Puma II users manual
Contents
Important information …………………………………………..……..
Quick installation guide ………………………………………….……
About cutting tool ………………………………………….………….
Checking Supplied items …………………………………….………..
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Chapter 1. Parts Names and Functions ………………………….…….
1.1 Front view ……………………………………………………
1.2 Back view with stand ………………………………… ……..
1.3 Side view ……………………………………………………..
1.4 Control Panel …………………………………………………
Chapter 2. Setup …………………………………….…………………
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2.1 Setting up ……………………………………………………..
2.2 Stands and media support system installation………………..
2.3 Power and cable connections …………………………………
2.4 Blade installation …………………………………………….
2.5 Media loading ………………………………………………..
2.6 Tracking performance ………………………………………..
2.7 Dip switch setting …………………………………………….
2.8 Power on ……………………………………………………..
2.9 On/Off line key ………………………………………………
2.10 Pause key ……………………………………………………
2.11 Repeat key …………………………………………………..
2.12 Data clear key ……………………………………………….
2.13 Origin setting ……………………………………………….
2.14 Cut test ………………………………………………………
2.15 When completing the cutting job ……………………………
Chapter 3 Connecting cutting plotter ………………………………….
3.1 Universal serial bus …………………………………………
3.2 Parallel transmission ………………………………………..
3.3 Serial transmission ………………………………………….
Chapter 4 Virtual LCD …………………………………………………
4.1 Installation …………………………………………………..
4.2 Before usingVLCD ………………………………………….
4.3 Functions of VLCD …………………………………………….
Chapter 5 Basic Maintenance …………………………………………
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5.1 Cleaning the cutting plotter …………………………………
5.2 Clearning the grid drum……………………………………..
5.3 Clearning the pinch rollers ………………………………….
Chapter 6 Troubleshooting ………………………………………….…
6.1 If the cutting plotter cannot operate …………………………
6.2 Light indicators ……………………………………………..
6.3 Cutting quality problem……………………………………..
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Appendix:
1. Specifications of Puma II …………………………………………..
2. Specifications of GCC blade ……………………………………….
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b
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Thanks for your purchasing of our SignPal Puma II series cutting plotters.
For your safety and optimize the performance of the Puma II, please read
user manual completely and keep it in a correct location.
PRECAUTIONS IN USE
For safety’s sake, please always hold the cutter firmly from the bottom when
moving it. Please hold from the bottom.
Do not shake or drop the blade holder, blade tip maybe fly out.
During operation, keep away from any moving parts of the cutter (such as the
carriage, drums). Also be careful that clothing and hair do not be caught.
Connect the power cable to a grounded outlet.
Always use the accessory power cable that is provided. Do not wire the power
cable so that it becomes bent or caught between objects.
Do not connect the power cable to branch outlet to which other machines are also
connected, or use an extension cable. There is danger of overheating and of
mis-operation of the machine.
Keep the blade away from children.
Always put the pinch rollers within position of the white marks.
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QUICK MENU
1. Power ON. (The POWER LED lights on)
2. Note: Make sure the level is up before placing the media on the plotter. Place the
media and pull the level to lower down the pinch rollers (must be sure the pinch
rollers are position above the grid drums, that is, within the white marks).
3.
Puma II will take about 10 sec to initialize the machine. Then the
cutter will size the media automatically according to set of the dip switch (usually
the presetting is EDGE media type).
4. Off-line condition – Plotter is not ready to receive data from computer. Press
ON/OFF LINE key, the LED above the key turns off.
5.
On-line condition - Plotter is ready to receive data from computer. Press
ON/OFF LINE key, the LED above the key lights.
6.
Change the setting value during cutting. Press PAUSE key, the LED above the
key flashes. To continue cutting press ON/OFF LINE key.
7.
Terminate the cutting and clear the data in the buffer. Press ON/OFF LINE key or
PAUSE key and then press DATA CLEAR key.
II
About the Tool
A generic term refer to the blade that cuts the sheet, the pen that does plotting, and
the LED bombsight (option) used for pointing to the reference point.
OFFSET is the distance that the blade tip is displaced from the centerline of the
blade.
Blade
Central line
Blade tip
Offset
Protrusion Length of the Blade
Thickness of
the film (t1)
Protrusion length
of the blade
Thickness of the
base paper (t 2)
Length of protrusion = t1 + t 2/ 2, but for your convenience you may just make it about 0.3~ 0.5
mm beyond the blade holder tip.
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Checking Supplied Items
1. Installation CD
2. Printer Cable
3. AC Power Cable
4. RS232 Cable
5. Blade Holder & Fiber – 6. Cutting Strip (Pad)
Tip Pen
7. Safe Blade
8. USB Cable
9. Error-Correct & Function
Sticker
10 Roll Base
11. Tweezers
(only for PII-30/60)
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12.Knife
Chapter 1 Parts Names and Functions
1.1 Front View
Pinch Roller: Press the
Cutting Carriage: This
unit performs the cutting
media against grid drum
during cutting.
