Xanté PlateMaker 6 User guide

Xanté PlateMaker 6 User guide

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

Trademarks

X-ACT™ are trademarks of Xante Corporation.

Adobe

®

, Adobe

®

Illustrator

®

, Adobe

®

PageMaker

®

, Aldus

®

, Adobe

®

Photoshop ® , Adobe ® PostScript ® , Acrobat ® , Minion ® , Adobe ® Type Manager ® ,

ATM

®

, and the ATM

®

and PostScript

®

logos are registered trademarks and

Adobe

®

Acrobat

®

Reader™, AdobePS™, and Adobe

®

PostScript

®

3™ are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Apple

®

, AppleTalk

®

, ColorSync

®

, EtherTalk

®

, LaserWriter

®

,

AppleShare ® , Mac ® OS, Mac ® , Power Macintosh ® , QuickDraw ® , QuickTime

TrueType

®

, and Macintosh

®

are registered trademarks and LocalTalk™,

® ,

Balloon Help™, and SimpleText™ are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

Helvetica

®

, New Century Schoolbook

®

, and Times

®

are registered trademarks of Linotype AG and/or its subsidiaries.

FreeHand™ is a trademark of Macromedia, Inc. Microsoft

®

, Windows

®

,

Windows NT ® , and OpenType ® , are registered trademarks of Microsoft

Corporation. Installer VISE ® is a registered trademark of MindVision, Inc.

Netscape Navigator

®

is a registered trademark of Netscape Communications

Corporation in the United States and other countries.

PowerQuest

®

is a registered trademark of PowerQuest.

QuarkXPress

®

and Quark are registered trademarks of Quark, Inc.

Preps

®

is a registered trademark and ScenicSoft™ is a trademark of

ScenicSoft, Inc. Solaris™ is a trademark of Sun Micro Systems, Inc.

Ethernet

® and Xerox

®

are registered trademarks of Xerox Corporation.

All other brand and product names are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of their respective holders.

Manual Notice

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 fi tness for a particular purpose with regard to this manual.

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Xante Corporation assumes no responsibility for, or liability for, errors 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.

Proprietary

The digitally encoded software included with the Xante PlateMaker is copyrighted © 2010 by Xante Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Patent

Pending. This software may not be reproduced, modifi ed, displayed, transferred, or copied in any form or manner or on any media, without the express written permission of Xante Corporation.

Copyright

This manual is Copyrighted © 2010 by Xante Corporation. All Rights

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 Classifi cation

Changes or modifi cations 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 Confi guration:

The power cord to be used with 115 Volt confi guration 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 Confi guration

The power cord (not supplied) to be used with 230 Volt confi guration 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 certifi ed 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 “Calibration System Requirements”

EN 60950 “Safety of Information Technology Equipment including Electric al Business Equipment”

I, the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment specifi ed 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

Confi guring the IP Address ..................................................................20

Installing Printer Driver ..............................................................................21

Installation Windows XP ......................................................................21

Confi guring PPD Defaults ....................................................................24

Chapter 3 - Macintosh Setup ..................................................... 25

Port Connection ........................................................................................25

Ethernet Connection ............................................................................25

Confi guring the IP Address ..................................................................25

Installation - Macintosh OS X ....................................................................26

Chapter 4 - Confi guration .......................................................... 32

Confi guring PlateMaker 6 Features .....................................................32

Front Panel ..........................................................................................32

Window ................................................................................................32

Status Lights ........................................................................................32

Control Keys ........................................................................................32

Confi guration 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 Confi guration ........................................................................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

Erasing the 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

Confi guring 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 Specifi cations .................................................................................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 Specifi cations ........................... 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 Specifi c 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.

IDT 79RC32355 Processor Std.

RAM:

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):

Std.

Interfaces:

Ethernet (EtherTalk, LPR, TCP/IP)

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)

Std.

Std.

Std.

Opt.

(340 mm x 660 mm)

Paper Weights:

Cassettes 16-28 lb. bond (60 -106 g/m

2

) Std.

Multipurpose Feeder 16-36 lb. bond (60-135 g/m

2

) Std.

Media Handling:

Multipurpose Feeder (150 sheets) ∞ Std.

Built in Paper Feeder (500 sheets) Std.

Second Paper Feeder (500 sheets)

Third Paper Feeder (500 sheets)

Opt.

Opt.

Media Types:

Myriad 2 Polyester Plates Std.

Mirror Print Std.

Tray Chaining

Xante Utilities (PC and Macintosh)

Std.

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) Std.

Enhanced Screening Technology Std.

