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DS6607 incorrectly parsing PDF417 barcode

I have a DS6607 scanner that my employer purchased in bulk before checking to see that they actually work with our applications. We also have two older 2d Symbol scanners that I cant find model numbers for. The two older scanners scan our PDF417 barcodes correctly. Here is what they return:

ANSI 345678030001DL00310155DLDAIAnytown
ZCTLicensed Practical Nurse


The symbol DS6607 returns only the following:

4104171963 Adelsberg GregoryPOPULATED


It seems like it is trying to intelligently parse the data instead of just returning what is encoded. The field names (DCT, ZCE, etc.) are filtered out, and obviously not all fields are returned.

Any ideas?

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  • eherrmann Sep 24, 2008

    Note, further testing shows that the same behavior is seen when scanning my PA drivers license.

    The DS6607 returns:
    A "41" is returned (which isn't even the FIPS code for PA, by the way), followed by LastName FirstNameMiddleName and then a dozen or so spaces. All other fields are filtered out.

    While the other scanner returns all fields.



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For anyone interested, I worked with the vendor to find a solution. After some back and forth, they replied:

"I have looked up the part number of your scanner [DS6607-SR20130] and discovered that it defaults to different defaults than the standard SR20001 scanner. Specifically, it pads the data transmission with spaces and implements a custom ADF rule".

They sent codes for disabling these defaults. Moral of the story: contact your vendor.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008


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