Control Panel: Consists of
10 control keys and 6 LEDs
with the installed blade and
pen.
Paper
Sensor: The
Sensor detect
the presence
of media.
Cutting Pad: Provides
protection for the blade
while the blade is cutting
Alignment Ruler: Media
can be aligned with the
clear guide line marks
media back and forth
during operation.
Platen: The surface for
Knife Guide: To cut off
holding and supporting
the extra media easily
media during cutting.
along this groove.
Figure 1-1 Front view of Puma II
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Grid Drum: Moves the
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1-2 Back View of Puma II 132S with stand
Roll holder support
Stand
Roll holder
Roll Holder guide bushes
Fig 1-2 Back view of Puma II 132S with stand
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1-3 side view of Puma II
1
2
3
Fig 1-3 Left hand side view of Puma II
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5
6
7
8
Fig 1-4 Right hand side view of Puma II
Left Hand Side (Figure 1-3)
1. AC Power Connector – Used to insert the AC power cord.
2. Fuse – Up to 3 Amp.
3. Power Switch – On when switches to [I]; Off when switches to [O]
Right Hand Side (Figure 1-4)
4. USB interface Connector - Used to connect the cutting plotter to a
computer through a USB cable.
5. Parallel Interface Connector (Centronics) – Used to connect the cutting
plotter to a computer through a parallel interface cable.
6. Pen Force Control Slider – Set the blade force here.
7. Serial Interface Connector (RS-232C) – Used to connect the cutting
plotter to a computer through a serial interface cable.
8. Dip Switch - Used for various parameter setting.
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1.4 Control Panel
PAUSE Key – This key
can temporarily halt cutting
DATA CLEAR Key –
CUT TEST Key – To test
in progress, and the
This key can clear
the set value. The CUT
ON/OFF LINE LED
the data in the buffer
TEST LED is on, while
flashes. Press ON/OFF
memory.
doing the cut test.
LINE Key can resume
cutting.
ARROW Key –
To move the
media or the
ON/OFF LINE Key –
cutting carriage.
This key can
connect the cutting
plotter and the host
computer. The LED
ORIGIN SET
lights on when press
Key – This key
ON LINE key., Press
sets the original
again the ON/OFF
point.
LINE LED will be off.
REPEAT Key – Press
this button to repeat the
last cutting, and the
REPEAT LED turns on.
POWER LED –
Turn on the
power, the
POWER LED is
on.
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ERROR LED – This LED is
light up or flashing when an
error occurs. Please see
Chapter 5 “Troubleshooting”
for details of error message.
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Chapter 2
Set Up
2.1 Setting Up
CAUTION!
™
At least two or more persons holding the Puma II 132S at its bottom surface on
the left and right sides when you unpacking, installing or relocating the cutter.
™
Make sure the power switch is off before installing the cutting plotter.
Notice!
Choosing a proper place before setting up the cutting plotter
Select a proper location which meets the following conditions.
™ The machine can be approached easily from any direction.
™ Keep at least 60 cm space in front and behind the machine.
™ Make sure the cutter is placed on a flat, level and sturdy surface
™ The working temperature should be between 5 and 40℃(41-104oF) in the workshop.
™ The relative humidity should be between 30% and 70% in the workshop.
™ Protecting the machine from dust and strengthen air current.
™ Preventing the machine from direct sunlight.
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2.2 Stands and Media Support System Installation
There are seven steps to assemble stand and media support system. Please
follow the procedure:
Step 1 Check screws and wrench in the accessory box of stand carton:
Items
Puma II 60/30
Puma II 132S
M6 screws
28
24
M5 L- shape hexagon screw driver
1
1
M6 L- shape hexagon screw driver
1
1
M6 wrench (spanner)
1
1
Step 2
Puma II 60 stand: There are three components to assemble it. Please refer to Figure
2-1.
Puma II 132S stand: There are four components to assemble it. Please refer to Figure
2-1-1 and 2-1-2
4
3
1
2
Figure 2-1
Figure 2-1-1
Figure 2-1-2
(Puma II 60)
(Puma II 132S)
(Puma II 132S)
Step 3
Then connect part 3 and H-shape stand. First, position the extension of part 3 into the
squares holes on H-stand. Second, insert the screws into the holes besides the squares
then tighten them, see Figure 2-2.
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3
Only Puma II 60 has side screws.
Puma II 132S doesn’t has side
H-stand
screws.
Figure 2-2
Third, (For Puma II 132S only) position the stand beam perpendicularly to part 3 and put
the screws into the holes and tighten them as Figure 2-2-1.
