ITech Centra Manual

Manual Date August 2010
Centra user manual for build 12-F or later software
Copyright 2009-10 – Allen Datagraph Systems Inc – All Rights reserved
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Table of Contents
1 Warranty......................................................................................................................... 5
2 Technical Support...........................................................................................................5
3 Installation.......................................................................................................................6
4 Setting up your i-TECH Cypher Digital Label System...............................................6
4.1 Installation of Cypher Epson printer/InFeed/Takeup................................................ 6
4.1.1 Setup printer base...............................................................................................6
4.1.2 Power .................................................................................................................7
4.1.1 Plug in the Equipment........................................................................................ 7
4.1.2 Epson CD-Rom...................................................................................................8
4.1.3 Test Print............................................................................................................ 8
4.2 Installing Wasatch SoftRIP........................................................................................8
4.2.1 Wasatch CD-Rom .............................................................................................. 8
4.2.2 Setting up the 4880 in Wasatch.......................................................................... 8
4.2.3 Test Print............................................................................................................ 8
4.2.4 Installing Color Profiles and Settings................................................................ 9
4.3 i-TECH Centra Installation........................................................................................9
4.3.1 Setup DFS on stand............................................................................................ 9
4.3.2 Power .................................................................................................................9
4.3.3 Connection to PC............................................................................................. 10
4.3.4 Allen Datagraph CD-Rom................................................................................10
4.3.5 Software Updates..............................................................................................11
5 Operation of the i-TECH Centra Digital Label System............................................11
5.1 Setting up your label job..........................................................................................11
5.2 Explanation of SmartMarkTM.................................................................................12
5.3 Types of SmartMarkTM Scanning.......................................................................... 13
5.4 Designing Labels..................................................................................................... 14
5.4.1 Planning Label................................................................................................. 14
5.4.2 Using Adobe Illustrator....................................................................................15
5.4.3 Using CorelDraw............................................................................................. 16
5.5 Webbing the Cypher................................................................................................18
5.6 Printing your label....................................................................................................18
5.6.1 Loading File into Wasatch............................................................................... 18
5.6.2 Set paper width.................................................................................................19
5.6.3 Test print...........................................................................................................19
5.6.4 Load Label into Layout Tab............................................................................. 19
5.6.5 Print..................................................................................................................19
5.7 Webbing the Centra................................................................................................. 19
5.8 Media Mandrel Tension Controls............................................................................ 19
5.9 Cutting your label.................................................................................................... 20
5.9.1 Force and speed............................................................................................... 20
5.9.2 Test cut..............................................................................................................20
5.9.3 Lining up SmartMarkTM..................................................................................21
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5.9.4 Sending file with Illustrator..............................................................................21
5.9.4.1 Sending file with CorelDraw..................................................................... 21
5.9.4.2 Origin only.................................................................................................21
5.9.4.3 Sort Method............................................................................................... 21
5.9.4.4 Rotation .....................................................................................................21
5.9.4.5 Space between jobs....................................................................................22
5.9.4.6 Multiple pen output....................................................................................22
5.9.5 Cutting label..................................................................................................... 22
5.9.6 i-TECH Centra Remote Panels and LCD panel...............................................22
5.9.6.1 i-TECH Centra DFS remote panel.............................................................23
5.9.6.2 Action Menu.............................................................................................. 23
5.9.6.2.1 Save / Restore Calibration.................................................................. 23
5.9.6.2.2 Load / Save Settings from Cutter to File, .......................................... 23
5.9.6.3 Setup -> Main Menu..................................................................................23
5.9.6.3.1 State Tab............................................................................................. 24
5.9.6.3.2 Knife Settings Tab.............................................................................. 24
5.9.6.3.3 Rubber Tab..........................................................................................25
5.9.6.4 Setup -> Line Sensor .................................................................................25
5.9.6.4.1 Line Sensor Tab ............................................................................... 25
5.9.6.4.2 Skew Tab ........................................................................................... 27
5.9.6.4.3 Scale Tab ..........................................................................................27
5.9.6.5 Setup -> Settings Menu..............................................................................28
5.9.6.6 Setup -> Options Menu..............................................................................30
5.9.6.7 Joystick...................................................................................................... 30
5.9.6.8 Front panel of i-TECH Centra DFS...........................................................31
5.9.6.9 Mandrel switches.......................................................................................35
6 Maintenance & Consumables......................................................................................35
6.1 4880 Printer (refer to Epson Manual)...................................................................... 35
6.1.1 Substrates......................................................................................................... 35
6.2 i-TECH Centra DFS.................................................................................................35
6.2.1 Changing a blade............................................................................................. 35
6.2.2 Changing a cut strip......................................................................................... 37
6.2.3 Cleaning........................................................................................................... 37
6.2.4 Pinch Wheel Maintenance................................................................................37
6.2.5 Mechanical Adjustments...................................................................................38
6.3 Troubleshooting i-TECH Centra DFS..................................................................... 39
Appendix A – i-TECH remote panel Advanced Options............................................44
A.1 Enable Advanced Options.....................................................................................44
A.2 Action Menu......................................................................................................... 44
A.2.1 Send HPGL File.............................................................................................44
A.2.2 Cancel, Continue, Pause................................................................................44
A.2.3 Open Com Port ............................................................................................. 45
A.2.4 Close Com Port..............................................................................................45
A.2.5 Upload Firmware...........................................................................................45
A.2.5.1 Firmware Installation Instructions:.......................................................... 45
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A.2.6 Save to EEROM and Restore from EEROM.................................................. 45
A.3 Setup Menu........................................................................................................... 46
A.3.1 Main Menu..................................................................................................... 46
A.3.2 Setup -> Line Sensor Skew tab...................................................................... 47
A.3.3 Setup -> Line Sensor Scale tab......................................................................47
A.3.4 Setup -> Settings............................................................................................ 47
A.3.5 Setup -> Options............................................................................................ 48
A.3.6 Setup → Dynamic Force ...............................................................................48
A.4 Diagnostics............................................................................................................49
A.4.1 How to run Diagnostics................................................................................. 49
A.4.1.1 From Front Panel..................................................................................... 49
A.4.1.2 From Remote Panel..................................................................................50
A.4.2 Setup Diagnostics...........................................................................................50
A.4.2.1 Setup/Operation of Analog Accumulator Sensors...................................50
4.2.1.1 Diagnostic 40 Set Accumulator Length...............................................50
4.2.1.2 Diagnostic 55 Set Accumulator Type..................................................50
4.2.1.3 Diagnostic 45 Set Stepper Speed......................................................... 50
4.2.1.4 Diagnostic 44 Map Aaccumulator Position......................................... 51
A.4.2.2 Calibrate 07..............................................................................................51
A.4.2.3 Calibrate to Printer...................................................................................51
A.4.2.4 Calibration Square Output....................................................................... 52
A.4.2.5 Default Calibration 08..............................................................................52
A.4.2.6 FO Output................................................................................................ 52
A.4.2.7 Smart Mark Setup.................................................................................... 52
4.2.7.1 Sensor Offsets......................................................................................52
A.4.3 Customer Diagnostics....................................................................................54
A.4.3.1 Set Model Number 03..............................................................................54
A.4.3.2 Lan address IP assignments 04................................................................ 54
A.4.3.3 Button Diagnostic 31 .............................................................................. 55
A.4.3.4 Confidence Test 02.................................................................................. 55
A.4.3.5 Flag Monitor / Adjust 34..........................................................................56
A.4.3.6 Flag Setup - Z Axis 58 ...........................................................................56
A.4.3.7 Label Mode 64 ....................................................................................... 56
A.4.3.8 LED and LCD display 29 ........................................................................56
A.4.3.9 Line Sensor 21 ........................................................................................ 56
A.4.3.10 Amplifier Status.....................................................................................56
A.4.4 Manufacturing Diagnostics............................................................................56
A.4.4.1 Collect Motor Position.............................................................................56
A.4.4.2 Default Gains 48...................................................................................... 57
A.4.4.3 Lift/Lower Continuous 37........................................................................57
A.4.4.4 Lift/Lower Demand 38.............................................................................57
A.4.4.5 Line Sensor Test.......................................................................................57
A.4.4.6 Motor Position Plot..................................................................................57
A.4.4.7 Read Calibration Constants......................................................................57
A.4.4.8 Spare Out..................................................................................................57
A.4.4.9 Tuning (Engineering)...............................................................................57
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A.4.4.10 Write Plot Data to Excel........................................................................ 57
A.5 Label Interconnect.................................................................................................57
A.5.1 Read All Sensors Continuously......................................................................57
A.5.2 Reset Service Loop Sensor............................................................................. 57
A.5.3 Supply motor on............................................................................................. 57
A.5.4 Supply motor off.............................................................................................58
A.5.5 Take up motor on........................................................................................... 58
A.5.6 Take up motor off........................................................................................... 58
Appendix B – Error Codes.............................................................................................58
Appendix C – Radio and Television Interference........................................................58
Appendix C – Installation and Assembly Instructions................................................58
Appendix D – Loading Diagram....................................................................................58
1 Warranty
ALLEN DATAGRAPH Digital Finishing Systems are warranted to be free of defects in
both materials and workmanship. Should any part of this equipment be defective, it will
be repaired or replaced, at the option of the manufacturer, at no charge for parts or factory
labor for a period of one (1) year from the date of installation. All warranty services are
performed at the Allen Datagraph factory. Replacement parts not installed at the factory
will be billed to the customer at regular prices and credit will be issued when the
defective parts are returned. The customer is responsible for freight on warranty parts and
repairs.
This warranty is void if:
The equipment has been damaged by negligence, accident or mishandling, or has not
been operated in accordance with the procedures described in the operating instructions;
or:
The equipment has been altered or repaired by other than an approved service station or
factory service center, or adaptations or accessories have been attached to the equipment
that shall have adversely affected the performance, safety, or reliability of the equipment.
NO OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, APPLIES to the
equipment. Allen Datagraph does not assume any responsibility for consequential
damages occasioned by the equipment, or inconvenience or interruption in operation.
In case of unsatisfactory operation, Allen Datagraph or its Dealer should be notified
immediately.
2 Technical Support
Up to 4 hours of calls in technical support is available at no charge during the warranty
period. Technical support is available during business hours based on Eastern Time
Monday thru Friday. Technical support outside the limits stated will be billed at current
rates.
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For Technical support call: 603-216-6344
Service Policy. All service is subject to ADSI service policy. You can read the policy
here: Web Site Copy / CD Copy
There are many online documents available to help you to use the Centra at our technical
support page at http://www.allendatagraph.com. Then click on Technical Support and
Online Documents, then select Centra/Cyper/DFS/DLS link..
3 Installation
The Centra and Cypher are normally sold with on site installation. The on site
installation will help you perform these steps and get you up and running.
4 Setting up your i-TECH Cypher Digital Label System
This section does not apply if you purchased a Centra only system.
The i-TECH Cypher Digital Label System consists of a Epson 4880 Printer, a print stand
with takeup mandrel and a Centra DFS.
4.1 Installation of Cypher Epson printer/InFeed/Takeup
4.1.1 Setup printer base
Printer weighs 88 lb (40 kg) and should be lifted by two people.
The following are the general instructions to setup up printer.
Remove printer stand from box.
Attach ICW bracket for display monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Mount monitor to ICW bracket using two m5 Allen bolts that are in display.
Plug in monitor to power and data cables.
A wireless keyboard and mouse are provided. Place on icw bracket.
Rest printer on stand tighten 4 clamps.
Plug usb cable, and power to printer.
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The sheet tray that comes with the 4880 is not used when printing on roll media.
4.1.2 Power
Equipment is normally factory preset for the power requirements of the your location.
WARNING: IF YOU RUN YOUR EQUIPMENT ON 220V
WITH INPUT MODULE SET FOR 110V IT WILL
DAMAGE YOUR EQUIPMENT.
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Important Note: Use of a HIGH QUALITY surge protector or uninterruptible
power supply (Printer 55w, Infeed 60w, Dell computer 235w , LCD display 90w
= total 440 watts) is REQUIRED by Allen Datagraph Systems. Failure to do so
could affect your warranty coverage if a problem arises due to improper power
connection.
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CAUTION: The power cord is a three-conductor cable that incorporates a safety
(earth) ground connection. For the machine to operate safely and correctly, the
power cord must be plugged into an outlet that has an earth ground contact. Never
plug the power cord into a two-prong outlet by using a 3=2 cord adapter.
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CAUTION: Never allow roll or sheet goods to rub on the power cord because the
material can cut the cord causing an electrical fire hazard!
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Computer, LCD display and printer have universal input and run from 110-240ac
49-61hz.
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The InFeed can be configured to operate from either of the following power
sources:
100-132 VAC / 47-63 Hz or 180-240 VAC / 47-63 Hz
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ALLEN DATAGRAPH products are normally factory preset for the power
requirements of the destination country. The machine's configuration is indicated
on the power input module as either 115V or 230V. To change the configuration:
a. Disconnect the AC power cord from the
fuse block on the power input end panel.
b. Open the fuse block cover with a small flat
screwdriver.
c. Orient the fuse block so that the desired
voltage appears in the fuse block cover.
d. Close the fuse block cover and verify that
the desired voltage is showing.
