ProtoTRAK EMX Offline Programming Manual

ProtoTRAK EMX Offline Programming Manual
Offline Programming Manual
For CNC models:
Document: P/N 26065
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2615 Homestead Place
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-5610 USA
T | 310.608.4422 | F | 310. 764.2668
Service Department: 800.367.3165
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While every effort has been made to include all the information required for the
purposes of this guide, Southwestern Industries, Inc. assumes no responsibility
for inaccuracies or omission and accepts no liability for damages resulting from
the use of the information contained in this guide.
All brand names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders.
Southwestern Industries, Inc.
2615 Homestead Place
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-5610
Phn 310.608.4422 ‹ Fax 310.764.2668
Service Department
Phn 800.367.3165
Fax 310.886.8029
1.0 Introduction
The ProtoTRAK Offline Programming System allows you to write, edit, and inspect programs for
your ProtoTRAK using most standard IBM compatible computers.
Programming with the Offline system is essentially the same as programming through the
ProtoTRAK keyboard with a few differences. This manual will provide installation instructions for
the offline and highlight the differences in programming between using the offline and the
control pendant. The basic programming instruction is left to the programming, operating, and
care manual you received with your ProtoTRAK CNC.
2.0 Offline Computer Requirements
The ProtoTRAK Offline is designed to run on an IBM compatible PC, Pentium II or higher, 256 MB
RAM, and at least 10 MB hard disk free space. The software will run on Windows 98, Windows
ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
You may need to install Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or later in order for certain
features to work properly. The site is located at:
From there, click on the Downloads link, and then click on .NET Framework version 2.0. They
have the standard download (x86) that works for most Windows operating systems, ranging
from Windows 98 to Windows Vista. They also have a version specifically meant for 64-bit
operating systems (x64).
At the time of print, the only features that are dependant on this are the context help windows.
3.0 Installing the ProtoTRAK Offline Programming System
If you purchased the USB Memory option along with the ProtoTRAK EMX / ELX, then the offline
software is included within the USB thumb drive. You can run the software from the thumb
drive, or copy it to a folder within your hard drive if you prefer.
Otherwise, you can go to and download the latest version of
the EMX / ELX offline software.
Follow the instructions from the webpage to properly install the software onto your PC (this will
change as time goes on).
4.0 Programming with ProtoTRAK Offline
Programming System
To use your ProtoTRAK Offline software on your computer, open the directory that you chose to
copy the software into, and double click on the file PTOL-user Interface.exe. You may want to
create a shortcut icon on your desktop, if you prefer.
The ProtoTRAK Offline will begin and you will see a screen that looks like Figure 4.0 below.
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Figure 4.0 The first
Offline Screen.
The offline software is able to accommodate both the EMX and ELX controls.
The softkey selections may be made either with your computer's mouse or using the function (F)
keys on the keyboard. For example, pressing F5 will allow you to either “Go To Mill,” or “Go To
LATHE” to emulate either of the controls.
The next section will give you the keyboard equivalents for the hard keys on the ProtoTRAK CNC
To quit the ProtoTRAK Offline application press the PAUSE BREAK key on your computer
keyboard. Be sure to save programs and tools before quitting. If the ProtoTRAK does not
respond to the PAUSE BREAK key press, it could be that you inadvertently deselected the
ProtoTRAK window. Simply mouse click anywhere within the ProtoTRAK screen and press PAUSE
BREAK again.
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4.1 ProtoTRAK EMX / ELX Keyboard Equivalents
Alt + G
Alt + S
Numbers 0 - 9
5 Menu Softkeys
F1 – F5
Alt + I
Alt + A or Enter
Alt + M or ESC key
Numbers 0 - 9
+ and -, default is
Alt + [
Alt + ]
Alt + L
Alt + Backspace
Alt + up arrow
Alt + down arrow
Alt + H
Alt + B
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4.2 Proto TRAK ELX Keyboard Equivalents
5.0 Opening / Saving Programs using the
EMX / ELX offline software
The EMX / ELX offline software saves and retrieves files from the two different folders within the location
where the offline software was copied to.1 So, for example, if the offline software was copied to a
PT6OFFLINE folder within the C drive, the location of the stored MX2 files would be
When you wish to transfer these files to your ProtoTRAK EMX or ELX control, you will first need to copy
them onto a USB thumbdrive.2 From there, you can take the thumb drive over to your ProtoTRAK EMX /
ELX and run a service code 341 to transfer all the files into the ProtoTRAK’s internal storage.
If you purchased the USB MEMORY option along with your ProtoTRAK EMX / ELX, the offline software is
included within the thumb drive. The default storage directory is ready to use with your ProtoTRAK EMX
/ ELX control.
The “Programs” folder contains the mill part programs while the lathe part programs are stored in “Lathe
Programs” folder.
The easiest way to do this is to copy over the desired folder to the root directory of the USB thumbdrive.
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TRAK Warranty Policy
TRAK products are warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in work-manship and
materials for the following periods:
Warranty Period
Factory Labor
1 Year
1 Year
90 Days
90 Days
The warranty period starts on the date of the invoice to the original purchaser from Southwestern
Industries, Inc. (SWI) or their authorized distributor.
If a unit under warranty fails, it will be repaired or exchanged at our option for a properly functioning unit
in similar or better condition. Such repairs or exchanges will be made FOB Factory/Los Angeles or the
location of our nearest factory representative or authorized distributor.
Disclaimers of Warranties
• This warranty is expressly in lieu of any other warranties, express or implied, including any
implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, and of any other
obligations or liability on the part of SWI (or any producing entity, if different).
Warranty repairs/exchanges do not cover incidental costs such as installation, labor, freight, etc.
SWI is not responsible for consequential damages from use or misuse of any of its products.
TRAK products are precision mechanical/electromechanical measurement systems and must be
given the reasonable care that these types of instruments require:
Replacement of chip scrapers and wipers is the responsibility of the customer. Consequently, the
warranty does not apply if chips have been allowed to enter the mechanism.
Accidental damage, beyond the control of SWI, is not covered by the warranty. Thus, the
warranty does not apply if an instrument has been abused, dropped, hit, disassembled or
Improper installation by or at the direction of the customer in such a way that the product consequently
fails, is considered to be beyond the control of the manufacturer and outside the scope of the warranty.
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