Figure 2-2-1
(Only for Puma II-132S)
Step 4
Move the cutting plotter from the carton. Put it on the stand, then
Insert the screws into the holes on plotter’s bottom as Figure 2-3.
Figure 2-3
Step 5
Insert the roll holder support with the screws into the holes of the stand then tighten
them as Figure 2-4. You can decide roll holder support’s position by inserting into
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different holes.
Figure 2-4
Step 6
Place two roll holders into the holes in the roll holder support (Figure 2-5).
Figure 2-5
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2-3 Power and cable Connection
! Notice
Check the plug of the power cord to see if it mates with the wall outlet. If not, please
contact with your dealer
Be sure that the power to both the computer and the main unit is switched off when
connecting the cable
! Warning
Connecting the Power Supply
™ Ground the unit with the ground wire.
™ Insert the plug (male) into a grounded power outlet.
™ Insert the other end (female) of power cord into the AC connector of the cutting
plotter.
™ Securely connect the power cord, Computer I/O cable and so on so that they
will not be unplugged and cause failure during operation.
™
Connect the cable to either the parallel or the serial port.
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2.4 Blade Installation
! CAUTION
Do not touch the tip of the blade with your fingers.
! Notice
The blade will affect the cutting quality significantly. If any of the following occurs,
which means the blade has reached the end of its life. Please replace with a new
blade.
1. The tip of blade is broken.
2. Cutting traces are not as good as they were.
3. Uncut area remains the same even the blade force has been raised significantly.
Figure 2-7 is the illustrator of the blade holder. Insert a blade into the bottom of the blade
holder and remove the blade by pushing the pin. Be sure to keep your fingers away from
the blade tip.
Pin
Adjustment depth
knob
Outward ring
Figure 2-7
Step1
Install blade (Figure 2-8).
Figure 2-8
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Step 2
Push the blade to the bottom of the blade holder. (Figure 2-9).
Figure 2-9
Step 3
Adjust the blade tip to suitable length by screwing “Blade tip adjustment screw”
clockwise or count-clockwise (Figure 2-10).
Figure 2-10
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Tips:
“The proper length” means the
blade’s length is about 0.1mm
more than film’s thickness. For
example, if the thickness of film is
0.5mm, then blade’s length is
properly adjusted to 0.6mm and it
can completely cut through the
film layer but will not cut though
the paper backing (See Figure
2-10).
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Step 4
Insert the blade holder into tool carriage. Please note the outward ring of the holder must
put into the grooves of carriage firmly (see Figure 2-11) and lock the grip
Figure 2-11
Figure 2-12
Step 5
Use the reverse steps to remove the blade holder.
Step 6
Press the push - pin to remove the blade from the blade holder when the blade needs to
be replaced. Please refer to Figure 2-9 for reference.
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2.5 Media Loading
2.5.1 Loading the Sheet Media
To load the media properly, please follow the procedures listed below:
1.
Pull the lever forward to raise the pinch rollers (Figure 2-13).
Figure 2-13
Load your media on the platen and slide it under the pinch rollers from either the front
side or the backside. The alignment rulers on the platen extension will help you to
adjust the media precisely.
Note:
Be sure that the media must cover the paper sensors on the
platen when loading the media. At least one of the two paper
sensors (Fig 1-1) should be covered. Once the media covers the
sensor, the cutting plotter will size the media’s width and length
automatically.
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2.5.2
Positioning pinch rollers
Then move the pinch rollers manually to the proper position. Be sure the pinch rollers
must be positioned above the grid drum. The white marks on the main beam will help
you to position pinch rollers easily and correctly. (Figure 2-14).
White Marks
Figure 2-14
Push the lever backward to lower down the pinch rollers.
Turn on the power, the tool carriage will measure the size of the media automatically.
And the plotting cutter begins to work.
Note:
Move the pinch roller by applying force at the rear portion of the pinch roller support.
Do not move it by holding its front rubber roller.
Figure 2-15 Correct way to move pinch rollers
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2.5.3
Loading the Roll Media
First, put the roll media guide bushes on two roll holders (Figure 2-16).
Figure 2-16
Option A (Recommended)
Insert the two roll holders into the roll media support set then place the roll media directly
between the two roll holders (Figure 2-17).
Figure 2-17
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Option B (Use the media flanges)
1. Insert a roll media flange at the end of each roll media and tighten the thumbscrew
until the roll media is firmly gripped (Figure 2-18).
Figure 2-18
2. Then put the roll media on the roll holders. Adjust the position of the roll media ensure
that media flanges are able to run in the grooves of media guide bushes. (Figure 2-19)
Figure 2-19
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3. Loading the media on the platen. After loading the roll media, flatten the media on the
platen and hold the front edge of the roll media firmly (Figure 2-20).
Figure 2-20
4. Then turn the roll downward to make an equal tension across the media. (Figure 2-21)
Figure 2-21
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5.
