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Empower the Bar Code
User’s Manual
PA-20 Portable Data Terminals
DOC NO. UM-P2005-01
Sep. 2009
Version 1.1
CAUTION: This user’s manual may be revised or withdrawn any time without prior
notice.
Copyright 2008, Argox Information Co., Ltd.
All rights reserved.
This manual may not, in whole or in part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced,
translated or converted to any electronic or machine readable form without prior
written consent of Argox.
Limited warranty and disclaimers
By opening the package of this product you agree to become bound by the liability and
warranty conditions as described below.
Under all circumstances this manual should be read attentively before installing and or
using the product. In no event, Argox will be liable for any direct, indirect,
consequential or incidental damages arising out of use or inability to use both the
hardware and software, even if Argox has been informed about the possibility of such
damages.
A series number appears on all Argox products. This official registration number is
strictly related to the device purchased. Make sure that the serial number appearing on
your Argox device has not been removed. Servicing by our service department can
only be carried out under warranty.
All Argox products are warranted for the legal warranty period after purchase,
covering defects in material and workmanship. Argox will repair or, at its opinion,
replace products that prove to be defective in material or workmanship under proper
use during the warranty period.
Argox will not be liable in case modifications are made by the customer. In such case
the standard repair charge will be applicable. The standard charge for repair will also
be applicable in case no defect is found at all. These rules also apply for products that
are still under warranty. Therefore, you are advised to have the product specifications
always at hand.
Trademarks used are property of their respective owners.
The general use and functioning of the terminal together with the cradle will be
described in this manual.
The exact behaviour of the terminal depends on the user application that is running.
For instructions about applications please consult the documentation of that software.
Please read this manual carefully before using the terminal, to maximize the
efficiency of this terminal.
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Table of Content
1.
INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................1
1.1 ABOUT THIS MANUAL .....................................................................................1
1.2 USER AND PRODUCT SAFETY .........................................................................2
1.3 SPECIFICATIONS .............................................................................................4
2.
GETTING STARTED ...........................................................................................6
2.1 CHECK THE PACKAGE ....................................................................................6
2.1.1 PDT Package .......................................................................................6
2.1.2 Cradle Package ....................................................................................7
2.2 DETAILED VIEW .............................................................................................8
2.2.1 Terminal ...............................................................................................8
2.2.2 Cradle ..................................................................................................9
2.3 ASSEMBLY .....................................................................................................10
2.3.1 Terminal .............................................................................................10
2.3.2 Cradle ................................................................................................11
2.4 INSTALLING, REPLACING AND CHARGING BATTERIES ...............................12
2.4.1 Installing / Replacing the Battery Pack..............................................13
2.4.2 Charging the Battery Pack with Cradle .............................................15
2.5 INSTALLING IN A SYSTEM .............................................................................16
3.
OPERATION OF THE TERMINAL .................................................................17
3.1 SOFTWARE DESCRIPTION .............................................................................17
3.2.1 LCD Screen Description ....................................................................18
3.2.2 Keypad Description............................................................................19
3.2.3 Power Management ...........................................................................21
4.
CONFIGURATION .............................................................................................22
4.1 SYSTEM MENU ..............................................................................................23
4.1.1 Communication ..................................................................................23
4.1.2 File Manager .....................................................................................23
4.1.3 Setting ................................................................................................23
4.1.4 Test .....................................................................................................24
4.1.5 Information ........................................................................................24
4.2 SUPERVISOR MENU.......................................................................................25
4.2.1 Communication ..................................................................................25
4.2.2 Format Disk .......................................................................................25
4.2.3 Setting ................................................................................................25
4.2.4 Barcode ..............................................................................................25
4.2.5 Information ........................................................................................26
4.3 APPLICATIONS ..............................................................................................27
4.4 UPLOAD /DOWNLOAD BY PTFILE MANAGER..............................................28
5.
SCANNING ..........................................................................................................29
5.1 HOW TO READ THE BARCODE .......................................................................29
5.2 BARCODE READING PROBLEMS ....................................................................30
6.
COMMUNICATIONS.........................................................................................31
6.1 CRADLE COMMUNICATION ..........................................................................31
6.2 BLUETOOTH COMMUNICATION ...................................................................32
7.
CABLE PIN-OUT ................................................................................................34
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7.1 RS232 CABLE FOR CRD-22 CRADLE (9-PIN TO 9-PIN) ...............................34
7.2 USB CONNECTOR FOR CRD-22 CRADLE ....................................................34
8.
TROUBLE SHOOTING .....................................................................................35
8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
GENERAL CHECKS........................................................................................35
COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS ......................................................................36
READ OPERATION PROBLEMS .....................................................................37
TERMINAL PROBLEMS..................................................................................38
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1.
Introduction
The PA-20 series portable data Terminal (PDT) is well suited for a variety of portable
applications. It has a built-in CCD scanning engine that can scan all popular bar code labels at
varying distance (up to 13 inches).
User’s applications can be downloaded to the terminal to adapt the terminal to the user’s
situation.
The operation power is supplied by the main battery (rechargeable Li-Polymer battery pack
for Terminal, and a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack for Gun configuration).
The CRD-22 cradle is a communication and charging station for data transmission between
the (host) terminal system and the terminal. It communicates with the terminal through RS232 serial or USB interface. The CRD-22 cradle will charge the rechargeable battery pack in
the terminal through the electrical contacts. And it also provides an extra charging slot for a
spare battery pack if necessary.
1.1 About this Manual
The chapters contained in this manual are:
Chapter 1: Introduction – Presents general information about the PA-20
Chapter 2: Getting started – Describes basic use of the PA-20
Chapter 3: Operating the terminal – Describes customizing the PA-20
Chapter 4: Configuration
Chapter 5: Scanning
Chapter 6: Communication
Chapter 7: Cable Pin-out
Chapter 8: Trouble Shooting
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1.2 User and Product Safety