4.1.1 Plug in the Equipment
Plug in power strip to surge protector or ups.
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4.1.2 Epson CD-Rom
The 4880 printer driver is installed at the factory. Printer ink is installed and primed at
the factory. If there are any further questions on connections, please consult the supplied
Epson CD-Rom or manual for the printer.
4.1.3 Test Print
It is recommended to perform a test print to ensure the connection to the printer is
operational.
Click on the start menu of your Windows based PC and click on "Printers and Faxes." An
icon specifying the Epson 4880 should appear in this window. Right click on the icon and
select "Properties or printer properties" a new menu will appear with a "Print Test Page"
button. If a test page does not print, go back to your Epson CD-ROM and check your
setup or consult your Epson 4880 manual.
4.2 Installing Wasatch SoftRIP
4.2.1 Wasatch CD-Rom
Wasatch is preinstalled on the computer that comes with the Cypher. Each complete iTech Centra Digital Labeling System comes with Wasatch SoftRIP, a program used to
for roll-to-roll printing on a variety of different printers. If you have further questions
about your SoftRIP installation, please consult your Wasatch SoftRIP user manual.
4.2.2 Setting up the 4880 in Wasatch
To setup your Wasatch SoftRIP to manage your Epson 4880 printer, follow these
instructions:
1. Open Wasatch SoftRIP
2. Go to the PRINT menu at the top of the screen then select SETUP and a new
menu will appear.
3. Click the PRINTER MODEL dropdown menu and elect EPSON then 4880 from
this menu.
4. To setup the physical connection so that SoftRIP knows what port the printer is
connected to, click EDIT and then PROPERTIES. A new menu will appear. The
bottom of the menu will list the physical connection. Select the Epson 4880 from
this drop down if it has not already been selected.
4.2.3 Test Print
To ensure the connection to the Epson 4880 printer is operating correctly, in SoftRIP go
to FILE then OPEN and select one of the training label files on the AllenDirectCUT CD
"AxxisTrainingLabel_5_inch.eps", labels in CorelLabel.zip, IllustratorLabel.zip in the
techsupport\axxis directory or any other EPS, PDF, JPEG or TIFF that may be readily
available. The file will load in SoftRIP, to print it click on the printer icon at the top of
the screen.
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4.2.4 Installing Color Profiles and Settings
ADSI has provided a set of ICC color profiles and pre-existing settings that work with a
variety of substrates on the 4880. These are preinstalled on the computer that comes with
the Cyper. Select the profile that fits closest to your current substrate, whether it is a
matte or gloss paper or a BOPP Film, under the image configuration. If you would like to
learn how to develop your own ICC profiles for your own materials, please contact
Wasatch or visit their website for further instructions.
4.3 i-TECH Centra Installation
4.3.1 Setup DFS on stand
The DFS requires a special stand. The i-Tech Centra DFS mounts on the supplied stand.
The Centra weighs 250+ Lbs (113 kg) at least 4 people are needed to move the Centra
from box to the stand. Following are the general steps necessary to take the Centra out of
the box.
Take box off Centra
Unbolt angle brackets holding Centra from pallet
Assembly stand
Place on Centra on stand with angle brackets
Remove bolts one at a time from angle brackets
Attach to stand using same bolts.
Attach drop brackets for chutes
Insert station bars and drop magnet bars in track.
Attach cable for sensors red wire to red wire.
Attach two triangle shaped gussets to stand using 4 machine screws provided.
Attach Infeed to this plate using 6 Phillips head and flat washer and locking washer.
Complete assembly instruction are Web Site Copy / CD Copy.
4.3.2 Power
WARNING: IF YOU RUN YOUR EQUIPMENT ON 220V
WITH INPUT MODULE SET FOR 110V IT WILL
DAMAGE YOUR EQUIPMENT.
Note there are two power input modules, one for Infeed and one
for Centra.
Important Note: Use of a HIGH QUALITY surge protector or uninterruptible power
supply (700 watts) is REQUIRED by Allen Datagraph Systems. Failure to do so could
affect your warranty coverage if a problem arises due to improper power connection.
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CAUTION: The power cord is a three-conductor cable that incorporates a safety (earth)
ground connection. For the machine to operate safely and correctly, the power cord must
be plugged into an outlet that has an earth ground contact. Never plug the power cord into
a two-prong outlet by using a 3=2 cord adapter.
CAUTION: Never allow roll or sheet goods to rub on the power cord because the
material can cut the cord causing an electrical fire hazard!
The finisher can be configured to operate from any of the following power sources:
100-132 VAC / 47-63 Hz or 180-240 VAC / 47-63 Hz
ALLEN DATAGRAPH products are normally factory preset for the power requirements
of the destination country. The machine's configuration is indicated on the power input
module as either 115V or 230V. To change the configuration:
a.
b.
c.
d.
Disconnect the AC power cord
from the fuse block on the power
input end panel.
Open the fuse block cover with a
small flat screwdriver.
Orient the fuse block so that the
desired voltage appears in the fuse
block cover. The DFS power entry
module requires one 5 amp fuse for
110 vac or two 2.5 amp fuses for
220 vac. The infeed requires one 1
amp fuse for 110 vac or two 0.5
amp fuses for 220 vac.
Close the fuse block cover and
verify that the desired voltage is showing.
4.3.3 Connection to PC
Do not connect the Centra DFS to the computer until told to do so by the installation CD.
Connection from PC to Centra is either by USB or Ethernet. If you want to read about
using the Ethernet port for the cutter see the document Website Copy / CD Copy.
4.3.4 Allen Datagraph CD-Rom
The finisher utilizes either USB (universal serial bus) interface or Ethernet connection to
the computer.
The Centra comes with an installation CD that will walk you through connecting your
equipment to your computer and installing software.
The Setup CD contains:
1. An installation program that walks you through connecting your Centra DFS to
your computer.
2. The Remote Panel Utility program for managing finisher settings.
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3. A current revision of firmware. "Firmware" is software that controls the machine
functions. The firmware on this disk is provided for update purposes only and
should not be installed on new machines.
4. The DirectCut printer driver. This driver been tested with AllenCAD,
CorelDRAW (versions 10-x5), Adobe Illustrator (versions 10-cs5), Flexisign,
Inkscape, and PowerCAD. It should also work with any program that sends
vectors rather than bitmaps to the driver. The DirectCut printer driver allows
cutting directly from windows graphics programs without requiring additional
software purchases. Note: DirectCut requires ownership of Allen Datagraph
Equipment to use. Requires: Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.
Updated versions of the DirectCut printer driver is available on the tech support
page at the Allen Datagraph web site at http://www.allendatagraph.com/.
5. During installation a test cut is performed.
6. Users Manual and sample jobs.
7. A complete copy of the technical support section of the ADSI website at the time
the machine was shipped. To access this offline copy of the web site answer no to
question as to whether you want software installed on this computer.
4.3.5 Software Updates
Software updates after the product ships will be available on the tech support section of
the http://allendatagraph.com web site.
To update to a later version of software when recommended to do so by the tech support
department, go to the web site. Click on tech support, then online documents.
Select Centra or Cutter driver from list of selections.
Find the software update and click on it to download the setup program from the web
site.
5 Operation of the i-TECH
Centra Digital Label System
5.1 Setting up your label job
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The target should be a black rectangle on white media or a contrasting color to
background. See colors in Web Site Copy or CD Copy. The recommended Mark Size is
0.25 inch (6 mm). The sensor relies on reading the change in intensity of the reflection of
the red LED pointer. When printing process colors on white media the best color is
usually black. Certain spot colors are difficult. For example silver spot on white, while
to the eye there is contrast the reflectivity of the two is sometimes nearly the same. If
there is trouble with certain materials detecting the target you can print the target in a
yellow or white field. The size of the yellow field should be double the scan length.
(Note: in order to get an accurate scan no other printed marks may appear in the yellow
or other high contrast colors scan area. The printer color alignment marks can appear on
the inside edge of the target or the other side of the media.)
The mark should be placed at least
0.25 inches (6 mm) from the edge of
the media and the spacing between
frames should be at least 0.25 inch (6
mm). (Advanced usage: You can
place the target closer to the edge of
the material if you use inside out
scanning. See Web Site Copy or CD
Copy)
The number of rows and columns of labels between registration marks defines a set or
frame of labels. A frame of labels can be one row or several rows of labels. There are
several aspects to consider when deciding on how many rows of labels to print on one
page. The main consideration is the trade off between speed (it takes a about second to
perform the find origin (FO) command and scan the registration mark) and registration
accuracy. The more often you scan the registration mark (the closer the marks) the more
accurate the cut registration will be. If the job allows for overprinting the cut line, then
registration may be less critical and eliminating some of the registration marks can speed
the job. Generally registration marks should be placed at least every 12-20 inches (305508 mm) on Centra. Best practice is to print registration marks for each row then adjust
the cut job to skip one or more marks if desired. This procedure also insures equal
spacing of the labels and gives complete flexibility for cutting. The distance between
jobs, the last cut line of the previous frame and the target on the next frame must be
between -4 and 4 inches (101 mm). If the distance between frames is less than the scan
length, then the target must be outside of the area where the labels are printed. (Note:
every frame of a label run must be identical or you won’t be able to use the copy
command). Maximum frame size is 34 inches (86.4 cm)
5.2 Explanation of SmartMarkTM
The theory of operation relies on the SmartMark sensor sending an analog signal to the
embedded computer during a scan. The data is analyzed after the scan to automatically
create a threshold, find the edge of the target and eliminate noise. The Centra scans the
mark in both x and y directions and calculates the intersection of the 2 scans. The Centra
computer then assigns that intersection as the 0,0 point of the Centra coordinate system
and matches that to the origin point (minimum x, minimum y) of the HPGL cut file.
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The Centra uses a special HPGL command, FO, to start the
registration mark sensing function. It automatically reregisters the coordinate each time the FO HPGL command is
received. As part of the setup a “x move between jobs” is
input via the printer driver options which moves the sensor
to the approximate position of the next copy’s or next
frame’s registration mark. The Centra expects the target for
the next frame to be within ½ the scan distance of the end of the frame.
The Red LED pointer must be manually positioned with the joystick buttons at the
approximate 0,0 coordinate position prior to sending the first job. The SmartMark
system automatically repositions the sensor for subsequent copies.
The positioning process must be repeated if the joystick buttons are used. This is helpful
because it allows the system to be reinitialized when needed. Some printers require a
leader between jobs and this feature is a very easy way to deal with the issue.
Once the LED pointer is positioned as shown, the SmartMark is ready to operate and
will scan the registration mark when it receives a FO command in the job stream whether
on the first copy or on subsequent copies. Since the FO command is embedded in the
beginning of the cut file the scan of the registration mark is performed at the beginning of
each copy or frame of labels and on subsequent copies.
5.3 Types of SmartMarkTM Scanning
There are five types of SmartMarkTM scanning
available. They are shown in the image to the
right. The scan type is selected in the printer
driver preferences.
Origin Only and Edge are the only types
normally used on the Centra.
Origin Only is used on printed media where
you want to cut out preprinted labels. Origin Only does a alignment with the visual
sensor at the origin only.
Edge is used when you are cutting blank label stock. Edge offset is used only when
cutting blank labels on unprinted material. By selecting EDGE in the driver's printing
preferences menu, the SmartMark sensor will detect the edge of the media instead of a
registration mark, then offset into the media by that amount and cut your blank labels.
Origin Skew is used if the media is not necessarily loaded straight. This scans the origin
and the skew mark and rotates the cut image to match the cut location at the two scanned
locations. Since the Centra keeps the media straight you do not normally need to scan the
skew mark. No scaling of the cut image is performed with Origin Skew scanning.
Origin Skew Scale does alignment at the origin, rotation and scaling in both x and y axes
are preformed. This scan type requires that the sensor size parameter be correct so that
cut image is same size as printed image. Normally the y axis does not have any scaling
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errors on the printer so you do not need to correct the skew point and scaling at the scale
point.
Origin Scale does alignment at the origin, rotation and x-axis only scaling at the scale
point. It assumes that the scaling in the y-axis is correct. Normally you do not need to
scan the Scale location because if you have a scaling error in your printer it is normally in
the x axis and it is very consistent. If the printer you are using has a x axis scaling error
you can normally correct this either in the printer or you can use calibrate to printer to get
the Centra to cut the same size as the printer.
5.4 Designing Labels
5.4.1 Planning Label
This tutorial will design a label for the
Epson printer and Centra DFS with
Illustrator and CorelDraw. It will
show how to create a bleed area to
minimize visual errors on the
completed label. First we define our
layout for a set of four 3x5 labels so
we can create a set of locations in the
artwork generation program
workspace. We lay out the frame with
the x axis (media movement going up
and down on the screen and the y axis
(operator/front to gear/back). The
target in this orientation appears in the
upper left corner of the screen. This
allows for no rotation when the
sending the job to the printer.
