Operator Guide - ECRM Imaging Systems

Operator Guide - ECRM Imaging Systems
Operator Guide
MAKO 2 CTP, MAKO 2x CTP,
MAKO 4 CTP, MAKO 4x CTP,
and MAKO NEWS CTP
AO111334
Revision 2
Operator Guide
MAKO 2 CTP, MAKO 2x CTP,
MAKO 4 CTP, MAKO 4x CTP
and MAKO NEWS CTP
© copyright ECRM Incorporated 2008
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents iii
Preface v
Scope of this Guide v
Organization v
Terms and Conventions vi
System Overview 1
The MAKO CTP Series 1
Functional Overview 1
System Components 3
Main Parts of the Platesetter 5
System Requirements 8
Laser Safety 9
Regulatory Information 10
System Operation 13
Introduction 13
Starting Up the System 13
Shutting Down the System 14
Using the Control Panel 14
Operator Menus 16
User Preference Menu 17
User Maintenance Menu 22
Test Patterns Menu 24
Equipment Configuration Displays 29
Display Messages 30
Running a Step Wedge Test 31
Media Handling 37
Media Specifications 37
Safelight Requirement 37
Installing and Removing the Pin Bar 38
Loading Media 42
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Maintenance and Troubleshooting 53
Introduction 53
General Maintenance 53
Clearing Misfeeds, Manual Pinch Mechanism 58
Moving the System 61
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Preface
Scope of this Guide
This guide explains how to operate and maintain MAKO CTP
series platesetters. The guide describes all aspects of operating a
system.
All platesetters in the series use a Class Four laser. This guide
contains important safety information and regulatory information
about the laser. You should read this information thoroughly before
operating the system or performing the procedures described in this
guide.
This guide assumes the system is already properly installed and
plugged into the AC mains, and that the system has been calibrated
and tested for proper operation and acceptable output.
Organization
Chapter 1: System Overview
This chapter presents a system overview. It includes system
operating requirements and information about laser safety.
Chapter 2: System Operation
This chapter explains the operational features and describes the
system menus in detail. All of the menu items are mapped in flow
diagrams.
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Chapter 3: Media Handling
This chapter provides instructional information on how to load
media. Guidelines for handling media are also provided.
Chapter 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
This chapter covers general maintenance items that can be
performed by the operator. This chapter includes troubleshooting
tips and a procedure for re-locating or moving the system.
Terms and Conventions
Because the systems in the series are so similar, no distinction
between systems is made except where necessary. In this manual,
except where otherwise noted, all references to “the platesetter” or
“the system” pertain to any system in the series.
Text and terminology conventions in this manual are as follows:
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“Type”
Is an instruction to type data at the keyboard.
Italic typeface
Used to indicate the first mention of an
important concept.
Bold typeface
Used to highlight important details in text or
illustrations and to indicate user actions.
Bold sans-serif typeface
Used to represent file names or menu options
to be selected. Also refers to section names.
Note:
Blocks of text used to advise of related
information.
IMPORTANT
Notices used to emphasize very important
information.
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System
Overview
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The MAKO CTP Series
The MAKO CTP series is comprised of the following systems.
•
MAKO 2 CTP
•
MAKO 2x CTP
•
MAKO 4 CTP
•
MAKO 4x CTP
•
MAKO NEWS CTP
Functional Overview
All the systems use a violet laser.
MAKO 2, MAKO 2x, MAKO 4, and MAKO 4x are for commercial
printing environments, whereas the MAKO NEWS is for
newspaper publishing.
All the systems perform the same basic functions and are operated
the same way. The main differences between the systems include
the imaging resolutions and media sizes they support, and the type
of pinch mechanism they use (see the feature comparison tables on
the next page).
Note: This manual makes no distinction between systems
except where necessary. In the presentation that follows,
except where otherwise noted, all references to “the platesetter” or “the system” pertain to any system in the series.
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Table 1 - 1 FEATURE COMPARISONS
SYSTEM
RESOLUTIONS
(DOTS PER INCH)
1016
1200
1270
1500
1800
2032 2400
2540
3048
3556
40.0
47.2
50.0
59.0
70.9
80.0
100.0 120.0 140.0
MAKO 2 CTP
MAKO 2X CTP
MAKO 4 CTP
MAKO 4X CTP
MAKO NEWS
94.5
(DOTS PER MILLIMETER)
PLATE SIZE (MM)
SYSTEM
Maximum
Edge Register
Maximum
Notch Register
Minimum
Edge Register
MAKO 2 CTP
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 2 CTP
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 4 CTP
615 mm (W) x 745 mm (L)
615 mm (W) x 745 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 4X CTP
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
660 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO NEWS CTP
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
Notes:
1. (W) and (L) designate the width and length of the plate in millimeters (mm).
2. Edge Register: maximum plate size (edge to edge imaging) using an edge-register pin bar.
3. Notch Register: maximum plate size (edge to edge imaging) using an notch-register pin bar. The notch register plate size
requires a minimum 12 mm notch depth, except System 4x, which requires a minimum 11 mm notch depth.
4. Minimum Edge Register: Minimum plate size. The minimum plate size of 252 mm (L) requires a custom pin bar on all 4-page
machines.
SYSTEM
PINCH MECHANISM
Manual
The operator uses a pinch bar to
manually open and close the pinch rollers.
Automatic The platesetter automatically
opens and closes the pinch rollers.
MAKO 2 CTP
MAKO 2X CTP
MAKO 4 CTP
MAKO 4X CTP
MAKO NEWS CTP
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System Components
A complete system includes a control workstation, CtServer
software, a power conditioner, and a platesetter.
CONTROL
WORKSTATION*
IMAGING
UNIT
CT SERVER
SOFTWARE
CONTROL
PANEL
TRANSPORT
UNIT
POWER
CONDITIONER
REGISTRATION
PIN BARS
PLATESETTER
* the monitor is ordered as an option
Figure 1-1 System Components
Platesetter
The platesetter images and outputs plates.
Workstation
The workstation connects directly to the platesetter and runs the
CtServer software. Operating instructions for the workstation are
provided with the workstation.
The operator makes frequent use of the workstation when running
the platesetter. For that reason, the workstation should be set up
next to the platesetter.
CtServer Software
CtServer is used to send jobs to the platesetter. It is also used to
define the plate and pin bar requirements for jobs and communicate
that information to the platesetter, which displays the information
on the control panel LCD.
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Some operating parameters that can be set in CtServer can also be
set at the control panel. For these parameters, the CtServer setting
always overrides the control-panel setting.
The use and operation of CtServer is documented in the CtServer
User’s Guide, which is delivered as a PDF on the CtServer CD.
Power Conditioner
The power conditioner shields the system from as ac power spikes,
voltage drops, and other electrical power disturbances.
The platesetter, the control workstation, and the control workstation
monitor must all be plugged into the power conditioner, which in
turn must be plugged into a grounded ac power outlet.
Platesetter System
POWER
CONDITIONER
AC MAINS
AC INLET
AC Power
AC OUTLETS
AC Power
Customer-supplied
Plate Processor
AC Power
AC Power
AC INLET
RS-232*
PROCESSOR
PLATESETTER
Plate Line IF
AC INLET
AC INLET
USB
WORKSTATION
Monitor
MONITOR
(with CtServer)
* Used by service personnel to run diagnostic programs.
Figure 1-2 System AC Power Wiring Diagram
Note: For the system to work properly, the platesetter, the
CtServer workstation, and the computer monitor must all
be plugged into the system power conditioner. Be advised
that if the devices are not plugged into the power conditioner, damage resulting from voltage spikes, brownouts,
etc., will NOT be covered by the warranty.
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Main Parts of the Platesetter
Power Switch
The power switch controls ac power to the system. To start up the
system, turn on the power switch. It is located on the rear right side
of the machine. Depress zero (0) to turn OFF, depress one (1) to
turn ON. See Figure 1-3 on Page 5.
