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Copiscan 8000 Spectrum

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The information in these FAQs is for historical reference only and is not being maintained or updated.

Copiscan 8000 Spectrum - FAQs

All Spectrum models come with the following software

All Copiscan 8000 Spectrum models ship with the following software:

Kofax VirtualReScan (VRS)

  • VRS 3.5 - primarily the software interface for all hardware VRS functionality embedded in the scanner
  • The combination of Spectrum hardware VRS and the software interface is the single most effective way at reducing labor costs in your scanning application

Drivers

  • ImageControls - developed and certified by Kofax
  • ISIS - developed and certified by Pixel Translations
  • TWAIN

All of the above drivers work with the standard SCSI interface featured on all Spectrum models.

Demo Scanning Applications

  • VCDemo
  • ScanDemo

Both demo scanning applications utilize ImageControls.

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Can the Multi-feed detection be set according to length?

Yes the Multi-feed detection can be set to ignore 2 sheets of paper up to ten inches long.

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Can the skimmer rollers be switched?

Yes, the rollers can be rotated from the front to the back. The rollers slide off the shafts and are interchangeable. They should be rotated every so often so that they wear evenly. It will prolong the life of the rollers.

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Can VRS be used with an ISIS Application?

Yes, VRS 3 includes the ISIS driver interface. The scanner will be listed as "Kofax VRS scanner" for the ISIS application.

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Do all images pass through VRS?

Yes, all images pass through the VRS preview window to complete image cleanup. This includes auto brightness and other image cleanup processes.

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Do consumables fall under the standard one-year, onsite warranty?

No. Consumable parts do not fall under standard warranty.

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Do Spectrum models offer long page support?

Absolutely yes. All Spectrum madels can scan documents up to 40" or 1,016 mm in length using VRS.

To use the long document support, page size must be set to "Maximum" and the "Continuous Page" must be selected.

For more information, please see the VRS Operator Guide.

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Do Spectrum models scan in grayscale?

Yes, all Copiscan® 8000 Spectrum models scan in grayscale as well as bitonal, including all Spectrum color models. See the chart below for grayscale throughput per resolution, per model. Note: Spectrum scanners can scan as fast in grayscale as bitonal units, and bitonal/grayscale units can be upgraded to color at any time.

 

Resolution
(dpi)

All 8125D ModelsAll 8100D ModelsAll 8080S/D Models
LPLPLP
100125100100808065
150125100100808065
200125100100808065
240125100100808065
300836666535343
400624747384032

 

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Do the 8000 Spectrum SCSI models (8080S-S, 8080D-S, 8100D-S, 8125D-S) offer grayscale output?

Yes, All Spectrum scanners come standard with Bitonal and Grayscale output and optional Color.

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Does AIPE cost extra for Spectrum?

No. The AIPE option is included with all Spectrum models as part of theKofax VirtualReScan (VRS) and Adrenaline Interface Kit.

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Does the Advanced Image Processing Engine (AIPE) cost extra?

No, The AIPE option is included with all Spectrum Scanners.

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Bar Code Recognition

Bar Code Recognition. The bar code feature resides in the scanning software application. Generaly a DPI (dots per inch) of 240 to 300 is best. This also holds true for 2D codes like Datat Matrix and PDF-417.

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Does the Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Series offer post-scan Imprinting?

Yes the CopiScan 8000 Spectrum does have an optional back page post-scan Imprinter.

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Does Windows 2000 support 8000 Spectrum SCSI series scanners?

Windows 2000 is not supplied with the correct SCSI driver for the Kofax 650i SCSI adapter and therefore does not automatically load the required ASPI32.dll. That is why the VRS software must be installed first. In the hardware manager the scanner will be listed with a ? in front on the scanner. That is normal because the scanner uses the driver bundled with the Kofax 650i SCSI card.

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EGSA/Peacock PCB Identification

EGSA / Peacock PCB Identification

These numbers appear as part of the information printed on a white label, located partially under the first DIMM memory module at the front of the EGSA PCB.

VR-2000-2000 - Spectrum, BBH #S004940

13000222-xxx - Spectrum/Spectrum Auto Color Detect, BBH #S005494

13000227-xxx - Spectrum XF (only), BBH #S006471

 

 

 

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Eight Quick & Easy Steps for Maximizing Color Throughput for Spectrum scanners without Auto Color Detect.

This guide was written to help you maximize document throughput of your Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Scanner when scanning in color, while also drawing your attention to the relationship between some of the scanner's functions and its performance. Please follow the steps below and note the positive impact on your scanner's performance as you complete each one.

Step 1 - Use a Fast PC

We recommend the use of a Pentium IV 1.6 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM or better.

Impact: up to 60% in color duplex at 200 dpi dots per inch (dpi)

Step 2 - Set Your Application to Scan in Color

Since all steps below apply mainly for color scanning, please ensure that your scanning application software is set to scan in color. To do this:

  • Start your application
  • Select Color for your Image Output Type or Color Mode (the exact wording may vary per application)
  • Select a resolution in dots per inch (dpi) in Scanner Settings
  • 150 dpi is recommended as the best setting to maximize throughput and image quality while minimizing file size

Step 3 - Disable Image Viewer in Applications Using Image Controls

To maximize document throughput, you should disable your software scanning application's viewer if your software uses a version of the ImageControls® driver that was released before version 3.75. If you are using ISIS, TWAIN or ImageControls v. 3.75 (or later), please move on to Step 4.

  • To check which version of ImageControls your application uses, click on the Help menu option on your application's toolbar, select About and look for the version number
  • For example, your version of VCDemo, a demonstration scanning application that comes with your Spectrum scanner, might display "ImageControls V3.702.04"
  • If it displays this or another version of ImageControls released earlier than 3.75, click Source on the VCDemo toolbar and uncheck Display While Processing
  • If you're using another application, please follow the step above but keep in mind that different applications may describe the same functionality in different ways

Impact: up to 45% in duplex color at 200 dpi

Step 4 - Set JPEG Compression in Both Your Application and in VRS

In your scanning application:

  • From the toolbar, click File and Storage Format (may be worded somewhat differently)
  • Select JPEG as both File Type and Compression Type, and click OK
  • Please Note: in some applications JPEG compression will automatically be selected as file type and/or compression type when color is selected as image output type

In VRS (VirtualReScan):

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box by right clicking on the VRS logo in the lower right hand corner of your PC screen, then select Preview
  • Click the VRS Profile tab, select the Default settings profile and click Load
  • Click the VRS Options tab and click the Special Features button - this will launch the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Color tab, click the JPEG Compression Enabled checkbox and click OK
  • Go back to the VRS Profile tab, click Save and then click OK

Impact: 50%+ in color duplex at 200 dpi

Please Note: Spectrum JPEG compression is available in hardware as a function of the scanner's EGSA board. This allows each color image to be compressed at the rated speed of the scanner according to the step above. If the scanner's hardware compression is disabled and the application is set to a compressed format (i.e. JPEG), then VRS compresses via software. This will slow down the scanner's throughput by more than half. In addition, if hardware JPEG compression is disabled and any software VRS functionality is enabled (see Step 5 for details), VRS will decompress each image in software, perform the operation(s) and recompress the image, thus lowering throughput even further.

Step 5 - Disable Any Non-Essential VRS Software Features

Disable any of the following VRS software features that you do not need in your particular application:

  • Deskew - make sure there is no check in the checkbox next to the Deskew option on Skew tab in the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box (if there is a check, click on the checkbox to remove it)
  • Rotation - click on the Rotation tab in the Advanced Properties dialog box and select a value of zero for both front and back page rotation
  • Annotation - click on the Endorser tab in the Advanced Properties dialog box and click the No Endorser and No Annotation checkbox or, if you are physically imprinting on each scanned document, click the Enable Mechanical Endorser Only checkbox
  • Barcode and patch code recognition - disable through your scanning application

Impact: 30% in simplex color and 60% in duplex color at 200 dpi

Step 6 - Set Doc Prep and Hole Size

In 8125D models only, you can select the level of scanner sensitivity based on the degree of document preparation. Selecting AVERAGE lowers scanner throughput slightly and thus avoids "stream feeding" problems caused by excessive document skew at maximum throughput. To select doc prep, follow the directions below. If you have an 8100 or 8080 model, please skip to the next section of this step (before Step 7).

  • From the home menu, press the RIGHT arrow key until you reach the USER SETUP menu. Press F3 NEXT until you reach the doc prep menu
  • Press +/- to toggle between GOOD and AVERAGE document preparation
  • Select GOOD if documents are well prepared and aligned, i.e. skew is less than 6°
  • Select AVERAGE if documents are poorly aligned, i.e. skew is more than 6°
  • Press CLEAR to return to the home menu

The entry and exit sensors on your scanner can be adjusted to ignore holes on the leading or trailing edge of a document, like three-hole punches, that may cause the scanner to detect false starting or trailing edges of the document. Use this setup procedure to adjust for the maximum size hole that may appear in the leading or trailing edge of your documents. To adjust the scanner sensors for holes, please follow the directions below:

  • From the home menu, press the RIGHT arrow key until you reach the user setup menu. Press F3 NEXT until you reach the max hole size menu
  • Press the +/- keys to adjust the hole size in increments of .05" (1.2 mm) set the parameter to a width just slightly larger than the holes in the paper
  • Press the CLEAR button on the scanner to exit and return to the home menu

Impact: 12%+ in duplex color at 200 dpi

Step 7 - Set VRS Image Quality and JPEG Compression Level

All scanner throughput measurements are typically done with VRS image quality set to Good. However, you can also set the scanner to Better, Best or to a custom setting. Please keep in mind is that the higher the image quality the lower the compression level. To set image quality level:

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Options tab and click the Special Features button - this will launch the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Color tab
  • Choose from one of three choices:
  • Good - 65% image quality, medium compression
  • Better - 85% image quality, low compression
  • Best - 95% image quality, very low compression
  • For a custom image quality settings, click the JPEG Compression Custom radio button next to the Good, Better, Best options and enter a compression percentage in the Value field
  • Please Note: if you set image quality lower than 65%, you may experience poor image quality due to high levels of compression
  • Close the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box

Impact: about 5% in duplex color at 200 dpi (depends on PC speed and document content)

Step 8 - Set Brightness for White Saturation

When scanning documents with white backgrounds in color, like standard office-use paper (referred to as “bond”), set VRS to retain a bright uniform white, also known as “saturated white, in your images instead of what may appear to be an off-white or a light gray. Not only will this image be easier to read, but file sizes will also be reduced. To do this:

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box and click on the Clarity tab
  • Enter a value of between 60 and 65 in the Brightness field - exact settings may vary

Impact: about 5% in duplex color at 200 dpi

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Getting Started

Step #1 - Read "Production Scanners" Section of the VRS Installation Guide

In order to properly set up your Spectrum scanner, please follow each and every step outlined in the "Production Scanners" section (pages 9-27) of the VRS 3.0 Installation Guide. If you follow the correct procedure, you should have your Spectrum unit fully installed within 15 minutes. If you have problems connecting your application software to the scanner once you have installed it, try reloading VRS again.