Then add the target
Then add 0.50 bleed on one label
So we need horizontal locations at:
0 , 5, 5.25, 5.3, 10, 10.2, and 10.25
and vertical locations at
-0.5, -0.25, 0, 0.05, 2.95, 3, 3.25, 6.25
Add one to vertical so they are all positive numbers
0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.05, 3.95, 4, 4.25, 7.25
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Now that we have work space planned choose program to design your artwork.
5.4.2 Using Adobe Illustrator
Open Illustrator and create a new document.
Change units to inches
Click ok
Click on view -> rulers if rulers missing
Click on window -> layers if layer menu missing
Click on window -> color if color menu missing
Now create two layers. One called “dielines” and one called “print”. This is done from
the layer window. Click on new layer button. Then rename the layers as dielines and
print by double clicking on layer name, changing name and clicking on ok.
Next create the die lines. Click on the dielines layer on the layer window.
Create the die line for the target
Click on line segment tool
and then click on layout area
Enter length 0.125 and angle = 0°
Click on object -> transform -> rotate enter 90° and click on
copy.
Using transform panel move top of vertical segment to x =
0.5, y = 10.25.
Move left of horizontal segment to x = 0.5, y =
10.25.
Click on rounded rectangle from tool menu
and
then click on layout window. Enter the 2.9 for
width, 4.9 for height and 0.166 for corner radius.
Using transform panel move object so the lower left
as at 1.05, 5.3.
Then click object -> transform -> move. Enter
distance of 3.25 angle 0°, then click copy.
Select both rounded rectangles.
Then click object -> transform -> move. Enter
distance 5.25 angle 270°, then click copy.
This completes die line layer
Next create the print. On layer menu select print
layer
To create the target, click on rectangle tool
for size.
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, click on layout window, enter 0.25, 0.25
Using transform panel move lower left to 0.5,10
On the color menu select fill and change color to black
Change out line stroke to none. The target color should look like this when
you are done.
Note: if not have a stroke on the edge of the printed target the print and cut will not line
up.
To create the bleed background, click on rectangle tool, then click on layout
window. Width 3, height 5
Move lower left corner x = 1, y = 5.25
On color window, select cmyk fill to k=85 cmy=0, and no stroke on color menu
Now paste in foreground of label. (I used file ICON_Axxis_Cutter.bmp.) Size and center
label on background just created.
Select background and foreground of label. Then click on object -> group
Then click object -> transform -> move. Enter distance of 3.25 angle 0°, then click on
copy button.
Select both print labels
Copy the two labels with distance 5.25 angle 270°
This completes the print layer.
This completed label file is at this link Web Site Copy / CD Copy.
Use File -> save to save the file on your hard drive. Use file type EPS so it can be
imported into Wasatch.
5.4.3 Using CorelDraw
First setup workspace to Allen Datagraph.
Open CorelDraw, Select -> tools -> options -> work space. Place a checkbox in front of
Allen Datagraph.
Next turn on 2 dockers:
Select Window -> Dockers -> properties
and
Window -> Dockers -> Object Manager
Verify snap to guide lines is checked from the view menu.
This adds two control windows on the right side of the program
Now we can start the design. First we enter the guidelines
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Select Tools -> Options -> Document ->
Guide Lines -> Horizontal
Enter the horizontal guides determined in the
layout (0, 5, 5.25, 5.3, 10, 10.2, and 10.25).
Then select vertical and enter the vertical
guides (0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.05, 3.95, 4, 4.25, 7.25)
When done your workspace will look like
this.
Now create two layers. One called “dieline”
and one called “print”. This is done from the
object manager tab. Click on new layer
button. Then rename the layers as dielines
and print by right clicking on layer name.
First create the die lines. Click on the dielines
layer on the object manager.
Use freehand tool
the target..
to draw a two sides of
The use the object properties to verify the pen nib tab
has
width of hairline, color black. On the paint bucket tab
verify no fill
selected. When you are done the die lines
for the target should look as follows:
Next use the rectangle tool
to draw a rectangle on the
inner guide lines (1.05,5.3 to 3.95,10.2.). Select the rectangle
and using the object properties / rectangle tab
change the
corner roundness to 15. The die line will then look like this.
Using copy, paste, and arrange -> transformations -> position
move copies of rounded rectangle to each of the following
relative positions from the first rectangle.
3.25, 0
0,-5.25
3.25,-5.25
The dielines layer is now complete.
Now in the object manager right click on dielines layer and uncheck the visible so rest of
label creation does not change the die lines.
Select the print layer so objects create reside on this layer
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Draw a rectangle from outer guide lines (1,5.25 to 4,10.25).
Then fill the rectangle with the object properties paint bucket,
uniform fill, bleed color and apply. Next insert the artwork for
the label and center it in the label. (I used file
ICON_Axxis_Cutter.bmp.)
Select the label and the bleed using shift key to select 2nd item.
Group them with arrange -> group. Using same procedure as
above copy, paste, arrange -> transformations -> position move
copies of printed label to each of the following relative positions
from the first rectangle.
3.25, 0
0,-5.25
3.25,-5.25
Lastly draw a filled rectangle with no lines in the target
position. Using object properties pen nib tab, select width =
none. On the paint bucket tab select uniform black fill.
Note: The Centra will not align print to cut correctly, if you
have a pen width defined.
The completed label file is at this link Web Site Copy / CD
Copy.
Use File -> save to save the file on your hard drive. Then use file export to export file as
as EPS so it can be imported into Wasatch.
5.5 Webbing the Cypher Printer
Refer to the Epson's printer guide that was
included with the 4880 roll printer, before
threading the web - especially the "Using roll
paper" section of the printer guide
The diagram above shows the media path. Turn
on the printer base station and press the < Paper
Source button. The printer takes a rolls of
media with a width between 8.3 to 17 inches
Thread thru printer as described in the Epson
printer guide. The output tray is not used. The
Infeed turns on when there is media interrupting
the sensor. Tape media to empty core on
Infeed. Turn on Infeed. Block sensor path to
insure media takeup is going correct direction.
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5.6 Printing your label
5.6.1 Loading File into Wasatch
Refer to the Wasatch users manual for additional instructions on using Wasatch rip
software.
Open Wasatch SoftRIP and go to FILE and OPEN. Browse to the file saved from Adobe
Illustrator or Corel Draw and open it. The file should appear in the job tab. You should
have 3 tabs at the top of the screen; job, layout and queues. A template tab will be
available if you have purchased Wasatch’s variable data option.
The job tab allows you to prep the job before printing an entire roll of labels. Using the
cursor click on the image and draw a selection box around the area you wish to print.
This box can be adjusted by clicking on the edges and dragging them where needed.
Once selected, the file must be rotated so that the labels are in the right orientation when
they need to be finished. Using the rotation arrows at the top of the screen, rotate the
labels 90 degrees so that the SmartMark is in the lower right hand corner of the print.
Making sure that the SmartMark is in this corner will ensure that the labels will not have
to be re-rolled after printing.
5.6.2 Set paper width
To set the media width, go to PRINT then SETUP.
On the right side of the Image Configuration will be an EDIT button. Click and a new
menu will appear. Click Properties and another menu will appear. In this menu, there are
several features you can alter just as you would on any home or office deskjet printer.
Set the width of the media. All units in Wasatch are in inches, to change this option in
Wasatch, please consult your Wasatch manual.
Once the media width has been set, press OK and then press OK again on the previous
menu until the initial print setup window is in view. Next to the paper width select “Set
Maximum Width” and then check the “Width Center” box. This will ensure that labels
are printed in the center of the media.
5.6.3 Test print
Simply press the printer icon button and one copy of the image will begin to print.
5.6.4 Load Label into Layout Tab
If the test print is acceptable, right click on the image in the job tab and select “Add To
Layout.” The image will appear in the layout tab. Right click the image again and select
ADD COPIES, enter the number of copies you would like to print and press OK.
Wasatch will populate the layout tab with that many copies.
On the left of the screen is a tab called UNIT OPTIONS. In this tab you can specify the
gap between labels. The default is .125 inches but can be changed to your specification.
5.6.5 Print
Simply press the printer icon button and the job will begin to print.
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5.7 Webbing the Centra DFS Cutter
The Centra loading instructions are in the following linked documents.Web Site Copy /
CD Copy. and Web Site Copy / CD Copy.
5.8 Media Mandrel Tension Controls
To the right of the control panel are two knobs (four with laminator option) and one
switch. The knobs control the torque on the mandrel, which in turn controls the tension of
the web as influenced by the mandrel that the knob controls. Each knob is labeled with
the name of the mandrel it controls. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the tension or
counterclockwise to decrease the tension.
There is a learning curve involved in setting the mandrel tension and the type of media
and gutter width between labels affects the settings. A fair amount of trial and error is
required to get the setting correct for certain difficult medias. The following will give
you basic guidelines for setting up the mandrel controls
Take-up mandrel If not slitting set the tension as low as possible while maintaining
adequate roll tension and tracking. The setting of this mandrel is the most important as it
effects tracking and weeding. If slitting the tension must be set somewhat higher to
insure there is enough tension on the web to allow for the slitting knife to penetrate the
media.
Weed mandrel Set the tension as high as possible without breaking the weed material.
As the percentage of weeded material gets smaller, the gutters get smaller, the less
tension is required to pull the weed material off the backing while at the same time the
smaller gutters can not stand as much tension without breaking.
Lamination material mandrel Set the tension low or off. It requires a very slight back
tension on the lamination material to prevent wrinkles
Lamination weed mandrel Set the tension only high enough to insure the interlayer is
pulled off the lamination material.
InFeed Tension. Normally you set the Infeed to center position and just use the motor
drag to tension the media.
5.9 Cutting your label
After webbing the finisher, press the load button on the front panel to fill the input
accumulator. This makes the finisher ready to receive data.
5.9.1 Force and speed
To adjust speed and force applied to knife use the up and down arrow buttons on the front
panel. Start with speed = 100% and force of 30%.
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5.9.2 Test cut
Pressing the TEST CUT button on the front panel of the finisher will perform a set of 2
circles, square, and triangle cut on the paper. Use the buttons around the select key as a
joystick to move the carriage to show the cut pattern. Then use a tweezers or a matte
knife to pluck out the circle and the square. Face doc should pull away from backing and
not rip. Then pull out the triangle and inspect the backing. If the force is adjusted
correctly you will see a light scoring of the backing material. Increase the force to apply
more pressure to the knife.
5.9.3 Lining up SmartMarkTM
Use the buttons around the select key to move the carriage
left, right, forward, backward until the led pointer is within
1/8 inch (3 mm) from the gear side take up corner of the
target to be scanned. The gear side of the machine is away
from the operator. The take up side is on the right as you
look at the machine.
5.9.4 Sending file with Illustrator
Load the file you want to cut with Adobe Illustrator. If the layer window is not visible
you can make it visible by clicking on Window -> Layers. Select the dielines layer on
the layer menu. Click on File -> Allen DirectCut to open the DirectCut for Illustrator.
5.9.4.1 Sending file with CorelDraw
Load the file you want to cut with CorelDraw. If the object manager is not visible you
can make it visible by clicking on Window -> Dockers -> Object Manger. Select the
dielines layer on the object manager tab. If the Allen
DirectCut tools
does not appear near the view
button, select Tools -> Options -> WorkSpace. Then
check Allen Datagraph. Click on the Allen
DirectCut button to open the DirectCut for
CorelDraw preview window.
5.9.4.2 Origin only
Verify the printer you want to send the die lines to
appears in the drop down box between the Cut and
Properties button. Click on the properties button and
select find origin type you want to use. Select origin
only for normal use.
5.9.4.3 Sort Method
Use sort method Closest point for optimum output
path.
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5.9.4.4 Rotation
In the preview window select DFS origin. This moves the origin to the upper right. This
matches the view you see when you look at the front of the Centra. Use the rotate
selection in the properties until the origin of the preview is in the upper right. Select
rotation from (none, 90°, 180°, or 270°).
5.9.4.5 Space between jobs
The space between jobs is the distance between the last cut of the previous frame to the
leading edge of the target of the next frame. In the case of the sample label designed
earlier the space between jobs is 0.050 inch (size of bleed) and the space between prints.
Since we designed the label panel with 0.25 inch between the two rows, it make since to
set the space between labels on the print to 0.25 inch so the total space between jobs
should be set to 0.3. If you want the space between jobs to be the same as the space
between prints you need to add a small cut object at the end of the print.
5.9.4.6 Multiple pen output
If you are using a single color and a single force set multiple pen output to No. If you
want two different forces applied to knife during frame you have to set multiple pen
output to Yes. You can then turn on Send Force to tool and select different forces for
different pen colors.
5.9.5 Cutting label
After you have set the properties click ok to close property window. Then click on the
Cut button to send the job to the finisher. Once correct job is sent to finisher the
computer can be used for other purposes as you can use the copy button on the front
panel to send additional copies of the frame to the finisher. Select copy, use up/down
arrows around select key to select number of copies or select –1 for copy count for count
up mode. Then press select key.