Never use strong pressure on the screen or subject it to severe impact, as the LCD
panel can crack and possibly cause personal injury. If the LCD panel is broken,
never touch the liquid inside, for such contact can irritate the skin.

Although the PA-20 mobile terminal meets IP54 standards for water and dust
resistance, avoid prolonged exposure to rain or other concentrated moisture.
Conditions exceeding IP54 standards could result in water or other contaminants
entering the PA-20.

Use only the approved AC Adapter with the PA-20. Use of an unapproved AC
Adapter could result in electrical problems, or even cause a fire or an electrical
shock to the user.

Be sure that only authorized suppliers are allowed to disassemble and reassemble the
device. If the device or parts are damaged due to wrong handling, the product and
parts warranty is void.

Always make back-up copies of all important data. This is easily done using single
cradle (optional) to transfer data to the terminal. The manufacturer is not liable for
any data damage or data loss caused by deletion or corruption while using this
device, or due to a drained battery.

Lithium-ion battery packs may get hot, explode, ignite and/or cause serious injury if
abused. Please follow the safety warnings listed below.
Warnings:
 Do not place the battery pack in fire or heat the battery.
 Do not install the battery pack backwards so the polarity is reversed.
 Do not carry or store battery pack together with metal objects.
 Do not pierce the battery pack with nails, strike the battery pack with a
hammer, step on the battery pack or otherwise subject it to strong impacts or
shocks.
 Do not solder directly onto the battery pack.
 Do not expose battery pack to liquid, or allow the battery contacts to get
wet.
 Do not disassemble or modify the battery pack. The battery pack contains
safety and protection devices, which, if damaged, may cause the battery
pack to generate heat, explode or ignite.
 Do not discharge the battery pack using any device except for the specified
device. When it is used in devices other than the specified devices, the
battery pack can be damaged or its life expectancy reduced. If the device
causes any abnormal current to flow, it may cause the battery pack to
become hot, explode or ignite and cause serious injury.
 In the event the battery pack leaks and fluid gets into the eyes, do not rub the
eyes. Rinse well with water and immediately seek medical care. If left
untreated, the battery fluid could cause eye damage.
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To avoid malfunctions and to ensure years of trouble-free operation, pay attention to the
following:
General Use
Do not expose the mobile terminal to areas subject to extreme heat such as direct
sunlight, near a heater, or in a car – or in areas that are very cold, humid, moist, or
dusty.
Do not expose the product to rain or water
Do not subject the product to strong impact, or throw or drop the mobile terminal
from large heights. Do not allow other mechanical shocks to the product.
Cleaning Instructions
Clean the exterior by wiping it with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use much water.
Do not use thinner, white spirit or other solvents. These can discolor the case and
the keys and it has a negative effect on the lifetime of the keys.
Cleaning the Mobile Terminal
Clean the scan window periodically for better reading performance, but pay
attention to not scratching the window
Cleaning the Cradle
Avoid touching the contacts in the cradle. The contacts must stay as clean as
possible to maintain optimal charging capacity. Do not use water when cleaning
the cradle. This can cause malfunction of the chargers.
Using the Mobile Terminal
Avoid temperature changes. Sudden temperature changes can cause condensation
to form on the mobile terminal. Using the mobile terminal while condensation is
present can cause malfunction. Always wait until the condensation clears naturally
before attempting operation.
Do not leave the mobile terminal in an area where static charge is accumulated or
near devices where electromagnetic emission is generated.
Do not place any object on top of the mobile terminal. Do not lay the mobile
terminal face down. Doing so can cause accidental operation of the power key or
[ENT] key, which can discharge your batteries or change settings you do not want
changed.
Using the Cradle
Do not place any product other than the PA-20 mobile terminal in the cradle.
Maintenance
There are no user-serviceable parts inside the mobile terminal or the cradle. So do
not try to take it apart. The manufacturer will not be liable for any damage caused
by customers. In case of a malfunction that can not be solved by the troubleshooting instructions in this manual, please consult our service department.
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1.3 Specifications
Model
PA-20
PA-2010
Wireless Communication
WPAN
General Characteristics
OS
Bluetooth Class2
Proprietary
CPU
ARM9 Core 533MHz
RAM
16MB
FLASH
20MB
Display
2.4” LCD TFT Transmissive,
240 x320 QVGA 65K colors
LED
Keypad
Alert
Power
Operating power
Working hour
(scan / 5 sec)
Data retention
Blue, Green and Red
29 Numeric
Buzzer, Vibrator
Terminal: Rechargeable 3.7V 1950mAh Li-Polymer Battery
Gun type: Rechargeable 3.7V 5000mAh Li-ion Battery
> 18 hours (1950mAh)
> 15.5 hours(1950mAh)
> 47 hours (5000mAh)
> 40 hours(5000mAh)
15-min data retention
Data retention
2.5 days
Scanner
Scanner system
Long Range CCD scanner 2048 pixels
Resolution
0.127mm (5mil) at PCS 90%
Depth of field
600mm (code 39, 20mils, PCS 90%
Scanning rate
400 scans /sec
Readable barcode
Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Codabar, EAN-8, Ean13, Industrial-2/5, Interleaved-2/5, Standard-2/5, MSI/Plessey,
UK/Plessey, Telepen, UPCA, UPCE, Matrix 2/5, China Post,
GS1 databar, Italian Pharmacy ,
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Environment
Operating Temperature
-10℃ to 60℃ / 14℉ to 140℉
Storage Temperature
-20℃ to 70℃ / -4℉ to 158℉
Humidity
Impact resistance
Electrostatic discharge
EMC Regulation
Developing tools
Software
Program Language
Operating: Non-condensed 10% to 90%
Storage: Non-condensed 5% to 95%
1.2M/4ft (Terminal) 0.9M (Cradle)
IP54
+/- 15 KV air discharge
+/- 8 KV direct discharge
FCC, CE, BSMI, CCC
Windows based application generator: Architect
Software Development Kit (SDK)
C language(SDK), Basic(Architect)
Accessory
Charging & Communication Cradle
Pistol Grip, C&C cable, Holster
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2.
Getting Started
This chapter describes the PA-20 physical characteristics, how to install and charge the
batteries, how to remove and replace the strap assembly and how to start the PA-20 for the
first time.
2.1 Check the package
Carefully remove all protective material from around the PA-20 and save the shipping
container for later storage and shipping.
Depending on the configuration ordered, the PA-20 shipping container may include:
2.1.1



