User Manual - Chicago Coding Systems

User Manual - Chicago Coding Systems

M a r k s m a n

®

1 Missouri Research Park Drive

St. Charles, MO 63304

Tel: 800-369-5384

Fax: 636-300-2188

©2005

High Resolution Printing

for the

Real World

User Manual

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Revision G for Software Version 2.0

www.foxjet.com

Marksman Pro

Section 1: Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 1

Section 2: Safety ................................................................................................................................... 3

Section 3: System Components .......................................................................................................... 5

Controller ................................................................................................................................... 7

Integrated Print Head ................................................................................................................. 8

Marksman© Hub ....................................................................................................................... 8

Bracketry ................................................................................................................................... 9

Photosensor .............................................................................................................................. 10

Encoder .................................................................................................................................... 10

Ink ............................................................................................................................................ 10

Waste Bottle ............................................................................................................................ 10

Section 4: Installation ........................................................................................................................ 11

Materials Required for Installation .......................................................................................... 11

System Installation Overview .................................................................................................. 12

Installing Bracketry ................................................................................................................. 12

Mounting the Print System ...................................................................................................... 13

Setting Up the Print Head ........................................................................................................ 14

Mounting the Photosensor ....................................................................................................... 14

Ship Caps ................................................................................................................................. 15

The Encoder ............................................................................................................................. 16

Electrical Cable Connections ................................................................................................. 17

Views .......................................................................................................................... 18

Priming the Print Heads ........................................................................................................... 19

Manual Prime .............................................................................................................. 19

APS Cycle ................................................................................................................... 19

Controller and APS...................................................................................................... 19

Print Head Control of APS .......................................................................................... 20

Auxiliary Photocell Input ............................................................................................ 21

Section 5: Getting Started ................................................................................................................. 23

Section 6: BoxWriter© Pro ............................................................................................................... 25

Configuration ........................................................................................................................... 25

Production Line Configuration.................................................................................... 25

Print Head Configuration ............................................................................................ 28

System Barcode Parameters ........................................................................................ 30

System Date/Time Codes ............................................................................................ 30

System Shift Codes...................................................................................................... 30

General Settings........................................................................................................... 30

Security .................................................................................................................................... 31

Configure Users .......................................................................................................... 31

Group Options ............................................................................................................. 31

Login............................................................................................................................ 32

Logout.......................................................................................................................... 33

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Help ......................................................................................................................................... 33

Translate ...................................................................................................................... 33

Operation ................................................................................................................................. 34

Operate Start Task ....................................................................................................... 34

Operate Stop Task ....................................................................................................... 34

Operate Idle Task ........................................................................................................ 34

Operate Resume Task.................................................................................................. 34

Operate Edit................................................................................................................. 35

Test Pattern .................................................................................................................. 35

Operate Change User Elements .................................................................................. 35

Operate Change Counts ............................................................................................... 35

Operate Exit................................................................................................................. 35

View ........................................................................................................................................ 36

View Print Report........................................................................................................ 36

View Scan Report........................................................................................................ 37

View Diagnostic Dialog .............................................................................................. 38

Preview ........................................................................................................................ 38

Refresh......................................................................................................................... 38

Section 7: BoxWriter© Pro Editor ................................................................................................... 39

Define ...................................................................................................................................... 39

Boxes ........................................................................................................................... 39

Box Usage ................................................................................................................... 40

Editor Defaults............................................................................................................. 40

Element Defaults ......................................................................................................... 41

Custom Date/Time Formats ........................................................................................ 42

Date/Time Codes ......................................................................................................... 45

Bitmap Settings ........................................................................................................... 46

Shift Codes .................................................................................................................. 46

Sub-Elements............................................................................................................... 47

Application Identifiers................................................................................................. 49

Global Barcode Parameters ......................................................................................... 50

Files ......................................................................................................................................... 52

New.............................................................................................................................. 52

Creating a Task............................................................................................................ 53

Open ............................................................................................................................ 54

Copy ............................................................................................................................ 55

Import .......................................................................................................................... 57

Export .......................................................................................................................... 58

Delete........................................................................................................................... 58

Save As........................................................................................................................ 59

Properties..................................................................................................................... 59

Exit .............................................................................................................................. 60

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Elements .................................................................................................................................. 61

Element Bar ................................................................................................................. 61

Text.............................................................................................................................. 62

Bitmap ......................................................................................................................... 63

Count ........................................................................................................................... 64

Date / Time Element.................................................................................................... 65

Expiration .................................................................................................................... 66

User.............................................................................................................................. 67

Shift ............................................................................................................................. 67

Barcode........................................................................................................................ 68

Database ...................................................................................................................... 70

Serial............................................................................................................................ 73

ToolBar .................................................................................................................................... 74

New.............................................................................................................................. 74

Open ............................................................................................................................ 74

Save ............................................................................................................................. 74

Save All ....................................................................................................................... 74

Cut ............................................................................................................................... 74

Copy ............................................................................................................................ 75

Paste............................................................................................................................. 75

Undo ............................................................................................................................ 75

Redo............................................................................................................................. 75

Zoom In ....................................................................................................................... 75

Zoom Out..................................................................................................................... 75

Zoom Normal .............................................................................................................. 75

Zoom Custom .............................................................................................................. 75

Fit View to Screen ....................................................................................................... 75

About ........................................................................................................................... 76

Font bar........................................................................................................................ 76

Name............................................................................................................................ 76

Size .............................................................................................................................. 76

Width ........................................................................................................................... 76

Rotation Bar................................................................................................................. 77

Alignment Bar ............................................................................................................. 81

Perspective ............................................................................................................................... 84

Section 8: Maintenance ..................................................................................................................... 87

APS - Automatic Priming System ........................................................................................... 87

Shutdown Procedures .............................................................................................................. 88

Section 9: Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................... 91

Troubleshooting Notes ............................................................................................................ 91

Troubleshooting Tests ............................................................................................................. 92

Print Test ..................................................................................................................... 92

Photosensor Sensitivity Test........................................................................................ 92

Print Quality Troubleshooting ................................................................................................. 93

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Appendix A: Specifications ............................................................................................................... 97

Controller Specifications ........................................................................................................ 97

Print Head Specifications ........................................................................................................ 98

Marksman© Hub ................................................................................................................... 100

Appendix B: Theory of Operation ................................................................................................. 101

The Marksman© Pro ............................................................................................................. 101

Print Heads ............................................................................................................................ 101

Photosensor ............................................................................................................................ 101

Encoder .................................................................................................................................. 102

Marksman© Hub ................................................................................................................... 102

Wiring Diagram .................................................................................................................... 103

Appendix C: Parts and Supplies .................................................................................................... 105

Consumables ......................................................................................................................... 105

Controller Assembly Service Kits ........................................................................................ 105

Print System Service Kits ..................................................................................................... 106

Appendix D: Testing the Electrical Outlet ....................................................................................107

Electrical Line Transients ...................................................................................................... 107

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address .............................................................................................. 109

Setting the IP Address on the Marksman© Hub ................................................................... 109

Setting the IP Address on the PC .......................................................................................... 110

Windows XP®........................................................................................................... 110

Windows 2000®........................................................................................................ 112

Windows 98®............................................................................................................ 114

Windows 95®............................................................................................................ 116

Appendix F: Fonts ........................................................................................................................... 119

Font List ................................................................................................................................. 119

Font Samples ......................................................................................................................... 120

Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures ............................................................................. 125

FJSOP1 - Removal of FoxJet High Resolution Printheads ................................................... 125

FJSOP2 - Daily Maintenance for AMS/APS Printheads ...................................................... 127

FJSOP3 - Daily Maintenance for non-AMS/APS Printheads ............................................... 129

FJSOP4 - Installation of FoxJet High Resolution AMS/APS Printheads ............................. 131

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Section 1: Introduction

Section 1: Introduction

The Marksman© Pro is an advanced high-resolution ink jet controller that runs on a

Microsoft Windows XP® platform. It includes a built-in keypad with a TFT display with touch-screen control. The Marksman© Pro can control up to 6 ProSeries high-resolution print heads for printing industry compliant barcodes, graphics or alphanumeric text on porous materials and cases.

This manual covers the operation of the Marksman© Pro Ink Jet Printing System, Marksman© Pro Controller, ProSeries Print Heads and Marksman© Hub.

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Section 2: Safety

Following is a list of safety symbols and their meanings, which will be found throughout this manual. Pay attention to these symbols where they appear in the manual.

Wear safety goggles when performing the procedure described!

!

Caution or Warning! Denotes possible personal injury and/or damage to the equipment.

Caution or Warning! Denotes possible personal injury and/or equipment damage due to electrical hazard.

NOTE: (Will be followed by a brief comment or explanation.)

Only trained personnel should operate and service the equipment.

NOTE: It is extremely important to:

• Clean up all ink spills with the appropriate conditioners immediately and dispose of all waste according to local and state regulations.

• Wear safety glasses and protective clothing, including gloves, when handling all inks and conditioners.

• Store inks and conditioners under the recommended conditions found on the MSDS

(Material Safety Data Sheet).

PRODUCT COMPLIANCE DISCLAIMER NOTE:

This product meets the requirements of CAN/CSA-22.2 NO.60950-00 * UL 60950 using

FoxJet an ITW Company approved items. Units are only tested and qualified with FoxJet an ITW Company approved inks, parts and accessories. Use of other inks, parts or accessories may introduce potential risks that FoxJet an ITW Company can assume no liability for.

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6

10

5

11

2

7

9

8

Section 3: System Components

1

4

3

2

1 Marksman Pro Controller

2 ProSeries Print Head

3 Conveyor

4 Product

5 Print System Bracketry

6 Encoder

7 Ink Supply

8 Photosensor

9 Vacuum Waste Collector Bottle

10 Encoder Cable

11 Alarm Beacon (Strobe)

12 Cordset, APS Controller

9

7

5

12

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Section 3: System Components

The Marksman© Pro Ink Jet System is available with the following components, options and service kits:

Part Number Description

2464008

2464023

2464009

2464034

2464236

2464025

2464232

2466025D

2466025E

2466026D

2466026E

2464228

2464238

Integrated Print Head

ProSeries 192, Integrated w/APS, V300

ProSeries 192, Integrated w/APS, ScanTrue II®

ProSeries 352, Integrated w/APS, V300

ProSeries 384, Integrated w/APS, ScanTrue II®

ProSeries 384, Modular

ProSeries 768, Integrated w/APS, ScanTrue II®

ProSeries 768, Modular, Vertical Orientation, ScanTrue II®

ProSeries NP192 Print System Assembly, Domestic

ProSeries NP192 Print System Assembly, European

ProSeries NP192 Modular Print System Assembly, Domestic

ProSeries NP192 Modular Print System Assembly, European

ProSeries AlphaCoder, AlphaMark

ProSeries AlphaCoder, ScanTrue II®

Controller Assembly

2465000D1 Controller Assembly, ProSeries, Marksman© 1 Head, Domestic

2465000E1 Controller Assembly, ProSeries, Marksman© 1 Head, European

2465001D-IPC Controller Assembly, ProSeries, Marksman Industrial PC, Domestic

2465211 PHC Upgrade Kit

2464550

2464552

2464553

2464561

2464562

2464563

2464564

2464565

2465201

2465219

2464603

2465224

2465223

Print Head/Controller Bracketry

Print Head Conveyor Mount Bracket

Retracting Bracket for 96/192 Print Head

Print Head Pivot Bracket

X-Y Axis Linear Adjustment, Tool-Less Bracket

Conveyor Mount/Roller Bracket for 768 Print Head

Print Head Floor Mount Bracket Kit

Conveyor Mount/Roller Bracket for 384/352 Print Head

Conveyor Mounting Bracket with Integrated Guide Rails for 384/768 Print Head

T-Base Controller Mounting Bracket Kit

Controller Conveyor Mounting Bracket Kit

Encoder, Photosensor, Alarm Beacon

Encoder, 5000 ppr (Includes Bracketry)

Photosensor, ProSeries

Alarm Beacon (Strobe)

2464040

2464041

2464179

2465212

2465213

2464312

Accessories

Marksman© Hub, Domestic

Marksman© Hub, European

Cabling

Cordset, Encoder, Extension, 24 Ft.

Cable Kit, Controller to Print Head, 10’ (Includes DB9 and DB25 Cables)

Cable Kit, Controller to Print Head, 25’ (Includes DB9 and DB25 Cables)

Cable, APS Photocell Networking ("Y" Cable for sharing Auxiliary Photocell)

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Controller

Section 3: System Components

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Integrated Print Head

Section 3: System Components

INK BOTTLE

WASTE BOTTLE

PRINT HEAD

INK SYSTEM

Marksman© Hub

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Bracketry

Bracketry is the structure that supports the controller, print system and other accessories.

This manual details instructions for mounting all system components to a conveyor. Other mounting options for the controller and print system include the floor mount and the retracting bracket. Assembly instructions are included with parts kits.