Move the pinch rollers to the appraise location and be careful that the pinch rollers
must be positioned above the grid drums.
6.
Push the lever backward to lower down the pinch rollers.
7.
Fixes roll media guide bushes on the roll holder to secure the roll media.
8.
Turn on the power switch, and the tool carriage will size the media automatically.
Then the cutting plotter is ready to work.
9.
Use the reverse steps to remove the media.
For the users of Puma PII-30 or PII-60, you can also use the Roll Base to
feed a roll media. Please adjust the position of roll base to get a good
cutting result. (Figure 2-22)
Figure 2-22
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2.6 Tracking Performance
In order to achieve the best tracking performance for a long plot, we recommend some
significant media loading procedures described as follows:
1.
If the media length is less than 4 m, leave the margin of 0.5mm~15mm in the left
and right edges of the media (see Figure 2-23).
0.5mm-15mm
0.5mm-15mm
Pinch roller
Pinch roller
Figure 2-23
2.
If the media length is greater than 4m, leave at least 25mm margin on the left and
right edges of the media (see Figure 2-24).
>25mm
At least 25mm
Pinch roller
PPinch roller
Figure 2-24
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2.7 Dip Switch Setting
To get a perfect cutting job, you have to choose the proper Dip Switch setting. The table
below shows function of each Dip Switch. The cutting plotter will read values of Dip
Switches every time when press ON/OFF LINE key.
**Dip Switch setting change during on-line condition will not work.
You can change the setting by pressing PAUSE key or when the plotter is in off-line
condition. The default setting value is as Figure 2-25.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ON
OFF
Figure 2-25
Dip Switch
SW 1-3
SW-4
SW-5
SW-6
SW-7
SW-8
SW 1-3
Function
Offset Value
Media Weight
Quality
Smooth
Auto Unroll
Media Type
:
Switch Down
Switch Up
(Please refer to SW 1-3)
Light 0 275
Heavy
Draft
Fine
Enable
Disable
Enable
Disable
Edge
Single
Default Value
0.275 mm
Light Media
Fine
Enable
Enable
Edge
OFFSET SETTING
The first three Dip Swtches represent 8 different blade offset values as below:
0.000 0.175 0.250 0.275 0.300 0.500 0.750 1.000
SW-4
:
MEDIA WEIGHT (SPEED)
The fourth Dip Switch from the left sets the maximum cutting speed. Heavy media has a
smaller upper limit. The value of the cutting speed can be changed from the driver
When switch to "Heavy media", the maximum cutting speed is set at 300mm/
sec, minimum cutting speed is set at 30mm/sec
When switch to "Light media", the maximum cutting speed is set at 600mm/
sec, minimum cutting speed is set at 330mm/sec.
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SW-5
:
QUALITY
There is a trade-off between cutting quality and speed, the better the cutting quality, the
slower the cutting speed.
Fine quality
Draft quality
SW-6
:
SMOOTH
Make the curves smoother during cutting.
**When cut the small letter, please set smooth disabled to cutting quality smooth setting.
Disable the smoothing cut.
Enable the smoothing cut.
SW-7
:
AUTO UNROLL
Unroll the heavy media at least 50 cm when the next point of movement is located
beyond the unrolled position.
As the media type is Single, this function will be disabled.
Disable the auto unroll
Enable the auto unroll
SW-8
: MEDIA TYPE
Set the type of the media you use. When using a piece media, set it to “ON”; and set it to
“OFF” when using a roll media.
Single sheet of media is using.
A roll of media is using.
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2.8 Power On
—
Be sure not to put anything or hands on the platen of the
plotter when turning on the power. It may cause injury.
—
Keep long hair away from the grid drum when power is on..
Turn on the power on the left-hand side of the cutting plotter and the POWER LED is on.
Notice: It will take about 10 sec to initialize the machine,
the cutting
plotter is ready to receive data from computer. As bellowing is control panel lights when
uses different functions key in normal conditions.
POWER ERROR ON/OFF REPEAT DATA
CUT
LINE
CLEAR TEST
Function
on-line state
pause state
off-line state
repeat
data clear
cut test
origin set
= flash
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2.9 ON/OFF LINE Key
**On - line
When the machine is in “ON LINE ” condition. The ON/OFF LINE LED is on. The cutting
plotter is ready to receive data from the host computer. At this moment, only “PAUSE”
and “ON/OFF LINE” keys are valid.
**Change the setting value
1.
Press the PAUSE key. Then switch the dip to change the setting value.
2.
Press the ON/OFF LINE key to effect new setting and continue cutting.
Note :
The parameters of dip switch can not be changed while the cutting has started
unless pressing the “PAUSE” key. When press the “PAUSE” key, you can change
the setting.
