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DS3600-DPX Ultra-Rugged Scanner

Unstoppable performance for Direct Part Marks (DPM) on matte-finished surfaces

Every day, workers on the manufacturing plant floor scan thousands of direct part marks required to protect product quality and meet end-to-end product traceability regulations. Their productivity depends on the quality of the scanner you put in their hands. With the DS3600-DPX Ultra-Rugged scanner, you can give them the best. Get instant capture of direct part marks, plus virtually any 1D or 2D printed barcode. Built for your toughest environments, the DS3600-DPX is virtually indestructible, including an enhanced 10 ft./3 m drop spec to concrete and dual IP65/IP68 sealing. With DataCapture DNA, Zebra’s exclusive software ecosystem, you can simplify every stage of the scanning experience over the life of your device. And when it comes to cordless technology, the DS3678-DPX’s Zebra-only features put it in a class of its own. The DS3600-DPX—the unstoppable performance you need to ensure traceability, reduce production cycle times and prevent unplanned production-line downtime.

DS3600-DPX Ultra-Rugged Scanner Spec Sheet Product Image

Performs In Your Toughest Environments

Superior Scanning on DPM and Standard 1D/2D Barcodes

Comprehensive patented features and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology enable the capture of direct part mark (DPM) and printed 1D/2D barcodes. Ideally suited for capturing clean laser-etched direct part marks on matte-finished surfaces, as well as dot peen, ink mark, chemical etch, inkjet mold, cast and thermal spray.

The same scanner can capture virtually any barcode printed on a label—including damaged, dirty, poorly printed or under shrinkwrap. This dual functionality allows you to use the same scanner on the production line for end-to-end track and trace, and in the warehouse from receiving to shipping.

Ultra-Rugged—the Most Indestructible Design in its Class

Zebra ultra-rugged scanners earned their name for a reason—you won’t find a tougher family of scanners. Ready for the world’s harshest environments, the DS3600-DPX has the highest drop, tumble and sealing specifications in its class. It can survive 10 ft./3 m drops to concrete and 7,500 tumbles. With dual IP65/IP68 sealing, the DS3600-DPX is dust proof, can handle the force of jetting water and be fully submerged in water. Built to withstand extreme heat, cold and humidity, the DS3600-DPX can be used anywhere—indoor, outdoor and even in the freezer.¹

Easily Capture Label Data for Better Inventory Management

With Label Parse+, the DS3600-DPX can instantly capture and parse GS1 label barcode data on items, enabling workers to easily capture a wealth of data, including expiration dates and lot number/manufacturing location.

Read Up to 20 Barcodes With One Press of the Scan Trigger

With Multi-Code Data Formatting (MDF), the DS3600-DPX can capture multiple barcodes with a single scan and transmit only the barcodes you need, in the order your application expects.

Faster Pick-List Processing

Easily select and capture an individual barcode from any pick list.

The DS3600-DPX—Streamline end-to-end product traceability and reduce production cycle times with the ultra-rugged scanner that redefines reliability.

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Flexible Feedback Modes

Mix and match the feedback modes that best fit your environment— vibration, wraparound LEDs that are easy to see from any position, a beep tone and Zebra’s Direct Decode Indicator that projects illumination on the captured barcode.

Superior Cordless Technology

Ultra-Rugged Cradle and Charging Contacts Designed to Last

The DS3600-DPX is the first scanner in its class to offer a cradle with IP65 sealing. Its industrial charging contacts withstand 250,000 insertions. And Zebra’s exclusive Connect+ Contact technology assures reliable, corrosion-free charging over the life of the scanner.

More Than 100,000 Scans on a Single Charge

The PowerPrecision+ battery delivers the ultimate in battery power and management. You get more than three times the amount of scans per charge than with competitive models in this product class, so workers can scan more items over a longer period of time. You also get visibility into a wealth of battery health-related data, including charge cycles consumed, current battery status and a State of Health meter, which identifies if batteries are healthy and holding a full charge or ready for retirement.

Battery and Bluetooth® Status At-A-Glance

The first-in-its-class battery ‘charge gauge’ and Bluetooth status LED make it easy to monitor battery power as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

Switch Workflows in an Instant with AutoConfig

Since scanner settings are stored in the cradle base, simply pair the DS3600-DPX to a different base to automatically configure it for a new host application. For example, you can take a scanner from the manufacturing line and use it for shipping without manually changing settings.

