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Barcode Readers

CAPRIS® Bar Code Solutions have been developed as a revolutionary aid to wire harness assembly, offering the potential for dramatically reducing manufacturing costs and improving productivity.

CAPRIS Bar Code Solutions from Spectrum Technologies offers huge manufacturing benefits to wire harness manufacturers, especially when fully implemented in conjunction with Spectrum’s CAPRIS or Nova wire marking equipment and SATURN software systems.

All Spectrum’s Nova UV Laser Wire Marking systems (as well as CAPRIS 60, CAPRIS 60-200 and CAPRIS 100 legacy machines) have options to mark wire not only with alphanumeric data, but also bar codes .

Bar coding of wire ID numbers or codes, directly on the wire, provides a rapid, automatic, machine readable solution to wire identification. It can also enable additional information, such as pin and connector numbers, to be printed in bar code format at the wire ends, further aiding harness assembly.

When linked to a manufacturing database, the bar code system can provide access to virtually unlimited manufacturing data. Bar coding wire and cable can therefore reduce the need for paperwork on the factory floor and also eliminate the problem of legibility on small gauge wires.

The SATURN range of bar code software packages has been designed specifically by Spectrum Technologies for use with UV laser printed bar codes on wires. It is a major development, which allows users to automate and integrate the management of manufacturing data for many of the wire harness production processes. This offers major operational benefits in all areas of wire harness production, from materials control through to final test. Aircraft operators will also benefit from these bar coding developments, which will facilitate and speed up maintenance by aiding rapid and correct identification of wires.

SATURN software is offered in three configurations, SATURN I, III and V, providing increasing levels of benefits. The three packages offer access to differing amounts of information, but work on the same operational principles. To access and display the wire ID code, the handheld reader is run over a UV laser printed bar code on the wire; additionally when linked electronically (e.g. via a PC) it can also display a wide variety of manufacturing data.
CAPRIS BCR1A Bar Code Reader

The CAPRIS BCR1A bar code reader has been developed primarily for bench-top first end termination applications and is optimised for reading very small bar codes on wires. Such small bar codes are normally well outside the range of standard off-the-shelf readers.

Bar Code Reader System

  • For connection and use with IBM compatible PCs
  • Dimensions: 160 mm x 60 mm x 60 mm (approx. 6.3″ x 2.4″ x 2.4″)


Bar Code Readability

  • Accuracy: virtually 100% *
  • Readability: near 100% **
  • Scan length: 70 mm maximum (2.8″)



  • Weight 164 g (6 oz)
  • Portable within the constraints of the PC
  • Power requirements: 5 V dc @ 140 mA supplied by PC
  • Technology: LED source and CCD detector
  • Safety: CE approved; Part 15 FCC rules compliant
  • Communications: Keyboard wedge
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*: Bar code reading accuracy is exceptionally high when using the default check sum character setting, with error rates as low as 1 wrong read in 1 billion reads
**: Bar code readability is the probability of achieving a read from the bar code printed on the wire. This is a critical function of both the bar code marking and the reader system, but may also be affected by the wire or cable construction.