PM6 manual 8-2-10.indd
User’s Guide
110/220 volt edition
Xanté Corporation
2800 Dauphin St.
Mobile, AL 36606-2400
Phone: 251-473-6502
Fax: 251-473-6503
Web Site: xante.com
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Xante Corporation reserves the right to make changes to this manual and to
the equipment described herein without notice. Every effort has been made
to ensure that this manual is free of inaccuracies and omissions. However,
Xante Corporation makes no warranty of any kind including, but not limited to,
any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose
with regard to this manual.
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contained in this manual or for incidental, special, or consequential damages
arising out of the furnishing of this manual, or the use of this manual in
operating the equipment, or in connection with the performance of the
equipment when so operated.
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The digitally encoded software included with the Xante PlateMaker is
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Pending. This software may not be reproduced, modified, displayed,
transferred, or copied in any form or manner or on any media, without the
express written permission of Xante Corporation.
Copyright
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Reserved. Printed in the USA. This manual may not be copied in whole or
in part, nor transferred to any other media or language without the express
written permission of Xante Corporation.
Safety Information
The platemaker generates a small amount of ozone gas during image
transfer in the printing process. When shipped from the factory, the
platemaker meets the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for ozone
emission.
An invisible laser beam which radiates inside the platemaker’s scanner unit
can cause permanent eye damage. DO NOT disassemble or try to adjust the
laser scanner unit.
FCC Classification
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when
the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a
residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user
will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
Shielded cables must be used with this unit to ensure compliance with the
FCC Class A limits.
Power Information
100/120 V Version:100/120 VAC (90-132 V), 50/60 Hz (47-63 Hz), 6.5 A
220/240 V Version:220/240 VAC (198-264 V), 50/60 Hz (47-63 Hz), 3.2 A
Power Cord
The power cord is the main disconnect device. It should be plugged into an
easily accessible outlet.
For 115 Volt Configuration:
The power cord to be used with 115 Volt configuration is minimum type SJT
(SVT) 18/3, rated 250 Volts AC, 10 Amps with a maximum length of 15 feet.
One terminated in an IEC 320 attachment plug. The other end is terminated
in a NEMA 5-15P plug.
For 230 Volt Configuration
The power cord (not supplied) to be used with 230 Volt configuration is
minimum type SJT (SVT) 18/3, rated 250 Volts AC, 10 Amps with a maximum
length of 15 feet. One terminated in an IEC 320 attachment plug. The
other end is terminated as required by the country where it will be installed.
Argentina customers must utilize an IRAM certified power cord.
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Manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity
The Product has been designed and manufactured in accordance with the
following international standards:
EN 50081-1
“Generic Emissions Standard for Residential, Commercial and
Light Industrial Products of” 01, Feb. 1991
EN 50082-1
“Generic Immunity Standard for Residential, Commercial and
Light Industrial Products of” 01, Feb. 1991
EN 55022
“Limits and Methods of Measurement of Radio Interference
Information Technology Equipment of” 14, April 1987
IEC 1000-4-2 “Testing Measurement Techniques, Electrostatic Discharge of”
1995, First Edition
IEC 1000-4-3 “Testing and Measurement Techniques, Radio Frequency,
Electromagnetic Field Immunity Test of” 1995 First Edition
IEC 1000-4-4 “Testing and Measurement Techniques, Electrical Fast
Transient/Burst Immunity Test of” 1995 First edition
MIL-STD-45662A
EN 60950
“Calibration System Requirements”
“Safety of Information Technology Equipment including Electric
al Business Equipment”
I, the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment specified above
conforms to the above Directives and Standards
Robert C Ross
Xante Corporation Founder and CEO
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction and Installation ................................. 10
About this Manual .....................................................................................10
Installation .................................................................................................12
PlateMaker Location ............................................................................12
PlateMaker Package............................................................................12
Imaging Unit (IU)..................................................................................13
Handling the Imaging Unit ...................................................................13
Removing and Installing the Imaging Unit ...........................................14
Standard Cassette ...............................................................................15
Multipurpose Feeder ............................................................................17
Loading the multipurpose feeder ....................................................17
Multipurpose Feeder Tip ......................................................................18
Connecting the Power Cord.................................................................18
Turning the PlateMaker On ..................................................................19
Turning the PlateMaker Off ..................................................................19
Chapter 2 - Windows Setup ...................................................... 20
Ethernet Connection ............................................................................20
Configuring the IP Address ..................................................................20
Installing Printer Driver ..............................................................................21
Installation Windows XP ......................................................................21
Configuring PPD Defaults ....................................................................24
Chapter 3 - Macintosh Setup ..................................................... 25
Port Connection ........................................................................................25
Ethernet Connection ............................................................................25
Configuring the IP Address ..................................................................25
Installation - Macintosh OS X ....................................................................26
Chapter 4 - Configuration .......................................................... 32
Configuring PlateMaker 6 Features .....................................................32
Front Panel ..........................................................................................32
Window ................................................................................................32
Status Lights ........................................................................................32
Control Keys ........................................................................................32
Configuration Menus .................................................................................33
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Selecting Menu Options.......................................................................33
Browser Utilities Access ............................................................................34
Accessing the Browser Utilities............................................................34
PlateMaker 6 Features ..............................................................................35
Accurate Calibration Technology (X-ACT and More X-ACT) ...............35
Front Panel X-ACT .........................................................................35
Browser More X-ACT .....................................................................36
Enhanced Angles .................................................................................38
Halftone Calibration .............................................................................38
Understanding Halftone Calibration ...............................................38
Calibrating Your Halftones: .............................................................39
Calibrating Using the Quick Method: ..............................................40
Information (Diagnostic, General, Installed Options) ...........................42
Interface Configuration ........................................................................42
IO Settings ..........................................................................................42
Language .............................................................................................42
Lines Per Inch (LPI) .............................................................................43
Plate Count ..........................................................................................43
Pinbar Menus.......................................................................................43
PlateMaker Name ................................................................................44
Reset to Factory Defaults ....................................................................44
Security ................................................................................................44
Login and Logout ......................................................................44
Set Password ............................................................................44
Erasing the Password ...............................................................46
Forgotten Password ..................................................................46
Screen Shape / Spot Function ............................................................47
Units (English and Metric)....................................................................48
Utility Pages .........................................................................................48
Web Access (PlateMaker 6 Web Site, Register PlateSetter, and Help) ..
50
The PPD....................................................................................................51
Selecting PPD Options (Windows XP) ................................................51
Selecting PPD Options (Macintosh OS X) ...........................................52
PPD Menus..........................................................................................52
Configuring PlateMaker Options ...............................................................53
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340 mm Option ...................................................................................53
EP1 (Toner Control) ............................................................................53
Gripper Offset (Horizontal and Vertical) ..............................................53
Screen (LPI).........................................................................................54
Screen Shape / Spot Function .............................................................54
Tray Switch ..........................................................................................54
Optional Tray(s) ...................................................................................55
CD-ROM ...................................................................................................55
View Manuals ......................................................................................55
PS_Files Folder ...................................................................................55
Xante Web Access (Xante Web Site, Register Platemaker, and Help)55
Chapter 5 - Media: Selecting and Imaging ............................... 57
Media Specifications .................................................................................57
Guidelines for Selecting and Storing Media ........................................57
Media Sizes .........................................................................................58
Printing on Custom Sized Media ........................................................58
Media Types .......................................................................................58
Media Handling ........................................................................................58
Media Sources ....................................................................................58
Loading Media ....................................................................................58
Printing with Myriad 2 Polyester Plates .....................................................58
Printing Plates ....................................................................................59
Chapter 6 - Maintenance and Specifications ........................... 61
Maintenance..............................................................................................61
Handling the PlateMaker 6 ..................................................................61
Storing the Platemaker ........................................................................61
Moving the Platemaker ........................................................................62
Cleaning the Platemaker ...........................................................................62
Transfer Roller Cleaning ......................................................................62
Imaging Unit and Manual Feed Area Cleaning ...................................63
Manual Feed Pick Up Roller Removal and Cleaning...........................64
Exterior Cleaning ................................................................................66
Chapter 7 - Troubleshooting...................................................... 68
Introduction ...............................................................................................68
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Status Messages.......................................................................................68
Power and Setup Issues ...........................................................................70
Image Quality Issues.................................................................................71
Imaging Unit Control ............................................................................71
Redistributing Toner .......................................................................71
Adjusting Density............................................................................72
Miscellaneous Image Quality Issue .....................................................72
Plate and Press Specific Issues ................................................................77
Mechanical Issues.....................................................................................79
Plate Jams ................................................................................................79
Preventing Jams ..................................................................................80
Locating Jams......................................................................................80
Clearing Jams ......................................................................................81
Clearing a Plate Tray Jam ..............................................................81
Clearing a Back of Platemaker Jam ...............................................82
Clearing a Imaging Unit Area Jam..................................................83
Clearing an Exit Area Jam ..............................................................84
Reassembling the Platemaker .......................................................85
Technical Support......................................................................................85
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Chapter 1 - Introduction and Installation
Congratulations!
The PlateMaker 6 provides a complete prepress solution for graphics
professionals. These include groups such as small commercial printers, print
shops, in-plant operations, and service shops in need of high-quality, fast
turnaround printing at a low cost.
The PlateMaker 6 offers high resolution and true Adobe PostScript 3 output
on up to 13" x 26" (330 mm x 660 mm) media. Using Xante’s CPT (Clean
Plate Technology) and Xante's patented Accurate Calibration Technology
(X-ACT), you can print quality polyester plates which are immediately ready
for press with no intermediate steps required.
About this Manual
The User’s Guide covers installation, setup, special features, and common
troubleshooting issues of a platemaker.
Features
PlateMaker 6
IDT 79RC32355 Processor
Std.
RAM:
128 MB
256 MB (2400 dpi)
Std.
Opt.
Adobe PostScript 3
Std.
136 PostScript Fonts
Std.
Resolutions:
1200 x 1200 dpi
2400 x 2400 dpi
Std.
Opt.
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Engine Speed (letter/A4):
10 ppm
Std.
Interfaces:
Ethernet (EtherTalk, LPR, TCP/IP)
Std.
