Quick Reference Guide
P/N 068443-002
Sabre 1550
Laser Scanner
Intermec Technologies Corporation
6001 36th Avenue West
P.O. Box 4280
Everett, WA 98203-9280
U.S. service and technical support: 1-800-755-5505
U.S. media supplies ordering information: 1-800-227-9947
Canadian service and technical support: 1-800-688-7043
Canadian media supplies ordering information: 1-800-268-6936
Outside U.S. and Canada:
supplier.
Contact your local Intermec service
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solely for the purpose of allowing customers to operate and/or
service Intermec manufactured equipment and is not to be
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written permission of Intermec.
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change without notice.
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Contents
Overview of the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner 5
Unpacking the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner 6
Understanding the Sabre 1550 Features 6
Light 7
Electrical Rating 7
Connecting to an Intermec Product 7
Operating the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner 10
Scanning Tips 10
Hands-Free Scanning 12
Troubleshooting 13
Maintaining the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner 14
Accessories 15
Agency Approvals 16
Nonincendive Information for Canada and the US 16
Patents 17
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This quick reference guide provides basic operating procedures and
safety instructions. Keep this guide near your scanner for reference.
Overview of the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner
The Intermec Sabre 1550 laser scanner delivers quick, effortless
bar code scanning. These configurations are available:
Model
Configuration
1550C0100
Intermec interface, standard optics, and configured for autotrigger mode.
1550C0101
Intermec interface and advance long-range optics.
1550C0102
Intermec interface and long-range optics.
1550C0104
Intermec interface and high-visibility optics.
1550C0105
Intermec interface and high-density optics.
1550C0500
Intermec (black high) interface and standard optics.
1550C0501
Intermec (black high) interface and advanced long-range
optics.
1550C0502
Intermec (black high) interface and long-range optics.
1550C0504
Intermec (black high) interface and high-visibility optics.
1550C0505
Intermec (black high) interface and high-density optics.
1550C5100
Intermec interface, standard optics, and a nonincendive
certification for use with Intermec models J2010NI and
JG2010NI.
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Unpacking the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner
Your Sabre 1550 laser scanner was thoroughly tested and
inspected before it was shipped from the factory. The shipping
box contains the laser scanner and this guide.
Note: You must order the appropriate interface cables separately. For
help, see “Connecting to an Intermec Product” later in this document.
If any of these items are missing or damaged, please contact your
local Intermec representative. Retain the shipping box in case
you need to return the scanner for service.
Understanding the Sabre 1550 Features
The Sabre 1550 laser scanner is easy to install and operate. Please
acquaint yourself with the important parts of the scanner before
continuing.
Light
Scan
window
Trigger
155XQG.001
Cable
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Light
The light indicates the status of the scanner.
Color
Description
Yellow
The device is scanning.
Green
The bar code has been successfully scanned.
None
The device is not scanning.
Electrical Rating
The 1550C01XX and 51XX laser scanner electrical ratings are
4,5 to 5,5V; 125 mA.
S
The 1550C05XX laser scanner electrical rating is
125 mA.
S 4,5 to 12,0V;
Connecting to an Intermec Product
You can connect the Sabre 1550 laser scanner to these Intermec
products:
• 9450 RF Vehicle-Mount Terminals
• 95XX Network Terminals
• 97XX Wedge Readers
• JANUS™ 2010 Hand-Held Computers (J2010 and JG2010)
• JANUS™ 2050 Vehicle-Mount Computers (J2050 and JG2050)
• Trakker Antares® 241X and 242X Hand-Held Terminals
(T242X)
• Trakker Antares® 2455 Vehicle-Mount Terminals (T2455)
• Trakker Antares® 246X and 248X Stationary Terminals
(T248X)
• TRAKKER® 944X Portable Terminals
• TRAKKER® 9465 RF Portable Terminals
• T1100, T1700, 6540 and 5900 Mobile Portable Terminals
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You must purchase an interface cable to connect the scanner to a
reader/terminal. Use this table to determine the cable to order:
Reader/Terminal
Length
Cable Connector
Part No.