Conveyor Mount

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Photosensor

The photosensor is both a light source and a sensor. It emits light and detects the arrival of a product when the product reflects the light source back to the sensor. The sensor then sends a signal to the controller to start the printing cycle.

Encoder

The encoder assembly provides conveyor line speed information to the controller. It also allows automatic disabling of printing when the line stops.

The Marksman© Pro System uses a 5000 ppr open collector output encoder. The wheel is sized to provide the correct timing inputs to allow the print heads to print from 150 to 300 dpi.

ENCODER ASSEMBLY

Ink

Ink is supplied via 500 mL plastic containers. Ink types include glycol-oil based VersaPrint™ V300 for general purpose printing and ScanTrue® II pigmented ink for high edge definition printing. Both inks are formulated for use on porous substrates.

NOTE: Check the label on the Print Head for correct ink type.

NOTE: VersaPrint™ V300 and ScanTrue® II inks are not miscible. Do NOT mix the inks.

Waste Bottle

The APS includes a Waste Collection Bottle mounted on the rear of the Print Head assembly. This bottle must be changed when full to prevent improper operation of the system.

Instructions for waste disposal are on the collection bottle.

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Section 4: Installation

The figure below illustrates a typical conveyor-mounted installation. (Cables are not shown.)

Materials Required for Installation

You will need the following items:

• Lint-free wipes

• Safety goggles

• Level

• Tape measure

Use appropriate safety equipment and procedures. Leave print heads in their shipping cartons until all bracketry is in place and tightened down.

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System Installation Overview

NOTE:

The following steps give an overview of the procedure to properly install the Marksman© Pro print system. Refer to the appropriate section for details.

1. Carefully plan the mounting location of the equipment. Keep in mind bracketry hardware location and printer equipment size.

2. Remove equipment from packaging.

3. Assemble all bracketry to the floor, conveyor, or other bracketry per bracketry installation section.

4. Mount the print system to its appropriate bracketry. Do not connect to power outlet.

5. Assemble the optional retracting bracket to each print head, if applicable.

6. Mount the print head(s) to their appropriate bracketry and in the approximate location relative to the carton.

7. Mount the photosensor, optional bracketry, and optional encoder per procedure.

!

CAUTION:

Remove the print head Ship Cap prior to operating the Print Heads.

Installing Bracketry

This section shows controller bracketry mounted to a conveyor. This is the most common mounting method, and the most stable, as all bracketry is bolted directly to the conveyor.

Detailed assembly instructions are included with the parts kit.

Other mounting options, including parts kit numbers, are listed in Section 3, System Com-

ponents

.

Corner brackets are attached to aluminum bars as shown.

ATTACHING

CORNER

BRACKET

Corner Bracket

Single T-nut

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Mounting the Print System

Unpack the print head just before mounting to the bracketry.

Attach the print head to the bracketry with a print head mounting bracket.

The print head must be mounted in close proximity to the product. To maintain consistent print, the head should be mounted no more than 1/8" from the substrate. An optional retracting bracket is available to mount the head and control the distance from the head to the substrate. The retracting bracket allows the head to bump the product and retract as required to maintain a consistent throw distance. (See Section 3, System Components for bracketry options.)

NOTE:

Install optional retracting bracket kit on the print head prior to mounting the print head to the conveyor bracket.

It may be necessary to vertically adjust each bracket's horizontal bar later to fine-tune message placement. This is especially true when using multiple print heads, as message lines will need to be synchronized with each other.

NOTE:

When adjusting the horizontal bar or print head mounting bracket, always support the print head with your hand to keep it from falling forward onto the conveyor.

NOTE:

The ProSeries print heads work on gravity and capillary ink feed, internal in the print head. The head must be mounted in a level position from front to back to prevent leakage.

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Setting Up the Print Head

The Pro/Classic Series print heads are mounted using the 10-32 tapped holes on the right or left side of the Ink System bottom case. The print head angle can be set between 0° and

90°. Common settings are shown below.

90°

32° - 39°

27°

352 1.9”,

384 2” & 768 4”

Print Heads

192 1”

Print Head

96 3/4”

Print Head

To adjust the head to its correct angle:

1. Loosen the two set screws (1/8" hex head) on the print head side of the head mount.

2. Rotate the head to the desired angle.

3. Secure the set screws.

PRINTHEAD

HEAD MOUNT

INK SYSTEM

PHOTOCELL

MOUNTING

HOLES PRINTHEAD

MOUNTING

HOLES

LOOSEN SET

SCREWS TO

ROTATE HEAD

DO NOT ADJUST THE

SCREWS ON THE INK

SYSTEM SIDE OF THE

HEAD MOUNT.

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Mounting the Photosensor

The product detect Photocell can be mounted on either side of the print head, depending on the direction of print. Remove the plugs or set screws (3/32" hex head) in the photocell mounting holes, then attach the Photocell Mounting Bracket with the 10-32 x 1/2" screws provided with the bracket.

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Ship Caps

!

CAUTION:

Do not operate APS Print Heads with the Print Head Ship Cap installed! Operating a closed system can cause a siphoning effect which can drain the ink supply.

96, 192 and 352 Print Heads:

Remove the Print Head Ship Cap by squeezing the front of the side extensions together until the back releases. (See illustration at right.)

When replacing the Print Head Ship Cap, take care to align the rubber tips on the back of the cover with the rub buttons on the face of the print head.

RUB

BUTTON

SIDE

EXTENSIONS

SQUEEZE TO

REMOVE

384/768 Print Heads

Loosen the two thumbscrews and remove the Ship Cap.

(See illustration at right.)

THUMBSCREWS

SHIP CAP

NOTE:

If you place the Print Head Ship Cap on a hot print head and do not fasten it securely, the print head will weep ink until the head has cooled down.

NOTE:

Ink may accumulate behind the ship cap during shipping.

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Open the Reservoir

Vent Cap and Install the Filter. Remove the

Reservoir Ship Cap and Install the Ink Bottle. Save caps in a ziplock bag for future use.

INK

BOTTLE

RESERVOIR

SHIP CAP

!

CAUTION:

Do not over-tighten the ink bottle when screwing into the Reservoir.

Over-tightening will damage the Reservoir.

VENT

CAP

FILTER

PRIME BUTTON

The Encoder

The encoder uses a wheel that rolls against the conveyor line to track the speed.

It sends a signal to the controller, which makes adjustments for reported changes in the line speed.

It is not necessary to install the encoder immediately adjacent to the print heads. It is more important to place it where it will accurately measure the speed of the conveyor. Install it in contact with the conveyor, or with a wheel or roller moving the same speed as the conveyor.

The encoder's mounting bracket is spring-loaded.

Adjust the spring collar to ensure that the encoder maintains stable contact with the conveyor.

Mounting

Bracket

Encoder

Wheel

Mounting Bracket

Shaft

Conveyor

Encoder

Spring

Out to Controller

ENCODER

ASSEMBLY

!

CAUTION:

Do not jam the encoder wheel against the surface of the conveyor. A radial force of over 40 lbs. will reduce the life of the bearings.

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Electrical Cable Connections

ALARM

BEACON

(STROBE)

MARKSMAN PRO CONTROLLER

APS CONTROL CABLE

PRINT

SYSTEM

ETHERNET STRAIGHT-

THROUGH CABLE

ETHERNET HUB * ENCODER

COMPUTER *

PHOTO

SENSOR

PRINT

SYSTEM

PRINT HEAD CABLE

APS CONTROL CABLE

* CUSTOMER SUPPLIED EQUIPMENT

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Views

STROBE

ENCODER

A

CPU

BOARD 1

PRINT HEAD CARDS

2 3 4 5 6

OUTPUT TO

INK SYSTE M

OUTPUT TO

PRINT HE AD

ENCODER

B

AUXILIARY

INPUT

BOTTOM VIEW OF CONTROLLER

INPUT FROM

CONTROLLER

PRINTHEAD

ROTATION

PHOTOCELL

PURGE

COM 1

POWER FROM

CONTROLLER

BACK VIEW OF PRINT SYSTEM

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POWER

?

?

MALFUNCTION 1

MALFUNCTION 2

ETHERNET

FRONT VIEW OF MARKSMAN HUB

STROBE 2

SERIAL B

SERIAL D

SERIAL A

SERIAL C

STROBE 1

BACK VIEW OF MARKSMAN HUB

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Priming the Print Heads

NOTE:

The system will not prime either manually or automatically if there is a low ink indication. Low ink indication is caused by either low ink in the reservoir or full ink in the waste collection bottle.

Manual Prime

NOTE

: Place a wipe in front of the maintenance plate to catch excessive ink.

A manual prime can be accomplished by depressing the push-button switch on the rear of the ink system housing. Pressing and holding the button for longer than one second will start the pump for a manual prime. It will continue to run as long as the button is depressed, or up to five seconds. If additional priming is required, release and press the button again.

Pressing for less than 0.5 seconds will initiate a maintenance cycle. If the system has started a maintenance cycle and the button is pressed, the manual prime will not operate.

(The Priming Sequence and the Vacuum Cycle are less than 10 seconds long.)

APS Cycle

The APS (Automatic Priming System) cycle is a means for re-priming channels in the head if some are missing. The APS system does this by using a priming pump to force ink out of the channels and a vacuum pump and collection bottle to collect the ink waste. The APS cycle can be manually started by momentarily pressing the prime button and automatically started by enabling the APS cycle and setting the interval in the Configuration > Printer

Window.

NOTE:

If an APS cycle is in progress, the system will not print and the photosensor will be disabled until the cycle is complete.

Controller and APS

The APS (Automatic Priming System) cycle is controlled by BoxWriter when the APS cable is attached from each print head back to the controller. When the APS cable is attached to the print head, APS cycles will be performed as scheduled by BoxWriter. If a scheduled

APS cycle is due, the software will wait until the system is not printing before perfoming the

APS cycle. When the system starts an APS cycle, it locks out printing and must wait until the APS cycle is complete before it is able to print again. This may mean that some boxes will be missed. If this is a concern, it is recommended that the APS be controlled by the

Print Head with the use of an auxiliary photocell.

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Print Head Control of APS

Print Head control of the APS (Automatic Priming System) cycle is accomplished by a programmed timing interval set by the user at the print head (each head, if more then one is used). It can be set to run as often as necessary, from once every 2 hours to once every 18 hours for the UJII heads; or from once every hour to once every 12 hours for the graphic heads. The default setting is once every 4 hours (Switch Setting 2 for a UJII head or Switch

Setting C for a graphics head). The interval can be adjusted by means of a rotary switch

(Programmable Timer) mounted on the APS Controller PCB. (See the illustration below.)

See the following Table for the hour interval for each setting of programmable timer.

0= No APS

Switch

Setting

Interval

(Hours)

UJII Heads Graphics Heads

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F

Timing Interval Settings

The priming sequence will perform three separate consecutive primes of approximately four milliseconds each. The required time for the priming sequence is less than five seconds, with an additional 20 seconds for the vacuum cycle. As with pervious Trident printheads, printing cannot occur during the priming sequence.

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REMOVE PLUG TO

EXPOSE THE

ROTARY SWITCH

ROTARY

SWITCH

LED

DEFAULT

SET TO 2

(4 HOURS)

APS View for Pro/Classic Series Printheads

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Auxiliary Photocell Input

NOTE:

The APS Control Cable and Auxiliary Photocell cannot be used together.

An Auxiliary Photocell input is available to insure a print cycle is not missed during the automatic priming sequence. Connecting the Auxiliary Photocell will retard a prime sequence until there is enough time to complete the sequence without missing a print cycle. The default delay setting is three (3) seconds after the product passes the photocell.

Multiple heads can share the Auxiliary Photocell by using the Photocell "Y" Cable. To change the default setting, perform the following steps:

1. Insure that the rotary switch is not in the "0" position.

2. Place a box in front of the photocell.

3. While the photocell is on, set the rotary switch to 0.

4. When the LED stays illuminated continuously, set the rotary switch to a new number (1 through F) representing the number of seconds (1 through 15) you want to delay. Note:

"0" is not an available user setting.

5. Press and hold the Prime button until the LED starts flashing.

6. Release the Prime button.

7. Remove the box from in front of the photocell.

8. Set the rotary switch back to the desired hour setting.

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Section 5: Getting Started

Section 5: Getting Started

The Marksman© Pro printer is a standalone unit capable of operating from one to six

Marksman© Pro print heads. The main dialog for the print control application is shown below:

UNLOCK ICON

To log on, click the "Unlock" icon, then enter the Username and Password. (Note: Usernames and passwords are not case sensitive.)

Username: ADMIN

Password: FOXJET

The menu tree at right shows all the menus and submenu options available from within the control application.

Menu options are configurable and may be unavailable for operators with limited access. The operator must have administrative privileges to access all menu options.

The operator may also use the tool bar for quick access to the Start, Stop, Idle, Resume, Edit,

Logout

and Login menu selections.

