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Barcode Card Reader (1D)

The MS146 barcode card reader is designed for time and attendance, security, and access control applications that use badges, cards, or forms.

Target Markets / Applications

The MS146 reader is versatile enough to fit applications across the board. It can read ID cards for check-in, check-out, and access control. The infrared MS146 reads barcodes that have been secured by black panels to prevent photocopying.

  • Library Cards
  • Check-in/Check-out
Fitness Centers
  • Access Control
  • Time / Attendance


Maximum Versatility

The MS146 barcode card reader is easy to integrate into your business. With a large reading slot, the MS146 is a suitable solution for cards of many different sizes and widths.

Multiple interface options and an infrared model ensures that there’s an MS146 perfectly suited for your business. Mount the MS146 to a wall or desktop for easy access. The reader is multidirectional, making installation that much easier.

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With the MS146 you can rest assured knowing you’ve made a lasting investment. The high-quality sealing on the optical system protects the device from dust, dirt, and even water spills.

The MS146 is at home in industrial settings, enduring repeated use and exposure to hazards without wearing out or degrading in any way.

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Powerful Performance

The MS146 reads 2-27 inches per second at a high resolution and with a flexible reading angle. Advanced data editing is available on this device, enabling you to tailor your solution to your exact needs.

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• Multidirectional reading
• Desktop or wall mountable
• Multiple interface options
• Withstands repeated 5-foot falls to concrete
• Environmentally sealed against water and dust
• Advanced data editing
• IP54 environmental seal against moisture and dust
• Warranty: 2 years

Model Comparison


Barcode Scanning      
Scans 1D Barcodes  
Scans 2D Barcodes      
Scans Infrared Barcodes No Yes  
Light Source 660nm LED 930nm LED  
Interface Options      
Keyboard Wedge (PS/2)  
Serial (RS232)  
Laser Emulation    
Drop Threshold 5 Feet 5 Feet  
Environmental Seal Yes Yes  
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years  


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  • Model Numbers

  • MS146-IRCB00-SG MS146, Infrared, RS232 - (Power Adapter Sold Separately)
    MS146-IRCB0M-SG MS146, Infrared, RS232, Mounting Bracket - (Power Adapter Sold Separately)
    MS146-ITCB00-SG MS146, Infrared, Laser Emulation (9-Pin Squeeze)
    MS146-IUCB00-SG MS146, Infrared, USB
    MS146-IUCB00-SG MS146, Infrared, USB, Mounting Bracket
    MS146-RRCB00-SG MS146, Visible Light, RS232 - (Power Adapter Sold Separately)
    MS146-RUCB00-SG MS146, Visible Light, USB
    MS146-RUCB0M-SG MS146, Visible Light, USB, Mounting Bracket
  • Optical & Performance

  • Light Source Visible light: 660nm LED
    To read a barcode symbol, it is illuminated by a scanner. Light is reflected back in varying amounts, depending on the bars and spaces. These differences are translated into signals by a light detector inside the scanner. The signals are converted into various combinations to stand for specific characters.

    Infrared: 930nm LED
    In the case of infrared barcodes, a layer of security is added to an otherwise low-security technology. Special black obscuration panels cover the barcode label to prevent photocopying, making it readable only by an infrared barcode reader.

    Sensor Photo diode
    Depth of Field .07 inch
    Resolution 6mils minimum
    Print Contrast 0.6 minimum
    Scan Speed 2.0" - 30" per second
    M.T.B.F. 168,789 Hours
  • Symbologies

  • Types Code 39 standard and full ASCII, EAN-13, UPC-A, EAN-8, UPC-E, Standard 2 of 5, Code 128, Code 93, MSI, Code 11, Code 32, Delta Code, Label Code, Plessey Code, Codabar
  • Communication

  • Types USB, Keyboard Wedge, RS232, TTL (undecoded)
  • Enclosure

  • Dimension 3.75”H x 1.375”W x 1.875”D
    Weight 6.7 ounces
    Drop Test 5-foot drop threshold
  • Power Source

  • Power Consumption 35mA for TTL 5V DC 5%
    Beep Volume >70dB
    RS232 Model Power supplied through pin #9
  • Environmental

  • Operation Temperature 32 to 122ºF
    Storage Temperature 4 to 140ºF
    Humidity 0 ~ 95% RH non-condensing
    Environmental Seal IP54
  • Warranty

  • Main Unit 2 years
    Cables, Adapters 90 days
  • MS146 110V Adapter

  • PN# 101000-0150

  • MS146 220V Adapter

  • PN# 1010-601873G

  • MS146 Power Stealer

  • PN# 1550-201436

  • MS146 Adapter Cable RS232 / USB

  • PN# PW201-2

  • MS146 Adapter Cable
    PS/2 / USB

  • PN# USB-PS2

  • MS146 Mounting Bracket

  • PN# 5200-381680


  • File Description View
    MS146 Introduction Video
  • Product Documentation

  • File Description Download
    MS146 Brochure
    MS146 User Guide
    MS146 Barcode Printing Guide
    Guideline for printing barcodes on a card
    Scanner Configuration Guide
    Mounting Bracket Measurements
    This document shows the dimensions and placement of the screw holes for the MS146 mounting bracket.

  • Supporting Software

  • File Description Download
    Com to Keyboard
    Software utility for converting RS232 scanner input into keyboard input.

    Scanner Configuration Manager
    Software utility for scanner configuration.

    EZ-Utility for Scanner Configuration
    Configuration Software for Windows, compatible with the following model numbers: MS146-ITCB00-SG MS146-IRCB00-SG MS146-IRCB0M-SG MS146-IUCB00-SG MS146-IUCB0M-SG MS146-RRCB00-SG MS146-RUCB00-SG MS146-RUCB0M-SG

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