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Serial Numbers 07276 & Up
OPERATOR’S
MANUAL
CHAMPION 370
PAPER CUTTER
Models XG & XT
Sold and Serviced by
The Challenge Machinery Company
6125 Norton Center Drive
Norton Shores, MI 49441-6081 USA
ChallengeMachinery.com
F.370-B-O
October 2007
1.0 Introduction
1.0 Introduction
THIS MANUAL is designed to help you get the most from your Challenge equipment. Keep this
manual in a safe, convenient place for quick reference by operators and service personnel.
SAFETY ALERT! This symbol means CAUTION: Personal safety
instructions! Pay special attention to the instructions in bold type. Personal injury may result if the
precautions are not read and followed.
READ THIS MANUAL BEFORE OPERATING! Follow precautions and instructions given and you
should have years of trouble-free operation. If after reading the manual questions still remain, contact
your Authorized Challenge Dealer.
FOR PARTS AND SERVICE, contact the Authorized Challenge Dealer from whom you purchased
your machine. Use the illustrations and parts lists at the back of this manual to identify the correct
parts needed. Always give the SERIAL NUMBER and MODEL of your machine to insure the correct
parts are sent as soon as possible.
Take a few minutes right now to RECORD YOUR MACHINE SERIAL NUMBER in the space
provided on the front cover of this manual. Also be sure to fill out the warranty card accompanying
your machine and return it to CHALLENGE.
If you bought a used machine, it is important to have the following information on record at Challenge.
Copy this page, fill in the information and send it care of The Challenge Machinery Company • Attn.:
Service Department • 6125 Norton Center Drive • Norton Shores • MI 49441-6081
CHALLENGE MODEL
ATTN
SERIAL NUMBER
COMPANY
ADDRESS
CITY
PHONE
DEALER NAME & CITY
STATE/PROVINCE
DATE INSTALLED
ZIP
* WARRANTY INFORMATION *
It is very important that you read and understand the conditions outlined in the Warranty Information
Sheet attached to the outside of the shipping container of your machine.
The Warranty Information Sheet must be filled out completely and returned to THE CHALLENGE
MACHINERY COMPANY in order for the warranty to be issued for this machine.
Challenge® is a registered trademark of
The Challenge Machinery Company • 6125 Norton Center Dr.• Norton Shores MI 49441
Copyright© 1998-2009 by The Challenge Machinery Company. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.0 Introduction .......................................................................................................................................2
2.0 Safety ................................................................................................................................................5
2.1 Precautions ...................................................................................................................................5
2.2 Power Lockout Procedure ............................................................................................................5
2.3 Warning Label Definitions.............................................................................................................6
3.0 Packing List.......................................................................................................................................8
4.0 Specifications ....................................................................................................................................9
5.0 Footprint ..........................................................................................................................................10
6.0 Installation & Setup .........................................................................................................................11
6.1 Inspecting Shipment ...................................................................................................................11
6.2 Uncrating ....................................................................................................................................11
6.3 Re-Crating and Shipping ............................................................................................................13
6.4 Lifting Instructions.......................................................................................................................13
6.5 Cleaning......................................................................................................................................13
6.6 Assembly: Standard...................................................................................................................14
6.7 Assembly: Table Out .................................................................................................................14
6.8 Hydraulic Check..........................................................................................................................17
6.9 Power Hook-Up ..........................................................................................................................18
6.10 Three Phase Hook-Up ..............................................................................................................19
7.0 Champion 370 Diagram ..................................................................................................................21
8.0 Operation ........................................................................................................................................22
8.1 Power - Main Power Switch........................................................................................................22
8.2 Start Up.......................................................................................................................................22
8.3 Making a Cut...............................................................................................................................23
8.3.1 Shutting Off the Hydraulic Motor .........................................................................................23
8.4 Jogging Aid .................................................................................................................................23
8.5 Clamp Pressure Adjustment.......................................................................................................24
8.6 Pre-Clamping..............................................................................................................................24
8.7 Knife Change Alarm and Lubrication Alarm ...............................................................................24
8.8 Definition of Keys........................................................................................................................25
8.8.1 Backgauge Glide Control ....................................................................................................25
8.8.2 IN/MM Key...........................................................................................................................25
8.8.3 Air Table ON/OFF Key ........................................................................................................25
8.8.4 SEND Key ...........................................................................................................................25
8.8.5 Push-Out Key ......................................................................................................................26
8.8.6 Clear Key.............................................................................................................................26
8.8.7 Enter Key.............................................................................................................................26
8.8.8 Priority Add (X/Y) Key .........................................................................................................26
8.8.9 Soft-Keys .............................................................................................................................26
8.8.10 Arrow Keys ........................................................................................................................27
8.8.11 Contrast Control ................................................................................................................27
8.9 Manual Backgauge Control ........................................................................................................27
8.9.1 Backgauge Control Knob ....................................................................................................27
8.9.2 Backgauge Glide Control ....................................................................................................27
8.9.3 Backlash Indicator ...............................................................................................................27
8.10 Send Mode ...............................................................................................................................27
8.10.1 Entering Math ....................................................................................................................28
8.10.2 Entering Fractions .............................................................................................................28
8.11 Repeat Mode ............................................................................................................................28
8.12 Maintenance Mode ...................................................................................................................29
8.12.1 Language ..........................................................................................................................29
8.12.2 Parameters ........................................................................................................................29
8.12.3 Diagnostic..........................................................................................................................30
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8.13 Job Mode.................................................................................................................................. 31
8.13.1 Lock/Unlocking a Job........................................................................................................ 31
8.13.2 Copying a Job ................................................................................................................... 32
8.13.3 Erasing a Job .................................................................................................................... 32
8.13.4 Creating a New Job .......................................................................................................... 32
8.13.5 Editing an Existing Job...................................................................................................... 35
8.13.6 Running a Programmed Job............................................................................................. 36
8.13.7 Exiting a Job ..................................................................................................................... 36
8.13.8 Label Cutting..................................................................................................................... 37
8.14 An Example Job – XG Model ................................................................................................... 38
9.0 Operating Tips ................................................................................................................................ 39
10.0 Routine Maintenance/Adjustments............................................................................................... 40
10.1 Knife Care ................................................................................................................................ 40
10.1.1 Knife Change .................................................................................................................... 41
10.1.2 Cut Quality ........................................................................................................................ 44
10.1.3 Bevel Angle....................................................................................................................... 45
10.1.4 Helpful Suggestions .......................................................................................................... 45
10.1.5 Knife Tips .......................................................................................................................... 46
10.2 False Clamp Plate .................................................................................................................... 46
10.3 Lubrication................................................................................................................................ 47
10.4 Hydraulic System ..................................................................................................................... 49
10.4.1 Recommended Oils .......................................................................................................... 50
10.4.2 Oil Change ........................................................................................................................ 50
10.5 Line Light Adjustment............................................................................................................... 51
10.5.1 Line Light Bulb Replacement:........................................................................................... 52
10.6 Cleaning ................................................................................................................................... 52
10.6.1 Table Conditioning ............................................................................................................ 53
11.0 Program Log ................................................................................................................................. 54
12.0 Channel Log ................................................................................................................................. 55
13.0 Safety System Tests..................................................................................................................... 56
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2.0 Safety
2.1 Precautions
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This machine is designed for one-person operation. Never operate the machine with more than
one person.
Safe use of this machine is the responsibility of the operator. Use good judgment and common
sense when working with and around this machine.
Read and understand all instructions thoroughly before using the machine. If questions remain,
contact the dealer from which you purchased this machine. Failure to understand the operating
instructions may result in personal injury.
Only trained and authorized people should operate this machine.
Do not alter safety guards or devices. They are for your protection. Severe personal injury may
result.
Disconnect power before cleaning or performing maintenance. See Section 2.2 Power Lockout
Procedure.
Observe all caution labels on this machine.
Be sure the cutter is properly grounded.
Be sure there is sufficient power to operate the cutter properly.
Observe all caution plates mounted on this cutter.
Keep foreign objects off table and away from cutter blade.
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL when handling and changing the cutter knife. Severe lacerations or
dismemberment could result from careless handling procedures.
Keep the floor around the cutter free of trim, debris, oil and grease.
When replacing hydraulic parts, loosen the connections slowly to release pressure. Never loosen
connections with the machine running.
If the cutter sounds or operates unusually, turn it off and consult the troubleshooting section of
this manual. If the problem cannot be corrected, have it checked by a qualified service person.
CRUSH HAZARD- Keep hand and fingers from under the clamp when clamping paper. Use
Jogging Aid to load paper, and use the backgauge to push paper out before unloading. DO NOT
REACH UNDER THE KNIFE AND CLAMP AREA!
Never ship machine with the knife installed.
2.2 Power Lockout Procedure
For maximum safety when making adjustments or repairs to your machine, be sure to lock out the
main power control switch to which the machine is connected. The switch should be moved to the
OFF position and a padlock placed in the loop. The person servicing the machine should hold the
key.
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2.3 Warning Label Definitions
The following warning labels are found at various locations on your machine. Read and understand
the meaning of each symbol. If a label is lost from the machine, it should be replaced. The item
number and location of each label can be found in the Technical Manual.
HAZARDOUS AREA
Disconnect power before cleaning, servicing, or making adjustments not requiring
power. Do not alter safety guards or devices; they are for your protection. Replace
all guards. Do not operate with any guards removed.
SHOCK HAZARD
Disconnect power before removing cover. Replace cover before operation.
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!OJO!
This Este simbolo de alerta de seguridad significa ¡ OJO ! INSTRUCCIONES DE SEGURIDADPERSONAL. Lea las instrucciones porque se refieren a su
seguridad personal. Fall de obedecer las instrucciones que siguen podria resultar en lesiones
corporales.
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Esta maquina, junto con sus mecanismos de seguridad, esta disenada para ser manejada por
UNA SOLA PERSONA a la vez. Jamas debe ser manejada por mas de una persona al mismo
tiempo.
La seguridad es la responsabilidad del operario que usa esta maquina.
LEA DETENIDAMENTE el manual de instrucciones y las PRECAUCIONES DE SEGURIDAD
antes de poner a funcionar la cortadora. Pidale a su supervisor una copia.
