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090314-511385
USER’S MANUAL
Robotic Feed (SCP-R)
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Printing History
Edition 1.0, #090314, Copyright 2014, All rights reserved.
FCC Compliance Statement: This device complies with part 15 of the 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.
For Users in the United States: This product is intended to be supplied by a UL listed Direct PlugIn Power Supply marked "Class 2"or a UL listed ITE Power Supply marked "LPS" with output rated
12VDC, 4.5A or higher. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. In a domestic environment this product
may cause radio interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used
inaccordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Use of shielded cables is
required to comply with the Class B limits of Part 15 of the FCC Rules. You are cautioned that any
changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to
operate and/or obtain warranty service for this equipment.
For Users in Canada: This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise for
digital apparatus set out on the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications. Le present appareil numerique n'emet pas de bruits radio electriques depassant les
limites applicables aux appareils numeriques de la class B prescrites dans le Reglement sur le brouillage
radioelectrique edicte par le ministere des Communications du Canada.
CAUTION!
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THE UNIT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE EXTERIOR
PANELS. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL. OPERATE THE UNIT WITH ONLY THE PROPER ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
AS LABELED ON THE PRINTER AND AC ADAPTER.
CAUTION!
USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS OR PERFORMANCE OF PROCEDURES OTHER THAN
THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION.
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Table of Contents
Section 1: Getting Started................................................................................1
A. Choosing a Good Location.................................................................1
B. Unpacking and Inspection.................................................................2
C. Identifying the Parts............................................................................ 3
D. Setup (Connecting the Cassette Printer).......................................... 5
E. Loading and Installing Hoppers.......................................................7
F. Loading Lidless Cassettes................................................................12
G. Installing the Extension Tray (Optional)........................................ 13
Section 2: Printing Cassettes.........................................................................14
A. Cassette Specifications .....................................................................14
B. Printing from PTLab.........................................................................16
C. Printing from other Programs......................................................... 17
Section 3: Control Panel Operation.............................................................18
A. Overview of Operation.....................................................................18
B. Programming Hopper Descriptions...............................................19
Section 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting...........................................23
A. Understanding Control Panel Error Messages.............................23
B. Transporting the Robot.....................................................................25
C. Technical Support..............................................................................26
Section 5: Technical Specifications..............................................................27
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Section 1: Getting Started
THANK YOU…
...for purchasing a Signature Cassette Printer-Robotic Feed.
The Signature Cassette Printer-Robotic Feed can significantly
increase the efficiency of your lab while helping to reduce the
risk of misidentification of specimens.
To begin using your Robot, please read this manual carefully.
This Operator's Manual is a guide to the Robotic Feed only.
The Signature Cassette Printer – Manual Feed is required to
operate this equipment. However, that printer is boxed
separately and includes its own user's manual.
NOTE ON TERMS AND CONVENTIONS
From this point forward, the following terms and conventions
will apply:
The Signature Cassette Printer – Robotic Feed (SCP-R) will be
referred to simply as the Robot.
The Signature Cassette Printer – Manual Feed (SCP-M) will be
referred to simply as the Printer.
A. CHOOSING A GOOD LOCATION
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•
Place the Robot in a location with adequate air circulation
to prevent internal heat build-up. You will need at least
10" (25 cm) of overhead space to allow the top cover of the
printer to open freely and have enough space to change
the ribbon.
Do not place the Robot near heat sources such as radiators
or air ducts, or in a place subject to direct sunlight,
excessive dust, mechanical vibration or shock.
Getting Started 1
B. UNPACKING AND INSPECTION
While unpacking your Robot, inspect the carton to ensure that
no damage has occurred during shipping. Make sure that all
supplied accessories are included with your unit.
The following items should be included:
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•
•
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Signature Cassette Printer –Robotic Feed
Power cord
Power converter
6-pin Mini Din cable
4 cassette hoppers
Installation disc and documentation
Extension Tray
4 dividers for lidless cassettes
4X
4X
2 Getting Started
C. IDENTIFYING THE PARTS
The following illustrations show the various parts of the robot.
