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Glossary of Terms

The Intermec glossary provides definitions of technical terms used to describe systems, devices, solutions and applications within the Automated Data Capture Industry.

main host screen
In screen mapping, the host screen that your startup keystroke sequence brings you to and where all data collection for the script starts. This screen is always the first screen to receive data from a transaction.
main menu
The menu from which all commands are available.
manufacturer's identification number
In the UPC systems, the four- or five-digit number assigned to a manufacturer by the Uniform Product Council, Inc. This number appears as the left half of the UPC number.
margin
The distance between the edge of a label and where the printing starts on that label. The margin is also called the quiet zone. See also top-of-form.
media
The label stock on which the printer prints labels. Media can be made of plain paper, polyester, thermally reactive paper, or other materials with adhesive backing.
memory cards
See PC card.
menu
A list of commands accessible through the control panel on the printer. Menus contain submenus and selections of printer features.
MES
Manufacturing execution systems. Systems that use network computing to automate production control and process. By downloading "recipes" and work schedules and uploading production results, MESs bridge the gap between business and plant-floor or process-control systems.
message
1. A unit of information that may be composed of one or more data fields. 2. The data portion of a transaction.
message handler
The central process in the DCM software. The message handler performs verification and routing services. All transactions going to and from data collection hardware are directed through the message handler.
message type
A string of characters followed by a delimiter that identifies a transaction as being of a specified type. It could also be referred to as a transaction identifier.
middleware
The software interface or link that enables data to pass from the source to a client. For example, middleware enables Intermec terminals to interface with ERP applications.
mil
One thousandth of an inch (0.001 inch), or approximately 0.0254 millimeter. Bar code bar widths are commonly referred to as being a certain number of mils wide.
MINICMD
A very small command shell alternative for the full COMMAND.COM that is primarily used in the 6200 512K flash where space is limited.
misread/bad read
A condition that occurs when the data output of a reader does not agree with the encoded data presented.
MkImage
One of two programs you can use to change the contents of drive C. MkImage creates an image file containing the files you want on drive C. You can run MkImage on a host, on the reader's PC card drive, or on the reader's RAM drive.
mnemonic code
An acronym or abbreviation for a computer instruction, routine, or format. For example, represents the start of text.
Model 200 Controller
A network controller that connects Intermec's wired and wireless products to your local area network or directly to a host.
modem
Short for modulator/demodulator. A communications device that converts one form of a signal to another that is suitable for transmission over communication circuits, typically from digital to analog and then from analog to digital.
modem card
A Type II PC card that converts one form of a signal to another, which is suitable for transmission over communications circuits, typically from digital to analog and then from analog to digital.
modular connector
A cable device connector similar to a telephone jack connector.
module
The narrowest nominal bar or space in a bar code. Wider bars and spaces are often specified as multiples of one module.
Modulus 43 check character
Check character derivation method for Code 39.
moving beam bar code reader
A scanning device that is used by mechanically or electronically moving the optical geometry.
MRP
Materials requirements planning. MRP and MRP II are phases in developing computerized methods to plan the use of company resources, such as raw materials, vendors, production equipment, and processes.
MS-DOS Programs companion disk
One of the disks that Intermec ships with your JANUS reader. This disk contains commands and device drivers. Some of these commands and drivers are already installed on the reader. This disk also contains applications, such as INTERLNK.EXE, MkImage, and PutImage.
MSI code
A bar code symbology that is a modified version of Plessey code. It is fixed length, continuous, and non self-checking. This code is used to mark retail shelves for inventory reordering. The character set is 0 - 9 plus additional symbols.
Multi-Drop address
The address of the COM port when you are using Multi-Drop communications protocol. Each Multi-Drop address has unique POL and SEL characters that are automatically set when you configure the address.
Multi-Drop protocol
Communications protocol similar to Polling Mode D, used when connecting multiple readers to a port concentrator. In Multi-Drop, each reader on the line must be assigned a unique POL and SEL character. Multi-Drop operates only at 2400 baud or higher and cannot be modified.
multiple-read symbol
A bar code symbol that takes the form <start code space data stop code>. Multiple-read symbol are stored in the reader's buffer until a command to transmit is received or until a regular symbol (a symbol with no leading space) is scanned. See regular symbol.
multitasking
The process of switching from one operation to another quickly. This results in the appearance that several programs are running at the same time.
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