El manejo de la guillotina debe estar exclusivamente a cargo de personal entrenado y autorizado
para ello.
NO MODIFIQUE LOS MECANISMOS DE SEGURIDAD, estan ahi para su proteccion no deben
ni modificarse ni quitarse.
DESCONECTE LA CORRIENTE ELECTRICA antes de proceder a hacerle servicio de limpieza,
engrasar, o de hacer adjustes que no requieren corriente. Trabe el interruptor en la posicion
OFF (apagado); vea “Procedimiento para cortar la corriente electrica” al pie de esta pagina.
Eche llave a la guillotina y quite la llave cuando la maquina no esta en operacion; vea “Corriente
electrica”.
Asegurese de que la guillotina este debidamente a tierra. Vea “Conexion de la fuerza electrica”.
Verifique el voltaje y asegurese de que este sea suficiente para el debido funcionamiento de la
guillotina.
Preste atencion a todas las placas con advertencias instaladas en esta guillotina.
No permita que objetos estranos esten en la mesa o cerca de la cuchilla cortadora.
TENGA SUMO CUIDADO al tocar y cambiar la cuchilla. Heridas severas y hasta
desmembramiento pueden resultar del manejo sin cuidado o negligente.
El suelo alrededor de la guillotina debe mantenerse despejado y libre de recortes, desperdicios,
aceite y grasa.
Al haber la necesidad de reemplazar partes hidraulicas, afloje todas las conexiones poco a poco
para dejar escapar la presion. Jamas debe aflojarse conexiones mientras la maquina este
andando.
Si la guillotina empezara a sonar o trabajar diferentemente a lo acostumbrado, desconectela y
consulte la seccion “Troubleshooting” (Reparador) de este manual. Si no es posible corregir el
problema, llame a su servicio autorizado para que le examinen la maquina.
PELIGRO DE MACHUQUE - Mantenga manos y dedos fuera de la agarradera mientras sujeta el
papel. Use el calibrador trasero y su rueda de mano para empujar el papel cortado. NO PONGA
SUS MANOS BAJOLA CUCHILLA O AREA DE LA AGARRADERA.
NO OPERE SIN LAS GUARDAS PROTECTORAS!
¡ OJO ! PRECAUCION -
Como proceder para desconectar
la corriente electrica.
Para maxima seguridad durante ajustes y reparaciones de su maquina, verifique bien que el interruptor principal
de control de corriente al cual la maquina esta conectada, este desconectado. El interruptor deba ser puesto en
la posicion “OFF” (desconectado) y se debe poner un candado en la anilla. La llave del candado debe ser
guardada por la persona que estara efectuando los trabajos de servicio o de reparacion en la guillotina.
Desconecte la corriente electrica antes de proceder a hacer cualquier ajuste o reparacion o de efectuar el
engrase en cualquier maquina.
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3.0 Packing List
3.0 Packing List
Part No.
Extension Side Tables:
16026
16027
49147
49080
A-8495
A-8496
H-6913-606
H-6424-6
H-6913-606
H-7321-6
49012
49055
H-6918-608
8815
4173
A-12608-6
Tool Kit (P/N:
K-49000):
49226
5064
W-178
W-164
W-158
W-141
W-137
Fuses:
E-2308
E-2330-7
E-889-35
E-889-5
E-889-9
E-2330-8
E-2330-3
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Description
Basic Machine
Qty.
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36” Steel Side Table (LH)
36” Steel Side Table (RH)
Side Table Back Plate (LH)
Side Table Back Plate (RH)
Side Table Support (LH)
Side Table Support (RH)
Side Table Bolts
Side Table Hex Nuts
Side Table Mounting Bolts (shipped installed)
Side Table Mounting Washers (shipped installed)
False Clamp Plate (shipped installed)
Knife
Knife Bolts
Knife Washers, Special
Cutting Sticks (one installed)
Jogging Aid
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10
10
8
8
1
2
9
9
4
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Knife Lifter Assembly
Cutting Stick Puller
5/16 Ratcheting Box Wrench
Hex “T” Wrench
5/16 Open End Wrench
1/8”
5/32”
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3.2 A
5 A.S.B.
1 A.S.B.
4 A.S.B.
8 A.S.B.
6.3 A.S.B.
2 A.S.B.
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4.0 Specifications
4.0 Specifications
Description
Cutting Width
Clamp Opening
Clamping Force
Minimum Cut – Standard
- w/ False Clamp Plate
Table Space
Front: (std.)
Back:
Dimensions
Table Height
Overall Height
Overall Length
Overall Width
w/ Side Tables
w/o Side Tables
Approx. Net Weight
Approx. Shipping Weight
Will pass through door:
Assembled
Table/treadle out
Electrical
Inch Units
37”
5-1/4”
2000-6900 lbs.
¾”
2-5/8”
Metric Units
94.0 cm
13.3 cm
8896 – 30693 N
1.9 cm
6.7 cm
25”
40”
63.5 cm
101.6 cm
36”
60”
86 ¼”
48 ½”
109”
63 ¼”
3750 lbs
4200 lbs
91.4 cm
152.4 cm
219 cm
123 cm
276.9 cm
160.7 cm
1701 kg
1905 kg
63 ½”
35”
162 cm
89 cm
Standard: 10 HP, 3 Phase, 60 Hz AC; 208/230V + 10% @ 38A or 460V + 10% @ 16.5A
XG series has 4000 cuts on 99 channels.
Minimum space between cut positions is 0.005” or 0.1mm.
Repeat positioning accuracy is 0.003” or 0.05mm.
Electric Eyes:
Response time < 68 ms
Object detection capability – 12 mm
Challenge reserves the right to make changes to any product or specification without notice and
without incurring responsibility to existing units.
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5.0 Footprint
5.0 Footprint
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6.0 Installation & Setup
6.0 Installation & Setup
6.1 Inspecting Shipment
This machine has been carefully packed to prevent damage during shipment. However, claims for
damage or loss are the responsibility of the recipient. Inspect all shipments as soon as they are
received. If there is any noticeable damage, note it on the freight bill. Visual and/or hidden damage
must be reported to the claims department of the carrier within 15 days. Contact your dealer if you
need any assistance. Check the contents of the box against the packing list on page 8. Make sure
there are no missing items.
6.2 Uncrating
This machine is lagged to a wood skid and covered with a triple-walled corrugated container. Loosen
the flaps of the carton where they are attached to the skid. When loose, the carton can be lifted
straight up. Remove the side tables and accessory box, which are also attached to the skid. Place
the cutter/skid about where the machine will be positioned and remove the lag screws from the skid.
Remove the lower shipping block holding the counter weight up. It is secured in place with a lag
screw and washers. Remove the upper shipping block, which is also secured in place with a lag
screw and washers. If the upper wood block cannot be removed because the knife bar is in the way,
wait until the machine is powered up for the first time and remove the upper wood block when the
knife bar has been raised under power.
Make sure that both of the rollers, for the counter weight, are riding on the guide shaft. It is possible
that during shipping, one may have moved off of the shaft. The rollers are located on the top and
bottom of the counter weight. The counter weight is located inside the left front enclosure door
behind the clamp cylinder. Make sure if the machine is ever reshipped the counter weight is blocked
up so that there is slack in the counter weight chain and the counter weight does not bounce (Figure
2). The counter weight should be blocked/ held up with a wood 2x4 piece of lumber 11-5/8” long.
This block needs to be secured in place with a lag screw and washers as shown in Figure 2, page 12.
Remove the shipping block securing the paper deflector. This shipping block is wedged between the
bottom of the paper deflector assembly and the mounting pin for the paper deflector extension spring.
The shipping block is held in place by a cable tie. The cable tie and shipping block are accessible
through the left arch access hole by removing the left arch end cover (Figure 3, page 12). If the
machine is ever reshipped, a 1” X 2” piece of lumber (actual size 3/4” X 1-1/2”) 17” long should be
wedged in between the paper deflector assembly and the mounting pin for the paper deflector
extension spring as it was when shipped from the factory.
Before the machine can be run for the first time, the 3/4 NPT plug in the reservoir needs to be
replaced with the breather cap, see section 6.8 Hydraulic Check on page 17.
Save the packing materials.
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Figure 2
Paper
Deflector
Left Arch
End Cover
Cable
Tie
Shipping
Block
Figure 3
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6.3 Re-Crating and Shipping
Save the packing materials and braces. All packing blocks and hardware should be saved or
reproduced in order to ship the machine again. If the machine is not repacked as it came from the
factory, damage will result when trucked.
• Remove the knife before shipping.
• Brace the back-end of the table to the skid using a 2x4.
• Use a skid larger than the outer tip-to-tip dimensions of the machine.
• Block the counter-weight according to Figure 2.
• Remove the hydraulic breather cap and plug with a ¾ NPT plug.
• Always lift and transport from the front of the machine. The carton has lifting instructions, so
it must be placed properly on the skid.
Challenge is not responsible for an improperly packed machine. The skid and packing materials are
available for purchase from Challenge.
6.4 Lifting Instructions
Professional riggers should do unpacking, handling, and positioning. If handling or unpacking is a
problem, your dealer or a local trucking facility should be able to supply or recommend a qualified
rigger. This 3750-lb/1701-kg machine should be moved with experienced people and the proper
equipment. Do not risk personal injury or damage by attempting to move machinery with makeshift
equipment or inadequate manpower.
Lifting straps may also be used to lift the machine by placing the straps around the front and rear of
the table. When straps are used in this way, wood blocks must be placed beside the lead screw to
prevent damage, (Figure 4). A bent lead screw will cause the backgauge to bind. The lead screw
cover must also be removed. Do not strap around the lead screw cover.
Figure 4
The backgauge should be positioned all the way to the front of the table and straps placed as close
the machine body as possible. Gently lift the cutter, remove the skid and carefully place the cutter on
the floor.
6.5 Cleaning
Wipe down the table and bare metal surfaces with a non-flammable solvent such as CRC or blanket
wash. The table surface is cast iron and will rust if left unprotected. Coat the table with a nonabrasive wax. A Cutter Care Kit, p/n 16077, with cleaner and wax, is available thru your Authorized
Challenge Dealer. The protective film on the console may be removed. Never clean console with
petroleum based solvents. Damage will result. See also Operator Cleaning on page 52.