These parts will be referred to throughout this manual so
return here if you ever encounter a term that is unfamiliar to
you.
Signature Cassette
Printer – Manual
Control Panel
Cassette Conveyor
Tray
Extension
Storage
Area
Cassette Hoppers
Cassette Output
Cassette Pusher
The Control Panel is used to display error messages, check
remaining cassette levels or assign hopper designations.
The Cassette Conveyor moves the printed cassette forward
from the cassette chute inside the printer to the Cassette Ouput
location.
Getting Started 3
The Signature Cassette Printer – Manual is boxed separately
and set in place on the back of the Robot.
The Cassette Hoppers hold the unprinted cassettes. If hoppers
are removed during a print job, the robot will pause its motion
until the hopper has been replaced and the ü button has been
pressed.
The Cassette Output location stores up to 7 printed cassettes.
Attach the included cassette output extension tray accessory to
more than double the capacity to 17.
To make room for the next cassette, the Cassette Pusher pushes
each cassette to the right after it lands in the output location.
USB
Robotics
Safety Cover
Power
6-pin Mini Din
Connections
Power Switch
4 Getting Started
D. SETUP (CONNECTING THE CASSETTE PRINTER)
1. Locate the Signature Cassette Printer – Manual Feed.
Disconnect any power or USB cables.
2. Open the Robotics Safety cover on the Robot.
Robotics
Safety
Cover
3. Lower the Printer onto the back of the Robot. Align the
holes in the bottom of the printer with the locator pins on
the back of the Robot
Locator
Pins
Getting Started 5
4. Lower the Robotics Safety Cover.
5. Connect the 6-pin Mini Din cable to the corresponding port
on the back of the printer and robot.
6-pin Mini Din Cable
6 Getting Started
6. Connect power to the printer and the robot. Switch on
power to the Robot.
Note: The power cables for the Robot and the Printer are interchangeable!
7. Refer to the Printer manual before connecting USB to the
printer. Follow the instructions in that manual.
E. LOADING AND INSTALLING hoppers
1. Press the check button on the control panel.
**** PAUSED! ****
****
****
** HOPPER CHANGES **
**** ALLOWED ****
Getting Started 7
2. Remove the hopper you
would like to fill with
cassettes.
3. Orient the hopper as
shown.
4 Remove the cassettes from the box.
5. Orient the cassettes so that the printable face of the cassette
corresponds to the open side of the hopper.
8 Getting Started
6. Carefully slide the cassettes into the hopper. Make sure
that the edge of the tape is accessible through the opening
in the slot.
Tape
Getting Started 9
7. The front edges of the cassettes should be pushed all the
way past the opening in the hopper.
Past the
Opening
Front Edge
of Cassette
8. Using your right had to hold the cassettes in place with
downward and forward pressure. Remove the tape with
your left hand.
Important Note: Check for any leftover tape adhesive
remaining on the side walls of the cassettes. Remove the
adhesive to prevent cassette sticking issues in the printer.
10 Getting Started
9. The cassettes will fall into place as you remove the tape
and the pressure with your right hand.
10. Gently shake the hopper to level any
remaining cassettes.
11. Cassettes should be level on all sides
before inserting the hopper into the
Robot.
12. Repeat these steps for the remaining
hoppers. Insert the hoppers into the
Robot so that the open side of the
hopper faces toward the robot.
Cassettes should
be level!
Getting Started 11
F. Loading Lidless cassettes
Before loading lidless cassettes you must install a divider in the
cassette hopper.
Slide the divider into the slot inside the hopper with the plastic
ribs facing away from the cassette. Once the divider is in
place, load the cassettes according the the instructions in the
previous section.
Divider
12 Getting Started
g. INSTALLING THE EXTENSION TRAY (OPTIONAL)
The 10 cassette extension tray can be added to the Robot
simply by setting it in place inline next to the output area so
that the locator tab on the tray fits inside the receiving slot
under the robot. No additional settings or adjustments are
necessary.
The extension tray will increase the output from 7 to 17
cassettes.
Locator Tab
Locator Slot
To use the tray simply slide the print cassettes onto the
extension tray with your finger. Pick up the tray and move it
to your station.