Step #2 - Choose the Right Scanner Driver

When you're ready to connect your application software to Spectrum, you will need to choose the appropriate scanner driver based on what toolkit your software was written with. To choose correctly, please refer to the following:

  1. ImageControls" - select "Bell & Howell 8000 B/C with VRS with AIPE"
  2. ISIS® - select "Kofax VRS Scanner" Please note:this driver was developed and certified by Pixel Translations
  3. TWAIN - select "Kofax Software VRS - TWAIN"

Step #3 - Optimize Performance and Image Quality

We recommend that you change the VRS default brightness setting if you are scanning white bond paper in color and would like all of your images to retain a bright uniform white, also known as "saturated white", instead of what may appear to be an off-white or a light gray. To get saturated white, all you need to do is the following:

  1. From your scanning application software, select Color for your Image Output Type
  2. Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box and click on the Clarity tab
  3. Enter a value of between 60 and 65 in the Brightness field. Exact settings may vary, depending on the type of documents being scanned
  4. Go back to the VRS Profile tab, click Save As, enter a name to reflect your new default color setting, and then click OK

Step #4 - Ensure Optimal Image Viewing

When scanning in color, your PC display properties should ideally be set to "True Color (32 bit)" or "High Color (16 bit)" at a minimum for optimal image viewing quality. This can be set in the following way:

  1. Open Control Panel from your Windows Start – Settings menu
  2. Open Display and click on the Settings tab
  3. Choose True Color (32 bit) from the Colors drop-down list

Step #5 - Follow the "Eight Quick & Easy Steps for Maximizing Color Throughput" Guide

(In the 8000 Spectrum FAQ list)

As always, if you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to call the support number listed on this page.

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How can a mutlifeed be handled?

The multifeed detector can be set on the scanner to Stop, Notify, or Ignore the error.

When the scanner is set to ignore the multifeed detector will not sense all multifeeds.

When the scanner is set to notify, the scanner will beep only when it detects any multifeeds. But to correct the images, they must be fixed at the application.

When the scanner is set to Stop, the scanner will hold the multifeed pages at the exit rollers. At this point you have two options 1) by pressing the Multifeed Ignore button on the scanner to turn off the detection for that one page if it detected a sticker or something that needs to be on the scanned image or 2) by pressing the Clear button on the scanner will delete the last scanned image and will let you rescan the pages that multifed correctly.

For more information, Refer to the VRS user manual.

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How can I adjust the Blue box in the VirtualReScan Interactive Properties window?

The controls for the out of range interactive blue box is set using the Admin option through the VRS that is loaded when the correct driver is loaded by the application. For more information, see the Kofax VRS operator guide.

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How can the auto-resolve features be turned on or off?

When the Spectrum driver is loaded correctly, the VRS icon will be displayed in the windows task bar. Right click the VRS icon and use the "Admin" option to make any changes or view the options. Once a change has been made, close the application and then restart the application to commit the changes.

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How can the first scanned image of a batch be viewed before passing the image to the application?

When the scanner is loaded by the driver, The VRS icon will be displayed in the task bar. Right click the task bar and use the QC Modes options. From there you can select several ways of handling errors. See the Kofax VRS operators manual for more information.

 

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How do I clean my Spectrum 8000 Series scanner?

Routine cleaning of your Spectrum scanner is the best way to prevent unnecessary service calls, reduce consumables costs and prevent jamming and multi-feeds. The best way to keep your scanner clean is to purchase a Spectrum All-In-One Kit and follow the enclosed directions.

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Batch Size and Batch Switching Time

A customer recently reported scanning 60,000 pages in a single day with a Spectrum model 8125. While that's fairly common, other owners of high-speed, high-volume scanners sometimes ask us why their scanning operations do not achieve these remarkable daily duty cycle numbers.

A host of factors can affect a production scanner's daily duty cycle. The two greatest influences, however, have little to do with the scanner's rated speed. To maximize a scanner's productivity, one must take into consideration batch size and the average time the scanner operator spends switching batches. Yet, these factors often are overlooked.

Take, for example, the Spectrum 8125, which has a speed of 125 pages per minute (ppm). If its average batch size is 20 pages and the scanner operator spends 30 seconds on average switching from one batch to the next, that imaging operation can only scan an average of 14,545 pages in a single, eight-hour shift [(20/125 x 60)/(20/125 x 60 +30) x 125 x 60 x 8 = 14,545].

If the scanner operator increases the batch size to 50 or 100 pages, in a single shift the same scanner can handle 26,667 or 36,923 pages, respectively. And if the scanner operator is able to reduce the batch switching time to 15 seconds from 30 seconds, the scanner can process 45,714 pages in a shift with 100-page batches.

Able to scan up to 500 pages per batch, the Copiscan® 8000 Spectrum scanners offer a variety of state-of-the-art features to help operators maximize batch size and reduce the average time required to switch from one batch to the next. Among them:

  • Advanced paper feeding and handling technology to maximize paper separation between documents of varied thickness, sizes and shapes, and thereby reduce the time spent recovering paper jams the No. 1 threat to productivity.
  • Auto Color Detect technology to automatically scan bitonal and color documents in a mixed batch, without pre-sorting or patch coding.
  • Two-level auto feeders that reduce batch switching time.
  • VirtualReScan (VRS) technology which, with its automatic cropping and deskew features, helps maximize batch size by allowing the operator to scan mixed documents of varying sizes rather than manually sorting them. VRS also immediately recovers document multifeeds without requiring the operator to rescan the entire batch.
  • Ultrasonic multifeed detection with "Ignore-by-size" functionality, which allows the scanner to handle envelopes, photographs and sticky notes without mistakenly identifying them as multifeeds and interrupting scanning.
  • A Continuous feeder ramp accessory that allows the scanner to run without interruption when scanning batches of more than 500 documents.

If you'd like to learn more about how the Spectrum model 8125 and other Spectrum Series scanners;

  • Help maximize batch size,
  • Lower batch-to-batch switching time,
  • Increase the overall throughput of your scanning operation,
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How do I create the blue box for auto brightness out of range?

The controls for the out of range interactive blue box is set using the Admin option through the VRS that is loaded when the correct driver is loaded by the application. You must select the Interactive settings for the blue box to appear. Once the Interactive settings have been changed, restart the application for the changes to appear. For more information, see the Kofax VRS operator guide.

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How do I determine what version of firmware is running on my Spectrum or 8000 Plus scanner?

On the scanner's front panel, press the "CLEAR" key, then press the right arrow key several times until the "Code Revision Numbers" menu is displayed, which will look like this:

spectrum_code_revision_OI

 

Press the F3 "NEXT" key to display the scanner firmware version.

The number in the upper left-hand corner called "Scanner Rev." is the current version of your scanner's firmware.

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How do I enter in a new access number for my Spectrum scanner?

Access Code

Turn on the scanner and wait for initialization to complete. When ready, the scanner should display the home menu, which will look like this:

 

Ready 0000

8125DB Auto Feed < >

 

Alternatively, it may display a "LOAD PAPER" message.

 

On the scanner's front panel, press the "CLEAR" key, then press the left arrow key several times until the "Enter new scanner Key?" menu is displayed, which will look like this:

 

Enter new scanner Key?

OK < >

 

Press the F1 key (OK). The scanner display will show the code and key menu, with the code value pre-selected. Technical Support will ask you for this Access Code, so write down this 8-digit code and save it.

 

Code is [30493425]

CODE* KEY ^

 

Enter the New Access Number

 

 

You will receive the scanner's Access Number once you call BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Technical Support at (847) 423-3018 and provide them with the scanner's Access Code. Back at the code and key menu, press the F2 key: "KEY"

 

 

 

Code is [30493425]

CODE KEY* ^

 

 

You will be prompted to enter the Access Number. To do so, use the scanner’s +/- buttons to enter each character of the Access Number, and left/right buttons to move from one character to the next.

 

 

Key is [enter key here]

CODE KEY OK

 

 

Once you have entered the Access Number, press the F3 key (OK).

 

If you have entered the Access Number correctly, you will see the following screen displaying your new or current scanner model:

 

 

Unlimited Usage

OK Model: 8125DC ^

 

 

The model will vary but should display the updated version of your newly upgraded Spectrum scanner.

Important! Press F1 (OK) – if you forget step, your scanner will not be fully programmed. After pressing F1 you will then see:

 

 

Key entry is complete!

Power cycle scanner…

 

 

If you have entered the incorrect Access Number, you will see the following screen:

 

 

Key entry error!

Power cycle scanner…

 

 

You will then need to power cycle the scanner and repeat the process. If you think you have entered the correct Access Number but continue to receive the error, please contact Technical Support at (847) 423-3018 or Engsupport.scanner@bowebellhowell.com.

 

 

 

 

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How do I get rid of black borders?

It depends upon which mode you are scanning: bitonal, grayscale or color.

Bitonal and Grayscale

Though your VRS interface, make sure that Deskew, Auto Crop and Edge Cleanup are turned on in the Clarity tab. These combined features serve as black border removal. If you still see black borders around the image, take a look at the black background bar for dust or dirt. Such things can be interpreted as part of the document and be picked up as the edge of the document image. The black background bar can be found inside the scanner, so open the scanner and wipe it down with one of the optic cleaning pads found in every Spectrum All-In-One consumables kit.

Color

Follow the same procedure outlined above for bitonal and grayscale scanning. The only difference is that Edge Cleanup does not need to be checked because this feature is not enabled for color scanning. If you still see black borders around the image after the VRS is set for deskew and auto crop and the black background border has been cleaned, there is another procedure you can follow that may help. However, you will need to know what is truly impacted by the procedure, so please read the following section carefully.

Further Color Black Border Removal Procedure

This procedure is intended to remove additional black border pixels, which are most commonly found around the bottom and right edge of color images. The risk of this procedure is that it is possible to overcrop the original document's borders by a few pixels, which will not be desirable if you scan documents that contain handwriting (often in patient records) or other important information located all the way to the edge of any of your documents. If there is no risk of losing such important information, please follow the procedure below:

  1. Run VCDemo and select the scanner
  2. Exit VCDemo - this is very important, otherwise the change you make below will be lost when VCDemo is exited
  3. Go into your windows directory, find and open the file "kfxscsi.ini" - this file is often found in the C:WINNT directory
  4. Copy the file "kfxscsi.ini" to another location on your PC so that if you make a mistake with the live file, you'll have an unedited copy that you can default back to
  5. Find the section called "[KfxScsi-B+H-8125]" - Please note: if you have an 8100 or 8080 model, the section will contain that model instead of "8125" and if you use multiple models with the same PC there will be a different section named for each model and you need to make this change in each model's section
  6. Under this section, there should be an entry: "KfxScsi.Page.Dimension.Round.Up.Attribute.Value=1"; change this value to 0; please make sure the syntax and spacing is identical, otherwise it will not work properly.
  7. Save the file; when you then run VCDemo or any other application, it will use this change
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How do I know if the image will be displayed in the Preview window if the brightness is out of range?

When the correct driver is loaded by the application, the VRS icon will appear in the task bar. Right click on the VRS icon and use the Admin option. That will let you set the thresholds for the out of brightness limits. After set, the application need to be restarted for the changes to be made and kept in VRS. For more information, see the Kofax VRS operator guide.

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How do I know if the Kofax SCSI adapter is installed correctly?

