Microscan has released WebLink 1.1, the latest version of its web-based barcode reader setup and control interface, which supports several new feature upgrades for the company’s MicroHAWK Barcode Reader platform.
WebLink software is stored on the MicroHAWK barcode reader, rather than external equipment. The WebLink interface is accessed through a web browser by navigating to the barcode reader’s IP address using any web-enabled device on the local area network (LAN).
Updates to WebLink 1.1 greatly expand the flexibility of MicroHAWK to meet user needs in barcode reading for product identification, tracking, traceability, and guidance in industries from clinical instrumentation, to packaging, to electronics manufacturing. It supports the new integrated liquid lens autofocus hardware option available in the MicroHAWK ID-30 and ID-40 barcode imagers. Users can select a MicroHAWK ID-30 or ID-40 unit with autofocus to read barcodes at distances from 2 in. (50 mm) to 12 in. (300 mm), with potentially infinite-focus flexibility.
From the intuitive WebLink interface, users can enable and disable the autofocus feature by simply clicking the autofocus button in the tool bar. Enabling Autofocus commands readers to continuously search for symbols at various focal distances within their fields of view (FOV), or set fixed focal distances using either spot focus functionality or manually setting focal distance in inches or millimeters.
WebLink 1.1 also introduces field-upgradable speed and decoding capabilities for MicroHAWK. This feature allows users to request license upgrades directly from the WebLink interface to unlock unlimited speed (up to 60 frames per second) and decoder options from Standard (1D barcodes only), Plus (high-contrast 1D and 2D symbols), and X-Mode (Microscan’s advanced decoding algorithms for reading damaged symbols and direct part marks).
WebLink 1.1 features image storage capability for use in record-keeping or audit purposes. Images captured by readers can be saved by enabling a simple FTP Server and choosing a storage location via RAM or FTP. The user can then select which images to save (good reads, no reads, all images, or specific images within a read cycle), image quality, image scale, and storage locations.