Accurate Calibration Technology (X-ACT) 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 suffi cient 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

• 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 refi lled 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 fl at 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 fl at 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/m

2

) 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/m 2 ).

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 fl at 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.

6.

7.

To prevent paper jams, make sure the paper fi ts between the paper guides and under the cassette’s retaining clips.

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.

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/m

2

).

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 fi ts 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 Notifi cation 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 fl uctuations 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 fi nd 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 confi gure the Ethernet interface using the appropriate procedures later in this chapter.

Confi guring 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.

a. Press the MENU key until the appropriate menu appears.

b.

c.

Press the ENTER key to enter the selected menu.

Use the RESET, MENU, NEXT, and ENTER keys to change and accept the new settings.

4. 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 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. Select appears. Select

again and the Choose Destination Location window

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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Confi guring 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 fi les. 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 confi gure 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.

Confi guring 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]

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. b. c.

Press the MENU key until the appropriate menu appears.

Press the ENTER key to enter the selected menu.

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

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 - Confi guration

Confi guring 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 fi les. This section describes available platemaker features and their confi guration.

PPD options override platemaker default (front panel) settings for a specifi c 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 confi gure some features.

Window

The platemaker front panel window displays confi guration 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

Control Keys

Front panel control keys allow you to confi gure some platemaker features and to access the confi guration menus.

platemaker must be online to receive data from your computer.

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using confi guration menus. To cancel a job that the platemaker is processing, take the platemaker offl ine an press the Reset key.

Left

allows you to scroll back through options on a menu level when using the confi guration menus. To image a start-up page, take the platemaker off line and press the Left

Arrow key. forward through menus and options. 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.

Confi guration Menus

Use confi guration 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 specifi c 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 confi guration 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 confi gure 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.

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PlateMaker 6 Home Page

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 specifi ed 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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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.

6. 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.

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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 fi nish 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

45˚

75˚

Cyan

105˚

105˚

Magenta Yellow

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 fi rst 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 fi ne 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 suffi ce 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 fi rst 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 fi eld 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 confi gure. 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 fi rst 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 Confi guration

You can confi gure 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 confi gure the placement and length of the alignment marks, or use the platemaker browser utilities (Confi guration: 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 Confi guration: 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 fi le 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 confi guration. Some features that are confi gurable 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 fi nished.

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 fi eld 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

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 fi eld and continue to step 2.

2. Type in the desired password (up to 8 characters in length) in the

New Password fi eld; then, re-enter that new password in the Re-enter

Password fi eld.

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 fi eld and leave the New

Password and the Re-enter Password fi elds blank.

3. Click Submit. A message appears to let you know that the password has been erased.

4. Close your browser.

Forgotten

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 defi ne the height of the ellipse relative to its width in

5% increments from 25% to 90%; for example, 50% defi nes 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 (Confi guration:

Units).

Utility Pages

The utility pages provide a way for you to check current confi guration 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 fi ll 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.

2.

Go to the printer home page

Select Utility Pages. The Utilities Pages window appears.

3.

4.

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.

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. 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 fi nish, 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.

2 . Close your browser when you fi nish.

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 confi gured properly. See chapter

2 (PC) or 3 (Macintosh) for details.

Usually, specifi c 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 confi gure a feature from the Print dialog box

1. Install and confi gure 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 fi le to the platemaker.

Selecting PPD Options (Macintosh OS X)

To confi gure a feature from the Print dialog box

1. Install and confi gure your platemaker; see chapter 3 for details. Then, open a fi le 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 fi le 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 confi gured from the Print dialog box.

Enhanced Rotate 180 Degrees

EP1

340 Option Tray Switch

Enhanced Angles, Lines Per Inch (LPI), Rotate, and Screen Shape features are covered earlier in this chapter.

Some applications require additional confi guration 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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Confi guring PlateMaker Options

Various platemaker specifi c 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 confi gurations. 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 fi les to help setup and maintain your platemaker. They help in areas such as keeping track of your platemaker’s status, performing specifi c functions, and printing fonts samples. See the

Description.txt fi le for a description of each fi le.

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 fi nish, 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 fi nish.