Keep Track of Your Scanners and Prevent Workflow Interruptions

With Virtual Tether, you won’t have to worry about a warehouse worker leaving a scanner behind on a pallet. Both the scanner and cradle will alert users when a scanner is taken beyond its Bluetooth range or left out of the cradle for a predefined length of time.

Eliminate Bluetooth Interference with Wi-Fi™ Friendly Mode

Wi-Fi Friendly Mode eliminates the wireless interference that Bluetooth devices can create in your Wi-Fi environment.

Unrivaled Manageability

Identify and Correct Problem Barcodes with ScanSpeed Analytics

Only from Zebra, ScanSpeed Analytics provides detailed metrics on every barcode captured—enabling you to identify poor performing barcodes that slow down your operations.

No-Cost Tools to Meet Your Management Needs

With 123Scan, you can easily create configuration barcodes to program scanners. If your imagers are in multiple locations across the country or around the world, with Scanner Management Service (SMS), you can configure and update the firmware for any DS3600-DPX device that is plugged into the host—no depot staging or user action is required.

Up-To-The-Minute Insight Into Every Aspect of Your Scanners

The logging agent’s Remote Diagnostics capabilities automate the recording of scanner asset information, health and statistics, configuration settings and barcode data—giving you the information needed for event verification, blockchain traceability, pilot site ROI generation, troubleshooting and predictive fleet-wide trend analysis

A Model to Meet Virtually Every Need

  • LI3600-SR: Standard range 1D barcode capture
  • LI3600-ER: Extended range 1D barcode capture
  • DS3600-SR: Standard range scanning of 1D and 2D barcodes
  • DS3600-HP: High-performance scanner captures 1D/2D barcodes over longer distances, plus OCR, photos and documents
  • DS3600-HD: Captures high-density 1D/2D barcodes
  • DS3600-DP: Capture of Direct Part Marks (DPM)
  • DS3600-DPX: Capture clean laser-etched Direct Part Marks on matte-finished surfaces
  • DS3600-ER: Extended range 1D/2D barcode capture
  • DS3600-DPA: Optimized to read Direct Part Marks and wide 1D barcodes
  • DS3600-KD: Versatility of a keypad and color display


Physical Characteristics


Corded: 7.3 in. H x 3.0 in. W x 5.2 in. D
18.5 cm H x 7.7 cm W x 13.2 cm D
Cordless: 7.3 in. H x 3.0 in. W x 5.6 in. D
18.5 cm H x 7.7 cm W x 14.3 cm D


Corded: 10.72 oz./304 g
Cordless: 14.18 oz./402 g

Input Voltage Range

Host powered: 4.5 VDC min., 5.5 VDC max.
External power supply: 11.4 VDC min.,
12.6 VDC max.

Operating CurrentDS3608-DPX (corded): 360 mA (RMS typical)
Standby CurrentDS3608-DPX (corded): 100 mA (RMS typical)
ColorIndustrial Green
Supported Host InterfacesUSB, RS232, Keyboard Wedge

PowerPrecision+ 3100 mAh Li-Ion
rechargeable battery

User IndicatorsDirect decode indicator; LEDs; beeper; vibration

Performance Characteristics

Scans per Full Charge

Image CaptureBasic
IlluminationDirect: Two (2) warm white light LED
Aimer655 nm laser
Imager Field of ViewHorizontal: 31°, Vertical: 23°
Image Sensor1,280 x 960 pixels
Minimum Print Contrast15% minimum reflective difference

Skew: ± 60°
Pitch: ± 60°
Roll: ± 360°

Decode Capabilities²


Code 39, Code 128, Code 93, Codabar/NW7, Code
11, MSI Plessey, UPC/EAN, I 2 of 5, Korean 3 of 5,
GS1 DataBar, Base 32 (Italian Pharma)

PDF417, Micro PDF417, Composite Codes, TLC-39,
Aztec, DataMatrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, Micro QR,
Chinese Sensible (Han Xin), Postal Codes

IUID Support

Supports IUID parsing, the ability to read and
separate IUID fields per application requirements

User Environment

Operating Temp.