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5.9.6 i-TECH Centra Remote Panels and LCD panel
The Centra has a 4 digit display and a 16 button panel. The display is used to interact
with the operator showing current status. If the menu is not active the first digit is C for
cut, 2nd digit is speed (0 = 0-4%, 1= 5-14%, 2= 15-24% ...), and last 2 digits are force.
5.9.6.1 i-TECH Centra DFS remote panel
The remote panel is installed by the installation cd. It appears as an icon on your
desktop and in the start menu at Start -> All Programs -> Allen Datagraph. Double click
on the icon on the desktop to start the remote panel.
5.9.6.2 Action Menu
5.9.6.2.1 Save / Restore Calibration
This command saves line sensor parameters that depend on the calibration and calibration
of the Centra or allows loading the calibration parameters from a file. This command
allows calibration of the Centra to multiple printers. It also allows backing up your
settings to your hard drive in case of inadvertent operator changes to settings.
5.9.6.2.2 Load / Save Settings from Cutter to File,
These commands save the settings (see setup settings menu) and some line sensor
parameters that are in the Centra to a disk file or loads settings saved by this command
from a file and sends them to the Centra. This allows you to have more than 6 setups for
different materials. It also allows backing up your settings to your hard drive in case of
inadvertent operator changes to settings.
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5.9.6.3 Setup -> Main Menu
The Main menu opens the main
menu window. The top window
shows the model number and
firmware version (build 23 in the
sample). The media height
window shows the maximum
dimension the y axis is set to cut.
The Centra will send this
dimension (called the clip limits)
to the software so that the
software program can determine
if the specified cut file will fit. If
a file with dimensions larger than
the clip limit is sent to the
Centra, the cut will be truncated.
The position window shows the
current location of the knife in the
Centra coordinate system. The Last
Saved Error Message window displays the last error. Errors displayed here may be old.
The error may have occurred earlier in the Centra's life. The Clear Error button clears the
memory of the saved error notification. Some features are advanced and only appear if
menus = advances is selected in setup → options.
5.9.6.3.1 State Tab
The State radio buttons allow the user to set the condition of the Centra. Unload means
the Centra is not loaded and is not ready to receive a cut file. The Pause radio button
means the Centra is currently paused and the Ready button means the Centra is loaded
and ready to receive the cut file and proceed with cutting. This set of buttons duplicates
the Load and Pause buttons on the front panel.
The CAd Override radio buttons enables or disables the CAD override function. With
the function On, the Centra will ignore some of the HPGL control commands sent from
the cutting software. With the function Off, the software can control these HPGL
functions. Some CAD systems will work correctly only when this feature is set to on.
These commands include:
AS
set acceleration
FS
set force
KA
set minimum angle
KN
set knife offset
IP
input P1/P2
RO
rotate
SC
set scale
SP
select pen
ST
select tool
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UV
VS
up velocity (move speed)
down velocity (cut speed)
The Mode radio button sets the operation. Select cutting, pen plotting/drawing or
pouncing. The Centra will normally only use the Cut function.
The Dynamic Force radio buttons (an advanced option) engages the dynamic force
function, which instantaneously adjusts the force on the fly based on the actual velocity
of the knife blade. All Centras must accelerate and decelerate as they cut around
corners. Some medias require different force settings for different speeds. This
parameter allows for building a database for these materials and when enabled will
greatly improve the cutting on these materials. (See the Setup → Dynamic Force Section
for more details).
5.9.6.3.2 Knife Settings Tab
Draw Speed displays and sets the
velocity of the knife when it is
actually drawing or cutting. The draw
speed is the speed the knife travels
around the periphery of the items
being cut.
Force displays and sets the cutting
force. The range of force is 1 to 100%
represent 10 to 550 grams of force.
Knife Offset is the distance between
the center of the knife blade and the
knife tip. Allen Datagraph blades
have a 0.012 inch (.030 cm) offset. If
you have objects that do not close
correctly, you might have to adjust the knife offset to correct the problem.
Hole Distance and Tear Size are used when the Centra is in the Pounce Mode. The hole
distance setting is the distance between holes and the tear size is the distance the Centra
moves with the pounce tool down to tear the media and enlarge the pounced hole.
Min Speed Label Mode and Max Speed Label Mode are used to set the limits for the
automatic speed setting function of the Centra. The cutting speed will automatically
increase or decrease, within the limits set here, to keep pace with the in feed device.
Normally you set the Max to 100 and the min to 1.
5.9.6.3.3 Rubber Tab
This tab is not used on the Centra unless you are doing stencil cutting at high
force values.
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Rubber Minimum Angle displays and sets the angle between consecutive vectors that
when exceeded will invoke the tangential emulation mode. At angles less than the value
set in this parameter the Centra will move between vectors without evoking the tangential
emulation mode.
Stencil Force is the force
separation between drag
knife mode and tangential
emulation cut mode.
Tangential emulation cut
mode is normally used for
rubber or very heavy
material. The Centra will
normally not cut this type
of material so this value
should be set to a high
force %.
5.9.6.4 Setup -> Line
Sensor
Clicking on Setup Line Sensor menu opens
the SmartMarkTM Menu.
5.9.6.4.1 Line Sensor Tab
Sensor Offsets - The SmartMark sensor is offset from
the center of the knife. The sensor offset distance is
preset at the factory or during installation, but may need
to be adjusted on occasion. The Centra can
automatically calculate and set the SmartMark offset
and sensor size parameters. See drawing for definition
of sensor offsets. See TSB Title Calibration Web Site
Copy / CD Copy
X/Y Sensor size is the offset from the exact center of the
red dot of the SmartMark sensor to the sense radius and may change based on sensor
sensitivity or media reflectivity. This parameter is best set using the procedure in the
TSB above. The Sensor Size
parameter is only useful in origin
scale and three target scanning. If
you are not using these methods you
can set the size to 0.02 and the sensor
size is included in the sensor-offset
parameter.
Scanning Parameters
The Centra SmartMark system has
adjustable scanning parameters to
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allow for different size and style of registration marks. The primary parameters are the
scan offset and length. The ideal X and Y offsets are one-half the mark size and the ideal
scan length is two times the scan offset.
To set the parameters type in the desired numbers in the X Scan Offset, Y Scan Offset and
Scan Length. When you have entered the desired values click on OK. (see also Explanation
of SmartMarkTM section). The scan length should = the mark size.
x/y Scan Offsets This is the distance to move in x and y to perform the scan. It should be
1/2 the scan length. The signs of scan offset for origin target should be +X/+Y.
Scan Velocity (default 2) sets the speed of the scanning. Depending on the media and
registration mark contrast, this parameter may need to be adjusted. The better the
contrast in reflectivity the faster the scan velocity can be set. If you are experiencing
missed registration marks, you may need to reduce the scan velocity.
X move between jobs is the distance after the farthest excursion of the x-axis during a
frame that the Centra should advance to find the target in the next frame of labels. This
item is duplicated in the DirectCut printer driver as the space between jobs. These two
parameters are added together so set this value to 0.
Target Scan Direction sets the direction of the scanning operation. For single mark
origin scanning the default target scan direction is +X, +Y. There may be circumstances
where it might be desirable to reverse the scan direction. For instance, the mark might be
printed to close to the trailing edge of the preceding labels limiting the distance available
for scanning. In this instance, it might be
desirable to reverse the scan direction in
this axis. Consideration must be given in
the cut file because the inside edge of the
mark will be considered as the 0,0 point
for the Centra coordinate system. This is
an advanced menu option and must be
enabled on the setup → options page. See
also Web Site Copy / CD Copy.
5.9.6.4.2 Skew Tab
The SmartMark system can use one,
two or three registration marks. In standard
operation the Centra only requires one registration
mark to accurately cut the die lines of most labels.
If, however, there is a problem with the printing it
may become desirable to use multiple registration
marks. (see also discussion about marks in
Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator section)
When using two registration marks the embedded
computer in the Centra will automatically scan
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both the Origin Point and the Skew Point. This is helpful if the printing is skewed in
relationship to the media.
When using multiple registration points it is helpful to understand the FO command and
its parameters.
X, Y Scan offset. This is the distance from the skew point to perform the Y and X scans
to find the skew point. With the targets defined as above, the +X, -Y is the correct signs
for the scan offset for the skew mark.
Scan Skew Point - A fourth scanning mode is implemented that performs scaling and
skewing by scanning only two marks (origin and scale). This method assumes there is no
scaling error in the Y-axis. (Specify the Origin, Skew, and Scale mode in your artwork
software). By selecting the scan skew mark off, the Centra will only scan the Scale and
Skew mark and perform X-axis scaling and skew correction. This parameter should
always be on unless your printer driver does not support origin scale processing.
Target Scan Direction sets the direction of the scanning operation. The skew mark is
normally scanned +X,-Y. This is an advanced menu option and must be enabled on the
setup → options page. See also Web Site Copy / CD Copy.
5.9.6.4.3 Scale Tab
X, Y Scan Offset. This is the distance
from the scale point to perform the Y
and X scans to find the scale point.
With the targets defined as above, the
-X, +Y are the correct signs of scan
offset for the scale target.
Target Scan Direction sets the
direction of the scanning operation.
The scale mark is normally scanned
-X,+Y. There may be circumstances
where it might be desirable to reverse the scan direction. This is an advanced menu
option and must be enabled on the setup → options page. See also Web Site Copy / CD
Copy.
5.9.6.5 Setup -> Settings Menu
The Centra allows six factory or custom set-ups.
Set-Up 1, whether standard or modified, is automatically loaded at power up. A user may
modify the speed, force, (or any feature) on the control panel. See key command
summary. Changes to a Set-Up, unless saved, will be in effect only until changed from
the control panel, CAS software, the unit is turned off or reloaded.
Any of the features shown in the Setup Form may be saved to one of the systems 6
memory locations.
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To save a custom set-up
simply fill in the desired
value(s) in the appropriate
window, including the
Setup Number, click on
the Save Setup button.
Some features are
advanced and only appear
if menus = advances is
selected in setup →
options.
To load the edit boxes
with the current system
parameters, input the setup
number in the Setup Number
window and then click the
Load Setup button.
Setup Number sets the
memory position.
Draw Speed is the velocity of the knife when cutting (e.g. while the knife is down).
Move Speed is the velocity of the knife when in the up position (not cutting).
Force controls the down force or pressure on the knife.
Knife Offset All drag knife cutters use a knife
CUTTER PATH
blade with the tip offset from the center of
rotation. As the Centra moves the knife trails
behind it, just like a caster on an office chair. In
order to accurately cut the outlines, the computer
embedded in the Centra compensates for the
offset of the knife. This parameter sets the offset
for those calculations. The figure to the right
shows the path the knife follows; the radius move at the corner allows for the knife offset.
There are three blades available from our online store our online store at
http://www.allendatagraph.com.
H20-017 30° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for label
stock. Angle of blade at 30 degrees to have exact control on depth of cut. This blade has
a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset. It can be identified by its blue plastic cap.
H20-007 45° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for
general purpose cutting of vinyl and other thin materials. Angle of blade at 45 degrees to
balance depth of cutting and pivot angle. This blade has a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset.
It can be identified by its red plastic cap.
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H20-008 60° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for
cutting thick materials. Angle of blade at 60 degrees to optimize cut angle. This blade
has a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset. It can be identified by its green plastic cap.
Minimum Angle The Centra must stop and then accelerate whenever it makes a sharp
turn. At shallow angles the Centra can continue at the cut velocity without decelerating
then accelerating. This parameter sets the angle where below which the Centra can
continue without stopping. High values increase throughput and lower value increase
quality. Good quality can be obtained at reasonable speed at the default value of 12°.
Hole Distance displays and sets the distance between holes when the Centra is used in
the pounce mode.
Tear Size displays and sets the hole size created when the Centra is in the pounce mode.
Acceleration displays and sets the servo acceleration. The unit of measurement is 1/4 g’s
or 8 feet per second per second. This parameter is more important in small graphics than
in large labels or text. A setting of 2 to 8 is generally the best for most label cutting.
This parameter does affect throughput speed on graphics with short vectors. As the
graphics get larger the effect of higher acceleration diminishes. Higher acceleration can
degrade cut quality. Use smaller acceleration numbers for heavy materials.
Load Speed displays and sets the speed of the material loading and the speed of the
material pull off in the service loop mode.
Load Length displays and sets the length of the material that is pulled during the load
cycle and service loop if the Centra service loop mode is on.
Service Loop This should be turned off on the Centra when the Centra is in the Label
Mode.
CAd Override On or OFF enables or disables the CAD function. With the function On
(disabled), the Centra will ignore some of the HPGL control commands sent from the
cutting software. With the function Off, the software can control these HPGL functions.
These commands include:
AS
set acceleration
FS
set force
KA
set minimum angle
KN
set knife offset
IP
input P1/P2
RO
rotate
SC
set scale
SP
select pen
ST
select tool
UV
up velocity (move speed)
VS
down velocity (cut speed)
Mode sets the operation mode. Select the operation mode cutting, pen plotting/drawing or
pouncing.