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6.6 Assembly: Standard
Unless otherwise specified, the only items that have been disassembled for shipping are the
extension side tables. To assemble the table extensions, follow the procedure below.
NOTE: Assembled side tables are awkward and heavy. Use two people to attach the side tables.
1. Install the side table supports. Each support is attached to the frame with two (2) bolts and
washers. (Mounting bolts are shipped installed in the frame - remove them to install
supports.)
2. Thread the 1/2-13 hex nut, packed with the machine, onto the 1/2-13 X 2-1/4 hex bolt. Screw
the bolt into the nut welded on the table support.
3. Assemble the side table backs to the table surfaces. The extension table bolts and hex nuts
are packed inside the tool kit box. Tables are installed with the clearance hole for the knife
gib adjusting screws towards the middle of the cutter. Make sure the right hand side table
back plate is bolted onto the right hand side table, and the left hand side table back plate is
bolted onto the left hand side table.
4. Have one person hold the assembled side table in position while the other aligns the holes
and threads the mounting bolts with washers. (Mounting bolts are shipped installed in the
side of table- remove them to install tables.)
5. Use a 9/16” socket and extension to lightly tighten the mounting bolts, then tap the extension
table up or down with a rubber mallet until it is flush with the main table. Run a straight edge
or sheet of paper over the seam to check the fit. Make sure your stock will not catch on the
seam.
6. Locate the leveling bolt that was threaded into the welded nut on the table support in step 2.
You may have to loosen the mounting bolts a little to allow enough play to level the table.
When the extension tables are leveled and the surface joints even, tighten the mounting bolts
securely. Make sure the 1/2-13 hex nut, threaded on the leveling bolt in step 2, is tightened
to prevent the leveling bolt from loosening.
7. The tables are powder coated and need only be wiped down with a dry cloth. DO NOT apply
solvents or abrasive cleaners to extension table surfaces. They may cause discoloration or
scratches.
6.7 Assembly: Table Out
If your cutter has been shipped knocked-down, it is even more important to have a rigger or qualified
personnel with the right equipment to position and assemble your cutter.
Your cutter will arrive in two crates. One contains the arch/base assembly. The second, accessory
box contains the parts, accessories, and table. Reassemble as follows:
1. Remove the crate from the arch/base assembly.
2. Remove the accessories from the accessory box.
3. Lift the table out of the accessory box. NOTE: Be careful not to damage or bend the lead
screw or backgauge drive motor assembly. Use wood blocks beside the screw if straps are
used (Figure 4 on page 13).
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4. Remove the rear arch cover assembly.
5. Insert the table from the rear of the machine, through the arch. The table is located using two
special taper pins through holes on the rear table mounting pads.
6. After locating the table, install the eight (8) table bolts. Seat the taper pins and tighten the
bolts.
7. Attach the front and rear side guides. Install the table end cover. Install the rear table
polycarbonate cover to the table end cover and side guides.
8. Install the paper deflector through the access point inside the front enclosure, under the table.
Depress the deflector with your thumb while installing the assembly to clear the knife bar,
(Figure 5). Attach with two 3/8-16 x 1" socket head cap screws.
Figure 5
One socket screw must be installed from inside the arch. Remove the side guard plate for
access. Both bolts should have shake proof lock washers.
9. Mount the cut button cable assembly to the underside of the table.
10. Mount the main power disconnect switch to the underside of the table.
11. Fasten one end of the encoder cable, chain carrier to the frame of the machine. Route the
carrier chain through the cutout in the table brace. Fasten it to the backgauge carrier. Install
a strain relief cable tie to the backgauge carrier to secure the encoder cable. Plug the
encoder cable into the encoder. (Figure 6, page 16)
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Figure 6
12. Install the forward and rearward lead screw covers using eight 1/4-20 x ½” button head cap
screws, eight ¼” flat washers, and eight ¼” internal tooth lock washers.
Figure 7
13. Reconnect the backgauge motor cable. From the table, the cable runs through the strain
relief bushing into the motor housing, (Figure 8). Attach the wires according to the wiring
schematic in the back of this Cable
manual for the machine model you have.
Ties
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Figure 8
14. Connect the tube from the blower to the plastic connector attached to the air channel cover
on the bottom of the table if required. Reconnect the wires to the air blower and solenoid
according to the wiring diagram for the machine model you have.
15. Open each electric eye end-cover. Mount the electric eyes to the machine as shown in
Figure 9. The end-covers are oriented toward the outside of the machine. Connect each
electric eye, leaving the connectors inside the electric eye cases. Replace the end-covers.
Figure 9
6.8 Hydraulic Check
When the machine is shipped, the breather cap should be replaced with a 3/4 NPT plug. This is how
the machine is shipped from the factory. Before the machine can be run for the first time the NPT
plug needs to be replaced with the breather cap. Access the plug behind the small cover on the
hydraulic power unit cover behind the machine.
The hydraulic reservoir is filled with 15 gallons of grade #46 hydraulic oil at the factory. The fluid level
should be checked before operation, and periodically during normal operation. The reservoir is
located behind the cutter, beneath the table (Figure 10). The hydraulic tank has a breather cap that
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can be removed for changing the oil and checking the oil level. The reservoir should be kept full at all
times. Fill the reservoir so that the oil level is 3/4” below the top of the inside of the hydraulic tank.
NOTE: DO NOT OVERFILL. Overfilling may cause leakage when the machine is hot.
Breather
Cap
Hydraulic
Reservoir
Figure 10
6.9 Power Hook-Up
SHOCK HAZARD! Always disconnect power at main power panel
before working on the cutter. Lock it out to prevent accidental power up. See Power Lockout
Procedure (page 5).
For satisfactory operation, be sure that your cutter is wired for the correct phase and voltage and has
adequate power. The correct electrical specifications for your machine are shown on the serial plate.
Check the machine serial plate before connecting the power. For future reference, transfer this
information to the front cover of this manual.
Watch Setup Voltage- Inadequate power to the cutter can be a major source of problems. Too
many machines on the same circuit will reduce the power to each machine. Inadequate voltage will
frequently cause overheating, loss of power, and in extreme cases, failure to operate. Test your
voltage when the shop is at actual working levels. Challenge recommends a dedicated line with a
lockable disconnect to provide adequate power for this machine.
Important: You must have an adequate size circuit and heavy enough wiring for this machine. The
circuit size should be a minimum of 20% greater than the amperage rating on the machine
nameplate. If a wire is run over 75 feet (23 meters), the next size wire should be used. Check local
electrical codes.
Electrical Specifications for Champion 370 cutters:
Volts
3 Phase:460 V
230
208
18
Amps
11.5
25
25
Circuit Size
16.5 A
38
38
Wire Size
#12 AWG
#8
#8
Metric Wire
4mm sq.
10mm sq.
10mm sq.
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6.10 Three Phase Hook-Up
The power source is connected to the cutter through the bottom of the power panel (right hand side).
A main power control switch and power cord providing the machine with power is the responsibility of
the customer and should be set in accordance with the local electrical code.
1. DISCONNECT AND LOCK OUT THE POWER (See Power Lockout procedure, page 5)
2. Thread the power cord through a conduit connector into the power panel.
3. Fasten the ground lead to the ground terminal lug (Figure 11).
Figure 11
4. Fasten the three power leads to the three terminals of the main power terminal block- L1, L2,
& L3.
5. Close the electrical panel doors and latch them. Unlock the main panel and turn on the
power. Turn on the main power disconnect switch located on the front face of the table.
6. Press both cut buttons simultaneously to activate the motor and check to make sure it is
turning the same direction as the arrow on the motor casing.
If it isn’t, disconnect the power and exchange any two leads (L1, L2 or L3) of the power cord as in
Figure 12, page 20. The motor will now turn the correct direction.
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1
3
2
1
2
3
Figure 12
NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPERATE THE CUTTER UNTIL THE REMAINDER OF THIS
MANUAL HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY READ AND UNDERSTOOD. CALL YOUR DEALER IF YOU
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
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7.0 Champion 370 Diagram
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8.0 Operation
IMPORTANT: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPERATE THE CUTTER UNTIL YOU HAVE
THOROUGHLY READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS. CALL
YOUR AUTHORIZED CHALLENGE DEALER IF YOU STILL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
8.1 Power - Main Power Switch
Power is brought to the machine when the main power switch is turned to the “ON” position (Figure
13). The display, table light and line lights are turned on at this time.
OFF
Figure 13
ON
The screen saver will activate and the line lights will shut off after 5 minutes without any activity. This
shut-off time can be changed in the Parameters screen of the Maintenance Mode (see the
Parameters/Time Out section on page 29). To restore power to the display and line lights, press any
button on the keyboard.
8.2 Start Up
Once power has been turned on, the display will show the following:
When the CLEAR key is pressed, the backgauge will move to coordinate the true position into the
computer (if the knife and clamp are not in the “up” position, the display will prompt the operator to
raise them by pressing the cut buttons prior to presetting the backgauge). When finished, the
machine will be in “Send Mode” and the display will appear similar to the display shown below.
The backgauge may now be sent to a desired position by simply typing the dimension and pressing
SEND (see the Send Mode section on page 27).
55.000 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
22
>_
Backgauge must move to be
preset. Please clear the table.
Revision X.X
Press clear to start
E) Maint
F) Job
H) Repeat
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8.3 Making a Cut
Place the paper against the backgauge and side guide. Press and release both cut buttons once to
start the hydraulic motor. Then press and hold both cut buttons to start the cut cycle. While holding
the cut buttons, the knife and clamp will complete the cut cycle. If either button is released at any
time during the cycle, the knife and clamp will immediately return to the up position.