In the device manager, under the SCSI and Raid controller, it should read Kofax 650 Ultra-Wide SCSI”. If the windows hardware wizard resolved the found new hardware it will show an Adrenaline SCSI adapter.

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How do I uninstall VRS?

The following are step-by-step instructions to uninstall VRS software from a PC. Note: this procedure assumes that you have an Image Controls or VRS installation CD to re-install on the PC after the correct uninstall has been followed.

1. All steps to be run before installing version of VRS3.05 over 1.04 VRS or 1.05 VRS on your PC

2. Go to Windows Control Panels Add/Remove program, and remove ACE VirtualReScan from your PC.(Press "Yes to All" when prompted for file uninstall)

3. Next, Use the Windows Find Files program to find and delete all files with the following name patterns: Kofax200.ini, *310.*, bic*

Note: uninstalling VRS should not be necessary. However, if you want to downgrade your PC software from VRS 1.05 to VRS 1.04, VRS 1.05 host software needs to be uninstalled with this procedure and the scanner Avocet board would need to be re-loaded with VRS 1.04 firmware.

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How do I upgrade my Spectrum 2 PC Scan Station to a Spectrum XF?

  1. The Kofax VRS 4.0 package that is included in every new Spectrum XF shipping container, comes with a "Production Class" license number.
  2. For the Spectrum XF, you must install the 650i SCSI interface PC/PCI card that comes with the package/scanner. The Kofax 650i part number 16700020-000 is on a white label on the PCB, BBH part number S006542. The Spectrum XF will not work with any previous versions of the 650i..
  3. For the XF there are no "MV" or "HV" 650i PCBs. The scanner speed is resolved through the scanner hardware ID during the install process.
  4. For best results uninstall the previous VRS from the scan station PC, using the Windows Add or Remove Programs. Remove ALL instances of "VRS" or "Kofax". You may also install VRS 4.00.119 over VRS 3.50.169.
  5. To begin the upgrade, start or restart the PC, and log in with a user name and password that has Windows Admin rights. VRS 4.0 does not require that the USER have Admin rights, but for install it is necessary.
  6. Insert the VRS 4.0 CD-ROM and follow the install process. Notes on the VRS install process can be found in PDF format on the CD-ROM.
  7. When the install process asks for a scanner to be selected, choose the BÖWE BELL + HOWELL 8000 B/C. Not selecting the scanner and choosing "I will select my scanner later" will cause critical files not to be installed.
  8. After the install process has completed you will be prompted to restart the PC. Select "No" and manually select from the Windows Start>Shut Down.
  9. Once the PC has powered down, disconnect the AC line cord from the PC and install the NEW 650i into one of the PC scan station's PCI slots.
  10. Close the PC and reconnect the AC line cord.
  11. Connect the Spectrum XF via the provided SCSI-3 interface cable to the PC's 650i. NOTE. Always install any SCSI cable to the matching connector with full view of the connection. Do not force the connection or the male pins could bend and upon power up of the 650i and the XF EGSA interface, damage will occur to both boards.
  12. Power on the XF scanner and view the scanner's OI until it reads "Load Paper".
  13. Power up the PC scan station and log in.
  14. Next, Windows Hardware Manager will install the new 650i card drivers and the Spectrum XF. If Windows does not install the Spectrum model XF, no need to worry. The Windows Device Manager does not handle the Spectrum XF.
  15. After the process is complete, VRS 4.0 will be ready to use.

For additional scanner support, please e-mail to scanner.support@bowebellhowell.com For additional VRS support please contact Kofax at www.kofax.com

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How does the lamp counter become reset after changing the lamps?

The counter becomes reset after pressing the continue key on the operator panel of the scanner after working through the lamp replacement sequence. If the continue key is not pressed the counter will not reset.

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How often do the camera need to be calibrated?

The calibration reminder will appear after 500 hours of the lamps being turned on.

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Can I have more than one version of VRS installed a single workstation at a time?

No. Different versions of VRS utilize different versions of ImageControls. Therefore, VRS, which ships standard with every Copiscan 8000 Spectrum scanner, must be installed after any previous version is uninstalled. If you are using the same PC workstation that you used previously with a Copsican 8000 Plus scanner, you will need to uninstall VRS in the following way:

  1. Search for a file named: icunin.exe and execute it
  2. After the icunin.exe file has been executed, go to the add/remove programs wizard in the Control Panel and remove "Ace Virtual Rescan"
  3. Reboot the PC

You will now be ready to install VRS.

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How often do you have to replace the lamps, separator roller, and skimmer tires or glass flat on an Copiscan 8000 Spectrum?

There is not a finite replacement period for the skimmer rollers but they are rated to last 600,000 document scans which is dependant on the type of paper being scanned. The Separator roller sleeve is rated to last six months, assuming 6,000 pages per day. Lamps are rated to last up to 5000 hours.

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How often should the separator roller be cleaned?

The Separator roller should e cleaned whenever the scanner is cleaned. The sticky sheets used to clean the transport rollers will keep the roller in fairly good condition. If the scanner seems to have a number of multi-feeds, it is a good indication that the separator roller will need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned. See FAQ “What is the best way to clean the separator roller? For the best way to clean the roller.

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How should a mutlifeed be handled?

We recommend that the Multifeeds are handled at the scanner and in the VRS preview window to avoid having to open the application and having to rescan after the batch is completed. This will improve the productivity of the scanning process.

When the scanner is set to Stop, the scanner will hold the multifeed pages at the exit rollers. At this point you have two options 1) by pressing the Multifeed Ignore button on the scanner to turn off the detection for that one page if it detected a sticker or something that needs to be on the scanned image or 2) by pressing the Clear button on the scanner will delete the last scanned image and will let you rescan the pages that multifed correctly.

For more information, Refer to the VRS user manual.

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I have installed the Kofax Adrenaline 650i card and VRS software for my 8000 Spectrum scanner, why doesn't it work?

The most frequent error here is that the hardware has been installed before the software. Completely uninstall the software and the Kofax 650i card. Re-install the software, then install the card.

  1. Completely uninstall any SCSI device (excluding a SCSI card driving a hard drive) from the Device manager.
  2. Reinstall the VRS 3.05 CD.
  3. Cold boot the PC.
  4. Install Kofax 650i PCI SCSI card.
  5. When Windows restarts, the proper drivers will be install for all SCSI devices, through the "found new hardware" wizard.
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I put paper in the feed table but the table will not lift. What could cause this issue?

If the skimmer assembly is in the up position the table will not rise. If the operator turns on the Manual feed mode with paper in the feed tray, the table will not lift. If those two conditions don’t apply, open the scanner and look for the skimmer flag. It should be in the location above the skimmer in the sensor holder and be able to read the word UP.

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If there is a tint while scanning white documents, what can be done?

If tinting is seen while scanning white documents and auto brightness is not able to compensate. It is probably time to see the scanner. First try cleaning the scanner. Also use the canned air to spray the dust from the right to the left. Never spray left to right, the circuit boards are on the right. If the tinting is still there, run camera calibration. That will readjust the cameras and clean the back ground.

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In what modes can color dropout be used?

Color dropout is only available in black/white mode.

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Is the SCSI adapter included with the 8000 Spectrum scanner?

Yes, the Kofax 650i w/AIPE SCSI adapter is included. See FAQ, "What SCSI cards do you recommend for use with BÖWE BELL + HOWELL 8000 Spectrum scanners."

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Is there a consumables kit for the CopiScan 8000 Spectrum?

Yes, called the Spectrum All-In-One-kit. The part number is S005403.

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Is there a kit available to upgrade a simplex 8000 Spectrum series to a duplex scanner?

There are no kits available to convert a 8000 Spectrum Series from simplex to duplex. Endusers can send their simplex 8000 Spectrum Series scanners back to BÖWE BELL + HOWELL where these products can be upgraded. Please contact your BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Sales Representative at 800-SCAN-494 for details.

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Can Quickscan 2.1 be used with the CopiScan 8000 Spectrum series?

Yes, Quickscan 2.1 will work with the Spectrum series scanner. But if using some of the Image Processing of QuickScan, any color images will be saved in black and white only. QuickScan Pro will allow color images and image proceesing.

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Latest Code Revisions for the Spectrum / Spectrum Auto Color Detect - UPDATED 27-SEP-2006

The Spectrum Machine and EGSA code revisions shown below are specific to the EGSA and Motherboard configurations. If an End User wishes to upgrade, please contact your BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Scanner Trained Service Provider.

 

Current scanner display (OI) Code revisions for the Spectrum Motherboard- S005652 (S005334) with the Spectrum Auto Color Detect EGSA- S005494

 

Please report or have these codes readily available when contacting Bowe Bell + Howell Scanner Technical Support.

 

 

Scanner rev.

2.07

Use the CS8000 v2.0 to update

Feeder rev.

6.0

Feeder PCB hardware ID, not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page entry rev.

1.0

Page entry PCB hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page exit rev.

1.0

Page exit PCB Hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

OI rev.

25.13.E1

OI Firmware ID, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA software

2.60.012

Use FWLoader to update

EGSA hardware

XB11

EGSA PCB hardware ID. Replace part.

EGSA FPGA

10

EGSA FPGA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CPLD

06

EGSA CPLD, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CCDIF

1E

EGSA CCDIF, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

Camera LCA

0B-F, 0B-F

Camera LCA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

MBX rev.

91

MBX, hardware, motherboard, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

    

 

 

*If installed
Front IJPM Rev 2.4

 

 

Current scanner display (OI) Code revisions for the Spectrum Motherboard- S004945 with the Spectrum Auto Color Detect EGSA- S005494**

 

Please report or have these codes readily available when contacting Bowe Bell + Howell Scanner Technical Support.

 

Scanner rev.

2.00

Use the CS8000 v2.0 to update

Feeder rev.

6.0

Feeder PCB hardware ID, not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page entry rev.

1.0

Page entry PCB hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page exit rev.

1.0

Page exit PCB Hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

OI rev.

25.1B.00

OI Firmware ID, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA software

2.60.012

Use FWLoader to update

EGSA hardware

XB11

EGSA PCB hardware ID. Replace part.

EGSA FPGA

10

EGSA FPGA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CPLD

06

EGSA CPLD, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CCDIF

1E

EGSA CCDIF, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

Camera LCA

0B-F, 0B-F

Camera LCA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

MBX rev.

S004945

MBX, hardware, motherboard, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

 

*If installed Front IJPM Rev 2.4

   

 

** The Auto Color Detect functions are disabled when using in a non Spectrum Auto Color Detect scanner and the S005494 will function as a S004940.

 

 

 

 

Current scanner display (OI) Code revisions for the Spectrum Motherboard- S004945 / S005652 (S005334) with the Spectrum EGSA- S004940

 

Please report or have these codes readily available when contacting Bowe Bell + Howell Scanner Technical Support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scanner rev.

1.20 – 2.0

Use the CS8000 v2.0 to update

Feeder rev.

6.0

Feeder PCB hardware ID, not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page entry rev.

1.0

Page entry PCB hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

Page exit rev.

1.0

Page exit PCB Hardware ID. not field upgradeable Replace part.

OI rev.

25.13.E1

OI Firmware ID, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA software

2.42.06

Use FWLoader to update

EGSA hardware

XB11

EGSA PCB hardware ID. Replace part.