Paper Sizes:
From 3.94" x 5.83"
(100 mm x 148 mm)
Up to 13.00" x 26.00"
(330 mm x 660 mm)
340 option
(340 mm x 660 mm)
Std.
Std.
Opt.
Paper Weights:
Cassettes 16-28 lb. bond (60 -106 g/m2)
Multipurpose Feeder 16-36 lb. bond (60-135 g/m2)
Std.
Std.
Media Handling:
Multipurpose Feeder (150 sheets) ∞
Built in Paper Feeder (500 sheets)
Second Paper Feeder (500 sheets)
Third Paper Feeder (500 sheets)
Std.
Std.
Opt.
Opt.
Media Types:
Myriad 2 Polyester Plates
Std.
Mirror Print
Std.
Tray Chaining
Std.
Xante Utilities (PC and Macintosh)
Std.
Internal IDE Hard disk
Opt.
Fuser Temperature Control
Std.
Clean Plate Technology
EP1 (Toner Control)
Std.
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Graphic Software Package
Halftone Calibration Technology (Gamma)
Enhanced Screening Technology
Accurate Calibration Technology (X-ACT)
Densitometer Support
Std.
Std.
Std.
Std.
Gripper Offset
Std.
Installation
Installation covers selecting a platemaker location as well as unpacking,
becoming familiar with, and connecting your platemaker.
PlateMaker Location
Set up your platemaker in a location that can support its weight and provide
sufficient operation and maintenance clearance. To prevent overheating,
allow at least 8.0" (200 mm) clearance for the platemaker’s vent.
PlateMaker Package
Unpack the platemaker and save the packing materials.
1.
Remove the items packed on top of the platemaker.
The platemaker weighs approximately 58.5 lb. (26.5 kg) without the
imaging unit, cassettes, and media installed.
• Always have two people lift the platemaker.
• Only lift the platemaker using the recessed grip areas on the
right and left sides.
2.
Remove the shipping stabilizer from the top of the platemaker
3.
Remove the plastic wrap and tape from all of the items.
Your platemaker package contains the following items:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Your Xante platemaker
500 Sheet Cassette
Power Cord
Quick Reference Manual
Xante Utilities CD-ROM
Imaging Unit (IU)
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Additional paper cassettes and feeders are packed separately. RAM, internal
hard disk, 340 mm option, and resolution upgrades ordered with your
platemaker are installed at the factory before shipping.
If you do not receive your full shipment or if anything is damaged, call Xante
Customer Support at 800-926-8393 (US and Canada) or your Xante vendor.
Imaging Unit (IU)
The platemaker’s imaging unit combines the toner and drum. This IU can
print approximately 7,000 sheets of letter/A4 size pages at 5% coverage.
Quality and reliability of refilled imaging units vary; Xante recommends
not using them. Damage caused by these products is not covered by your
platemaker warranty.
Handling the Imaging Unit
Use these guidelines to ensure maximum life and print quality from your IU
and to prevent damage to the platemaker or the IU:
•
Use imaging units before their expiration dates. IU shelf life is
approximately 2 years unopened or 6 months opened.
•
Never move the platemaker with the IU installed. Toner spills can damage
the platemaker and affect print quality.
•
Do not expose the IU to bright lights or direct sunlight. Keep the IU in its
protective bag until installation. If you must remove it temporarily, place it
in the original bag or wrap it well to protect it from light.
•
Do not open the drum shutter or touch the drum’s surface. The shutter
protects the photosensitive drum from light.
•
Keep the IU away from computer hard disks and monitors. It contains a
magnet that can cause data loss or equipment damage.
•
Store unopened IU right side up on a level surface.
•
Always set the IU flat with the handles on the top.
•
Dispose of the IU following safety laws and regulations.
The toner is highly combustible. Never dispose of it by incineration.
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Removing and Installing the Imaging Unit
Check the density dial when you replace an imaging unit. The dial setting for
the previous IU may be too high or too low for the new IU.
1.
Remove all media from the output tray. Then, squeeze the top cover
latch to release the lock.
2.
Lift the top cover. The multipurpose feeder opens automatically as you
open the top cover.
3.
Remove the imaging unit if it is in the printer by grasping the handles
and pulling it slowly out of the platemaker.
Once you begin pulling the imaging unit out, remove the unit
completely. The drum shutter may not open properly if the unit is pulled
partially out and then pushed back in. This can damage the imaging unit or
result in a malfunction.
4.
Remove the new imaging unit from its package. Then gently shake the
IU several times to distribute toner evenly. Shake the IU enough to free
any compacted toner. Using the platemaker with toner still compacted
may damage the IU.
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5.
Place the imaging unit on a flat surface; then, grasp the sealing tape’s
end tab and pull the tape straight out. If the tape is pulled out at an
angle, it may break off inside the IU.
6.
Insert the pins on the sides of the IU into the guide channels in the
platemaker. Then, slide the IU into the platemaker until it is seated
properly.
7.
Close the top cover by pressing down on the center section until the
latch engages.
Standard Cassette
The standard universal cassette holds up to 500 sheets of 20 lb. bond /60
lb. text weight (65 g/m2) paper or other paper to a stack height of 2.13" (54
mm). This cassette can handle media weights from 16 - 28 lb.
(60
to 105 g/m2).
1.
Remove the cassette if it is in the platemaker by pulling the cassette
straight out until it stops. Then, lift it slightly and pull it from the
platemaker.
2.
Place the cassette on a flat surface and remove the cassette cover.
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Lift the paper length guide to release it and slide it forward.
3.
Squeeze the sides of the paper width guide to release it. Then, slide the
guide to the outside of the cassette.
4.
Align the paper stack and load it into the cassette print side up,
leading edge to the back.
5.
Adjust media guides to the size of the paper stack.
To prevent paper jams, make sure the paper fits between the paper
guides and under the cassette’s retaining clips.
6.
Replace the cassette cover. Then, slide the cassette into the
platemaker until it snaps into place.
You will feel a slight resistance as you push the cassette into the
platemaker; this is caused by the catch that prevents the cassette
from being dropped.
7.
Pull out the output tray extension and turn up the paper stop for paper
sizes larger than letter/A4.
Your platemaker can utilize up to 3 standard cassettes. See
“Tray Switch” in chapter 4 for more information.
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Multipurpose Feeder
The platemaker’s multipurpose feeder holds a stack height of about 0.70" (18
mm).
The multipurpose feeder supports to 13" x 26" (330 mm x 660 mm). This
feeder can handle media weights from 16 - 36 lb. (60 - 155 g/m2).
Loading the multipurpose feeder
1.
Open the multipurpose feeder by grasping the cover’s top center handle
and pull down.
The multipurpose feeder does not open at a 90° angle. To prevent
damage, do not exert strong pressure or place heavy objects on the
feeder.
2.
Pull out the tray extension for media larger than letter/A4 size.
3.
Align the edges of the paper stack and load it into the MP tray print side
up, leading edge toward the back of the platemaker. To prevent jams,
make sure the media fits under the media guide’s retaining clips.
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4.
Adjust the media guide to the size of the media stack.
Multipurpose Feeder Tip
Occasionally, in a Macintosh OS 9 environment if media is in the
multipurpose feeder, the system’s Print Monitor sends a prompt message to
put paper into the manual feed tray and click OK.
This prompt can only be turned off in Print Monitor. You cannot turn the
manual feed message off on the Desktop Print Monitor.
1.
Go to System Folder: Extensions: Print Monitor.
2.
Double click Print Monitor to open it. Then, select File: Preferences.
3.
Select Give no Notification under When a manual feed job starts; then,
click OK.
Connecting the Power Cord
Plug the platemaker into a dedicated, properly grounded AC outlet. Do not
use an extension cord. Use a surge protected outlet to help prevent power
source fluctuations from damaging your platemaker.
1.
Make sure the platemaker’s power switch is off (the O is pressed in).
2.
Connect the power cable’s female connector to the back of the
platemaker and the male connector to a standard electrical outlet.
Never use a damaged power cord. Check the cord and plug monthly and
replace immediately if you find any damage.
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Turning the PlateMaker On
Press the | on the power switch to turn on the platemaker.
Platemaker initialization takes approximately 60 seconds. When Ready/Idle
displays, the platemaker is ready to accept print jobs.
Due to shipping movement, you should calibrate your platemaker after setup.
For procedures, see the More X-ACT in Chapter 4 (PlateMaker 6 Features).
Turning the PlateMaker Off
1.
Verify that the Ready/Idle message displays.
2.
Press the O on the power switch to turn off the platemaker.
When the platemaker is turned off, job information in memory is lost.
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Chapter 2 - Windows Setup
Ethernet Connection
To connect via the Ethernet port:
1.
Turn off your platemaker.
2.
Connect the platemaker to the appropriate port for the cable used on
your network.
Before using your platemaker, set it up for your network environment and
configure the Ethernet interface using the appropriate procedures later in this
chapter.
Configuring the IP Address
Note: If you are using the DHCP on your computer, turn off the platemaker
and computer, then restart it for the new IP address to take effect.
To set the IP address, network class, and net mask, do the following:
1.
Turn on the platemaker then press the MENU key until [Setup: Network]
appears.
2.
Press the ENTER key to enter the Network menu.
3.
Set the IP address, network class, and network mask settings.
4.
a.
Press the MENU key until the appropriate menu appears.
b.
Press the ENTER key to enter the selected menu.
c.
Use the RESET, MENU, NEXT, and ENTER keys to change
and accept the new settings.
Reboot your PlateMaker and go to DOS Command Prompt to ping the
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platemaker.
For example, if your IP address is 192.9.200.204, type PING
192.9.200.204 at the DOS prompt).
PING <IP ADDRESS>
Installing Printer Driver
Installation Windows XP
1.
Insert Xante Utility CD-ROM; select [Xante Driver]. Click [Continue].
2.
The PlateMaker 6 Setup window appears, click the
button
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3.
again and the Choose Destination Location window
Select
appears. Select
again.
4.
The window to enter the IP Address will appear. Enter the Printer’s IP Address
. When the Hardware Installation window appears
now and select
click
5.
The properties window will open.
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6.
Change the Output Protocol to Binary and the Send CTRL-D After Each Job
to No
7.
Select the Installable Options such as the Resolution and RAM installed.