Note: It is recommended that the system be powered on for a 1hour warm-up period prior to imaging.
PINCH ROLLER BAR
(NOT PRESENT IN MAKO4
AND MAKO NEWS)
CONTROL PANEL
PIN BAR
POWER SWITCH
MEDIA TRANSPORT
OUTPUT SENSOR
INPUT SENSOR
(NOT PRESENT IN MAKO 4 AND MAKO NEWS)
BACK
INPUT TRAY
PEDESTAL
FRONT
POWER CORD
FAN FILTER
Figure 1-3 Main Parts of the Platesetter
Power Cord
The power cord plugs into a receptacle located just below the
power switch.
Pin Bar
The pin bar is used for plate registration. There are two types of
pin bars: press notch registered and edge registered.
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Two pin bars come with the system as standard equipment.
Additional pin bars can be ordered as an option.
Exposing sets of plates with different registration notch
requirements is easily accomplished by changing the pin bar.
Control Panel
The control panel allows you to interact with the platesetter.
Commands and options are controlled through this device.
Input Tray
The input tray is used to position the plate for exposure. The
plate is placed on the input tray and gently slid to engage the
registration pins. A groove is provided in the surface of the input
tray to provide a convenient place to push the plate forward. A
plate cannot be loaded until the previous plate has been
completed.
Pinch Roller Bar (MAKO 2 and MAKO 4)
Note: MAKO 2x, MAKO 4x and MAKO NEWS models do not have
a pinch roller bar.
On MAKO 2 and MAKO 4 platesetters, a pinch roller bar is
used to open and close the pinch rollers. These high precision
rollers control the movement of plate during exposing. The
pinch roller bar is raised (pinch rollers open) to load a plate and
lowered (pinch rollers closed) to expose a plate.
Never raise the pinch roller bar while a plate is being
exposed! Doing so will cause the plate to jam inside the
platesetter if you are using an edge-registered pin bar.
Note: The pinch roller bar must be up during the initialization
process after a power on.
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PINCH ROLLER BAR *
PINCH ROLLERS
* SHOWN IN THE UP (OPEN) POSITION
Figure 1-4 Pinch Roller Bar
Fan Filters
The platesetter uses 2 fan filters. The filters slide into slots on either
side of the unit. See Figure 1-3 on Page 5.
Note: To avoid damaging the filters, when lifting the platesetter
off the pedestal, do not grasp the platesetter at points
where the filters are located.
The Media Transport
The media transport automatically delivers the exposed media
to a customer-supplied online processor.
The Pedestal
The pedestal is a specially designed base for the platesetter.
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System Requirements
Safelighting
The platesetter is designed to be operated in a safelight
environment.
Power and Heat Dissipation
Power (maximum)
90 - 264 Volts; 3 Amps; 250 Watt
50/60Hz, single phase.
Heat Dissipation
850 BTU/hour
Environmental Requirements
Temperature-
62 - 86 degrees F (17 - 30 degrees C)
Humidity
45 - 65%, non-condensing.
Note: Operating the system outside of the ranges specified
above may affect performance.
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Laser Safety
Laser Product Classification
The system is classified as a Class one (I) laser product. This
classification means the operator is not exposed to hazardous laser
light during operation and maintenance.
The laser in the system is a Class Four (IV) device which emits
visible laser light that is considered hazardous by FDA published
limits.
IMPORTANT WARNING
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures
other than those specified in this guide may result in hazardous
laser light exposure.
System Laser Wavelength Identification Label
The system uses a laser that emits visible laser light. The
identification label is located on the output side of the machine,
above the output rollers. Figure 1-5 shows the label.
MEDIA SENSITIVITY
405 nm VISIBLE
Figure 1-5 Media Sensitivity Label
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Regulatory Information
Electromagnetic Emissions
DOC - Canada
The Canadian Department of Communications requires compliance
with the Radio Interference Regulations, ICES -003.
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio
noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio
Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications.
EMC Directive - Europe
Complies with EN 55011: 1998
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product
may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required
to take adequate measures.
FCC - USA
The standards for electromagnetic emissions are Part 15, Subpart J
of the FCC rules. The system was tested to Class A limits. The
following statements are required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void your authority to
operate the equipment.
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 guide, 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
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correct the interference at his or her own expense.
Compliance with applicable regulations depends on the use of
shielded cables. The user is responsible for procuring the
appropriate cables.
Identification and Certification Label (ratings plate)
The system identification and certification label is attached to the
front of the unit, above the pinch rollers.
Figure 1-6 Identification and Certification Label
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System Operation
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Introduction
The same basic operating procedures apply to all models in the
series. Except where otherwise noted, all the information that
follows pertains to every model in the series.
Starting Up the System
The power switch located on the rear right side of the machine.
Step 1. On the power switch, depress one (1) to turn the power ON. When
the system completes its initialization, the ONLINE message
appears on the display.
Step 2. After ONLINE appears, power up the control workstation.
Step 3. Once the workstation is powered up, invoke CtServer (or the RIP).
Step 4. Once CtServer (or the RIP) is running, the system is ready to
image plates. For instructions on sending jobs to the platesetter,
refer to the CtServer User’s Guide.
Note: It is recommended that the system be powered on for a 1hour warm-up period prior to imaging.
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Shutting Down the System
Shut down the system only when the display reads ONLINE, and the
second line is blank. (No operational message visible).
To shut down the system:
Step 1. Turn off the power switch located on the lower right side of the
machine. Depress zero (0) to turn the power OFF.
Note: Once the platesetter is turned off, the control workstation’s
communication link with the platesetter is broken. To reestablish the link, power down the workstation, restart the
platesetter, and then power up the workstation.
Using the Control Panel
When you install the
system, you should
review and set all the
menu parameters.
Advance through the
menu parameters and
verify or change them as
needed.
Accessing Menus
Access menus from the
system control panel.
Enter the menu subsystem by pressing
MENU from the
ONLINE state.
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LEDS
EXPOSE ATTENTION
ERROR
LCD
PREV
NEXT
OK
MENU
SELECT
CANCEL
KEYPAD
Figure 2-1 Control Panel
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Keys
PREVIOUS
PREVIOUS - Moves you backward within the menu or
moves the cursor backward within the current menu item.
MENU
ENTER - Enter or exit the menu sub-system by pressing
MENU from the ONLINE state.
NEXT
NEXT - Moves you forward within the menu or moves
the cursor forward within the current menu item.
OK
START - Starts exposing the loaded plate.
Also, from anywhere in a numeric field, causes the next
menu item to be displayed. In the last item of a menu,
causes a return to the first item of the menu.
SELECT
SELECT -Increments the numeric digit under which the
cursor is positioned or scrolls through the options
available for the current menu item
CANCEL
CANCEL - Cancels a pending “load plate” request, but
does not stop a job that is in progress.
STOP - The Emergency stop button. This button will stop
all moving parts of the platesetter.
LEDs
EXPOSE
.Green LED that indicates the plate is being exposed when
it is flashing. Additionally, indicates registration pin
contact when loading a plate.
ATTENTION
Yellow LED indicates there is a condition that requires
operator attention. The LCD display indicates what needs
to be done.
ERROR
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Red LED that indicates a platesetter error condition. The
LCD display indicates what the error is.
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Operator Menus
There are three operator menus:
•
User Preference Menu (see page 17).
•
User Maintenance Menu (see page 22).
•
Test Pattern Menu (see page 24).
Menu Selection
Follow these steps to set the parameters in any menu.
Step 1. Press MENU to enter the user menu system.
Step 2. Press SELECT until the sub-menu you want displays on the LCD.
Step 3. Press NEXT to enter the selected sub-menu.
Step 4. Set the parameter to what you want.
Step 5. Press SELECT to change the value.
Step 6. Press NEXT to go to the next parameter until you have completed
your selections.