Marksman© Hub: A green icon indicates that the device Hub is connected; a red icon indicates that the device Hub is not connected; a gray icon indicates that the Hub is disabled.

Line Speed: The line speed indicates the distance traveled on the production line in feet per minute.

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Production Line: The production line name is selected and viewed by selecting the tabbed folders. The production line configuration provides for a means of grouping print heads. Up to two production lines can be created and configured.

Panel: The panel name indicates a specific side of a rectangular cube representing the product container. Each of the six panel names may be utilized to aid in describing the physical location of a print head in relation to the product.

Head: The print head name indicates a user-defined alphanumeric name associated with a physical print head. Up to six print heads may be defined. Each print head name must be unique to the system.

Left

Top

Front/Back

Bottom

Task: A task refers to one to six panels that are to be printed together as a label.

Right

Count: The count indicates the number of times that a task has been printed.

Image State: The image state indicates the current image status for a task. The Image

State may be Running, Paused, Idle or Stopped.

Status Message: The status message displays messages pertaining to the print head status. A status message may include one of the following:

Green Strobe Light

OK - No Faults

Red Strobe Light

Ink Low - Ink bottle needs to be replaced

Red Flashing Strobe Light - Controller will not print

Ink Out - Reservoir at the print head is out of usable ink. Replace ink bottle.

Voltage Error - The controller is not detecting any high voltage at the print head.

Low Temp - Print head is not at operating temperature.

NOTE:

The system will not print if the controller is reporting a Low Voltage Error, Out of Ink condition or Low Temperature condition. If a strobe is connected to the system, this is represented by a flashing read light.

Status Line: The status line is used to display other system messages and system status.

The name of the user currently logged in is also shown.

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Configuration

Production Line Configuration

The production line configuration allows for grouping of settings that relate to a particular setup. Select Con-

figure

, then select

Production Line

from the menu. To edit a line, select it and click Edit; or doubleclick the line.

Add: The Add button allows for the addition of another production line, for a maximum of two production lines.

Delete: The Delete button allows for the removal of a production line from the configuration. All messages/tasks created for this production line will be deleted.

Description: The description field is used to help define the production line.

Coupled: If this field is checked, starting a task on one line will also start it on the other. The same is true for Stop, Idle and Resume. Note that you must have two lines configured to use this feature.

Fixed Scanner

This group defines the parameters for a fixed scanner that may be connected to the Marksman© Hub. The data is stored under the Scan Report (see

View Scan Report

later in this section).

No Read String: The No Read String must match the No Read string that is transmitted from the fixed scanner.

Consecutive No Reads: The Consecutive No Reads field is used to perform a quality check on barcodes that are printed. This value determines the maximum number of consecutive No

Reads that may be transmitted by a fixed scanner. The printing will be stopped upon reaching the maximum value.

Serial Download Port: Please select the port to be used to send the data out if it is required to be transmitted to a device at the start of each task. The data is entered through the Editor Task properties.

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Reset on Task Start: The Reset on Task Start check box determines that the current number of consecutive No Reads will be reset to zero upon a task start operation.

Scan & Shoot requires login: Requires the operator to login before the hand scanner can be used to select a new task.

APS Settings: Interval

(hours) is the interval in hours at which the heads on the production line will perform an APS function. (The other settings listed are for information only.)

Disable: Will prevent the controller from automatically performing an APS.

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Hand Scanner

This group defines the parameters for parsing the data stream transmitted by a hand scanner. The data transmitted by the hand scanner must contain a valid task name in order to allow the task to start.

Buffer Offset: The Buffer Offset value determines the number of characters to offset into the buffer as transmitted by the hand scanner.

Data Length: The Data Length value determines the number of characters to extract from the data buffer that will form a task name.

Marksman© Hub:

The Marksman© Hub may be connected to the Marksman© Pro through a TCP/IP connection. The device provides additional interface methods such as serial ports. A proper IP address must be entered and the Enabled field selected to connect to the device. The main dialog screen will display a green LED when communicating with the device.

IP Address: The IP Address dialog contains the IP address of the Marksman© Hub.

Enabled: The Enabled button determines if a connection to a Marksman© Hub should be attempted. Click the button to toggle the option between enabled and disabled.

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Serial Port: Select the appropriate button to edit the setup parameters for a serial port on the Marksman© Hub. The available properties for the serial ports are shown in the Serial Settings dialog box.

Each of the properties may be selected using the corresponding drop-down menu choices. When selections are complete, click Apply. The default selections are shown in the screen at right.

Baud: The Baud option determines the speed of the transferred data and may be set to 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600 or

115200.

Parity: Parity determines the type of parity bit to be used. It may be set to None, Odd or Even.

Data Bits: Data Bits determines the number of data bits used. It may be set to 7 or 8.

Stop Bits: Stop Bits determines the number of stop bits to be used: 1 or 2.

Device Type: Select a device that is going to be attached to the serial port of the Hub: Hand

Scanner, Fixed Scanner or Remote/PC. This tells the computer what to do with the string of information when it is received.

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Print Head Configuration

Select Configure, then select Print

Heads

from the menu. Select a panel and click on a head. A head may be added or removed by clicking the appropriate Add/Remove button. To edit a head, select it and click Edit; or doubleclick it.

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Name: The head's userdefined name.

Panel: The panel which the head will print on.

Encoder Resolution: Can be set to either 426dpi or 300dpi.

Please check the resolution of the encoder wheel being used. NOTE: The default dpisetting of the ProSeries96 and the NP192 is 300dpi if a

300dpi encoder is used, or

213dpi if a 426dpi wheel is used.

Type: Select a head type from the drop-down menu list.

Angle: Select the angle of the head with respect to the conveyor. Each head type has a set of mounting angles that are selectable.

Print height: The print height is the maximum print coverage of a single print head at a selected angle.

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Master: Each line must have a master head. The master print head receives/distributes the signals for the photocell and encoder to the remaining heads. Only one controller may be selected as the master print head.

Address: The address of the slot where the PHC card for this head is plugged in to. The first head installed on the system should always be in the first slot (PHC_1). Subsequent heads should be added in the next available slot (i.e., PHC_2, then PHC_3.). Do not skip an address.

Photo delay: Photo Delay is the horizontal distance (in inches) measured from the photocell to the print head.

Auto print inches: If internal photocell is selected, this number indicates the length of the message to be printed. For example, if it is set to 36, the internal photocell will fire once for every 36 inches of travel of the conveyor, as indicated by the encoder.

Height on box: The vertical distance in inches measured from the lower part of the product or conveyor to the print head nozzle zero.

Encoder Speed: The desired internal encoder speed measured in feet per minute. The default is 60 feet/min.

Serial params: The port settings for the PHC card. Click Define… to change the settings.

This is only applicable to PHC_1 and is the Auxiliary Input connection on the Marksman©

Pro.

Photocell source: Indicates whether the photocell is external or internal. The photocell signal from another head may also be used (shared). [See Guidelines for Sharing below.]

Encoder source: Indicates whether the encoder is external or internal. The encoder signal from another head may also be used (shared). [See Guidelines for Sharing below.]

Guidelines for Sharing:

PHC_1

• Must always be the master head.

• Can use encoder A and photocell A only, cannot use photocell or encoder from any other head.

PHC_2

• Can use encoder B and/or photocell B.

• Can use encoder A and/or photocell A, but must be shared from PHC_1.

PHC_3, PHC_4, PHC_5, PHC_6

• Can use encoder A or B and photocell A or B, but must share from another head.

Direction: The direction of travel of the product may be right-to-left or left-to-right, as viewed from behind the print head.

Standby: This option can only be used when the NP 192 type head is chosen. If the head has not printed within the selected number of hours, the system will go into standby mode.

Standby mode will lower the head and reservoir temperatures and put the system into idle.

To bring the system out of standby, simply start the task.

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System Barcode Parameters

Refer to Section 7: BoxWriter Editor, Barcode Parameters.

System Date/Time Codes

Refer to Section 7: BoxWriter Editor, Date/Time Codes.

System Shift Codes

Refer to Section 7: BoxWriter Editor, Shift Codes.

General Settings

Used to configure the system com port.

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Security

Configure Users

The security feature of the Marksman© Pro

Series allows the system administrator to configure users and access rights.

Add: Select the Add button to create a user account.

Remove: Select the Remove button to delete a user account.

Properties: Select the Properties button to modify or view the user account information.

Firstname: Enter the user’s first name in this edit box.

Lastname: Enter the user’s last name in this edit box.

Username: Enter a unique user account name in this edit box.

Password: Enter a unique alphanumeric user password in this edit box.

ReEnter Password: Enter the same password again for confirmation.

Security Group: Select a security group that provides the access level desired for the user.

The user’s security group options may be modified or the user may be assigned a different group at a later date.

Click OK to save entries and exit the User Info dialog.

Group Options

Security groups allow the administrator to assign similar users with a specific set of access rights. Select Security, then Group Options from the menu.

Ten configurable security groups are available. A user must be assigned to one group.

Group names may be modified to better describe the access level. Select a Group, then select or unselect Options.

Click Close to accept changes and close the screen.

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The default access rights for each security group are shown in the following table:

Security Group /

Option Access Table

Configure Print Head Settings

Start Print Task

Stop Print Task

Enable/Disable Preview Mode

Print Test Pattern

Run Editor

Configure Production Lines

Configure Users

Configure Group Options

System Communications Settings

View Printer Report

View Scanner Report

Configure Date/Time Codes

Define Global Barcode Parameters

Define the Shift Codes

Translate the Software

Configure Dynamic Data Table

Configure General Windows Settings

Refresh Preview

Quit the Application

X

X

X X

X

X

X X X

X

X X X

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Login

Each user must login to the Marksman© Pro application. The user may log in using the system menu or by selecting the open padlock icon from the tool bar. The shortcut key combination Ctrl+L may also be used.

User Name: Enter the user name assigned by the system administrator. The user name is not case sensitive.

Password: Enter the password assigned by the system administrator. The password is not case sensitive.

Press the OK button to log in.

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X

X

X

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X

X

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Logout

Each user should log out of the Marksman© Pro application to enforce the security restrictions. The user may log out using the system menu option Security > Logout; or the user may also select the closed padlock icon from the tool bar. The system will continue operating in its current state. All menu options are disabled after the user logs out, with the exception of the Login, About and View Diagnostics items.

Help

Translate

Access Help, Translate to select the desired language to be converted to. When the files have been translated, the application will be re-started in the desired language.

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Operation

Operate Start Task

The start task function is used to ready the system to print a label or image that is created with the BoxWriter© Editor.

Select Operate > Start from the system menu. Select the desired task from the list, or enter the task name, and press the OK button.

The start task icon may be selected from the tool bar, or the shortcut key combination

Ctrl+S

may be used to start a task.

Reset Count to zero: This allows the count value to accumulate if needed or to be reset on every task.

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Operate Stop Task

Stopping a task halts all printing related to the selected production line. The product count is reset to zero.

Select the desired production line from the folder tabs; then choose the menu options

Operate, then Stop

to halt printing.

The stop task icon may be selected from the tool bar to stop the task on the selected production line, or the shortcut key combination Ctrl+End may be used to stop a task from printing.

Operate Idle Task

The Idle task option causes the printing to pause on the selected production line. The product counts are halted until the current task is resumed.

Select the menu options Operate > Idle to pause printing.

The Idle Task icon may be selected from the tool bar to invoke the idle function; or the shortcut key combination Ctrl+I may be used to idle a running task.

Operate Resume Task

The Resume Task option causes the printing to resume on the selected production line.

The product counts are restored from the previously idled task.

Select the menu options Operate > Resume to restore printing.

The Resume icon may be selected from the tool bar to initiate the resume function, or the shortcut key combination Ctrl+R may be used to resume a task.

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Operate Edit

The Edit menu option launches the Marksman© BoxWriter© Editor application. The user must have the required access rights to use this feature.

The Edit icon may be selected from the tool bar, or the shortcut key Ctrl+E may be used to launch the Editor.

See the BoxWriter© Editor section of the manual for additional documentation.

Test Pattern

This function is designed to exercise every channel on the print head to verify all are printing properly.

When the user clicks the "Test Pattern" button, a test image is generated. Each head on the currently selected line will print this pattern (along with the print head’s name). In the example at right, the print head’s name is "FJ0001".

Operate Change User Elements

User elements may only be changed if the task is loaded. The task must contain user elements and be "Running" or "Idle" in order to modify user elements.

Select the user element from the list in the dialog. Edit the data in the lower edit box and press OK to save changes. For multiple elements, make all data changes before pressing OK to save changes.

Press Cancel to exit without saving changes.

The F2 function key may be used as the shortcut key to open the user element data dialog.

Operate Change Counts

Count is the current number of the box in the pallet series. It is always listed as the "last printed" box. To change the Count value, enter the current box count value. Enter a 0 to print a count of 1 on the next box.