8.
Click
and then click
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Configuring PPD Defaults
1. Select Start: Settings: Printers and Faxes (Win XP)
2. Select platemaker icon; select File: Properties
3. Select appropriate options; close Printers and Faxes window.
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Chapter 3 - Macintosh Setup
This chapter describes your platemaker’s Macintosh setup, including
connecting to the Ethernet port, as well as installing utilities, drivers, your
platemaker’s PPD (PostScript Printer Description), and related files. Use your
browser to access platemaker features. For more information on features,
see chapter 5 in this manual.
Port Connection
Ethernet Connection
To connect to the Ethernet port
1.
Turn off your computer.
Before using your platemaker, set it up for your network environment and
configure the Ethernet interface.
2.
Connect one end of the CAT 5 Ethernet cable to your platemaker’s
Ethernet port.
3.
Connect the cable’s other end to the appropriate port on your network
or directly to a computer if you are using a crossover patch cable.
Configuring the IP Address
Note: If you are using the DHCP on your computer, turn off the platemaker
and computer, then restart it for the new IP address to take effect.
To set the IP address, network class, and net mask, do the following:
1.
Turn on the platemaker then press the MENU key until [Setup:
Network] appears.
2.
Press the ENTER key to enter the Network menu.
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3.
4.
Set the IP address, network class, and network mask settings.
a.
Press the MENU key until the appropriate menu appears.
b.
Press the ENTER key to enter the selected menu.
c.
Use the RESET, MENU, NEXT, and ENTER keys to change
and accept the new settings.
Reboot your platemaker and go to [Network: Utility] to ping the
platemaker. (If you are using LPR printing on OS X, use the Network
Utility to ping the platemaker.)
For example, if your IP address is 192.9.200.204, type PING 192.9.200.204
at the command prompt).
PING<IP ADDRESS>
Installation - Macintosh OS X
This section takes you through the installation process on a Macintosh OS X
operating system. You should have the latest OS X version to properly install
this platemaker.
You must type in your name and password to begin, then click [OK].
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Click [Continue].
Select the location for the installation then click [Continue].
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Choose [OS X only] then click [Install].
Your installation was successful. Click [Quit] to exit
or [Continue] to add choices.
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Click [Add] to add the platemaker to your list of printers.
Printer List window. Click [Add].
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Enter the IP address for the platemaker and Query the name.
Select the [PlateMaker 6] from the menu list and click [Add].
The PlateMaker 6 is added to your printer list.
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When the Main Screen reappears, you can register your platemaker (if on-line).
Complete the Registration Form.
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Chapter 4 - Configuration
Configuring PlateMaker 6 Features
PlateMaker interfaces and features are set using front panel keys and
menus as well as PPD options in your application print dialog box, and Xante
Utilities files. This section describes available platemaker features and their
configuration.
PPD options override platemaker default (front panel) settings for a specific
job or for all jobs sent to the platemaker from your host.
Front Panel
The platemaker front panel provides status information and allows you to
configure some features.
Window
The platemaker front panel window displays configuration menu options and
messages. The messages indicate platemaker status, request operator help,
and relay error or service information.
Status Lights
Platemaker front panel status lights, or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), indicate
the platemaker status.
Online/Ready LED is on when the platemaker is ready to
receive data. It is off when an engine error occurs.
Data LED is on and does not blink when the platemaker is
receiving data. Blinking indicates that the platemaker is
processing data.
Control Keys
Front panel control keys allow you to configure some platemaker features
and to access the configuration menus.
Online key is used to take the platemaker on and off line. The
platemaker must be online to receive data from your computer.
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Reset key allows you to return to the previous menu level when
using configuration menus. To cancel a job that the platemaker is
processing, take the platemaker offline an press the Reset key.
Left Arrow key allows you to scroll back through options on a
menu level when using the configuration menus. To image a
start-up page, take the platemaker off line and press the Left
Arrow key.
Menu key allows you to enter the menu structure and to scroll
forward through menus and options.
Enter key allows you to select the menu or option displayed in
the window. When you select an option, an asterisk appears next
to the option name in the window to indicate it is now the current
setting.
Configuration Menus
Use configuration menus to set features and interface defaults. This section
describes using these menus. The platemaker menu quick reference sheet
illustrates the platemaker front panel menu structure and lists Xante support.
As you scroll through options in a menu, the option that is the current setting
has an asterisk after it. If necessary, you can return to factory default settings
(see “Resetting to Factory Defaults” later in this chapter).
PPD options override default settings for a specific job or for all jobs sent to
the platemaker from your computer.
Selecting Menu Options
The following example explains changing the platemaker default LPI from
106 to 85 lines per inch using control keys and configuration menus.
1.
Make sure the platemaker is on and Ready appears in the window.
2.
Press the Menu key until Setup: Graphic appears.
3.
Press the Enter key to enter the Graphic menu.
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4.
Press the Menu key until Graphic: LPI appears in the window.
5.
Press the Enter key to enter the LPI menu.
6.
Press the Menu key until LPI: 85 lines/in appears.
7.
Press the Enter key to select 85 as the default.
8.
Press the Online key. Ready appears in the window.
Browser Utilities Access
You can monitor, control, and configure features using your platemaker’s
internal web browser.
Accessing the Browser Utilities
The platemaker must have a valid IP address before you can use the browser
utilities.
To access your platemaker browser utilities options:
1.
Turn on your platemaker and the computer.
2.
Open your browser and enter your platemaker IP address. The
PlateMaker 6 Home Page appears.
If you are not sure of the current address, check the platemaker
front panel either under the Ready message or under Network:
IP Address.
PlateMaker 6 Home Page
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PlateMaker 6 Features
Accurate Calibration Technology (X-ACT and More X-ACT)
Due to manufacturing variations and usage, a traditional platesetter may not
image lines with the exact dimensions specified by the application. Xante
created X-ACT to compensate for these differences and implemented this
technology in your platemaker.
X-ACT (patented Xante Accurate Calibration Technology) allows you
to calibrate your platemaker line lengths and to correct inaccuracies in
imaging width and height. If you want to calibrate the line lengths as well
as compensate for line skew, your PlateMaker 6 also features an advanced
More X-ACT option.
Set the X-ACT feature via the front panel X-ACT menu (Setup: Graphic:
X-ACT). Set More X-ACT via your web browser.
Front Panel X-ACT
Your platemaker front panel X-ACT menu (Setup: Graphic: X-ACT) allows
you to make 1/2 mm line length adjustments using the following procedure.
To use X-ACT, you need a metric ruler with 1/2 millimeter rule markings
or you can use the More X-ACT ruler that comes with your platemaker.
Adjustments for one size media apply to every media size; you do not have to
make individual adjustments for each size.
1.
Make sure the platemaker is on and Ready appears in the window.
Then, make sure that a plate is loaded in the MP tray and that the MP
tray is selected as the media source.
2.
Press the Menu key until Setup: Graphic appears. Then, press the
Enter key.
3.
Press the Menu key until Graphic: X-ACT appears. Then, press the
Enter key.
4.
Press the Menu key until X-ACT: Test Page appears. Then, press
the Enter key. A plate images with 2 lines, Line A and Line B. The
measurement listed by each line is the desired length for that line on
that plate.
5.
Measure Line A. Use the following procedures to adjust the line length.
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6.
a.
Note the amount Line A is over or under. Next, press the Menu key
until X-ACT: LineA appears, and then press the Enter key.
b.
Press the Menu key until the amount which would most closely
adjust the line to the desired length appears. For example, if Line
A is 341.9 mm instead of 342.9 mm, select 1.00 mm to lengthen
the line to 342.9. Then, press the Enter key.
Measure Line B. Use the following procedures to adjust the line length.
a.
Note the amount Line B is over or under. Next, press the Menu
key until X-ACT: LineB appears, and then press the Enter key.
b.
Press the Menu key until the amount which would most closely
adjust the line to the desired length appears. For example, if Line
B is 229.1 mm instead of 228.6 mm, select -0.50 mm to shorten
the line to 228.6. Then, press the Enter Key.
7.
Press the Reset key to return to the previous menu level. Then, press
the Menu key until X-ACT: Test Page reappears and press the Enter key
to image a new test page.
8.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the line measurements agree with the
lengths listed on the test page. Then, press the On Line key when the
line lengths are correct. Ready appears in the window.
Browser More X-ACT
The More X-ACT feature in your browser utilities allows you to calibrate line
lengths and adjust for skew.
More X-ACT changes must be measured and changed in mm. A More X-ACT
ruler with millimeter rulings comes with your platemaker to use with this
procedure.
1.
Turn on your platemaker and computer. Then, open your browser
and enter the platemaker IP address. The PlateMaker 6 Home Page
appears.
2.
Select Configuration: More X-ACT to open the More X-ACT window.
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More X-ACT Window
3.
Follow the directions on the More X-ACT window to calibrate your
platemaker output to exact dimensions.
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More X-ACT is a cumulative process and can be performed
multiple times to achieve exact dimensional accuracy.
4.
Close your browser after you finish the calibration.
Enhanced Angles
Enhanced Angles allows you change the color angles imaged from your
platemaker to achieve the best possible output. Enable (On) or disable (Off)
this feature via the front panel Enhanced Angles menu (Setup: Graphic:
Enhanced Angles), via the platemaker web browser utilities (Halftoning: Spot
Function), or through the PPD option.
The angle settings are as follows:
Enhanced
Angles
Off
On
Black
Cyan
Magenta Yellow
45˚
75˚
105˚
105˚
75˚
45˚
90˚
90˚
Halftone Calibration
Understanding Halftone Calibration
Your PlateMaker 6 (Platemaker) is equipped with a new, innovative and
simple technique for calibrating your halftone gray levels. As you are probably
aware every imaging device is different. It is impossible to accurately calibrate
any device at the factory and be accurate after installation. Change in air
temperature, altitude, humidity, and other conditions can affect imaging. To
perform this calibration you must first understand a few basic fundamentals
that affect imaging.
Temperature – Please keep your Platemaker at a reasonable constant
temperature at all times. For instance, if you turn off your air conditioning for
several hours and the room varies 10 degrees (F) or more in temperature you
will get very inconsistent results.
