Motorola DS6878-HC
Cordless 2D imager for healthcare applications
Designed for deployment on
a computer or workstation
on wheels (COW or WOW)
USB charging capability
eliminates a power supply
and the typical cable
management headaches
normally associated with
mounting a cordless scanner
to a medical cart, computer
cart or workstation (COW or
WOW); horizontal or vertical
installation provides the
flexibility to keep the work
surface clear while ensuring
that the scanner is always in
easy reach and charging
IP43 sealing and a specially
designed plastic housing
allows safe wipe-down
and cleansing with a wide
variety of harsh chemicals
(See Specification Chart for
approved cleanser list)
Prevent medical errors, improve patient safety
and increase caregiver productivity
The DS6878-HC cordless imager from Motorola
enables hospitals to automate data capture, improve
data accuracy, increase productivity and streamline
everyday processes in patient rooms, admitting,
laboratories and the pharmacy. Its matchless
feature set meets the unique requirements of
healthcare facilities. An intuitive and ergonomic
design combines with dependable and rapid
capture of bar codes and other images, allowing
caregivers to remain focused on the patient — not
the technology. The DS6878-HC is easy to install
virtually anywhere inside the hospital environment
— the flexible base options enable easy mounting
horizontally or vertically on walls, cabinets and
workstations. Cordless freedom via Bluetooth allows
users to easily move to the bar code, eliminating
the hazards associated with cables as well as the
need to disturb or inconvenience patients, while
offering the flexibility required for rapid data capture
in emergency situations. And with the ability to
charge the scanner over the USB cable, the need
for a separate power supply and the management
headaches associated with mounting a cordless
scanner to a computer or workstation on wheels
(COW or WOW) are eliminated.
Comprehensive high-performance data capture
for a world of healthcare applications
The ability to capture any 1D or 2D bar code as well
as signatures, documents, still photographs and
video enables this single device to error-proof and
simplify many processes throughout your facility —
from medication administration to specimen
collection, admitting, and inventory and dietary
management. Built on Motorola’s revolutionary
SE4500 scan engine, the DS878-HC re-defines
imaging technology, offering easy first-time capture
of any type of data through: laser-like performance
on 1D and 2D bar codes; an intuitive aiming pattern;
scanning in any type of lighting; the ability to capture
even poor quality and damaged bar codes; and full
omnidirectional scanning, eliminating the need to
precisely align bar code and imager.
Disinfectant-ready design prevents
the spread of germs
The DS6878-HC is designed specifically to help
protect patients and caregivers against dangerous
and deadly illnesses. IP43 sealing and specially
selected plastics that utilize proprietary molding
technologies create a hygenic design that allows safe
wipe-downs and sanitizing with bleach, alcohol, soap
and water and more — without harming the housing
or the sensitive scanning components.
ergonomic design
Easy to hold regardless
of hand size; reduces
fatigue; enables all day
scanning comfort to protect
productivity in scan-intensive
Superior durability
Offers Motorola’s best-inclass drop specification —
the ability to survive 6 ft./
1.8m drops to concrete —
and IP43 sealing, ensuring
reliable operation in spite of
everyday spills, drops and
advanced data capture
Captures 1D and 2D
bar codes, signatures,
documents such as drivers
licenses and insurance
cards, facial images for
identification, video footage
and more; eliminates
the need to purchase
multiple types of devices;
supports the creation and
maintenance of electronic
medical records (EMRs)
Superior high performance
scanning on all bar codes
The integrated revolutionary
Motorola SE4500 imager
eliminates the performance
degradation common in
2D scanning, delivering:
laser-like performance on
both 1D and 2D codes;
rapid and accurate capture
of even poor quality and
damaged bar codes; and full
omnidirectional scanning,
which eliminates the need
to precisely align bar code
and imager, improves
ergonomics and protects
Built for all-day everyday use
The DS6878-HC offers Motorola’s best-in-class drop
specification — 6 ft./1.8m drops to concrete. IP43
sealing protects sensitive electronic components
from exposure to dust and liquids. The result
is dependable operation, despite the inevitable
everyday drops, bumps and spills.
The Motorola end-to-end advantage
When you choose Motorola, you get the end-to-end
support required to ensure maximum uptime in the
mission critical environment of healthcare, as well
as a low total cost of ownership (TCO). The ability to
remotely manage the Remote Scanner Management
(RSM)-ready device from a central location
Motorola DS6878-HC Specifications
Physical Characteristics
Scanner: 7.3 in. H x 3.85 in. L x 2.7 in. W/
18.5 cm H x 9.7 cm L x 6.9cm W)
Base-mounted vertically:
8.35 in. H x 3.4 in. W x 2 in. D/
21.1 cm H x 8.6 cm W x 5 cm D)
Base-mounted horizontally:
2.0 in. H x 8.35 in. L x 3.4 in. W/
5 cm H x 21.1 cm L x 8.6 cm W
Scanner: 8.4 oz (238 g) Typical
Base: 6.4 oz. (183 g) Typical
Voltage and Current
(CR0078 Base):
5 +/-10% VDC
5 +/-10% VDC
Typical Current
Charging/Non Charging
700 mA/260 mA with external power
490 mA/260 mA with host power
through cable
Healthcare White (shown)
Performance Characteristics
Light Source:
Aiming Pattern: 655 +/- 10 nm laser diode
Illumination: 625 +/- 5 nm LED
Field of View:
39.2º horizontal, 25.4º vertical
Roll / Pitch / Skew:
360°, ±60°, ±60°
Symbology Decode Capability
Bluetooth® v2.1 with EDR
PDF417 (and Variants):
substantially reduces the time and costs typically
associated with the management of mobile devices.
