where the T2090 is not in constant use.  It may be used for a few days then put away for more than a week.  If the battery is left in the unit while in storage it can be damaged.  This is called "resistive discharge", as the T2090 is continuing to attempt to draw current from the battery. It does this to attempt to maintain memory, but the battery has already discharged to its minimum ability to supply power.  Any continued discharge is damaging to the battery. 

The fix for this is to disconnect the battery any time it is anticipated that the unit will not be used for 5 days or more.

The second issue is when the units are used for a very short time outside of the dock and spend the rest of the time in the dock charging.  This will over charge the batteries if it is done on a daily basis.  The expected working model is to use the T2090 until it indicates that the battery is going low and needs to be recharged.  Once the user gets that indication, they are to place it in the dock for charging.  It is then that the charging circuit within the T2090 runs some tests on the battery and decides how much charging the battery needs.  The problem is that during the first stage of the testing the T2090 charges the battery at the maximum current before the test. If this occurs often enough, the battery becomes over charged.

The fix for this is to use, or keep, the unit out of the dock for the majority of the workday, and then recharge it. 

If units have had the batteries damaged by either of the previous processes, an attempt to recover them can be made. Perform a minimum of 5 deep-cycle complete discharges/ recharges.  Should this process fail, it will then be necessary to replace the batteries.

Model 40Z Battery Pack Charger/Discharger


The Battery Pack Charger/Discharger allows the 9440 NiCad battery packs to be charged in six hours instead of the 14 hours required when charging the pack in the 9440 using the AC adapter.


To recharge a NiCad battery pack:

  1. Plug the AC adapter into the jack on the Charger/Discharger and into the AC wall outlet.
  2. Remove the pack from the 9440 by turning the screw on the bottom of the battery pack ¼ turn counterclockwise.  Lift out the battery pack.
  3. Insert the battery pack into the Charger/Discharger.
  4. The “Charge” LED lights.  The battery charges at a quick charge rate for six hours.  When the battery pack is fully charged, the “Ready” LED lights and the Charger/Discharger automatically switches to trickle charge.


INTERMEC recommends that the Charger/Discharger be used to fully discharge each NiCad battery pack once a month.  This prevents the memory effect from reducing battery capacity.

The memory effect occurs if a NiCad battery is only partially discharged before recharging.  Over time, the battery becomes conditioned to this level of use and will not take a full charge.

For example, an operator removes the battery pack from the charger and uses it for three hours and then reconnects the battery pack to the charger.  After this partial discharge/charge cycle is repeated four times, the battery will retain only a three-hour capacity instead of its full ten-hour capacity.  This effect, however, is not permanent.

To prevent memory effect, INTERMEC recommends the following procedure:

  1. Do NOT charge the battery until the 9440 indicates a low battery condition.
  2. Stock one fully-charged spare battery for every two 9440s.
  3. When the 9440 indicates a low battery condition, replace the low battery with a fully-charged battery.
  4. Recharge the low battery.
  5. About once a month, or if memory effect appears to be occurring, use the discharge feature of the Charger/Discharger

 NOTE:  To get maximum use from the battery, always use it until low battery warnings become frequent (or until the unit turns itself off) before recharging.

An early warning for a low battery is indicated by a blinking cursor.  When
this occurs, press "Alt" then "B" on the keypad to display one of the
following messages:

o   A low battery pack warning:  Low Batt

o   A low lithium battery warning:  Low Backup

     If both are low:

o    Low Batt Low Backup


TO discharge a NiCAd battery pack:

  1. Use the battery pack in the 9440 until low battery warnings become frequent.
  2. Place the NiCAd pack in the Charger/Discharger.
  3. Push the switch to activate the discharge mode.

 The “Charge” LED will go off and the “Discharge” LED will light, indicating that the unit is discharging.  When the discharge is complete, the Charger/Discharger will automatically begin charging.

Note:  The 9440 NiCad battery pack supplies 1,000 mA hours of power to the 9440.  It requires a maximum of 10 hours to discharge and six hours to charge.  A complete discharge/recharge cycle requires a maximum of 16 hours.

Alkaline batteries may not be recharged.  The Charger/Discharger automatically senses the type of battery inserted and will not allow Alkaline batteries to be charged or discharged.


 Re-initialization instructions for the Intermec 9440 inventory manager

1. Power on the scanner and enter the following key strokes:

2. Press "ctrl, enter" at the same time, then "E".

"Ready" should appear on the screen.

3. Press and "ctrl, E" at the same time.

4. Press the "enter" key until the comm protocol menu appears.

5. Press the "space" bar until "polling mode D" appears.

6. Press "alt", then "E"

7. Press "ctrl, enter" at the same time, then "b".

Screen should say "Initializing".    (* See Note below. *)

Then the date/time is displayed and the question is asked if this is correct.

8. Press "Y" if date/time is correct, "N" if not.

9. If date/time was incorrect, enter correct date/time now.

The login is displayed as "       ". The question is asked if the
login is correct. (Each time the scanner is re-initialized, the login
is cleared. It must be re-entered.)

10. Press "N".

11. Enter the proper login and press "enter".

The intermec has now been properly re-initialized.

* Note:  If the message "No irl program" is given at step 7, then the unit has
lost it's irl program and must be sent in for reprogramming.


Function key descriptions for the Intermec 9440


F1 - Help
F2 - Charge
F3 - Discharge
F4 - Renew
(AltF1) F5 - Use
(AltF2) F6 - Create User
(AltF3) F7 - Pay
(AltF4) F8 - Switch to Secondary Functions


F1 - Help
F2 - Inventory
F3 - Login
F4 - Date and Time
(AltF1) F5 - Initialize
(AltF2) F6 - Clear
(AltF3) F7 - Transmit
(AltF4) F8 - Switch to Primary Functions

*NOTE: In Secondary Functions, if you inadvertently select Transmit, the only
way out is to wait 5 minutes or so for the unit to time out.


Frequently Asked Questions

  What you always wanted to know about batteries  

  Q. Why are Intermec's batteries better?  
  A. Because we take extra care to find matched cells for our batteries, which provides for better performance and longevity.  

  Q. What is the shelf life of a NiCd, Lead Acid and Alkaline battery?  
  A. NiCd=60 days; Lead Acid=60 days; Alkaline= 2-3 years in a cool (68 degree Fahrenheit) dry area.  

  Q. What is the difference between a NiCd and a NiMH battery?  
  A.  A NiMH battery provides you with the following advantages:
  •  It stores 50% more energy in the same area as a NiCd;
  •  A NiMH battery is more immune to the "memory effect" issues that
         a NiCd has;
  •  A NiMH needs less over all conditioning and works better in cold
  •  Disposing of a NiMH battery is safer to the environment.

      Q. What is the difference between a cycle charge(optimizer) and a trickle charger?  
      A. A trickle charges the battery at a controlled rate until the charging device is disconnected; there is no conditioning effect. An optimizer conditions a battery by 1) charging, 2) discharging, 3) recharging the NiCd battery, running through this scheme three times to restore capacity. Conditioning is most effective for restoring NiCd batteries suffering from "reversible" damage or decreased run-time capacity.  

      Q. How often should I cycle charge or condition my NiCd battery pack?  
      A. We recommend you cycle charge the NiCd battery every 60 days to obtain best overall performance.  

      Q. Should I keep my hand-held computer plugged into a charging source as often as possible?  
      A. No! It is best to use the NiCd battery until your hand-held computer display indicates that the battery is low.  


      Dispose of your batteries properly!  


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