Step 7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all changes are made.
Step 8. Press MENU to exit the user menu system.
ONLINE
MENU
USER
PREFERENCES
NEXT
SELECT
SELECT
TEST
USER
MAINTENANCE
PATTERNS
SELECT
TEST
PATTERNS
NEXT
NEXT
Figure 2-2 User Menu Structure
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User Preference Menu
UNITS OF MEASURE
OPTIONS
ENGLISH (inches) or METRIC (millimeters)
The selected units of measure apply to all numeric
measurement values in various menus.
AUDIO ALERTS
OPTIONS
ENABLED or DISABLED
This menu item allows you to disable or to enable the audible
alarms for the following conditions:
Error conditions, Power-up, Image complete
HORIZONTAL MAGNIFICATION
LIMITS
85.00% to 110.00%
Sets the size of the image in the horizontal direction from 85%
to 110% of nominal.
Note: The CtServer magnification setting overrides the control
panel setting.
VERTICAL MAGNIFICATION
LIMITS
85.00% to 110.00%
Sets the size of the image in the vertical direction from 85% to
110% of nominal.
Note:
The CtServer magnification setting overrides the control
panel setting.
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User Preferences Menu
ONLINE
MENU
USER
PREFERENCES
SELECT
USER
MAINTENANCE
SELECT
TEST
TEST
PATTERNS
PATTERNS
SELECT
NEXT
ONLY 1 PIN BAR
IN USE
UNITS OF
MEASURE
NEXT
AUDIO ALERTS
NEXT
HORIZONTAL
MAGNIFICATION
NEXT
VERTICAL
MAGNIFICATION
NEXT
IMAGE
OFFSET
NEXT
PROCESSOR
SPEED
NEXT
IGNORE LASER
TEMP. ERRORS
NEXT
REGISTRATION
DELAY BEFORE
PINCHING
NEXT
USE TRANSPORT
AS OUTPUT TRAY
NEXT
AUTOMATICALLY
BEGIN IMAGING
AFTER PINCHING
NEXT
USE PLATELINE
INTERFACE
NEXT
INDEXING IS
ENABLED
NEXT
NEXT
OVERLAP
OUTPUTTING &
IMAGING
PRE IMAGE
SETTLE TIME
NEXT
NEXT
ONLINE
Figure 2-3 User Preferences Menu Map
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IMAGE OFFSET
LIMITS
-0.300” to +0.300” (-7.62mm to +7.62mm)
The image may be shifted to the left with a negative (-) value,
or to the right with a positive (+) positive value.
ONLY 1 PIN BAR IN USE
OPTIONS:
YES or NO
“YES” prevents the system from displaying a prompt to verify
that the correct pin bar is installed whenever you open an
autoloader cover. “NO” permits the system to display the
prompt.
IGNORE LASER TEMPERATURE ERRORS
OPTIONS
YES or NO
If the laser exceeds its target operating temperature an error will
be reported. It is recommended that this problem be fixed.
However, if critical jobs need to be completed, it is possible to
operate the laser at a higher temperature. This operation is
enabled by ignoring the laser temperature errors.
Note: Operating the laser at a higher temperature shortens the
life of the laser.
OVERLAP OUTPUTTING AND IMAGING
OPTIONS
YES or NO
If this option is set “YES,” an operator can begin imaging
another plate while the previous plate is feeding into the
processor.
PROCESSOR SPEED
LIMITS
9.5” per minute to 77.9”
(241 mm/min. to 1980 mm)
Should be set to match the speed of the online processor.
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USE TRANSPORT AS AN OUTPUT TRAY
OPTIONS:
YES or NO
“YES” disables the media transport conveyor and effectively
makes the transport function as an output tray. “NO” (the default
setting) enables the conveyor to operate and transport plates to
the processor.
USE THE PLATELINE INTERFACE
OPTIONS:
YES or NO
“YES” enables the plateline interface to halt the platesetter
when another device in the plate line is not ready to perform its
function. “NO” causes the platesetter to ignore the plateline
interface. This feature should be set to “NO” if a plateline
interface is not being used.
REGISTRATION DELAY BEFORE PINCHING PLATE
LIMITS
0.10 seconds to 5.00 seconds
Sets the length of time the system waits to close the pinch rollers
after the plate is registered. The default setting is 0.50 seconds.
AUTOMATICALLY BEGIN IMAGING AFTER PINCHING
OPTIONS
YES or NO
YES enables the platesetter to automatically image the plate
immediately after the pinch rollers close. NO disables the
platesetter from doing so.
When NO is selected, you must manually initiate imaging by
pressing the OK button.
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INDEXING IS ENABLED
OPTIONS
YES or NO
When YES is selected, the platesetter indexes the input rollers
before starting each new image.
When NO is selected, the platesetter does not index the rollers.
This improves throughput, but may impact repaeatability and/
or registration.
Note:
This feature is useful in systems that have an autoloader.
If you have a manual load system, leave the feature set for
the default (YES) setting.
PRE-IMAGE SETTLE TIME
LIMITS
0.50 to 2.50 seconds
The default setting is 2.00 seconds.
Reducing the settle time improves throughput, but may
decrease image quality at the leading edge of the plate.
Note:
This feature is useful in systems that have an autoloader.
If you have a manual load system, leave the feature set for
the default (2.00) setting.
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User Maintenance Menu
PROGRAM VERSIONS
This user maintenance option displays version numbers of the
installed software and firmware. The versions are displayed as:
CONTROLLER nnnnnn
JP0020 n.n JA1135 n
“NEXT” TO CONTINUE
where nnnnnn is the part number of the controller board, JP0020
n.n is the part number and revision level of the controller
software, and JA1135 n is the part number and revision level of
the controller firmware.
RUN TRANSPORT
This user maintenance option will run the media transport until
the STOP button is pressed. This function is used to clean the
transport.
RUN MEDIA ROLLERS
This option runs the media rollers until the STOP button is
pressed. This function is used to clean the rollers.
DISPLAY ERROR LOG
This user maintenance option presents system faults (up to a
maximum of 20 faults) in chronological order. TIME is the
elapsed time since the latest power on. SESSION # is the total
number of times the system has been turned on. DEVICE
NAME identifies the system component that failed. ERROR is
an indication of the nature of the fault.
DISPLAY LASER LOG
This option presents status information about the system laser.
The information is useful to service personnel, who sometimes
request the information over the phone during service calls.
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User Maintenance Menu
ONLINE
MENU
USER
PREFERENCES
SELECT
USER
MAINTENANCE
SELECT
TEST
TEST
PATTERNS
PATTERNS
SELECT
NEXT
NEXT
PROGRAM
VERSIONS
SELECT
NEXT
RUN
TRANSPORT
SELECT
Press NEXT to
invoke the display
or exercise the
function.
NEXT
RUN
MEDIA ROLLERS
SELECT
NEXT
DISPLAY
ERROR LOG
EXPOSE ATTENTION
ERROR
SELECT
NEXT
DISPLAY
LASER LOG
MENU
SELECT
PREV
NEXT
OK
MENU
SELECT
CANCEL
ONLINE
Figure 2-4 User Maintenance Menu Map
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Test Patterns Menu
The test patterns menu is used to select and run one of the
several preprogrammed test patterns.
The test patterns menu options are summarized below. Some
options are test-pattern specific, which means they may or may
not be displayed, depending on which test pattern you select.
TEST PATTERN MODE
OPTIONS
Enabled or Disabled
This option moves the system in and out of test pattern mode.
TEST PATTERN TYPE
OPTIONS
List of Test Patterns
Test Patterns are described fully in the system Reference guide
and are for the use of qualified technicians only.
NUMBER OF PLATES
OPTIONS
1 to 60 plates
Sets the number of plates that will be imaged in the test session.