Getting Started 13
Section 2: Printing Cassettes
A. Cassette Specifications
The Signature Cassette Printer can print on cassettes with
printable face angles between 35 and 45 degrees and cassettes
that meet the size specifications shown below. The Signature
Cassette Printer uses thermal transfer print technology. This
print technology requires stricter standards on the surface
finish and cleanliness of the cassette’s printable area compared
to cassettes that are used with ink jet technology printers.
1. Cassette Dimensions
Maximum and minimum sizes for each dimension are shown
in the diagram below:
28.9mm
28.2mm
10.0mm MAX
[Lid attachment features]
.5 to 1.0mm chamfer
or 1.0mm radius on
bottom edges are highly
recommended
45deg
35deg
6.1mm
5.9mm
41.0mm
40.0mm
3.5mm
must be clear of lid
attachment features
83.0mm MAX
Note 1: Cassettes may have lids attached in the open position as shown, lids
may be removed or lids may be in a closed position as long as they do
not project over the printable face.
14 Printing Cassettes
2. Printable Surface Quality
The printable area of the tissue cassette must have a relatively
flat and smooth surface.
• Roughness. The recommended surface roughness is
approximately 30 microinches. Slightly rougher print
surfaces will also work, but there may be incomplete
transfer of ink to low spots within the surface texture. • Flatness. The printable surface must be as flat as possible;
the recommended flatness of the entire printable area
should be within .001”. Cassettes that have printable areas
with gradual bowing of the printable face that result in a
flatness measurement of larger than .001”may work, but
need to be tested on a case by case basis. Rapid transitions
in the printable surface due to sink or flaws in the mold
will likely result in poor print transfer in the affected areas.
Flat Surface Print
Rough Surface Print
3. Printable Surface Support
The printable area must be supported by the structure of the
cassette in such a way that the printable area does not deflect
under pressure. Use of ribs and surrounding walls should be
considered to maximize the consistency of the printable area. Ribs that are too thick can cause sink which can leave voids in
the print. Mold design can also cause sink in certain areas of
the printable face. These low areas will not have complete
transfer of ink. Examples of an unsupported upper edge (left)
and low spot in the middle of the face (right) are shown below.
Printing Cassettes 15
4. Raised Printable Surface Area
The printable area can be a pad that is slightly raised from the
rest of the printable face or it can be a perfectly flat face;
however, the printable area cannot be recessed within the
printable face. Any raised edges around the printing area will
prevent clean transfer of ink to the printable area. An example
of a cassette with a raised pad is shown below.
Note: Printing offsets may
need to be adjusted in the
PTLab software so that the
print starts on the raised
printing area. Starting the print
too early causes the print head
to get stuck on the transition
to the raised area.
B. Printing from PTLab
1. Open PTLab.
2. If the Robot is connected to the Printer via the 6-pin Mini
Din connector, PTLab will automatically detect it.
3. Select the template and fill out the variables.
4. With the robot connected, you will have a source drop
down list available. Choose the cassette source you would
like to use.
5. Click Print.
16 Printing Cassettes
C. Printing from other Programs
Printing to the Cassette Printer from other software can be
accomplished by using the included Windows driver installed
in the previous section. Four different document sizes are
available depending on the type of cassette you have. The
image file should correspond to one of the sizes below.
• Size 1 for standard 45° angle cassette - .236" x 1.01"
(default)
• Size 2 for rounded edge 45° angle cassettes - .236" x .880"
• Size 3 for 35° angle cassettes - .293" x 1.01"
• Size 4 for rounded edge 35° angle cassettes - .293" x .880"
Set the Cassette Source to the desired hopper. Any setting but
"manual" will cause the robot to pick from the hoppers.
The image file should have 100% saturated black text or
graphics.
To print, simply go to the application's print function. Choose
the "Cassette Printer" as the printer. Click OK to print.
Printing Cassettes 17
Section 3: Control Panel Operation
A. Overview of Operation
The control panel can be used to change hopper type
descriptions to one of the preprogrammed types, view error
messages, view cassette levels in each hopper, view remaining
prints on the ribbon, or pause the robot so hoppers can be
reloaded.