**Terminate the cutting & clear the data in the buffer
1. Press the ON/OFF LINE or PAUSE key
2. Then press the DATA CLEAR key
**Off - line
When the machine is in “OFF LINE” condition, the ON/OFF LED turn off. At this
moment, you can switch dip setting, make cutting test to adjust blade pressure and set
new origin. Press the key again will let the cutting plotter switch back to “ON LINE”
condition, and resume the suspended operation. But there might be some data loss during
this interruption.
2.10 PAUSE Key
The purpose of the “PAUSE” key is to temporarily terminate the motion of the cutter after
it started cutting. At this moment, the ON/OFF LINE LED flash; you can change the dips
switch setting and the cutting force. It will resume cutting after pressing the ON/OFF
LINE key to make the machine in on-line status.
2.11 Repeat Key
You can cut your last cutting job at the same position by pressing REPEAT key without
setting new origin. If you’re using a thicker media, it is better to use this function to avoid
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damaging your blade.
** Procedures to repeat cutting job at different position:
1.
After cutting finishes, use the ARROW keys to move the tool carriage. Move to your
desired position for repeating the cutting job, then press the ORIGIN SET key. The
ORIGIN SET LED lights, and new origin point is set.
2.
Press the REPEAT key to repeat the cutting job, and the REPEAT LED lights.
2.12 DATA CLEAR Key
The purpose of the DATA CLEAR key is to clear the data in the buffer memory. The
DATA CLEAR key can only works under pause or off-line condition. When use this
function, the DATA CLEAR LED will light.
2.13 Origin Setting
Use the ORIGIN SET key to set a new origin at any position in the cutting area where
the tool carriage starts to work. Please note new origin setting must be made under the
off-line condition.
Procedures :
1.
After loading the media and lowering down the level, use ARROW keys to move the
carriage to the desired location for a new origin.
2.
Press ORIGIN SET key and the original point is set. The ORIGIN SET LED lights.
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2.14 Cut Test
Before carrying out actual cutting, it is necessary to perform a cutting test to determine
the appropriate cutting force and offset value for your media.
The cutting test should be repeated until you get an appropriate cutting condition.
Once you finish the cutting test, the new origin is also set to the current tool carriage
position.
There are two adjustments you should do when perform cutting test. First one is cutting
force adjustment; the second one is blade-offset adjustment.
Procedures :
1.
After sizing the media, press the ON/OFF LINE key to switch to off-line mode.
2.
Then use arrow keys to move the tool carriage to the position where you will make
cut test.
3.
Press the CUT TEST key to make the cutting test. The CUT TEST LED turns on.
2.14.1 Adjust Cutting Force
First, move the “Pen Force Control Slider” to the min blade force, then increase the
blade force gradually by moving the slider, until an optimum force is obtained to cut
through the media.
When the cutting test is completed, a square cut out appears. If the square can be easily
peel off from the media, the setting of cutting force is appropriate. If not, adjust the tool
force again.
2.14.2 Adjust Offset Value
The square cut out should appear as one of the follow figure:
AA
Appropriate offset value
BB
CC
offset too low
offset too high
Or over-speed
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If the square appears BB or CC layout, adjust the OFFSET setting (please refer to
paragraph SW1-3 OFFSET SETTING; Please also refer to the paragraph “About the
tool ” at the beginning of the book to learn the definition of offset.)
Note: The new origin will be set at the position of tool carriage after cutting test.
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2.15 When Completing the Cutting Job
After completing the cutting, raise the sheet loading lever, then remove the material. You
can also cut off the extra media with the cutter tool along the knife guide (Figure 2-25).
Figure 2-25
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C
Ch
haap
ptteerr 33 Connecting Cutting Plotters
The cutting plotter communicates with a computer through a USB (Universal Serial
Bus), Parallel port (Centronics) or a Serial port (RS-232C). This chapter shows you
how to connect the cutting plotter to a host computer and how to set up the
computer/cutting plotter interconnection.
!! Notice:
1. When USB connection is enabled, both parallel port and serial port will be disabled
automatically.
2. Please don't plug in USB cable when you install the driver
Parallel Interface
Serial Interface
USB Interface
Figure 3-1
3.1 Universal serial bus
Puma II build-in USB interface are based on the Universal Serial Bus
Specifications Revision 1.1. USB is not available in Windows 95, Windows NT.
3.1.1 USB driver installation
Insert “Installation CD”, and then click on “USB driver” to install USB driver.
3.1.2 Connection
Plug the cable connector into the Puma II’s USB interface connector. Plug the
other end of the cable into the PC’s USB interface connector.
3.1.3 Cutting driver or sign cutting software installation
Install Puma II driver or sign cutting software.
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3.2 PARALLEL TRANSMISSION
3.2.1 Connecting to the Parallel Port
(Centronics)
1.
Connect a parallel cable to the cutting plotter and the host computer (Figure3-1).
2.
Set up the output port LPT1 or LPT2 from your software package
3.
