OMR-readable booklets make smoking research possible

The new ES series optical mark reader (OMR) from Southampton based Kendata Peripherals provides an ideal means of speeding up data collection in a wide variety of applications.

Optical Mark Reader and Forms

Optical mark reading is a fast and accurate method of entering data into a computer without using a keyboard. Data is recorded by making pencil or ballpoint marks in pre-defined check boxes on a specially designed form. Completed forms are then passed through the OMR, which converts the marks into a stream of characters and sends this information to the host computer.

With a scanning speed of up to 2200 pages per hour, the new ES series OMR provides a level of productivity unobtainable using manual data entry.

The OMR is inherently accurate because it eliminates key entry errors, and this accuracy is further enhanced by continuous, automatic calibration of the read heads and by the use of definable mark sensitivity levels.

Designed for maximum ease of use, the new OMR incorporates features such as an LCD panel displaying the current status of a scanning job, built-in intelligence allowing automatic translation of mark information into data compatible with application programs, and the ability to store and recall form definitions even when the unit has been switched off and on again.

The ES series OMR can read form sizes from 5.7 x 15.2cm to 21.6 x 35.6cm, printed on paper ranging in weight from 90 to 148gsm. The unit itself has overall dimensions of 79 x 36 x 15cm and weighs 5.6kg.

The ES series comes in two models: the ES 2010 is ideal for reading single-sided forms, while the ES 2260 is equipped with twin read heads to enable it to read double-sided forms in a single pass, thereby providing even faster data entry.

Optional facilities for both models include a built-in printer for printing text or serial numbers on forms for easy identification, a bar code read head, a 150-form capacity automatic document feeder, and menu-driven utility software allowing the user to create form definitions.

19th October 2001 Ref. KE166GA