5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
>_
E) Maint
F) Job
H) Repeat
Note: Both cut buttons must be released before a new cut can be made. The cut buttons must be
pressed within 0.5 seconds of each other in order to make a cut.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE TRIM FROM TABLE SURFACE,
CLAMP FACE OR KNIFE BLADE UNTIL THE KNIFE AND CLAMP HAVE STOPPED IN THE UP
POSITION! DO NOT USE FINGERS OR HANDS TO REMOVE TRIM FROM CLAMP FACE OR
KNIFE BLADE! Due to static buildup, fine trim may have a tendency to stick to the clamp or knife
surfaces. Fingertips might be drawn into the knife by the clamp if this is attempted. Wait until the
knife and clamp have BOTH STOPPED MOVING before removing stock trim.
8.3.1 Shutting Off the Hydraulic Motor
The hydraulic motor can be shut off at any time by pressing soft-key “B” (Mtr Off) or by holding only
one of the cut buttons for 3 seconds. The hydraulic motor will also shut off when the screen saver is
activated. This shut-off time can be changed in the Parameters screen of the Maintenance Mode
(see the Parameters/Time Out section on page 29).
8.4 Jogging Aid
All Champion cutters include a jogging aid as standard equipment. The jogging aid allows the
operator to load and align stock without placing hands or arms under the clamp and knife area.
Load and align the paper against the side guide, (Figure 14 on page 24), then square it to the
backgauge for cutting.
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Figure 14
Additional jogging aids can be purchased at your authorized Challenge dealer. (P/N A-12608-6)
Always remove the jogging aid from the table before making a cut.
8.5 Clamp Pressure Adjustment
The clamp pressure can be adjusted by pressing soft-key “C” (Up) to increase the pressure, and softkey “D” (Down) to decrease the pressure. The pressure scale ranges from 0 to 15, 15 being the
maximum.
8.6 Pre-Clamping
All Champion cutters are equipped with a low pressure clamping feature which allows the operator to
clamp paper before beginning the cut cycle. To use this feature, press the footswitch until the clamp
presses the paper. While holding the foot switch down, press the cut buttons. Release it once the
cut has been completed. Although this is low pressure clamping, avoid placing hands under the
clamp at all times.
8.7 Knife Change Alarm and Lubrication Alarm
The Champion 370 XG has two built in alarms that will be displayed after a certain number of cuts.
The knife alarm displays a message to remind the operator to change the knife. The lube alarm
displays a message to remind the operator to have the machine lubricated. The lube alarm will also
display the name and phone number of the Challenge dealer from which the machine was purchased.
To reset either alarm, or to change the knife alarm value, see the Knife Count section on page 30.
The lube alarm value is factory set at 2,500 cuts and cannot be changed.
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8.8 Definition of Keys
Figure 15
8.8.1 Backgauge Glide Control
The backgauge glide control is used to manually position the backgauge. The speed of the
backgauge will depend upon where the actuator is pressed. Press farther from center for a faster
speed, and closer to center for a slower speed. To move the backgauge forward, press downward.
To move the backgauge backward, press upward. Pressing the center displays true position.
8.8.2 IN/MM Key
This key toggles the display to show the position and programmed send values in inches (e.g. 5.250),
inch fractions to the nearest 1/64” (e.g. 5_1/4), or millimeters (e.g. 133.3).
8.8.3 Air Table ON/OFF Key
This key turns the air table on and off.
8.8.4 SEND Key
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The SEND key is used to send the backgauge to any valid position. If an attempt is made to send the
backgauge to an illegal position, an error message will be displayed at the bottom of the screen
stating “Number outside limit”. In the Job mode, the SEND key will also advance the backgauge to
the next sequential cut position before performing the cut.
8.8.5 Push-Out Key
The push-out key will move the backgauge forward 5 inches (or to the most forward position) and
then return it to its previous position. This allows paper to be removed from the cutter without putting
hands under the knife and clamp. It also allows the backgauge to run forward under program control
if the light beams are blocked for dimensions less than 4.7 inches.
Never place hands in the clamp and knife area. Use the push-out key
or the backgauge glide control to move the paper to an area where it can be reached.
8.8.6 Clear Key
The CLEAR key is used to clear error messages and the current entry line.
8.8.7 Enter Key
The ENTER key selects items in the maintenance mode and processes data that has been entered in
the other modes.
8.8.8 Priority Add (X/Y) Key
The Priority Add key is used for entering fractions when they are combined with whole numbers. The
symbol displayed when this key is pressed is the underline symbol “_”. An example of a number
entered using the Priority Add key is 1_1/2.
8.8.9 Soft-Keys
There are a total of eight soft-keys labeled “A” through “H”. The functions of these keys change
depending on the operating mode. The function of each key can be found on the bottom of the
display screens.
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8.8.10 Arrow Keys
The four arrow keys can be used in almost all screens. The arrow keys are primarily used for moving
the cursor around on the screen, or to toggle between highlighted selections. In some screens, the
left arrow key acts as a backspace key.
8.8.11 Contrast Control
The contrast of each display screen can be adjusted by using the contrast control buttons located
directly above each display screen.
8.9 Manual Backgauge Control
8.9.1 Backgauge Control Knob
The backgauge may also be controlled using the Backgauge Control Knob located at the front of the
table. Turning the knob clockwise brings the backgauge forward. Turning the knob counterclockwise sends the backgauge backward. The backgauge moves faster, the more the knob is
turned.
8.9.2 Backgauge Glide Control
The backgauge can be moved manually by use of the backgauge glide control. Press towards the
operator for forward travel and away from the operator for reverse travel. The further away from
center that the actuator is pushed, the faster the backgauge will travel.
8.9.3 Backlash Indicator
To insure accurate cuts, the backgauge must be brought to the cut position from the rear of the table.
In the display, to the right of the backgauge position, there is a small arrow to indicate reverse travel.
This arrow should be off when making a cut. Moving back past your cut position, then forward to it,
compensates for any play in the backgauge nut and lead-screw.
8.10 Send Mode
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
5.070 in^
>_
E) Maint
F) Job
Reverse
Indicator
Arrow
H) Repeat
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The send mode is the first screen displayed after the backgauge is preset. From this screen the
backgauge can be positioned with the backgauge pinpoint control or by entering a value and pressing
the SEND key. A mathematical expression can also be entered as a send value. Simply type the
expression and press SEND. You can also enter an equation that begins with the current backgauge
position. For example, if you want to send the backgauge 2” forward from its current position, just
press [-] [2] and SEND.
The send mode screen can also be used for doing math calculations that are larger than the
backgauge’s reverse limit. In this case, you must press ENTER to have the result displayed on the
screen.
8.10.1 Entering Math
In the simple send mode, the Champion XG is capable of calculating an entire math string such as,
10-5+5x6+2_3/4. However, the result is limited to 29999.000 and the result cannot be a negative
value. In the job mode, and during a send, the result of the calculation must be less than the
backgauge limit of 30.500 inches.
8.10.2 Entering Fractions
Fractions are entered with the priority add key X/Y. The symbol displayed when this key is pressed is
the underline symbol “_”. This instructs the computer to add the fractional portion of the entry before
performing the remaining math. This key is useful when entering a formula as follows: 3x2_3/4 =
8_1/4. If a simple plus had been used instead, the result would be as follows: 3x2+3/4 = 6_3/4.
8.11 Repeat Mode
This mode allows the operator to make a series of cuts during which the backgauge moves a
specified distance between each cut. To enter repeat mode, press soft-key “H” (Repeat). The
display will then look like the one below:
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
5.070 in
ORIGIN >_
STEP
Initial Position
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
H) Exit
Type in the desired initial backgauge position and press ENTER. The backgauge will then move to
that position. Then type in the step value and press ENTER. Position the paper and make a cut.
The backgauge will then move forward by the step amount, and a new cut can be made. When
finished, press soft-key “H” (Exit) to exit back to send mode.
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8.12 Maintenance Mode
5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
MAINT MENU
LANGUAGE
PARAMETERS
DIAGNOSTICS
KNIFE ADJUST
Select and press enter
F) Job
G) Send
H) Exit
The maintenance mode is an area where many machine functions can be set or modified. The four
principle functions are: Language, Parameters, Diagnostic, and Knife Adjust. To select a particular
function, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired function and press ENTER. See
the following descriptions for an explanation of each function.
8.12.1 Language
In the language screen, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired language, and press
ENTER. All messages will be displayed in the selected language.
8.12.2 Parameters
In the parameter screen, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired parameter, and
press ENTER. See the descriptions that follow for an explanation of each parameter.
8.12.2.1 Time-out
This parameter sets the amount of idle time for which the screen saver activates and the line lights
and hydraulic motor turn off. The choices are 2, 5, 10, 20, and 30 minutes. In the time-out screen,
use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired time-out, and press ENTER.
8.12.2.2 Push-out
Normally, whenever the backgauge is sent to a larger dimension, a five-inch (127mm) push-out is
performed to aid the operator in accessing the paper. In some situations, it may be necessary to turn
this feature off. It is recommended that this feature be left on whenever possible. In the push-out
screen, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the on or off status as desired, and press
ENTER.
8.12.2.3 Accuracy Adjust
This parameter provides a means for adjusting the accuracy of the backgauge. To change the
accuracy, send the backgauge to 2 inches (50.8mm) and cut some paper. Measure the paper, and
type in what you actually measure. The computer will calculate the amount of error and will
compensate. A value may also be added to or subtracted from the current value.
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8.12.2.4 Knife Count
The knife count parameter allows the operator to reset the knife alarm and the lube alarm. The knife
alarm displays a message to remind the operator to change the knife. The lube alarm displays a
message to remind the operator to have the machine lubricated. The lube alarm will also display the
name and phone number of the Challenge dealer from which the machine was purchased.
There are three functions within the knife count parameter: Clear Count, Knife Alarm, and Clear
Lube. Select the desired function and press ENTER. See the following descriptions for an
explanation of each function.
Select Clear count to reset the knife counter when a knife change has been performed.
Select Knife Alarm to enter or change the knife stroke alarm value. When this value is reached, the
display will alert you to change the knife and reset the knife counter. Knife alarm values for the
Champion XG are factory set at 2,500 cuts. However, you may want to change this value based on
your specific machine applications. See the Knife section for help in choosing a knife alarm value for
your machine.