Operate Exit

The user may exit the Marksman© Pro Series control application if the proper security level is assigned. Under normal circumstances there should be no reason to exit the application.

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View

View Print Report

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The Print Report contains historical information regarding the printing operation. The print report is a table named reports within a Microsoft® Access® Database named Marksman-

Net. Click on View, then select Printer Report from the menu.

Time: Time is the date and time that the action occurred.

Action: Action indicates the event such as Start or Stop Task.

User: User is the name of the user who was logged in at the time the action occurred.

Line: Line is the print line that the information is for.

Taskname: Taskname is the name of the task for which the action applies.

Counts: Counts is the product count of the task for which the action applies.

Export: Export allows the information to be saved in a comma delimiter format so it can be used in other software applications.

A sample Print Report is shown below:

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Select Clear to remove all items from the report.

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View Scan Report

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The Scan Report contains information relating to the current task and scan results of a printed barcode. The scan results are received through the RS232 port from a barcode scanner properly configured and connected to the Marksman© Net controller.

NOTE:

A Marksman© Hub is required to connect a scanner to the Marksman© Pro Controller.

Select View, then Scan Report from the menu.

Date: Date is the date the scan event occurred.

Line: Line is the production line that the scan event occurred on.

Taskname: Taskname is the task name operating while the scan event occurred.

Barcode: Barcode is the barcode data scanned and received. The contents of this field may contain the words NO READ if the barcode could not be decoded.

Total: Total indicates the total number of decode attempts, including successful and failed decodes.

Good: Good indicates the number of successful decodes of the scanned barcode.

Export: Export allows the information to be saved in a comma delimiter format so it can be used in other software applications.

A sample Scan Report is shown below:

Select Clear to remove all items from the report.

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View Diagnostic Dialog

The Diagnostic dialog is designed to aid in debugging and verifying the data stream from an externally connected serial device.

The most common use is to verify that a data string is received from a device and that the data is in the desired format.

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Select Clear to remove all items from the dialog.

Preview

This feature may be disabled in certain applications that are switching tasks very quickly.

Refresh

Select a head, then select Refresh to force the preview screen to update all variable fields.

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Define

Boxes

To define boxes, select Define

> Boxes

.

To add a new box, click Add.

Enter the length, width, height and name. The length, width and height fields must be between 1 and 40 inches. The description field is optional.

To edit an existing box, select it and click Edit, or double-click the item.

To delete an existing box, select it and click Delete. Multiple boxes can be selected by using the shift and/or control keys. Boxes that are currently in use in a task cannot be deleted. The task’s box property must be changed before the box can be deleted here.

Pre-printed information can be added to the box to give the operator a true representation of how the box will look as it is being printed on.

Add: Allows the operator to assign a .bmp or .jpg file to a panel on the box.

Edit: Allows the operator to change which .bmp or .jpg file is assigned to a panel of the box.

Delete: Will remove the file from the panel.

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Box Usage

To define box usage, select

Define > Box usage

.

If it is desirable to restrict a box from a given line, it can be done here. By default, all new boxes are available on all lines. To restrict it, select the line, then select the box.

It can then be moved to the

"restricted" list by clicking the "<" key. Clicking the

"<<" moves all boxes for a given line to the restricted list, regardless of selection.

Conversely, the ">" and

">>" keys move boxes to the "available" list.

Editor Defaults

To define editor defaults, select Define > Editor

defaults

.

This dialog controls the editor's display units.

The "Resize handle size" field is used by re-sizable elements (such as a Bitmap element). Valid values range from 5 to 15. Larger values make it easier to perform a resize operation on a touch screen.

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In the example at right, the eight squares around the perimeter are the resize handles.

Checking the "Warn if elements overlap" box will warn the user when element fields overlap in a message.

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Element Defaults

To define element defaults, select

Define > Element defaults

. To change the defaults, select an element type and click Properties, or double-click the item.

The elements listed here define how new elements are created.

(For a description of the individual elements, refer to the Elements section of this manual.)

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To change the font, click the Change button. The dialog at right is used to change the default font parameters.

The Font drop-down box will display a list of all

TrueType fonts installed on the system.

The Size field refers to the height of the font in pixels.

Average width defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that the system will use the font's default widths.

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Custom Date/Time Formats

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To define date/time settings, select Define > Cus-

tom date/time formats

.

The date/time settings shown here are used by

Date/time and Expiration date elements.

To create a new custom format, click Add.

To delete an existing custom format, select it and click Delete. Multiple codes can be selected by using the shift and/or control keys.

To edit an existing custom code, select it and click Edit, or double-click it. The Build date/ time format dialog is shown below.

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The "Format string" contains a user-defined string consisting of format specifiers.

The "Sample" field shows a sample of the current Format string.

Valid format specifiers are listed at the bottom of the dialog. To insert them in the current string, select them and click Insert (or double-click).

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Possible format specifiers are listed in the following table:

Specifier

%a

%A

%b

%B

%c

%d

%%D

Meaning

Abbreviated weekday name

Full weekday name

Abbreviated month name

Full month name

Date and time representation appropriate for locale

Day of month as decimal number (01 - 31)

Day of month as decimal number (arbitrary length)

%%-D

%#d

%H

%#H

Day of month as decimal number, left justified (arbitrary length)

Day of month as decimal number; no leading zero (1-31)

Hour in 24-hour format, with leading zero (00 - 23)

Hour in 24-hour format; no leading zero (0-23)

%H:%M:%S Hour: Minute: Second in 24-hour format, with leading zero on the hour

(00-23)

%#H:%M:%S Hour: Minute: Second in 24-hour format, no leading zero on the hour (0-

23)

%I Hour in 12-hour format (01 - 12)

%#I

%I:%M:%S

Hour in 12-hour format; no leading zero (1-12)

Hour: Minute: Second in 12-hour format; with leading zero on the hour

(1-12)

%#I:%M:%S Hour: Minute: Second in 12-hour format; no leading zero on the hour (1-

12)

%j Day of year as decimal number (001 - 366)

%m

%M

%%M

%%-M

Month as decimal number (01 - 12)

Minute as decimal number (00 - 59)

Month as decimal number (arbitrary length)

Month as decimal number, left justified (arbitrary length)

%p

%S

%U

%w

Current locale’s AM/PM indicator for 12-hour clock

Second as decimal number (00 - 59)

Week of year as decimal number, with Sunday as first day of week (00 -

53)

Weekday as decimal number (0 - 6; Sunday is 0)

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%x

%X

%y

%Y

%%Y

%W Week of year as decimal number, with Monday as first day of week (00 -

53)

Date representation for current locale

Time representation for current locale

Year without century, as decimal number (00 - 99)

Year with century, as decimal number

Year as decimal number (arbitrary length)

Examples:

"%%YYYY" is formatted as "2004"

"%%YY" is formatted as "04"

"%%Y" is formatted as "4"

%%-Y

%z; %Z

%%

%%0H

%%0M

Year as decimal number, left justified (arbitrary length)

Time zone name or abbreviation; no characters if time zone is unknown

Percent sign

Hour Code

Month Code

%%0A

%%0Q

Day Code

Quarter Hour Code

NOTE: The # flag may prefix any format specifier. In that case the meaning of the format code is changed as follows:

# flag is ignored %#a, %#A,

%#b, %#B,

%#p, %#X,

%#z, %#Z,

%#%

%#c

%#x

Long date and time representation, appropriate for current locale. For example: "Tuesday, March 14, 1995, 12:41:29"

Long date representation, appropriate to current locale. For example:

"Tuesday, March 14, 1995"

%#d, %#H,

%#I, %#j,

%#m, %#M,

%#S, %#U,

%#w, %#W,

%#y, %#Y

Remove leading zeroes (if any)

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Date/Time Codes

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Select Configure, System, then Date/Time Codes from the menu.

Line: Line indicates the production line selected.

Click on the folder tabs to access the date/time code tables. Select an entry in the table by clicking on the desired row. Click on Edit to modify the data for the selected table entry.

Click OK to exit and save changes or Cancel to exit without saving changes.

Months: Months represents the string values that are used in date codes for the standard months of the year.

Hours: The Hours table stores the twenty-four codes for the hours of the day. The codes may be customized for special coding.

Quarter Hours: The Quarter Hours’ table stores codes for 15 minute intervals.

Days: The day table holds the value to be used for the appropriate day.

Rollover: The time at which the expiration and date codes will change to a new value. The default rollover value is midnight.

"Hold": Holds the Date or Expiration Date until the Roll over time.

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Bitmap Settings

To define bitmap settings, select Define >

Bitmap settings

.

The "Bitmap editor" field defines the program used to edit bitmaps. By default, it is

Microsoft® Paint. To change it, browse and select the program to be used.

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Shift Codes

To define shift codes, select

Define > Shift codes

. Shift codes are used by Shift elements.

The shift code’s length must be from 1 to 15 characters. The code’s times must be in order from least to greatest (i.e., code

1 cannot be later than code 2 or

3).

Line: This determines the production line for the shift code definitions.

Select the appropriate production line. Enter the shift start times and any user-defined codes. The shift start times must be entered in 24-hour format. The shift code may contain a maximum of 15 alphanumeric characters.

The sample dialog shows shift 1 starting at 7:00 AM, shift 2 starting at 3:00 PM and shift 3 starting at 11:00 PM.

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Sub-Elements

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To define fonts, select Define > Sub-elements.

Sub-elements can be used by certain barcodes (see the Barcode section of the manual for usage). The Sub-elements dialog is shown below.

To create a new sub-element, click the "+" button.

To delete an existing sub-element, select it and click the "X" button.

To edit an existing sub-element, select it and click the Properties button (the bottom, leftmost button). The Sub-element properties dialog is shown below.

The "ID" field identifies the sub-element.

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The "Element type" field defines the type of element. The following types are supported by sub-elements:

• Text

• Count

• Date / time

• Expiration date

• Shift

• User

• Serial data

To change the element's default values, click the Properties button. See the Elements section of the manual for examples of property dialogs for element types.

The "Description" field is used for a long-hand description of the sub-element.

The "Data" field contains the default data for the sub-element. Note that the Data must satisfy the Input mask.

The Input mask defines what kind of data the sub-element can accept.

To change it, click the Build button.

The Build mask dialog is shown at right.

In this example, the mask is set up for data consisting of two digits and up to 10 alpha-numeric characters.

The buttons along the right side of the dialog are as follows, from top to bottom:

• Move up - moves the selected mask up.

• Move down - moves the selected mask down.

• Properties - displays the mask properties for editing.

• Add - creates a new mask.

• Delete - deletes the selected mask.

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The following is an example of the Mask properties dialog:

• Alpha allows uppercase A to Z.

• Numeric allows 0 to 9.

• Alphanumeric allows uppercase A to Z or 0 to 9.

• Punctuation allows characters such as

"," or ":".

• Any allows any character.

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Application Identifiers

To define fonts, select Define >

Application identifiers

.

Application identifiers can also be used by certain barcodes. They work in the same manner as sub-elements.

Application identifiers cannot be added or deleted.

Only certain properties of existing Application identifiers can be edited. An example of the Application identifier properties dialog is shown at right.

Only the "Element type" and "Data" fields can be changed. See the

Sub-elements

section for descriptions of these fields.

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Global Barcode Parameters

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To define barcode parameters, select Define > Global Barcode Parameters.

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Select the line, then select the head type. Heads with 32 channels have their own set of barcode parameters, as do 256 channel heads.

To view or edit a set of barcode parameters, select it then click Edit, or double-click the item.

NOTES

:

Only the custom bar and space parameters can be changed; and only a person having advanced knowledge of barcode and inkjet printing systems should change these parameters. An unusable barcode may be printed using improper settings.

C128, C39, C93 & I 2of5: On standard barcode parameters, the Magnification, Width, Total height and Ratio cannot be changed. Only custom parameters allow these fields to be changed.

UPC: On standard barcode parameters, the Magnification, Bar width and Space width cannot be changed. Only custom parameters allow these fields to be changed.

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An example of UPCA barcode parameters is shown at right.

The "Magnification" field is the value displayed in the Magnification field on the

Barcode element dialog.

The "Bar height" is the total height of the symbol in pixels.

The "Bar width" and "Space width" fields define the width, in pixels, of the symbol's bar/space modules.

The "Font name" control will display a list of all TrueType fonts installed on the system.

The "Font size" field refers to the height of the font in pixels.

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"Average width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Magnification" field is the value displayed in the

Magnification field on the

Barcode element dialog.

The "Total height" is the total height of the symbol in pixels.

The "Horz. bearer" field specifies the width of the symbol's horizontal bearer, in thousandths of an inch.

The "Vert. bearer" field specifies the width of the symbol's vertical bearer, in thousandths of an inch.

The "Quiet zone" field specifies the width of the symbol's quiet zone, in thousandths of an inch.

The "Font name" control will display a list of all TrueType fonts installed on the system.

