PhotoScribe® PS960 form scanner offers full duplex bitonal or greyscale image capture and can process forms
up to 18” in length. It sets a new standard in data and image processing innovation and has been used around the
world to process complex and time critical exercises.
A Holistic Approach DRS takes a holistic approach to time-critical, complex, high volume data capture and although
the PS960 has been designed to handle most paper form types, it is primarily intended for use with forms designed
for electronic data capture. That is, printed on high quality paper with form design elements that assist quality
checking during scanning.
As part of its service offering, DRS provides a specialist and highly qualified forms design and print facility
experienced in producing such high quality forms to ensure efficiency and accuracy are maintained throughout the
data capture exercise.
Real Time Data Capture The key distinguishing capability of the PS960 over traditional document scanners and readers
is 'real time data capture'. Unlike conventional imaging scanners or readers which only produce an image, from which
data is later extracted, the PS960 allows an application to retrieve data and images from a form while it is still in
the reader. The results can be used to control which output stacker a form goes to or to control what is overprinted
on the form. It can even be used to take further conditional actions and collect additional data and images depending
on the results retrieved.
This is a very powerful concept that makes the PS960 extremely flexible for demanding data capture tasks.
It ensures error correction costs are minimised and accuracy is maximised, whilst sustaining an industry-
leading throughput of up to 150 A4 pages per minute with an unlimited duty cycle
Networked or Non Networked
The PS960 software technology is built around Windows® XP Professional. This makes it very easy to
integrate into any standard networked IT environment, retaining all of the usual security features and
access control. From an Administrator’s point of view, the PS960 is a PC on the network. It can also be
used standalone where data may be stored directly to its fast, high-capacity internal drive and exported
via memory stick or by writing data to the integral CD writer.
Application specific validation, flow control and general data processing are provided by the
software being used to control the reader. However, the firmware in the PS960 handles all
interaction with its operator so that the application does not have to deal with the complexities of
handling multiple sheets and exception processing. Although multiple complex operations are running
simultaneously in the background, the PhotoScribe® interface presents a very simple model of 'one sheet at
a time' to the software.
The PS960 offers an unprecedented range of data capture capabilities, some standard and some optional.
Examples of the types of information that can be extracted from a form and actions that can be applied include:
Efficient and Effective
- Full duplex bitonal or greyscale images and clips:
- Various barcode formats:
- Raw optical marks or decoded marks: (backward compatible Optical Mark Recognition):
- Optional real time Optical Character Recognition:
- Optional carriage printing (printing data on the form):
- Optional stacker extensions allowing for use of forms up to 18”.
The seconds wasted on clearing paper jams can add significantly to the schedule in large-scale data collection
exercises. If an exception occurs it is imperative that it is both detected and resolved as quickly as possible.
The PS960 has been designed with an open paper path to allow for quick and easy resolution of transport issues.
Its aim is to ensure overall throughput is maintained at the highest possible levels. Similarly, consumable items,
such as the rubber transport wheels or carriage printer ink are easily accessible and user-replaceable, without
any need for downtime.
Doubles Detection and Removal System
The design of the doubles detector has been proven by DRS over many years and guarantees two pieces of paper will never be
drawn into the reader and scanned at the same time. This is very important as it reduces the need for costly and time-consuming
corrective actions later in the process. The PS960 not only detects double feeds instantly, but it also automatically refeeds the
sheets through the reader using the built-in doubles removal system. This is a mechanism that simply pulls double feeds back into
the input hopper and rescans. This further improves throughput by ensuring a reader is not sat idle waiting for a busy operator to
remove double sheets and refeed them.
A high capacity input hopper and primary output stacker reduce the amount of loading and unloading of forms.
The second and third stackers are used for application specific purposes and ensure that the main processing
can continue at speed. The hopper and stackers are adjustable for a range of paper sizes and ensure the
straightest possible stacks are collected. This helps retain the forms in excellent condition should further
processing be required.