Humidity – A constant humidity level +-5% is the best operating level for
your Platemaker. Calibrating at 50% and operating at 30% will produce bad
results. In general, the higher humidity level, the more consistent the image.
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Laser Power – The power of the imaging laser in the Platemaker can be
set from your front panel or the web browser. This value defaults to level 2
and is generally fine for most applications. The values range between 0 and
7. The lower the value the lighter the image. Higher values result in darker
imaging. This may be a useful tool if you wish to reduce the thickness of
your fonts, etc. The default halftone calibrations in your Platemaker are
based on a power level 2. You can experiment with different levels, however
if you choose a level too low, an “e-scanner” error may occur. This error is
temporary and you will need to restart to your Platemaker and adjust your
laser power higher. In general the lower the laser power, the better the image
quality.
EP1 – EP1 (critical to image quality) is a setting used to compensate for
background toning, a characteristic in all electrophotographic devices such as
your Platemaker. Devices that use toner to image plates must eliminate stray
toner particles that can show up in the white areas of the plate. The higher
the EP1 setting of the Platemaker the more stray particles are eliminated.
However, if EP1 is set too high, it can affect your image quality. Your
halftones may become inconsistent and your solids may appear “washed
out.” Usually, for the best plate output, the EP1 setting should be between
3-7. For lower humidity environments or high altitudes you may need to go
to a higher setting. You can experiment with the setting, but lower is always
better for image quality and worse for background toning. Once you set the
EP1, you should not have to adjust it unless your environmental conditions
change or you replace your imaging unit. If you do change the EP1 settings,
your halftone calibrations may need to be adjusted.
You can access the settings for laser power and EP1 in the front panel of the
Platemaker or the web browser using the address shown in the front panel.
Calibrating Your Halftones:
In order to start the calibration of your platemaker access the web browser
through your computer.
Enter the URL displayed on the front panel of your platemaker. For example
“10.1.2.138.” Click on the word “Halftoning” and then “Halftone Calibration.”
Halftone Calibration page.
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Your platemaker comes with halftone calibrations that will be successful for
most applications but you may wish to set this yourself to gain greater control.
Your platemaker uses a technique called “slots”. Your platemaker contains 7
custom halftone slots that you can use for unique halftone calibration. There
is a 188 LPI setting, although the platemaker is only guaranteed to 150 LPI.
Choose the calibration method “Quick” or “Advanced”. Each slot has the word
“Quick” or “Advanced” highlighted. The Quick method will suffice for the vast
majority of platemaker users.
Calibrating Using the Quick Method:
The quick method employs a custom gamma curve, which can be adjusted by
your settings. When you click on “Calibrate” (on the slot you have chosen) the
“Quick Halftone Calibration” page will be displayed. Install the media and print
your test page. You will see the halftone samples and a graph of the gamma
curve from your selection. (You can see examples of all LPI settings from the
“Home: Utility Pages: Halftone Calibration Page” in your web browser).
From the test page you just imaged, you can change the white point values
for this slot. You can use a loupe to select the first box that contains a usable
and consistent halftone and enter the information as the white point. After
selecting a white point, use the loupe to locate a field of 50% value from the
area under the white point on the test page. Record this number on your
computer screen and click Calibrate. Remember there is typically 10% dot
gain on your press with plates generated from your platemaker.
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Advanced Calibration:
Users with a Densitometer, may wish to more accurately calibrate the
platemaker. It is typically useful to generate output from your printing press
using this method. Decide which LPI and slot you wish to configure. Adjust
these values by clicking on the highlighted names in each slot and choose
“advanced” calibration.
When you click on “Calibrate”, the “Advanced Halftone Calibration” page
appears. Select your particular output options and “Print” your custom
test plate. Typically, you may generate press output for more accurate
calibrations.
This output is now ready for calibration. The test output will generate many
boxes that correspond to the calibration boxes on the advanced calibration
web page. Each box should be read with a Densitometer capable of reading
our dot structure. Some Densitometers may only read dots generated by a
traditional imagesetter so you may want to contact the manufacturer of your
Densitometer for advice.
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Take the Densitometer readings and enter each into the corresponding box
then click “Linearize”. Any boxes left blank will be generated but you must
enter at lease the first and last box of each row. You may now image another
test page. This page will display the new calibration curve and should display
a relatively smooth “S” pattern if the process was done accurately. If it does
not, read your values again in the questionable areas, enter those values and
click “Linearize”. This process may be done as many times as necessary.
Information (Diagnostic, General, Installed Options)
This is detailed information that may be requested and used by Xante
Technical Support. Access this information through the platemaker browser
utilities.
Diagnostic Information allows you to check your platemaker EEPROM
status and contains other information that may be requested if you call
Xante Technical Support. If the EEPROM condition is good, you don't have
to do anything; if an error displays, contact Xante Technical Support or your
authorized dealer.
General Information provides you with miscellaneous information such as
the product name, engine speed, plate count, ROM version, etc.
Installed Options, as its name implies, allows you to check the installation
status of your options. Options not applicable to your platemaker may appear
in the list; if so, their status will be listed as not installed.
Interface Configuration
You can configure the platemaker Ethernet Interface both from the front panel
and via the browser utilities. You are able to set the IP address, network
class, subnet mask, gateway, DHCP, and duplex mode.
IO Settings
The IO Settings has AppSocket, EtherTalk, IP, and LPR options, each of
which displays current setting for its network protocol. You can check these
settings using the platemaker browser utilities I/O Settings options.
Language
Select the language for the platemaker front panel window from the
Language menu (Setup: Utility: Language). English is the factory default.
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Lines Per Inch (LPI)
Lines per inch (LPI) settings allow you to select the LPI when it is not an
option in your software. You can set the LPI from the front panel LPI menu
(Setup: Graphic: LPI) or through the PPD options.
Plate Count
The Plate Count feature indicates how many plates have been imaged from
your platemaker. To check the current page count, use the Plate Count menu
(Setup: Utility: Features: Plate Count) or use the platemaker browser utilities
(Information: General Information).
Pinbar Menus
The Pinbar Alignment feature allows you to image two lines at the top of your
plates for use as an alignment tool for your plate punch. This feature must be
enabled (set to On) through the PPD Pinbar option before it is active on the
platemaker.
Once Pinbar Alignment is enabled in the PPD, set alignment options through the
front panel Pinbar menu (Setup: Utility: Pinbar). This menu has Length and Center
submenus that allow you to configure the placement and length of the alignment
marks, or use the platemaker browser utilities (Configuration: Pinbar Alignment).
If the Units feature is set to Euro, the Center and Length measurement
options appear in millimeters.
Pinbar window
Center - The Center menu allows you to set the placement of the alignment
marks from the center of the page. Options are from a minimum of 0.0" (0
mm) to a maximum of 3.0" (76 mm) in increments of 0.1" (2.54 mm) from the
center. For example, if you select 2"; one line images 1" from the left of center
and the other line images 1" to the right of center. The factory default is 2.0"
(51 mm).
Length - The Length menu allow you to designate the length of the two
alignment lines that image. Options are from a minimum of 0.0" (0 mm) to a
maximum of 3.0" (76 mm) in increments of 0.1" (51 mm). The factory default
is 0.5" (12.7 mm).
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PlateMaker Name
The front panel platemaker name menu (Setup: Utility: Features: platemaker
Name) indicates the name assigned to your platemaker.
You can change your platemaker name using the browser utilities platemaker
name option. Look under Configuration: Network: EtherTalk. If you have more
than one platemaker on a network, renaming the units can prevent confusion.
To change the name, use the Setname.ps file in the Xante utilities.
Reset to Factory Defaults
You can reset your platemaker to factory defaults via the front panel keys or
the platemaker browser utilities. For detail, contact Xante Technical Support.
www.xante.com/support
Security
The Security feature is designed to prevent unwanted changes to the
platemaker configuration. Some features that are configurable from the web
page can be locked by setting a password using the platemaker browser
utilities.
Login and Logout
When platemaker security password protection is active, you have to login to
access the platemaker secure web page areas and should log out when you
are finished.
1.
Go to the PlateMaker 6 home page. Select Security: Login to open
the Login window. If no password is currently set, you can change the
options that normally would be protected by a password. If you want to
password protect these options, you need to set up a password.
2.
Enter your password in the Password field then click Submit. Now, you
can access the secure web page areas. When you are through, select
Security: Logout. The Logout window appears.
3.
Click Submit. When a message appears that you are now logged out,
close the browser.
Set Password
Set Password allows you to set your platemaker password to access the
secure web page areas.
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1.
Go to the PlateMaker 6 home page and select Security: Set Password. When a
Set Password window appears, take the following appropriate action.
Set Password window
a.
If you do not have a password skip to step 2.
b.
If you have a password but want to change it:, enter your
password in the Current Password field and continue to step 2.
2.
Type in the desired password (up to 8 characters in length) in the
New Password field; then, re-enter that new password in the Re-enter
Password field.
3.
Click Submit. You now can access the secure web page areas. When
you are through, select Security: Logout. The Logout window appears.
4.
Click Submit. Then, close your browser.
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This new password will be required every time you log onto your platemaker’s
web page.
Erasing the Password
To erase the current password
1.
Go to the PlateMaker 6 home page and select Security: Set Password.
The Set Password window appears.
2.
Enter the password in the Current Password field and leave the New
Password and the Re-enter Password fields blank.
3.
Click Submit. A message appears to let you know that the password has
been erased.
4.
Close your browser.
Forgotten Password
If you have forgotten your password, go to
http://www.xante.com/support/PrinterSecurity.html
for instructions on resetting your password. The instructions for the
PlateMaker 6 will be listed under the KEY1 heading.
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Screen Shape / Spot Function
The Screen Shape feature allows you to select the shape of the dots that
make up the screen pattern for printing. Set this feature via the front panel
Spot Function menu (Setup: Graphic: Spot Function), via the platemaker web
browser utilities (Halftoning: Spot Function), or through the PPD options.
Shape choices include the standard, Euclidian, Enhanced 145 LPI; 197
LPI; 256 LPI, Line, Round, Ellipse, Square, Diamond, Rhomboid, and Dual
options. Also, there are options to turn on and off the Z-dot feature (see the
next section for Z-dot details) and the Enhanced Angles feature (covered
earlier in this chapter).
