Microscan is recognized worldwide as a developer of hands-free automated bar code scanners and decoders for automated systems. Founded in 1982, Microscan was the first company to successfully integrate a laser diode into a scanner. This breakthrough enabled it to become a leader in the ever-expanding field of miniaturized high-speed fixed-mount bar code scanning. The company has continued to excel in other areas as well, developing a complete array of scanning products for a diverse base of industrial users. These include automated document handling, electronic manufacturing, clinical diagnostic analyzers, automated tape libraries and quality/process control tracking applications. With the introduction of the first fully integrated 2D code reader, the Quadrus, Microscan continues its leadership role in advancing the state-of-the-art in the bar code industry. Micoscan is located in Renton, Wash.