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July 17, 2007 8:00 AM, EDT

Intermec Offers Tough Handheld

Technology firm Intermec said it has introduced a rugged, handheld computer capable of reading symbols at distances from six inches to 50 feet

The CK31ex unit enables warehouse workers to use a single device to consolidate computing, data-capture and documentation, the company said. It reads and decodes bar codes, as well as composite and postal codes in any orientation.

The device also can read bar codes printed on plain paper at long distances, which eliminates the need for retro-reflective label media, the Everett, Wash., manufacturer said.

Intermec said the machine is motion-tolerant and can scan in dim lighting conditions or when codes are damaged, obscured or placed on high shelving.