944X
6 ft (1.83m)
6 Pin Modular, Gray Cap
068432
95XX
6 ft (1.83m)
9 Pin D-Sub, Gray Cap
068415
95XX
25 ft (7.63m)
9 Pin D-Sub, Gray Cap
068416
946X, 9450
6 ft (1.83m)
11 Pin Sealed, Gray Cap
068417
946X, 9450
25 ft (7.63m)
11 Pin Sealed, Gray Cap
068418
97XX, J2010,
JG2010, T242X,
T248X, T246X
6 ft (1.83m)
10 Pin Modular, Gray Cap
068419
97XX, J2010,
JG2010, T242X,
T248X, T246X
15 ft (4.57m)
10 Pin Modular, Gray Cap
068420
97XX, J2010,
JG2010, T242X,
T248X, T246X
25 ft (7.63m)
10 Pin Modular, Gray Cap
068421
T241X
6 ft (1.83 m)
16 pin Amp
069813
T2455
6 ft (1.83m)
10 Pin Modular
069182
T2455
25 ft (7.63m)
10 Pin Modular
069183
J2050, JG2050
6 ft (1.83m)
11 Pin Sealed, Gray Cap
068422
J2050, JG2050
25 ft (7.63m)
11 Pin Sealed, Gray Cap
068423
MaxiLAN CX,
MaxiLAN DX,
MicroBAR NX,
MaxiBAR, T1100,
T1700, 5900, 6540
and other
manufacturer
reader/terminal
6 ft (1.83m)
9 Pin Squeeze D-Sub,
Gray Cap
068424
MaxiLAN CX,
MaxiLAN DX,
MicroBAR NX,
MaxiBAR, T1100,
T1700, 5900, 6540
and other
manufacturer
reader/terminal
25 ft (7.63m)
9 Pin Squeeze D-Sub,
Gray Cap
068425
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To connect the scanner to a reader/terminal
1. Turn off the reader/terminal.
2. Connect the modular plug on the interface cable into the
bottom of the scanner handle.
3. Tighten the screw using a medium-sized, straight-slot
screwdriver to secure the plug in the scanner handle.
4. Connect the other end of the cable to the reader/terminal.
Note: The cable connector plug for the reader/terminal will vary
according to the cable you ordered.
Scanner
handle
Modular
plug
Screw
Interface
cable
155XQG.002
To learn basic scanning operation, scanning tips, and how to
scan hands-free using the scanner stand, see “Operating the
Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner” in the next section.
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Operating the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner
Before you start scanning, make sure the power to the
reader/terminal is on and all cable connections are secure.
1. Aim the scanner at a slight angle or pitch to the bar code and
press the trigger. To help you center the laser beam on the
correct bar code, the scanners with long-range or
high-visibility optics have a marker beam that will appear
when you pull the trigger.
2. When you get a successful read the laser beam turns off, the
scanner beeps once, and the light turns green.
Scanning Tips
Adjust the scanner distance to the bar code and the position of
the laser beam to make sure every bar and space is scanned.
*HI* *HI*
INCORRECT
CORRECT
155XQG.006
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Hold the scanner at a slight angle or pitch to the bar code. The
laser beam will quickly read the bar code.
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Vertical
reading
angles (pitch)
155XQG.003
For scanners with long-range or high-visibility optics, use the
marker beam to center the scanner’s laser beam on the bar code
you want to scan.
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Hands-Free Scanning
If you have an auto-trigger scanner (1550C0100), you can use the
scanner stand for hands-free scanning. To order a scanner stand,
see “Accessories” later in this guide.
Note: Using the IRL Z command for remote triggering will not work
with the Sabre 1550 scanner.
To scan a bar code using the scanner stand
Holder
1. Place the scanner handle
on the bottom ledge of the
holder and then rotate the
handle in the holder until
it locks into place.
2. Align the scanner and
adjust the column height
so that the pulsating laser
beam covers the entire
label on the base of the
stand.
155XQG.005
3. To scan a bar code, place it
right-side up over the label
on the base of the stand.
When the reader/terminal
beeps, the bar code has been
successfully read.
*
I
H
*
Note: If your scanner stand does
not have a small magnet in the
holder, you need to upgrade your
stand using upgrade kit part
number 066799.
155XQG.004
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Troubleshooting
This table lists common scanner problems and their solutions.
Problem
Solution
Scanner cannot read
certain bar codes.
The reader/terminal was not set up to read
this type of bar code, or the bar code is
damaged, covered up, or poor quality.
Scan another bar code on a similar item. If it
scans, clean the bar code giving you trouble.
If you are still unable to scan the bar code,
enable other bar code symbologies in the
reader/terminal.
Scanner does not
read bar codes
quickly and
sometimes requires
multiple scans.
Clean the window with a cotton cloth
moistened with an ammonia or water solution.