REVERSE IMAGE POLARITY
OPTIONS
YES or NO
Reverses the test pattern images. YES will expose the
background of the plate. NO will expose the image area.
BAR WIDTH
OPTIONS
1 to 999999 Pixels
Specifies the width of the lines in the Bar Test Patterns.
BAR SPACING
OPTIONS
1 to 999999 Pixels
This parameter specifies the width of the spaces between the
lines in the Bar Test Patterns.
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ONLINE
MENU
USER
PREFERENCES
SELECT
USER
MAINTENANCE
SELECT
TEST
TEST
PATTERNS
PATTERNS
SELECT
NEXT
SELECT
ENABLE
TEST PATTERNS
SELECTION OPTIONS
GRID
DROOP (MEDIA)
DROOP (SCOPE)
LASER
RUN CONTINUOUSLY
STEP WEDGE
BARS (HORIZONTAL)
BARS (VERTICAL)
CHECKERBOARD
PRESS SELECT TO SCROLL
THROUGH THE SELECTION
OPTIONS. WHEN THE DESIRED
OPTION APPEARS (FOR EXAMPLE,
“CHECKERBOARD”) PRESS
NEXT TO SET UP PARAMETERS
FOR RUNNING THAT TEST.
NUMBER OF
PLATES
TEST
PATTERN
MODE
NOTCH DEPTH
NEXT
DISTANCE FROM
LEADING EDGE
NEXT
NEXT
PLATE WIDTH
DISABLE
NEXT
NEXT
EXPOSURE
LEVEL
NEXT
PLATE IS NOTCH
REGISTERED
NEXT
REVERSE IMAGE
POLARITY
SELECT
Only applies if “Plate
is Notch Registered”
is set to YES.
NEXT
HORIZONTAL
MAGNIFICATION
NEXT
NEXT
NEXT
PLATE LENGTH
NEXT
VERTICAL
MAGNIFICATION
OK
NEXT
ONLINE
Figure 2-5 Typical Test Pattern Menu Map (Checkerboard selected)
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IMAGE LENGTH
OPTIONS
0.027” to 39.330” or 2 mm to 999 mm
This parameter specifies the length of the test pattern to be
recorded.
IMAGE OFFSET (VERTICAL)
OPTIONS
0.0000” to 39.330” or 0 mm to 999 mm
This parameter specifies the distance from the leading edge of
the plate to the first line of the image.
HORIZONTAL RESOLUTION
By picking any of the optional values, you set the horizontal
resolution to that value. Horizontal Resolution is not displayed
if a GRID test pattern is selected.
OPTIONS
1200, 1270, 1800, 2400, 2540, 3048 and 3556
(dpi)
47.2, 50.0, 70.9, 94.5, 100.0, 120.0, 140.0
(dpmm)
Note: Resolution is model dependent. Your options may differ
from those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “FEATURE COMPARISONS,” on page 2.
VERTICAL RESOLUTION
OPTIONS
1200, 1270, 1800, 2400, 2540, 3048 and
3556 (dpi)
47.2, 50.0, 70.9, 94.5, 100.0, 120.0, 140.0
(dpmm)
By picking any of the optional values, you set the vertical
resolution to that value. Vertical Resolution is not displayed if a
GRID test pattern is selected.
Note: Resolution is model dependent. Your options may differ
from those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “FEATURE COMPARISONS,” on page 2.
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PLATE WIDTH
OPTIONS
8.897” to 26.063” or 226.0 mm to
662.0 mm
By picking a value, you set the plate width for test patterns.
Plate width is model dependent. Your options may differ from
those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “Feature Comparison,
MAKO System 4 and 4x Platesetters,” on page 2.
Plate width is model dependent. Your options may differ
from those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “FEATURE
COMPARISONS,” on page 2
PLATE LENGTH
OPTIONS
9.842” to 37.873” or 250.0 mm to
961.9 mm
By picking a value, you set the plate length for test patterns.
Plate length is model dependent. Your options may differ from
those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “Feature Comparison,
MAKO System 4 and 4x Platesetters,” on page 2.
Plate length is model dependent. Your options may differ
from those listed above. See Table 1 - 1, “Feature
Comparison, MAKO System 4 and 4x Platesetters,” on
page 2
PLATE IS NOTCH REGISTERED
OPTIONS
YES or NO
By picking a selection, you set the alignment to be used for test
patterns. Punched plates are generally notch registered as
opposed to edge registered.
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NOTCH DEPTH
OPTIONS
0.000” to 1.000” or 00.0 mm to 25.4
mm
By picking a value, you set the notch depth for test patterns.
DISTANCE FROM NOTCH TO LEADING EDGE
OPTIONS
1.665” to 37.873” or 42.3 mm to 961.9
mm
This options specifies the distance from the leading edge of the
plate to the center of the notch that is closest to the leading edge.
This parameter is only for notch-registered plates.
EXPOSURE LEVEL
LIMITS
000 to 255
This menu entry sets the exposure level at the media. The higher
the number, the higher the exposure.
HORIZONTAL MAGNIFICATION
LIMITS
85.00% to 110.00%
Sets the size of the image in the horizontal direction from 85%
to 110% of nominal.
VERTICAL MAGNIFICATION
LIMITS
85.00% to 110.00%
Sets the size of the image in the vertical direction from 85% to
110% of nominal.
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Equipment Configuration Displays
These displays summarize the equipment configuration of the system.
If you call for service, your service provider may ask you to read the
content of the displays to him over the phone, before he goes to your
site to service your system.
To view the displays:
Step 1. Place the system in ONLINE mode.
Step 2. Press the Select key. The first display appears.
Step 3. Press the Select key again. The second display appears.
Step 4. Convey the information on the LCD to your service provider.
Step 5. Press the select key to clear the display and return to ONLINE
mode
ONLINE
SELECT
THE SCREENS DISPLAY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
ABOUT YOUR SYSTEM:
------------------ DISPLAY 1 ----------------MACHINE TYPE*
SYSTEM
CONFIGURATION
DISPLAY 1
SELECT
CONTROLLER P/N / MACHINE ID #
FIRMWARE
LASER POWER/FILM SENSITIVITY/OPTICAL EFFICIENCY
SYSTEM
CONFIGURATION
DISPLAY 2
---------------- DISPLAY 2 --------------OUTPUT TYPE
SELECT
SPINNER MOTOR
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Figure 2-6 Configuration Displays
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Display Messages
During operation, the system displays status messages about the
condition of the system and the progress of any jobs in process. The
status messages appear on the control display.
- The system is starting the spinner and
moving the plate to the recording start position.
PREPARING TO EXPOSE
EXPOSING IMAGE
- The system is now recording an image.
EJECTING PLATE -
Exposing is complete and the plate is being
ejected onto the plate transport.
- Plate has been ejected from the rollers
and is moving to the processor.
MOVING TO PROCESSOR
- Plate is on the transport and the leading
edge of the plate is moving into the processor.
FEEDING PROCESSOR
- Exposing is complete and the plate is being
ejected onto the plate transport.
EJECTING PLATE
ONLINE
- The normal operating mode for the system
- This message is accompanied by a progress
bar when preparing to start an image and the spinner motor is
STARTING SPINNER
- Test Patterns mode has been selected in the Test
Patterns Menu and the system is ready to produce a test pattern. This
mode of operation should be used by qualified service technicians
only.
TEST PATTERNS
INITIALIZING -
The system is performing initialization functions
prior to going online.
Note: On a MAKO System 4, if the Pinch Roller bar is down, you
will be prompted to raise it during initialization.
WAITING FOR LASER -
The system is waiting for the laser to reach
its operating temperature.
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Running a Step Wedge Test
About the Step Wedge Test
The step wedge test is used to calibrate the exposure setting to
match the plate and the processor chemistry. The test applies to
photopolymer plates only.
The test involves taping a step-wedge test strip on the plate,
exposing the plate, and evaluating the resultant test image as
explained below.