Clicking on Round and Ellipse allows you access advanced options for those
shapes. Both shapes feature an Inverted option that allows you to choose
how a dot is constructed within its grid. A standard dot is constructed from the
mid-point of the grid and expands toward the outside edges. For example, if
you change a 10% grayscale to a 90% grayscale, the dot expands from the
middle of the grid out. If you select invert and again switch from a 10% to
90% grayscale, the dot grows from the outer edges of the grid in toward the
middle.
Rotated 45º and Percent Dot Examples
Ellipse offers two additional advanced options: Percent and Rotate 45º.
Percent allows you to define the height of the ellipse relative to its width in
5% increments from 25% to 90%; for example, 50% defines an ellipse half as
high as it is wide. Rotate allows you to rotate the dot 45º.
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Z-dot - Z-dot is Xante’s implementation of a halftoning technique which
makes use of a supercell, rather than a single cell, to generate halftones.
This technology, which works with any of the screen shapes, allows you to
maintain 256 levels of gray at higher line screens, to decrease posterization,
and to compensate for dot gain; all at the same time. Set Z-dot through
the front panel (Setup: Graphic: Z-dot) or the platemaker browser utilities
(Halftoning: Spot Function).
Units (English and Metric)
The Units feature allows you to select the type of measurements used
when working with the platemaker. The English option sets measurement
units to inches; Metric sets units to millimeters. For example English Pinbar
measurements would appear in inches and metric measurements would
appear in millimeters.
Units window
You can select the type of units through the front panel Units menu (Setup:
Utility: Units) or via the platemaker web browser utilities (Configuration:
Units).
Utility Pages
The utility pages provide a way for you to check current configuration
settings, imaging quality, and other aspects such as the various line screen
brightness settings. You select these to print through the front panel Test
Images menu (Setup: Utility: Test Images) or the platemaker web browser
utilities (Utility Pages).
Low Toner Page - This prints a toner reorder form which you can fill out and
return to Xante or your Xante vendor.
Network Page - This prints a page listing current network EtherTalk, IP, IPP,
LPR, and Ethernet physical settings.
Font List Page - This prints a list of the Adobe PostScript 3 fonts resident on
your Xante printer
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Font Sample Page — prints samples of Adobe PostScript 3 fonts resident on
your Xante printer.
Menu Layout - prints a page listing the front panel menus and their current
settings.
1.
Go to the printer home page
2.
Select Utility Pages. The Utilities Pages window appears.
3.
Select Print to the right of the utility page you wish to print
(Start Page, Low Toner Page, Network Page, Font List Page,
Font Sample Page, or Menu Layout Page). Depending on the
selected page, printing takes approximately 6 to 30 seconds.
4.
Close your browser.
Halftone Calibration Page (Utility Plate) - Print this page to use for
selecting the white point for each LPI (lines per inch) and adjusting the
brightness and contrast levels for each LPI.
This page displays white point boxes (with no transfer curve applied) and
highlights the currently selected white point. It also shows 11 gray swatches
(from 0% gray to 100% gray in 10% increments) with the transfer curve
applied. It also contains concentric circle and bull's-eye patterns at the bottom
for use in laser power adjustment.
Grayscale Page - This page displays 256 gray swatches for the currently
selected LPI. The current transfer curve for the selected LPI is applied.
Fountain Page - This page displays vertical gradient/fountain strips for each
LPI, displaying the current settings for white point, brightness, and contrast
for each LPI. It also contains concentric circle and bull's-eye patterns at the
bottom for use in laser power adjustment.
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CMYK Fountain Page - This page is similar to the fountain page except that
only fountains for the currently selected LPI are printed. Four fountains are
printed, each at different screen angles corresponding to each of the CMYK
colors. This page also contains concentric circle and bull's-eye patterns at the
bottom for use in laser power adjustment.
Blank Page - This page runs through the platemaker without an image. It is
used to check for jam issues without wasting toner, and it also can be used to
check for background toning.
Web Access (PlateMaker 6 Web Site, Register PlateSetter, and Help)
When you are online, you can use platemaker browser utilities to access the
platemaker web site (http://www.xante.com/products/pm6), to register your
platemaker, and to get help.
1.
2.
Go to the PlateMaker 6 home page and select the desired web access,
http://www.xante.com/products/pm6, Register PlateMaker 6, or Help.
When the selected site’s window appears, take the following appropriate
action.
a.
http://www.xante.com/products/pm6: Browse this web site for
desired product support, and contact information as well as other
related details. When you finish, skip to step 2.
b.
Register PlateMaker 6: Fill out and submit the registration form.
Then, skip to step 2.
c.
Help: Browse Xante’s Support site for desired information. You
can search for information by product links, by topics through the
search option, or by the Frequently Asked Questions option.
Close your browser when you finish.
You can register your platemaker during your setup if you are online or, you
can go directly to Xante’s web site at www.xante.com to register or get help.
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The PPD
The PlateMaker 6 PostScript Printer Description (PPD) allows you to select
many settings from your application’s print dialog box. These settings
override default settings and other software settings. You can customize
features for individual or all jobs without resetting the front panel menus or
using the platemaker browser utilities.
For these options to be available, the Adobe PostScript printer driver and
your platemaker PPD must be installed and configured properly. See chapter
2 (PC) or 3 (Macintosh) for details.
Usually, specific options in the PPD are accessed through the Device
Settings tab (Windows) and Printer Features (OS X).
PPD windows
Selecting PPD Options (Windows XP)
To configure a feature from the Print dialog box
1.
Install and configure the printer driver and your platemaker PPD
following the instructions in chapter 2.
2.
Select Start: Settings: Printers and Faxes (Windows XP).
3.
Select the PlateMaker 6 and right click Properties.
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4.
Click the Printing Preferences (or General tab) and then click Advanced
(Windows XP) to access the options. Then, select the desired setting
from each option’s drop-down menu.
5.
Click OK. Then, when the Print dialog box reappears, click OK or Print,
depending on the application, to send the file to the platemaker.
Selecting PPD Options (Macintosh OS X)
To configure a feature from the Print dialog box
1.
Install and configure your platemaker; see chapter 3 for details. Then,
open a file in your application.
2.
Select File: Print. The Print dialog box appears.
3.
Select Printer Features from the drop-down menu. When the Printer
Features window appears, select the desired settings from the
drop-down menus by each option if necessary.
4.
Click Print to send the file to the platemaker.
5.
Multiple presets can be saved under the Presets drop-down menu or
from within certain applications, such as Adobe InDesign.
PPD Menus
The features in the following list can be configured from the Print dialog box.
Enhanced Angles
Rotate 180 Degrees
Horizontal and Vertical Gripper
Screen (LPI)
Pinbar
Screen Shape
EP1
Media Width
340 Option
Tray Switch
Mirror Print
Optional Trays
Negative Print
Enhanced Angles, Lines Per Inch (LPI), Rotate, and Screen Shape features
are covered earlier in this chapter.
Some applications require additional configuration to access certain features.
See your application documentation. Depending on the application, a
Printer’s Default option may be available. When this option is selected, the
current setting is used for the job.
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Configuring PlateMaker Options
Various platemaker specific options become available through your software
applications after you install the platemaker’s PPD. This section covers these
options and suggested settings for them.
340 mm Option
The 340 upgrade allows you to print on media up to 340 mm wide to
accommodate plates for presses such as the Heidelberg PrintMaster QM.
This upgrade includes a plate feeder to make handling larger media easier
and more precise, and customized Xante Utilities. For more information on
this option, please visit our website at www.xante.com.
Set the 340 mm Option through your application Print dialog box. Options are
[Installed] or [Not Installed].
Depending on the application used, a platemaker’s default option may be
available. When this option is selected, the current platemaker setting is used
for the job.
EP1 (Toner Control)
EP1 (Electrophotography) allows you to control the level of toner transferred
from the toner drum to the media to control toning.
Set EP1 from your application Print dialog box. Options are 1 up to 10. The
default setting is 3.
Depending on the application used, a platemaker’s default option may be
available. When this option is selected, the current platemaker setting is used
for the job. Visit www.xante.com for more details.
Gripper Offset (Horizontal and Vertical)
Gripper Offset allows you to adjust horizontal and vertical placement of an
image on media regardless of your application’s limitations. With Horizontal
and Vertical Gripper Offset menus, you can ensure that an image is placed
correctly to be printed on a press.
Set Horizontal and Vertical Gripper Offset from your application Print dialog
box. [Off] makes no adjustment to the image position on the media and
gives a 2” (50.8 mm) gripper margin. The other options are in .25” (6 mm)
increments up to 4” (102 mm).
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Screen (LPI)
The Screen LPI (lines per inch) feature allow you to control the number of
gray levels and enhance the resolution quality of your printed image.
Usually you set lines per inch through your application. However, when LPI
is not a software option, you can use the Screen option provided by your
platemaker’s PPD in the Print dialog box.
Depending on the application being used, a platemaker’s default option may
be available. When this option is selected, the current platemaker setting is
used for the job.
Screen Shape / Spot Function
The Screen Shape feature allows you to select the shape of dots that make
up the screen pattern for your printed image. This feature is controlled by
your platemaker’s PPD that is loaded on your system during setup.
Set the Screen Shape menu option in your application Print dialog box. The
choice of shape depends on the type of print job. For Example, euclidian
is usually used for traditional offset printing, but others may choose line or
ellipse.
Depending on the application being used, a platemaker’s default option may
be available.
Tray Switch
Tray Switch allows you to select the platemaker’s tray chaining feature
on a per job basis. Tray chaining on your platemaker is controlled via the
platemaker’s PPD Tray Switch feature. Options are False (the factory default)
which disables chaining and True which enables it. When True is selected,
your platemaker automatically switches to another media source when the
current source runs out of media as long as the following conditions are met.
•
All selected media sources must contain the same size media. If the
platemaker detects a different size media when it switches to a new tray,
the platemaker stops printing.
•
All trays must be inserted properly. When Tray Switch is set to True, an
incorrectly positioned tray prevents the platemaker from printing.
Tray Switch only applies to the cassette(s), not to the Multipurpose tray.