Dry with a soft cotton cloth or allow to air dry.
Scanner does not
read “shiny” bar
codes.
Scan at a slight angle or pitch to the bar code.
For help, see “Scanning Tips” earlier in this
guide.
Scanner does not
emit a beam and
does not operate.
The scanner is not receiving power. Make sure
the scanner cables are securely plugged in and
the terminal is on. Replace damaged cables.
Make sure the bar code is free of dirt and
grime. Then scan at a slight angle to the bar
code. For help, see “Scanning Tips” earlier in
this guide.
If you continue to have problems operating your scanner, contact
your local Intermec representative.
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Maintaining the Sabre 1550 Laser Scanner
Water or grime on the window of the scanner distorts the laser
beam and may impair performance. Moving from one
temperature extreme to another causes condensation to form on
the optical surfaces and also affects scanner performance.
Follow these guidelines to maintain the scanner:
• Clean the window with a cotton cloth moistened with an
ammonia or water solution. Dry with a soft cotton cloth or
allow to air dry.
• Do not use a dry tissue to wipe the window. This causes
small scratches on the window that will gradually affect
performance.
• Do not immerse the unit in water.
• Operate and store in an environment with 5% to 95% relative
humidity.
• Operate in temperatures within -30° to 50° C (-22° to 122° F)
and store in temperatures within -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158° F).
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Accessories
These accessories are available for your Sabre 1550 laser scanner.
To order an accessory, call your local Intermec representative.
Holster and Belt
Part No. 068174
You can store your scanner on you when it is
not in use. The holster can be used with the
belt provided or with any regular belt.
Wall-Mount Scanner Holder
Part No. 068176
The wall-mount is a convenient way to store
your scanner when it is not in use.
Vehicle-Mount Scanner Holder
Part No. 068175
You can attach the vehicle-mount
to a post or surface of a vehicle with tie-wraps
and double-stick tape.
Desk-Mount Scanner Holder
Part No. 068483
The desk-mount is a convenient way to store
your scanner on your desk.
Scanner Stand
Part No. 068484
If you have an auto trigger scanner, you can
use the scanner stand for hands-free scanning.
Note: If your scanner stand does not have a small
magnet in the holder, you need to upgrade your
stand using upgrade kit part number 066799.
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Agency Approvals
The 1550 is UL Listed (UL 1950/C22.2 No. 950) and TÜV GS
licensed (EN 60950 and EN 60825-1) for safety.
Nonincendive Information for Canada and the US
The following information pertains only to 1550 when ordered
with the Hazardous Location Protection option (1550C5100).
These units are marked Model 1550NI. No other configuration of
this product is suitable for use in Division 2 locations.
The 1550NI is UL Listed as Nonincendive (UL-1604 and C22.2
#213) only when connected to Intermec’s models J2010NI and
JG2010NI. This information is suitable for use in the following
hazardous locations:
Division 2
Class I - Groups A, B, C, and D
Class II - Groups F and G
Class III
Temperature Code T4A
Maximum Operating Ambient: 50°C
Note: Hazardous Locations are defined in articles 500-503 of the
National Electrical Code (NEC).
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WARNING
Warning
The 1550NI is rated Nonincendive as long as it is
not abused or damaged and is used according to
its operating instructions. If these conditions are
not met, this device must not be operated in a
Division 2 environment.
Avertissement
Le 1550NI est classé Non incendiaires aussi
longtemps qu’il ne subit pas d’abus ou de
dommages et qu’il est utilisé en conformité avec
son mode d’emploi. Si ces conditions ne sont pas
remplies, cet appareil ne doit pas être utilisé
dans un environnement de Division 2.
Patents
The 1550 laser scanner is covered by one or more of these U.S.
Patents:
4,360,798; 4,369,361; 4,387,297; 4,496,831; 4,593,186; 4,603,262;
4,607,156; 4,652,750; 4,673,805; 4,736,095; 4,816,660; 4,845,350;
4,896,026; 4,923,281; 4,992,717; 5,017,765; 5,047,617; 5,113,445;
5,140,144; 5,149,950; 5,168,148; 5,168,149; 5,180,904; 5,247,162;
5,250,792; 5,262,627; 5,280,163; 5,280,164; 5,304,786; 5,304,788;
5,367,151; 5,373,148,; 5,396,053; 5,408,081; 5,410,139; 5,436,440;
5,468,949; 5,479,000.
Other U.S. and foreign patents pending.
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