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What are the types of Optical Mark Reader?


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September 02, 2010 10:45AM

OMR or optical mark reader integrates optical technology and electronics to do data inputs hundred times faster than manual entry methods and is extensively used in multiple choice examinations ,statistics,data input etc

The OMR types depends on

1.The accuracy needed

eg;In case of a question with four options out of which one is to be made black using pencil, if an option is more than 75% blackened ,modern OMRs will read it while first generation OMRs wont.

2.The cost

3.The security and anti tampering of data

The main parts include an OMR scanner and an OMR sheet printer and a data entry and transfer software.

There are mainly 3 types of OMRs.




Different compnaies like NANHAO,DEVOSOFT,AXIOME produce different versions of the above said version which cna range to upto 40 types of Optical Mark Readers

The difference among the three types lies in

1.The nature and dimensions of paper used for entry n scanning

2.The number of photoelectric sensors used and its efficiency (2,4)

3.The number of reading done for a single sheet for added accuracy( twice,thrice)

4.The size of the machine and software used.(windows based,linux based)

5.The barcode used(128,39,25)

6.Operating temperature and other parameters