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Optional Tray(s)
The Optional Tray setting must be set to agree with your platemaker and
platemaker properties configurations. Otherwise, the tray will not appear or
be selectable from within your application.
CD-ROM
View Manuals
The View Manuals link opens a copy of your platemaker’s manual. Acrobat
Reader will need to be installed to view this manual.
1.
Insert the Xante Utilities CD-ROM into your PC.
2.
Click View Manuals or browse the manuals folder on the CD.
PS_Files Folder
This folder contains Adobe PostScript files to help setup and maintain your
platemaker. They help in areas such as keeping track of your platemaker’s
status, performing specific functions, and printing fonts samples. See the
Description.txt file for a description of each file.
Xante Web Access (Xante Web Site, Register Platemaker, and Help)
When you are on-line, you can access Xante’s web site, register your
platemaker, or obtain technical help.
1.
Go to the PlateMaker 6 home page.
2.
Select the desired web access, http://www.xante.com (Xante’s web
site), Register Platemaker, or Help. When the selected site’s window
appears, take the following appropriate action.
a.
http://www.xante.com: Browse the web site for desired
information. This site offers fast access to product, support,
contact, trade show, career, Xante, and other platemaker related
information. When you finish, skip to step 3.
b.
Register Printer: Fill out and submit the registration form. Then,
skip to step 3.
c.
Help: Browse Xante’s Support site for the desired information. You
can search for information by product links, by topics through the
search option, or by the Frequently Asked Questions option.
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3.
Close your browser when you finish.
You also can register your platemaker or access Xante on-line support
through your Xante Utilities.
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Chapter 5 - Media: Selecting and Imaging
Media Specifications
To ensure your job prints correctly, always use appropriate media. Store and
handle it carefully to prevent damage to the media and platemaker. This
section provides guidelines for selecting media and describes media types
and sizes for your platemaker.
Guidelines for Selecting and Storing Media
To prevent media jams and print quality problems when selecting media for
your platemaker, use media that
•
can withstand a temperature of 302˚ F (150˚ C).
Preprinted inks, such as letterheads, that cannot withstand these
temperatures can damage the platemaker’s fusing rollers permanently.
•
meets weight and media type requirements for the media source.
See “Loading Media” later in this chapter.
Do not use media that
•
is unusually thick, thin, wrinkled, torn, curled, creased, wet, damp, or
otherwise damaged.
•
is coated, synthetically reinforced, colored with surface treatment, or
heavily textured.
•
has metal clasps, strings, staples, cutouts, perforations, or windows.
•
has exposed adhesives or is a partial sheet of labels or a sheet on which
the glue has soaked through the labels.
Using media that does not meet these guidelines may void your platemaker
warranty. Xante is not responsible for damages caused by media. Repair will
be at the user’s expense.
To prevent damage to media, store media
•
in small, flat stacks (not set on its side or end).
•
in the original wrapper in a location with a temperature range from 50 to
86˚ F (10 to 30˚ C) and a stable relative humidity from 30 to 65%.
•
in a dark area; do not expose it to direct sunlight.
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Media Sizes
Your platemaker allows you to use media from 3.94" x 5.83" (100 mm x 148
mm) up to 13" x 26" (330 mm x 660 mm).
Printing on Custom Sized Media
Set the custom page size through your application. Make sure that paper size
selections in the page or document setup section agree with those in the Print
dialog box to ensure that the page prints correctly.
If a virtual memory error occurs, there is not enough platemaker memory to
process the job. In this case, try adding memory to your platemaker, printing
at a lower resolution, or using only platemaker resident fonts.
Media Types
Your platemaker supports Myriad 2 Polyester Plates
Media Handling
This section describes using the paper cassettes, the optional paper feeders,
and the multipurpose feeder.
Media Sources
Your platemaker is equipped with a built-in paper cassette feeder and a
multipurpose tray; these provide an input capacity of approximately 500
sheets of standard (20 lb. bond /60 lb. text weight; [65 g/m2]) paper. You can
add up to 2 optional paper feeders to increase input capacity to approximately
1500.
All media sources can be used to increase the capacity for a single media
size with the tray switch option or as sources for different sizes or types of
media.
Loading Media
Select the cassette or multipurpose feeder as the media source using the
[Utility: Tray Select].
Load media in the cassettes and multipurpose feeder print side up, leading
edge to the back of the platemaker. Most media packages indicate the print
side.
Printing with Myriad 2 Polyester Plates
This section covers printing with polyester plates. It also lists Myriad 2 plate
sizes.
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Printing Plates
Myriad 2 plates are made from a durable, scratch-resistant polyester based
material designed to resist excess scumming and inking on the printing
blanket. Unlike disposable plates made of other materials, these plates
produce brilliant halftones on up to 20,000 impressions under optimum
conditions without an external fuser.
Myriad 2 plates run well with rubber, acrylic, and oil-based inks and most
universal fountain solutions. You can use some silver-based fountain
solutions, but results are not reliable. Test the solution before using it on a
final product.
The fast ink-up capacity of Myriad 2 plates results in a shorter initial run to
provide tone-free printing. These plates require a run of approximately 50
sheets after a dry start-up and approximately 10 sheets after stopping and
reactivating the dampening system.
Do not use conventional plate cleaners or blanket wash on Myriad 2 plates.
These may dissolve the toner image.
Xante guarantees print quality only on Myriad 2 polyester plates
manufactured for the platemaker.
Always use the multipurpose feeder when printing plates.
•
Avoid excessive handling plates to prevent fingerprints and scratches.
•
Keep the platemaker clean.
•
Punch the plate after it is printed to prevent rough edges from damaging
the platemaker.
•
Allow enough space at the plate edges for the press gripper.
•
Load fewer plates if jams occur.
•
Remove each plate as it prints to help prevent static buildup.
•
Do not fan plates. This causes static buildup which can cause jams.
If you experience problems with the plates, refer to the troubleshooting
information.
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The following chart lists Myriad 2 plate sizes. To order the plates, call your
preferred Xante dealer or your Xante Consumables Sales Representative at
800-540-7091 (US and Canada).
Myriad 2 Plates
Part Number
Size
200-100050
10.00" x 15.00"
(254 mm x 381 mm)
200-100051
10.00" x 15.50"
(254 mm x 393 mm)
200-100076
11.00" x 18.50"
(279 mm x 470 mm)
200-100052
11.75" x 18.50"
(298 mm x 470 mm)
200-100053
11.75" x 19.38"
(298 mm x 492 mm)
200-100054
12.00" x 18.00"
(304 mm x 457 mm)
200-100055
12.00" x 19.38"
(304 mm x 492 mm)
200-100056
11.75" x 19.88"
(298 mm x 505 mm)
200-100057
12.00" x 19.88"
(304 mm x 505 mm)
200-100058
11.00" x 18.00"
(279 mm x 457 mm)
200-100059
12.00" x 25.00"
(304 mm x 635 mm)
200-100060
13.00" x 19.38"
(330 mm x 492 mm)
200-100061
13.00" x 19.88"
(330 mm x 505 mm)
200-100082
13.39" x 19.88"
(340 mm x 505 mm)
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Chapter 6 - Maintenance and Specifications
Maintenance
Proper care will extend the platemaker life. Use the guidelines in this section
to maintain your platemaker in optimum working condition and to ensure the
highest quality output.
Handling the PlateMaker 6
Use the following guidelines when handling or using your platemaker.
The platemaker weighs approximately 73 lbs. (50 kg.) with consumables
installed. Always have two people lift the platemaker, using the recessed grip
areas on the right and left sides only.
•
Turn off the platemaker at the end of the day.
•
Never move the platemaker with the imaging unit installed.
•
Do not place anything on top of the platemaker.
•
Always lift the platemaker by the recessed grip areas on the bottom left
and right — never by the plate tray.
•
Make sure the platemaker location meets the requirements in
“PlateMaker 6 Location” in chapter 1.
•
Never oil the platemaker.
•
Allow the platemaker side vent at least an 8.0" (200 mm) clearance to
prevent overheating. Never insert anything into the vent.
•
Check the power cord monthly and replace immediately if you find
damage.
Storing the Platemaker
Use the following procedure when storing the platemaker for an extended
period.
1.
Turn off the platemaker and unplug the power cord from the power
source.
2.
Remove all plates and close the platemaker including the top cover.
a.
Store the platemaker and plates in an area with a temperature of
32˚ to 95˚ F (0˚ to 35˚ C) and a relative humidity of 15% to 80%
with no condensation.
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b.
Store the platemaker and plates in their original containers or
cover them to protect from dust.
Moving the Platemaker
Use the following procedure when moving the platemaker.
The platemaker weighs approximately 73 lbs. (50 kg) with consumables
installed. Always have two people lift the platemaker, using the recessed grip
areas on the right and left sides only.
1.
Turn off the platemaker and unplug the power cord from the power
source.
2.
Remove any plate that may be in the plate tray. Close the plate tray and
the top cover.
3.
Remove the imaging unit. Never move the platemaker with the imaging
unit installed.
a.
Place the imaging unit in its original bag to protect it from light. If
you no longer have this bag, place the unit in a dark bag or wrap it
in a dark cloth.
b.
Ensure the imaging unit stays level during the move. Rock it gently
to redistribute toner before placing the unit back in the platemaker.
4.
Remove the interface cables.
5.
Move the platemaker to a location that meets the guidelines in
“PlateMaker 6 Location” in chapter 1.
6.
Set up the platemaker following the instructions in chapter 1.
Cleaning the Platemaker
To help keep your platemaker running smoothly and to avoid unnecessary
problems, perform the following cleaning steps monthly. Also, clean the
platemaker inside after removing a plate jam or replacing the imaging unit.
Transfer Roller Cleaning
Use the following procedure to clean the transfer roller.
Required Equipment:
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• Soft bristle brush
• Vacuum with a soft brush attachment
or compressed air with safety glasses
1.
Turn off and unplug the platemaker.
2.
Remove the imaging unit.
3.
Remove the roller assembly by turning up the roller’s plastic levers, one
on each end; then, holding the levers, lift the transfer roller up and out at
a 45˚ angle.
Transfer Roller
4.
Clean toner from the transfer roller with a soft bristle brush.
5.
Vacuum the area using a soft brush attachment or blow it with
compressed air. Wear protective safety glasses when using
compressed air.