EGSA FPGA

08

EGSA FPGA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CPLD

05

EGSA CPLD, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

EGSA CCDIF

0E

EGSA CCDIF, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

Camera LCA

0B-F, 0B-F

Camera LCA, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

MBX rev.

S004945

MBX, hardware, motherboard, not field upgradeable. Replace part.

 

*If installed Front IJPM Rev 2.4

   

 

 

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Listed below are the electrical specifications for the 8000 Spectrum Series scanners.

· 115VAC to 230VAC, autosensing

· 50-60Hz

· 250 watts maximum power usage

· 3.0 Amps at 115VAC, 300 watts

· 1.5 Amps at 230VAC, 300 watts

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Multiple 8125, 8100, 8080 Entries in Windows XP Device Manger

MODELS AFFECTED: Relevant BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Scanner Products:

Copiscan® 8000 series ("D8") SCSI models 8080SS, 8080DS, 8100DS, 8125DS

  • The Copiscan® 8000 series (D8) models can be identified by the tag on the front of the feeder that reads Copiscan 8000.

Copiscan® 8000 PLUS series SCSI models 8080SS, 8080DS, 8100DS, 8125DS

  • The Copiscan® 8000 PLUS series models can be identified by the tag on the front of the feeder that reads Copiscan® 8000 PLUS.

Copiscan® 8000 Spectrum series SCSI models 8080SS, 8080DS, 8100DS, 8125DS

  • The Copiscan® 8000 Spectrum series models can be identified by the tag on the front of the feeder that reads Copiscan® 8000 Spectrum.

Purpose: The information in this Technical Bulletin, advises on the method used to correct several
Windows XP based conditions, that may exist with Bell+Howell Scanners.

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the Windows XP System Registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft
Knowledge Base: 256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

Disclaimer - Warning: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Bell+Howell, Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Problem:

  • Your SCSI scanner may be enumerated several times and multiple instances of your scanner may appear in the Windows XP Device Manager.Windows XP Hardware Wizard continues to loop “New Hardware Found”.
  • This issue can occur if your scanner reports multiple Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) or Target IDs.
  • When it is enumerated by your SCSI adapter.

From Microsoft: Device Manager Displays Multiple Scanners When Only One Exists
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q311907
The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional

This article was previously published under Q311907

Resolution: The following procedure should be completed in its entirety.

Action: The following Procedure should only be attempted by a qualified IT professional or person(s) extremely familiar in editing the system registry. Bell+Howell Scanners cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this issue:

1. From the WinXP desktop select Start>Search >. Enter in the following file name to search for; Setupapi.log This file is located in the Windows folder off the c:\ root directory. When the file is found, double click on the file with your mouse or select OPEN. A dialog box will open and ask you what application or program to run with. Select Notepad.

2. Go to the end of the file and note the last entries. Such as:
#-019 Searching for hardware ID(s): scsi\scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0120,scsi\scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__,s csi\scannerb&h_scsi,scsi\b&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0,b&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0,ge nscanner
#-018 Searching for compatible ID(s): scsi\scanner,scsi\raw
#-166 Device install function: DIF_SELECTBESTCOMPATDRV.
#W059 Selecting best compatible driver failed. Error 0xe0000228: There are no compatible drivers for this device.#W157 Default installer failed. Error 0xe0000228: There are no compatible drivers for this device. Note your scanner's hardware ID numbers, in the above Example the following values were found:
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0120
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__
scannerb&h_scsi
*Note. Some or all, of the scanner ID’s may appear in your search and may vary from PC to PC (WinXP new or upgrade). More specifically the number “120” or “0” may be of a different value. These hardware ID values will be used for the new registry key later in this procedure. Not shown is the data that immediately precedes the scanner descriptions, such as,"SCSI\scannerb&hscsicopiscan_8125d_", up to the first comma (,), and not including these items. When creating the registry key, for best results, copy or cut and paste, with care, this data. For example, you would copy the following data:
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0120

3. Next, start Registry Editor. Start>Run>regedit

4. Locate, and then click the following key in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ScsiPort\SpecialTargetList

5. On the Edit menu, point to New and then click Key. Type or PASTE the hardware ID of your scanner that you copied in step 2, for the name of the new key. Then press ENTER. scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0120
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__0
scannerb&h_scsicopiscan_8125d__
scannerb&h_scsi

6. Next, on the Edit menu, point to New and then click DWORD Value.

7. Type SetLunInCdb, and then press ENTER.

8. On the Edit menu, click Modify.

9. Type 1, and then click OK.

10. Close Registry Editor or repeat steps 5-9 until all the scanner ID’s are entered.

11. Example: Registry screen capture

MORE INFORMATION

From Microsoft: Some scanners that exhibit this behavior were identified during Windows XP Beta testing, and these are already listed in the SpecialTargetList key in the registry.

Hardware Device Manager
1. Go to "Add Remove New Software". Delete "BH8000." Leave the file *.pxn files.

2. Disable (not delete) all B+H profiles in the Device Manager.

3. In the WinXP Device Hardware Manager, disable all the entries under Other Devices that are listed as Bell+Howell scanners.

4. SCSI device drivers should be updated via the Manufacture of the SCSI card.

5. Approved for use SCSI Mfg.

6. SCSI connections work with Kofax Adrenaline http://www.kofax.com or Adaptec http://www.adaptec.com/ SCSI interface cards. Your choice should depend on the transmission speed you need Kofax.

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Spectrum VRS Uninstall Procedure

Spectrum VRS Uninstall Procedure

The following are step-by-step instructions to uninstall VRS software from a PC. Note: this procedure assumes that you have an approved version of VRS- installation CD, to re-install on the PC after the correct uninstall has been followed.

1. Start PC from an OFF condition. Do not start any instance of VRS or a scanning application that uses VRS.

2. Go to Windows Control Panels Add/Remove program, and remove any entries that contain Adrenaline, Kofax, VirtualReScan from your PC. (Press "Yes to All" when prompted for file uninstall)

3. Next, Use the Windows "Find Files" or "Search" program to find and delete all files with the following name patterns or file extensions: Kofax200.ini, *310.*, bic*. *Note. Windows may not allow some of the listed files that are in use, to be deleted. Skip over these files, as they may not be part of VRS. As long as the PC was started AND no instances of VRS or VRS applications were opened.

4. Reboot the PC and reinstall the version of VRS you require.

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Spectrum VRS Uninstall Procedure

The following are step-by-step instructions to uninstall VRS software from a PC.

Note: this procedure assumes that you have an approved version of the VRS installation CD, which will be used to re-install VRS on the PC after the correct uninstall procedure has been followed.

  1. Start PC from an OFF condition. Do not start any instance of VRS or a scanning application that uses VRS
  2. Go to Windows Control Panels Add/Remove program, and remove any entries that contain Adrenaline, Kofax, VirtualReScan from your PC (press "Yes to All" when prompted for file uninstall)
  3. Next, use the Windows "Find Files" or "Search" program to find and delete all files with the following name patterns or file extensions: Kofax200.ini, *310.*, bic*. Note: Windows may not allow some of the listed files that are in use, to be deleted. Skip over these files, as they may not be part of VRS. As long as the PC was started AND no instances of VRS or VRS applications were opened
  4. Reboot the PC and reinstall the version of VRS you require
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Steps for Maximizing Throughput and Minimizing File Space

This guide was written to help you maximize document throughput of your BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Scanner whether you're scanning in color, bitonal or grayscale, while also drawing your attention to the relationship between some of the scanner's functions and its performance. Please follow the steps below and note the positive impact on your scanner's performance as you complete each one.

Step 1: Use a Fast PC

We recommend the use of a Pentium IV 1.6 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM or better.

Impact: up to 60% in color duplex at 200 dpi dots per inch (dpi)

 

Step 2: Set Your Application to Scan in Color

Since all steps below apply mainly for color scanning, please ensure that your scanning application software is set to scan in color. To do this:

  • Start your application
  • Select Color for your Image Output Type or Color Mode (the exact wording may vary per application)
  • Select a resolution in dots per inch (dpi) in Scanner Settings
    • 150 dpi is recommended as the best setting to maximize throughput and image quality while minimizing file size

Step 3: Disable Image Viewer in Old ImageControls Applications

To maximize document throughput, you should disable your software scanning application's viewer if your software uses a version of the ImageControls® driver that was released prior to version 3.75. If you are using ISIS, TWAIN or ImageControls v. 3.75 (or later), please move on to Step 4.

  • To check which version of ImageControls your application uses, click on the Help menu option on your application’s toolbar, select About… and look for the version number
  • For example, your version of VCDemo, a demonstration scanning application that comes with your Spectrum scanner, might display "ImageControls V3.702.04"
    • If it displays this or another version of ImageControls released earlier than 3.75, click Source on the VCDemo toolbar and uncheck Display While Processing
    • If you're using another application, please follow the step above but keep in mind that different applications may describe the same functionality in different ways

Impact: up to 45% in duplex color at 200 dpi

 

Step 4: Set JPEG Compression

In your scanning application:

  • From the toolbar, click File and Storage Format (may be worded somewhat differently)
  • Select JPEG as both File Type and Compression Type and click OK (if not using Auto Color Detect)
  • Please Note: when using Auto Color Detect, the default File Type will be TIFF – this allows you to get either single or multipage TIFF output for both color and bitonal images; with this setting the color images are JPEG compressed and have a TIFF header
  • Please Note: in most applications JPEG compression will automatically be selected as file type and/or compression type when color is selected as image output type

In VRS (VirtualReScan):

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box by right clicking on the VRS logo in the lower right hand corner of your PC screen, then select Preview
  • Click the VRS Profile tab, select the Default settings profile and click Load
  • Click the VRS Options tab and click the Special Features button – this will launch the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Color tab, click the JPEG Compression Enabled checkboxand click OK
  • Go back to the VRS Profile tab, click Save and then click OK

Impact: 50%+ in color duplex at 200 dpi

Please Note: Spectrum JPEG compression is available in hardware as a function of the scanner's EGSA board. This allows each color image to be compressed at the rated speed of the scanner according to the step above. If the scanner's hardware compression is disabled and the application is set to a compressed format (i.e. JPEG), then VRS compresses via software. This will slow down the scanner's throughput by more than half. In addition, if hardware JPEG compression is disabled and any software VRS functionality is enabled (see Step 5 for details), VRS will decompress each image in software, perform the operation and recompress the image, thus lowering throughput even further.

