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Critical to inventory and tracking systems, fork lift drivers and assembly line workers at warehouse operations, big box retail stores, shipping companies and supermarkets handle bar code scanners on a daily basis. Although these delicate instruments are critical for inventory control, they can be easily broken when dropped and are often misplaced and not available when needed.

Gear Keeper’s full-featured instrument retractor line securely hangs a Bar Code Scanner from a forklift or packaging/assembly line offering workers with easy accessibility in use and secure storage when not in service. In addition to the durable and compact design of the retractor mechanism, each unit includes the patented Q/C-II connector that allows quick and easy disconnection of the instrument from the tether. For those scanners without lanyard loop an adhesive attachment pad is in also included.

Like other retractable tethers in the Gear Keeper line, the bar scanner tether is engineered so that the instrument, application and recoil/retraction force are in balance. When the retractable tether is extended for use, only minimal force is necessary thereby avoiding worker fatigue or in the reverse, causing a “kick” when the instrument is safely guided back to the secure storage position.

Retraction forces and extension lengths are load tested and matched for the weight of the instrument. The retractors are constructed with nylon line w/Kevlar core and 80# break strength, stainless steel spring and hardware. Each unit includes a thumb controlled locking device that holds scanners at any point in the extension. Priced at $24.99 each, they are available in three retraction forces and extensions -12oz./ 42” extension (Model RT3-4512), 18oz./36” extension (Model RT3-4518) and 24oz./32” extension (Model RT3-4524). For 50 units or more, contact the company for quantity discounts.

Although the RT3-45xx series is primarily for hanging instruments from fork lifts or assembly lines, other Gear Keeper retractable tethering systems offer a variety of personal instrument tethering options that enable users to also hang the instrument with a belt clamp that has a full range of motion or if preferred, a comfortable shoulder strap. Both can be ordered with a variety of clips or straps depending on individual application needs and instrument weights up to 36oz.

For more information on the RT3-45xx series of bar code scanners, log on to

The full line of Gear Keeper instrument tethers and accessories are available on the company’s website at

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