6.
Lower the roller back into place with the gear end to the left, first. Make
sure the lever protruding below the transfer roller fits inside the small
opening on the door.
7.
Push the roller into its holding clips. The roller assembly should spring
back freely when pressed.
Imaging Unit and Manual Feed Area Cleaning
Clean the imaging unit and manual feed area after removing a plate jam or
replacing the imaging unit.
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Required Equipment:
1.
• Clean, dry, lint-free cloth
Turn off the platemaker and disconnect it from the power source; then,
remove the plate jam and the imaging unit.
Note: The exposure unit becomes very hot during operation. Always
allow this unit to cool completely before opening the exposure
unit cover. If a plate jam occurs in the exposure unit area,
turn off the platemaker and wait at least 20 minutes before
attempting to clear the jam.
2.
Remove any plate scraps and wipe off plate and toner dust with a dry,
clean cloth.
3.
Reassemble the platemaker and reconnect it to the power source.
Manual Feed Pick Up Roller Removal and Cleaning
Use the following procedure to remove and clean the pick up rollers.
Required Equipment:
1.
• Flat head screwdriver
• Cotton swabs
Remove all plates from the output and plate trays. Then, squeeze the
top cover latch to release the lock.
Open Top Cover and MP Tray
2.
Open the top cover; the plate tray cover opens automatically as you
open the top cover. Make sure the top cover remains open until you
reach step 8.
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3.
Remove the imaging unit by grasping its handles and pulling it slowly
out of the platemaker. Once you begin pulling the imaging unit out of the
platemaker, remove the unit completely. The unit’s shutter may not open
properly or may be damaged if the unit is pulled partially out and then
pushed back into the platemaker.
Remove Imaging Unit
4.
Remove the two gray pick up rollers.
a.
Using a flat blade screwdriver carefully release the hook on the
white core roll from the groove on the pick up shaft. Take care not
to break the hook.
b.
Slide the core roll away from the pick up roller.
c.
Holding the rubber side of the pick up roller up, slide it on the pick
up shaft to the outside of the drive pins on the shaft. Then, gently
pull up on he pick up roller to remove.
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Manual Feed Pick Up Rollers and Pick Up Shaft
5.
Clean the pick up rollers and pick up shaft by gently wiping them with
cotton swabs.
The arrows molded into the side of the pick up rollers show the direction
of rotation. Be sure to install the rollers correctly.
6.
Replace the two gray pick up rollers using the following steps for each
roller.
a.
Align the pick up roller above the pick up shaft and between two
core rolls; then, lower the pick up roller onto the pick up shaft.
b.
Slide the pick up roller toward the pick up shaft drive pins until the
pins insert into the groove on the roller.
c.
Slide the white core roll in the same direction toward the drive
pins, until its hook snaps into the groove on the pick up shaft.
7.
Reinstall the imaging unit.
8.
Close the top cover; then, close the plate tray.
Exterior Cleaning
Use the following procedure to clean the exterior of the platemaker.
Required Equipment:
1.
• Water or mild detergent
• Clean, lint-free cloth
Turn off your platemaker and disconnect it from the power source.
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Use only water or mild detergent for cleaning. To prevent
discoloration, cracking, and deformation of the case, do not use
alcohol, ammonia-based cleaners, or other volatile cleaners on
or around the platemaker. Never spray or pour solutions directly
on the platemaker. Always put the solution on the cloth and wipe
it with the cloth.
2.
Clean the platemaker exterior using a clean, lint-free cloth dampened
with water.
3.
Give the platemaker a few minutes to dry thoroughly. Then, reconnect it
to the power source.
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Chapter 7 - Troubleshooting
Introduction
This chapter describes the platemaker’s status messages that can direct you
to the source of a problem and that can suggest solutions for some typical
setup and image quality problems. It also covers plate and press issues and
provides information about preventing and clearing plate jams.
Status Messages
PlateMaker front panel window messages provide status information and can
help you determine the source of a problem or plate jam.
Bad Imaging Unit
The imaging unit is bad and needs to be replaced.
Calibrating
The platemaker is calibrating and warming up.
Early Plate Jam
A plate jam has occurred along the media path
caused by the plate reaching a position earlier than
expected.
E:FIFO
The FIFO SIMM or SODIMM is not present, is not
inserted properly, or is broken.
E:Laser
There is a hardware problem with the laser.
E:Motor
There is a hardware problem with the motor.
Exit Plate Jam
A plate jam has occurred after the plate has been
imaged but before it has been deposited in the
output tray.
Front Plate Jam
A plate jam has occurred caused by the plate not
being pulled from the tray properly.
Holding
The platemaker is offline and data is coming across
the interface. It cannot receive the data when it is
offline.
Imaging Unit Out
Toner in the imaging unit is low or needs to be
redistributed.
PlateMaker 6
This appears when the platemaker is first turned
on, before initialization begins.
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Initializing
The platemaker is warming up and performing
setup routines.
Inval Imaging Unit
The installed imaging unit is not the right type and
should be replaced with a Xante unit.
Late Plate Jam
A plate jam has occurred caused by the plate not
reaching the exit roller at the correct time.
Low Plate
The plate stack is low in the plate tray. The
message appears during each plate feed.
Disregard it.
No Imaging Unit
The imaging unit is either not in the platemaker or
not seated in place.
Offline
The platemaker is off line. It cannot receive or
process data.
Plate Jam
A plate jam has occurred along the media path.
Plate MisMatch
The plate loaded in the platemaker is not the same
size plate indicated for the job in the application file.
Plate Out
There is no plate in the plate tray.
Processing
The platemaker is processing a job to image.
Ready/Font Accel
Font Accelerator is updating the RAM disk at
runtime with the most recently used fonts.
Ready
The platemaker is on line and ready to accept a
job.
Ready/Imaging
The platemaker is completing an imaging job and
ready to accept a new job to begin imaging.
Reset 1
The platemaker has reset to factory default settings
and the Reset and Enter keys can be released
safely.
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Reset 2
The platemaker has reset to factory default settings
except for platemaker margins, gamma settings, IP
network parameters, and More X-ACT settings. The
Menu and Enter keys can be released.
Resetting Job
The platemaker is resetting after the Reset key
has been pressed and an active job has been
cancelled.
Waiting
The platemaker is processing a job and waiting to
receive more data before imaging.
Power and Setup Issues
This section provides tips for resolving problems concerning power to the
platemaker and the host or concerning the setup.
My platemaker has no power.
•
Make sure the power cord is plugged into the platemaker and the
power source.
•
Make sure the platemaker is turned on.
•
Make sure the power source is grounded, working, and rated for
100V, 15A.
My platemaker does not respond properly to my host using an Ethernet
connection.
•
Make sure all cables are connected and seated properly.
•
Make sure the platemaker PPD is installed and configured properly.
•
Make sure the platemaker Ethernet interface is configured properly for
your operating environment.
•
Make sure the Macintosh or PC is configured properly to
communicate using the Ethernet connection.
•
Make sure the platemaker is on line.
•
Make sure the network is available. Try using the ping command.
•
Reduce the number of items on the network to determine the
problem’s source.
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•
Make sure that you are using a crossover cable if you are directly
connecting the platemaker and a computer.
•
Do not use a transceiver that allows devices to daisy chain on a
twisted pair network.
When I image a scanned image, it is so dark that most of the detail is lost.
•
Adjust the platemaker gamma setting to change the midrange
grayscale values of the image. See “Halftone Calibration” in chapter 4.
•
Rescan the image with a higher resolution. Generally, black and white
images should be scanned at a resolution of two times the line screen
desired on the imaged output. Multiply this number by the ratio of the
imaged output size to the original image size.
SR = Print Image LPI x 2 x Image Size Ratio
SR = the Scan resolution
Image Size Ratio = printed image size/original image size
For example, for a line screen of 95, set the scanner resolution to 190
dpi (95 x 2). To image the same image at 75% of its original size, set
scanner resolution to 142 dpi (95 x 2 x .75).
Scanning the image at a lower than optimum resolution results in
less detail. Scanning at a higher resolution increases file size and
processing time, and it may only slightly increase the amount of detail.
Image Quality Issues
This section provides tips for resolving platemaker output quality problems.
Imaging Unit Control
If your platemaker does not produce the rich, black images that you expect,
try redistributing the toner in the imaging unit and adjusting the image density
before replacing the imaging unit.
Redistributing Toner
If you have not used the imaging unit in several days, toner may have settled.
Remove the IU from the platemaker, and shake the unit gently to redistribute
toner. Replace the IU in the platemaker. See “Imaging Unit” in chapter 1.
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Adjusting Density
You can increase or decrease the amount of toner applied by the platemaker
using the density dial.
The amount of toner used increases as dial settings move from low (L) to
high (H). Imaging with too high a setting shortens the life of the imaging unit
and may degrade image quality.
To adjust the density dial
1.
Open the plate tray by grasping the handle in the top center of the cover
and pulling down.
Adjust Density Dial
2.
Turn the density dial toward the H (Higher density) to darken the image
or toward the L (Lower density) to lighten the image.
3.
Close the plate tray.
Check the density dial when you replace an imaging unit. The setting required
for the previous unit may be too high or too low for the new unit.
Miscellaneous Image Quality Issue
The solid black on the image or text is washed out.
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The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
The toner may have settled in the imaging unit.
Remove and shake the unit gently to redistribute the
toner.
•
Toner may be low in the imaging unit or the unit may
need replacing.
Random black dots appear on the imaged plate.
•
The media path may be dirty. Image several blank
plates to clean the path.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
Vertical black streaks on the imaged plate.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
Repetitive defects appear on the imaged plate.
•
The media path may be dirty. Image several blank
plates to clean the path.
•
Toner may have settled in the imaging unit. Remove
and shake the unit gently to redistribute the toner.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
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Some characters are missing or only partially imaged.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
Check for an obstruction to the scanner.
Toner on the imaged plate smears when rubbed.
•
The media type selection may be incorrect.
•
The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
The exposure unit may not be working properly and
may need to be replaced.
Instead of my image (or text), the output is a blank page.
•
The sealing tape may not be pulled out of the IU.
•
The platemaker may have fed two plates at a time.