Step 5: Set Doc Prep (8125D models only)

If you have an 8100 or 8080 model, please skip to Step 7. In 8125D models, you can select the level of scanner sensitivity based on the degree of document preparation. Selecting AVERAGE lowers scanner throughput slightly and thus avoids “stream feeding” problems caused by excessive document skew at maximum throughput. To select doc prep, follow the directions below:

  • From the home menu, press the RIGHT arrow key until you reach the USER SETUP menu, then press F3 NEXT until you reach the doc prep menu

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  • Press +/- to toggle between GOOD and AVERAGE document preparation
    • Select GOOD if documents are well prepared and aligned, i.e. skew is less than 6°
    • Select AVERAGE if documents are poorly aligned, i.e. skew is more than 6°
  • Press CLEAR to return to the home menu

Step 6: Set Hole Size

The entry and exit sensors on your scanner can be adjusted to ignore holes on the leading or trailing edge of a document, like three-hole punches, that may cause the scanner to detect false starting or trailing edges of the document. Use the setup procedure below to adjust for the maximum size hole that may appear in the leading or trailing edge of your documents:

  • From the home menu, press the RIGHT arrow key until you reach the user setup menu, then press F3 NEXT until you reach the max hole size menu
  • Press the +/- keys to adjust the hole size in increments of .05 (1.2 mm) set the parameter to a width just slightly larger than the holes in the paper
  • Press the CLEAR button on the scanner to exit and return to the home menu

Impact: 12%+ in duplex color at 200 dpi

 

Step 7: Set VRS Image Quality and JPEG Compression Level

All scanner throughput measurements are typically done with VRS image quality set to Good. However, you can also set the scanner to Better, Best or to a custom setting. Please keep in mind that the higher the image quality, the lower the compression level. To set image quality level:

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Options tab and click the Special Features button – this will launch the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box
  • Click the VRS Color tab and choose from one of three choices:
    • Good: 65% image quality, medium compression
    • Better: 85% image quality, low compression
    • Best: 95% image quality, very low compression
  • For custom image quality settings, click the JPEG Compression Custom radio button next to the Good, Better, Best options and enter a compression percentage in the Value field
    • Please Note: if you set image quality lower than 65%, you may experience poor image quality due to high levels of compression
  • Click OK and close the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box

Impact: about 5% in duplex color at 200 dpi (depends on PC speed and document content)

 

Step 8: Set Brightness for White Saturation

When scanning documents in color mode with white backgrounds, like standard office-use paper (referred to as "bond"), you'll want to set VRS to retain a bright uniform white, also known as saturated white, in your images instead of what may appear to be an off-white or a light gray. Not only will this image be easier to read, but file sizes will also be reduced. To do this:

  • Open the VRS Interactive Properties dialog box and click on the Clarity tab
  • Enter a value of between 60 and 65 in the Brightness field - exact settings may vary

Impact: about 5% in duplex color at 200 dpi

 

Step 9: Set Advanced Color Functionality

Auto Color Detect

When scanning documents with varying color content-some of which contain color you want to keep and some of which don't-you'll want to turn on Auto Color Detect. To do so:

  • Open your application and set it to Color mode
  • Scan one document that has the least amount of color information that you want to capture
  • Open your VRS Interactive Properties dialog box and click on the Color tab
  • Click Enable under Automatic Color Detection
  • Move the Color Content Aggressiveness slider until the document image appears in color
    • Please note: setting Color Content Aggressiveness close to or all the way to “High” could trigger false positives - that is, documents that only contain bitonal information could be captured in color
    • If your document has a small color object that you want to capture in color, such as a logo, highlighting, notation in color ink, etc., click Enable under Small Color Object Detection and then move the Color Object Size Aggressiveness slider until the document image appears in color
  • If you are scanning documents with color backgrounds, please read the next section otherwise, click OK and close the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box

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Impact: total scanning throughput is increased up to 60%, from document preparation to scanning to managing scanned documents - this is in comparison to using patch code separator sheets or scanning color documents separately from bitonal.

Color Background Saturation and Dropout

When scanning documents with color backgrounds, both Color Background Saturation and Dropout will significantly reduce file size and increase image quality. To use this feature:

  • Open your application and set it to Color mode (see Step 2)
  • Scan one document that has a color background that you want to capture
  • Open your VRS Interactive Properties dialog box and click on the Color tab
  • Click Enable under Color Background Saturation
  • Choose either Black, White or Smooth under Background Saturation
    • Smooth all background pixels are smoothed to the same value; the behavior of the Smooth radio button is dependent on the state of the Snap To White checkbox, which is subordinate to the Smooth radio button and is selectable and effective only when Smooth is chosen
      • If Snap To White is selected and the background is close to white, the resulting background color will be white; the actual white color used is determined by the Brightness and Contrast settings in the located on the Clarity tab of the VRS User Interface
      • If Snap To White is selected and the background is not close to white, the background color is set to a smoothed color value selected by the EGSA firmware; this color value is an aggregate of the detected background color(s)
      • If Snap To White is not selected, the background color is set to a smoothed color value selected by the EGSA firmware, in the same manner as the bullet point immediately above this one
    • White - all background pixels are set to white and the Snap To White checkbox is disabled.
    • Black - all background pixels are set to black and the Snap To White checkbox is disabled.
  • Move the Color Background Saturation slider until the document's background is either smoothed or dropped out (depending on your setting in the previous step)
  • You're done, so click OK and close the VRS Advanced Properties dialog box

Impact: file sizes on documents with color backgrounds are reduced up to 40%

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You are now ready to harness the blazing speeds of Spectrum. If you have any questions, please call Böwe Bell + Howell Technical Support at (800) SCAN-495. Thank you.

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The cleaning reminder is displayed but the scanner is still clean. Can the timer be changed?

Every 10,000 pages is the default but the counter can tailored to individual needs of the operator.

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The scanner is very dirty but the cleaning reminder has not turned on yet, can that be changed?

Every 10,000 pages is the default but the counter can tailored to individual needs of the operator.

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Using a Rubber Cleaner or Rejuvenator

When using a Rubber Cleaner or Rejuvenator for cleaning scanner rollers, it is recommended to wipe the roller and surrounding area where the cleaner was applied. Use a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap over the cleaned area. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth. This will help prevent residues from and cleaner accelerating the following described conditions;

When the surface of roller is initially exposed to solvents or similar chemicals, it swells and softens the roller or rubber surface. In addition this could cause (sometimes desired) the pores on the roller or surrounding plastic area to open. Some Plasticizers* may be removed from the rollers or plastic during cleaning, which cause them to harden and become brittle. This can occur either immediately or over a period of time. All plastics used in general office equipment are susceptible to this condition, some more than others.

This statement does not necessarily promote the use of such cleaners, only cautions the user to their effects.

*Plasticizers are additives that give plastics flexibility and durability.

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VRS 4.1 Upgrade Path for Spectrum/Spectrum Auto Color Detect

The information listed below is technical in nature. For assistance in upgrading your Spectrum/Spectrum Auto Color Detect, contact your authorized BBH Scanner Value Added Reseller or Service Provider. Or contact BBH Scanners at 800-SCAN-494.

Upgrade kits may be available.

If upgrading a BBH Scanner Scan Station from VRS 4.00.119, use the Windows Control Panel>Add/Remove to uninstall the current version of VRS. Then install VRS 4.1.

Ascent Capture 7.0 / 7.5. Please contact Kofax first. Do not upgrade until all software modules are received from Kofax. To qualify for the free upgrade, please contact your Kofax Inside Sales representative at:

Phone: (949) 727-1733

Fax: (949) 727-3923

E-mail: info@kofax.com

Online Contact Form: http://www.kofax.com/company/contactform.asp

The department is staffed from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).

 

 

 

Scanner

Scanner aka

Kofax Adrenaline SCSI

Current VRS Revision

VRS Upgrade Path

Scanner Machine Code

EGSA Firmware Revision

Bowe Bell + Howell 8080 SCSI

Spectrum

Adrenaline 650i 16700016/22-000

VRS 3.50.169

From EGSA #S004940 to/add EGSA #S005494 + VRS4.00.119

v1.20-2.0 Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

Bowe Bell + Howell 8100 SCSI

Spectrum

Adrenaline 650i 16700017/23-000

VRS 3.50.169

From EGSA #S004940 to/add EGSA #S005494 + VRS4.00.119

v1.20-2.0 Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

Bowe Bell + Howell 8125 SCSI

Spectrum

Adrenaline 650i 16700017/23-000

VRS 3.50.169

From EGSA #S004940 to/add EGSA #S005494 + VRS4.00.119

v1.20-2.0 Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

Bowe Bell + Howell 8080 SCSI

Spectrum 2/ACD

Adrenaline 650i 16700022-000

VRS 3.50.169

Check for/Add S005494 (EGSA) + VRS4.00.119

Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

Bowe Bell + Howell 8100 SCSI

Spectrum 2/ACD

Adrenaline 650i 16700023-000

VRS 3.50.169

Check for/Add S005494 (EGSA) + VRS4.00.119

Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

Bowe Bell + Howell 8125 SCSI

Spectrum 2/ACD

Adrenaline 650i 16700023-000

VRS 3.50.169

Check for/Add S005494 (EGSA) + VRS4.00.119

Upgrade to v2.05

Upgrade to 2.60.012

 

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Can Spectrum be upgraded to color?

Yes, all Spectrum scanners are color upgradeable. Determining which upgrade you need depends on what firmware version you have.

To view your scanner's model number, turn the scanner on or, if already on, press the CLEAR button on the front panel. In the lower left-hand corner of the scanner's LCD display, you will see the model number. Match up this model number with the one listed in the first column in the table below.

To see what firmware version resides on your scanner, just click the left arrow key on the front panel of the scanner until you see "Code Revision Numbers" on the LCD display, then click the "F3" key for "Next" and the firmware version will be displayed above "Scanner Rev." If the scanner displays a number less than 2.0, then match up your scanner's model number with the upgrade you would like in columns 2-4. If the scanner displays a number equal to or greater than 2.0, match up your scanner's model number with the upgrade you would like in columns 5-6. Click on any of the links below for further information.

 

 Firmware < 2.0Firmware >= 2.0
Bitonal ModelColor with ACDFeederDeluxe
(Color + ACD + Feeder)
Color with ACD
8125DB0123063S00562501230660123055
8100DB0123064S00562501230670123054
8080DB0123065S00562501230680123053
8080SB0123065S00562501230680123053

 

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What are the imprinter specifications for each Spectrum model?

The imprinter specifications are the same for the 8080, 8100 and 8125:

  • Characters
    • maximum of 22 characters on one line of print, with up to 10 additional numeric index characters available
  • Orientation
    • vertical, with the ability to rotate 90, 180 or 270 degrees
  • Print Resolution
    • 96 dpi in horizontal or vertical orientation
  • Ink Capacity
    • approximately 500,000 characters per cartridge
  • Print Mechanism
    • Inkjet

Need a Spectrum imprinter upgrade?

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What are the system requirements for VRS?

The following are the system requirements for the current version of VRS 3.05:

 

  • Windows 98 SE, 2000, NT 4.0 (minimum Service Pack 5), ME, or XP
  • PC Host:
  • To maximize throughput: Pentium IV 1.6 GHz, 512 MB RAM or better. Minimum: Pentium III 700, 256 MB RAM
  • When scanning in color, Host PC Display properties ideally should be set to "True Color (32 Bit)" or "High Color (16 bit)".
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What Certifications does the 8000 Spectrum have?

The following:

CE

UL1950

CUL/CSA 22.2 No. 950-95

GS Mark

FCC Class A

VCCI Class 2

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What does Spectrum ship with?