Under normal circumstances the control panel will alternate
between showing the cassette levels and showing the current
status.
— — — — — — — — — — — — —
PRINTER IS ONLINE
RIBBON STATUS
2711 PRINTS REMAIN
1:Blue
2:White
3:Red
4:White Biopsy
–23
–40
–40
–39
Press the check button to pause the robot.
**** PAUSED! ****
****
****
** HOPPER CHANGES **
**** ALLOWED ****
18 Control Panel Operation
If there is an error message the control panel will alternate
between the error message and cassette levels.
*******************
PRINTER NOT ONLINE
*******************
This error indicates that the printer is not plugged in, powered
off or not connected via the six pin mini-din cable.
1:Blue
2:Blue
3:White Biopsy
4:White Biopsy
–23
–xx
–40
–xx
This indicates that the hopper for this location has been
removed or is not seated properly.
B. Programming Hopper Descriptions
You can set the current hopper type description to one of the
preprogrammed descriptions using the control panel of the
Robot. However, it is only possible to change the text of the
hopper descriptions or add additional hopper descriptions in
the PTLab software.
To change the currently selected hopper type on control
panel, while the cassette levels are displayed press and hold
the check button and then the up arrow. (Note: The printer
must be online and not paused)
1:Blue
2:White
3:Red
4:White Biopsy
–23
–40
–40
–39
2
1
Control Panel Operation 19
A blinking cursor will appear on the first letter of the
description of the first hopper. Press the side arrow to change
to one of the other preprogrammed descriptions.
1:Blue
2:White
3:Red
4:White Biopsy
–23
–40
–40
–39
To move to one of the other hopper locations, press the down
arrow.
1:Blue
2:Blue
3:White Biopsy
4:White Biopsy
–23
–40
–40
–39
When you are finished making changes, press the check
button.
1:Blue
2:Blue
3:White Biopsy
4:White Biopsy
–23
–40
–40
–39
To edit the text of hopper descriptions or add hopper
descriptions, open PTLab, double-click on the hopper icon on
the status bar. You may also click on the settings icon and
choose settings – Hopper Settings.
Double-Click
20 Control Panel Operation
To change the currently selected hopper type, click on the drop
down menu next to each hopper number. All available
descriptions will appear in the drop down. Hopper numbers
start with “1” on the left side of the printer. Once the hopper
types are selected for each hopper number, click Set. A
confirmation dialog will appear.
Set hopper types
Edit or add hopper
type descriptions
If you would like to change or add hopper descriptions you
can do so on the same screen. Simply change the current
description or enter a new description in one of the 16 available
boxes. Click Submit
Note: You must click submit before any changes or additions will appear in
the Hopper drop down menus at the top of the screen.
Control Panel Operation 21
Cassette/Hopper Type Mismatch
The hopper descriptions are stored on the printer (not the
robot) and the currently connected computer. The descriptions
are stored in both locations so that you do not have reenter
them if either the printer or the computer is changed.
If you change the computer that is connected to the printer or
change the printer attached to the Robot, you will receive a
Cassette Type Mismatch error. You will need to reconcile the
differences.
1. The screen below will appear if you open the hopper
settings window. Simply click “OK” below the
descriptions you would like to keep.
2. The Hopper Settings window will open. Set the hopper
types to correspond with the cassettes which are actually
loaded in the hoppers as described on the previous page.
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Section 4: Maintenance and
Troubleshooting
A. Understanding Control Panel Error Messages
The following is a list of error messages that may occur. For
most you can press the check button on the control panel to
retry the operation.
1. Flipper board error
There was a problem rotating the cassette on the end of
the arm. This is not a problem swinging the arm around
the larger diameter inside the Robot. Power off the unit,
remove the hoppers and check for obstructions.
2. ARM motor error
There was a problem moving the arm up or down
(vertically). Power off the unit, remove the hoppers and
check for obstructions.
3. Swing motor error
There was a problem moving the arm from side to side
(horizontally). Power off the unit, remove the hoppers
and check for obstructions.