Select Clear lube to reset the lube alarm after performing the lubrication requirements as shown in
the Lubrication section of this manual. NOTE: The alarm will activate after 2,500 cuts. This value is
set at the factory and cannot be changed.
8.12.2.5 Machine Count
The number displayed is the total number of cuts made by the machine.
8.12.3 Diagnostic
5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
DIAGNOSTIC
Error Code
Sensor Data
Clear Memory
Adjust Clamp
Select and press enter
A) Maint
G) Send
F) Job
H) Exit
The diagnostic area can be very helpful in locating a problem in the event of a machine malfunction.
Use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired selection, and press ENTER. See the
following descriptions for an explanation of each.
8.12.3.1 Error Code
The Error Code function simply recalls the last five error messages that were displayed. This can be
very useful in cases when the malfunction cannot be reproduced in the presence of the service
technician.
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8.12.3.2 Sensor Data
The Sensor Data function provides a list of computer inputs and outputs (proximity switches, etc.)
along with their status (0 for open, 1 for closed). This function allows a service technician to check
the status of a switch without removing any covers. Cuts and backgauge movements are allowed in
this screen so that the technician may observe the status of the inputs and outputs during machine
operation.
8.12.3.3 Clear Memory
The Clear Memory function resets the memory to a known state. All cut positions will be erased
during this operation.
8.12.3.4 Knife Adjust
The knife adjust function provides a way for the service technician to change the knife. In the Knife
Adjust screen, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the up or down status as desired, and
press ENTER. Press and hold the cut buttons to send the knife to the desired position (in the knife
down mode – hold the cut buttons until the hydraulic motor turns off).
8.13 Job Mode
>
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
1>JOB 1
2>TESTJOB
5>
6>BOBS JOB
7>8.5 X 11
9>
10>
+
E) Lock
F) Copy
Lock
Lock
G) Erase
H) Exit
The Champion XG can be programmed for up to 99 different jobs. A job is a sequence of
programmed cut positions. The backgauge moves to each position after a cut cycle is made. Each
job can hold up to 99 send values. Pressing soft-key “F” enters Job mode. When the job mode is
entered, all previously programmed jobs will be displayed along with their name and lock status.
Locked jobs display the word “Lock” after their name. A plus “+” sign at the bottom of the screen
indicates there are more jobs programmed than what are displayed. Pressing the left arrow key and
the down arrow key simultaneously will page down to the next set of jobs. Page 38 contains an
example of how to program a job.
8.13.1 Lock/Unlocking a Job
In the Job Mode screen, the soft-key “E” will display “Lock” or “Unlock” depending on the current
status of the job. If a job is locked, the word “Lock” will be displayed to the right of the job name.
Locking a job prevents it from being edited. To change the lock status of a job, simply move the
cursor to the desired job using the up and down arrow keys, and press the soft-key “E” (Lock/Unlock).
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8.13.2 Copying a Job
First, select a job to copy by moving the cursor up or down to the desired job number and press the
soft-key “F” (Copy). “Select Copy to #” will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. Enter a job
number for the new job or move the cursor to an existing job and press ENTER. If the new job is
locked, the copy will not be allowed. NOTE: if the new job is not locked, but contains data, the old
data WILL BE LOST.
8.13.3 Erasing a Job
Select a job to erase by moving the cursor to the desired job. Press the soft-key “G” (Erase). “Clear
channel #” will be displayed, followed by YES or NO. Use the up and down arrow keys to toggle to
YES or NO. YES will erase the job, NO will leave the job unchanged. NOTE: locked jobs cannot be
erased.
8.13.4 Creating a New Job
To create a new job, type in a number that is not already assigned to a job and press ENTER
(entering a job number greater than 99 will create job #99). The cursor will move to the line
corresponding to the number you typed in, prompting you for a job name. If no job name is desired,
simply press ENTER again to begin entering send values (see below). To name the job, press the
right arrow key to move the cursor to the first character position. Enter a character of the alphabet by
using the up and down arrow keys to toggle to the desired character. The numeric keys can be used
to enter numbers directly into the job name. When the desired character is in place, use the right
arrow key to move to the next character position. The job name can be up to 10 characters long. A
letter can be removed from the job name by moving the cursor to the undesired character and
pressing the CLEAR key. When finished, press ENTER to save the name and to begin entering send
values. The screen should now look similar to the one below:
5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------A) Division
D) Cut & Rec.
JOB1
#1
1>_
E) Insert
F) Job
G) Erase
H) Exit
8.13.4.1 Entering Send Value
Send values can now be entered by using any of the following methods: 1) Type in the desired value
and press ENTER, 2) Press ENTER at a blank line - this will enter the current position of the
backgauge as a send value, 3) Use the “Cut and Record” feature (described later) or 4) Use the
“Sheet Division” feature.
8.13.4.2 Creating a Stock Loading Position
After typing a send value, pressing the right arrow key, instead of ENTER, will move the cursor to the
right and prompt the operator to enter a rotation indicator mark or Load Zone (LZ). Selecting LZ will
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make it impossible to cut at that position. Pressing both cut buttons on a position marked at a
Loading Zone will prompt the backgauge to move to the next position in the job. Using a loading
position eliminates the need to reach into the knife/clamp area of the cutter when loading a job.
8.13.4.3 Entering Rotation Mark
After entering a send value, pressing the right arrow key, instead of ENTER, will move the cursor to
the right and prompt the operator to enter a rotation indicator mark. The display will look similar to the
one shown below:
5.070 in
Turn Indicator
Off
ccw
>
cw
<
180 Turn
>>
Load Zone LZ
Select & Press Enter
1> 5.070
JOB1
#1
_
C) Up
D) Down
H) Exit
Use soft-keys “C” and “D” to choose a turn indicator. Pressing ENTER will place an indicator mark to
the right of the send value, as shown below:
5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
1> 5.070
JOB1
#1
>>
H) Exit
When the desired indicator mark is in place, press the right arrow key. The cursor will move to the
right and prompt the operator to enter a clamp pressure (see the following section).
NOTE: All new entry lines will have the same turn indicator mark as the one above it, until it is
changed.
8.13.4.4 Entering the Clamp Pressure
A separate clamp pressure can be entered for each cut in a job. To enter the desired clamp
pressure, first enter the desired send value (described above), then press the right arrow key and
enter the rotation mark if necessary (described above), then press the right arrow key again to move
the cursor to where the clamp pressure can be entered. Use soft-keys “C” and “D” to increase or
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decrease the clamp pressure, or use the numeric keypad to enter a number from 0 to 15 (see
Adjusting the Clamp Pressure section, page 24 for information about the clamp pressure setting).
This will complete the entry for the current line and move the cursor to the send value of the next line.
NOTE: All new entry lines will have the same clamp pressure as the one above it, until it is changed.
8.13.4.5 Cut and Record
To use this feature when creating a new job, simply send the backgauge to a desired position using
the backgauge glide control or by using SEND, then make a cut. The current backgauge position will
automatically be displayed in the next available cut location and the operator will be prompted to
press ENTER to record the current value. If ENTER is not pressed, the value will not be recorded
into the job as a send value. This can be very convenient for setting up a program when the actual
cut positions are not known.
8.13.4.6 Sheet Division Feature
The Champion XG has a sheet division feature that automatically creates a complete set of send
values using the parent and finished sheet sizes specified by the user. Since this feature creates an
entire set of send values, it is best to use it only when creating a new job. However, this feature can
also be used when editing or using an existing job. It will simply insert the new set of send values
after the current send value.
Begin by pressing soft-key “A” (Division). The display will be similar to the following:
5.070 in
DIM
DIM
DIM
DIM
#1
A>_
B
C
D
Enter Dimension A.
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
E) Maint
F) Job
H) Repeat
The program guides the operator through the steps of entering the necessary dimensions. Then the
program asks if the columns are to be cut separate (as opposed to stacking the columns and cutting
them all at once). Press “1” for Yes or “0” for No. The display will now look similar to the one shown
next (it may vary based on the input):
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5.070
------------------------------C) Up
D) Down
QTY
OPT
OUT
1
8
2
8
3
8
4
6
5
8
6
6
RE-ENTER
QTY
CUTS
9
9
9
7
9
7
H) Exit
Use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the possible layouts. The left display will show
each choice visually. Select the desired layout by pressing ENTER. At this point the send values will
be automatically calculated and entered, and the job will be complete and ready for use. To make
changes, edit the job as described in the “Editing a Job” section below.
8.13.4.7 When Finished
When finished entering send values you may exit the current job by pressing soft-key “B” (Job) to go
back to the job mode screen or soft-key “D” (Exit) to exit to send mode. Or you may use the current
job for cutting by pressing the down arrow at the last line and following the instructions in the
“Running a Job” section (page 36).
8.13.5 Editing an Existing Job
8.13.5.1 Editing the Job Name
The job name can be edited (or added if an existing job does not have a name) in the job mode
screen. To edit the name, move the cursor down to the desired job number by pressing the down
arrow key. Then press the right arrow key to move the cursor to the desired character position and
edit the character by pressing the up or down arrow keys to toggle between characters of the
alphabet. Numbers can be entered directly by using the number keys. Pressing CLEAR clears the
current character. When finished, you may either go to the current job by pressing ENTER, or go to a
different job, or exit job mode.
8.13.5.2 Editing Send Values
To edit send values of an existing job, start by opening the desired job from the job mode screen. A
job is opened by one of two methods: pointing at the desired job with the cursor and pressing
ENTER, or by entering the job number with the keypad and pressing ENTER. Once a job has been
opened, the current job number will be displayed in the upper right corner. NOTE: If the job is
locked, it cannot be edited.
Send values can now be edited by moving the cursor up or down to the desired send value and then
typing over the existing value. To page up and page down, press the left and down arrow keys
simultaneously.
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5.070 in
Clamp
Pressure
| | | 14 | | |
1> 8.500
2>11.000
Job #
Job
Name
------------------------------A) Division
D) Cut & Rec
8.5 X 11
L #7
E) Insert
F) Job
Lock
Status
G) Erase
H) Exit
To insert a send value, press the soft-key “E” (Insert). This action moves all send values down and
provides a blank line after the current send value.