Send the data to your cutting plotter directly. Or, use DOS commands like TYPE
or PRINT to output data.
3.3 SERIAL TRANSMISSION
3.3.1 Connecting to the Serial Port (RS-232C)
1.
For PC users, please connect the RS-232C cable to the serial connector of the
assigned serial port (COM1 or COM2) of your host computer.
2.
Set up the communication parameters (Baud Rate, Data Bits/Parity and Stop Bits)
to match the setting on the computer.
3.3.2 Transmitting the Data to Plotter
There are two options to transmit the data from the computer to the cutting plotter:
Option 1
With proper interface settings, the data can be transmitted from your application
software package to the cutting plotters directly.
Option 2
Most cutting software packages are able to emulate HP-GL or HP-GL/2 commands,
therefore, Use DOS commands like TYPE or PRINT to output your file. As long as the
file is HP-GL or HP-GL/2 format, the cutting plotter can output the data precisely.
For example, a file with PLT extension generated by SignPal software, FlexiSign or
SignLab can be transmitted directly to the plotter at the DOS prompt, and then be cut
out. Before outputting at the DOS prompt, set up a transmission protocol between
your cutting plotter and computer by a DOS command, MODE. Make sure that your
PC has the same communication protocol as the cutter. For example:
MODE COM2: 9600,N, 8,1,P
Then, use TYPE command to output via COM2 if COM2 is the assigned output port.
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TYPE
filename > COM2
Tip:
Add the MODE command line to your system’s AUTOEXEC.BAT to automatically
execute MODE command every time you want to output your data at the DOS
prompt via serial connection. However, values in a MODE command should comply
with the related requirements of your software. Refer to DOS manual for further
information.
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Chapter 4 Virtual LCD
4.1 Installation
1. Start Windows 98, ME, 2000, or XP.
2. Insert “Installation CD” into your CD-ROM.
3. Click on “installation of VLCD”
4. Follow the appropriate screen prompts to install the VLCDTM program.
4.2 Before using VLCDTM
This utility acts as a virtual display to assist you when checking the configurations in
your cutting plotter.
To run this utility, simply execute it under Windows. Before starting the detection,
make sure:
1.
2.
The cutting plotter is at the ON LINE status.
There is media in the machine.
4.3 Functions of VLCDTM
Choose the right port whenever you use the VLCD (Figure 4.3.1). If you are
using the USB cable, choose USB0 from the pull down menu. If you are using
a Serial cable, choose either COM1 or COM2. Make sure no other devices are
occupying the port that you are going to use.
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Figure 4.3.1
There are four functions available in VLCD: Poll Size, Loop Detect/
DisDetect, Scaling, and About.
A. Poll Size
Clicking the Poll Size will reveal the X/Y values. In this case, the
maximum cutting length is 25000mm, and the distance between the
farthest two pinch rollers is 277.70mm (Figure 4.3.2).
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Figure 4.3.2
B. Loop Detect and DisDetect
Clicking Loop Detect will reveal the value settings of your cutting plotter
(Figure 4.3.3).
Figure 4.3.3
If you want to change the value settings, please click DisDetect first
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(Figure 4.3.4), and adjust them from your cutting plotter. After the
adjustment, click Loop Detect again. You will then be able to see the new
values (In this case, the Force was changed from 200 to 277, see figure
4.3.5).
Figure 4.3.4
Figure 4.3.5
Notice!
One function of the DisDetect key is to release the port. Remember to click
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DisDetect whenever you want to send a job to the cutting plotter or use
another device with the port currently used.
C. Scaling
Click DisDetect and then the Scaling key will be enabled (Figure 4.3.6).
After clicking Scaling, a dialog will pop up (Figure 4.3.7).
Figure 4.3.6
Enter the width and the length of the rectangle that you would like to cut.
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Figure 4.3.7
After the cutting job is set, an adjustment dialog window will pop up.
Measure the real cutting width and length of the rectangle, and then, key
in the values in the boxes (Figure 4.3.8). In this case, the actual cutting
width of the rectangle is 49mm.
49
Figure 4.3.8
After pressing OK, the cutting plotter will cut the 50mm2 rectangle again
and the following dialog will pop up(Figure 4.3.9). Measure the real cutting
width and length. If it is a 50mm2 rectangle, press YES. If not, press NO,
and repeat the above steps until you get a 50mm2 rectangle.
Figure 4.3.9
Remember to click Save after the adjustment is made (Figure 4.3.10). The
scaling result will be enabled only when the data is saved.
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Figure 4.3.10
While saving the scaling data, you will be asked to key in a password.
Type in 111. (Figure 4.3.11).
Figure 4.3.11
Click OK and complete scaling (Figure 4.3.12).
Figure 4.3.12
D. About
The About key shows you the version of your cutting plotter’s firmware
and driver (Figure 4.3.13).
