i NSIGHT™ 4ES OMR Scanner

The i NSIGHT 4ES optical mark read (OMR) and image scanner is one of the most versatile and efficient desktop scanners available for automated data collection. The scanner's powerful processor delivers fast document throughput and provides a complete solution with a variety of off-the-shelf and custom software packages.
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The i NSIGHT™ 4ES offers you all the robust capabilities of optical mark recognition (OMR) technology-plus a wealth of expanded functions through document imaging. The i NSIGHT 4ES scanner accurately scans an OMR form for written pencil and pen marks (such as bubbles, check marks, tick marks) and bar codes, giving you the most precise and effective data available.

This scanner also adds the power and flexibility of image capture. The i NSIGHT 4ES capture both images of full pages or image clips of text areas or text boxes, such as essay responses on a test or comment fields on a survey. This dynamic scanner can meet all your data collection needs today and in the future.

Accurate, Fast and Efficient

The i NSIGHT 4ES scanner is accurate, fast and efficient. It has a form throughput rate of up to 2,800 sheets-per-hour and a fixed, automatic feed hopper that holds 100 sheets and helps eliminate continual form reloading and constant operator attention.

Using continuous self diagnostics, the i NSIGHT 4ES alerts you when it detects conditions that may affect data accuracy. The scanner's sheet thickness detector helps ensure the scanner reads only one sheet at a time and the sheet-skew detection helps ensure proper registration while scanning.

The i NSIGHT 4ES is energy efficient and reduces power consumption when not in use.

Easy to Operate

The i NSIGHT 4ES scanner is easy to operate and reads both pencil and pen marks from an OMR form, giving you the most precise and effective data available. Messages are provided on a forty-character display to simplify operation. An open feed path provides sheet visibility at all times as well as easy access for sheet removal and transport cleaning. The scanner self-diagnostics quickly pinpoint any operating problems.

Software applications developed for the i NSIGHT 2/3/4/4U and ScanMark™ ES 2010, 2260, and 2800 scanners are plug-and-play compatible with the i NSIGHT 4ES scanner.


Providing multiple data collection capabilities

Combining OMR and image capture technology, i NSIGHT 4ES scanners:

  • Read traditional OMR "bubble" marks.
  • Capture image clips of text areas or text boxes, such as essay responses on a test or comment fields on a survey.
  • Capture images of full pages.
  • Capture and convert written information into digital information with ICR technology - such as name, address, and identification number.
  • Read both pen and pencil forms.
  • Read checkbox responses, X box responses, and bar codes.

What's the difference between pencil read and ink read and why does it matter?

Lots of scanners say they can read both pencil and ink marks, including us. But not all scanners support both pencil and ink forms. Due to the type of light source used to recognize marks, pencil forms can be very colorful, since the read-head will only recognize the pencil marks on those forms—the color of the form doesn't matter. Pencil forms are often more visually engaging, but you lose the ability to support ink responses. On the other hand, ink forms use what's known as a drop out color (usually some type of red or orange). That way, the scanner can ignore anything that's red or orange, letting it read either pencil or ink marks from the form.

Why does this matter? It matters because scanning accuracy depends on the read-head and processing software knowing what is part of the form and what is a mark. Scantron's guaranteed scannable forms and industry-leading mark recognition software ensure that you get the same reliable results, regardless of which type of form you use.

Eliminate extra steps

The i NSIGHT 4ES is designed to lighten your workload, enabling you to:

  • Readily share documents online with colleagues - such as tests to be graded by a group of teachers. This powerful feature eliminates the cumbersome task of photocopying, distributing, and collecting paper copies.
  • Create electronic archives for a paperless "paper trail" - a convenient and reliable alternative to paper records that can degrade over time.
  • Simplify the process for users in providing demographic information - with intelligent character recognition (ICR) technology that converts hand-print to electronic text.


  • Programmable interactive printer(s) that print information on the sheet being scanned based on the scanned data. The printer(s) can print error codes, alphanumeric messages, serial numbers, validation flags, and test scores with no effect on the throughput rate.
  • Bar code reader - reads bar codes in ladder format.
  • SelfScore option allows operation without connection to a host computer with test scoring, survey, and ballot capabilities
  • Select Stacker allows separate stacking of sheets based on criteria selected in your scanning software.
  • Optional RealTime Character Recognition™ software allows processing of machine and hand print data.

Customer Application

    Testing and Training
  • Tests and learning assessment
  • Instructor, performance, and course evaluations
  • Enrollment and tracking
  • Student profiles, documentation, and forms
    Research and Evaluation
  • Survey and questionnaire data collection
  • Product research
  • Program evaluations
  • Competitive data collection
  • Enrollment and applications
    Human Resources
  • Payroll/time sheets
  • Benefit enrollments
  • Applicant tracking
  • Employee change of status
  • Employee surveys
  • 360-Degree surveys
  • Patient encounter forms
  • Patient satisfaction surveys
  • Medical histories and patient forms
  • Patient, needs and risk assessments
  • Nurse staffing reports
  • Continuing education evaluations
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