Only load one plate at a time.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
Check for an obstruction to the scanner.
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Instead of my image (or text), the output is a solid black page.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
The High Voltage Power Supply could have failed.
Check the contacts inside the platemaker.
Blank areas appear in my image (or text).
•
The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
The sealing tape may not be pulled completely out of
the imaging unit.
•
Check for an obstruction to the scanner.
The plate comes out of the platemaker creased or crumpled.
•
The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
The plate may be loaded improperly.
•
The Exposure Unit/Fuser may be damaged and need
to be replaced.
The image is smudged or small spaces are plugged.
•
The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
The calibration may be off.
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Vertical blanks appear on my image (or text).
•
The imaging unit may not be properly installed.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
Check for an obstruction to the scanner.
The image is blurred on the output.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
The transfer roller may need to be adjusted.
Bold print appears shaded on the output.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
•
The calibration may be off.
•
The black graphics may not be pure.
Horizontal banding appears on the imaged output.
•
Dust, toner, and debris may have accumulated inside
the platemaker.
•
The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.
•
Toner may have settled in the imaging unit. Remove
and shake the unit gently to redistribute the toner.
•
The imaging unit may need replacing.
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•
The platemaker settings or the application settings
may need adjustment for the image. Lowering the line
screen (at a set resolution) produces larger dots and
more levels of gray, which result in a more accurate
image representation.
My image is clipped when I image it.
•
Make sure the document size in your application’s
Page Setup matches the document size specified in
the Print dialog box.
Plate and Press Specific Issues
This section addresses plate and press specific issues.
Random holes appear on my plate output.
•
There may be dirt in the plate’s coating. Re-image the
image on a plate that has been protected from the
environment.
•
The plate path may be dirty. Image several blank plates
to clean the path.
Stray toner particles appear on the final press output.
•
Static electricity can cause extra toner particles to
adhere to the plate before imaging. Environmental
humidity and temperature affect static electricity
buildup. Make sure the areas where plates are
used or stored meet the humidity and temperature
environmental requirements set for the platemaker.
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Inking up occurs on the final press output.
•
Inking up can occur when ink rollers come into contact
with a dry plate. Rewet the plate with water and restart
the press. If this does not resolve the problem, re-wet
the plate with straight fountain solution.
•
A dried-in image is caused when ink is allowed to dry
on the plate. Wash the plate with water and restart the
press. If this does not resolve the problem, re-wet the
plate with straight fountain solution.
•
A flooded image is the result of an overload of ink on
the plate. Incorrect water to fountain ratio can cause
this. Increase the concentration of fountain solution in
the fountain/water mixture.
A slight tint appears on the entire page except for a small strip of
approximately .25” (6 mm) at the top.
•
If the tint appears on the plate, check the platemaker
density setting and re-image a new plate.
•
If the tint appears on the final press output, but not the
plate, check the wetting solution mixture.
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Increase the fountain solution concentration in the
wetting mixture.
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Check the pH of the fountain solution and adjust, if
necessary. Optimum range is 4.5 to 5.5.
-
Use an alcohol substitute, such as Varn Laser Etch
1000, instead of alcohol. The alcohol may cause
premature ink breakdown.
-
Check the alcohol or alcohol substitute to water
ratio. The ratio should be no greater than 32:1. Add
fountain solution to lower the alcohol or alcohol
substitute percentage.
Spaces around characters in the text are being plugged after 50 to 100
impressions are run.
•
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This problem could be caused by an incorrectly mixed
wetting solution.
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Increase the fountain solution concentration in the
water mixture.
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Remix the fountain solution, using the
manufacturer’s suggested ratio.
This problem could be caused by a problem with the
blanket.
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Check the plate to blanket pressure. The stripe
should be .125” (3 mm) across the width of the
plate.
-
Clean the blanket with fountain solution to remove
alkaline residues from coated and parchment
stocks.
Mechanical Issues
This section provides tips for resolving problems with the platemaker
mechanical setup.
My platemaker is making funny noises.
•
Make sure the platemaker is set up on a stable, level surface.
•
Make sure the tray cover is closed firmly.
•
There may be a foreign object in the platemaker. Turn off the
platemaker and remove the object.
Plate Jams
This section contains suggestions for solving plate jam problems.
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Preventing Jams
Use the following guidelines to prevent most plate jams.
•
Make sure the platemaker is level and in an appropriate location.
•
Make sure plates are Myriad 2.
•
Make sure plates are stored properly.
•
Make sure the plate is loaded properly in the tray.
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Load and image only one plate at a time.
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Make sure the correct size plate is loaded in the plate tray.
•
Make sure the output tray does not become overfilled.
•
Remove any plate in the plate tray before turning on the platemaker.
Reinsert the plate when the platemaker displays the Ready message.
•
Use the Xante PlateMaker 6 imaging unit.
•
Keep the platemaker clean.
Locating Jams
Always remove a jam by pulling the late out in the direction of the plate feed.
Damage caused by improper jam removal is not covered by your warranty.
Plate Path
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In the plate tray and the imaging unit areas (A)
•
In the back of the platemaker (B)
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Around the imaging unit (C)
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In the exit area under the exposure unit cover (D)
Use the following procedures to locate a plate jam; then, see “Clearing Jams”
later in this chapter for details on removing the jam.
1.
Check for plate jams in the plate tray.
2.
Check for plate jams in the exit area under the exposure unit cover.
3.
Check for plate jams around the imaging unit.
4.
Check for plate jams in the back of the platemaker.
5.
Reassemble the platemaker.
Clearing Jams
This section describes removing plate jams from specific locations.
Always remove a jam by slowly and carefully pulling the plate out in the
direction of the plate feed. Damage caused by improper jam removal is not
covered by your warranty.
Clearing a Plate Tray Jam
The plate tray opens automatically as you open the top cover. The plate
tray does not open to a 90° angle. To prevent damage, do not exert strong
pressure or place heavy objects on the tray.
1.
Remove any plates in the input/output trays
Open Top Cover and Plate Tray
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2.
Squeeze the latch on the top cover to release lock.
•
The plate tray does not open to a 90° angle. To prevent damage,
do not exert strong pressure or place heavy objects on the tray.
Remove Imaging Unit
3.
Remove the imaging unit from the platemaker by grasping the unit by
the handles on the top and pulling it slowly out of the platemaker.
•
Once you begin pulling the imaging unit out, remove the unit
completely. The drum shutter ay not open properly if the unit is
pulled out partially and then pushed back in. This can damage
the imaging unit or result in a malfunction.
•
Place the imaging unit flat on a level surface.
•
Always remove a jam by pulling the plate out in the direction of
the plate feed. Damage caused by improper jam removal is not
covered by your warranty.
4.
Remove the jammed plate from the plate tray in the feed direction.
5.
Remove, clean, and reinstall the pick up rollers.
Clearing a Back of Platemaker Jam
1.
Open the platemaker back cover by grasping the notches on the upper
left and right edges of the cover and pulling down.
•
The cover is held in place by two strong springs. Hold it open
with one hand to avoid pinching your fingers.
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Open the Back Cover and remove Jam
•
Always remove a jam by pulling the plate out in the direction of
the plate feed. Damage caused by improper jam removal is not
covered by your warranty.
2.
Remove the jammed plate from the back of the platemaker.
3.
Close the back cover.
Clearing a Imaging Unit Area Jam
The inside of the platemaker becomes very hot during operation. Do not
touch any area with a high-temperature warning label without first turning off
the platemaker and allowing it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
When the platemaker is turned off, all job information still in memory is lost;
the Jam Recover feature cannot image the last page processed.
1
Remove the imaging unit from the platemaker by grasping the unit by
the handles on the top and pulling it slowly out.
•
Once you begin pulling the imaging unit out, remove the unit
completely. The drum shutter may not open properly if the unit is
pulled partially out and then pushed back in. This can damage
the imaging unit or result in a malfunction.
•
Place the imaging unit flat on a level surface.
•
Always remove a jam by pulling the plate out in the direction of
the plate feed. Damage caused by improper jam removal is not
covered by your warranty.
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2.
Remove a jammed plate from the back of the plate tray and from the
imaging unit area.
Clearing an Exit Area Jam
The fuser becomes very hot during operation. Do not touch any area with a
high-temperature warning label without first turning off the platemaker and
allowing it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
When the platemaker is turned off, all job information still in memory is lost;
the Jam Recover feature cannot image the last page processed.
Open Fuser Unit Cover
1.
Open the fuser unit cover by pulling it toward the back of the
platemaker.
2.
Open the fuser unit drum cover using the colored tabs on each side of
the cover.
Remove Jam from Fuser Unit
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Always remove a jam by pulling the plate out in the direction of
the plate feed. Damage caused by improper jam removal is not
covered by your warranty.
3.
Remove any jammed plate from the fuser unit area.
4.
Close the fuser unit drum cover using the colored tabs on each side of
the over. Then, close the exposure unit cover.
•
Make sure the fuser unit cover is closed properly to prevent
image quality problems.
Reassembling the Platemaker
1.
Insert the imaging unit.
2.
Close and latch the top cover.
If the platemaker was turned off to clear a plate jam, turn on the
platemaker before loading a plate tray.
3.
Verify that Ready appears in the front panel window.
Technical Support
If you encounter problems that cannot be resolved by following the
procedures in this chapter, you may call Xante Technical Support at
800-926-8393 (US and Canada) from 7 A.M. until 6 P.M. Central Standard Time
(CST) Monday through Friday. From other areas, call your Xante vendor.
Depending on your service agreement, there may be a charge for Technical
Support.
To assist our technicians in serving you more effectively, please have the
following information available when calling for Technical Support.
•
Platemaker model and serial number (on the Xante sticker on the
back of the platemaker).
•
Your computer type and operating system (version number)
•
Configuration menu settings for your platemaker interface
•
Applications (including version numbers) you are using
•
Full description of the problem
•
List of error or status messages if applicable
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Also, you can fax questions to Xante’s Technical Support at 251-473-6503.
Include your name, your company name, and the troubleshooting information
listed earlier in this section. Indicate whether you wish the response to be
faxed or emailed and include the appropriate number or address.
If you have access to the internet, you can access Xante’s web page at:
xante.com
You also can e-mail questions to Xante Technical Support.
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