Corded: -22° F to 122° F/-30° C to 50° C
Cordless: -4° F to 122° F/-20° C to 50° C

Storage Temp.-40° F to 158° F/-40° C to 70° C
Humidity5% to 95% non-condensing
Drop Specification

DS36X8: Withstands multiple 10.0 ft/3.0 m drops to concrete at room temperature
DS3678: Withstands multiple 8.0 ft/2.4 m drops to concrete at -20° C to 50° C
DS3608: Withstands multiple 8.0 ft/2.4 m drops to concrete at -30° C to 50° C

Tumble Specification7500 3.3 ft./1.0 m tumbles

Scanner: IP65 and IP68 per applicable IEC sealing specifications
FLB cradle: IP65


Per EN61000-4-2, ±20 KV air discharge, ±10 KV
direct discharge, ±10 KV indirect discharge

Ambient Light Immunity

0 to 10,037 Foot Candles/0 to 108,000 Lux
(direct sunlight)

Utilities and Maintenance


Programs scanner parameters, upgrades
firmware, provides scanned barcode data
and prints reports. For more information,

Scanner SDK

Generates a fully-featured scanner application, including documentation, drivers, test utilities and sample source code. For more information,

Scanner Management Service (SMS)

Remotely manages your Zebra scanner and queries its asset information. For more information,

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth RadioBluetooth Class 1, Version 4.0 (LE), serial port (SPP)and HID profiles
Data Rate

3 Mbit/s (2.1 Mbit/s) for Classic Bluetooth
1 Mbit/s (0.27 Mbit/s) for Low Energy

Radio Range

Direct line of sight in open air: Class 1: Minimum
300 ft. (100.0 m); Class 2: Minimum 30 ft. (10.0 m)


EnvironmentalRoHS EN 50581: 2012
Electrical Safety

EU Safety: EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1: 2010 + A12: 2011 + AC 2011 + A2: 2013; International Safety: IEC 60950-1: 2005 + A1: 2009 + A2: 2013
US/Canada Safety: UL 60950-1, second edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07

Laser/LED Safety

Exempt Risk Group LED per IEC/EN 62471 (Ed 1)
Class 2 Laser per IEC/EN 60825-1 (Ed 3)
Complies with 21CFR1040.10


IT Emissions: EN 55022: 2010/AC: 2011 (Class B);
IT Immunity: EN 55024: 2010; Heavy Industrial: EN 61000-6-2: 2005/AC:2005; Harmonic Current Emissions: EN 61000-3-2: 2006 + A1: 2009 + A2: 2009 (Class B); Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker:
EN 61000-3-3: 2013; Medical Electrical Equipment: EN 60601-1-2: 2007/AC: 2010, IEC 60601-1-2: 2007 (Modified); Radio Frequency Devices: 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, Class B
Digital Apparatus: ICES-003 Issue 5, Class B

Decode Range (Typical)³



Code 39: 3.0 mil

0.5-4.7 in./1.3-11.9 cm

Code 39: 5.0 mil0.2-5.6 in./0.5-14.2 cm
PDF417: 6.6 mil0.1-4.0 in./0.3-10.2 cm
Datamatrix: 5.0 mil1.2-2.9 in./3.0-7.4 cm
Datamatrix: 10.0 mil0.1-4.9 in./0.3-12.5 cm
QR: 10.0 mil0.1-4.8 in./0.3-12.2 cm
100% UPC: 13.0 mil⁴0.4-9.6 in./⁴1.0-24.4 cm
C128: 15.0 mil⁴3.3-10.0 in./⁴8.4-25.4 cm


Subject to the terms of Zebra’s hardware warranty statement, the
DS3608-DPX/DS3678-DPX is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of: Scanner and Cradle: thirty-six (36) months,
Battery: twelve (12) months from the date of shipment.
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Recommended Services

Zebra OneCare™ Select; Zebra OneCare Essential


1. Heated scanner holder accessory recommended to reduce condensation on the outside of scan window when moving in and out of freezers.
2. Refer to Product Reference Guide for complete list of symbologies.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
3. Printing resolution, contrast, and ambient light dependent.
4. FOV/barcode width limited; Decode ranges measured with DPM Mode OFF, photographic paper barcodes, under 30fcd ambient light conditions.

DataCapture DNA

For more information about DataCapture DNA and its applications, please visit

DS3600-DPX Ultra-Rugged Scanner Spec Sheet Mobility DNA Icons: 123Scan, Blood Bag Parse+, Label Parse+, Multi-code Data Formatting, PowerPrecision+, Preferred Symbol, PRZM Intelligent Imaging, Remote Diagnostics, Remote Management, Scanner Control Application, ScanSpeed Analytics, Scan-to-Connect, Software Development Kit, UDI Scan+, Virtual Tether, Wifi Friendly Mode, IoT Connector

Markets and Applications


  • Manufacturing Lifetime identification (UID)
  • Track and trace Maintenance management
  • Warranty service
  • Product authentication
  • Automotive/Aerospace/Defense

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