The TransTerm 6 is an economical solution to alphanumeric data entry applications where
small size and light weight are important considerations. Diverse industrial data
collection requirements such as employee time and attendance, work flow tracking, and
inventory and production control are but a few of the uses to which the TransTerm 6 can be
applied. The TransTerm 6 is small and easy for untrained personnel to operate, its not
"intimidating" to those noncomputer types. The unit is built of aluminum to
withstand harsh environments and handling, and the hermetically sealed membrane keyboard
is full-sized and unaffected by grease, and most chemicals and solvents. The two line 80
character LC display has ample capacity for computer generated prompts and instructions as
well as for operator entered data to be simultaneously displayed. The standard RS-232C
communications interface provides the means to directly connect the TransTerm 6 to most
computer systems. Or, the optional RS-422 TNET interface allows up to 250 terminals to be
connected on a common network into a central network controller which then hooks to the
host computer via an RS-232 communications port. Also available is an off-the-shelf
data collection program for a PC/AT/PS2 type computer which can shorten implementation
The TransTerm 6 can operate in one of three
- TTY Mode
- BLOCK SEND Mode
- TNET Multidrop Mode
In TTY and BLOCK SEND modes, ASCII data received
by the TransTerm 6 is placed on the display at the cursor position. The cursor moves from
left to right and from the top to bottom. In the TTY mode, keyboarded data is transmitted
as it is keyed. In the BLOCK SEND mode and in the TNET multi-drop mode, keyed data is
locally placed on the display and transmitted only after the ENTER key is pressed. In the
TNET mode, the TransTerm 6 must be selected with its address in order to receive and
process data or send ENTERed data. In all three modes, the terminal recognizes the various
ASCII control codes and numerous ESCape sequence commands.
Super-twist Liquid Crystal Technology - Two
lines of 40 columns with 93 displayable ASCII characters (upper case, lower case, numeric
and special symbols) in a 5 x 7 dot matrix font. Character size .179" high by
.124" wide (4.55mm x 3.15mm). Blinking Cursor symbol. Variable contrast control from
the keyboard or by ESCape command. Option EL backlight is available.
53 key membrane keyboard with embossed graphics
in QWERTY layout. Hermetically sealed keyswitches.
- Audible key-click for tactile feedback.
- Key spacing - .8" vertical, .75"
- Keyswitch travel - .006" - .008"
- Actuating force - 4-6 ounces.
- Rated life - 10,000,000 cycles (per switch
The standard RS-232 communications interface allows the TransTerm 6 to be easily
interfaced directly to any host computer which has a serial communications port. The
optional RS-422 compatible TNET interface allows the TransTerm 6 to communicate
point-to-point over long cable runs, or to be multi-dropped in a network with other
like devices under control of the TNET polling protocol which is inherent in the
ComputerWise TIM1 network controller. Up to 250 terminals can be supported on a TNET
system. Off-the-shelf data collection software for PC/AT/PS2 computer systems can
minimize implementation time and expense.
Asynchronous Serial Data Format:
1 Start Bit
7/8 Data Bits
1 Optional Parity Bit(Mark,Space,Even,Odd)
1 Stop Bit
||Frame Ground. Common to logic ground
||RS-232 Transmit Data. Serial data
||RS-232 Receive Data. Serial
||RS-232 Request to Send. Active
whenever the terminal is powered up.
||RS-232 Clear to Send. May be
used to hold off terminal transmission
||Signal ground. Common with
logic ground & FG.
||Data Terminal Ready output or
optional 12 VDC power input.
Signals applicable to RS-422
compatible TNET I/O option only
Bar Code Decoding Option
||RS-422 receiver output. Tied
||RS-422 Transmit Data (-)
||RS-422 Transmit Data (+)
||RS-422 Receive Data (-)
||RS-422 Receive Data (+)
The bar code decoding option adds the electronics and a panel mounted connector to the
TransTerm 6 for interfacing a digital wand, a barcode badge reader, or any laser or CCD
scanner which has on-board decoding and wand emulation output. The decoding option will
autodiscriminate Code 39, Extended Code 39, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, CODABAR,
I2of5, and Code 128. Each of these symbologies can be enabled/disabled under SETUP or
program control. The bar code port has a 5-pin DIN connector.
Magnetic Stripe Card Reader Interface Option
The Magnetic Stripe Card Reader (MSCR) Interface Option for the TransTerm 6 adds the
electronics to receive and decode digital data from the MR-211 manually operated reader
which can read the magnetically recorded information found on Track 2 of a standard ABA
plastic credit card (F2F coherent phase encoding per ANSI X4.16). The MSCR interface reads
the 40 digit numeric data record off the card as it passes through the read station,
decodes and validates the data, and then passes the data internally just as if it had been
key-entered from the keyboard. The MSCR interface normally connects to the MR-211 reader
with a six inch cable.
Auxiliary Serial Port Option
This option adds a second serial communication port to the TransTerm 6A which is
controllable with ESCape commands. For the 6A, the port is in lieu of the bar code port,
and for the 6B, the port is in addition to the bar code port. The baud rate and
hand-shaking are also user selectable via Setup. The auxiliary port uses a 5-pin DIN
connector for the 6A and a 9-pin D-sub connector on the 6B model. The port might typically
be used to output data to a serial printer, or input data from a scale.
Pulse Output Option
This option enables the TransTerm 6 to generate a programmed pulse output under
control of ESCape commands received by the terminal through the communications port. This
option could be used to actuate a door strike or a cash drawer, etc..
Counter Input Option
This option enables the TransTerm 6 to count and
totalize closures of an external dry contact switch input. The count value can be
interrogated and zeroed remotely by ESCape commands received by the terminal through the
- Terminal consumption: 150 ma typical (various
options will add to the power consumption).
- Power comes from a power adapter for a 110-120VAC
(220-240VAC adapter optional).
- The unit can also be powered over the serial
connector (12 VDC on pin #20).
- Operating: 0ºC to 60ºC (32ºF to 140ºF); Humidity: 5 to 95% noncondensing
- Storage Temperature: -30ºC to 70ºC (-20ºF to 158ºF); Humidity: 0 to 100%
Size & Weight (options will effect weight)
- Standard enclosure: Height: 6.9" (17.5 cm),
Width: 11.75" (29.9 cm), Depth: 1.75" (4.4 cm)
Download the TransTerm 6 Datasheet (149k/ pdf)