Send values can also be entered using the “Cut and Record” feature. Move the cursor to the line
where the send values are to be inserted. Then press soft-key “D” (Cut & Rec). “C & R” will appear
in the upper right corner of the left display. Each cut will add the current backgauge position as a
send value. When finished, press soft-key “D” (Cut & Rec) again to exit cut & record mode. If there
is a blank line where the cursor is, press the down arrow and it will disappear.
To erase a send value, press the soft-key “G” (Erase). This will remove the cut value currently being
pointed to by the cursor. To backspace over the current send value without removing the line, press
the left arrow key.
When finished editing the job, you may exit the current job by pressing soft-key “F” (Job) to go back to
the job mode screen or soft-key “H” (Exit) to exit to send mode. Or you may use the job for cutting
since it is already open.
8.13.6 Running a Programmed Job
To use an existing job for cutting, you must first open it by using one of two methods: move the
cursor to the desired job with the arrow keys and press ENTER, or enter the job number with the
keypad and press ENTER. Once a job has been opened, the current job name and number will be
displayed in the upper right corner. Now press SEND to move the backgauge to the first programmed
position (or send value). Make a cut by pressing both cut buttons. Once the cut is made, the
backgauge will automatically push out the paper (only if the next position is larger than the current
one, and if “push-out” is enabled) and move to the next programmed position. If the job was created
using the “Sheet Division” feature, the left screen will display a diagram of where to place the paper
for each cut. After the last cut in the job is made, the backgauge will move to the first cut position of
the current job. Pressing SEND at any time during the job will send the backgauge to its next
programmed position without making a cut. A plus “+” sign will be displayed at the bottom of the
screen if more cuts remain in the current job.
8.13.7 Exiting a Job
To exit an open job, press the soft-key “F” (Job) to return to the job mode screen, or press the softkey “H” (Exit) to exit to the send mode screen.
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8.13.8 Label Cutting
A label-cutting feature is also provided on the Champion XG. After providing the label quantity, size,
and gutter, the machine will automatically create a programmed job. Begin by entering the job mode,
select a job number and name (optional) then depress ENTER. Depress the soft-key “C” (Label)
under the left hand display. The display will be similar to the following:
5.070 in
#1
*Label Cutting*
A
QTY
QTY
DIM
DIM
DIM
DIM
A>_
B
C
D
E
F
Enter Quantity A.
E) Maint
F) Job
H) Repeat
The program guides the operator through the steps of entering the necessary information. A & B are
label quantities, C & D are the actual label size and E & F are gutter dimensions. Then the program
asks if the columns are to be cut separate (as opposed to stacking the columns and cutting them all
at once). Press “1” for Yes and “0” for No. The display will now look similar to the one shown on the
next page (it will vary based on the input).
5.070
OPT
1
QTY
OUT
8
QTY
CUTS
9
RE-ENTER (0)
Select and Press Enter
H) Exit
Use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the possible options (if more than one). The left
display will show each choice visually. Select the desired option, then press ENTER. At this point
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the send values will be automatically calculated and entered. The job will be complete and ready for
use. To make changes, edit the job as described in the “Editing a Job” section below.
8.14 An Example Job – XG Model
The following is an example of how to program a job that will be used to make two cuts: one at 8.5”
and one at 11”.
1. Turn on the machine and press CLEAR to preset the backgauge. Press the soft-key “F”
(Job) to go to job mode.
2. Type in an unused job number and press ENTER. Note: It must be a number that does not
correspond to an existing job. All existing jobs will be displayed on the screen (you may have
to scroll through them to see them all). If you wish to replace an existing job with the new job,
first erase the existing job by moving the cursor to it and press the soft-key “G” (Erase). Now
type in the new number and press ENTER. In this example, job #’s 1, 2, 5, and 6 already
exist. We will use job # 7 for our new job. Press “7” and ENTER.
3. The cursor will move down to the new job number. At this point, press the right arrow key
once to move the cursor to the first character position. Now name the job “8.5 X 11”. To do
this, press “8” on the number keypad. Then press the decimal “.” key and so on. To enter
the spaces and the letter “X”, use the up and down arrow keys to toggle through the alphabet
and press the right arrow key to move to the next character position.
Now press ENTER to begin programming the job.
4. To enter the first send value of 8.5”, simply type in 8.5 and press ENTER. The cursor will
move to the second line. Now type 11 and press enter. At this point, you could exit and save
the job by pressing the soft-key “H” (Exit) to exit to send mode, or the soft-key “F” (Job) to exit
back to the job mode screen. However, lets use this job to cut paper.
5. Press the down arrow key once. This will remove the blank line 3 and move the cursor to the
first send value (8.5”). Now press SEND. The backgauge will move to the 8.5” position.
Place the paper to be cut against the backgauge and press the cut buttons. Once the cut
cycle is complete, the backgauge will push out the paper and move to the next send value
(11”). Now position the paper again and make another cut. After the cut is made, the
backgauge will push out the stock and return to the first cut position, ready to repeat the
current job.
6. Now lets lock the current job so it cannot be edited. First, exit back to job mode by pressing
soft-key “F” (Job). Now move the cursor down to the new job using the down arrow key.
Now press the soft-key “E” (Lock) to lock the job. A lock symbol will appear indicating the job
has been locked.
7. To exit back to send mode, press the soft-key “H” (Exit).
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9.0 Operating Tips
Use a jogging aid to align stock. This will reduce the chance of an accident by not
having to reach under the knife or clamp. Likewise, use the backgauge to push out
stock before removal.
Never attempt to remove paper trim clinging to the blade or clamp until they have
stopped moving!
Carefully lay out each sheet before you start cutting. Find the best-cut pattern to give
you the most pieces out of the sheet. If the sheet will be folded, be sure the grain of
the paper is running in the same direction as the fold or you will get a rough edge on
the fold.
If an accurate cut is necessary for close register work, you MUST have a sharp blade
in the cutter. A dull blade will pull or draw the stock and cause uneven cutting. See
Knives section, below.
Clamp pressure should not be increased to eliminate draw without first checking for
knife sharpness. Draw from a dull knife can only be eliminated by installing a sharp
knife. See Knives section, below.
Appropriate clamp pressure will vary from one stock to another. As a rule, you
should have enough pressure to securely hold the stock but not so much that the
stock is unacceptably deformed. Excessive clamp pressure causes pile distortion
and inaccurate cutting.
To make stock slide as easily as possible on the cutter table, wash the table with
non-offset powder or with a silicone/rust preventative.
Mark the gripper edge and the guide edge of printed stock and make sure the first
cuts are with these guide edges against the backgauge.
Measure printed stock to check for shrinkage or expansion of the paper from
humidity. You may have to disregard the printed cut lines and make your own.
Use pre-clamping to remove air from an aerated pile.
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10.1 Knife Care
CAUTION: ! KNIFE SAFETY ! Knives are DANGEROUS!!! They are
heavy and very sharp, even after use. Keep the edge away from your body and keep the area clear
of others when handling knives. Never touch the cutting edge! To prevent personal injury and
damage to the knife, always keep knives in their holders with screws tightened. You are aware of the
dangers, but others may not be. Never attempt to hone, polish, or service the knife in any way.
Failure to follow safety procedures may result in severe lacerations or dismemberment.
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•
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Make sure the knife lifter is properly installed, see instructions following.
Keep handling of unprotected knives to an absolute minimum.
Clear off the cutter table before removing knife.
Have a scabbard on the cutter table and insert the knife immediately.
Warn people of any unprotected knife.
Knife changing is a ONE PERSON OPERATION. Having more than one person changing
knives increases hazard.
3 Knife Adjusting Screws
Figure 16
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Figure 17 – Knife Changing Equipment
10.1.1 Knife Change
The knife changing equipment shown in Figure 17 is included in the cutter tool kit. The following
instructions show how to remove and install a new or re-sharpened knife. Read through these
instructions AT LEAST ONCE before attempting to actually change or install any blades.
10.1.1.1 Knife Removal
1. Clear the cutter table. Place chipboard directly under the knife to prevent nicking if the blade
hits the table.
2. Lower the knife bar. See section 8.12.3.4 Knife Adjust on page 31 for directions on how to
lower the knife bar.
3. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lockout procedure, page 5.)
4. Back off the three (3) knife adjusting screws on the top of the knife bar, (Figure 16 on page
40), as far as they will go (counterclockwise). A new knife will cut deeper than a knife that
has been ground several times. If the adjusting screws are not backed off, damage will result
to the new knife, paper deflector and/or the cutting stick.
5. Remove the right-most knife bolt. This bolt will not be accessible after the knife bar is raised.
6. Unlock and reconnect the power then raise the knife bar.
7. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lockout procedure, page 5.)
8. Remove the bolts in the two slotted holes of the knife bar and replace them with the knife
lifter assembly. Tighten the lifters enough to hold the blade in place. Remove the remaining
bolts (Figure 18 on page 42).
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Figure 18
9. Clear the table and put the empty knife scabbard on the table.
10. Grasp the knife lifter assembly firmly while turning counterclockwise to release the knife from
the knife bar. Slowly lower the knife down and to the right. Bring the left side out first and put
the blade in the scabbard immediately.
11. Send the dull knife to the grinder.
10.1.1.2 Knife Installation
1. Lower the knife bar. See section 8.12.3.4 Knife Adjust on page 31 for directions on how to
lower the knife bar.
2. Lock the paper deflector down by switching the hold down lever to the locked position (Figure
19).
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Knife
Blade
Knife
Adjusting
Screw
Knife
Bar
Lock
Paper
Deflector
Hold
Down
Lever
Knife
Bar
Follower
Figure 19
3. Raise the knife bar.
4. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lockout procedure, page 5.)
5. Use the cutting stick puller to remove the cutting stick. Turn the cutting stick to a new
surface.
6. Clear the cutter table and extension tables. Place chipboard directly under the knife to
prevent nicking if the blade hits the table.
7. Check to make sure that all three (3) of the knife adjusting screws have been backed out, see
step 3 of Knife Removal section 10.1.1.1 on page 41.