PDT Package
PA-20
Battery pack
Hand strap



Power supply
Quick Reference Guide
CD ROM
PA-20
CD ROM
Battery pack
Hand strap
Quick Reference Guide
Power plug
Power supply
Figure 2-1 PDT Package
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2.1.2

Cradle Package
CRD-22

USB cable
USB cable
Cradle
Figure 2-2 Cradle Package
Inspect the package contents for damage. If any item is missing or damaged, please contact the
Argox Technical Support Center immediately.
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2.2 Detailed View
2.2.1
Terminal
Dimensions of Terminal
168.8mm (L) x 70.1mm (W) x 34.0mm (H)
Details of Terminal
Left side
Front
Right side
Back
2
3
9
4
5
Top
8
6
Bottom
10
1
Figure 2-3 Terminal
1
Reading Window
2
LED Indicator
3
4
LCD Display
Stroke keys
5
Reset switch
6
7
Hand strap hook
Buzzer
8
9
Main battery compartment
Main battery compartment lock
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Power Contacts
Optical beam of LED for barcode reading will be
emitted from here
Can be used to indicate results, for example bar
code reading / status of communication
For displaying information and battery status
A total of 29 keys are provided to turn power ON
and OFF and for other operations.
Use a paper clip or other thin object to press the
RESET switch located inside the hole.
Used to install the hand strap
Outputs operation confirmation tones. Take care
to avoid blocking the buzzer holes and reducing
output sound volume. Never insert any thin,
pointed object into the buzzer holes. Doing so can
caused malfunction.
Holds main batteries
Locks the main battery compartment cover in
place. Terminal power is automatically cut if the
cover is removed.
The terminal is used to supply power from
Cradle.
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2.2.2
Cradle
Dimensions of CRD-22 Cradle
162.4mm (L) x 112mm (W) x 93.9mm (H)
Details of CRD-22 Cradle
Front
Back
1
2
3
4
8
7
6
port
5
Figure 2-4 The Details of the CRD-22
1
Terminal Slot
2
3
Power LED Indicator
Charging LED Indicator
4
5
Power and Communication
Contacts
Charging Slot
6
RS-232 Socket
7
USB Socket
8
DC Input Socket
Put the terminal on the cradle through this slot
for data transmission or charging
Power indicates
Indicates the charge status of the battery.
Green: no battery or charging complete
Red: battery is charging
To connect with the multiple function socket on
the terminal for data transmission and charging
For charging a spare rechargeable battery pack
For connecting to PC serial port through Argox
RS232 cable
For connecting to PC USB port through a
standard USB cable
Input for AC adapter
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2.3 Assembly
Follow the next steps to make your terminal ready for installation in a system that is described
further in the manual.
2.3.1
Terminal
The hand strap protects the Terminal from being damaged as a result of it being dropped by
mistake during movement. Follow the procedure below to attach the hand strap.
To attach the hand strap
1.
Fix the small cord of the strap around the pillar of the terminal.
2.
Insert the handle of the strap in the thin loop.
3.
The strap is fixed to the terminal.
4.
Hold the hand strap around the wrist when carrying the terminal.
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2
Figure 2-5 Hand strap
Important:
Do not swing the terminal around
Start with a full battery
1.
To be sure of proper operation, it is advised to start with a full battery, charge the
battery pack according to the instructions in the next chapter.
2.
Click the battery pack into the terminal as instructed in the next chapter.
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2.3.2
Cradle
Power Connection
1.
Attach the DC jack of the AC adapter into the socket of the cradle. Then connect
the AC adapter to the mains outlet. The LED on the cradle turns green.
Battery Charging
1.
2.
When the PA-20 terminal with the rechargeable battery pack is placed in the
cradle, the LED on the cradle turns orange first and turns green at once then it
starts to charge the terminal.
When the PA-20 terminal was removed from the cradle, the LED on the cradle
turns orange first and turns green at once.
Spare Battery
Charge LED
Figure 2-6 Batter Charging
Terminal on cradle
Take notice that the PA-20 cradle is designed for the PA-20 terminal. No other type of
terminal can be placed into this cradle. This can cause damages to the connector on the cradle.
Figure 2-7 charging
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2.4 Installing, Replacing and Charging Batteries
Wrong use of batteries might cause serious damage to the terminal or to the cradle. In order to
avoid damage, it is very important to take notice of the instructions.
Caution:

Insert a fully-charged battery pack before use of the terminal.

Never remove the main batteries while the terminal is turned on.
Doing so may lose data in the terminal.

Use only recommended batteries.
When other batteries are used, defects or other problems can occur. Before
installing (new) batteries, please make sure you are using the recommended
batteries.

Use the right charger for batteries.
The rechargeable battery pack form Argox can be charged in the cradle when
either it is in the terminal or alone in the charging slot in the back of the cradle.

The life of a battery pack is limited, and charging a battery pack
causes it to gradually lose its ability to maintain a charge. If your
battery pack requires frequent charging, it probably means it is time
to purchase a new one.

Strictly follow the instructions for installing, charging, and removing
the batteries.
The products are not warranted for damage, defects, malfunction, or loss of
data, resulting from incorrect use of batteries.
Required batteries:
The terminal needs both main battery and backup battery for operation.
Main Battery
Terminal: Rechargeable 3.7V 1950mAh Li-Polymer Battery
Gun type: Rechargeable 3.7V 5000mAh Li-lon Battery
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2.4.1
Installing / Replacing the Battery Pack
How to install or replace the main battery in the terminal
1
Slide the main battery compartment
cover lock to the FREE position and
remove the cover
2
Load a lithium-ion battery pack into the
main battery compartment in the
direction shown in the figure
3
Attach the battery compartment cover to
the terminal and slide the main battery
compartment cover lock to the LOCK
position.
Figure 2-7 Installing / Replacing the Main Battery
Note:
Please follow the above procedure in reverse to reassemble the battery cover.
Be sure to turn the terminal OFF before you do this.
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How to install or replace the main battery in the gun grip
1
Attach the battery compartment cover to
the terminal and slide the main battery
compartment cover lock to the LOCK
position.
2
Attach the battery compartment cover to
the terminal and slide the main battery
compartment cover lock to the LOCK
position.
Figure 2-9-1 Installing /Replacing The Gun Grip Battery
Figure 2-9-2 Installing /Replacing The Gun Grip Battery
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2.4.2
Charging the Battery Pack with Cradle
Figure 2-10 Charging with Cradle
How to charge Argox rechargeable battery pack in the cradle
1.
Make sure that the Argox rechargeable battery pack is inserted in the terminal. If the
terminal with the battery pack is placed in the cradle, the LED on the cradle will turn
Orange first and turn to Green at once. When the terminal is placed in the cradle, the
rechargeable battery pack will be charged automatically.
2.
If you have a spare Argox battery pack, you can replace the empty battery pack with
a full battery pack for continuous terminal operation. And put the empty battery
pack in the charging slot of the cradle. The LED (CHG) on the cradle will turn to
Red in flashing and turn to Green again when the battery is full.
When to replace or recharge the main battery
There are two conditions that you need to replace the main battery.
1.
As soon as possible after the battery indicator or “Battery Low” tip appears on the
display.
2.
Before using the terminal again, in case it has not been used for an extended period.
Caution:
Ambient Temperature Ranges for the Battery Pack

Temperature ranges for battery pack use in the terminal, charging,
and storage is specified below. Temperatures outside these ranges
create the danger of deterioration of battery pack performance and
shortening of its service life, as well as fluid leakage and heat
generation.
Operating Temperature: -20 to 50℃
Charging Temperature 0 to 40℃
Storage Temperature: -20 to 60℃