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To restore the factory default to all setups click the Restore Default button.
To load a setting enter setting number desired and click on Load Setup.
To save a setting enter setting number desired and click on Save Setup.
5.9.6.6 Setup -> Options
Menu
The options menu displays and
sets the following parameters:
Auto Origin Offset determines
whether moving the joystick
automatically sets the origin to (0,0).
Most CAD systems and the Allen
DirectCut printer driver require this
option to be set On. Set to Off when
cutting from a CAD system that
does not use the SmartMark
sensor such as the Gerber Omega
software.
Language determines which language the Centra uses. Select HPGL for most cad
systems and the Allen Printer Driver. If you are using Gerber Omega select Gerber. If
your cad system only outputs dmpl you can select this language.
Menus option offers the more advanced features of the software.
It is recommended this be set
to Normal until a more advance feature is understood or is required by your operation. The menu
items below are displayed when the menus is set to Advanced
Units sets the units of measure to English or Metric units.
Model sets the model number. Password for model number change is 23. Do not change
the model number unless you know what you are doing.
5.9.6.7 Joystick
JOYSTICK The joystick is used for positioning the
knife and media in the die cutting station.
The four ARROW KEYS are used to jog the
material or Centra carriage that holds the knife blade
and the SmartMark sensor. With the Jog/Slew
box unchecked so that Jog/Slew = Slew, the joystick
speed will be the speed set in the Joystick Speed
Window. Left Click and hold the arrow button to move the material or carriage. With
the Jog/Slew box checked so that Jog/Slew = Jog, the arrow buttons will jog the Centra
that fixed distance each time the button is clicked.
The setting in the Jog Distance Window also sets the jog distance for the Front Panel
Joystick buttons.
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5.9.6.8 Front panel of i-TECH
Centra DFS
The front control panel is the primary
user interface for the Centra. It is
used for input of speed and force as
well as several other functions.
LOAD The load key is used to
initialize the system and to load or
automatically fill the supply
accumulator. Once the material is
fed thru the media path and the nip
rollers are engaged (see section 5.7
Webbing the Centra DFS Cutter),
press the load key and the supply
roller will start feeding media into the
supply dancer bar and will
automatically stop once the supply
dancer bar reaches the bottom and the
input accumulator is full. The load
light will then come on to indicate the
system is ready to operate. Be sure
that the label frame you want to cut is
at least 2 inches behind the blade
before pressing load.
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TEST
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SELECT
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PAUSE The pause key will halt the
operation of the system at any point. It is used to pause the system for inspection, media
jams or to pause the machine for any other reason. Press the pause key to resume the
system. The system can be jogged while paused and will remember where it was and
resume from where it was stopped regardless of where it was jogged. This is very helpful
for inspecting the cut. You can pause the system and joystick the media or cut head away
from its position to inspect the cutting or registration. After inspecting the media, simply
press the pause key again and the Centra will return to the point where it was paused and
resume cutting. The pause light will flash while the system is paused. You can also use
the pause button to enter the unload state (press Pause followed by Load).
COPY The copy key is used to input the quantity of copies the Centra will digitally die
cut. It is used after the first copy of the job is cut. Once the first copy is cut and you are
happy with the results, press the copy key. The display will read 0001. The number
represents the total number of copies including the first one run. Increase the number of
copies by pressing the up arrow key of the joystick or the force up button. Hold the key
down and the numbers will start moving slowing then more quickly. Press the down
arrow key to lower the number. Alternatively the force keys will increment the single
digits and the speed keys will increment the 10’s digits. If you enter 0 the copy will stop
at end of next job. If you enter -001 then it will count up forever. Remember the number
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displayed includes the first copy run before the copy key was pressed. Input the copy
quantity and start the cutting by pressing the SELECT KEY.
SPEED The speed keys are used for controlling the cut speed (the speed the knife travels
around the periphery of the items being cut). Increase the speed by pressing the up arrow
key. Decrease the speed by pressing the down arrow key. Hold the key down and the
numbers will start moving slowing then more quickly.
FORCE The force key is used in conjunction with the test cut key to set the depth of cut.
The range of force is 1 to 100% when the system is in the normal force range. For most
applications the normal force range is adequate. In the normal force
range mode, the force is adjustable between 10 and 550 grams of
force in 100 steps.
The force is set by test cutting the media to be cut using the test cut
function. Using the joystick, position the knife in an unused portion
of the media and press the TEST CUT key. The system will cut a
test cut pattern similar to the diagram to the right. With a sharp knife
or tweezers you should be able to individually remove each part of the test cut pattern
working from the ring to the triangle without affecting the remaining parts. A properly set
force will leave a very slight scratch or mark on the liner.
The force may need to be adjusted due to blade wear during use if problems with
weeding occur. Simply increase the force setting by one until satisfactory weeding
occurs. If the knife blade is changed, revert back to the original setting or perform the
test cut procedure again. The blade may need to be replaced if the force is increased by
more than 20 percent from when the blade was new.
F1 This key puts the pen up or down during digitizing mode.
F2 This key turns on/off the supply nip roller
F3 This key turns on/off the take up nip roller
RESET the Centra by pressing the F1, F2 and F3 keys in order.
JOYSTICK The joystick is used for positioning the
knife and media in the die cutting station and for
several other functions.
The four ARROW KEYS are used to jog the material
or Centra carriage that holds the knife blade and the
SmartMark sensor. Press the key once to move the
material or carriage slowly and press it a second time
within ½ second to move at a faster speed. Tap the key
to jog the Centra a fixed distance. The distance is
adjustable (see Joy section below or joystick in the
Remote Panel section).
SELECT
SELECT The select key is used to invoke the menu system. Press the select key and the
display will change to indicate the last used menu item. To select a menu item press the
select key and then press the right or left arrow key to scroll thru the various menu items.
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With the desired menu item displayed, press the up or down arrow key to select the state.
When the desired state is displayed press the select key to input the menu item and state.
The menu items are: ACCL, CAd, diA, FILL, indE, JOY, OPEr, and Set.
Menu Items:
ACCL allows setting the acceleration in ¼ G increments. Acceleration is the rate of
increase/decrease of speed of the motors along a vector. Higher G values increase
throughput however higher G values also increase the likelihood of experiencing
repeatability problems. Recommended values are (2-8) for standard labels.
CAd override menu function enables or disables the CAD override function. This is an
advance function and is only necessary when using cad systems that are not designed for
the Centra. With the function On the Centra will ignore some HPGL control commands
sent from the cutting software. With the function Off the CAD software can control
these HPGL commands.
The commands affected by CAd override are:
AS
set acceleration
FS
set force
KA
set minimum angle
KN
set knife offset
IP
input P1/P2
RO
rotate
SC
set scale
SP
select pen
ST
select tool
UV
up velocity (move speed)
VS
down velocity (cut speed)
Press the select key to initiate the menu function. Press the left or right arrow key to
display CAd, then press the up or down key to toggle between off and on. Press the
select key to lock in the desired menu setting.
diA is used for entering into the diagnostic mode. Press the select key to initiate the
menu function, then press the left or right arrow key to display diA. Press the up or down
key to scroll thru the diagnostic numbers (0002 – 0099). Press the select key to start the
diagnostic. (see diagnostics section) . To exit from a diagnostic mode select 0099 and
press select.
FILL is used to add more material to the supply accumulator loop at any time during the
operation of the Centra. Press the select key to initiate the menu function, then press the
left or right arrow key to display FILL. Press the select key and the Centra station
will pause and the supply nip roller drive will start to fill the supply dancer bar loop.
Once complete the supply nip roller drive will automatically stop and the Centra will
resume. This is useful if for some reason either of the dancer bar loops have insufficient
material.
IndE indexes the x-axis. One of the uses for this function is for metering material.
Press the select key to initiate the menu function, then press the left or right arrow key to
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display IndE.
Press the select key. Press the up or down arrow to toggle between
inches (InCH) or centimeters (cEnt). When the desired unit of measure is displayed
press the select key. The display will read 0001. The number represents the number of
inches or centimeters to be metered in the x-axis. Increase the number by pressing the up
arrow key of the joystick. Hold the key down and the numbers will start moving slowing
then more quickly. Press the down arrow key to lower the number. Alternatively the
force keys will increment the single digits and the speed keys will increment the 10’s
digits. Input the length and start by pressing the select key.
JOy allows changing the joystick parameters: of jog distance or slew speed. Press the
select key to enter the menu system. Press the left or right joystick buttons until JOy is
displayed. Press up or down on the joystick to select (Sped or Jog). Press select. Press
up or down on the joystick to select a value for joystick speed (1-100%) or jog distance
(0.01 inch increments). Press select to save the displayed value.
This menu item has 2 sub-menus:
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Sped- Allows the user to set the maximum speed that the joystick will move the
material or head when pressed twice. Range 1-100.
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Jog- Allows the user to set the distance that the head or material will move when
a joystick button is pressed and released. Range is 1-100 in 1/1000th inch
increments.
i.e., 1 = 0.001”, 100 = 0.100”
OPEr is used to select the operation mode between cutting (CUt), pen plotting/drawing
(drA) or pouncing (POUn). Press the select key to initiate the menu function, then press
the left or right arrow key to display OPEr. Press the up or down key to select the desired
function. Press the select key to lock the desired menu setting.
SEt loads or saves a custom set-up or power up default. Press the select key to initiate
the menu function. Press the left or right arrow key to display SEt. Press the up or down
key to scroll thru (LOAd, Save), press select, press the up or down key to scroll thru the
settings (1 – 6). Press the select key to load or are save the setting. Setting #1 is loaded
when the machine is powered up. (see also factory and custom set-up section)
The set menu item has 2 sub-menus:
Load- loads a setup.
To load a setting:
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Press select
Press left or right arrow until SET menu is displayed.
Press up or down arrow to display Load.
Press select
Press up or down arrow to display the number of the setting you want to load (16)
Press select.
Save- saves a customized setting.
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To save a setting:
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Adjust force, speed, acceleration as needed.
Press select
Press left or right arrow until SET menu is displayed.
Press up or down arrow to display Save.
Press select
Press up or down arrow to display the number of the setting you want to
customize (1-6) (# 1 is the setting that is loaded on power up.)
Press select.
5.9.6.9 Mandrel switches
See section 5.8 Media Mandrel Tension Controls
6 Maintenance & Consumables
6.1 4880 Printer (refer to Epson Manual)
6.1.1 Substrates
The Epson 4880 uses Epson DURABrite ink, which is a water-based ink. It is
recommended that all substrates are coated with an ink jet compatible coating.
6.2 i-TECH Centra DFS
6.2.1 Changing a blade
The knife blade should be replaced when the force has been increased by more than 20
percent or the cut quality has degraded. The first sign of blade degradation usually
occurs in the corners of the cut and may lead to poor weeding.
New blades slide into the holder to a preset height and are held in magnetically. No tools
or adjustments are required. To replace the blade, first remove the blade holder from the
tool holder by loosening the brass thumbscrew and pulling up on the silver knife holder.
Remove black plastic cap. To remove the used blade, grasp it with a pair of tweezers and
pull it out of the knife holder (discard the blade safely). Remove the new blade from the
plastic case and remove the protective cap. Insert the blade into the holder and let the
magnet pull it into the preset position. Install plastic cap. Reinsert the knife holder into
the tool holder and tighten the brass thumbscrew.
Replacement blades are available from several sources including from Allen Datagraph
Systems, Inc. They can be purchased online @ http://www.allendatagraph.com/ or by
calling 603-216-6344.
H20-017 30° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for label
stock. Angle of blade at 30 degrees to have exact control on depth of cut. This blade has
a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset. It can be identified by its blue plastic cap.
H20-007 45° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for
general purpose cutting of vinyl and other thin materials. Angle of blade at 45 degrees to
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balance depth of cutting and pivot angle. This blade has a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset.
It can be identified by its red plastic cap.
H20-008 60° Allen Datagraph i-TECH, DFS, Centra, Axxis cutting blade. Ideal for
cutting thick materials. Angle of blade at 60 degrees to optimize cut angle. This blade
has a 0.012 inch (0.0305 cm) offset. It can be identified by its green plastic cap.
Tool Holder Block
The knife blade holder is installed in the tool holder block with a thumbscrew. The tool
holder block is held to the cutting head by two hex drive screws.
Knife blade holder Assembly
The blade holder is designed for use with Allen Datagraph’s 30°, 45° and 60° blades.
Solvents and lubricants should not be used, as they will diminish cutting accuracy.
Knife Blades
Knifes blades for the Allen Datagraph Centra Unit are made with tungsten carbide and
are designed specifically for digital die cutting. The tip is offset from the center of the
shaft so that the blade has a caster action when pulled. Blades are available in 30, 45 and
60-degree tip angles. The 60-degree is intended only for thick materials such as sandblast
mask or thick over-laminates. For best cutting results, protect the knife tip from damage
when not in use.
