Beta Disk Unit

From the punching center to the production floor, the Beta’s features and flexibility truly put it in a class by itself. Simple, intuitive, and easy to use, the Beta is built on the advanced embroidery disk unit technology that made the Alpha Disk Reader a success.

The Beta is a full function disk unit that reads, writes, and formats the industry’s most popular disk types. The Beta features all of the disk reader functions of the Alpha Disk Reader. Add to that the Beta’s write functions and the serial port model (Beta232), and you’ve got the most flexible, feature-rich disk unit in the industry!

What you can do with a Beta Disk Unit

Standard features

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Beta Disk Unit options

Beta Model 232 (Beta232)

With the Beta232 connected to your computer’s serial port, you can now use your computer to read or write pattern disks! Using the worldwide standard RS232 DCE protocol, the Beta232 connects to any device that has a standard serial port. The Beta232 has the same serial port connector wiring as a modem, which means that you can use off-the-shelf computer serial/modem cables.

In a typical application, you might connect Macintosh-based punching equipment to the Beta232 serial port using a standard off-the-shelf Macintosh modem cable. With this configuration, you could read or write Barudan patterns to the disk mounted in the Beta directly from the Macintosh computer.

The Beta232 comprises a serial port module that replaces the rear panel of the standard Beta Disk Unit. It supports four popular baud rates (1200, 2400, 4800, 9600 baud) and supports connections with or without handshaking.

Other serial disk units carry a hefty price tag and reward your investment with poor performance and limited capability. The Beta232 is affordable and pays you back with a powerful combination of compatibility, connectivity, capability, and performance.

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Specifications

Disk Types Supported: 3.5-in. double-density (read & write) & high-density (read only)
Read Formats Supported: FDR, FMC I or II, Tajima DST and DSB, Melco MS-DOS Expanded, Melco MS-DOS Chenille, ZSK, Happy
Write Formats Supported: DOS double-density
Pattern Transfer Rates,
Standard Unit
(Actual rates governed by equipment connected to Beta Disk Unit)
Input Rate: 50,000 stitches per minute maximum
Output Rate: 6,000 stitches per minute maximum
Pattern Transfer Rate, Beta232: Determined by baud rate
Beta232 Baud Rates: 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600
Rear Panel Connectors  
Standard Unit, Input: (1) Hirose 20-pin male
Standard Unit,
Multi-Head Output:
(1) Honda 20-pin male
Standard Unit,
Monogram Output:
(1) Hirose 20-pin female
Beta232, Input/Output: (1) DB-25 male
Dimensions (in. (mm))  
Height: 2.8 (72)
Width: 6.4 (162)
Depth: 9.8 (249)
Weight (lb. (kg)): 3 (1.4)
Power Requirements: 12 Vdc, 800 mA
Domestic Power Adapter  
Type: Wall-mounted
Input: 100-120 Vac @ 0.2A
Output: 12 Vdc @ 1A
Output Cable: 6-ft., 2x18 AWG
Output Connection to Unit: 3.5mm male plug, tip positive
Operating Environment  
Temperature Range (F (C)): 32° (0°)-104° (40°)
Relative Humidity: 10%-90%, non-condensing
Regulatory Approval: UL 1310, CSA 22.2
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