If the battery pack charge indicator does not light during charging,
remove the battery pack and then re-attach it. If this does not solve
the problem, it means that the battery pack is defective and needs to
be replaced.
Use only the specified battery pack.
Battery packs naturally discharge even when they are not loaded in
the terminal. Use a battery pack as soon as possible after charging it.
For best charging results, keep the cradle, terminal and battery pack
contacts clean by periodically wiping them off with a cotton swab or
dry cloth.
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2.5 Installing in a System
Notes:
 Exercise caution at all times when working with AC-powered equipment.
 Turn off your devices before installation.
 Because of the special pin-out of the connectors, use the cables supplied by
the manufacturer.
 Do not modify the cable provided by the manufacturer. If you need a special
cable for some cases, contact your supplier to purchase the right cables or
technical support.
System Connection (Data Communication)
The PA series portable data terminals let you link to a host terminal through the CRD-22
cradle for data communication.
The CRD-22 cradle provides two methods for data transmission: through an RS-232 cable (9pin connector for PC and 9-pin connector for terminal) and through a USB cable.
Figure 2-9 System Connection
Notes:
 When both RS-232 and USB cables are connected between the CRD-22
cradle and host terminal, PA-20 can assign either USB or RS-232 interface for
data transmission.
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3. Operation of the Terminal
3.1 Software Description
The functionality of the terminal is determined by software, e.g. user application that is
running on the terminal.
Usually, the terminal is not equipped with software. There are only some simple functions can
be tested (like scanning test, com port test).
Tools provided by Argox for developing a user application are:

Software Development Kit (SDK); Architect, and C library for handheld terminal
The user application must be downloaded from the PC into the terminal. You can use the
cradle between the terminal and the PC. A program (PTFileManager) on the PC will send the
user application to the terminal, where it is stored in NAND Flash.
When the functionality of the terminal is defined by the application, it is ready for operation.
In a typical application, you will press the trigger key and scan a bar code label as described in
the next paragraph. Scanned data and data entered from the keypad are stored in the terminal’s
RAM. The user application can use this data in subsequent steps.
The collected data can be transmitted to the PC further processing through the cradle.
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Hardware Description
3.2.1
LCD Screen Description
The LCD screen of the PA-20 data terminal shows program settings, operational procedures,
calculation results and other information.
Display Area
240 dots (H) *320 dots (V)
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3.2.2
Keypad Description
The PT Series keypad consists of 29 rubber keys including one SCAN key.
1
2
3
4
6
7
5
Figure 3-1 Keypad Description
1. Scan key
Scan a bar code read operation
2. Cursor key
This Cursor key navigates among applications.
3. 10-key pad
The function of these keys depends on whether the Terminal is in the character input
mode of the number input mode:
Character input mode: Input alphanumeric and symbols.
Number input mode:
Inputs the numbers 0 to 9 and the decimal point.
4.ENT key
Registers input
5.Power key
Turns power ON and OFF.
6.Function keys
Keys that can be assigned any function. The following are the initial functions assigned to
these keys.
F1 (-)
Inputs the minus (-) sign.
F2 (SP)
Inputs a space.
F3 (DEL)
Deletes a character.
F4 (BL)
Turns the key lights ON and OFF
F5
Increases buzzer volume
F6
Increases LCD backlight
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P1
Decreases Buzzer volume and program 1 (for user SDK define)
P2
Decrease LCD backlight and program 2 (for user SDK define)
7.Control keys
ESC
Escape key
SFT
Switches between the character input mode and the number input mode.
[abc][ABC] lit on the LCD screen indicates the character input mode. When
[123] is lit, the terminal is in the number input mode.
BS
Backspaces and deletes one character.
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3.2.3
Power Management

Auto-Off:
When the auto-off timer at Setting\ Environment\Auto off Timer. On\Auto-Off was set;
the terminal will turn off automatically when it is idle for a time period equal to the set
timer.

Battery Low Status : While under power on condition, if the battery capacity is low, the
system will show a warning message and then turn off after a set timer.

Recharging Status: While under power on condition, if you put the terminal on the
cradle, the battery indicator on the LCD display will show on charging status.
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4. Configuration
This section mainly describes how to configure the PA-20 Series terminal, regarding system
configurations and program download.
When a menu is displayed, you may select an item by either of the following ways:

Using the [UP] and [DOWN] keys to move the highlight bar

Pressing the number key that corresponds to the item number
Item No. (Shortcut keys)
123
System Menu
1. Communication
2. File Manager
3. Setting
4. Test
5. Information
Menu Title
On each screen, the last column displays status icons, such as:

The battery icon indicates the current power status.

The input mode and function mode, which are contrlled by the [SFT] key and [FN]
key(F1~F6) separately.

