Zapper Tornado

The Zapper Tornado™ is ASP’s latest scanning sensation, employing cutting-edge Imaging Technology to provide outstanding scanning performance even with worn or difficult to read barcodes.

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The Zapper Tornado reads most 1D linear-stacked barcodes, including GS1 Databar (formerly known as RSS), making it an ideal scanner and a sound future-proof investment.

Any scanner can read perfect barcode labels, but the Tornado will quickly and accurately read the low contrast, damaged, smudged, poorly-printed barcode labels that are commonly found in the real world, with a huge depth of field – up to 40cm reading distance for 100% UPC/EAN symbols.

With the ability to automatically switch between hand-held scanning and presentation scanning simply by placing the scanner into the SmartStand or Cradle, the Zapper Tornado™ and is also one of the most versatile scanners available.

The Zapper Tornado is part of ASP’s versatile Zapper Tornado family. See the matrix below for the all members of the family, and click on any model name to find out more.

Zapper Tornado Model Corded Bluetooth 1D 2D Antimicrobial
Zapper Tornado
Zapper Tornado 2D
Zapper Tornado BT
Zapper Tornado 2D BT
Zapper Tornado HC
Zapper Tornado 2D HC
Zapper Tornado BT HC
Zapper Tornado 2D BT HC
Light Source 630nm visible LED
Optical System High Performance Linear Imaging Engine
Print Contrast 20% minimum reflective
Minimum Bar Width 3mil (Code 39, PCS 0.9)
Scan Rate 500 scans per second
Operating Distance 40cm on 100% UPC/EAN symbols
60cm on 0.5mm Code 39
Reading Direction Bi-directional
Pitch/Skew ±65º / ±65º
Operating Modes Handheld or Presentation
Symbology Reads most 1D and Linear/stacked barcode symbologies, including GS1 Databar
System Interfaces USB, KBW, RS232
User Interfaces 3 LEDs for power, good read and status indications
Programmable beeper and vibrate mode
Height 156mm
Depth 87mm
Width 65mm
Weight 125g (without cable)
Colour Black
Current Operating: Typical 180 mA @5VDC
Standby: Typical 80 mA @5VDC
EMC RCM, CTick, CE & FCC compliant
Environmental Compliant with RoHS directive
Safety LED Eye Safety IEC60825-1, EN60825-1
Operating Temperature -10°C to 50°C
Storage temperature -40°C to 70°C
Humidity 5%-95% RH (non condensing)
Ambient Light Injection 0-100,000 LUX
Shock Designed to withstand multiple 1.5m drops to concrete
Environmental Sealing IP41

“I emailed you with an order for a Z4DTKIT at about 10am yesterday and I had the package in my hand on the far western edge of Sydney at about 10am today. Brilliant! Most impressed with the service, the product and the great price! Thanks again.”

Barwon Health partners with ASP Microcomputers and Maxus to deliver an around-the-clock RFID book lending service to patrons.

“The result was first-class. We could not fault ASP on this project. They have a logical, systematic approach to system development that inspires confidence. We needed software and equipment that would deliver speed and reliability, and ASP has achieved that for us. There
are particular challenges in the use of RFID in self-service installations and ASP developed a robust system precisely meeting our requirements. Their thorough practical knowledge of all components of the software and hardware meant that any problems that arose were rapidly resolved.”
Stephen Due,
Chief Librarian
Barwon Health Library Service


Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional health service providing care to more than 450,000 people in Geelong and South Western Victoria. Barwon Health employs over 5,000 staff and has an annual operating budget in excess of $330 million.

Barwon Health incorporates a major teaching hospital, associated with Deakin and Melbourne Universities, a major aged care and rehabilitation facility, a mental health service and community health centres.

The Barwon Health Library Service caters for the information needs of professional staff and students associated with Barwon Health. The
Library Service supports three main activities within Barwon Health, specifically clinical care, medical research and education. The library resources comprise a lending collection of 7000 books and a serials collection of 1500 titles.

Project Objectives

  • Implement an RFID self-check loans system solution to enable books to be borrowed around the clock
  • Reduce time spend handling books by staff
  • Integrate with the existing Maxus Library Management System (LMS) Inmagic® DB/Textworks®
  • Incorporate a new RFID-based book security system


  • Books are RFID tagged
  • Self-check kiosk for loan and return
  • Security alarm gates at the library door via RFID tags
  • A receipt can be printed listing the items borrowed and the due date
  • When books are returned the security tags are automatically reactivated
  • All loans data is available to library staff via the library management system


  • Improved service levels to patrons
  • Eliminated queues and delays at the circulation desk
  • Enables patrons to borrow books around-the-clock
  • Many compliments and no complaints from library patrons
  • Simple and reliable to use
  • Patron acceptance is high
  • Fast return on investment

Hardware and Software

  • ASP RF-IDeal™ middleware
  • Maxus LMS
  • Feig RFID equipment
  • Casio touch terminal PCs
  • Star receipt printers
  • Denso hands-free desk scanners