The "Font" size field refers to the height of the font in pixels.

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Files

New

To create a new task, choose File > New.

The user will be presented with the dialog at right. Pick which production line the task is to be created for, give it a name (and description, if desired) and select the box it will be printed on.

The "Task name" field must contain only letters and numbers; no spaces or special characters are allowed. The maximum number of characters is 32.

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Creating a Task

The next step is to insert elements into the label to be printed. The box is shown with highlighted areas showing where heads have been placed on the box. The printing areas cannot be changed from the editor because the information about the heads and their relationship to the box comes from the system configuration, which is limited by physical devices installed. Different panels can be selected to add elements to the task. Once a head has been chosen, select an element to be placed on the box. The process is repeated until all the desired information needed on all sides of the box are completed. The next step would be to save the task. (Refer to appropriate sections in this manual relating to Elements and Saving Files.)

NOTE:

If two elements overlap each other they both will show up in red. This is to let the operator know that a problem may occur. The operator will also be told before saving the task.

To disable the element overlap warnings, see Define, Editor Defaults earlier in this section.

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Open

To open an existing task, choose File > Open.

Select the task to be opened, and click OK; or double-click the task to be opened.

Checking the "Open read only" box will open the task in read-only mode (i.e., the user will not be able to modify the task).

Checking the "Show preview" box will show a preview of the selected task. For large tasks, it may take several seconds to generate the preview.

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Copy

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To copy tasks from one line to another, choose File > Copy.

Select the line to copy from, then select the tasks to be copied. Checking the "All" box will automatically select all existing tasks for the given line.

When the desired tasks are selected, click

Copy

.

If successful, you will see a confirmation message similar to the one at right.

The user may change both the "To" and "From" lines and perform the copy function multiple times.

Click OK after to save the changes.

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This function works best when both the "To" and "From" lines have identical head configurations. However, if they do not, the user may elect to configure the head mapping. To do this, select the head to be mapped and click Edit (or double-click).

The user will be presented with the dialog at right. Select the head to map to in the "To" field and click

OK

.

Clicking Properties will bring up the Head properties dialog. Note that head properties are read-only in the Editor.

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Import

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NOTE:

It is recommended that all printing tasks be stopped until the Import function has been successfully completed; and that the current database be exported for backup purposes.

To import all tasks that were previously exported, choose File, then Import.

In the "filename" field, input the name of the file (full path) the exported tasks were saved to; or browse for the file by clicking the

Browse

button.

If there is data on the controller that the user does not want to lose, click Yes on the following screen.

The screen at right will appear at the completion of the Import function.

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Export

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NOTE:

It is recommended that all printing tasks be stopped until the Export function has been successfully completed.

To export all existing tasks, choose File, then Export.

Input the name of the file to export to, or browse for an existing file by clicking the Browse button. Click the Export button.

If the file already exists, the user will be prompted to overwrite the file or cancel the request.

If successful, a confirmation message will appear.

Delete

To delete existing tasks, choose File > Delete.

Select the task to be deleted. Multiple tasks may be selected by using the control and/or shift keys.

When the selection has been made, click Delete.

The delete function may be used several times without closing the window. Tasks on other lines may also be deleted.

Click OK to save the changes.

Checking the "Show preview" box will show a preview of the selected task.

For large tasks, it may take several seconds to generate the preview.

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Save As

To save an open task under a different name, choose File >

Save as

.

The "File" field must contain only letters and numbers; no spaces or special characters are allowed. The maximum number of characters is 32.

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If the name entered matches a task already in the database, the user will be prompted with a confirmation dialog, like the one at right.

Properties

To change an open task's properties, choose File > Properties. The task's description, download string, box and/or expiration data may be changed using this dialog.

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The following table lists special ASCII characters that can be entered in the "Download

String" field. (For example, to send 0012345 terminated by a carriage return, enter

"0012345<CR>" in the Download String.)

Character Description

<NULL> Null

<SOH> Start of heading

<STX> Start of text

<ETX> End of text

<EOT> End of transmission

<ENQ> Enquiry

<ACK> Acknowledge

<BEL> Bell

<BS> Backspace

<HT>

<LF>

Horizontal tab

NL Line feed, New line

<VT>

<FF>

<CR>

<SO>

Vertical tab

NP Form feed, New page

Carriage return

Shift out

Shift in <SI>

<SLE>

<DC1> Device control 1

<DC2> Device control 2

<DC3> Device control 3

<DC4> Device control 4

<NAK> Negative acknowledge

<SYN> Synchronous idle

<ETB> End of transmission block

<CAN> Cancel

<EM>

<SIB>

End of medium

Substitute

<ESC> Escape

<FS> File separator

<GS>

<RS>

<US>

Group separator

Record separator

Unit separator

Exit

To exit the Editor, choose File > Exit.

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Elements

Element Bar

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Using the element bar, the user can add new elements to a task. Element types, from left to right, are as follows:

• Text

• Bitmap

• Count

• Date / time

• Expiration date

• User

• Shift

• Barcode

• Database

• Serial

New elements can be created by clicking one of the buttons on the element bar, by rightclicking on the printable area of the box, or by using the Elements > Add menu.

When creating a new element, its x, y position (top-left corner) is set to the current location of the crosshairs.

To edit an existing element's properties, select the element by clicking it, then choose Ele-

ments > Edit

from the menu (or press Enter); or double-click an element to edit its properties. Only one element at a time can be selected to edit.

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Text

The Text element properties are shown on the right. Text can be entered into the field either a single line at a time or multiple lines, paragraph mode. To get to the next line, simply press Control and Enter at the same time. This will advance the cursor to the next line where text can also be entered.

Average width defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of

0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The Text field displays the data to be printed. This field can contain between 1 and 255 characters.

The Orientation field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically.

Figure 1: Horizontal orientation

Figure 2: Vertical orientation

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To insert special characters, click the Special button. This will open the Windows Character

Map utility, which can be used to copy and paste special characters.

Bitmap

The Bitmap element properties dialog is shown at right.

The Filename field displays the full path and filename of the selected bitmap. To select a different bitmap, click the

Browse

button.

To edit the selected bitmap using the default bitmap editor, click Edit. Note that the BoxWriter© Editor will be disabled until the bitmap editor is closed.

To change the default bitmap editor, see the Define, Bitmap Settings section of this manual.

The Width and Height fields display the size of the bitmap.

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Count

The Count element properties dialog is shown below.

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"Average width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that

Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Name" field allows the count description to be changed. There can be up to two unique counts.

"Master" indicates to the sofware that this count will be controlling all counts throughout the particular message and will lock out the other count settings during the start of the task.

The "Start value" field displays the starting value of the counter.

The "Roll over on" field determines when the counter rolls back to the Start value. (The maximum number of digits for this field is six.)

The "Increment by" field is the number of units added to the current count when a photocell event is fired.

The "Number of digits" field determines the number of significant digits printed. If "Leading zeros" is checked, the count will be padded with zeros. For the example shown here,

000001 would be printed.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the

Elements, Text

section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

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For a pallet count, click the

"Pallet count" tab and click the Enabled button. The

"Start value", "Roll over on", and "Increment by" fields' semantics are identical to the ones under the "Box count" tab (see previous example).

The "Units per pallet" field is the number of boxes that are loaded onto one pallet.

The pallet count's Current count is incremented when the Units per pallet value is met. For example, if a pallet holds 144 boxes, this number would be entered into the Units per pallet field.

After 144 boxes have been printed, the pallet count would increment.

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"Rollover" will reset the Pallet count to the Start value when the Maximum value is reached.

If unchecked, the Maximum value will be as high as the Pallet count will go.

Date / Time Element

The Date / time element properties dialog is shown at right.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that

Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Format" field determines how the current date or time is printed. For a list of pre-defined formats, see the Define, Custom Date / Time

Formats

section of this manual.

To build a new format, click the Build button.

For a description of the Build date/time format dialog, see the Define, Custom Date / Time

Formats

section of this manual.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the Text

Element

section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

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Expiration

The Expiration date element properties dialog is shown at right.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Format" field determines how the current date or time is printed. For a list of pre-defined formats, see the Define,

Custom Date / Time Formats

section of this manual.

To build a new format, click the Build button. For a description of the Build date/time format dialog, see the Define,

Custom Date / Time Formats

section of this manual.

The expiration period is determined by adding the "Days" and "HH:MM:SS" fields to the current system time.

"Round to top of unit" will force the expiration code that is printed to round up to the next whole unit.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the

Text Element

section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

When "Rollover" is selected, the expiration code rollover time can be changed to a different value than midnight. See Date/Time Codes, Rollover to enter a new setting.

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User

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The User element properties dialog is shown at right.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Data" field displays the data to be printed. If "Use default character" is checked, the data shown in the editor will be drawn with the "W" character. In this example, "WWWWWWWWWWW-

WWWW" would be displayed in the editor (15 W's, since "Max chars" is set to 15).

If "Prompt at task start" is checked, the operator will be prompted by the

Marksman© Pro Control application when the task is started. The data displayed in this prompt is determined by the Prompt field.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the

Text Element

section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

Shift

The Shift element properties dialog is shown at right.

A Shift element prints the current shift code. See

Define, Shift Codes

for more information.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width

(in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the Text Element section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

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Barcode

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The Barcode element properties dialog is shown at right.

The "Symbology" field displays the type of barcode to be printed. The following symbologies are supported:

• I 2of5

• UPCA

• C39

• C93

• C128

The "Magnification" field indicates when set of barcode parameters are used to draw the barcode. See the

Define, Barcode

Parameters

section of this manual for information on barcode parameters.

The "Data" field contains the data to be encoded in the barcode.

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Code 128 barcodes support sub-elements and application identifiers. To modify these, uncheck the "Simple data" box. The following is an example of a Code 128 barcode with two sub elements:

The buttons along the right side of the dialog, from top to bottom, are

• Up - moves the selected sub-element up in the order

• Down - moves the selected sub-element down in the order

• Properties - displays the selected sub-element's properties

• Insert AI - inserts a new application identifier

• Insert sub-element - inserts a new sub element

See the Define, Sub-elements and Define, Application Identifiers sections for more information.

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Database

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The Database element properties dialog is shown at right.

A Database element looks up a piece of data from a given database and prints it.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "DSN" field displays the name of the selected

ODBC database. To select a different database, click Browse. The user will be presented with the "Select Data

Source" dialog (see next page).

The "Table" field displays the table in the database to query.

The "Field" field displays the field name in the selected table. The value of this field is data that will be printed. The user may also browse the fields in the current table by clicking

Select

(see the Select field dialog on the next page).

If a given record is to be retrieved by a key value, check the "Use" box under "Key field". In this example, the record from the Messages table whose ID is equal to 2434 will be selected. The value of its Name field will be printed. The Key Field may be selected by clicking the "Select" button (see the Select field dialog on the next page).

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically. See the

Text Element

section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

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The following is an example of what the "Select Data Source" dialog might look like:

The following is an example of what the "Select field" dialog might look like:

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To insert an SQL statement directly, click the

"General statement" tab.

An example using a general SQL statement is shown at right.

If this option is used, the first field in the first record of the result set will be the data selected to print.

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Serial

The Serial element properties dialog is shown at right.

A Serial element prints data from the serial buffer. The serial buffer is defined in the Marksman© Pro Control application.

"Avg. font width" defines the average character width (in pixels). A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

The "Start index" specifies the index in the serial buffer to start copying from.

The "Length" field specifies how many characters to copy from the serial buffer.

The "Orientation" field determines if the data is printed horizontally or vertically.

See the Text Element section for examples of horizontal and vertical text.

In the Editor, a Serial element will be displayed with W's. In this example, it would look like this:

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ToolBar

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Toolbar icons are listed in the table below in order from left to right:

Button

New

Open

Save

Save all

Cut

Copy

Paste

Undo

Redo

Zoom in

Zoom out

Zoom normal

Zoom custom

Fit View to screen

About

Menu Command

File > New

File > Open

File > Save

File > Save all

Edit > Cut

Edit > Copy

Edit > Paste

Edit > Undo

Edit > Redo

View > Zoom > In

View > Zoom > Out

View > Zoom > Normal

View > Zoom > Custom

View > Zoom > Fit to Screen

Help > About

New

Creates a new task. See the section on File, New.

Keyboard Shortcut

Ctrl + N

Ctrl + O

Ctrl + S

Ctrl + X

Ctrl + C

Ctrl + V

Ctrl + Z

Ctrl + Y

+

-

F1

Open

Opens an existing task. See the section on File, Open.

Save

Saves the task currently being edited.

Save All

Saves all open tasks.

Cut

Cuts the selected elements and places them on the clipboard.

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Copy

Copies the selected elements to the clipboard.

Paste

Pastes the contents of the clipboard into the current task.

New elements created by this operation will have their position set relative to the current crosshairs position.

Undo

Undoes the most recent operation.

Redo

Redoes the most recent Undo operation.