All Copiscan 8000 Spectrum models ship with the following:

Scanner Hardware

  • 500-page automatic document feeder (ADF)
  • Adjustable exit tray can be tilted upwards for shorter documents or downwards for longer documents (up to 40" or 1,016 mm in length)
  • Exit tray extension
  • Pre-scan imprinter standard on all 8125D models, optional on all others (8100D, 8080S/D)
  • Camera calibration kit - 10 control sheets, two test targets and instructions
  • Power cord
  • Hardcopy operator manual (English)
  • Operator CD - electronic operator manuals in English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish
  • "Steps for Maximizing Throughput and Minimizing File Space" guide
  • Warranty card - please fill out and return to BÖWE BELL + HOWELL

Kofax VirtualReScan (VRS)

  • VRS 3.5 primarily the software interface for all hardware VRS functionality embedded in the scanner
  • User manual in both hardcopy and electronic format

The combination of Spectrum hardware VRS and the software interface is the single most effective way at reducing labor costs in your scanning application

Drivers

  • ImageControls - developed and certified by Kofax
  • ISIS - developed and certified by Pixel Translations
  • TWAIN - developed by Kofax

All of the above drivers work with the standard SCSI interface featured on all Spectrum models.

PC Interface Board

  • Kofax Adrenaline 650i PC interface board - high volume or "HV" for the 8100D and 8125D, and mid-volume "MV" for the 8080S/D models; each Adrenaline board has a SCSI interface and comes standard with AIPE (Advance Image Processing Engine)
  • D68-pin SCSI-3 cable connects your Spectrum unit to your PC

Demo Scanning Applications

  • VCDemo
  • ScanDemo

Both demo scanning applications utilize ImageControls.

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What image enhancement functionality is available on 8000 Spectrum SCSI models (8080S-S, 8080D-S, 8100D-S, 8125D-S)?

Image enhancement in completed with VRS. VRS has the ability to be able to improve the image quality before the image is passed to the capture application. It includes Auto Brightness, Contrast, Automatic cropping, deskew, edge cleanup, gamma correction. For more information see the VRS user guide.

 

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What is "ultrasonic multifeed" and how is it useful?

Ultrasonic multifeed detection is the best way to prevent multiple documents feeding through the scanner at the same time. When these "multifeeds occur," the page on the bottom is not scanned and the data on that page is lost. Ultrasonic multifeed detection consists of two sensors: one above the paper transport and one below. The top ultrasonic sensor emits an ultrasonic wave through the document. Normally, only one document is being fed through at a time, causing this wave to pass through the paper and directly into the bottom sensor. If multiple documents feed through, small gaps of air get trapped between the pages. When the ultrasonic wave hits these air pockets, the wave bounces off in multiple directions and is not picked up by the bottom sensor. If the bottom ultrasonic sensor does not detect the wave, it stops the scanner's paper transport and indicates that a multifeed has occurred to the user. Thus, ultrasonic multifeed ensures that multiple documents don't feed through simultaneously and that no data is lost. Other technologies like length and width detection and infrared fall offer basic multifeed detection, but can be easily fooled.

 

Multifeed detection can also be turned off, if the user prefers. But a better method, is to ignore the multifeed by length. The "ignore by length" can be set up to a maximum of 10 inches. That will accommodate must documents that have things taped to them, stickers, or envelopes. Using the multifeed detector in that mode will still detect true multifed documents.

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What is Auto Color Detect

Spectrum Auto Color Detect

Spectrum's new Auto Color Detect (ACD) feature does exactly as its name suggests-it correctly identifies color documents from bitonal documents automatically, without slowing down or stopping, while scanning is in process. Even if you only wish to scan a small number of your documents in color, the advantages ACD affords via uninterrupted performance are unmistakable, such as increased document capture productivity and lower storage requirements.

How Auto Color Detect Works

Auto Color Detect, also referred to as, Automatic Color/Bitonal Switching, automatically selects either color or bitonal output based upon image content. When enabled, the scanner measures the color content per page. Just because an image has color content doesn't mean that it is meaningful enough to be output as a color image. Thus, users can set an aggressiveness, threshold through the VRS interface on the host PC. Whether an image is captured in color is then based on whether the color content exceeds the threshold or not. If the color content exceeds the threshold, the image is captured in color and output to the PC in color; if not, the image is captured in bitonal and output to the PC in black & white. Another way to think about it is that the higher you set the aggressiveness threshold, the harder the scanner looks for color. See the figure below.

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Additionally, in duplex scanning, the front and back pages will have independent color detection and output so that the front side may be captured in color and the backside in bitonal, or vice versa.

Compression and File Output

Bitonal images are typically compressed with CCITT Group IV compression and output to the PC as bitonal TIFFs. Likewise, color images are compressed with JPEG compression and output to the PC as JPEGs. When utilizing Auto Color Detect, users need to set their application to scan in Color output mode so that images are automatically output to color JPEGs and bitonal TIFFs based on their color content (as determined by the user's color aggressiveness threshold). Additionally, users can set Output File Type to TIFF when scanning in color. This allows color images to be saved as color TIFFs even though they are still compressed with JPEG, the file actually is a JPEG compressed image with a JPEG header wrapped within a TIFF header. Users can also save all images in a batch to a single, multi-page TIFF that can have a mix of color and bitonal pages.

Auto Color Detect Thresholding

Depending on the variety of color documents and degree of confidence, users can set VRS to "trap" any images where the color content may be very close to the aggressiveness threshold and thus may need user intervention. Users can do this by setting not one but two Auto Color Detect aggressiveness thresholds through the VRS interface on the PC to determine if a document is color or bitonal. If the color content measured is less than the Color Minimum, the output will be bitonal. If the color content measured is more than the Color Maximum, the output will be color. If the color content measured is between these values, VRS will trap the image and allow the user to select either color or bitonal output for that specific image. See the figure below.

Image

Small Color Object Detection

Like its name implies, this feature can detect a small amounts of color on an otherwise bitonal document, if that color is concentrated as a single object. Small Color Object Detection is intended to capture images in color for things like a highlighted text section or a small color signature with fine granularity. Otherwise, users would need to increase the Auto Color Detect aggressiveness threshold to a very high setting, which could result in false positives (documents with either bitonal or undesired color information being saved as color images). If you do not want to detect small color objects, this feature can easily be disabled.

Whether a small color object causes the entire image to be captured in color is based on whether the color content exceeds the additional Small Color Object aggressiveness threshold or not. If the color content of the small object exceeds the threshold, the image is captured in color and output to the PC in color; if not, the image is captured in bitonal and output to the PC in black & white. Another way to think about it is that the higher you set the aggressiveness threshold, the harder the scanner looks for small color objects.

Application and Driver Compatibility

ImageControls Applications

Auto Color Detect is compatible with all ImageControls applications, including software from AnyDoc, ReadSoft, Datacap, Doculex, FileNET, Kofax, LaserFiche, Liberty IMS, and Westbrook. For information on whether your application utilizes ImageControls, please contact your Independent Software Vendor (ISV). For information on ImageControls, please contact Kofax IP Technical Support at support@kofax.com or by phone at (949) 727-1733.

ISIS Applications

Auto Color Detect has limited compatibility with ISIS-based applications due to the way each application handles bitonal images when scanning in color mode. This limitation can be addressed by modifying the application to support the Auto Color Detect feature. This application limitation only exists with the Auto Color Detect feature. All other Spectrum features will work with ISIS-based applications.

Please contact your Value Added Reseller (VAR) or Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to discuss this software limitation. VARs and ISVs can contact Pixel Translations for detailed recommendations on how to modify the application to support Auto Color Detect. Pixel Translations Technical Support can be reached at support@pixtran.com or by phone at (408) 441-2260.

TWAIN Applications

Auto Color Detect is not yet compatible with TWAIN applications due to a limitation with the driver currently bundled with Kofax VirtualReScan (VRS). A solution is currently in progress and should be available in Spring 2005. This TWAIN limitation only exists with the Auto Color Detect feature. All other Spectrum features will work with TWAIN-based applications.

Spectrum Drivers

The following drivers are included with all Spectrum scanners

  • ImageControls - developed and certified by Kofax
  • ISIS - developed and certified by Pixel Translations
  • TWAIN - developed by Kofax
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What is Color Background Saturation and Dropout

With this feature, you can save up to 40% in file space when scanning documents with color backgrounds. Spectrum does this by saturating or "smoothing" document image backgrounds into one uniform background. "Smoothing" refers to the automated process of modifying pixels to create a fixed, uniform background. This process removes both scanning and paper non-uniformity and will allow the image to be compressed more effectively.

Like with Auto Color Detect, users can modify a threshold setting to determine how "aggressive" the algorithm is in determining if a pixel is a background pixel. In general, with higher aggressiveness, more pixels will be considered background pixels and vice versa with a less aggressive setting. Either way, this feature will create more uniform document output for those documents with color backgrounds, which reduces file size by 20% to 40% on average, sometimes higher.

Image
Raw Color Image
443KB at 200 dpi
(click to enlarge)

Image
Smoothed
199KB at 200 dpi

55% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

Image
Raw Color Image
552KB at 200 dpi
(click to enlarge)

ImageSmoothed
344KB at 200 dpi

38% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

 

Snap to White

 
In addition, with Color Background Saturation enabled, there is additional "snap-to-whit" functionality. If the scanner detects that the page background is near white following background saturation (generally a very light gray), the system will modify the background to force it to a clean white background, also called saturated white. This functionality is similar to setting Brightness to 60 to 65 or higher on the Clarity tab in the VRS interface but that only works to saturate documents already having white backgrounds based on one manual setting.
 

Background Color Dropout

Users can also drop out unnecessary color backgrounds altogether while capturing all color information in the foreground of the electronic image. This functionality presents a unique way to stretch storage capacity, preserve only "mission critical" information and tightly control storage costs. To utilize Color Background Dropout, users just need to select "White" as their color background through the VRS interface rather than saturated or Smooth. Similarly, a document's color background can be replaced with black if so desired.

 

Image
Raw Color Image
560KB at 200 dpi
(click to enlarge)

Image
Smoothed
242KB at 200 dpi

57% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

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Dropout
252KB at 200 dpi
  55% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

 

Image
Raw Color Image
496KB at 200 dpi
(click to enlarge)

Image
Smoothed
322KB at 200 dpi

35% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

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Dropout
378KB at 200 dpi

24% file size reduction(click to enlarge)

 

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What is the best way to clean the separator roller?

When the roller is removed from the scanner, it is best to clean the roller with water. One suggested way, is to run it under water while squeezing the foam on the roller. This will push the accumulated dust and dirt out of the pores of the roller. Be sure to let the roller dry before placing back into the scanner.

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What is the best way to remove the separator roller?

To remove the separator roller, push the Auto/Manual roller into the "M" position and pull down on the access door. That will remove the roller from the holder. When returning it to the holder, be sure to put the sloted part of the shaft to the right side of the scanner. To make sure the roller is installed properly, the roller when pushed on should bounce back up on its own.

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Can the cleaning reminder be adjusted?

Yes, the default is for every 10,000 pages run through the scanner. It can be changed in increments of 1000.

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What is the blue box in the Clarity tab of the VirtualReScan Interactive Properties window used for?

The blue box graphically shows the limits set for the auto-brightness set while using the VRS Admin option.

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What is the BTU rating for the Copiscan 8000 Spectrum Series scanners?

855 BTUs

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What is the difference between VRS 3.01 and VRS 3.05?

