Wireless TriCoder operation (Portable Barcode Scanner)

Author: Peter Soriano
Posted in: Circulation Services Group

Uses for TriCoder
– Entering numerical data (such as shelf measurements) to be entered into Excel later

– Scanning book barcodes to be entered as batch uploads into Millennium for Count Use purposes (DO NOT USE FOR CHECK-IN)
– Scanning book barcodes to check accuracy of student employee work

  • Scan a percentage of books on a truck to be shelved. After student has shelved truck, check scanned books for shelving accuracy
  • Before student shelf reads, scan a number of books and misshelve them. Also, scan books before and after book in its misshelved location in case student doesn’t find mistake.

Scanning barcodes

  1. Push green button to turn scanner on
  2. Press <1> for data collection
  3. Choose default program <0>
  4. When prompted to “enter data”, scan a book barcode
  5. When finished scanning barcodes, press <F1> on scanner to return to the menu screen
  6. Can turn off TriCoder after scanning (data is automatically saved)

Uploading scanned barcodes to Count Use (Do not use for checking in/out material) 

  1. Enter Count Use mode in Millennium
  2. Connect scanner to PC using the included USB cord and wait for your PC to detect the TriCoder before proceeding
  3. Press <2> DATA UPLOAD on the TriCoder
  4. Press <F2> on the triCoder and wait for information to transfer into Millennium
  5. Item information and item status will appear for each item
  6. If the items uploaded correctly, follow the prompt to delete the file by pressing <enter> twice
  7. If barcode did not upload properly, press <0>
  8. Repeat steps 3-5

Barcodes not in Millennium

Pop-ups such as item messages or holds will not appear in Count Use mode.  Barcodes not in Millennium will appear as pop-ups and will interrupt the upload.

If this happens, you can re-upload the file to a Word document and copy and paste each item, or edit the review file.

Clearing the “bad” barcode by editing the review file

  1. Press <1> for data collection
  2. The scanner will display a “DATA FILE EXISTS” message
  3. Press any key to exit and return to ENTER DATA prompt
  4. Press the up arrow <c>
  5. At the data review prompt, press <begin>
  6. Press <begin> followed by any key to start at beginning of review file
  7. Press <clear> then <enter> to remove the first barcode from the list
  8. Repeat until you have cleared everything up until the “bad” barcode
  9. Press <F1> on the scanner twice to return to the main menu
  10. Check that there are no extra characters in the Count Use field in Millennium
  11. Upload the remaining barcodes
  12. If the items uploaded correctly, follow the prompt to delete the file by pressing <enter> twice

To Collect Numerical or Alphabetical Data

  1. Push green button to turn scanner on
  2. Press <1> for data collection
  3. Choose default program <0>
  4. When prompted to “enter data”, use keypad to type numbers or press blue <up arrow> before typing to enter letters
  5. When finished entering data, press <F1> on scanner to return to the menu screen

To Delete Existing Data File

  1. The TriCoder will say “DATA FILE EXISTS” when you try to collect data
  2. Turn off the TriCoder and then turn it back on
  3. Press <2> DATA UPLOAD
  4. Press <F2> (this will prompt you to delete information)
  5. Press <ENTER> also labeled <YES> twice (data is deleted)

To Upload Data into Excel

  1. Turn off the device after scanning (data is automatically saved)
  2. Turn the Device on again
  3. Connect scanner to PC using the included USB cord before proceeding
  4. Open Excel and highlight cell where you would like data to be uploaded
  5. Press <2> DATA UPLOAD on the TriCoder
  6. Press <F2> and wait for the information to transfer into Excel

Adjust volume level of scanner

  1. From the home screen, select <5> (setup)
  2. Press <4> (speaker settings)
  3. Press <1> repeatedly to find preferred beep volume
  4. Press <2> repeatedly to find preferred beep tone
  5. Press <0> twice to return to main menu

Installation of TriCoder firmware

  1. Install firmware from enclosed mini CD
    1. Most tray loading CD bays have 2 ‘wells’.  Place the mini CD in the inside ‘well’.
    2. From the installation menu, choose Utility Programs
      1. Most student PCs are not authorized to install programs.  If the installation is blocked, you must logout of windows (CTRL+ALT+DEL), and login using your staff account.
  2. If you are unable to install the firmware from the mini CD, you may download the drivers from the TriCoder website
    1. Go to http://www.barcodehq.com/downloads.html
    2. Download “5000 TriCoder Firmware”
    3. Unzip and install on your PC

Check battery level of TriCoder by pressing <status>

The full TriCoder manual can be found at http://www.barcodehq.com/manuals/TriMan5000.pdf

Legacy Data
Author: Peter Soriano
Approval Group: CSG
Update Group: Circulation Services Group
Last updated date: 12/22/15

Archived Comments

Updated 12-22-15
Tue, 12/22/2015 – 12:33 — Jenna Jackson
This document was updated by Jenna Jackson per information from Stacks Supervisor Ryan Barnette for other uses for the TriCoder Scanners

This looks fine to me.
Mon, 04/22/2013 – 14:32 — Dana Jemison
This looks fine to me.

Bolded headings
Mon, 04/22/2013 – 13:15 — Lisa Ngo
I bolded the headings to make it more skimmable. Will approve and send to CSG for approval on Wednesday, April 24th.

Cleanup of odds and ends
Thu, 04/18/2013 – 13:51 — Trina Lopez
Hi,
I cleaned up some capitalization, numbering, and punctuation issues.

Created: April 28, 2016
Last revised: December 7, 2016
Review date: None set

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