Zoom In

Zooms the current view in by increments of 25%.

Zoom Out

Zooms the current view out by increments of 25%.

Zoom Normal

Sets the current view's zoom to 100%.

Zoom Custom

This command allows the user to set an arbitrary zoom factor for the current view. Valid zoom factors are in the range of 10% to

200%.

Fit View to Screen

Sets the current view to fit the screen.

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About

This command displays the "About" dialog. This dialog lists all the major components of the editor and their version numbers.

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Font bar

The font bar allows the user to change the font properties of any selected elements that have a font

(i.e., Text, Count and Date / time elements).

Name

The name of the currently selected font.

Size

The font's height, in pixels.

Width

Defines the average character width, in pixels. A value of 0 means that Windows will use the font's default widths.

If one field overlaps another field, both fields will be highlighted in red.

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The rotation bar allows the user to change the box's orientation, relative to the print heads.

The buttons rotate the box in the following order (starting from the left-most button):

• Counter-clockwise

• Clockwise

• Down

• Up

• Left

• Right

Following are illustrations of some possible rotations. First, suppose the box has a length, width and height of 12 inches, 6 inches and 3 inches, respectively. By default, it has the following orientation in a new task: 3 inches tall by 6 inches long of printable area:

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Spinning the box clockwise (or counter clockwise) will result in a printable area that is now

6 inches tall by 3 inches long:

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Spinning the box up (or down) will result in a printable area that is now 12 inches tall by 6 inches long:

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Spinning the box left (or right) will result in a printable area that is now 3 inches tall by 12 inches long:

Sometimes changing the box's orientation will result in some elements being forced outside the printable area. When this happens, the Editor will warn the user with the following message:

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If it is acceptable to move the affected elements, click Yes and they will automatically be repositioned. Otherwise, click No and the box will be returned to its original orientation.

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The alignment bar allows the user to apply various transformations to the currently selected elements.

Toolbar icons are listed in the table below in order from left to right:

Button Keyboard Shortcut

Left

Center

Right

Top

Middle

Bottom

Center (on box)

Distribute evenly vertically

Distribute evenly horizontally

Bold

Italic

Flip horizontally

Flip vertically

Inverse

Ctrl + B

Ctrl + I

Minimum number of elements that must be selected

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

3

3

2

1

Figure 1: Left aligned

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Figure 2: Center aligned

Figure 3: Right aligned

Figure 4: Top aligned

Figure 5: Middle aligned

Figure 6: Bottom aligned

Figure 7: Center (on box)

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Figure 8: Distribute evenly vertically

Figure 9: Distribute evenly horizontally

Figure 10: Text element with no bold factor

Figure 11: Bold factor of 3

Figure 12: Flip horizontally

Figure 13: Flip vertically

Figure 14: Inverse

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Perspective

To change the perspective of the box view, select View > Change perspective.

The x and y axis perspectives must be between -90 and 90 degrees.

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Figure 1: Perspective as viewed with [x, y] set to 20, 10

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Figure 2: Perspective as viewed with [x, y] set to -20, 10

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Section 8: Maintenance

APS - Automatic Priming System

NOTE:

The system will not prime either manually or automatically if there is a low ink indication. Low ink indication is caused by either low ink in the reservoir or full ink in the waste collection bottle.

The APS is an invaluable tool for routine cleaning of loose debris from the print engine face. The images below demonstrate print before and after the APS.

BEFORE APS

AFTER APS

NOTE:

The duration of the APS cycle is approximately 5 - 10 seconds.

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Shutdown Procedures

• Close the Application (double-click the X in the upper right hand corner).

NOTE:

You must have the proper security level before the application will close.

• When Windows® is at the desktop, select Start, then select Turn Off Computer.

• Select Turn Off Computer (Windows® will perform its shutdown sequence).

• When Windows® is done, the screen will be all white.

• It is now safe to turn the power off.

Daily - 8 Hours

• Dust touch screen and keyboard with lint-free cloth.

• Make sure the cabinet fan(s) are working.

• inspect print head assemblies for leaks and wipe with lint-free cloth as necessary.

NOTE:

Do not wipe the print head faceplate!

• Inspect for broken or worn electrical connections.

• If missing channels occur in printed message, purge print head.

Inspect guide box rails and print head bracket for wear.

Overnight and 1 to 3 Days:

Idle the system through the software to avoid any misprinting. It’s OK to leave the system powered up during this time.

Use the priming and purging procedure after this period of inactivity to remove any dust or debris that might have collected on the print head faceplate.

Periods of More Than 3 Days:

If the heads are not to be used for longer than three days, it is recommend that the controller be turned off.

• Exit the software.

• Power the system down.

• Close the reservoir vent cap.

• Replace the Ship Cap.

Upon power up, allow the head to heat up and perform a visual inspection on the heads before using. Run an APS cycle to insure all the channels are clear.

• Remove the Ship Cap.

• Open the reservoir vent cap.

• Power up the system.

• Use one of the priming procedures to remove any air or debris that may have entered the print head or faceplate.

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3 Weeks - 120 hours

• Wipe print head cases and ink reservoir covers with lint-free cloth.

• Clean printer cabinet with cloth to remove dust.

• Have qualified person open printer cabinet and inspect for dust. If necessary, blow out dust with low-pressure air that is moisture- and oil-free.

• Inspect the fan filter and replace if necessary. See below for procedure.

• Make sure the fan turns freely.

3 Months - 500 hours

• Wipe print head cases and ink reservoir covers with lint-free cloth.

NOTE:

Do not wipe the print head faceplate!

• Clean printer cabinet with cloth to remove dust.

• Have qualified person open printer cabinet and inspect for dust. If necessary, blow out dust with low-pressure air that is moisture- and oil-free.

• Replace fan filter and inspect for bearing wear. Replace if necessary. To replace the fan filter, simply remove the louver plates on the outside side panels of the Marksman©.

The filter is located under this plate. The fan filter can be cleaned with low-pressure air.

For thorough cleaning, clean with soap and water and allow to dry before re-installing.

• With the printer off, make sure tie wraps securely hold all cables. Replace any missing tie wraps or damaged cables.

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Section 9: Troubleshooting

The Marksman© Pro ink jet system incorporates advanced designs, both in hardware and in software. However, if the system ever fails to perform properly, some built-in indicators will help in troubleshooting. This section will help minimize system downtime and explain some of the diagnostic features built into the system.

Troubleshooting Notes

Most controller problems will be the result of improperly connected cables. Check all connections, including power interface, print heads, encoder, and photosensor. (See Appendix

B, Theory of Operation

for details.)

Problem: Cannot communicate to the Marksman© Pro through the Ethernet.

Action:

• Power down, then power up the computer and the Marksman© Pro.

• Check for proper Ethernet cabling.

• Verify that the IP addresses are valid for the computer and the Marksman© Pro.

Problem: The system does not print.

Action:

• Check that there are no errors on the head.

• Check that the encoder is active.

• Check that the photocell is enabled, sensing a product.

• Check that the configuration is correct for the head being used.

• Check that a valid label is selected.

Problem: No Shaft Encoder.

Action

:

• Make sure that the encoder wheel is contacting the conveyor.

• Make sure that the encoder is connected and plugged into the proper port.

• Check the configuration for proper setup.

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Troubleshooting Tests

Print Test

This test will determine if the print heads are printing.

1. Place a cloth in front of the print head front plate.

2. Initiate a print cycle by turning on conveyor and tripping the photocell.

3. Check for ink on cloth.

Printed dots on cloth indicate that the system is printing. Check product sensor offset settings, product length, or product margins if print is not seen on carton.

No ink on cloth indicates that the system is not printing. Review system status to determine other possible causes of system not printing, including a test of the photosensor and encoder to ensure operation.

Photosensor Sensitivity Test

This test will determine if the photosensor sensitivity is adjusted correctly for the application.

NOTE:

The test object should be a sample of the actual product.

1. Place the test object approximately ¼ inch in front of photosensor; photosensor should sense object.

2. Place the test object near the center of the guide rails; photosensor should sense object.

3. Place the test object on far guide rail; photosensor should not sense object.

4. Check that objects on the far side of the conveyor do not trip the photosensor.

5. Check that color differences in product do not cause multiple photosensor trips at the farthest sensing distance.

NOTE:

If the red LED on the photosensor fails to illuminate when an object is placed in front of (but not touching) it, this is an indication that the photosensor is disconnected, or the power supply or photosensor has failed.

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Print Quality Troubleshooting

This section shows examples of various print problems and actions which should be taken to improve the print.

Problem: Minor fractures in print channels.

Possible Cause:

Debris on front plate, air in channel.

Action:

Run APS. Add brushes and positive air flow to minimize debris build-up.

Problem: Missing channels and channel fractures in print channels.

Possible Cause:

Excessive debris on front plate, air in channel.

Action:

Wipe front plate and run APS. Add brushes and positive air flow to minimize debris build-up.

Problem: Missing print channels.

Possible Cause:

Air in channel.

Action:

Run APS. If air cannot be removed, run a Prime Cycle per instructions in Section

4: Installation

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Problem: Missing bottom print channels.

Possible Cause:

Ink build-up on lower orifices.

Action:

Wipe front plate and run APS.

Problem: Fuzzy print.

Possible Cause:

Print head too far away from substrate.

Action:

Move print head to within 1/8" from product.

Problem: Occasional checkerboard print pattern.

Possible Cause:

Encoder slipping or bouncing on belt.

Action:

Tighten encoder on belt; replace encoder o-rings, if required; or replace conveyor belt with a smooth seamless belt.

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Problem: Stretched out, light print, checkerboard pattern.

Possible Cause:

Incorrect encoder, or incorrect line speed (set too low) if using internal encoder.

Action:

Check for correct encoder (use 5000 PPR Encoder).

Problem: Short image, dark print, checkerboard pattern.

Possible Cause:

Incorrect encoder or wheel size, or incorrect line speed (set too high) if using internal encoder.

Action:

Check for correct encoder (use 5000 PPR Encoder).

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Appendix A: Specifications

Controller Specifications

13.76” [349.5 mm]

7.82” [198.5 mm]

.69” [17.5 mm]

1.50”

[38.1 mm]

7.50” [190.5 mm]

.75”

[19.1 mm]

1.50” [38.1 mm]

12 x 5/16-18

1.50”

[38.1 mm]

17.30”

[439.4 mm]

Marksman

12.15”

[308.6 mm]

3.00”

[76.2 mm]

5.36

[136.1 mm]

Processor:

Power Input:

Ports:

SBC 667 MHz or 800 MHz with 128 MB RAM

100-240VAC, 50-60Hz at 3A max

COM 1 - Serial Port RS232

APS

10/100 Base-T Ethernet

Print head, ProSeries (up to six heads)

Encoder A

Encoder B

Strobe

Auxiliary Port - Serial Port (Scanner)

VGA Output

Keyboard/MS Mouse

Weight (Controller only): 28.4 lbs. (12.9 kg)

Operating System: Windows XP®

Environment: Ambient operating temperature: 40° to 104° F (5° to 40° C)

Operating humidity: 10-90%, non-condensing

Print Heads:

Storage:

Alarms:

User Interface:

ProSeries up to 6 ProSeries Print Heads (96, 192, 352), or up to 4 ProSeries Print Heads (768)

40 GB hard drive

Optional beacon

Type: Graphical User Interface

Keyboard: 70-Key, QWERTY style, Elastomeric Keyboard

Display: 640 x 480 color LCD with touch screen, 10.4" diagonal

Print Head to Controller: Maximum distance between print head and controller is 25 feet

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Print Head Specifications

96, 192 and 352 Print Heads:

20.89” [530.6 mm]

12.00” [304.8 mm]

2.75” [69.9 mm]

384 Print Head:

3.00”

[76.2 mm]

2X #10-32 x .25 DEEP

(BOTH SIDES)

12.02” [305.2 mm]

3.02”

[76.6 mm]

5.50” [139.7 mm]

5.00”

[127.0 mm]

1.02”

[25.8 mm]

14.47”

[367.5 mm]

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768 Print Head:

12.00” [304.8 mm]

22.01” [559.1 mm]

2.80” [71.1 mm]

3.00”

[76.2 mm]

2X #10-32 x .25 DEEP

(BOTH SIDES)

13.14” [333.8 mm]

3.02”

[76.6 mm]

6.32”

[160.5 mm]

1.07”

[27.2 mm]

14.47”

[367.5 mm]

5.50” [139.7 mm]

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AlphaCoder Head:

8.67 [220.1 mm]

17.68 [448.9 mm]

2.41 [61.1 mm] 2.75 [69.9 mm]

5.00 [127.0 mm]

1.03 [26.2 mm]

3.02 [76.6 mm]

1.06 [27.0 mm]

3.00 [76.2 mm]

2X #10-32 X .25 DEEP

(BOTH SIDES)

11.99 [304.5 mm]

5.50 [139.7 mm]