VRS 3.01 did not offer use of the multifeed ignore button and an auto brightness feature. The VRS license in built into the Kofax 650I SCSI interface and the most current version of VRS can be downloaded from WWW.Kofax.com.

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What is the mean time between failures (MTBF) for the CopiScan 8000 Spectrum?

The 8000 Spectrum MTBF is rated as 5,000 hours of scanning time or 1.5 years (whichever comes first), where the 8000 Spectrum Series scanner will perform to expectations provided regular maintenance is done on the machine.

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What is the rated throughput at 300 dots per inch (dpi) on each CopiScan 8000 Spectrum models?

Throughput is rated the following, in landscape mode with 8" x 11" paper in bitonal and grayscale:

8080 - 54 PPM

8100 - 67 PPM

8125 - 83 ppm

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What is the Total Cost of Scanning

As you may have heard us claim, Spectrum is the most cost-effective scanner on the market. What does this mean? How can we claim this when some other scanners cost less? The answer: we determine cost-effectiveness by considering all the costs associated with buying a scanner, which goes beyond just the scanner's list price and factors in other up-front cost components as well as ongoing costs. By reading through this page, you'll not only learn how to gauge the true cost of a production scanner but you'll also realize why Spectrum really is the most cost-effective scanner on the market.

True Cost vs. "List Price"

Contrary to popular belief, List Price or MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) is only the starting point for determining your true scanner cost. The actual cost will most likely be List Price less a discount from your reseller, and will also include the cost, sometimes hidden, associated of other items you'll need to get your scanner up and running.

Initial Scanner Purchase Price

 

 

Calculations

BBH Spectrum Example

 

List Price

$18,995 to $47,245 (bitonal simplex to color duplex)

Reseller Discount

Varies per reseller

+

PC Interface Board & Cable

$0 - Adrenaline 650i and SCSI-3 cable are included

+

Image Enhancement

$0 - Hardware VRS 3.5 included

+

Imprinter/Endorser (if needed)

Standard on 8125 models, $1,000 List Price on all others

=

Initial Scanner Hardware Cost

 

x

Number of Scanners Needed

 

=

Total Initial Scanner Cost

 

 

Many scanning users often have to justify the purchase of an imaging system by looking at all the costs over the life of the system. Most good quality scanners or better will last three to five years. Thus, to understand the true Total Cost of Scanning, you will also want to factor in ongoing scanner costs along with your initial scanner cost.

Ongoing Scanner Costs

All production quality scanners come with some form of warranty coverage lasting between 90 days and one year of onsite service. Additional coverage, such as upgrading a 90-day onsite warranty to one year and/or upgrading service response time to next business day, same day or even within four hours, are also available from a variety of service providers at an additional charge. In addition, users are able to replace their production scanner's rollers and lamps without needing to send the scanner back to the factory or needing a service call. Lastly, with proper cleaning with supplies provided by the scanner manufacturer, consumables need to be replaced less often, users will experience fewer jams and multifeeds, and less service calls will be needed. Thus, the following items are important in order to calculate the ongoing costs of scanning:

 

 

Calculations

BBH Spectrum Example

 

Warranty Coverage

Standard: one year, onsite (US) within one business day typical

+

Roller Replacement Cost

See Roller Replacement example below

+

Lamp Replacement Cost

See Lamp Replacement example below

+

Cleaning Supplies

Preventative Maintenance Kits available for a List Price of $99

=

Maintenance Cost

 

 

Calculating roller and lamp replacement costs can be difficult, particularly when comparing manufacturers. Here's how you can start:

Roller Replacement

 

 

Calculations

BBH Spectrum Example

 

Life per Roller

600,000 scans for Spectrum pick and separator rollers

÷

Avg. Daily Scanning Volume

For this example: 10,000 documents/scans per day

=

Roller Replacement Rate

600,000 scans ÷ 10,000 docs per day = once every 60 days

 


Scanner Life


7 years per Spectrum scanner

÷

# of Working Days per Year

For this example: 260 days (52 weeks x 5 days per week)

=

Total Scanner Life in Days

For this example: 1,820 total days

 


Total Scanner Life in Days


For this example: 1,820 total days

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Roller Replacement Rate

For this example: once every 60 days

=

Total # Roller Replacements

For this example: 30 roller replacements over scanner life

 


# of Rollers per Scanner


2 pick and 1 separator roller per Spectrum unit*

x

Repl. Cost per Roller

Varies per Consumable Parts Reseller

=

Roller Replacement Cost

Less as part of the Spectrum All-In-One consumables kit

 


Roller Replacement Cost


Varies per Consumable Parts Reseller

x

Total # Roller Replacements

For this example: 30 roller replacements over scanner life

=

Total Roller Repl. Cost

Less as part of the Spectrum All-In-One consumables kit

 

* Only one tire per roller; also, each Spectrum scanner also utilizes 14 sets of transport rollers, which are not considered consumables because they can last between 5 to 10 million scans and rarely, if ever, need replacement.

A similar formula can be used for lamp replacement – just check on whether each lamp needs to be purchased and replaced separately or as part of an assembly.

Lamp Replacement

 

 

Calculations

BBH Spectrum Example

 

Number of Hours per Shift

For this ex.: 7 hours (8 - ½ hr. lunch, two 15 min. breaks)

x

Number of Shifts per Day

For this example: 1 shift

x

# of Days per Working Year

For this example: 260 days (52 weeks x 5 days per week)

=

# of Hours per Working Yr.

For this example: 1,820 hours (7 hours/shift for 260 days)

x

Scanner Life

7 years per Spectrum scanner

=

# of Hours per Scanner Life

For this example: 12,740 hours

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Life per Lamp

5,000 hours per Spectrum lamp

=

Total Lamp Repl. Rate

For this example: 3 times (12,740 ÷ 5,000 = 3 rounded up)

x

# of Lamps per Scanner

4 lamps per Spectrum scanner

=

Total # of Lamps Needed

For this example: 12 lamps (4 lamps replaced 3 times each)

x

Replacement Cost per Lamp

Varies per Consumable Parts Reseller

=

Total Lamp Repl. Cost

Less as part of the Spectrum All-In-One consumables kit

 

Spectrum All-In-One Consumables Kit

Each Spectrum All-In-One consumables kit contains all the rollers, lamps and cleaning supplies you'll need to keep your scanner up and running trouble free, for one year of scanning based on a volumes of up to 10,000 documents scanned per day. Specifically, each kit includes four pick rollers, two separator rollers, four lamps, a glass flat, and a complete set of cleaning supplies for a List Price of $1,000. If you scan more than 10,000 documents per day, you can purchase additional consumable kits or individual consumable parts from any of our authorized Consumable Parts Resellers

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What is Ultrasonic Multifeed Detection

Ultrasonic multifeed detection is the best way to prevent multiple documents feeding through the scanner at the same time. "Multifeeds" occur when information on the bottom page is lost because only the top page is scanned.

How Does it Work?

Ultrasonic multifeed detection from BÖWE BELL + HOWELL consists of two sensors: a transmitter below the paper transport and a receiving sensor above. The transmitter emits an ultrasonic wave through the document. Normally, only one document is being fed through at a time, causing this wave to pass through the paper and directly into the top sensor. See the illustration below.

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Ultrasonic Multifeed Detection During Normal Scanning

If multiple documents feed through, small gaps of air get trapped between the pages. When the ultrasonic wave hits the combination of the air gap and additional paper, the signal falls below a certain threshold and the receiver interprets this as a multifeed. The scanner transport then stops and the user is notified that a multifeed has occurred so that it can be quickly resolved as soon as it happens. Thus, ultrasonic multifeed detection from BÖWE BELL + HOWELL ensures that no data is lost if multiple documents feed through simultaneously. See the illustration below.

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Ultrasonic Multifeed Detection During a Doublefeed

Never Scan the Entire Batch Again Because of a Multifeed

Just detecting multifeeds is important, but users need a fast and efficient way to resolve them. Some scanners can tell you if a multifeed occurred but leave you with no way of solving the problem other than to have you scan the entire batch again, which is not only unproductive but may also cause more significant problems if imprinting or endorsing is required. Ultrasonic multifeed from BÖWE BELL + HOWELL actually works in conjunction with our hardware implementation of Kofax VirtualReScan" (VRS). So when a user encounters a multifeed, a VRS message pops up on the user's PC indicating that a multifeed has occurred. The scanner then pauses so that you can immediately remove the documents that multifeed. All you need to do is place the documents back into the feeder (so that they don't multifeed again) and then press the CLEAR button on the scanner. Feeding then starts automatically and VRS automatically deletes the bad image (one document scanned on top of another) and keep all good images in the proper order.

Old School vs. New School

Some claim that you should never stop scanning under any circumstances, including when the scanner detects a multifeed. We at BÖWE BELL + HOWELL believe that the best way to resolve a multifeed is to isolate it and resolve it immediately rather than to go through unnecessary effort of scanning batches multiple times and manually deleting bad images. Yes, this method may slow down throughput initially, but is sure to save you a lot of time on the back end. However, users that do not want their Spectrum scanner to stop on a multifeed can easily set the scanner to notify when a multifeed is detected (the scanner beeps and keeps scanning) or to ignore multifeeds altogether.

Ignore by Size

Exclusively from BÖWE BELL + HOWELL is the ultrasonic multifeed "Ignore by Size" functionality. This added intelligence allows you to scan items that other scanners may interpret as a multifeed, quickly and seamlessly without stopping.

Such formerly troublesome items include:

  • Photographs - background sometimes separate from the image, creating an air gap
  • Envelopes - often slit open so that contents can be removed; front, back and folds create air gaps
  • Labels and Sticky Notes - are not usually affixed 100% to whatever placed upon, creating an air gap

The best way to set ignore by size, is to enter the maximum length of photograph, envelope or label that will be scanned and set the ignore length to a size a half inch or 10 mm higher. This is not an exact science, so you will not need to spend a lot of time estimating; if you enter a setting that doesn't catch everything, the scanner will simply stop, you can change the ignore by size setting and quickly reefed the document.

One vs. Many

The angled orientation of the Böwe Bell + Howell ultrasonic transmitter and receiver allows for coverage of the majority of the feeder's width. Some ultrasonic sensors on other scanners are oriented directly opposite each other. This can significantly reduce the width of coverage and necessitate the use of multiple ultrasonic sensor pairs oriented in this way to have the same coverage as a single, angled ultrasonic transmitter and receiver.

Ultrasonic vs. Length-Width and Infrared Detection

Other multifeed detect technologies exist but can easily be fooled. One such example is length and width multifeed detect. This methodology is flawed because users typically have multiple documents of the same size (length x width) in any given batch, even if they have many other different sizes. As a result, it is inevitable that two documents of the same size will feed through simultaneously, with one directly on top of the other such as when documents are taped together, stapled together, or stuck together because of static electricity. This type of multifeed will be missed with length and width detect.

Another multifeed technology is infrared detection, which detects doublefeeds when a manual thickness parameter is exceeded. This method requires users to guess the maximum thickness of documents being scanned. The theory is that when two documents feed through, the maximum thickness parameter will be exceeded and the scanner will signal a multifeed. This methodology breaks down when users scan batches having mixed document thicknesses, such as when one scans invoices or NCR paper (very thin) along with normal office paper (thicker bond paper) or cardstock. In these batches, the maximum thickness setting a user enters may be thicker than that of the combined thickness of an invoice and a piece of bond paper that feed simultaneously, resulting in a missed multifeed. Alternatively, users may set their infrared thickness setting lower, which could then trigger false multifeeds when individual sheets of thicker paper feed through.