8. Place the knife scabbard on the cutter table.
9. Remove the knife retainer screws holding the knife in the knife scabbard. Insert the knife
lifters into the knife bolt holes on the knife (use the lowest holes) corresponding to the slots in
the knife bar. Turn the threaded portion of knife lifters into the threaded holes in the knife
until they contact the scabbard, then back off 1-1/2 turns.
10. Grasp the knife lifters, lift the blade, and insert the blade into the knife bar slot. Slowly guide
the blade into the cutter right end first, then bring the left end in parallel to the knife bar.
Raise the knife into the knife bar slot as high as it will go. Tighten the lifters to hold the knife.
NOTE: If the blade will not go in, either the lifters are screwed into the blade too far or the blade is
not centered over the table, and the end of the blade is hitting the end stop in the knife bar.
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11. Insert the rest of the knife bolts and washers, snug tighten them, but don’t tighten completely.
Be sure all bolts have washers. The correct washers are important for proper bolt
clearances!
12. Replace the knife lifters with bolts and snug tighten.
13. Place a few sheets of paper across the table to cover the cutting stick.
NOTE: Before the knife bar is run down make sure the following is checked:
a. The (3) knife adjusting screws have been backed off completely.
b. The knife blade is raised as high as it can go in the knife bar over the entire length of
the blade.
c.
The paper deflector is locked down.
14. Unlock and turn the power on.
15. Lower the knife bar. See section 8.12.3.4 Knife Adjust on page 31 for directions on how to
lower the knife bar.
16. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lockout procedure, page 5.)
17. Turn the knife adjusting screws down, a little at a time, until the blade cuts through the paper
evenly, over the entire length of the cut stick. Be sure the blade is parallel to the cutting stick,
or one end may cut deeper than the other, causing uneven wear on the cut stick.
NOTE: When the knife is adjusted so it just cuts through the last piece of paper on the table evenly
over the entire length of the cut stick, it is a good idea to turn each knife adjusting screw 1/4 turn
tighter (clockwise). This can eliminate the need to readjust the knife after the very sharpest edge of
the blade has worn off.
18. Tighten all the bolts.
19. Turn power on and send the knife to the “UP” position.
20. Make a test cut through a full lift of stock. Make minor adjustments by loosening the bolts
and repeating steps 15 through 20.
NOTE: If the knife ends cut but the middle does not, you could have dips or uneven spots in either
the knife or the cutting stick. These can be eliminated to some extent by laying 1/2" (13mm) wide
strips of paper beneath the cutting stick to shim it up.
10.1.2 Cut Quality
Assuming the proper bevel angle has been chosen for the material being cut, cut quality depends
upon blade sharpness and surface finish. Three cut characteristics can indicate a blade needs
sharpening:
1. Burnishing appears on cut face of lift.
2. The cut does not appear straight when viewed from the top.
3. The profile of the cut (side view) does not appear to be perpendicular to the table.
Other signs that a knife needs sharpening are:
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The machine seems to strain while cutting. This strain can be heard in the hydraulic motor.
The knife makes a “rougher” sound as it passes through stock.
Nicks are visible on the cutting edge of the knife.
10.1.3 Bevel Angle
The most appropriate bevel angle depends upon four factors.
1.
2.
3.
4.
The length of time desired between sharpening
Physical properties of the stock being cut (hardness, impurities, density)
Power output of machine
Amount of clamp pressure applied
1. Length of Time Between Sharpening
Under identical cutting conditions, knives with larger bevel angles will require sharpening less
frequently than knives with smaller bevel angles. There is more material supporting the
cutting edge of larger bevel angles.
2. Physical Properties of Stock
In general a smaller bevel achieves a better quality cut. Hard, dense, and impure papers,
however, will dull a small angle bevel quickly. Impurities may put nicks on the cutting edge.
As a result, cut quality is lost quickly, and knives require sharpening often. Therefore, a
larger angle bevel should be chosen for such materials. Soft materials can be cut with small
angle bevels without adversely affecting sharpening frequency.
3. Power Output of Machine
As the bevel angle increases, more power is required to push the knife through stock. If a
bevel angle is too large for a machine, the machine may take excessive wear-and-tear and
may stall part way through the cut cycle. Although the knife will require sharpening less
often, the machine may incur costly damage.
4. Amount of Clamp Pressure Applied
As clamp pressure increases, the pile density increases. As discussed in 2, above, more
dense materials are harder to cut. This presents a dilemma. Higher clamping pressures are
used to reduce draw when cutting with large angle bevels. While higher bevel angles
increase the lifetime of the knife, high pressure clamping increases the material’s density and
detracts from knife life. As a result, a compromise must be made between knife life and cut
quality.
10.1.4 Helpful Suggestions
If your shop is large enough to purchase more than one set of knives, the following
suggestions may be helpful. A set consists of 3 knives, one in the machine, one back up,
and one at the grinder.
If you cut a variety of stocks (easy and hard to cut), purchase two sets of knives. One set
should be beveled at around 210 and the other around 230.
Use the smaller angle bevel to cut softer stocks at lower clamping pressures. Begin by
cutting the most pure, easy to cut stocks. As the knife dulls, begin cutting the less pure of the
softer stocks.
Use the larger bevel to cut harder more dense stocks at higher clamping pressures. Begin by
cutting the softer and most pure of the hard stocks. Then move to cutting the harder and less
pure of the hard stocks.
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The following suggestions apply to those who can support only one set of knives. The bevel angle on
the knives shipped with your machine was chosen for its versatility. It is not the ideal angle for every
material, but these suggestions may improve the cut quality for those materials being cut with an
inappropriate bevel:
First, cut the softest, most pure stocks at lower clamping pressures.
Move to the harder, more pure stocks at higher pressures. You may also need to reduce pile
heights.
Softer, impure stocks are next, followed by the hard impure stocks.
Following these guidelines will decrease the frequency of knife sharpening while maintaining a quality
cut as long as possible.
Suggestions for all:
If the machine seems to strain and cut quality is still good, reduce the pile height. You may
also carefully apply glycerin to the bevel when cutting hard, coated stocks. Tie a cloth to the
end of a stick; dip the stick in glycerin, and apply. Never apply by hand! In lieu of glycerin
you may lightly rub white bar soap along the bevel. Lubrication will prolong the life of your
machine and reduce maintenance.
If the machine seems to strain and cut quality becomes unacceptable, the knife should be
changed.
Typical bevel angles vary from 260 to 190. The most appropriate general-purpose bevel angle
(230) was chosen for your machine. If your most common applications warrant a different
angle, careful thought should be given before making the investment.
10.1.5 Knife Tips
To prevent corrosion you received your knife coated with light oil. It should be REMOVED
WITH CARE.
While removing or installing a knife, be careful not to allow the edge to bump against the
machine. Nicks will result.
If a knife bolt is damaged, replace it.
Always keep knife bolts securely tightened.
Always use the heavy-duty knife bolt washers provided by Challenge. Failure to do so could
result in scratching or marring of the clamp face.
Store knives in a dry environment to prevent corrosion.
Never attempt to service a knife in any way.
10.2 False Clamp Plate
ALWAYS disconnect the power and LOCK IT OUT before installing or
removing the false clamp plate. NEVER attempt to install or remove the false clamp plate while the
machine is running. Remove all tools and stand clear when reconnecting power.
To prevent marking on pressure sensitive jobs, a false clamp plate has been included (installed) with
your machine. This plate attaches to the bottom of the clamp. It is secured from the front of the
cutter with three set screws that clamp against the mounting rods on the false clamp plate.
1. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT (See Power Lock-Out Procedure, page 5)
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2. Position the false clamp plate under the clamp. The locator pegs should be positioned to the
rear of the cutter and are set into holes in the bottom of the clamp.
3. With a 1/8" Allen wrench, back off the setscrews in front of the clamp and raise the plate up to
the bottom of the clamp. It may be necessary to bring the clamp down slightly with the foot
pedal in order to access the far left setscrew. Raise the false clamp plate evenly or it will
have a tendency to bind. When the plate has been raised into position and is flush with the
bottom of the clamp, tighten the setscrews to hold the plate in position.
4. Make sure that all tools have been taken off the cutter table, reconnect the power, and turn
on the power.
NOTE: The cutter cannot make cuts smaller than 2-5/8" (66.7 mm) with the false clamp plate
installed.
10.3 Lubrication
A clean, lubricated machine will cut more accurately, run longer, with less downtime, and fewer
repairs.
Schedule lubrication maintenance early in the day. This allows the lubricants to work into the
machine. Lubrication at the end of the day allows the lubricants to run off without any benefit to the
machine. Clean off old, dirty excess grease. Wipe accumulated dust off valves, hoses, and
connections. Built up dust increases operating temperatures and causes premature wear of all
hydraulic components.
Oil and Grease Points WEEKLY.
Run the knife down and Lock Out the Power, see Power Lockout Procedure, page 5. All moving
parts require lubrication. Remove all panel covers and look for all oil locations (marked with red
paint). Make sure oil holes are not plugged and lubricate with a 30 weight oil. See the photos below
for critical locations (not all locations are illustrated here). Notice that some are oil locations and
some are grease points. Wipe off old and excess grease. Use a National Lubricating Grease
Institute No. 1 consistency, extreme pressure grease.
Make sure to inspect the counter-weight chain, both connecting links, and the c-shaped channel for
wear. If excessive wear is noticed, replace parts immediately. Be sure to oil the counter weight
chain.
Replace all guards. Never operate cutter with any guards removed.
GREASE
OIL
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Oil Hole in
Knife Bar
Grease Lead-screw
Oil clamp
cylinder pin on
both sides of
cylinder
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While lubricating, check pin locks to make sure they are in place and secure (Figure 20) there are a
total of six. The bell crank pins do not require lubrication.
Pin Locks
Figure 20
10.4 Hydraulic System
The Champion Series Cutters have both hydraulic cutting and hydraulic clamping operation. The
cutter is powered by an electric motor coupled directly to a hydraulic pump. The pump has a fixed
flow rate output of 10.5 GPM at 1800 PSI (max. system relief setting) at 1800 RPM.