To return to a previous page or menu, you many press [ESC] or follow the on-screen
instructions.
PA-20 is set up such a way that there are several operating modes. The system of terminal
may operate in various modes for different purposes.
There are two operation menus for the users:
1.
System Menu: user can set general system configurations.
2.
Supervisor Menu: the supervisor menu is protected with password checking to
prevent unauthorized personnel from changing the system configuration.
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4.1 System Menu
How to access the System Menu?
1. Turn off the PA-20 terminal.
2. Press [3] + [9] + [Power]
4.1.1
Communication
Communication > File Transfer
Communication > Interface
COM
USB
Communication > Baud Rate
115200bps /57600 bps/ 38400 bps /19200 bps/ 9600 bps /4800 bps
4.1.2
File Manager
File Manager > C Property
File Manager > D Property
File Manager > DIR Disk
4.1.3
Setting
Setting > Environment
System Settings
LCD BL Timer
Key BL Timer
Auto Off Timer
Power On
Key Click
Vibration
Status Bar
Default Values
20s
20s
180s
Resume
Enable
0.1s
Enable
Setting > Language
System Settings
Language
Default Values
English
Setting > Date & Time
Now Date & Time
year/month/day hour:minute:second
New Date & Time
year/month/day hour:minute:second
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4.1.4
Test
Test > Memory Test
Test the data memory (DDRRAM), and the results will be shown on the screen. To stop and
exit the test, press [ESC]
Notes:
 The data saved on C:\ maybe lose after the memory test.
Test > Buzzer Test
Test the buzzer with different frequency / duration combination. Press [ENT] to start. To stop
and exit the test, press any key.
Test > LCD & LED Test
Test the LCD display and LED indicator. Press [ENT] to start. To stop and exit the test, press
any key.
Test > keypad Test
Test the rubber keys. Press any key and its corresponding character will be shown on the
screen. To stop and exit the test, press [ESC].
Test > Com Port Test
After a Com Port cable is connected properly, run “Hyper Terminal “ on your computer and
start this test on your terminal.
Test > Read Test
Test the reading performance of the scanner. Press [SCAN] to start. To stop and exit the test,
press any key.
4.1.5
Information
Here provides important system information to help diagnose the system.
IPL
BOOT
Kernel
Scanner
SN
DefLang
IPL Version
BOOT Version
Kernel version
Scanner version
A serial number assigned to the terminal
Default language
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4.2 Supervisor Menu
The Supervisor Menu is generated by a powerful utility, which offers an interface for
engineers (programmers or system integrator) to view system information, change the
congiguration parameter, download programs and run diagnotics.
This memu is designed for engineering tests and maintenance ONLY. For this reason, the
Supervisor Menu provides password protection to prevent unauthorized users from
accidentantlly changing system settings.
How to access the Supervisor Menu?
1. Turn off the PA-20 terminal.
2. Press [1] + [3] + [0] + [Power]

Note:
4.2.1
The Supervisor Menu is NOT for the use of any end users. The system
password helps ensure system safety and integrity.
Communication
File Transfer
Upgrade
Interface
Baud Rate
4.2.2
Format Disk
Format C
Format D
4.2.3
Setting
You can change the default setting here.
System Setting
Equipment ID
Password
BIOS default
4.2.4
Default Values
0000
00000
Barcode
Reading Test
Indication
System Setting
LED
Beep
Default Values
Enable
Enable
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Code ID
System Setting
Transmission
Position
Default Values
Disable
Disable
Invert Image
System Setting
Invert Image
Default Values
Disable
Preamble
Postamble
Code Config.
Group 1
System Setting
Code-11
Code-39
Code-93
Code-128
EAN-8
EAN-13
UPC-A
UPC-E
Disable
Enable
Disable
Enable
Enable
Enable
Enable
Enable
Default Values
System Setting
Industrial 25
Interleaved 25
Standard 25
MSI-Plessey
UK-Plessey
RSS 14
RSS Limited
RSS Expanded
Disable
Enable
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
System Setting
CODABAR
Telepen
Matrix 2 of 5
China Post
Italian pharmacode
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
Disable
Group 2
Default Values
Group 3
Default Values
Scanner FW Upgrade
Scan key power on
4.2.5
Information
IPL
BOOT
Kernel
Scanner
SN
HW Ver.
HW Int.
DefLang
IPL Version
Boot Version
Kernel version
Scanner version
A serial number assigned to the terminal
Hardware version (PCBA)
Hardware internal version
Default language
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4.3 Applications
Function
User can execute a designed program and proceed to collect and store data based on the
demands in the program. This program needs to be generated by SDK and downloaded with
relative files into terminal by FileManager.
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The terminal can store only one program.
You can set in the program whether the collected data needs to be stored or not. If it
needs to be stored, all the data files will be stored in C:\Data directory. Users can edit
the data file in System Tools\Edit Data.
Every user program is a Project. It includes the following files:

Item
Ext.
file
name
Stored
directory
Program
ABP
D:\Program
Lookup file
DAT
D:\Lookup
Fonts
CFT
D:\Fonts
Data
DAT
C:\Data
Description
Main program in Architect
Project
When user collects and confirms
the collected data to terminal,
the system will search the
specified lookup file for any
matched string, and replace it
with the data shown on the
display.
SFT is the system font and CFT
is downloaded font. For detailed
specification, please see in
Hardware description (4.2.1,
page 19).(System Font has been
built-in)
The stored area of collected data
in program
PS. Sub file name only support 3 chars.
Note:
Argox will not be liable for any damage or system crash by improper operations of
firmware change without advice or instruction from Argox or Argox’s authorized
support center.
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4.4 Upload /Download by PTFile Manager
The way to upload /download by supervisor menu will need the operator to set the terminal to
supervisor menu by selecting Transfer in supervisor menu or calling system function n
application program.
PA20 can be instructed to process data communication by PTFileManager through built-in
MULTI communication protocol.
After linking the terminal to a PC/ host through RS232 / USB interface a communication
program running on host first sens a few of dummy bytes to the terminal and delay for about
500 mini-second to remotely wake up the unit. Then the program can send out a data pack of a
remote PTFileManager that matches the MULTI protocol to the terminal and instruct the
terminal for certain process.
For instance, the terminal will automatically execute the system routine to upload a file after
receiving the valid “File upload” PTFileManager. Meanwhile the program running on the host
should follow the control flow of MULTI protocol and process to receive the data.
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5. Scanning
Note:




Observe handling precautions.
Make sure the mobile terminal is installed according to instructions.
Never remove the main batteries or battery pack while the mobile
terminal is turned on. Doing so can cause loss of data in the mobile
terminal.
Avoid looking directly into the LED light beam emitter, or pointing the
LED light beam directly into someone’s eyes.
Fit the bar code in the LED light beam from margin to margin and pass the scanner downward
over the bar code, as shown in the scan position illustration
Good read scan position
Incorrect read scan positions
5.1 How to read the barcode
The scanning sequence is defined by the user’s application. A typical sequence is:
 Press the PW key
to turn power on.
 Get into the System Tools\Scan Test and you will find the message on the display:
<ScanTest>
Type:
Len:
 Point the terminal to the barcode and press the Trigger key
.
 Point the LED lightbeam to barcode as shown in the scan position illustration.
 The barcode will be read and the reading results will be indicated.
A “Good Read” means that the scanner has effectively recognized and decoded the bar code.
In most cases, the application program will provide an indicator signal or a buzzer signal to
indicate a good read to the user.
When the read is incorrect you can try again, paying attention to the instructions in this
chapter.
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When reading a small bar code, decrease the distance between the terminal and the bar code.
For larger bar codes, position the terminal so that the bar code fits into the LED light beam.
When reading a very high density bar code, decrease the distance between the terminal and the
bar code. For a low density bar code, increase the distance between the terminal and the bar
code.
5.2 Barcode reading problems
When the barcode can not be read, try the following:
 Change the angle between the bar code and the terminal.
 Change the distance between the bar code and the terminal.
 If the bar code is larger than the LED light beam, try moving the terminal a bit further
away from the bar cod
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6. Communications
6.1 Cradle Communication
The CRD-22 cradle provides two methods for data transmission: through an RS-232 cable (9pin connector for PC and 9-pin connector for collector) and through a USB cable.
Figure 6-1
When both RS-232 and USB cables are connected between the CRD-22 cradle and
host terminal, PA-20 can assign either USB or RS-232 interface for data transmission.
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6.2 Bluetooth Communication
The Bluetooth interface support SPP mode (Serial port profile) can be used to connect a
Bluetooth compatible printer. Data can be transferred if the terminal is located within ten
meters of the target device (while nothing is blocking the signal).
Set up instructions
1.
Press 1+3+0+power key at the same time and PA20 will enter supervisor menu.
The password default is 00000.
2.
Select 5.Bluwtooth -> 1.Setup, it will enter Bluetooth setting menu like Figure 6-2
Figure 6-2
3.
The menu includes basic Bluetooth setting.
(1) Device Name: name of PA20 Bluetooth device.
(2) Pin Code: set Bluetooth pin code.
(3) Security Mode: select security of Bluetooth, default is disabling.
(4) Inquiry timeout: set inquire time, default is 3
(5) Max Response: set max number of response device, default is 10.
(6) Set Peer Device: search Bluetooth device.
4.
Select set Peer Device, it will appear two methods to search Bluetooth device.
(1) Set by Search: search Bluetooth device in the neighborhood.
(2) Set by Keyin: search Bluetooth device by key in Mac address.
5.
After search Bluetooth device, user can use Bluetooth Test function to test
connection.
Path is 5.Bluetooth -> 2.Bluwtooth Test.
PS. Bluetooth of PA20 only support SPP mode.
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Caution:
Observe the following precautions to help ensure that Bluetooth communication is
successful.

Make sure the terminal is visible from and within about 10 meters of the
other Bluetooth devices. The possible communication distance may be
shorter depending on the surrounding environment (such as
obstructions).

Make sure there is at least two meters (6’ 7”) between the terminal
and other equipment (electrical appliances, audio-visual equipment,
OA equipment, and digital cordless telephones, facsimile machines,
etc.) (Take special care with microwave ovens. Allow at lease three
meters (9’ 10 3/4”) between the terminal in wireless operation and a
microwave oven.) When approaching such a device when its power
is turned on, proper communication may prove impossible while this
may also cause interference with TV and radio reception (images
produced by certain UHF and broadcast satellite channels may
become blurry)

Normal communication may not be possible in an area near a
broadcast transmitter or wireless transmitter. If this happens, move
to a different location. Normal communication may not be possible
in areas exposed to strong radio waves.