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Figure 4.3.13
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Chapter 5
Basic Maintenance
This chapter explains the basic maintenance (i.e. cleaning the cutting plotter) required
for the cutting plotter. Except for the below mentioned, all other maintenance must be
performed by a qualified service technician.
5.1 Cleaning the Cutting Plotter
In order to keep the cutting plotter under good condition and best performance, you
need to clean the machine properly and regularly.
Precaution in Cleaning
# Unplug the cutting plotter before cleaning
# Never use solvents, abrasive cleaners or strong
detergents
for cleaning. They may damage the surface of
the cutting plotter and the moving parts.
Recommended Methods
! Gently wipe the cutting plotter surface with a lint-free cloth. If necessary,
clean with a damp cloth or an alcohol-immersed cloth. Wipe with water to
rinse off any residue and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
! Wipe all dust and dirt from the tool carriage rails.
! Use a vacuum cleaner to empty any accumulated dirt and media residue beneath
the pinch roller housing.
! Clean the platen, paper sensors and pinch rollers with a damp cloth or an
alcohol-immersed cloth, and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
! Wipe dust and dirt from the stand.
5.2 Cleaning the Grid Drum
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! Turn off the cutting plotter, and move the tool carriage away from the area needed
to be cleaned.
! Raise the pinch rollers and move them away from the grid drum for cleaning.
! Use a bristle brush (a toothbrush is acceptable) to remove dust from the drum
surface. Rotate the drum manually while cleaning. Refer to Figure 5-1
Figure 5-1
5.3 Cleaning the Pinch Rollers
If the pinch rollers need a thorough cleaning, use a lint-free cloth or cotton swab to
wipe away the accumulated dust from the rubber portion of the pinch rollers. To
prevent the pinch rollers from rotating while cleaning, use finger to hold the pinch
rollers not to rotate.
If needed to remove the embedded or persistent dust, use the lint-free cloth or cotton
swab moistened with rubbing alcohol.
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C
apter 66 Troubleshooting
Ch
hapter
This chapter helps you to correct some common problem you may come across. Prior
to getting into the details of this chapter, please be sure that your application
environment is compatible with the cutting plotter.
Note:
Before calling customer service personnel, please make sure the problems are in your
cutting plotter, not from the communication between computer and cutter or a
malfunction in your computer or a software problem.
Why the cutting plotter does not operate?
6.1 If the Cutting Plotter Cannot Operate?
If your Puma doesn’t run, please check the following items firstly:
Does the AC power cord plug in properly?
Does the AC power cord connected to the power connector properly?
Do you turn on the power?
Solutions:
If the POWER LED lights on, the cutting plotter should be in a normal condition.
Switch off the cutting plotter and turn it on again to see if the problem still
existing.
If the POWER LED doesn’t light, please call customer service personnel to
resolve this problem.
6.2 Lights Indicators
Some of operation problems can be identified by light on the control panel.
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When your cutting plotter stops operating or the lights are on or flashing unexpectedly,
see the following descriptions of panel light patterns and actions you should take.
6.2.1
Warming Indicators
When the ERROR LED flashes (as show below), take the necessary action according
to respective instruction below. If the problems are solved, the ERROR LED will turn
off automatically. Press ON/OFF LINE key once can also turn off the ERROR LED.
Warming Indicators
1
Graph was clipped
2
HPGL/2 command Error
3
Lever up or no media
4
Cannot repeat
5
Communication error
6
Width sensor error
7
Check media, drum or X motor
= flash
Warming 1.
= on
ERROR ON/OFF REPEAT
LINE
DATA
CLEAR
= off
The graph is clipped
This condition indicates that the cutting graph exceeds the cutting limit.
You can solve the problem by
1. reload the larger media
2. move the pinch roller to have larger cutting width
3. re-scale the plot to a smaller size. Then do the cutting job again from your
computer.
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CUT
TEST
Warming 2.
HPGL/2 command error
If your cutting plotter cannot recognize the commands from your computer, please
check the commands applied to your cutting plotter are HP-GL/2 or HPGL command.
Then send the same cutting job to plotter again.
If it shows the same result, please contact customer service personnel.
Warming 3 Lever up or no media
Check if you lower down the lever and be sure to load the media before cutting.
Warming 4 Cannot repeat cutting
This Error comes from two possibilities:
1. The buffer holds no data: please send a new graph from computer;
2. The buffer is full: please sending the same cutting job from the computer again.
In both conditions, press ON/OFF LINE key to clear the warming message.
Warming 5 Communication error
Check if the serial/USB/parallel cables have been connected to both cutting plotter
and computer properly.
If yes, then check whether the interface setting is correct.
Check communication setting of your PC are the same to the setting on your cutter(for
example – 9600bps, no parity, 8 bits, 1 stop bit). Then, press ON/OFF Line key to
switch to on line condition.