A hydraulic cylinder powers the clamp. When the cut buttons are depressed, this cylinder pushes on
a bell crank and brings the clamp down (or brings the clamp up to full hydraulic pressure if the manual
foot clamp is down). A hydraulic cylinder connected directly to the knife bar also powers the cut. The
knife sequence valve generates 1600 PSI of backpressure throughout the system to maintain full
clamp pressure during the cut. One big advantage of the hydraulic system is the immediate return of
the knife when the cut buttons are released. Instead of stopping in place, the knife immediately
returns to the upper position.
The hydraulic fluid should be changed YEARLY or EVERY 1000 HOURS of operation.
The oil filter (Challenge part H-227-1) should be changed yearly or whenever any repairs are made to
the hydraulic system.
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NOTE: Failure to change the oil when needed can damage the seals in the clamp and knife cylinders
as well as the manifold.
Refill the tank with 15 gallons of an ISO (International Standards Organization) Viscosity Grade 46,
rust, oxidation, and foam inhibiting hydraulic oil. NOTE: NEVER use Automatic Transmission Oil
or Brake Fluid as a substitute for the correct hydraulic fluid. Dangerous operation conditions
could result.
Check the level of the Hydraulic Reservoir WEEKLY or whenever the machine sounds like it is
laboring (this could be due to low oil level).
10.4.1 Recommended Oils
Use only one of the recommended oils or an ISO VG 46 Hydraulic Fluid equivalent. Oils other than
the recommended type will cause seals, cups, and O-rings to deteriorate. See CAUTION below.
Oil Name
Rykon No. 46
Energol HLP 46
AW Oil 46
Pacemaker XD 46
Super Hydraulic 46
Univis N46
Security AW 46
Kenoil R&O AW 46
DTE 15M
Tellus 46
Rando HDZ 46
Distributor
AMOCO
BP
Chevron
Citgo
Conoco
Exxon
Gulf
Kendall
Mobil
Shell
Texaco
10.4.2 Oil Change
Before beginning, you will need (3) empty five gallon buckets, an oil pan, and a transfer pump. If oil is
hot, wait until it cools.
1. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lock-out Procedure, page 5)
2. Remove the hydraulic breather cap (see Figure 21). Access the breather behind a cover
plate on the hydraulic power unit cover.
Breather cap
Figure 21
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3. Place the suction line of the transfer pump into the breather cap hole. Place the pressure line
of the transfer pump into an empty five-gallon pail.
4. Turn on the transfer pump and fill the pail. Repeat until tank is empty.
5. Replace the oil filter. Place a thin film of new hydraulic oil on the seal of the new filter to
insure a proper seal. Firmly hand-tighten the filter onto the filter head.
6. Fill the tank with recommended fluid until the level is 3/4” below the top of the inside of the
tank.
NOTE: DO NOT OVERFILL. Overfilling may cause leakage when the hydraulic fluid is hot.
7. Reinstall the breather cap.
8. Before turning on the machine, make sure all hydraulic hose fittings are tight. Make sure the
oil filter has been firmly hand tightened to the filter head.
9. Unlock and turn on the main power to the machine. Turn on the hydraulic motor by pressing
both cut buttons once. Inspect the hydraulic system for leaks. If leaks are found, turn off
main power to the machine and tighten any leaking fittings.
10. Repeat step 9 as necessary.
10.5 Line Light Adjustment
The line light comes on whenever main power is turned to the ON position. The light from each of two
bulbs reaches the table after passing between the knife and clamp, (Figure 22).
Figure 22
Each light is focused with an adjusting screw mounted on the line light bracket, behind the console.
1. Tilt the console down by removing the two screws at the top.
2. Place a wide sheet of paper on the cut stick to view the line.
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3. Using a 3/16” hex wrench, turn one of the adjusting screws until you see a 1/16-1/8” beam.
4. Similarly, turn the adjustment screw of the other bulb until one, continuous beam is seen
across the cut stick.
10.5.1 Line Light Bulb Replacement:
1. DISCONNECT THE POWER AND LOCK IT OUT! (See Power Lock-out procedure, page 5)
2. Tilt the console down.
3. Remove the old bulb by lightly pushing bulb into the socket and turning it counterclockwise.
If the bulb is still hot, allow a few minutes to cool before changing.
4. Insert the new bulb into the socket and twist clockwise until the bulb locks into place.
5. Reattach the console.
6. Unlock and turn the power ON.
7. If necessary, adjust the line as above.
10.6 Cleaning
HYDRAULICS
1. The hydraulic fans and tank should be wiped off weekly to maintain maximum cooling of the
tank and hydraulic oil.
2. The hydraulic manifold and fittings should be wiped off weekly.
TABLE
1. The dust should be wiped from the air blower inlet screen on a weekly basis. This will insure
unrestrained flow into the blower and maximum flow out of the air jets.
2. The front table should be cleaned periodically to remove rust and wax buildup. This should
be done using cleaners provided in the optional cutter care kit. (p/n 16077) Do not clean
extension tables with these cleaners. Damage to their finish will result.
3. The extension tables should be cleaned either with a dry or damp cloth or a mild water based
detergent.
4. The rear table cover may be cleaned with glass cleaner or a mild, water based detergent
applied to a damp cloth. Some petroleum-based solvents may damage the Plexiglas cover.
CONSOLE
The console should be cleaned with a mild water based detergent applied to a damp cloth or
paper towel. Petroleum based solvents will damage the console.
MACHINE FRAME
1. The machine frame should be cleaned with a mild, water based detergent applied to a damp
cloth.
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10.0 Routine Maintenance/Adjustments
2. Always be careful when cleaning around safety warning labels. Use limited amounts of
cleaners in those areas.
10.6.1 Table Conditioning
The table of a paper cutter requires periodic maintenance to remove surface oxidation. Polishing is
also required to provide a smooth surface for paper to move freely. The frequency of this
maintenance will be determined by a number of factors. Among these are the humidity,
environmental dust, handprints, liquid spills, and type of paper stock. We recommend the use of the
Challenge Cutter Care Kit P/N 16077 for of your table care needs.
To prepare a new machine’s table, follow the procedure below:
1. Remove the rust-protective coating from the table with a solvent.
2. Remove all solvent residue from the table with a dry cloth. Continue until the cloth shows no
sign of residue.
3. Apply a light coating of an SAE 10-weight non-detergent motor oil or equivalent to the table
and allow it to penetrate for at least one hour.
4. Remove all excess oil from the table with paper toweling (not cloth) until the paper towel you
are using shows no sign of oil.
5. Apply a paste wax (Challenge P/N 16078) to the table to seal the pores of the metal.
6. Note: Do not use a wax that contains a cleaning compound on the table. The cleaner
contains microscopic abrasive particles that will cause wear between the table and the
bottom of the backgauge. A silicone spray (Challenge P/N 16079) will show the same type of
wear as the cleaner if the excess silicone is not removed. If the excess is not removed, the
silicone spray has a substance that holds the silicone to the surface it is sprayed on that
causes a black, gummy build-up under the backgauge. If a silicone spray is used, paper
toweling must be used to remove the excess to prevent this wear and build-up.
To clean surface oxidation from a table, follow the procedure below:
1. Spray “Rust-B-Gone” (Challenge P/N 16080) on the table and allow it to dissolve the rust.
Then remove it with paper toweling. Or, pour a small quantity of SAE 10-weight motor oil
onto the table. Using a Scotch-Brite Pad or a 400 grit sand paper, polish the table following
the “grain” of the metal until all oxidation is removed to your satisfaction.
2. Remove all of the oil from the table until the cloth you are using shows no sign of residue.
3. Apply a light coating of an SAE 10-weight non-detergent motor oil or equivalent to the table
and allow it to penetrate for at least one hour.
4. Remove all excess oil from the table with paper toweling (not cloth) until the paper towel you
are using shows no sign of oil.
5. Apply a paste wax (Challenge P/N 16078) to the table to seal the pores of the metal.
6. Note: Do not use a wax that contains a cleaning compound on the table. The cleaner
contains microscopic abrasive particles that will cause wear between the table and the
bottom of the backgauge. A silicone spray (Challenge P/N 16079) will show the same type of
wear as the cleaner if the excess silicone is not removed. If the excess is not removed, the
silicone spray has a substance that holds the silicone to the surface it is sprayed on that
causes a black, gummy build-up under the backgauge. If a silicone spray is used, paper
toweling must be used to remove the excess to prevent this wear and build-up.
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11.0 Program Log
11.0 Program Log
It is always good practice to keep written records of important repeat jobs. In case a channel or the
entire memory is accidentally lost. Important jobs will not have to be reprogrammed from scratch.
Photocopy this page as needed to build a program log.
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CHANNEL ________
PAGE _____ OF _____
JOB/DESCRIPTION ________
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12.0 Channel Log
12.0 Channel Log
It is recommended that you keep an abbreviated Channel Log and detailed Program Logs (copy this
form) for important or repeat jobs. In the event memory capacity is reached, a glance at the Channel
Log will tell you which channels may be cleared to make more room.
CHAN.
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13.0 Safety System Tests
13.0 Safety System Tests
Machine manufacturer
CHALLENGE
Model
_____________
Serial Number __________________
Frequency of test: THESE TESTS SHOULD BE PERFORMED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH
WORK DAY.
Turn on the cutter and start the hydraulic motor (see operator’s manual for instructions). Enable the
electric eye safety system.
Test #1: Using a 12 mm wide test piece, check the object detection capability of the electric eye
system. Do this by waving the test piece throughout the electric eye beam area. The steady green
and steady orange lights on the emitter side (RH) should change to steady red and flashing orange.
Test #2: Press both cut buttons to begin a cut cycle. During the downward motion of the knife or
clamp, lean into the path of the electric eye beams. The downward motion of the knife and clamp
should stop immediately, and the knife and clamp should return to the “up” position.
If the machine fails either test, DO NOT use machine. Repair or adjustment is necessary.
Please enter date and initials for both tests (make copies of this form if necessary).
Date
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Test 1 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Test 2 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Date
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Test 1 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Test 2 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Date
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Test 1 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Test 2 ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Repairs
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Initials of
Repairer
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Date
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NOTES:
Copyright © 1998-2009 by The Challenge Machinery Company. Printed in the USA.
F.370-B-O October 2007