Tech/Scan 8 Plus Instructions

TECH-SCAN 8™ PLUS AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICE
INSTRUCTION SHEET
Congratulations on your purchase of the Tech-Scan 8™ Plus Scanning Communicator. THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS IS A MULTI-LEVEL, 2 MODE SCANNING
AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATOR THAT OFFERS HIGH QUALITY, RELIABLE PERFORMANCE, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER IMPORTANT FEATURES FOR A VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE.
TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS IS MANUFACTURED TO THE HIGHEST COMMERCIAL STANDARDS TO PROVIDE MANY YEARS OF RELIABLE OPERATION. WE FULLY GUARANTEE THE TECHSCAN 8 PLUS’S OPERATION FOR A FULL YEAR, INCLUDING PARTS AND LABOR.*
DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS
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SCANNING QUES (LEDS) ARE IN THE GRID, ABOVE THE OVERLAY, MAKING OVERLAYS SIMPLE TO PRODUCE. NO NEED TO PUNCH
HOLES.
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VERY SIMPLE TO OPERATE, 5 SWITCHES ON THE BACK CONTROL ALL FUNCTIONS.
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STANDARD RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK PROVIDES YOU WITH UP TO EIGHT HOURS OF USE WITH A RECHARGING TIME OF ONLY FOUR
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HOURS.
SINGLE OR DOUBLE SWITCH OPERATION FROM AN EXTERNAL SWITCH.
AUTO SLEEP WHEN TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS IS INACTIVE FOR 5 SWEEPS AND WAKENS WITH A TOUCH OF THE EXTERNAL USER
SWITCH.
DROP RESISTANT, ABLE TO WITHSTAND ROUGH HANDLING.
WATER RESISTANT FOR EASY CLEANING.
AUDITORY PROMPTS (VOICE PROMPTS OR BEEP TONES) FOR EACH MESSAGE.
LIGHT WEIGHT AND PORTABLE (UNDER 2 LBS.) WITH A SHOULDER STRAP INCLUDED.
“REAL-VOICE” HIGH QUALITY AUDIO REPRODUCTION.
ALLOWS YOU TO PROGRAM, RECORD AND PLAYBACK 64 INDEPENDENT MESSAGES ON 8 LEVELS, 8 MESSAGES PER LEVEL.
CAN BE USED AS EITHER A SCAN OR AS A STANDARD COMMUNICATOR, LIKE HAVING 2 COMMUNICATORS IN ONE.
INTERCHANGEABLE OVERLAYS WHICH ARE COMPATABLE WITH MAYER JOHNSON BOARDMAKER™ SOFTWARE WHICH EXTENDS
USABLITY.
* SEE WARRANTY AGREEMENT FOR DETAILS.
GENERAL OPERATION:
All controls are located on the back of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus (see diagram – BACK VIEW).
The Tech-Scan 8 Plus scanning augmentative communicator is a self-contained 8 level communication device, which permits the user to record
and playback 64 distinct messages, each of 6.0 seconds in length (or 23 seconds for extended time). The Tech-Scan 8 Plus is simple to operate.
By turning the unit on, adjusting the volume, selecting the desired level and scan mode and pushing the message square or external switch, the
communicator is activated.
RECHARGABLE BATTERY PACK:
THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK IS A STANDARD FEATURE ON THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS AND PROVIDES
YOU WITH UP TO EIGHT HOURS OF USE WITH A RECHARGING TIME OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR HOURS. IT IS
RECOMMENDED THAT THE UNIT BE FULLY CHARGED BEFORE USING FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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To charge the battery pack, plug the charging unit into an AC outlet.
Plug the other end of the charger into the front of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus. The charging LED will light, (RED for charging).
When the charging LED changes to GREEN, the battery pack is fully charged.
It is recommended that the unit be recharged nightly.
RECORD OPERATION:
Note: It is important during any recording operation that the built in microphone, located on the front right hand corner of
the Tech-Scan 8 Plus (see diagram – FRONT VIEW), is clear and open. For best results, place unit on a flat surface with the
microphone facing you and record all messages in a quiet room. Be sure that the External User switch is not plugged into the
unit while you are recording. It is recommended that you record all the Auditory Prompts at one time, then all the Normal
Messages at one time to prevent having to switch back and forth between the 2 modes.
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Turn the Tech-Scan 8 Plus ON by turning the VOLUME control switch clockwise, until it clicks ON.