Knife Blades Depth Guide
Allen Datagraph's controlled depth knife holder has a depth guide that is adjustable to
control the depth of cut the Centra makes. Normal materials do not need to use the
controlled depth adjustment and the black plastic cap can be screwed in completely to
expose the blade. Material with insufficient backing may require the use of the
controlled depth cap. Correct adjustments allow the blade to cut the material and lightly
mark the backer (carrier) material. Too much cut depth can cause cut through and
premature blade wear. Not enough cut depth will make "weeding" of media difficult.
Use the cut test, force and depth adjustment to establish good cutting (see setting cut
force – cut depth section)
6.2.2 Changing a cut strip
Clean any debris from the groove before installing the groove filler. The filler simply
snaps into and out of place with no special tools required. It is important that the
groove filler be installed fully and evenly, otherwise material cut through may occur
in some sections across the cutter. The groove filler should be installed for knives and
pen plotting, but must be removed for Pouncing
Two different cut strips are available from the http://allendatagraph.com online store.
Normal life (DF-310) and extended life (DF-410) cut strips.
6.2.3 Cleaning
The regularity with which the cutter needs to be cleaned is dependent on the usage, as
well as the climate and contaminants in the cutter’s environment. It is recommended that
the following cleaning steps be done at least as often as indicated for each procedure:
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Biweekly. Clean the three grit wheel surfaces with a stiff bristled e.g. tooth (not
wire) brush to remove any media particles that may have built up during cutting.
Brush the surface of the grit wheel while turning the grit wheel by hand so the
entire surface of the grit wheel is cleaned. CAUTION: Be sure to disconnect the
cutter from the power source while cleaning the unit. Keeping the grit wheel clean
is important so the cutter will hold the media accurately.
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Biweekly. Wipe media-related dust from the set of polyurethane pinch wheels by
using a soft cloth.
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Monthly. The outer surfaces should also be kept clean. If necessary, a mild
cleaning solution on a damp cloth can be used to gently wipe the surfaces clean. It
is suggested that a mild soap and water be used with a soft cloth. This solution
works well on all painted surfaces. CAUTION: Do not use any abrasive cleaners,
as they will cause the paint to blister.
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Yearly. Inspect the internal circuit board assemblies and clean accumulated dust
as necessary. Be certain that the cutter power is off. Observe static discharge
safety procedures that may damage sensitive electronic components. Wear a
grounding strap connected to earth ground. Wear safety glasses to protect eyes.
Remove rear cover and use compressed air to remove dust and debris. Replace
cover to original location and make certain that the boards and any connectors are
well seated.
6.2.4 Pinch Wheel Maintenance
Pinch wheels are critical to the Centra unit's material handling performance. They should
be inspected for wear regularly and cleaned as needed. To clean adhesive off the pinch
wheels, simply use a soft cloth and denatured alcohol.
In normal use, the pinch wheels will need to be replaced in time. Also, trying to move
them when they are in the down position can damage them. If material does not track
well and guide alignment has been verified, the pinch wheels may need to be replaced.
For best tracking results, replacement pinch wheels should be replaced as a SET.
To check condition of pinch wheels:
Inspect condition of rubber The rubber wheel should not have any cracks and should be
securely adhered to the aluminum hub of the wheel. The transition from the flat surface
of the wheel to the "sidewall" edges of the wheel should be sharp and not rounded.
Inspect integrity of pinch wheel bearing This is done by having the pinch wheels in the
up position. Spin wheel with finger and observe whether the bearing has a dry sound or
not. If it appears to be dry, the wheels should be replaced.
Pinch wheels (p/n PL-00-02-062) can be ordered from the online store at
http://allendatagraph.com
6.2.5 Mechanical Adjustments
Belt Tension
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The Centra servomotors use timing belts to control the material (X axis) and tool (Y axis)
positions. The belt tension and wear should be inspected if cut quality deteriorates. To
inspect the belts, remove the back of the Centra. This can be done by removing large
screws along the edge of the rear cover. (see also TSB: Mechanical Adjustments to
Restore Cut Quality to Normal Web Site Copy / CD Copy)
Y-Axis
The Y-axis short belt runs between the Y-axis servomotor and a gear assembly. To adjust
the tension of this belt, it is necessary to reposition the motor bracket.
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Remove the back cover (see assembly instruction Web Site Copy / CD Copy)
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Loosen the three Phillips head motor bracket screws and apply hand pressure to
tighten the belt so that the belt will deflect 0.050 inches at the center when 23
ounces are applied. (1.3 mm when 660 grams are applied).
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When the belt is tight and the motor shaft is parallel to the bearing shaft, tighten
the three Phillips head motor bracket screws. Premature belt failure will occur if
these two shafts are not parallel.
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Verify tension.
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Close back cover.
The long belt is adjusted using a lead screw located behind the control panel.
To set the long belt's tension:
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Position the carriage to the far side.
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Remove the control panel housing as follows
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Remove the 4 allen screws that hold on the cover for the lcd display.
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Loosen the locking nut.
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Adjust the lead screw so that the belt will deflect 0.125 or feels taut. You can
also pluck it like a string and is should make a low tone.
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Move the carriage slowly from two or three inches/cm front and back to
equalize tension on pulleys. Check tension again.
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Set the lead screw lock nut.
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Verify belt path and tension.
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Replace the control panel housing, top rail cover and rear cover.
X-Axis
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Open back cover
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The belt inside the rear cover drives the grit wheel (X axis). To adjust the tension
of this belt, it is necessary to reposition the motor.
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Loosen the two motor bracket screws and apply hand pressure to tighten the belt
so that the belt will deflect 1/16 inch at the center when 23 ounces are applied. (2
mm when 660 grams are applied). (Replace belt if damaged or worn).
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When the belt is correctly tensioned, tighten the two motor bracket screws.
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Verify belt path and tension. Check that the large gear turns freely.
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Close back cover
6.3 Troubleshooting i-TECH Centra DFS
Problem
Cutter does nothing
Solutions
• Panel lights off, no fan noise : plugged in, power on, cycle
power
• Check fuse replace with one 5A for 115 vac or two 2.5A
for 220 vac.
• E-Stop button pressed.
Cut through/poor
• Is your knife blade sharp? You can check condition of
weeding
blade by examining the blade tip under a 30x microscope.
The blade tip must be present.
• For very thin (less than 0.002 inch, (0.05 mm)) or liner less
than 20 lb. media you might need to use the controlled
depth adjustment on the end of the knife holder. Partially
unscrew the black cap until just enough knife blade is
exposed to cut through the media but not the backer. Test
by drawing knife across media by hand. You can then use
a higher force with no cut through.
• It is important that the groove filler be installed fully and
evenly, otherwise material cut through may occur in some
sections across the cutter.
• Insufficient backer weight.
• Check mechanical adjustments Website Copy / CD Copy
• Increase / Decrease force. Increase decrease knife offset.
• Check cut strip condition. Replace or reverse if damaged.
• Decrease acceleration or speed.
• Increase resolution in printer driver.
• Using wrong angle of blade for material.
• Not tracking. Fix this first.
Images are incorrect
• If error is small (< 1/2 inch (12 mm)) make sure grit wheel
size
is clean. Dirt build up in grit will change the size of the
grit wheel making it cut the wrong size. Run diagnostic 07
to calibrate the cutter to a ruler or printer as desired.
Contour cuts are wrong • If you are using origin only or origin skew no scaling is
size.
done to image received. In this case you must calibrate the
cutter to your printer rather than a ruler. You do this by
printing a large rectangle on your printer. Then cut the
same size rectangle. For x and y drawn use printed size
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Labels or contour cuts
are cutting in the wrong
spot
Target errors tar1, tar2,
tar3, tar4
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rather than a ruler as drawn or desired size.
If you are using origin scale, or origin skew scale then the
size of the cut is change by the x or y sensor size parameter
in the line sensor menu.
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See SmartMarkTM setup in Appendix A
Verify you created job correctly.
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Origin target is at minimum x and maximum y of drawing.
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The scan area contains only target and background with no
stray marks that could be seen as targets.
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Verify printer properties are correct
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Rotation is set correctly. Target cut should be in same
corner on preview as selected origin corner.
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Find origin property is set to Origin only.
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Verify sensor settings have not been lost
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In the remote panel select setup -> line sensor menu.
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Verify x sensor offset is about 0.75 inch and y sensor offset
is about –0.1 inch
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If your job is off by only a little bit (less than 1/8 inch
(3mm)) and is same for every frame you can measure this
error and correct your x and y sensor offset by the amount
of the error you measure.
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Verify scan length is the same as the length of the side of
the target
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Verify the scan offsets = ½ of the length of the side of the
target
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Verify the Scan Velocity is either 1 or 2.
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Verify the space between jobs in the line sensor menu is
zero.
These errors indicate that the target scanner did not find the
target.
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If tar1 on first frame:
o Verify that you positioned red led pointer to right
rear corner of target
o Verify red led is lit.
o Check that distance led is from media is 3.4 to 4.6
mm.
o Run line sensor diagnostic (21) to verify operation
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of sensor.
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If tar1 on 2nd or subsequent frame
o Verify space between jobs in printer driver is set
correctly. If it is set correctly after cutting first
frame the knife blade should be on the right rear
corner of target of next frame..
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Tar2 – 4.
o Verify job you are sending matches job you printed
o Verify rotation is correct in printer driver
o Verify job is built correctly in that scale and skew
target print is in same location is die lines for scale
and skew target.
No action when you
send data to cutter
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o Verify scale and skew targets are at extents of
image. Skew should be a minimum x and
maximum y. Scale target should be at maximum x
and minimum y.
Allen Spooler: If plot is sent from computer and cutter
doesn’t cut, check for Allen spooler in the task bar (Lower
right of monitor, green box with red arrow, near time). If it
is not there, go to start button, programs (all programs),
startup, allen spooler and click on allen spooler. If you get
message saying allen spooler starting with one job left in
queue, cancel it and send job again after checking to see
that cutter is ready.
Click on red arrow in green field icon in service icon area.
If you are getting unable to open port displayed
See if remote panel still has port open. It should auto close
the port after 5 seconds.
Reboot computer and cutter.
Verify port selected is correct. You can find the correct
port from the device manager.
Plug usb cable into same usb port as you normally do.
Different usb holes are normally configured as different
com ports.
Rerun enable printer driver to find cutter. Start > All
Programs > Allen Datagraph > Cutter Driver > Enable
printer driver
Try different usb cable or different computer.
From spooler cancel all jobs, turn cutter off/on and resend
job.
No usb driver installed for equipment Website Copy / CD
Copy
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Job does not complete
When I turn my cutter
on, the head reaches the
side plate and makes a
loud noise
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Cutter in pause state.
Verify minimum cutter driver level of 2.08g. New
software can be downloaded from Web Site Copy
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If you have less the firmware revision 12 as usb version in
your cutter turn off polyline encoded output in printer
properties, device settings. Web Site Copy / CD Copy
Try a different cable or computer
Loose long Y belt
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if carriage is getting to the right side and making a
ratcheting noise, it's could be the long y axis belt, or the y
axis motor belt located under the left control panel. To
determine which belt it is, turn the machine on while
holding out on the long belt that attaches to the cutting
head. What this does is put more tension on the belt. If the
head gets to the side and they don't hear the noise, proceed
to below:
Remove the control panel and locate the belt tensioner.
This is a wedge-shaped device with a long Phillips head
screw protruding toward the rear of the machine.
Loosen the 3/8" locking nut holding the tensioner screw in
place. Turn the phillips screw a couple turns clockwise,
then turn the cutter on before attaching the control panel. If
the cutter initializes, there is no need to look further. If this
does not solve the problem, proceed to the next step:
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Router keeps changing
my ip address
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Material Does not track
straight
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Remove rear cover, turn cutter on and observe the belt
attached to the motor. If the motor pulley continues to turn,
then the short motor belt is most likely either loose or worn
out. Carefully inspect the teeth on the belt for wear with the
machine off. The pulley can be rotated to allow inspection
of teeth.
If the teeth are not worn or stripped off the belt, loosen the
three mounting screws holding the motor bracket to the
sideplate. Apply tension to the motor bracket BY HAND,
and tighten the screws. The belt should have less than 1/8”
of free play when properly tightened.
Some routers do not keep a table of mac addresses so that
the same computer will be assigned same ip address each
time you power up. In this case run diagnostic 4 and
assign a static ip address to the cutter. See also Website
Copy / CD Copy
Inspect pinch wheels
Clean grit wheel and pinch wheels.
Reduce acceleration and / or velocity.
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Lamination Not
Tracking
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Insure cutter is loaded straight. Same distance from back
wall from supply to takeup.
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Perfect leveling is not required in steps below but
adjustments need to be close.
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Machine loaded per Web Site Copy / CD Copy.and Web
Site Copy / CD Copy
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Machine Level (place level on cut strip) level with machine
/ table legs.
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Rear media guides set correctly. (Measure distance
between gear panel to media guide. They should all be
same distance from gear panel.)
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Adjustable bars level. Set level on Web guide 3, exit roller
and adjust until level.
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Mandrels Level (to adjust remove back of machine and
loosen 4 mandrel leveling bolts. Align with Square. Check
with level. Tighten bolts.)