Note: ECRM strongly recommends new processor chemistry be
used to process step-wedge test plates.
The figure below shows a step-wedge test strip. It happens to have
15 steps. Some test strips have fewer than 15 steps, whereas others
have more.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
On any given test strip, the first step is virtually clear, the last step
is virtually black, and steps in between are of varying density, with
each step being darker than the preceding (lower-numbered) step.
Figure 2-7 Example Step-Wedge Test Strip
When the test strip is taped over the plate, “clear” step 1 allows
virtually all of the energy in the imaging beam to hit the plate, step
2 slightly less energy, step 3 still less energy, etc.
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7
8
9
10
11
12
7
8
9
10
11
12
15
6
6
15
5
5
14
4
4
14
3
3
13
2
2
13
1
1
5
On a typical test plate, the lower-numbered wedge steps are
completely imaged (very dark), the higher-numbered steps are
barely imaged (very light/clear), and one or two transition steps
between the dark and light areas are partially imaged.
Figure 2-8 Typical Step-Wedge Test Plate Image
The distribution of dark steps, transition steps, and light step varies
depending on the platesetter’s exposure setting, the plate type being
used, and the state of the processor chemistry.
Prepare a plate for the test
Step 1. Obtain a step wedge test strip.
Note: ECRM recommends using a Fuji 15-step “T” step wedge
test strip (ECRM PH0388) on Fuji plates, and a Stouffer 21step wedge (ECRM PH0389) on all other plates.
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Step 2. Center the test strip on the plate 6 inches (15.2 cm) back from the
leading edge, as shown below. Be sure to use two pieces of
tape. Make sure the emulsion side of the step wedge faces the
emulsion side of the plate.
Leading Edge
of Plate
TAPE
STEP WEDGE
TEST STRIP
Centerline of Plate
6 inches
15.2 cm
TAPE
Figure 2-9 Step Wedge Test Strip Placement
Run the Step Wedge Test Pattern
Step 1. At the control panel, press MENU and then repeatedly press
SELECT until the “Test Patterns” Menu displays.
Step 2. Press NEXT, and then press SELECT to Enable.
Step 3. Press NEXT, and then repeatedly press SELECT until the Step
Wedge pattern displays. Then, press NEXT again.
Step 4. Set Horizontal resolution to the required resolution.
Step 5. Set Vertical resolution to the required resolution.
Step 6. Set Exposure to the value you wish to expose the wedge (range is
0-255.)
Step 7. Set plate source to Manual.
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Step 8. Set Plate Thickness to the plate thickness being used.
Step 9. Set Plate Width to the plate width being used.
Step 10. Set Plate Length to the plate length being used.
Step 11. Set Magnification Horizontal to the magnification being used (normally 100%).
Step 12. Set Magnification Vertical to the magnification being used (normally 100%).
Step 13. Select MENU.
Step 14. Press the SELECT key to begin exposing the test plate.
The system exposes 100% of the first 8 inches of the plate at
the exposure setting selected. After exposure, the plate moves
onto the transport belt and advances until the leading edge of the
plate is detected by the transport exit sensor. The transport then
stops, the warning light on the top cover flashes, and a prompt to
open the transport cover and remove the step wedge displays on
the control panel.
Note: Note: In step wedge test pattern mode, the machine will not
beep or report cover interlock open messages.
Step 15. On the front panel, press OK. The transport feeds the plate into
the processor.
Step 16. Process the plate.
Step 17. Evaluate the output.
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Evaluating the Output
Step 1. Refer to the
sidebar at the
right. It defines
terms we will
use later.
Step 2. Examine your
test plate to see
where the Solid,
Tail, and Clear
steps are
located.
STEP WEDGE SCALE
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
No brush marks appear.
Solid Step # may be visible.
Approximately 50%
Tail* exposure of area. Brush
marks visible.
Some minimal ghosting
Clear may appear.
Step 3. Refer to the
* Sometimes called Ghost or Scum, Tail steps
table below for
exhibit only partial exposure of the plate.
exposure step
wedge values for
Figure 2-10
several popular
plate types.
The values shown in the table are for an ideal testing environment. Plate lot, plate age, processing conditions, and processor
chemistry can have a dramatic effect on step wedge results.
Always check these factors if your step wedge test results significantly differ from those shown in the table.
Plate
Manufacturer
Plate
Product Name
Step Wedge
Test Strip
Step Wedge Values
when Exposure is Correct
Fuji
LP-NV
PH0388
Solid 3, Scum 4 or 5
Lastra
LV-2
PH0389
Solid Step 3 to 4+, Tail 5 and up
KPG
Violet Plate
PH0389
Light tail 5
Agfa
N91V
PH0389
Solid 3, Scum 5
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7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
4
4
6
3
3
5
2
2
5
1
1
Step 4. Example Figure 2-11 below shows how Fuji LP-NV test plates
look for different exposure settings. Use the figure as a guide for
evaluating your test output. If necessary, increase/decrease the
platesetter’s exposure setting and then run another wedge test.
A
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
2
2
3
1
1
CORRECT EXPOSURE SETTING
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
B
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
4
4
5
3
2
2
3
1
1
EXPOSURE SETTING TOO HIGH
C
EXPOSURE SETTING TOO LOW
Figure 2-11
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Media Handling
Media Specifications
L = Length
3
W = Width
Configurations
•Prepunched Press Grooves or
•Edge Register
Media Thicknesses
•
•
•
•
•
5.5 mil (0.14mm)
6 mil (0.15 mm)
8 mil (0.20mm)
10 mil (0.25mm)
12 mil (0.30mm)
MEDIA
Figure 3-1 Media Orientation
Plate Sizes
PLATE SIZE (MM)
SYSTEM
Maximum
Edge Register
Maximum
Notch Register
Minimum
Edge Register
MAKO 2 CTP
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 2X CTP
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
615 mm (W) x 745 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 4 CTP
560 mm (W) x 670 mm (L)
615 mm (W) x 745 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO 4X CTP
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
660 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
MAKO NEWS CTP
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
635 mm (W) x 960 mm (L)
228 mm (W) x 252 mm (L)
Safelight Requirement
The platesetter is designed to be operated in a safelight
environment. All media handling must be done under safelight
conditions.
Safe working time varies with manufacturer. See the plate
manufacturer’s specification for safelight recommendations.
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Installing and Removing the Pin Bar
The pin bar provides alignment points that insure accurate plate
registration.
There are two types of pin bars: notch-registered and edgeregistered. Notch-registered pin bars are for registering plates that
are punched with a specific notch pattern. The edge-registered pin
bar is used to edge register a plate. Typically, notch registration
provides more consistent registration than edge registration.
Note: The platesetter does not “know” which pin bar is loaded. It
is up to you to make sure the pin bar is appropriate for the
plate that is being used.
The pin bar is located in a channel on the left side of the input tray.
PINCH ROLLER
BAR
Note: MAKO 2x, MAKO 4x
and MAKO NEWS models do
not have a pinch roller bar.
CHANNEL
INPUT TRAY
PIN BAR
Figure 3-2 Pin Bar Location
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Figure 3-3 shows the main parts of the pin bar. The alignment pin
helps keep the pin bar in proper alignment with the rest of the
media handling system. The latch at the other end of the pin bar
locks the bar in place in the channel.
LATCH
ALIGNMENT PIN
REGISTRATION PINS
Figure 3-3 Pin Bar
Installing a Pin Bar
Step 1. If necessary, remove the existing pin bar as explained in
“Removing a Pin Bar” on page 41.
Step 2. Hold the new pin bar with the latch end in your left hand and the
alignment pin end in your right hand.
Step 3. Look for the small hook at the front of the channel (see Figure 3-4
on Page 40).
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FRONT OF
CHANNEL
HOOK
Figure 3-4 Alignment Pin Hook
Step 4. Position the pin bar over the channel with the alignment-pin end at
the front of the channel and the latch at the back of the channel.