In addition, Motorola’s Service from the Start
Advance Exchange Support helps keep your DS6878HC scanners up and running at peak performance —
and in the hands of your caregivers. This exceptional
service minimizes downtime with next-business-day
replacement of devices that require repair. Your
scanners will also be protected from the unexpected
with built-in Comprehensive Coverage, which
includes normal wear and tear as well as coverage
for internal and external components damaged
through accidental breakage — significantly reducing
unforeseen repair expenses.
UPC/EAN (UPCA/UPCE/UPCE1/EAN-8-EAN13/JAN-8/JAN13 plus supplementals, ISBN
(Bookland), ISSN, Coupon Code, Code 39
(Standard, Full ASCII, UCC/EAN-128, ISBT-128
Concatenated), Code 93, Codabar/NW7, Code
11 (standard, Matrix 2 of 5), MSI Plessey, I 2of
5 (Interleaved 2of 5 / ITF, Discrete 2of 5 IATA,
Chinese 2 of 5) GS1 Databar (Omnidirectional,
Truncated, Stacked, Stacked Omnidirectional,
Limited, Expanded, Expanded Stacked, Inverse),
Base 32 (Italian Pharmacode)
PDF417, microPDF417, Composite Codes (CC-A,
U.S. Postnet and Planet, U.K., Japan, Australian,
Netherlands KIX code, Royal Mail 4 State
Customer, UPU ICS 4 State Postal, USPS 4CB
TLC-39, Aztec (Standard, Inverse), MaxiCode,
DataMatrix/ECC 200 (Standard, Inverse), QR
Code (Standard, Inverse and Micro)
Print Contrast:
25% minimum reflectance
Motion Tolerances:
Horizontal velocity: 5 in. (12.7 cm) per second
Interfaces Supported
RS-232C (Standard, Nixdorf, ICL, and Fujitsu); USB
(Standard, IBM SurePOS, Macintosh), IBM 468x/
469x, keyboard wedge and wand emulation.
Synapse connectivity allows for connectivity to all
of the above plus many non-standard interfaces.
Note: National Drug Codes (NDC) can be encoded in various symbologies. The DS6878-HC can
be used to parse these codes using Advanced Data Formatting (ADF) rules.
Imaging Characteristics
Graphics Format Support: Images can be exported as Bitmap, JPEG, and TIFF
Image Transfer Speed:
USB 2.0: Up to 12 Megabits/second, limited to
3Mbps maximum by radio
RS232: Up to 38.4K baud rate
Image Transfer Time:
Typical USB application is ~ 0.2 seconds with a
compressed JPEG of 100 kb
Image Quality:
120 DPI on a 4 in. x 6 in. (10.2 x 15.2 cm)
document @ 6.5 in./16.5 cm
User Environment
IP43 (water and dust resistant)
Operating Temperature:
32° F to 122° F/0° C to 50° C
Storage Temperature:
-40° F to 158° F/-40° C to 70° C
5% to 95%, non-condensing
Drop Specifications:
Withstands multiple 6 ft./1.8m drops to concrete
Ambient Light Immunity: Immune to normal artificial indoor and natural
outdoor (direct sunlight) lighting
Approved Cleansers:
Super Sani-Cloth® Wipes; Clorox® Bleach;
Windex® Antimicrobial; Windex® with
Ammonia D; Virex® 5 Wipes; Dispatch®;
Ethanol 80%; Gentle dish soap and water
DS6878-HC Typical Decode Ranges (Trigger Mode)
Electrical Safety:
Laser Safety:
UL60950-1, CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1, EN60950-1/
EN60825-1:1994 +A1: 2002 +A2 :2001, IEC60825-1,
21CFR1040.10 and 21CFR1040.11, CDRH Class II,
IEC Class 2
FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, CISPR
22, CISPR 24; Medical electrical equipment:
EN60601-1-2: 2002
Compliant with RoHS directive 2002/95/EEC
BluetoothTM, Class 1, Version 2.1 + EDR,
Adaptive Frequency Hopping (enables coexistence with 802.11 wireless networks),
serial port & HID profiles; data rate — up to 3
Power Supplies:
Power supplies are available to support faster
charging or for applications that do not supply
power over the host cable
Mounting Brackets:
Wall-mount bracket; workstation bracket
DL Ranges
Inches from scanner
nose (typical)
5 mil
0.5 - 6.3 in.
Code 128
6 mil
1.3 - 5.4 in.
Code 128
10 mil
* - 8.0 in.
60% UPC
7.8 mil
0.6 - 7.2 in.
100% UPC
13 mil
0.7 - 11 in.
5 mil
1.9 - 3.5 in.
6.6 mil
1.0 - 5.9 in.
10 mil
* - 8.0 in.
10 mil
1.1 - 7.2 in.
Barcode Type
Code 39
Provides a secure wireless
connection to the scanner
base station for cordless
convenience and safety
RSM (Remote Scanner
Management) Ready
Reduces total cost of
ownership by enabling
remote, network-based
device management of all
devices in all locations
Supports 123Scan2
scanner configuration tool
Enables rapid and easy
customized set-up through
a free, wizard-based PC
software tool
* Limited by FOV
Subject to the terms of Motorola’s hardware warranty statement, the
Symbol DS6878 is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials
for a period of three years from the date of shipment. For the complete
Motorola hardware product warranty statement, go to:
http://www.motorola.com/ warranty
Recommended Services
Customer Services:
Service from the Start Advance Exchange Support
For more information on how you can put the DS6878-HC to
work in your healthcare organization, please visit us on the web
at www.motorola.com/DS6878HC or access our global contact
directory at www.motorola.com/enterprisemobility/contactus
Motorola DS6878-HC
Cordless 2D imager for healthcare applications
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