Warming 6 Width sensor error
Check if the pinch rollers are positioned above the grid drum and reload the media
again.
Note:
In order to identify the warming easily, please stick the warming sticker
(which we put in accessory box) on the side cover of your cutter.
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6.2.2
Error Indicators
If some mechanical problems or failure during operations happen, the ERROR LED
will turn on. Please follow the instruction below to solve the problem. If the plotter still
cannot work, please contact customer service personnel and tell him or her about the
error indicators.
Error Indicators
1
SRAM error
2
DRAM error
3
Check media, drum, or X motor
4
Check media or Y motor
= flash
= on
ERROR ON/OFF REPEAT
LINE
DATA
CLEAR
CUT
TEST
= off
Error 1 and 2
Please contact customer service personnel to replace a new SRAM or DRAM.
Error 3 Check media, drum or X motor
This message indicates that there might be a problem on the X axis.
Please check drums are working normally and whether the media is well loaded. Then
turn on the power and reboot the cutter.
Error 4 Check media, or Y motor
This message indicates that there might be an obstruction to carriage relating to a
problem on the Y axis.
Please clear the obstruction and check whether the carriage can move smoothly.
Then turn on the power and reboot the cutter.
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6.3 Cutting Quality Problems
Check blade installed correctly and the blade
holder fastened securely
No
Yes
Please refer to the
"Installation the blade
of Chpater 2"
Is the blade
dulled or chipped
No
Yes
Check tool force
setting
Replace a new blade
Yes
Check tool offset
setting
Yes
No
Please refer to 2.13 "
Cutting Test" to
adjust the tool force.
No
adjust the blade offset
to obtain an optimum
value
Is there any dirt adhered to
the blade
No
Yes
Remove the blade
and clean it
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Please contact
customer service
persionnel for
technical support
Appendix I
Specifications: Puma II PII-132S, PII-60 & PII-30
Model Name/No.
Operational Method
Max. Cutting Width
Max.
Media
Loading Width
Min. Media Loading
Width
Acceptable Material
Thickness
Number of Pinch
Rollers
Drive
Cutting Force
Max. Cutting Speed
Offset
Mechanical
Resolution
Software
Resolution
Distance Accuracy
Repeatability
Data Buffer Size
Interfaces
Commands
Configurable Origin
Vector Look Ahead
Curve
&
Arc
Smoothing
Test Cut Possibility
Repeat Function
Control Panel
Dimension
(HxWxD) mm
Net Weight
Power Supply
Environment
Temperature
Environment
Humidity
PII-132S
PII-60
PII-30
1300mm(51.18in)
Roller-Type
590mm(23.23in)
280mm(11.02in)
1470mm(57.87in)
719mm(28.3in)
459mm(18.07in)
86mm(3.39”)
50mm(1.97”)
0.8mm (0.03 in)
4
2
DC Servo Control
0~400 g
Up to 600 mm /sec (23.62 ips)
0~1.0 mm
0.009 mm
0.025 mm
0.254 mm or 0.1% of move, whichever is greater
±0.1mm up to 3 meters (* certified media)
4MB
USB 1.1 & Parallel (Centronics) & Serial (RS-232C)
HP-GL, HP-GL/2
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
10 Control Keys , 6 LEDs
1065 x 1632 x 620
220x 879x258
220 x 619 x258
(including stand)
8.67 x34.61x10.16in
8.67 x24.37 x 10.16in
41.93 x62..25x24.41in
53 kg / 116.4 lb
13kg / 28.6lb
10.2kg / 22.4 lb
AC 100-240V, 50~60 Hz (auto switching)
115V/230V (manual switch)
0℃~55℃/32℉~131℉ (operating)
-40℃~75℃/-40℉~167℉ (storage)
30%~ 70% relative humidity (operating)
*This specification is subject to change without prior notice.
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Appendix 2
The Specification for GCC Blade
ZZ00219A
GCB-145S
For cutting general signage vinyl. Blade with largest angle.
The blade is 45°with Yellow Cap, 0.25 mm blade offset
ZZ00220A
GCB-245R
ZZ00221A
GCB-360SB
ZZ00222A
GCB-460SO
ZZ00233A
GCB-500
For cutting thick fluorescent and reflective vinyl. Also for cutting
detailed work in standard vinyl.
The blade is 45° with Red Cap, 0.25 mm offset
For cutting reflective vinyl, cardboard, sandblast, flock, and stencil
sharp edge.
The blade is 60° with Green Cap, 0.50 mm blade offset
For cutting thin sandblast mask and stencil with friction feed or
sprocket feed machine.
The blade is 60° with Blue Cap, 0.25 mm blade offset
For Cutting small text and fine detail. Sharp blade with smallest
offset.
The blade is 0.175 mm blade offset with Black Cap
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