Step 5. Holding the pin bar at a 45-degree angle, snap the pin bar alignment pin into the hook as shown in Figure 3-5.
Step 6. Press down on the alignment pin so that it stays in the hook; then,
lower the other end the pin bar into the channel until the latch
snaps and locks the bar in place.
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Step 7. Firmly press the center of the pin bar down to insure it is properly
seated.
ALIGNMENT
PIN
HOOK
PIN BAR
CHANNEL
Figure 3-5 Setting the Alignment Pin in the Hook
Removing a Pin Bar
Step 1. Push the pin bar latch forward to disengage the latch.
Step 2. Lift the pin bar up by the latch until the bar is at about a 45 degree
angle.
Step 3. At the front of the pin bar, disengage the alignment pin from the
hook in the channel.
Step 4. Carefully remove the pin bar and store it in a safe place.
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Loading Media
CtServer will request a pin bar and plate to be loaded, and the
platesetter will prompt you to load the plate. One of the following
prompts appears on the control panel LCD:
LOAD A PLATE
<plate name>
<bar name>
This message indicates that the next plate to be imaged is the same
as the preceding plate. It is a prompt for you to load the same
kind of plate that was just imaged.
LOAD A NEW PLATE
<plate name>
<bar name>
This message indicates that the next plate to be imaged is different
than previous plate, but that it uses the same pin bar. It is a prompt
for you to load the new (different) type plate.
VERIFY BAR AND LOAD
<plate name>
<bar name>
The meaning of this message depends on when it appears during the
CtServer (host computer) session.
When the session is first opened, it is a prompt for you to ensure
that the correct pin bar is installed before loading the first plate,
and then to load the plate.
Subsequently in the session, the message indicates that the next
plate to be imaged is different than the preceding plate AND
requires a different pin bar. Thus, it is a prompt for you to change
the pin bar and load the new (different) plate.
The technique used for loading plates is a key in achieving good
plate registration. Always handle and position the plate gently and
carefully. Thin plates are especially susceptible to dings and dents.
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PINCH ROLLER BAR*
(Not present in MAKO 2x, MAKO 4x
and MAKO NEWS models)
POWER SWITCH
MEDIA TRANSPORT
CONTROL PANEL
PIN BAR
INPUT TRAY
FAN FILTER
BACK
PEDESTAL
FRONT
* MAKO 4x and MAKO NEWS models have an automatic pinch mechanism.
Figure 3-6 External View of the System
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Loading Edge-registered Plates in a MAKO 2 or MAKO 4
Step 1. Face the front of the
platesetter.
Note: For instructions for loading an
edge-registered plate in a system
with an automatic pinch mechanism,
refer to“Loading Edge-registered
Plates in a MAKO 2x, MAKO 4x or
MAKO NEWS System” on page 49.
Step 2. Raise the pinch roller bar
to open the pinch rollers. Be sure the pinch
roller is fully raised. If
it is not, the green
Expose LED on the control panel will not light.
Step 3. Verify the requested pin bar is loaded. If it is not, change the pin
bar.
Step 4. Place the requested plate on the input tray.
Step 5. Push the plate to the left (Figure 3-7, “A”) so that the edge of the
plate contacts the registration pins in the pin bar.
PINCH ROLLERS
REGISTRATION
PIN
PIN BAR
EDGE
OF PLATE
A
REGISTRATION
PIN
PLATE
B
Figure 3-7 Loading Edge-registered Plates
Step 6. Push the plate forward into the platesetter (Figure 3-7, “B”) until
you feel it make contact with a third registration pin that is inside
the platesetter.
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Step 7. Gently adjust the position of the plate as needed to get the green
Expose LED to come on and stay on. This shows the plate is
maintaining contact with all 3 registration pins (the 2 on the pin
bar, plus the 1 inside the platesetter).
If the LED goes out, you have lost pin contact. Move the plate
out and to the right slightly, and then back in and to the left until
the green LED stays on. Be careful to not apply so much pressure to the plate that the registration pins dent the plate. Use one
finger/thumb to apply minimal pressure to the center of the plate.
Note: If the green LED is not staying illuminated, the pin bar
may not be fully seated.
Remove and reinstall the pin
bar, following the instructions above.
GREEN LED
Step 8. Holding the plate in position,
lower the pinch roller bar. The
green light will remain on if
pin contact has been maintained and the platesetter will
prompt for the OK button to
be pressed to start imaging.
EXPOSE
ATTENTION ERROR
PREV
NEXT
OK
MENU
SELECT
CANCEL
OK
Figure 3-8
Note: If the green LED does not stay illuminated, open the pinch
roller bar and go back to Step 5.
Step 9. Press the OK button. Imaging begins.
CAUTION - Never raise the pinch roller bar while a plate is being
exposed. Doing so will cause the plate to jam inside the platesetter. For
details, refer to ““Clearing Misfeeds, Manual Pinch Mechanism” on
page 58”.
Step 10. After the plate is imaged, it is automatically transported from the
platesetter to the on-line processor via the media transport.
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Loading Notch-registered Plates in a MAKO 2 or MAKO 4
Step 1. Face the input tray.
Step 2. Raise the pinch roller bar
to open the pinch rollers. Be sure the pinch
roller is fully raised. If
it is not, the green
Expose LED will not
light.
Note: For instructions for loading an
edge-registered plate in a system
with an automatic pinch mechanism,
refer to“Loading Notch-registered
Plates in a MAKO 2x, MAKO 4x, or
MAKO NEWS System” on page 51.
Step 3. Verify the requested pin bar is loaded. If it is not, change the pin
bar.
Step 4. Place the requested plate on the input tray.
Step 5. Position the plate so that both notches in the plate fully engage the
two registration pins on the pin bar (see Figure 3-9 on Page 47).
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PINCH ROLLERS
REGISTRATION PIN
NOTCH
PIN BAR
PLATE
PIN BAR
REGISTRATION PIN
Figure 3-9 Loading Notch-registered Plates.
Step 6. Watch for the green Expose LED to come on and stay on. This
shows the plate is maintaining contact with the pins.
If the LED goes out, you have lost pin contact. Move the plate
slightly away from the registration pins and then back against
them again until the green LED stays on. Be careful to not apply
so much pressure to the plate that the registration pins dent the
plate. Use one finger/thumb to apply minimal pressure to the
center of the plate while lifting the plate slightly.
Note: If the green LED is not staying illuminated, the pin bar may
not be fully seated. Remove and reinstall the pin bar, following the instructions above.
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Step 7. Holding the plate in position, lower the pinch roller bar. The green
light will remain on if pin contact has been maintained and the
platesetter will prompt for the OK button to be pressed to start
imaging.
Note: If the green LED does not stay illuminated, open the pinch
roller bar and go back to Step 5.
Step 8. Press the OK button. The plate will be backed up to properly position the leading edge for exposing.
Step 9. After the plate is imaged, it will automatically be transported out
of the platesetter and into the on-line processor.
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Loading Edge-registered Plates in a MAKO 2x, MAKO
4x or MAKO NEWS System
Step 1. Face the front of the
platesetter.
Note: For instructions for loading an
edge-registered plate in a system
with a manually operated pinch
mechanism, refer to“Loading Edgeregistered Plates in a MAKO 2 or
MAKO 4” on page 44.
Step 2. Verify the requested pin
bar is loaded. If not,
change the pin bar.
Step 3. Place the requested plate
on the input tray.
Note: Always handle and position the plate gently and carefully.
Thin plates are especially susceptible to dings and dents.
Step 4. Push the plate to the left so that the edge of the plate contacts the
registration pins in the pin bar (see “A” in Figure 3-10).