A Limitation

It is important to know that there is an ultrasonic multifeed limitation: with the scanner's feeder guides all the way open (to allow for documents up to 11.7" or 297 mm in width), there is a possibility that a document less than 3" or 76 mm in width, such as a check or receipt, may not be detected if fed all the way to the left or right side of the feeder input tray. However, from our experience, these occurrences tend to be rare in most production scanning environments. Additionally, users can minimize the risk of this limitation occurring by making sure all documents are centered prior to scanning.

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What is VRS and why do I want it with Spectrum?

VirtualReScan (VRS) is a combination of hardware and software used for image enhancement and for scanner operators to quickly and easily handle things like multifeeds and jams. There is no better way to maximize scanning productivity than utilizing VRS. In addition, because the Spectrum 8000 Series utilizes Hardware VRS, users can enjoy all the benefits of VRS with up to 80% faster scanning throughput over other scanners that only work with Software VRS. The reason for this is that Spectrum does the vast majority of intensive image enhancement processing in hardware, within the scanner, while scanning with Software VRS relies on your PC for all processing functionality, thus causing your PC to become an imaging bottleneck.

For more information, check out the Kofax website.

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What operating system is VRS compatible with?

VRS 3.05 is fully compatible with Win 95/98/NT 4.0/Win 2000, WinXP.

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What resolutions are available with the 8000 Spectrum SCSI models (8080S-S, 8080D-S, 8100D-S, 8125D-S)?

The Spectrum scanners offer: 100, 150, 200, 240, 300, and 400 dpi.

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Can the default profile values be restored to the true default profile?

Yes included in the VRS CD is a utility that will restore the true default values.

The "Return to Default Value" utitlity will replace any saved values in the default profile and return them to the original factory defaults. This is very useful when having image problems while using certain profiles.

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What SCSI cards do you recommend for use with Spectrum 8000 scanners?

The Kofax Adrenaline SCSI with Advanced Image Processing Engine (AIPE) adapter is included with each scanner. The Kofax Adrenaline 650i MV w/AIPE SCSI for use with the 8080 models, and a Kofax Adrenaline 650i HV w/AIPE SCSI for use with the 8100 and 8125 SCSI models. (The appropriate Kofax SCSI adapter is included and shipped with the scanner.)

 

 

 

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What settings affect the speed, or throughput, of my scanner?

Some basic settings that affect the throughput of your scanner speed, rated in pages per minute (PPM) include:

Paper size - the longer the paper, the longer it will take to scan

Paper orientation - documents take longer when scanned in portrait mode; today, many software applications like VRS can be configured to rotate the image as the document is scanned so that they can be scanned long-edge first while displayed on the screen correctly

Resolution, rated in dots per inch (dpi) - The higher the dpi setting, the longer it takes to scan any given page.

For color images, please see "Eight Quick and Easy Steps for Maximizing Color Throughput".

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What type of Kofax Adrenaline 650i do I use?

All BÖWE BELL + HOWELL scanners require a Kofax Adrenaline 650i SCSI board to interface the scanner with the PC. Determining what 650i board you have or need depends on the scanner model.

All Spectrum Series models (bitonal and color) ship with a 650i board right in the box, so you don't even have to worry about what type it is. The Spectrum 1 / 2Series uses two different types of 650i boards, one for the 8080 model(650iMV) and one for the 8100/8125 models (650iHV). All 3 models forthe Spectrum XF Series use one 650i. See the table below for a summary.

Kofax 650i Adrenaline boards need to be purchased separately and are not included for the 730DC and Sidekick 1200 and 1400 models or the Truper 3200.

Adrenaline 450/650/650i SCSI Controller Part Numbers

 

Kofax Assy #

Kofax Model

New Kofax Assy #

Kofax Model

BBH Part #

Use on BBH Product

w/ VRS Version

16700012-000

450

16700012-000

450

N/A

 

 

16700013-000

650

16700019-000

650

N/A

 

 

16700014-000

650i

16700017-000

650i

S004946

(Beta Only)

 

16700015-000

650iLV

16700021-000

650iLV

N/A

 

 

16700016-000

650iMV

16700022-000

650iMV

S005257

 

 

16700017-000

650iHV

16700023-000

650iHV

S004946

 

 

16700018-000

650iPV

16700024-000

650iPV

N/A

 

 

16700020-000

650i

16700025-000

650i

S006542

(use RoHS 16700025-000)

 

 

16700022-000

650iMV

16700022-000

650iMV

S005677 (S005984) Limited Supply

Spectrum 1-2 8080, Truper 3200, Sidekick 1400/1200, FB Series

3.5/4.0

16700023-000

650iHV

16700023-000

650iHV

S005678 (S005985) Limited Supply

Spectrum 1-2 8100/8125

3.5/4.0

16700025-000

650i

16700025-000

650i

Y006542

(RoHS S006542)

Spectrum XF, 1-2 all, Truper 3200, Sidekick 1400/1200, FB Series

4.0/4.1

 

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What upgrades are available for my Spectrum scanner?

It depends on what model and firmware version you have.

To view your scanner's model number, turn the scanner on or, if already on, press the CLEAR button on the front panel. In the lower left-hand corner of the scanner's LCD display, you will see the model number. Match up this model number with the one listed in the first column in the table below.

To see what firmware version resides on your scanner, just click the left arrow key on the front panel of the scanner until you see "Code Revision Numbers" on the LCD display – then click the "F3" key for "Next" and the firmware version will be displayed above "Scanner Rev." If the scanner displays a number less than 2.0, then match up your scanner's model number with the upgrade you would like in columns 2-4. If the scanner displays a number equal to or greater than 2.0, match up your scanner's model number with the upgrade you would like in columns 5-6. Click on any of the links below for further information.

 Firmware < 2.0Firmware >= 2.0
Color ModelACDFeederDeluxe
(ACD + Feeder)
Color with ACD
8125DC0123056S0056250123059n/a
8100DC0123057S0056250123061n/a
8080DC0123058S0056250123062n/a
8080SC0123058S0056250123062n/a
Bitonal ModelColor with ACDFeederDeluxe
(Color + ACD + Feeder)
Color with ACD
8125DB0123063S00562501230660123055
8100DB0123064S00562501230670123054
8080DB0123065S00562501230680123053
8080SB0123065S00562501230680123053
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When I uninstall VRS from Windows 2000 and reinstall it, I can't get VRS to run. How do I get VRS to work if it is not a fresh install?

There is a special uninstall procedure that has to be manually executed. This procedure must be run to install VRS on Windows 2000. See the VRS Uninstall Procedure. For VRS Installation, see the VRS Installation Procedure. Also look to see if the SCSI card is installed and listed correctly in the device manager. Under the windows device manager, SCSI and RAID controllers, it should read "Kofax Adrenaline 650 Ultra-Wide SCSI Adapter.

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When is the cleaning reminder set to go off?

Every 10,000 pages is the default but the counter can tailored to individual needs of the operator.

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When saving a profile, what parameters are saved?

In the Preview window of VRS, the tabs to the left of the profile tab are saved. The Options Tab that contains the Special Features are not saved when creating a profile. The Clarity, Noise and Skew properties will be saved to a profile and will be reloaded when that Profile is loaded. The Special Features will not change when reloading a Profile. That includes Color Dropout, Imprinter, Picking rectangle, and Rotation.

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When setting the VRS error handling what do the options mean?

Interactive- to be able to interact with the image before it is passed to the application

Return - VRS will return any error to the application to be handled within the application

Ignore - VRS will ignore the error from the scanner.

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When using color dropout can I set the front and back camera separately?

Yes the front and back cameras can be set differently.

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Where can I find the ISIS Driver for the Spectrum 8125, 8100, 8080?

The ISIS driver is part of the VRS interface and is automatically installed when VRS (bundled with every Spectrum model) is installed on the PC. To use a ISIS application, the driver is listed as the "Kofax VRS scanner".

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Can the end user do a camera calibration?

Yes the operator can run the camera calibration. The operator needs the calibration sheets and the detailed instructions are included with the calibration sheets or can be found in the operator's guide.

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Where can I find the TWAIN Driver for the Spectrum 8125, 8100, 8080?

The TWAIN driver is part of the VRS interface and is automatically installed when VRS (bundled with every Spectrum model) is installed on the PC. To use a TWAIN application, the driver is listed as the Kofax - VRS scanner - twain.

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Where can I look up common VRS errors?

You can look up common VRS errors by clicking on the following link. www.kofax.com/support/virtualrescan/bellandhowell/errorcodes.asp

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Why would you want to Multi-feed ignore by length?

When scanning documents that contain labels or notes you may not want to be slowed down for each one of those instances. See FAQ, "How can a multi-feed be handled?" Or "How should a multi-feed by handled?" For more information.

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Will Spectrum Auto Color Detect work in my ISIS application?

It depends on whether or not your application has been modified to work with Auto Color Detect. If you write imaging software and have not yet made this modification, please see the instructions starting in the next paragraph below. If you are a Spectrum user, please contact your Value Added Reseller (VAR) for more information. If you are a reseller, please contact your Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to discuss ACD support for ISIS.

ISIS Application Modification

With Auto Color Detect engaged, some images within a batch are returned as JPEG-compressed color while others are returned as uncompressed bitonal. Both types of images are output as TIFF files. The important thing to know is that ISIS processes images through pipes, so you need to create the right pipe. Since you want to save some images as color JPEG and other images as binary CCITT Group IV compression, you can't create any one pipe to do this. You need to split the process into two pipes. There is an image library called PIXM that makes this very easy.

First, you need to create a pipe to scan a page into PIXM (a PIXM_PAGE). Then create another pipe to "scan" from the PIXM_PAGE to a file. After scanning into the PIXM_PAGE, you can get basically any kind of image that you want and can query the PIXM_PAGE to see what kind of image it already is. That helps you to create the second pipe.

For example, create a pipe to scan a PIXM_PAGE. Scan a page and then look at the PIXM_PAGE to determine if it's a color or binary image. Then create a pipe to scan from the PIXM_PAGE to a file and use any compression in-between that is desired. For image display, you can either display the PIXM_PAGE after scanning into it, or else open the final saved image and display that. Either way, you'll put the image into a PIXM_PAGE for displaying since that is how the display library works.

For more information, please reference the Pixel FAQ or contact Pixel Translations for detailed recommendations on how to modify the application to support Auto Color Detect. Pixel Translations Technical Support can be reached at support@pixtran.com or by phone at (408) 441-2260.

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Will the camera calibration warning stop the scanner from running?

No, the camera calibration reminder will not stop the scanner from operating. The flashing icon will remain on the display until cleared.

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Will the cleaning reminder stop the scanner from running?

No, the cleaning reminder will not stop the scanner from operating. The flashing icon will remain on the display until cleared.

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Will the skimmer weight from the old style skimmer fit on the new style skimmer?

No, the new skimmer assembly needs the Skimmer Weight part number S005291 Rev. A.

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