Select the LEVEL you wish to record on by turning the level selector switch to one of the eight levels.
Set the PROGRAM switch to the type of message that you wish to record on AUDITORY or NORMAL
(see diagram – BACK VIEW).
Programming the Auditory Prompts:
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Set the Program Mode select switch to the left position marked AUDI, you will be recording the auditory prompts. These
prompts have a maximum message length of 1.5 seconds.
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Press and hold in the built-in record switch. The record switch must be engaged for the entire recording process.
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Select one of the 8 message squares on the face of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus, press and hold down that message square. Then
begin to say your message into the built in microphone located at the front right hand corner of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus.
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Release the message square when you are finished recording that message.
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Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the remaining Auditory prompts on that level.
Programming the Normal Messages:
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Set the Program Mode select switch into the right position, marked NORMAL, you will be recording the full message itself;
follow steps 2 to 4 to program each message. These messages have a maximum message length of 6.0 seconds for standard
units and 23 seconds for extended time units.
SELECTING SCAN MODE:
NOTE: The SCAN Mode switch is located next to the ON/OFF Volume Switch, and is labeled MODE. The Scan Mode
switch is a 2- way rocker switch that operates left or right (see diagram – BACK VIEW).
Linear Mode: Single switch scanning only
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Set the scan MODE switch to the Left position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the LINEAR mode.
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Plug the external User Switch into the jack on the back the Tech-Scan 8 Plus marked Switch Input 1.
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When the External User switch is activated, the LED will scan sequentially (message 1, message 2…message 8 and then
return to message 1).
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When the LED on the grid for the desired message is lit, depress the External user switch and the message will play.
Step scanning mode: (Single switch Step scanning)
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Set the scan MODE switch to the Right position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the Step mode.
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Plug the external User switch into the jack on the back of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus marked Switch Input 1.
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When the external User switch is activated, the LED will sequentially advance every time the external User switch plugged
into the jack marked Switch Input 1 is activated. When the desired message is lit, do not activate the external User switch and
in a short time the message will play (the delay time for when the message plays after the external User switch is not
activated will depend on what position the Scan Speed switch is set (see Select Scan Speed below for time delays).
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Double switch Step scanning:
Set the scan MODE switch to the Right position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the Step mode.
Plug the external User switches into the jacks on the back of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus marked Switch Inputs 1 and 2 (any switch
plugged into the jack marked Switch Input 2, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus automatically goes into the Double switch scanning
mode)..
Activating the external User switch plugged into the jack marked Switch Input 1 to start the scanning will light the first LED
and then each time the external User switch Input 1 is activated, it will sequentially advance the LED from 1 to 8 and then
back the LED 1. When the desired LED or message is lit, activating the external User switch plugged into the jack marked
Switch Input 2 will play the message.
SELECTING SCAN SPEED:
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The Scan Speed switch is located next to the Level Switch, and is labeled SPEED. The Scan SPEED switch is a 3-way
rocker switch that operates left, center and right.
If the scan SPEED switch is set to the Left position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the SLOW speed (4 second delay).
If the scan SPEED switch is set to the Center position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the MEDIUM speed (2.0 second delay).
If the scan SPEED switch is set to the Right position, the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is in the FAST speed (.5 second delay).
SELECTING THE AUDITORY PROMPT MODE:
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The Auditory Mode switch is located next to the Speed Switch, and is labeled AUDITORY. The Auditory Mode switch is a
3-way rocker switch that operates left, center and right.
If the scan Auditory Mode switch is set to the Left position, the Auditory prompts are ON and will play a message each time
the LED advances.
If the scan Auditory Mode switch is set to the Center position, the Auditory prompts are OFF and will not play through the
speaker. The Auditory prompts are played through HEADSET JACK (see diagram – FRONT VIEW).
If the scan Auditory Mode switch is set to the Right position, the Auditory prompts are OFF and a Beep will be heard each
time the LED advances.
Note: If the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is to be used to scan only with the Auditory Mode set in the OFF position and no head phone, the
Auditory prompts must be erased. The auditory prompts can be erased by setting the Programming switch into the AUDI
(Auditory) mode, then holding the Recording button in and then pressing each message square momentarily, one at a time.
The amount time that you are actually pressing each message square is very short, make it as short as possible.
PLAYBACK OPERATION (Scanning):
Be sure that the external User switch is plugged into the proper jack located at the back of the unit marked Switch Input 1
and/or 2 or else the Tech-Scan 8 Plus will not operate as a scanning unit.
