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
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
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
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:
• 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”.
Efficient and Effective
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.
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.