RF Wireless LAN Interference
Because Bluetooth and RF wireless LAN use the same frequency
band (2.4GHz0, radio interference can occur if there is a wireless
LAN device nearby. This can result in lower communication speeds,
or even make it impossible to establish a connection. If this happens,
try the following countermeasures.
Move at least 10 meters (32’ 10 3/4”) away from the wireless LAN
device.
If you cannot keep the distance at least 10 meters (32’ 10 3/4”) or
more between the terminal and wireless LAN device, turn off the
power of either the terminal or the wireless LAN device.
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7. Cable Pin-out
7.1 RS232 Cable for CRD-22 Cradle (9-pin to 9-pin)
9 PIN / D-Sub Male Type
Connector for CRD-10
9 PIN / D-Sub Female Type
Connector for PC
1
6
2
7
3
8
4
9
5
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Signal
N/C
TX
RX
N/C
GND
N/C
CTS
RTS
N/C
Description
Transmit data
Receive data
Ground
Clear to send
Request to send
-
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Signal
N/C
RX
TX
N/C
GND
N/C
RTS
CTS
N/C
Description
Receive data
Transmit data
Ground
Request to send
Clear to send
-
7.2 USB Connector for CRD-22 Cradle
CN2
1
2
3
4
VCC
DM
DP
GND
USB Connectors/ PC
Pin
1
2
3
4
Signal
VCC
DM
DP
GND
Description
USB VCC = 5V
Data Minus Pin
Data Plus Pin
Ground
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8. Trouble Shooting
This chapter contains information on solving problems you may encounter when using the
terminal and/or cradle. If problems occur, first carry out some general checks before verifying
the problem with the descriptions in this chapter.
8.1 General Checks
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

Make sure everything is installed properly
Check the power supply (including main battery or battery pack in terminal) of all
devices
Is the reading window of the terminal cleaned?
Is the interface connector properly connected with the cable?
Are the bar code labels readable, e.g. not damaged or poorly printed?
If the equipment still does not work after these checks have be performed, please verify if one
of the problems described in this chapter applies to the problem you have with the terminal.
It is possible that you may not solve the problems despite following our suggestions. In this
case, please contact your local supplier or Argox for technical supports. http://www.argox.com
When the terminal needs to be repaired, please ensure that the label with the serial number is
still present. If sending the terminal or cradle back to your local supplier or Argox, please use
the original package to minimize the chances of damage during transmission.
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8.2 Communication Problems
No communication from the cradle to the device or data is transmitted distorted or
corrupted.
Power indicator of the cradle is not green
 Clean the interface connectors of the cradle and/or terminal, and try again.
 Check all cables. When the power indicator is still not green, the cradle needs service.
No data transmitted
 The cradle will only work if connected to a PC.
 Make sure the interface connectors of cradle and/or terminal are well connected and clean
the connectors if necessary, and try again.
Data is corrupted, or no data is transmitted
 Is the proper baud rate selected?
The terminal needs the same baud rate as the terminal.
 Make sure the interface connectors of cradle and / or terminal are well connected and
clean the connectors if necessary, and try again.
The terminal looses data when the battery pack is removed for a short period
The backup battery is empty
 Recharging again with the main battery and backup battery. If the backup battery is still
empty, the terminal needs to be sent back to your local supplier or Argox
to replace with a new one.
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8.3 Read Operation Problems
When the terminal has a problem with reading the barcode label
The resolution of the bar code is too high
 Decrease the distance between the bar code and the terminal.
The angle between the label and the terminal is too high
 Change the angle between the bar code and the terminal.
The distance is too far or too close
 Change the distance between the bar code and the terminal.
The bar code is larger than the LED light beam
 Try moving the terminal a bit further away from the bar code.
The scanning window is dirty
 Clean the scanning window slightly of the terminal (make sure without scratch).
The type of the bar code label is not enabled
 Enabled the bar code symbology in the application program.
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8.4 Terminal Problems
Terminal does not respond to key press while the display stays on
Message “Can’ find AP…” is shown when you try to start a program
 There is no user’s application program for PA-20 / PA-20 loaded in the terminal. Contact
your supplier.
For example pressing the SFT key does not toggle the char input indicator
 There is a flaw in the application program. Retrieve the battery pack and place it in again.
Activate the system menu and restart the application program, or download new
application.
 If problem appears continuously, contact the user’s application program supplier.
CCD scanner stays off, when pressing the Scan key
Power is off
 The Scan key is not the power key. Press the PW key to get power first.
 If the terminal is not used for a while, the terminal will automatically switch off. Press
any key to reactivate the terminal.
Terminal gets no power, when pressing the power key
The main battery is exhausted
 Replace the battery pack, or charge the terminal n the cradle.
Terminal is still not workable and needs a service
Send the terminal to your local supplier for service, paying attention to the limited warranty.
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