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For 30 years I have been helping organisations and individuals with their Barcode and Auto ID issues but now I have decided it is time to move on and retire from being the Barcode Man.

I will continue to respond to emails from existing customers about their earlier purchases, their special programming configurations and warranty issues but I regret I cannot help with new purchases or issues nor recommend alternative products or sources.

Lee Allen, The Barcode Man. February 2010

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Heron Scanner

The Heron™, based on the "INSTINCTIVE READING DISTANCE" concept (from near contact to over 20 cm), includes the "green spot" (Datalogic patent application), which provides "good reading" feedback directly on the code, where the user usually tends to be looking. The stand included in the package allows the reader to be used in hands-free mode. If placed correctly in the stand, the reader beeps and automatically switches to hands-free mode. The green spot remains on to show the operator where to position the code under the Heron™ for quick and intuitive reading. As a result, Heron™ is effective as both a hand-held reader and presentation scanner.

The Heron™ reads all the popular barcodes. In addition it reads Reduced Space Symbologies (RSS), an emerging symbology that can be printed on a smaller label, which meets emerging market needs for a greater amount of data on a symbol guaranteeing investment protection.

Altek Instruments Ltd are Datalogic approved suppliers of this and other scanners via their BarcodeMan Web site and provide full ongoing support.


  • Max scan rate: 256 scans per second, high first pass rate
  • Instinctive reading to 23 cm
  • Intuitive aiming in hands-free applications - hands-free stand included in package
  • Datalogic unique Green Spot technology
  • Complete data formatting and data editing
  • Reads all popular linear codes plus RSS-14 reduced space codes
  • Drop Resistence: Withstands 1.8 m drops onto a concrete surface
  • Five year manufacturers warranty


  • Data Collection in commercial and office automation environments
  • Data Collection in light industrial environments
  • Public and Educational Libraries
Barcode Man

This is one of my favourite scanners. It is light, easy to use and full featured. Having no need to make physical contact with the barcode it has a very fast action.

Although the Heron is primarily a hand scanner there are some jobs where it is more convienient to present the barcode direct to the scanner. This scanner senses when it has been placed in the desk stand and automatically switches to hands-free mode.

It uses the DataLogic patented Green Spot technology which simply means the scanner projects a green spot of light onto the barcode after a successful read. As well as enhancing feedback it is particularly helpful when the scanner needs to be operated at reduced beep volume in quiet areas like libraries and hospitals.

Data editing means the data field in the barcode can be edited before being passed to the computer. Not needed by everybody but can be a real lifesaver when using the scanner with legacy or other 'difficult' applications.

The Heron Scanner is well finished and a step up from the ultra low cost budget scanners. Choose this scanner for professional everyday scanning where you need fast, reliable hand scanning with occasional hands free use.

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Heron Scanner
Prices & Ordering
The Web Prices shown here are specially discounted and apply only for automated credit card orders made from this web page. If you need a special configuration mention it on the order form and I will contact you if further details are needed. Purchase orders from existing customers, educational, public sector and other organisations are accepted. Normal prices and conditions will apply. Please ask if you need help or a quote.
Heron™Scanner with USB Interface Part
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This is our most popular Heron Scanner. Colour Black, USB Interface. Includes free Desk Stand for hands-free scanning. dlher-ubk  £ 149.00 add to cart
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Heron Scanner, colour duo-grey, with USB Interface. Includes free Desk Stand for hands-free scanning. dlher-ugy  £ 164.00 add to cart
The Heron™ is available with a range of interfaces for connection to different hardware platforms including RS232. Please enquire.

Heron™ Scanner with Keyboard Wedge Interface Part
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The Heron Scanner with Keyboard Wedge Interface, color black. Includes free Desk Stand. dlher-kbk  £ 164.00 add to cart
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The Heron Scanner, colour duo-grey, with Keyboard Wedge Interface. Includes free Desk Stand. dlher-kgy  £ 164.00 add to cart
The Heron™ is available with a range of interfaces for connection to different hardware platforms including RS232. Please enquire.

Heron™ Scanner configured to emulate NSR120 slot reader Part
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Heron Scanner with RS232 interface specially configured to emulate the output from a NSR120 slot reader. Includes free Desk Stand for hands-free presentation scanning. dlher-nsr120  £ 164.00 add to cart

Software Configuration Manual for Heron™ Part
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Configuration Manual for Datalogic Hand Held Devices. DLhhdman  £ 15.00 add to cart
As above but download here for free (1Mb) DLhhdman   pdf
The Software Configuration Manual is needed only by those who want to program or reprogram advanced features themselves.

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