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Skewing
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Verify both front and rear dancer bars are not bouncing on
bottom or top of service loop. Bouncing will cause the
media to slip between the grit wheel and the pinch roller.
Machine loaded per Web Site Copy / CD Copy.and Web
Site Copy / CD Copy
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Machine Level (place level on cut strip) level with machine
/ table legs.
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No tension is required on Laminate feed mandrel. Set
tension control to off position.
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Unwind stand inadequate. A suitable unwind stand must be
used with the Centra. It should supply a small amount of
back pressure and not drift from side to side.
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Printed media must be wound on core evenly
•
Laminate same width or larger than printed stock.
Laminate with should be 1/16” to 1/8” smaller than printed
stock.
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Too much pressure on laminate roller (blue rubber roller).
Only a light pressure is required on laminate roller.
•
Uneven pressure on laminate roller. To set pressure loosen
two nuts on each pressure control. These are the hinged
cam latches that supply the pressure on the blue roller. To
measure the pressure you need to create two sandwiches of
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three pieces of the unlaminated printed media. Place one
sandwich under operator side latch and one under gear side
latch. Adjust the pressure the latch applies to the blue
roller until both centerpieces of the sandwiched media can
be pulled with the same amount of force. Test tracking.
After laminate tracking works correctly tighten lock nuts.
Appendix A – i-TECH remote panel Advanced Options
A.1 Enable Advanced Options
To enable advanced options select setup -> options from remote panel. Change
advanced/normal menu options to advanced.
A.2 Action Menu
A.2.1
Send HPGL File
Send HPGL File will send a HPGL plot file directly to the Centra. Typical origins of
HPGL files include the Allen Driver, CorelDraw or some other design software. To send
a HPGL plot file from the remote panel program click the Send HPGL File menu item to
open the select file window. Select the files desired and click the Open button. This will
send the file directly to the Centra.
A.2.2
Cancel, Continue, Pause
These commands will cancel, continue, or pause a job being sent by the Send HPGL
command. For jobs sent by other programs you can use the Pause button on the Centra
and the (F1, F2, F3) combo to cancel the currently cutting job.
A.2.3
Open Com Port
Opens a communication channel to the Centra and sets a long timeout for close.
A.2.4
Close Com Port
Closes communication port to cutter. Since only one program can talk to cutter at a time,
selecting this command allows other programs to talk to Axxix. The remote panel will
normally automatically close the com port after a period of inactivity.
A.2.5
Upload Firmware
The firmware on this disk is provided for update purposes only and should not be
installed on new machines. In general you should not install a firmware update unless
directed by a member of the technical support staff. Firmware updates are available on
the technical support page of the Allen Datagraph web site at
http://www.allendatagraph.com.
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This procedure details the firmware upgrade procedure. Normally firmware is only sent
to customers when a software problem is reported that has been fixed in a later version of
the software.
From time to time Allen
Datagraph will recommend that
you upgrade your firmware in
your Allen Datagraph Centra.
A file can be downloaded from
the Allen Datagraph web site
and saved to the desktop.
Before running the setup
program be sure to exit the
older version of the Remote
Panel.
A.2.5.1 Firmware
Installation
Instructions:
Turn off your equipment. Press the load button on your front panel and then, turn on the
Allen Datagraph equipment to be upgraded. Start the Remote Panel by clicking on start,
program, Allen Datagraph, Remote Panel. Click on Setup, Com Port and verify that the
correct port has a check next to its name. Click on Action, Upload Firmware. If asked
select pic32rel.hex file and click Open. If the upload fails, you will be given a backup
procedure to follow on the computer screen.
A.2.6
Save to EEROM and Restore from EEROM
This procedure allows saving the eerom and restoring it when certain hardware is
replaced.
A.3 Setup Menu
These commands are used to save custom settings and factory settings to the computer
when certain electronic components need to be replaced.
A.3.1
Main Menu
Knife Settings Tab
The Centra can also self adjust the speed within certain limits based on the speed of the
device feeding the unit. The range for speed is 1 to 100%. Enter min and max speed
for Label Mode and check the Allow Speed Change. This option is only useful in
direct feed from printer to centra.
Hole Distance and Tear Size are used when the Centra is in the Pounce Mode. The hole
distance setting is the distance between holes and the tear size is the distance the Centra
moves with the pounce tool down to tear the media and enlarge the pounced hole
The Rubber tab has several advanced parameters. They are described below.
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Rubber Scratch Force displays and sets the down force used during tangential emulation.
This is primarily used when cutting thick materials such as sandblast rubber. Tangential
emulation simulates a tangential or servo controlled rotating knife by moving to a
position short of the vector to be cut and putting the knife blade down with a very light
force while moving toward the direction of cut to align the knife before applying the full
cutting force. This improves the cut quality in thick materials. (default 0.1%)
Rubber Backup Multiplier (default 20) displays and sets the distance the knife will be
dragged at the light force used to align it. This parameter is used with and is additive to
the Rubber Backup Offset (default 0.02). The Rubber Backup Multiplier is based on the
change of angle between vectors and the Rubber Backup Offset is a constant added to the
distance calculated based on angle.
Rubber Minimum Angle (default 19) is the rotation angle between two vectors that
enables tangential emulation. Subsequent vectors that have angle between them
exceeding this parameter cause the pen to be picked up, dragged along the surface to
align the knife and plunged into the media at the beginning of the next vector.
Subsequent vectors that have angle between them less than this parameter will perform a
drag rotation.
Max Motion Vector Length (default 0.001) (Named after the driver that outputs very
small vectors) Allen Centras very accurately replicates the vectors in the HPGL plot file.
Some design programs output vectors that are very short. It is sometimes desirable to
combine some of these vectors into a longer vector to eliminate jagged edges or slow
cutting. This parameter works like a curve-smoothing algorithm and is used to improve
poor HPGL files.
Anticipation Rubber (default 0.001) and Anticipation Vinyl (default 0.0004) is a parameter that
adjusts the backlash compensation in the Centra. The Anticipation Rubber is the
parameter used when the Centra is in tangential emulation mode and the Anticipation
Vinyl is the parameter used when not in tangential emulation mode. Heavier materials
require more backlash compensation. These numbers are individually set at the factory
and should not require adjustment except when cutting heavy materials. If you are
experiencing thick and thin lines or misshaped letters, adjust the anticipation parameter to
obtain satisfactory results.
A.3.2
Setup -> Line Sensor Skew tab
Y Target Location. This is the distance between the origin target and the skew target
when the 2nd parameter of the FO command is –1. This command is used on CAD
systems that do not emit the FO HPGL command. You set up the initialization string to
have
BJ1;FO-1,-1;
<for origin skew and scale processing>
or
BJ1;FO0,-1;
<for origin and skew processing>
This causes the Centra to look at the Y Target Location parameter from this menu item.
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A.3.3
Setup -> Line Sensor Scale tab
X Target Location. This is the distance between the origin target and the scale target
when the 1st parameter of the FO command is –1. This command is used on CAD
systems that do not emit the FO hpgl command. You set up the initialization string to
have:
BJ1;FO-1,-1;
<for origin skew and scale processing>
This causes the Centra to look at the X target location parameter from this menu item.
A.3.4
Setup -> Settings
Dynamic Force engages the dynamic force
function that instantaneously adjusts the
force on the fly based on the actual velocity
of the knife blade. All Centras must
accelerate and decelerate as they cut around
corners. Some medias require different
force settings for different speeds. This
parameter allows for building a database for
these materials and when enabled will
greatly improve the cutting on these
materials. (See the Setup → Dynamic Force
Section for more details)
Coordinate System
Allen Systems have four origins to allow for
flexibility when using various CAD/CAS
systems. The Centra is shipped with the
Long X coordinate system in all factory setups and is compatible with most cutter or
printer drivers. The choice of coordinate
systems other than Long X is beyond the scope
of this document.
A.3.5
Setup -> Options
Menus option offers the more advanced
features of the software. It is recommended
this be set to Normal until a more advance
feature is understood or is required by your
operation. The menu items below are displayed when the menus is set to Advanced.
Autocad OH Command determines how the system will respond to the HPGL OH
command.
Expand Mode allows the Centra to cut past the normal clip limits in the Y-axis. This
function allows cutting and extra 1/2 inch (12 mm) wide.
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High Resolution Force sets the force resolution to 1 to 1000 steps instead of 1 to 100
steps. It is useful when cutting very hard to cut medias. It allow setting the force
between two of the standard force settings. A force of 112 is equivalent to 11.2 % force.
(also see the Setup → Dynamic Force )
Joystick Knife Offset this option controls whether the cutting data point includes or
excludes the knife offset. The normal setting is exclude. Include is used for CadLink’s
Signlab program when digitizing only. You should use exclude for all cad systems
except Signlab.
A.3.6
Setup →
Dynamic Force
This feature is considered
an advanced feature and
does not appear on the
Setup menu unless the menu
is set to advanced on the
option page.
Dynamic
Force
allows
different
forces to be applied at
different velocities. Adjust
sets up the dynamic force
parameters and database.
To establish a new material database type in the name of the new material in the Material
Selection box and click Add. In the Force and Velocity Window, type in the desired
force vs. velocity that you have established for the material. The recommended method
for establishing the various force vs. velocity numbers is to run the test cut at various
velocities and record the results for entry here.
Enter the Maximum cut speed for the media in the Max Draw Speed window.
Before using Dynamic Force Adjust, it is necessary to send the force setup to the cutter
memory by clicking the Send Force to Cutter button.
A.4 Diagnostics
The Centra firmware contains a set of resident diagnostics. When the Centra is powered
up, it automatically performs a self-test program to check all operating parameters. If a
malfunction is detected, the letter “E” and a three-digit error number will be displayed in
the display window. The error numbers and the corresponding malfunction descriptions
are given in the Appendix B – Error Codes. When an error is displayed and no obvious
damage was done to the Centra, power off the Centra and repeat the procedure that
caused the error to display. If the error reoccurs, the user may push any key on the control
panel to enter the diagnostic mode. Many errors automatically place the Centra in the
diagnostic mode when a key is pressed.
The fail-safe system is designed to detect failures in the operation of the
electromechanical system in the Centra and to prevent such failures from causing other
damage. The Centra monitors motor currents and will generate an error if motor current
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too high or unmeasureable. It also generates an error for impossible or dangerous
conditions. The appropriate error code will appear, as mentioned above, in the display
window on the control panel.
The diagnostics in the Centra exist at several levels:
1. POWER-ON
2. CONTINUOUS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE MONITORING
3. OFF-LINE
The POWER-ON diagnostics are performed at power-on or reset of the microprocessor
and test the microprocessor, memory, servo analog and digital hardware, and some of the
testable sensors.
After initialization, CONTINUOUS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
MONITORING check the sensors and fail-safe monitors for machine malfunctions. If a
malfunction is detected, an error code is displayed on the control panel display, motors
are shutdown and the Centra ceases operation.
OFF-LINE testing is used for manufacturing and field service testing and for making
certain adjustments to the Centra such as calibration.
To Run Diagnostics if the Centra unit is displaying an error code on the front panel
display, press any key to enter the diagnostic mode.
A.4.1
How to run Diagnostics
A.4.1.1 From Front Panel
Turn unit on and allow initialization to complete. If the Centra is displaying a flashing
error code on the front panel display, press any key to enter the diagnostic mode.
Press the select key to initiate the menu function, Press the left or right arrow key to
display diA. Press the up or down key to scroll thru the diagnostic numbers (0002 –
0099). Press the select key to start the diagnostic.
TO STOP A DIAGNOSTIC
Press the reset key sequence F1, F2, F3.
TO EXIT THE DIAGNOSTIC MODE
To return to normal operation, run diagnostic 99 or cycle the Centra power off and on
A.4.1.2 From Remote Panel
To start diagnostic select diagnostic to run from diagnostic pull down menu in the Centra
remote panel. Follow on screen directions. To stop a diagnostic press the CTRL-C
character on the keyboard or turn off and on the Centra.
A.4.2
Setup Diagnostics
A.4.2.1 Setup/Operation of Analog Accumulator Sensors
A.4.2.2 Analog Sensor Operation
Uses diagnostics 40, 55, 45, 44, 41 and 42
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At load or beginning of frame
Turn on takeup and supply motor for enough time to empty/fill accumulators
While idle and ready (load led on)
If input/output accumulators are < / > half full turn on supply/takeup motors to make
accumulators 1/2 full.
While cutting
If input accumulator < 1.4 inches of media or output accumulator > accumulator length –
2.4 inches of media then pause cutter. If stepper motors are off turn on stepper motors ½
inch of movement
If paused by above and input accumulator has more than required amount of inches turn
on steppers for ½ inch movement.
At end of job center accumulators.
At beginning of copy move to load position before starting copies.
A.4.2.3 Hall Effect Sensor Operation
Uses diagnostics 55 and 45
At load fills input dancer until bottom sensor is hit.
At beginning of frame turns on both steppers to advance last frame size distance
Uses state machine to decide what steppers to turn on and when.