PINCH ROLLERS
“THIRD”
REGISTRATION
PIN
A
PIN BAR
EDGE OF
PLATE
REGISTRATION
PIN
PLATE
B
Figure 3-10 Loading Edge-registered Plates
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Step 5. Push the plate forward (“B” in Figure 3-10) until it comes into contact with a third registration pin that is inside the platesetter.
Step 6. Gently adjust the position of the plate until the green “Expose”
LED stops blinking and stays on steady. (Steady on indicates the
plate is making contact with all the registration pins).
Step 7. The platesetter automatically lowers the pinch rollers.
Note: The platesetter will not lower the pinch rollers until electronics sensors report that the plate is making good contact with all the registration pins.
If the pin bar isn’t properly seated in its mount, the sensors
may not operate correctly and the platesetter may not
close the pinch rollers. If you load a plate that it is making
good contact with the registration pins but the pinch rollers don’t close, try re-seating the pin bar.
After the pinch rollers close, the
platesetter does either of the
following, depending on the setting of
the Automatically Begin Imaging
After Pinching menu option:
See “User Preferences
Menu” on page 13. for more
about the Automatically
Begin
Imaging
After
Pinching menu option.
•automatically begins imaging the plate,
or
• displays a “PRESS OK TO BEGIN” prompt on the control
panel display.
Step 8. If the prompt appears, press the OK button.
Step 9. After the plate is imaged, it is automatically transported to the online processor via the media transport.
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Loading Notch-registered Plates in a MAKO 2x, MAKO
4x, or MAKO NEWS System
Step 1. Face the input tray.
Step 2. Verify the requested pin
bar is loaded. If it is
not, change the pin bar.
Step 3. Place the requested plate
on the input tray.
Note: For instructions for loading a
notch-registered plate in a system
with a manually operated pinch
mechanism, refer to“Loading Notchregistered Plates in a MAKO 2 or
MAKO 4” on page 46.
Step 4. Position the plate so that both notches in the plate fully engage the
two registration pins on the pin bar (see Figure 3-11).
PINCH ROLLERS
REGISTRATION PIN
NOTCH
PIN BAR
PLATE
PIN BAR
REGISTRATION PIN
Figure 3-11 Loading Notch-registered Plates.
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Step 5. Gently adjust the position of the plate until the green “Expose”
LED stops blinking and stays on steady. (“Steady” on indicates
the plate is making contact with all the registration pins).
Step 6. The platesetter automatically lowers the pinch rollers.
Note: The platesetter will not lower the pinch rollers until electronics sensors report that the plate is making good contact with all the registration pins.
If the pin bar isn’t properly seated in its mount, the sensors
may not operate correctly and the platesetter may not
close the pinch rollers. If you load a plate that it is making
good contact with the registration pins but the pinch rollers don’t close, try re-seating the pin bar.
After the pinch rollers close, the
platesetter does either of the following,
depending on the setting of the
Automatically Begin Imaging After
Pinching menu option:
See “User Preferences
Menu” on page 13. for more
about the Automatically
Begin
Imaging
After
Pinching menu option.
•
automatically begins imaging the plate, or
•
displays a “PRESS OK TO BEGIN” prompt on the control
panel display.
Step 7. If the prompt appears, press the OK button.
Step 8. After the plate is imaged, it is automatically transported to the online processor via the media transport.
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Maintenance and
Troubleshooting
4
Introduction
This chapter discusses:
•
General Maintenance
•
Moving the System
General Maintenance
This chapter explains how to keep the system in clean, working
order. Remember to shut the power off to the machine prior to
performing any internal maintenance procedures. Use only the
recommended cleaner. Make sure the cleaning supplies are free of
lint and dirt.
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PINCH ROLLER BAR
(NOT PRESENT IN MAKO 2X, MAKO 4X
AND MAKO NEWS)
CONTROL PANEL
PIN BAR
POWER SWITCH
MEDIA TRANSPORT
OUTPUT SENSOR
INPUT SENSOR
(NOT PRESENT IN MAKO 2 AND MAKO 4)
INPUT TRAY
BACK
PEDESTAL
FRONT
POWER CORD
FAN FILTER
Figure 4-1 System Details
Cleaning the System
Clean the outside of the system and the pin bar with any mild
detergent in clean water using a soft, cotton cloth. Don’t use
abrasive cleansers or chemical cleansers.
Cleaning the Fan Filters
Two filtered fans run at all times to maintain an air flow inside the
machine. Both fans use a 3.6” x 3.6” aluminum filter like the one
shown in the next figure. (ECRM P/N FF0087).
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The filters can become clogged
with dust and other debris if it is
not cleaned regularly. A clogged
filter can result in the loss of
internal pressure and increase
the possibility of a system
malfunction. Clean the filters
whenever they show signs of
contamination with dust or other
debris
Here’s how to remove and
replace a filter:
Figure 4-2
Step 1. Turn the power switch off.
Step 2. From inside the pedestal, reach up and under the machine where
the on/off switch is located. See Figure 4-3.
Step 3. Place your fingers on the filter. It has a corrugated feel.
Step 4. Gently push the filter toward the outside of the machine until the
filter protrudes from the slot shown below.
ON/OFF
SWITCH
FAN FILTER
SLOT
PEDESTAL
Figure 4-3 Fan Filter Removal
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Step 5. Pull the filter out of its slot.
Step 6. Wash the filter in mild, soapy water, rinse in clean water and dry.
Step 7. Place the filter back into the slot.
Step 8. Push the filter, from the outside, until it is completely in the
machine.
Step 9. From inside the pedestal, gently push the filter to the middle of the
machine until it is fully seated in the holder.
Step 10. Repeat steps 1 through 10 above for the other filter, which is
located on the opposite side of the system.
Cleaning the Front Drive Roller
Cleaning the roller will cut down on the contaminants running
through the media system. Dirty rollers can cause contamination of
the media.
Step 1. If the system has a pinch roller bar, raise it to “open” position.
Step 2. Use the User Maintenance Menu to run the media rollers.
Step 3. Sparingly apply “Fantastik” (ECRM HB2456) to a clean, lint-free
wipe.
Step 4. As the rollers turn, gently wipe both the front and back rollers with
the cloth, being careful to not ‘catch’ the cloth in the rollers. Do
not touch the rollers with bare hands. The oils and dirt will contaminate the rollers.
Step 5. After wiping with “Fantastik,” sparingly apply isopropyl alcohol
to a clean, lint-free wipe.
Step 6. As the rollers turn, gently wipe both the front and back rollers with
the cloth, being careful to not ‘catch’ the cloth in the rollers. Do
not touch the rollers with bare hands. The oils and dirt will con-
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taminate the rollers.
Step 7. If water fails to remove the gum, use ECRM PH0046 roller
cleaner. (Do NOT use alcohol or a general purpose cleaner to
clean the rollers.)
Step 8. Exit the User Maintenance Menu.
Cleaning the Back Drive Roller
The rear media roller is not accessible to an operator. The next time
you have the system serviced, ask your service provider to clean the
rear roller.
Cleaning the Pinch Rollers
The next time you have the system serviced, ask your service
provider to clean the pinch rollers.
Cleaning the Input Sensor
Systems with an automatic pinch mechanism have an input sensor
located beneath the input tray (see Figure 4-1).
Clean the sensor by gently rubbing the sensor with a cotton tip swab
moistened with isopropyl alcohol to remove any debris buildup.
Cleaning the Media Transport Output Sensor
Step 1. Using a cotton tip swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol, gently
rub the output sensor (see Figure 4-1) to remove any debris
buildup.
Cleaning the Media Transport Belts
Step 1. Use the User Maintenance Menu to run the transport.
Step 2. Using a lint-free cloth moistened with “Fantastik” (ECRM
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HB2456), remove debris from the belt (see Figure 4-1).
Step 3. Using a second lint-free cloth moistened with alcohol, rub down
the belt.
Clearing Misfeeds, Manual Pinch Mechanism
Two methods for clearing a misfeed are presented below.