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 Specifi cations

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 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/m

2

]) 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 fi nal 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 fi ngerprints 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

200-100050

200-100051

200-100076

200-100052

200-100053

200-100054

200-100055

200-100056

200-100057

200-100058

200-100059

200-100060

200-100061

200-100082

Size

10.00" x 15.00"

10.00" x 15.50"

11.00" x 18.50"

11.75" x 18.50"

11.75" x 19.38"

12.00" x 18.00"

12.00" x 19.38"

11.75" x 19.88"

12.00" x 19.88"

11.00" x 18.00"

12.00" x 25.00"

13.00" x 19.38"

13.00" x 19.88"

13.39" x 19.88"

(254 mm x 381 mm)

(254 mm x 393 mm)

(279 mm x 470 mm)

(298 mm x 470 mm)

(298 mm x 492 mm)

(304 mm x 457 mm)

(304 mm x 492 mm)

(298 mm x 505 mm)

(304 mm x 505 mm)

(279 mm x 457 mm)

(304 mm x 635 mm)

(330 mm x 492 mm)

(330 mm x 505 mm)

(340 mm x 505 mm)

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Chapter 6 - Maintenance and Specifi cations

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 fi nd 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: • Soft bristle brush

• Vacuum with a soft brush attachment

or compressed air with safety glasses

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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, fi rst. Make sure the lever protruding below the transfer roller fi ts 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: • Clean, dry, lint-free cloth

1. 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: • Flat head screwdriver

1. 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 fl at 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: • Water or mild detergent

1. 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

Calibrating

Early Plate Jam

E:FIFO

E:Laser

E:Motor

Exit Plate Jam

Front Plate Jam

Holding

Imaging Unit Out

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The imaging unit is bad and needs to be replaced.

The platemaker is calibrating and warming up.

A plate jam has occurred along the media path caused by the plate reaching a position earlier than expected.

The FIFO SIMM or SODIMM is not present, is not inserted properly, or is broken.

There is a hardware problem with the laser.

There is a hardware problem with the motor.

A plate jam has occurred after the plate has been imaged but before it has been deposited in the output tray.

A plate jam has occurred caused by the plate not being pulled from the tray properly.

The platemaker is offl ine and data is coming across the interface. It cannot receive the data when it is offl ine.

Toner in the imaging unit is low or needs to be redistributed.

This appears when the platemaker is fi rst turned on, before initialization begins.

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No Imaging Unit

Offl ine

Plate Jam

Plate MisMatch

Plate Out

Processing

Ready/Font Accel

Ready

Ready/Imaging

Reset 1

Initializing

Inval Imaging Unit

Late Plate Jam

Low Plate

The platemaker is warming up and performing setup routines.

The installed imaging unit is not the right type and should be replaced with a Xante unit.

A plate jam has occurred caused by the plate not reaching the exit roller at the correct time.

The plate stack is low in the plate tray. The message appears during each plate feed.

Disregard it.

The imaging unit is either not in the platemaker or not seated in place.

The platemaker is off line. It cannot receive or process data.

A plate jam has occurred along the media path.

The plate loaded in the platemaker is not the same size plate indicated for the job in the application fi le.

There is no plate in the plate tray.

The platemaker is processing a job to image.

Font Accelerator is updating the RAM disk at runtime with the most recently used fonts.

The platemaker is on line and ready to accept a job.

The platemaker is completing an imaging job and ready to accept a new job to begin imaging.

The platemaker has reset to factory default settings and the Reset and Enter keys can be released safely.

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Reset 2

Resetting Job

Waiting

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.

The platemaker is resetting after the Reset key has been pressed and an active job has been cancelled.

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 confi gured properly.

• Make sure the platemaker Ethernet interface is confi gured properly for your operating environment.

• Make sure the Macintosh or PC is confi gured 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 fi le 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.

• The plate may be damp or otherwise damaged.

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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.

• 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.

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 specifi ed in the Print dialog box.

Plate and Press Specifi c Issues

This section addresses plate and press specifi c 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 fi nal 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 fi nal 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.

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.

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 fi nal press output, but not the plate, check the wetting solution mixture.

- Increase the fountain solution concentration in the wetting mixture.

- 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.

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Spaces around characters in the text are being plugged after 50 to 100 impressions are run.

This problem could be caused by an incorrectly mixed wetting solution.

- Increase the fountain solution concentration in the water mixture.

- Remix the fountain solution, using the manufacturer’s suggested ratio.

• This problem could be caused by a problem with the blanket.

- 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 fi rmly.

• 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.

- Load and image only one plate at a time.

- Make sure the correct size plate is loaded in the plate tray.

• Make sure the output tray does not become overfi lled.

• 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

Damage caused by improper jam removal is not covered by your warranty.

Plate Path

• 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)

• 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 specifi c locations. 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 fl at on a level surface. 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 fi ngers.

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Open the Back Cover and remove Jam

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 fi rst 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 fl at 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 fi rst 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.

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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)

• Confi guration 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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