1.66 [42.2 mm]

Electrical Connections: Standard 30" (.76m) length

Optional 25’ (7.5m) length extension cable

Print Orientation:

Ink System:

Integrated - Horizontal or horizontal angle (for incline printing)

Non-pressurized capillary feed technology

Priming: Automatic Priming System (not included with Alpha-

Coder Print Heads)

Float switch sensor: Low ink and full waste bottle detection

(waste detection not included with AlphaCoder Print Heads)

Ink Specifications: ScanTrue II® (192, 384, 768 and AlphaCoder Print Heads),

Pigmented oil-based for porous surfaces

VersaPrint™ V300 (192 and 352 Print Heads), Glycol-oil based for porous surfaces

Technical Data:

Image Area:

192 Head

.2" - 1"

(5 - 25mm)

352 Head

.38" - 1.9"

(10 - 48mm)

384 Head

.38" - 2"

(10 - 51mm)

Channels:

Orifices:

Horizontal

Resolution:

Lines of Print:

32

192

150 or

300 dpi

1 - 5

32

352

150 or

300 dpi

1 - 5

128

384

150 or

300 dpi

1 - 21

Operating Conditions: Temperature: 50° - 104° F (10° - 40° C)

Relative Humidity: 20 - 80% (non-condensing)

Storage Conditions: Temperature: 32° - 109°F (0° - 43° C)

Relative Humidity: 20 - 80% (non-condensing)

768 Head AlphaCoder

Head

.38" - 4"

(10 -

102mm)

.75" - 1.9"

(19 - 48mm)

256

768

32

224

150 or

300 dpi

1 - 42

150 or

300 dpi

1 - 5

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6.12” [155.4 mm]

4.94” [125.5 mm]

4.06”

[103.1 mm]

1.88”

[47.8 mm]

Processor:

Supply Input:

Ports:

Indicators:

Enclosure:

Weight:

1.56”

[39.6 mm]

3.00” [76.2 mm]

2X #10-32 x .25 DEEP

(BOTH SIDES)

Rabbit 2000

100-240 VAC 47-63 Hz at 0.4A max

(4) RS232

Serial B is used to configure IP Address

(2) Beacon/Strobe

(1) Power, 12 VDC @ 1.5

(1) 10 Base-T Ethernet port

Power - Green

Malfunction1 - Red, no connection

Malfunction2 - Red

Extruded aluminum top and bottom with aluminum end plates

2 lbs.

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Appendix B: Theory of Operation

Appendix B: Theory of Operation

The Marksman© Pro

The Marksman© Pro is a high-resolution ink jet coder used to print fixed and/or variable information onto cartons as they pass in front of the print heads on a conveyor. The Marksman© Pro is an industrial PC-based controller that uses a single board computer (SBC) running Windows XP® to process and generate the images to be printed. Included on the

SBC are all the peripherals associated with a computer, such as the video controller and

Ethernet controller. In addition to the SBC, there are print head cards (PHC), one for each head. The PHC is responsible for converting the data from the SBC to something that the head can use to print. It also regulates the temperature of the head and relays head status information from the head to the SBC. When the data is put in a form that the head can use it is sent through the print head cable (DB25) to the head as needed.

Messages are entered using the on-board keypad and touch screen display and stored on the system’s hard drive. The information is recalled as needed when a task has been selected. The power needed for the system is generated from two different power supplies.

One generates the +5V and +12V needed for the logic circuits and the other generates the

+24V required for the head heaters and the DC-DC converter.

Print Heads

The Marksman© Pro supports all the Pro series printheads. A typical printhead includes a reservoir section, drive electronics, and a print engine. The information and power needed for printing are sent to the print head through the DB25. The DB9 is used for APS control.

The drive electronics include a Universal Driver Board and Marksman© Driver Board. The

Universal Board takes 24VDC and generates the high voltage needed by the print engine.

The Marksman© Driver Board (only on UJII engines) converts the serial data from the controller to parallel high voltage data required to control the print engine channels.

The APS includes an ink collection bottle, vacuum pump, APS board, purge pump and reservoir. The APS cycle is controlled by the Marksman© Pro via a DB9 cable. Parameters are set through the software. It is important for the cable to be connected. The power and low ink signals are sent to the Marksman© Pro through the DB25 cable. The ink collection bottle stores the used ink from the APS cycles. If the bottle becomes full, or the reservoir is low, the APS is disabled and the error LED is set.

Photosensor

The photosensor detects a product as it passes in front of the sensor. The signal starts the printing process. Once the printing process has started it will continue until the label is complete, regardless of what the photosensor signal does.

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Encoder

The encoder is used to signal the controller when to print another column of ink. There are two encoder options, external or internal. The external encoder rides on the conveyor to determine how often to print a column of ink. As the conveyor's speed changes, so will the period of time between the printing of the columns of ink. The internal encoder is timedbased so that if the speed of the conveyor changes the print will be stretched or compressed until the encoder speed is corrected.

Marksman© Hub

The Marksman© Hub is a device that can be attached to a network and used by the Marksman© Controller to turn on and off alarm beacons or strobes. The Hub has the capability to control two different beacons, each containing two colors: red and green.

If a low ink condition exists on a controller, the red beacon will be turned on solid; if an error occurs that prevents the system from printing (i.e. out of ink, low head temperature, no high voltage), the red beacon will flash. The green beacon will be turned on when all errors are gone. If multiple controllers are using the beacon, it is possible that both the green beacon and the red beacon could be on.

The Marksman© Hub has its own IP address (10.1.2.50 default value) for communication with the Marksman© Controller. The Marksman© Controller is configured via the Configuration / System Internet web page, designating which port the Hub communicates to. Multiple Marksman© Controllers can be connected to a single Marksman© Hub to control the beacon. The strobe will stay on or flashing, depending on the error, until all the Marksman©

Controller errors are resolved. The Hub also contains four RS232s that are not supported by the Marksman© Controller. Serial B is used to set the IP address of the Hub. There are three LEDs on the front of the Hub: 1 green (POWER) and 2 red (MALFUNCTION 1 and

2). The POWER LED comes on when power is applied; MALFUNCTION 1 will stay on until a Marksman© Controller connects to it through the Ethernet port. MALFUNCTION 2 is not used.

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Wiring Diagram

Appendix B: Theory of Operation

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Appendix C: Parts and Supplies

Consumables

Part Number Description

001-0732-01F Ink, 500ML V300 Black

001-0598-01F Ink, ScanTrue II®

032-6001-01

2464619

2464620

2464621

X30001-001

Ink, 500mL Bottle, AlphaMark

Kit, Ink Waste Bottle, V300 Ink (APS only)

Kit, Ink Waste Bottle, ScanTrue II® Ink

Kit, Vent Filter Replacement

Print Head Wiping Cloth (300/pkg)

Appendix C: Parts and Supplies

Controller Assembly Service Kits

2

1

6

10

4

3

13

12

5

10

11

8

9

7

ITEM NO. PART NO.

1 2465202

2

3

2465203

2465205

4

5

6

2465206

2465207

2465208

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

2465209

2465210

2465211

2465214

2465215

2465216

2465217

DESCRIPTION

Display/Touch Screen Replacement Kit

Back Light Inverter Replacement Kit

Power Supply Replacement Kit, 5/12 VDC

Power Supply Replacement Kit, 24 VDC

Fan Replacement Kit

Hard Drive Replacement Kit

Backplane Replacement Kit

CPU Board Replacement Kit

PHC Board Replacement/Upgrade Kit

Fan Filter/Fuses Kit (5 Filters, 4 Fuses)

Memory Replacememt Kit

Keypad Controller Board Replacement Kit

Keypad Replacement Kit

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13

7

3

4

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1

12

9

8

11

14

10

2

15

5

ITEM NO.

PART NO.

DESCRIPTION

1 2464607 Print Engine Kit, 96, V300, APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

2464608

2464609

Print Engine Kit, 192, V300, APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

Print Engine Kit, 352, V300, APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

6

2464632 Print Engine Kit, 384, ScanTrue II, APS, W/Tubing & Nose Piece

2464613 Print Engine Kit, 768, ScanTrue II, APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

2464604 Print Engine Kit, 96, V300, Non-APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

2

2464605 Print Engine Kit, 192, V300, Non-APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

2464606 Print Engine Kit, 352, V300, Non-APS, w/Tubing & Nose Piece

2464636 Print Engine Replacement Kit, AlphaCoder, ScanTrue II

2464642 Print Engine Replacement Kit, AlphaMark

2464614 Prime Pump Replacement Kit, V300

2464625 Prime Pump Replacement Kit, ScanTrue II

3 & 8 2464615 Reservoir & Ink Line Tubing Replacement Kit, V300

4

5

6

2464616 Reservoir & Ink Line Tubing Replacement Kit, ScanTrue II

2464641 Reservoir & Tubing Replacement Kit, AlphaMark

2464617 APS PCB Replacement Kit

2464618

2464619

Ink Seperator Replacement Kit

Ink Waste Bottle Kit, V300 Ink (APS Only)

2464620 Ink Waste Bottle Kit, ScanTrue II Ink

7

9

2464621 Vent Filter Replacement Kit

2464623 Marksman Driver Board Replacement Kit

10 2464624 Universal Driver Board Replacement Kit

11 2464120 Communications Cable

12 2464144 Cable, Driver Board to APS PCB

13

14

15

16

5760527

2464146

2464147

2464629

Cable, Reservoir to APS PCB

Cable, Prime Pump to APS PCB

Cable, Vacuum Pump to APS PCB

HV PCB Replacement Kit, 384 and 768 Heads only (Not shown)

NOTE: Please refer to the ProSeries NP192 Manual (2466401) for Service and

Parts Kits for the NP192 Integrated Print Head.

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Appendix D: Testing the Electrical Outlet

Appendix D: Testing the Electrical Outlet

CAUTION:

The outlet must be installed near the equipment and must be easily accessible.

ATTENTION:

On doit installer à côté de l'appareil une prise de courant facilement accessible.

Before installing the system, verify the integrity of the 115VAC (US and Canada only) sourced power, in accordance with the National Electric Code (NEC) (US only) and approved local electrical codes. If using a standard AC outlet, use the following procedure to verify the integrity of your outlet.

1. Place an outlet tester into the socket. (You can purchase an outlet tester at most hardware stores).

2. If the outlet tester indicates that the outlet is wired correctly, proceed with the installation.

3. If the outlet tester indicates that the outlet is wired incorrectly, inform plant maintenance immediately and do not use the outlet until it has been re-wired.

Electrical Line Transients

Transients on the incoming AC power line can be in the form of voltage spikes and transients, over- and under-voltage events, or noise caused by poor grounding or interference.

Symptoms of power related problems can be unexplained loss of controller memory (loss of message), garbled print, and unexplained hardware resets.

The best way to eliminate these types of problems is to install the controller on a dedicated line with a line conditioner. A dedicated line refers to an AC line that only the system components are plugged in to. This is most effective when the source is at the building main service entrance.

Good quality line conditioners will provide protection against all AC line problems with the exception of power outages; if power outages are a problem at the installation, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) should be installed.

CAUTION:

Not for use in a computer room as defined in the Standard for the Protection of

Electronic Computer/Data Processing Equipment, ANSI/NFPA 75 (US and Canada only).

ATTENTION:

Ne peut être utilissé dans une salle d'ordinateurs telle que définie dans las norme ANSI/NFPA 75 Standard for Protection of Electronic Computer/Data Processing

Equipment.

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Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

Setting the IP Address on the Marksman© Hub

To set the IP address on the Marksman© Hub, complete the following steps:

• Connect Serial B on the Hub to the computer’s serial port with a null modem cable (not supplied).

• Open Hyper Terminal.

• Configure Hyper Terminal to:

Baud Rate=9600, Data Bits=8, Parity=none, Stop Bits=1, Flow Control = None.

• Power up the Marksman© Hub.

• Follow the commands to change the IP address.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

10.1.2.50

Marksman© Hub.

Version X.XX

Please Type SET with in 10 seconds if you wish to set the IP Address

Please Enter New IP Address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Using IP Address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

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Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

Setting the IP Address on the PC

This section has instructions for setting the IP address and subnet mask of the PC so it can communicate with the Marksman© Pro Controller. Included are instructions for Windows

XP®, Windows 2000®, Windows 98®, and Windows 95®.

Windows XP®

1. Open the Start menu; select Settings, then Network Connections.

2. Click Local Area Connection, then open the File menu and select Properties.

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3. Select Internet Protocol

(TCP/IP)

then click the

Properties

button.

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4. Click the Use the following

IP address

radio button.

Enter an IP address of

10.1.2.4, a subnet mask of

255.255.255.0, and click the OK button.

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Windows 2000®

1. Open the Start menu; select Settings, then

Network and Dial-up

Connections.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

2. Click the desired connection, then open the File menu and select Properties.

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3. Select Internet Protocol

(TCIP/IP)

then click the

Properties

button.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

4. Click the Use the following

IP address

radio button.

