You won’t find another check scanner quite like the Micro Adaptive! This dual-purpose device has all the features you need to capture compliant check images — including bank-quality MICR read capability — but it also accommodates full pages up to 8.5″x14″ US legal size.
Based on the design of the compact SmartSource Micro Elite, this scanner won’t take up a lot of space on your countertop; in fact, it’s taller than it is wide! Now in 2021, it also comes with TWAIN support for interacting with a wide range of external programs.
Interact easily with other programs
The big thing about scanning full pages is that you might need to share them with any one of thousands of different programs, not just your bank’s check deposit application. TWAIN is the common language that many programs use to communicate with printers and scanners, so we’ve added support for sharing the Micro Adaptive with TWAIN-based programs. Our latest API has an option for an extra TWAIN interface package, which allows the scanner to be addressed with general TWAIN commands. Using the Micro Adaptive can be as simple as selecting it from within your TWAIN-based program, instead of requiring custom coding to interact with our scanner API directly. It’s a real game-changer for working with third-party software for things like accounting, record-keeping and archiving, and practice management platforms.
The Micro Adaptive’s TWAIN functionality includes sharing capabilities, so the scanner can be used by both the bank’s check deposit application* and a TWAIN application, without exiting either program. As long as each one is set to release control of the device when it’s not being used to do a scan, you can switch back and forth between programs freely. (Please note that the Micro Adaptive’s TWAIN interface provides image capture functionality. Other check-related functions like MICR reading are not available to programs that use the TWAIN interface.)
*Since the “scanner sharing” feature was added in our latest API release in May 2021, you’ll want to check with your bank first to make sure they’re using a version that includes it. The TWAIN package is an add-on that installs separately from the bank’s software, so best to check ahead!
Capturing an image of an ID card can tell you a lot more than just looking at it. With machine-readable features like security microprinting and 2D barcodes becoming standard on official IDs, scanning IDs is becoming more and more popular. Whether you’re doing security tests, or just auto-populating information like the customer’s name and address, there’s a lot that your scanner can do.
Plastic cards don’t go around the same curved paper track as checks, though — so the Micro Adaptive uses a straight-through path that feeds from the front for easy access. That’s also the same track it uses for full-height documents that are taller than the main path.
With the increased importance of high-quality image capture, we’ve updated the image sensors on the Micro Adaptive to 600 dpi in full color for ID cards. It can also capture full pages in photo-quality 300 dpi resolution.
Regular cleaning is one of the simplest but most important steps you can take to ensure your check scanner keeps running smoothly and produces high-quality images. Unfortunately, with past models, it was also easy to do it wrong, or to forget about it entirely. We’ve taken care of both those issues in the new generation of SmartSource scanners — including the Micro Adaptive.
The Micro Adaptive’s automatic cleaning mode uses the scanner’s motors to scrub the track thoroughly, making sure all the key components get a good cleaning. There’s no room for human error in the process. The Smart LED indicator also changes color to tell you when it’s time for maintenance, eliminating the number one reason why scanners experience preventable feeding and image quality issues.
(Please note: Because of the Micro Adaptive’s increased height, sometimes it’s necessary to manually wipe the camera class where a cleaning card doesn’t reach. Like its smaller cousin the Micro Elite, the Micro Adaptive has a hinged image sensor assembly, giving you easy access to the internal components!)
A Growing Family
If you have large mixed batches to scan, and you need a high-speed device,
then the more powerful SmartSource Adaptive may be the best choice for you.
Two Different Machines with Similar Purposes
For general check and document capture of a few items at a time, the Micro Adaptive has your needs covered. Checks are inserted one at a time on the right-hand side, and travel past the magnetic MICR reader and then the image sensor in a U-shaped path. Full-page documents, or rigid items like ID cards, are inserted on the left, and use a straight-through or feed-and-return scan. This avoids them getting stuck around any curves, although no magnetic information is captured.
If you’ve got a lot of items to scan at once, feeding documents one at a time and switching from side to side may not work so well. In that case, the full-sized SmartSource Adaptive is recommended. It’s a bigger and more complex machine, but it has the power to handle big jobs quickly.
Bank-Quality MICR Reading Across All Devices
The big difference between our Adaptive family and “off the shelf” full-page scanners is the ability to capture the MICR information encoded in magnetic ink at the bottom of a check. That data is incredibly important to the accuracy of bank deposits, but it requires special sensors that general-purpose scanners don’t have. Our devices all deliver the same quality MICR you’d find at a bank, besides capturing full pages. They also do full pages quite a bit faster than most retail scanners!
Nutrien Ag Solutions is North America’s largest retailer that sells directly to farmers and growers. With more than 2,000 locations scattered across rural areas all over the continent, keeping track of each customer and each payment is a big job.
Because of the unique nature of the agricultural business, every customer is different, and that includes payment methods and schedules. Tracking each payment along with the correct customer record and invoice takes on extra importance when both purchases and payments might be seasonal or cyclical, and may not match each other on a 1:1 basis. Nutrien has been in the process of rolling out a unified, electronic customer database, and has leveraged the SmartSource Adaptive to import checks and other documents together. This has made record-keeping easier and more accessible, as well as eliminated highly manual processes involving multiple scanners for input.
The high dollar value of a typical agricultural purchase has also made the check an especially advantageous payment method. And since many of Nutrien’s branches are located in rural areas, electronic deposits have taken on even more value — a case where “remote” deposit really means it.