A.4.2.4 Diagnostic 40 Set Accumulator Length
Diagnostic 40 allows setting Analog rail length set to 2 times the distance between top
and bottom of movement available. We use 34 inches on Centra.
A.4.2.5 Diagnostic 55 Set Accumulator Type
Diagnostic 55 allows setting sensor type for accumulator. Default is fill. Set to AnLg if
analog sensors are installed or Fill for hall effect sensors.
A.4.2.6 Diagnostic 45 Set Stepper Speed
Diagnostic 45 allows setting speed of stepper motors. Time steppers by timing the
feeding of 36 inches of media. The divide 36 by the time measured. Enter this number.
On Centra this number should be about 3.5 inches per second.
A.4.2.7 Diagnostic 44 Max Accumulator Position
If you have analog sensors you must map the sensors since the transducer is not linear.
Diagnostic 44 allows mapping the non-linear position of the analog position to adc
values.
Before running diagnostic check operation of the adc. Do this by removing media and
running diagnostic 41 for supply sensor and 42 for takeup sensor. Display will oscillate
between the position and the adc value. The position value will not be correct until
completing this diagnostic.
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The top adc value should be in the range of 1-50 adc counts. You do this be making the
plunger for the sensor just slightly push in the plunger. You change this by either
rotating the block on the bar or moving the top of the diagonal toward or away from the
sensor.
The bottom adc value should be between 600-750. If you have a larger value the plunger
is probably bottoming out. You fix this by moving the bottom of the diagonal away from
the sensor.
In order to load media on a machine on machine that has never run diagnostic 44 you
have to turn off label mode with diagnostic 64 = off.
To run diagnostic load media between supply nip, through pinch wheels and output nip.
Accumulator dancers should be within 1/8 inch of the very bottom on the supply side and
within 1/8 inch of the very top of the takeup side. The pinch wheels should be down.
Start diagnostic 44. The adc values for input and output accumulators oscillate. One
number should be between 1 and 50 and the other between 600-750.
Press select. run is displayed.
The grit will advance media 1/8 inch at a time recording adc value for each 1/8 inch
position. At the end of the diagnostic 44 good or bad is displayed.
If good press select and then run diag 64 to turn label mode on if you turned it off before,
then diagnostic 41 and 42 to verify top, bottom and middle positions displayed. Top
should display 0.00 inches bottom should display number set in diagnostic 40 above.
Middle should display about 1/2 this number.
If bad is display the starting value is > 255 or the bottom value – top value is < 100 adc
counts. Fix mechanical or electrical problem and try again.
Exit diagnostic by pressing any button on the front panel.
A.4.2.8 Calibrate 07
See calibration procedure at Website Copy / CD Copy available on the technical support
page of the Allen Datagraph web site at http://www.allendatagraph.com.
A.4.2.9 Calibrate to Printer
See calibration procedure at Web Site Copy / CD Copy available on the technical support
page of the Allen Datagraph web site at http://www.allendatagraph.com. -> tech support
-> Centra -> SmartMark Sensor Page.
A.4.2.10
Calibration Square Output
This diagnostic prompts for a square size and sends an HPGL command to output the
square. This is useful when calibrating the Centra to a ruler rather than a printer and is
normally not required. Specifying 6 inches for the size will send the HPGL job to the
Centra that will cut a 6 inch rectangle.
A.4.2.11
Default Calibration 08
This diagnostic sets the calibration constants back to the factory defaults prior to initial
calibration. After running this diagnostic you will have to either restore the calibration
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constants or rerun the procedure described in TSB on CalibrationWebsite Copy / CD
Copy or SmartmarkTM calibration Web Site Copy / CD Copy available on the technical
support page of the Allen Datagraph web site at http://www.allendatagraph.com. As this
is a rather involved procedure Diagnostic 08 should be avoided unless you have received
an E37 error, which automatically run this diagnostic.
A.4.2.12
FO Output
This diagnostc sends the <esc>.vfooutput: command which displays software debug
information about the last SmartMarkTM scan. The first line output indicates the location
of the three targets and whether they were found. The last two lines indicate the amount
of scaling and rotation calculated that need to be applied to the HPGL commands to cut
the image.
It normally is not useful for customers to run this diagnostic. Information displayed is
recorded in the serial.log file.
A.4.2.13
Smart Mark Setup
4.2.13.1 Sensor Offsets
The SmartMark sensor is offset from the center of the
knife. The red dot indicates the LED point and the blue
circle represent the knife. This value is normally setup
at the factory or during installation of the Centra. The
offset distance is preset at the factory, but may need to
be adjusted on occasion. You may follow this
procedure only if you own a digitizing site (Allen p/n
PL-00-11-500). Otherwise you must follow the manual
procedure described in the TSB Calibration Web Site
Copy / CD Copy.
To automatically reprogram the SmartMark sensor offset and sensor size parameters:
Open the Centra Remote Panel. Open the Diagnostics Menu and click on SmartMarkTM
Setup
1. Before running this procedure
run the Calibrate to Printer
diagnostic.
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2. Print the 6x3 rectangle in
c:\Program
Files\Allen
Datagraph\Sample directory on
the same printer you ran the
“calibrate to printer diagnostic”.
3. Enter the designed size of the
rectangle in the Rectangle Size
boxes
4. Load Media into Centra.
5. Move the SmartMarkTM Sensor
beam near the origin corner of
the 6x3 rectangle
6. Click on Find Sensor Size and
Offset. This determines the size
of sensor based on the focal
length and the current setting of the threshold.
7. After scanning the scale, skew, and origin points you will be asked to joystick the
carriage to the lower right corner of the rectangle. Use either the optional fiber
optic bombsite so that the center of the bombsite is directly above the lower right
hand corner of the printed rectangle.
8. Click on OK to save new values or Cancel to restore original values.
You can review the numbers by opening the Setup Menu, click on Line Sensor Menu.
See section describing the line sensor menu.
A.4.3
Customer Diagnostics
A.4.3.1 Set Model Number 03
This diagnostic allows setting model number into cutter so it knows it is an Centra Cutter.
Start diagnostic. Enter model 210 for 10” and 216 for 16” for Centra Finishing System
then press the Select Key.
Model number can also be set from the Setup -> Options menu.
Model number should not be changed under normal circumstances. Password to change
model number is 23.
A.4.3.2 Lan address IP assignments 04
Normally you do not need to run this diagnostic. If you are using a cross over cable the
default address is 192.168.4.10 and you have set your computers ip address to
192.168.4.2. If you are using a dhcp server, most algorithms normally try to assign same
ip address to mac address everytime the device requests an ip address. If you have
trouble with your dhcp server giving you a different ip address everytime you turn on
your machine you can set a static ip address.
select -> right arrow to dia -> up arrow to 0004 -> select
select ip or dhcp (static / dynamically assigned)
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change ip address part 1 (0-255) (use for/speed up/down to change value) select
change ip address part 2 (0-255) select
change ip address part 3 (0-255) select
change ip address part 4 (0-255) select
MAS is displayed. press select
change mask address part 1 (0-255) select
change mask address part 2 (0-255) select
change mask address part 3 (0-255) select
change mask address part 4 (0-255) select
GATE is displayed. press select
change gateway address part 1 (0-255) select
change gateway address part 2 (0-255) select
change gateway address part 3 (0-255) select
change gateway address part 4 (0-255) select
then power off cutter and back on.
Example: if you want to set static ip to 192.168.3.30 with mask of 255.255.255.0 and gateway of
192.168.3.1
you would:
select -> right arrow to dia -> up arrow to 4 -> select
select ip (static)
change ip address part 1 192 select
change ip address part 2 168 select
change ip address part 3 3 select
change ip address part 4 30 select
MAS is displayed. press select
change mask address part 1 255 select
change mask address part 2 255 select
change mask address part 3 255 select
change mask address part 4 0 select
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GATE is displayed. press select
change gateway address part 1 192 select
change gateway address part 2 168 select
change gateway address part 3 3 select
change gateway address part 4 1 select
A.4.3.3 Button Diagnostic 31
Test the operation of each of the buttons on the front panel. Buttons must be pressed as
prompted by this display code, in the following order: Load, Pause, Copy, Speed Up,
Speed Down, Force Up, Force Down, Test Cut, F3, F2, F1, Select, Left, Right, Up,
Down. If the wrong code is received the error code E036 is displayed otherwise the
requested button is requested with a prompt.
A.4.3.4 Confidence Test 02
The confidence test is used to verify the operation of the cutting station of the Centra. It
fully tests the capability of the cutting CPU and Servo control system.
First Load A size paper (8.5 x 11) into the cut station. Lower pinch wheels. Do not press
load. Insert a Pen into the tool holder. Start diagnostic.
A.4.3.5 Flag Monitor / Adjust 34
This diagnostic is used to verify the correct flag position on the cutting head. It displays
the knife height on the display. The flag is a small, flat, angled piece of metal which
moves up and down between a pair of circuit board mounted sensors. The flag is held on
to the knife holder by 2 Allen screws, which are loosened slightly if adjustment is
necessary. There are 3 locations the knife holder can be in. They are:
Bottom (remove the knife from the holder and press the holder down to the bottom) The
display should read between 000 and 006.
Down (press the knife down with a knife in the holder) The display should read 018 to
040 pressing down with a knife in the holder (no media present). Adjust flag position if
necessary.
Top (hold the knife up) The display should read 0060 or more.
The display should change immediately as you move the knife up or down.
Slightly move the flag to obtain the above reading at each of the three locations.
Check that the flag screws are tight and recheck Bottom and Down.
A.4.3.6 Flag Setup - Z Axis 58
This diagnostic trains the Centra to match the carriage installed.
Phase 4: Set Tool Bottom - Remove the tool from the holder and press the Select Key.
Phase 5: Set Tool Down - Adjust knife depth guide to equal the blade length. Place knife
tool in holder and press select key.
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A.4.3.7 Label Mode 64
On power up the label mode is set to on. If you want to run without accumulators and
stepper motors you can run this diagnostic and set label mode to off.
A.4.3.8 LED and LCD display 29
This diagnostic display characters on the 4 digit LCD display and flashes the LEDs.
A.4.3.9 Line Sensor 21
This diagnostic displays the amount of reflectance received back from the SmartMarkTM
sensor. It is normally < 20 for black and > 80 for white.
A.4.3.10
Amplifier Status
This diagnostics displays the temperature of the motor amplifiers
A.4.4
Manufacturing Diagnostics
It is not recommended that the Manufacturing Diagnostics be run unless instructed
by direct contact with Allen Datagraph Technical support. Damage to the system is
possible.
A.4.4.1 Collect Motor Position
Used by engineering to tune the servo system
A.4.4.2 Default Gains 48
Reset x, y , z axis gains to default values
A.4.4.3 Lift/Lower Continuous 37
Exercises the z axis lift lower at different forces. Continuously raises and lowers the
knife.
A.4.4.4 Lift/Lower Demand 38
Exercises the z axis lift lower at different forces. Raises and lowers the knife on each
select key press. While knife is down at a force the cutter displays the current through
the voice coil and the width of the pwm pulse to the z axis driver.
A.4.4.5 Line Sensor Test
Used by engineering to tune the line sensor hardware
A.4.4.6 Motor Position Plot
Used by engineering to tune the servo system
A.4.4.7 Read Calibration Constants
Reads and displays the scaling constants for the x and y axes. Safe to run. X and Y
encoder counter per inch are around 8000.
A.4.4.8 Spare Out
Used by engineering to test hardware
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A.4.4.9 Tuning (Engineering)
Used by engineering to tune the servo system
A.4.4.10
Write Plot Data to Excel
Writes the last tuning graph to file that can be imported into an Excel spreadsheet.
A.5 Label Interconnect
A.5.1
Read All Sensors Continuously
Read and display the service loop sensor statuses. As they are triggered by moving the
dancers in the accumulators the status changes from 0 to 1. Not used if analog sensors.
Use diagnostic 41 and 42 instead.
A.5.2
Reset Service Loop Sensor
Each of the service loop (accumulator) sensors detects the presence of dancer in the
accumulator travel. They are latched (set) on when triggered. To reset the sensor states
back to zero use this diagnostic. Not used if analog sensors. Use diagnostic 41 and 42
instead.
A.5.3
Supply motor on
Turn on supply motor (same as F2 on front panel)
A.5.4
Supply motor off
Turn off supply motor (same as F2 on front panel)
A.5.5
Take up motor on
Turn on take up motor (same as F3 on front panel)
A.5.6
Take up motor off
Turn off take up motor (same as F3 on front panel)
Appendix B – Error Codes
The mmc software error codes are in the following linked document. Web Site Copy /
CD Copy.
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Appendix C – Radio and Television Interference
NOTE: 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.
In order to maintain compliance with FCC regulations shielded cables must be used with
this equipment. Operation with non-approved equipment or unshielded cables is likely to
result in interference to radio & television reception.
This device complies with part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions; (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Appendix C – Installation and Assembly Instructions
Web Site Copy / CD Copy
Appendix D – Loading Diagram
Web Site Copy / CD Copy
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