Enter an IP address of

10.1.2.4, a subnet mask of

255.255.255.0, and click the

OK

button.

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Windows 98®

1. Open the Start menu; select Set-

tings

, then Control Panel.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

2. Double-click the Network icon (bottom row, second from the right in the illustration below.)

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3. Select TCP/IP and click the

Properties

button.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

4. On the IP Address page, click the Specify an IP address radio button. Enter an IP address of 10.1.2.4, a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and click the OK button.

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Windows 95®

1. Open the Start menu; select Set-

tings

, then Control Panel.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

2. Double click the Network icon (lower right in the illustration below).

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3. Select TCP/IP, then click the

Properties

button.

Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

4. On the IP Address page, click the Specify an IP address radio button. Enter an IP address of 10.1.2.4, a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and click the OK button.

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Appendix E: Setting the IP Address

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Appendix F: Fonts

Font List

In addition to the standard TrueType fonts, the following fonts were designed specifically for the Marksman© Pro. (Contact the Distributor for special fonts, special characters or new fonts.)

MK Aardvark

MK Arabia

MK Arial

MK Arial Low Caps

MK Avalon

MK Barcode

MK Courier

MK Courier Low Caps

MK Diploma

MK Fujiyama

MK Gothic

MK Harquil

MK Harquil Low Caps

MK Script

MK Times

MK Times Low Caps

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Font Samples

The following samples were printed with a ProSeries 768 Print Head at 300 dpi (standard) and default width. The first two sets of Fonts (Aardvark and Arabia) are shown at 128, 64 and 32. The remaining fonts are shown at 64 only, but other sizes are available.

MK Aardvark 128

MK Aardvark 64

MK Aardvark 32

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MK Arabia 128

MK Arabia 64

MK Arabia 32

MK Arial 64

MK Arial Low Caps 64

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MK Avalon 64

MK Barcode 64

MK Courier 64

MK Courier Low Caps 64

MK Diploma 64

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MK Fujiyama 64

MK Gothic 64

MK Harquil 64

MK Harquil Low Caps 64

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MK Script 64

MK Times 64

MK Times Low Caps 64

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Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures

Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures

FJSOP1 - Removal of FoxJet High Resolution Printheads

PURPOSE:

To detail the procedure for removing a Foxjet High-Resolution inkjet printhead from a production line.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Customer or authorized FoxJet Distributor technician.

SAFETY

:

FREQUENCY:

All personnel performing this procedure must wear proper eye protection and latex gloves.

Each time a printhead is to be removed from a production line.

PROCEDURE:

1. Initiate the proper controller shutdown procedure, TURN OFF AND UNPLUG THE

CONTROLLER from electrical power source to avoid possible electrical problems and/ or electric shock.

2. Disconnect all printhead cables from the controller.

3. Remove the ink bottle and install the Reservoir Ship Cap.

4. Remove vent cap filter (if applicable) and close the vent cap.

5. For an AMS/APS system, remove Waste Ink Bottle and reinstall the Short Black Protective Shipping

Bottle.

6. Install the faceplate cover on the front of the printhead (when properly installed it should cover the

CP/OP).

7. Insure that all printhead covers are properly installed, clean and all screws are in place.

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8. Remove all photocell and photocell brackets from the printhead, if applicable.

9. Remove screws that hold the printhead to the bracketry.

10. Wrap a clean shop cloth around the front of the printhead to catch any ink that may leak out and secure the cloth with masking or packing tape.

11. Place a plastic bag over the printhead assembly and secure it with tape.

12. If the printhead is to be stored for later use, it should be stored in a cool, dry location.

13. If the printhead is to be shipped, it should be well padded and packed in its original shipping box.

!

CAUTION:

Observance and practice of this procedure is critical to insure no damage occurs during shipping.

FoxJet will replace, and charge for, any items found to be missing before it can be returned.

FoxJet may deny warranty coverage if the printer or part has failed as a result of abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, improper shipping, or unapproved modification(s). Please refer to the Master Warranty Statement.

END

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Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures

FJSOP2 - Daily Maintenance for AMS/APS Printheads

SCOPE:

All AMS/APS (Automatic Priming System) Printheads.

PURPOSE:

Detail the procedure for performing the required maintenance routine for Foxjet AMS/APS High-Resolution inkjet printheads.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Customer.

SAFETY

: All personnel performing this procedure must wear proper eye protection and latex gloves.

FREQUENCY:

This procedure is to be performed daily, or as often as required, depending on print quality.

PROCEDURE:

1. Using a lint-free Texwipe, carefully clean any corrugated dust, hot melt glue strings and/ or other debris from the CP/OP area. Be sure to wipe across the CP/OP in one direction, NOT UP AND DOWN OR BACK AND FORTH, to lessen the likelihood of debris being pushed into the orifices. Failure to wipe in the appropriate direction will damage the CP/OP.

2. Press and release the purge button to initiate an automatic prime/purge cycle (observe that the ink is vacuumed off the CP/OP).

3. Wipe across the CP/OP with a lint-free Texwipe in one direction to remove excess ink, if necessary.

4. Verify that all screws are in place and that covers are clean and properly installed.

5. Insure that the front of the printhead is parallel to, and within 6mm (0.25") or less, of the side of the carton as it passes in front of the printhead.

6. Insure that the conveyor guides are adjusted to prevent cartons from contacting the printhead.

7. Run a print sample to ensure all the channels are printing and producing good print quality.

IF PRINT QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE, PROCEED NO FURTHER.

8. If there are several channels not printing, take several lint-free Texwipes and press them against the front of the CP/OP to catch the ink during the next step in the maintenance process.

9. Press and hold the purge button for three to four seconds to prime the system or purge air from the printhead.

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10. Spray the proper maintenance fluid, as identified below, on a dry wipe card or folded

Texwipe.

10.1 For Printheads using VersaPrint ink, use FoxJet P/N X31003-001 spray.

10.2 For Printheads using ScanTrue II ink, use FoxJet P/N X31027-001 spray.

11. Wipe across the CP/OP with the wipe card or lint-free Texwipe to remove any excess ink and/or maintenance spray.

12. Run a print sample to ensure all the channels are printing and producing good print quality.

IF PRINT QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE, PROCEED NO FURTHER

.

13. If there are any channels that still do not print, repeat steps 8 through 12 as required.

Replacing APS waste ink bottles

FoxJet APS systems have waste ink catch bottles installed to the rear of the printhead/ink system and employ a waste ink detection circuit to disengage the APS feature when the bottle becomes full. Failure to replace a full waste ink bottle will disengage the APS system.

To maximize equipment longevity and increase performance, preventive maintenance routines must be performed on pre-defined daily, weekly, and/or monthly schedules.

If performing these measures is not already a regular practice, it should be immediately established as a top priority to prolong the life of the system.

FoxJet may deny warranty coverage if the printer or part has failed as a result of abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved modification(s). Please refer to the Master

Warranty Statement.

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Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures

FJSOP3 - Daily Maintenance for non-AMS/APS Printheads

SCOPE:

PURPOSE:

All non-AMS/APS (Automatic Priming System) Printheads.

Detail the procedure for performing the required maintenance routine for Foxjet non-AMS/APS High-Resolution inkjet printheads.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Customer.

SAFETY

: All personnel performing this procedure must wear proper eye protection and latex gloves.

FREQUENCY:

This procedure is to be performed daily, or as often as required, depending on print quality.

PROCEDURE:

1. Using a lint-free Texwipe, carefully clean any corrugated dust, hot melt glue strings and/ or other debris from the CP/OP area. Be sure to wipe across the CP/OP in one direction, NOT UP AND DOWN OR BACK AND FORTH, to lessen the likelihood of debris being pushed onto the orifices. Failure to wipe in the appropriate direction will damage the CP/OP.

2. Fold 2 Texwipes over and hold them against the face of the printhead to catch the ink during the next step in the maintenance process.

3. Press and hold the priming button for three to four seconds to prime the system or purge air from the printhead.

There are two types of Non AMS/APS Heads on the Market:

A: With a motorized priming pump and button to energize it.

B: With a prime bulb mounted to the rear of the Print Head Assembly. With this type printhead, only push the bulb in. Do not squeeze or pinch the bulb, which can damage the bulb and/or the valve internal to it.

4. Wipe across the CP/OP in one direction with a lint-free Texwipe to remove excess ink.

5. Verify that all screws are in place and that printhead covers are clean and properly installed.

6. Insure that the front of the printhead is parallel to, and within 6mm (0.25") or less, of the side of the carton as it passes in front of the printhead.

7. Insure that the conveyor guides are adjusted to prevent cartons from contacting the printhead.

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8. Run a print sample to ensure all the channels are printing and producing good print quality.

IF PRINT QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE, PROCEED NO FURTHER.

9. If there are several channels not printing, fold two Texwipes over and hold them against the face of the printhead to catch the ink during the next step in the maintenance process.

10. Press and hold the priming button for a maximum of five seconds to prime the system or purge air from the printhead.

11.

Spray the proper maintenance fluid, as identified below, on a dry wipe card or folded

Texwipe

.

11.1. For Printheads using VersaPrint ink, use FoxJet P/N X31003-001 spray.

11.2. For Printheads using ScanTrue II ink, use FoxJet P/N X31027-001 spray.

11.3. For Printheads using AlphaMark ink, use Ethyl Alcohol (commercially available).

12. Wipe across the CP/OP with the wipe card or folded Texwipe to remove any excess ink and/or maintenance spray.

13. Run a print sample to ensure all the channels are printing and producing good print quality.

IF PRINT QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE, PROCEED NO FURTHER.

14. If there are any channels that still do not print, repeat steps 8 through 12 as required.

Maintenance Requirements

To maximize equipment longevity and increase performance, preventive maintenance routines must be performed on pre-defined daily, weekly, and/or monthly schedules.

If performing these measures is not already a regular practice, it should be immediately established as a top priority to prolong the life of the system.

FoxJet may deny warranty coverage if the printer or part has failed as a result of abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved modification(s). Please refer to the Master

Warranty Statement.

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Appendix G: Standard Operating Procedures

FJSOP4 - Installation of FoxJet High Resolution AMS/

APS Printheads

PURPOSE:

Detail the procedure for installing a FoxJet AMS/APS high-resolution inkjet printhead onto the production line.

RESPONSIBILITY:

Customer or Distributor.

SAFETY:

FREQUENCY:

All personnel performing this procedure must wear proper eye protection and latex gloves.

Every time a printhead is installed on the production line.

PROCEDURE:

1. Remove packing materials and retain for possible future use.

2. Insure that all printhead covers are properly installed, clean and all screws are in place and tight.

3. Position the printhead and install the screws that hold the printhead to the printhead bracketry.

4. Adjust bracketry so that the front of the printhead is parallel to, and no more than 6mm

(0.25”) away from, the side of the carton as it passes in front of the printhead.

5. Insure that conveyor guides are adjusted so that the cartons CANNOT hit the printhead.

6. Remove the Reservoir ship cap and install the ink bottle (insure the expiration date on the ink bottle has not yet occurred).

7. Open the vent cap and install a clean vent cap filter (FoxJet PN X40119-001).

8. If not installed, install an ink waste bottle (FoxJet PN X01240-002).

9. Remove the faceplate cover from the front of the printhead (Save the faceplate cover and Reservoir ship cap for use when you remove the printhead from the production line).

10. Switch controller power OFF.

11. Unplug controller from power source, if applicable.

12. Connect the printhead cable to the controller.

13. Connect the photocell cable to the printhead, if applicable.

14. Plug the system into a dedicated source of clean electric power.

15. Turn the power on to the printhead and wait for it to heat to temperature, which should take approximately five to ten minutes. (A Marksman Net or UJII 352/32 Printhead may take up to 30 minutes. On Marksman Net and Marksman Pro Series controllers, it may take approximately 30 minutes to bring a ProSeries printhead to the appropriate temperature.)

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16. Take several lint-free Texwipes and press them against the front of the CP/OP to catch any ink.

17. Press the purge switch for three to four seconds to purge any air out of the system.

18. Spray the proper maintenance fluid, as identified below, on a dry wipe card or folded

Texwipe.

18.1 For Printheads using VersaPrint ink, use FoxJet P/N X31003-001 spray.

18.2 For Printheads using ScanTrue II ink, use FoxJet P/N X31027-001 spray.

19. Momentarily press the purge switch to initiate an automatic prime/purge cycle.

20. Wipe across the CP/OP with the wipe card or lint-free Texwipe to remove any excess ink and/or maintenance spray.

21. Run a print sample to ensure all the channels are printing and producing good print quality.

IF PRINT QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE, PROCEED NO FURTHER.

22. If all channels are not printing properly, repeat steps 16 through 21. If the printhead has not been in use for several months, it may take 30+ minutes for all channels to print.

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