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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:33 pm 
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You've advised people in past posts how to set up barcode scanners, I have just purchased a Motorola LS2208 scanner to use with our DVF/3 but it does not appear to be working.
We have no barcoded assets set up at the moment so I would appreciate some guidance on how to activate the scanner and also to set up an asset with a pre-printed barcode label.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:46 pm 
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Hi SVPS EE

First off, have you got a serial lead to connect the Motorola LS2208 scanner to the PAT4 DVF3? And if so is it powering up and scanning items (beeping?)

The wiring arrangments for scanners and pat testers are relatively straight forward however you need it to be scanning even it can't yet talk to the PAT4.

If it isn't scanning get back to me and I will go through the wiring issues.

If it is scanning we can go on to configuring the scanner to get it to read.

Regards, Richard.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:33 pm 
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Richard

Yes, the reader came with a RS232 lead with external power supply, when it is plugged in and powered up the unit beeps, when the trigger is operated but nothing seems to happen on the DVF/3 so I'm assuming it's a configuration problem.

I've tried looking for configuation istructions/settings but have drawn a blank.

Steve


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:33 pm 
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Hi Steve

The first trick is to get power to the scanner when it is plugged into the Megger PAT4 DVF3. Off the top of my head, the connections on the RS232 (serial connector) are as follows:

9 5v DC
5 GND
2 TX (transmit Data)

I will check these tomorow when I'm back in the office in case my memory is failing.

So, you need to either purchase a cable for the scanner which has power on pin 9 (scanner manufacturers often sell these as an alternative to those powered by an external power supply) or you will need to solder up an RS232 female plug with the wiring above to plug into the Megger PAT4.

The RS232 plug and shells (case) are available from a Maplins shop, or online at stores such as Rapid or RS Components.

Once you have got the scanner powered from the PAT4 it's simply a question of programming the scanner with the correct baud rate, parity and stop bits. This can usually be done by downloading the configuration manual for the scanner and scanning some configuration barcodes.

But first step is to get the wiring sorted to power the scanner from the PAT4.

Richard


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:48 pm 
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Richard

The RS232 has a supply from a power supply provided with the scanner, I've downloaded barcodes to set up the scanner for baud rate etc but I do not know which ones to use for the DVF/3.

Steve


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:25 pm 
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Hi Steve

Do you have the reference manual for the Barcode scanner - I downloaded a copy in PDF format quite quickly.

With the manual you need to scan the configuration codes for your scanner for the following baud rate data bits and stop bits

Baud = 2400
Data Bits = 8
Stop Bits =2

The configuration codes are on pages 6-9 and 6-13 of the LS2208 Manual

Richard


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:29 am 
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Richard

Tried what you suggested but still no joy.

I downloaded the scanner set-up software but need to get a 9 way D type gender changer to allow connection to my laptop, when I get one I'll be in touch if I still cannot get it to work - should have bought the Megger approved one...

Steve


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:24 pm 
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Hi Steve

Not sure where you are based but if you are close to Cornwall you're welcome to pop in and I will set it up for you.

Porgramming via software is fine however you can do it from the configuration barcodes which are in the PDF manual for your scanner. When I get 5 minutes I'll find you the link to the manual so you can download it.

It's a bit of a faff wiring and programming your own barcode scanner, but I would say it's worth it as it gives you a wider choice of what scanners you can use.

The megger pat4 works well with different scanners and I'm sure your scanner will work.

Richard.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Richard I did the silliest thing? My barcode reader worked perfectly but I was just trying reading various barcodes in the asset window of my PAT DVF/3 and the scanner manual was open on the restore default page the scanner went bleep and no longer does the Megger window display the codes it just bleeps. :roll: I know from what you have said before I just need to print off the barcodes for the correct settings where you have said:-
With the manual you need to scan the configuration codes for your scanner for the following baud rate data bits and stop bits:-
Baud = 2400
Data Bits = 8
Stop Bits =2”
I have only just found out what the scanners manufacturers name is, they are called Seaward CCD Barcode Scanners and very expensive new £247.00+ vat but it does work very well, to well actually as it read the restore default code into the Megger from across the table! It only has a very brief and small booklet with it, from eBay, it has codes for setup but only things that I don’t need like RS232, WEDGE and PEN EMULATION! It did not even say the name I had to search everywhere for an accurate picture! I have read before you helped someone with a similar problem, you published the correct settings for the Megger PAT DVF/3 with some barcodes for his reader, they don’t read on mine, but would be able to help me with the barcodes for the Seaward CCD? Also as I have two machines both Megger PAT DVF/3 but one is an ElectrAtest version. Firstly is there a difference between them and if so which one do you think I should keep if I should wish to sell one?
the five fuse holders went missing from one of the testers they seem to be two different types would you know the part numbers? Or might I just get them from RS components.
And finally, if I had never logged out of the user menu and used it for about a year and then erroneously logged out of a password protected area that I was unaware of, I guess I am lost, as there are no master passwords that would let me recover all my last years stored data? :roll: The person who sold it to me did not even know that it worked let alone what the passwords were. Still it was a bargain. :D
Best regards and happy New Year,
Mike


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:50 pm 
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Hi Mike

First apologies for replying slowly to your post, first day back in the office.

First regarding the scanner - this shouldn't be too difficult to fix. I would guess that the scanner you have is a datalogic touch 65 rebranded. I'm not sure if I have a copy of the FULL manual (you probably only have the quick setup manual) but you need a copy of the full manual in order to re program it.

I will have a look and see if I have the manual and will email it to you. For the Megger PAT4DV3 you only need to set the settings you have correctly identified.

Baud = 2400
Data Bits = 8
Stop Bits =2
Parity =NONE

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Also as I have two machines both Megger PAT DVF/3 but one is an ElectrAtest version. Firstly is there a difference between them and if so which one do you think I should keep if I should wish to sell one?


The machines are identical however the ElectrAtest one is set to a slightly different firmware which renames some of the input fields and skips some of the others to speed up testing. (You can flip between Electratests firmware and the standard firmware and vice versa using a setup menu)

Regarding which one to keep - I would keep both! The Megger DV3 is getting long in the tooth and I suspect spares are hard to find. It may be handy to keep one to use as spares? If you do decide to get rid of one the standard DV3 may have a slightly higher value as it wouldn't confuse an end user with the non standard firmware, although as I have said it is possible to flip over the firmware.

Hope above makes sense, if you need any further help you can always post here or give me a bell on our support number.

Regards, Richard.


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