Use Method 1 if you are using a notch-registered pin bar in a
system with a manual pinch mechanism. Otherwise, use Method
2.
Method 1 (for System 4 models only)
Step 1. Lift the pinch roller bar to open the roller.
Step 2. Carefully pull the jammed media out of the rollers.
Step 3. Press the OK button on the control panel.
Step 4. Resume normal operation.
Method 2
When an edge-registered pin bar is used, a third “internal”
registration pin is activated. The location of this pin (which you can
feel but not see when you load a plate) is shown below in Figure 44. The pin moves up into the media path when the pinch mechanism
is raised, and it drops below the media path when the mechanism is
lowered.
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INTERNAL
REGISTRATION PIN
REAR
PINCH ROLLER
FRONT
PINCH ROLLER
REGISTRATION PIN
PLATE
PIN BAR
REGISTRATION PIN
NOTE
The Internal Registration Pin goes
up when the Pinch Roller Bar is
raised and goes down when the
Pinch Roller Bar is lowered.
Figure 4-4 Internal Registration Pin
During imaging, the registration pin is below the plate’s path of
travel.
If a misfeed or a power failure happens to occur and the plate gets
“hung up” in the machine with a manual pinch mechanism, you are
advised not to raise the pinch roller bar. Doing so will raise the
registration pin. If the plate happens to be positioned over the
registration pin (Figure 4-5 View B), when the pin comes up
and it will bend or dent the plate.
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INTERNAL
REGISTRATION
PIN
PLATE
VIEW A
Plate not over the pin
PLATE
VIEW B
Plate over the pin
Figure 4-5 Plate Positions over the Registration Pin
To insure against this happening, use the following procedure to
remove the plate:
Step 1. Do not raise the pinch roller bar or power off the machine.
Step 2. Use the control panel PREV and NEXT buttons as follows to
extract the plate:
•
Press the PREV button to effect a movement of the plate toward
the front of the machine, and then press the button again to stop
the movement.
•
Press the NEXT button to effect a movement of the plate toward
the back of the machine, and then press the button again to stop
the movement.
Step 3. Exercise the PREV and NEXT buttons as required until the plate
out all the way of the machine.
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Step 4. Press the OK button. This turns off the blinking error light and
clears the the error message from the display.
Step 5. Resume normal operation.
Moving the System
When installing or moving the system, you must level the system at
its new location as explained below. See Figure 4-6 for the location
of the leveling feet in the pedestal.
Step 1. Unplug the power cable from the (wall) outlet. Leaving one end of
the cable plugged into the platesetter, gently coil the power cable
and store it on the shelf in the pedestal.
Step 2. Disconnect the USB cable from the PC attached to the Mako CTP.
Leaving the USB cable connected to the platesetter, gently coil
the power cable and store it on the shelf in the pedestal.
LEVELING FEET
Figure 4-6 Levelling Feet Location
Step 3. Retract all four levelling feet so the system rides on its wheels and
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place the system in its new location.
Step 4. Turn all four levelling feet of the platesetter down until they just
touch the floor.
Step 5. Continue to turn leveling feet until the system is level, front to
back and side to side.
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A
AUDIO ALERTS menu item 17
AUTOMATICALLY BEGIN IMAGING AFTER
PINCHING menu item 20
B
BAR SPACING menu item 24
BAR WIDTH menu item 24
C
CANCEL key 15
Cleaning 57
back media rollers 57
fan filters 54
front media rollers 56
media transport belt 57
media transport output sensor 57
system exterior 54
Clearing misfeeds 58
Control panel 6
Controller board, part number 22
Controller ID 29
CtServer software
functions of, 3
overriding control panel settings, 4
user’s guide, 4
D
DISPLAY ERROR LOG menu item 22
DISPLAY LASER LOG menu item 22
Display messages 30
DISTANCE FROM NOTCH TO LEADING EDGE
menu item 28
E
ENTER key 15
Environmental specifications 8
Equipment configuration
displays 29
EXPOSURE LEVEL menu item 28
Exposure, setting 28, 31
F
Fan filters 54
avoid grasping, 7
location of, 7
removing 55
replacing 56
Firmware, version of 22
H
Heat, see System specifications
HORIZONTAL MAGNIFICATION menu item 17,
28
HORIZONTAL RESOLUTION menu item 26
I
Identification label, location of 11
IGNORE LASER TEMPERATURE ERRORS
menu item 19
IMAGE LENGTH menu item 26
IMAGE OFFSET (VERTICAL) menu item 26
IMAGE OFFSET menu item 19, 20, 21
INDEXING IS ENABLED menu item 21
Input tray 6
J
Jams, see Clearing misfeeds
L
l 44
Laser
classifiication, 9
power of, 29
safety concerns, 9
warning, 9
LEDs
green 15
does not light, 44
does not stay on, 45
red 15
yellow 15
Loading plates see Plate (loading)
M
Magnification 17
MAKO CTP series
systems included in, 1
Media transport
disabling operation of, 20
function of, 7
Menus
accessing, 14
setting parameters in, 16
Test Patterns Menu 24
User Maintenance Menu 22
User Preference Menu 17
Models, differences between 1
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N
NEXT key 15
NOTCH DEPTH menu item 28
NUMBER OF PLATES menu item 24
O
ONLY 1 PIN BAR IN USE menu item 19
OVERLAP OUTPUTTING AND IMAGING menu
item 19
P
Parameter settings
CtServer vs. control panel, 4
Parameters, setting 16
Pedestal 7
Pin bar
ensuring the correct one is used, 38
function of, 5
installing a, 38
not seated correctly 47
ordering an additional, 6
types of, 6, 38
Pinch roller bar
guidelines for using, 6
purpose of, 6
Pinch rollers
fail to automatically close (System 4x) 52
function of, 6
Plate
loading a notch-registered plate
in
MAKO 4x or MAKO
NEWS 51
in the MAKO 2 or MAKO 4 46
loading an edge-registered plate
in
MAKO 4x or MAKO
NEWS 49
in the MAKO 2 or MAKO 4 44
sizes 37
thicknesses 37
PLATE IN NOTCH REGISTERED menu item 27
PLATE LENGTH menu item 27
PLATE WIDTH menu item 27
Power conditioner
functions of, 4
required use of, 4
Power cord receptacle 5
Power switch
function of, 5
location of, 5
PRE-IMAGE SETTLE TIME menu item 21
PROCESSOR SPEED menu item 19
PROGRAM VERSION menu item 22
R
REGISTRATION DELAY BEFORE PINCHING
PLATE menu item 20
Registration pins
operation of the "hidden" pin 58
the third "hidden" pin 50
the third "hidden" pin, 58
Regulatory information 10
REVERSE IMAGE POLARITY menu item 24
RUN MEDIA ROLLERS menu item 22
RUN TRANSPORT menu item 22
S
Safelight requirement 8, 37
SELECT key 15
Sending a job 13
Shutting down the system 14
Specifications, see System specifications
Spinner motor 29
START key 15
Starting the system 13
Step wedge test 31
purpose of, 31
test strip, 32
STOP key 15
System components
diagram of, 3
list of, 3
System specifications
ac power, 8
heat dissipation, 8
humidity, 8
temperature, 8
T
TEST PATTERN MODE menu item 24
TEST PATTERN TYPE menu item 24
TEST PATTERNS menu 24
TEST PATTERNS menu item 24
U
UNITS OF MEASURE menu item 17
USE THE PLATELINE INTERFACE menu
item 20
USE TRANSPORT AS AN OUTPUT TRAY menu
item 20
USER MAINTENANCE menu 22
USER PREFERENCE menu 17
V
VERTICAL MAGNIFICATION menu item 17, 28
VERTICAL RESOLUTION menu item 26
W
WAITING FOR LASER message 30
Warm-up period 5, 13
Warranty issues 4
Workstation
function of, 3
operating instructions for, 3
NOTES
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