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Plug in the external User switch into the jack marked Switch Input 1 for SINGLE SWITCH scanning and Switch Input 1
& 2 for DOUBLE SWITCH scanning on the back.
Select the LEVEL select switch to the LEVEL you wish to playback by turning the level selector switch to one of the six
levels.
Select the Scan MODE (Linear or Step), see “Selecting Scan Mode.”
Select the Scan SPEED (Slow, Medium or Fast), see “Selecting Scan Speed.”
Turn the Tech-Scan 8 Plus ON. Turn the VOLUME control switch clockwise, until it clicks ON.
Set the VOLUME control, turning clock wise, at the desired playback volume.
Scanning LEDs will start once the external User switch plugged into the jack marked Switch Input 1 is activated, when the
LED lights at the desired message activating the external User switch will play the message. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
FOR SELECTING SCAN MODE FOR A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF WHICH EXTERNAL USER SWITCH
TO USE TO PLAY THE MESSAGE.
After 5 scans if no message is played the Tech-Scan 8 will automatically go into sleep mode. To reactivate - activate the
external User Switch
PLAYBACK OPERATION (Direct Select):
NOTE: When the external User switch is removed or not plugged into the jack or jacks marked Switch Input 1 & 2 the unit is
set into the Direct Select mode and will not scan. The Program Select switch on the Tech-Scan 8 Plus must be set to the
NORMAL mode in order to play back the full messages.
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Turn the Tech-Scan 8 Plus ON. Turn the VOLUME control switch clockwise, until it clicks ON.
Set the VOLUME control, turning clock wise, at the desired playback volume.
Set the LEVEL select switch to the Level you wish to playback by turning the level selector switch to one of the up to eight
levels.
Select one of the 8 message squares on the face of the Tech-Scan 8 Plus and depress that message squares for message
playback.
HEADSET USAGE (scanning mode):
When the headset or ear piece is plugged into the jack in the front of the unit (see diagram – FRONT VIEW), all of the
AUDITORY PROMPTS and NORMAL messages will play through the headset or ear piece. No matter what position the
AUDITORY switch is set in, all the Auditory prompts and Normal messages will play through the headset or ear piece. The
Beep tone is not heard in the headset or ear piece.
OVERLAY DESIGN AND LAYOUT:
Graphic overlays (picture cards) can be changed easily by simply sliding the overlay through the slot on the right side of the
housing grid. There are several methods you can use to make overlays for the Tech-Scan 8 Plus. Options include:
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Draw or print corresponding icons or words on a sheet of 6” x 13 1/4” paper. Section each icon so that it appears in each of
the 8 message switch cutouts
Develop custom overlay using Mayer Johnson’s BOARDMAKER™ Software.
CLEANING THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS:
Note: DO NOT SUBMURGE THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS INTO WATER OR ALLOW WATER TO ENTER THE EXTERNAL
SPEAKER, RECORD JACK OR SPEAKER HOLES. THE TECH-SCAN 8 PLUS IS WATER RESISTANT-NOT WATERPROOF.
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Turn the Tech-Scan 8 Plus to the off position.
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Remove the overlay from the switch grid.
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Use a wet wash cloth and mild soap to wipe the soiled areas clean.
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Use a wet sponge with cold water to wipe the soapy areas.
CARE AND MAINENANCE:
The Tech-Scan 8 Plus is designed to automatically enter a sleep mode after a message is played. The sleep mode is still an
active mode and will affect battery life. If the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is not going to be used for a long period of time (2 to 3 hours) it
is recommended that the unit be turned off.
If the Tech-Scan8 Plus should fail to operate, or operate incorrectly, follow these steps:
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Check to see if the Tech-Scan 8 Plus is ON and if a message has been recorded at that level.
Make sure there are no obstacles blocking the message membrane square.
Turn the Tech-Scan 8 Plus OFF for 15 Seconds, then turn it back ON and try playback again.
Make sure that the battery in the Tech Scan 8 Plus is fully charged.
Remember – SCAN mode will not function without the external User switch.
For further assistance, feel free to contact our technical support team at
1-888-353-AMDI (2634).
95 SHERWOOD AVE, FARMINGDALE NY 11735
PHONE: (631) 531-8888 FAX: (631) 531-8811
1-888-353-AMDI
http://www.amdi.net
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