4. Picker error
The picker failed to pick up the cassette.
• Ensure that the proper dimension cassettes are
being used (Section 2A).
• Make sure the cassettes are level inside the hopper
(Section 1E).
• Make sure the hoppers are completely inserted into
the Robot. Remove and reinsert each hopper to be
sure. Push near the bottom of the hopper to ensure
a good connection.
5. Cassette was dropped
The picker picked the cassette but dropped it while it
was moving. This can be caused by an obstruction in
the arm path. Power off the unit, remove the hoppers
and check for obstructions. This usually means that the
picker is not getting a good grip on the cassette so all of
the same troubleshooting steps from item 4 above will
apply.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting 23
6. Cover is open
The safety cover over the front of the printer is open.
Close the cover to continue.
7. Selected cassette type is empty
The hopper is out of media. Other types of media may
be present in other hoppers.
8. Selected cassette is not in robot
The hoppers are full but the selected casssette is not
currently designated for any of the hoppers.
9. Hopper not installed
The hopper has not been inserted into the Robot. If it is
already inserted, remove it, reinsert it and press the
check button on the control panel.
10. Cassette lost on conveyor exit
A cassette fell off the conveyor track. Power off the unit,
remove the hoppers and remove the cassette if it fell off
inside the Robot.
11. Printer not online
The Robot cannot communicate with the printer. The
printer is not powered on, the power cable is unplugged
or the 6-pin Mini Din cable is disconnected.
12. Robot Arm touches cassettes in each hopper. The
robot will move the arm to the top of each stack of
cassettes to measure the remaining cassettes in each
hopper. This is done automatically after powering up
the unit or after a hopper has been removed and
replaced.
13. “xx” appears next to the hopper description instead of
the remaining cassettes. This indicates that the hopper
for this location has been removed or is not seated
properly. Replace the hopper. If it is already in place,
remove it and push it back in place until you feel it
connect. There is a magnet that will engage if the
hopper is properly connected. Push near the bottom of
the hopper.
1:Blue
2:Blue
3:White Biopsy
4:White Biopsy
24 Maintenance and Troubleshooting
–23
–xx
–40
–xx
B. Transporting the Robot
To prevent damage to the robotic arm during shipment, it is
important to properly secure it.
To prepare for transport remove all hoppers, remove the
printer from the back and then do the following.
1. Place the piece of notched foam that originally shipped
with the unit in the bottom of the second bay from the left.
2. Press and hold the up button on the control panel for two
seconds.
3. While still holding the up button press the down button.
1
Hold for
2 seconds
2
4. The arm will move into the second bay and push down on
the foam.
5. Unplug power from the robot.
6. Place the foam spacer that originally shipped with the unit
into the second bay above the arm.
7. Secure the foam spacer with tape.
8. Place the unit back into its original shipping box.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting 25
c. Technical Support
If you have difficulties operating your Printer, contact the
technical support number using one of the methods listed
below.
Source
Location
Primera Knowledge Base
http://www.primerahealthcare.com/
knowledgebase.html
Email Support
[email protected]
Phone Support
+49-(0)611-92777-0 (Mon-Thu 9 a.m. - 5.00 p.m,
Fri 9 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. CET)
26 Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Section 5: Technical Specifications
Printing technology: Thermal transfer
Print speed: Up to 8 cassettes/minute
Print resolution:
300 dpi
Ink type: Resin thermal transfer
Ribbon types: CMYK: 1000 prints
Black: 4300 prints
Printable colors:
8 solid colors; plus pattern options
Cassette types: Prints on standard smooth-faced cassettes
with 35° or 45°angles with either lid on or lid
off, no adjustments needed
Output tray capacity: 7 cassettes / 17 with extension tray
Construction: Steel frame with powder-coated steel covers
Cabinet color: Medical white
Data interface: USB 2.0 compatible
Printer drivers:
Windows™ XP/Vista/7/8
Height: 19.3”
Width: 12”
Depth: 25.9”
Weight: 72 lbs
Power requirements: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 60 watts
Warranty: One year parts and labor
Technical Specifications 27
Printed in the United States of America
P/N 511385
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