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C-200MT

SOFTWARE USER’S GUIDE

C-200MT SOFTWARE USER’S GUIDE

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Contents

Safety Precautions

Dangerous Procedure Warnings

1

Do Not Perform Maintenance Alone

1

Live Circuits

1

Turn Power Off Before Maintenance 2 S-3200/5200/7200 and GT 3250/5250/7250 Cutters GTxL Cutter Laser Origin Light Additional Precautions Moving Machinery Replacing Parts 3 Knife Blade 3 Clothing 4

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Compressed Air

4

Lint

4

Equipment Training 4

Do Not Operate in an Explosive Atmosphere 4

4

Use Caution When Handling the Monitor

What's Inside

C-200MT Software User's Guide 1

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Basic Cut Processing 1 Advanced Cutting Features

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Safety Precautions Getting Acquainted

Recovery 1 Customizing Setups Parameter Manager Cut File and Report Utilities Queue Manager 2

CutView Utility 2 Cutter Information Database (CIDB) 2 Routine Maintenance 2

Optimizing Cutter Performance Diagnostics Glossary 2

2

Error Messages 3 Input Codes 3 Documentation for Your GERBERcutter Conventions Customer Support

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Parameters

Getting Acquainted

C-200MT Software for GERBERcutters

1

Multitasking

1

Supported by C-200MT

1

GERBERcutters

1

Native Languages

2

Networks

2

Accessing the Program

2

Closing the Program

3

C-200MT Main Cutter Control Screen

4

Menu Bar

5

Tool

Bar

5

Icon Keys and BCP Buttons 5 Cut File Information Button 7

Queue Information Button System Setup Button 7

Two Line Output Display Settings Options Status Bar 8 Gauges on Main Screen 9 Knife Speed Gauge 9

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8

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Cut Speed Gauge

9

Knife

Wear Gauge

9

Knife Intelligence Gauge 10

Vacuum Level Gauge

10

Percent Complete Gauge

10

Feed Rate Slider

10

File Display Area

11

File Display Options

11

Piece Colors in File Display Area

12

Options for GERBERcutter Systems

12

Right Side Option

13

Conveyorized Take-off Table (CTOT) 13

Lateral Drive Option 13 Resealer Option 14

14

Bar Code Reader 14 POWER Processor GPP-200 15 AccuMatch 15

Bristle Cleaner Options

Hardware 15 Software 15

Drill Options

16

Drill Options — Electric

16

Drill Options — Pneumatic/Electric 16

17

Y Edge Alignment Option 17

Centering and Alignment Options

Automatic Tube Centering Option

17

Basic Cut Processing

Cut Processing Diagram Turning on the Cutter Enabling Servo Power Initializing the Cutter Positioning the First Bite Selecting a Setup Opening a Cut File/Marker Default Directories/Storage Areas Changing AccuMark Parameter Tables Using Rerun Turning on the Vacuum Positioning the Laser Light Setting the Marker Origin Selecting Cutting Speed Turning on the Knife Motor Processing a Cut File/Marker

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Trim Cut

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Cutter Parameter Table Editor

Advanced Cutting Features

Biting and Advanced Cutting Features

1

Using

Dry

Run

2

Fabric Alignment

 

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Marker Stacking

3

Using

Marker Flip

4

Using

Check Origin

4

Using OPSTOPs Hints When Working with Opstops Using Mirroring Options Using Center Line Origin

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Using

Clipping Window

 

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Using

Preprocess

Drills

7

Using Contiguous Cutting Using Continuous Cutting Using Pause Between Bites Run Time Biting Using Run Time Biting Bite Generation Static Length Biting Variable Length Biting Identifying Data Format Using Data Format Using AAMA Data Conversion Using Data Scale Factor Automatic Tube Centering Setting Up for Automatic Tube Centering

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Recovery

Recovery after Interrupted Cutting Before Using Recovery Commands Restore State Restoring State Manually Restore Origin Bite Search

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5

Piece

Search

 

5

Piece

Recut

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Closing a Marker

6

Move to Origin

7

Customizing Setups

Settings 1

Using Setup Screen Buttons 1

2

Selecting a Preset Setup 2

Turning Parameters ON/OFF

Selecting a Setup

4

Parameter Manager Parameters

Categories of Parameters Knife and Drill Speeds Parameters Sharpen Parameters Cutting Parameters Vacuum System Parameters Ignore Codes Parameters Bristle Cleaner Parameters Knife and Path Intelligence Parameters Data Format/Scaling and RSO Bite Parameters Options and Modes Mirror Image and Clipping Window OPSTOP and Report Options Selvage Cut/Contiguous Cut System Setup Parameters Cut File Preprocessor Parameters Queue Manager Parameters Field Service Level Categories and Parameters Security Parameters

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Cut File and Report Utilities

CutView

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Queue Manager 1 Cutter Information Database (CIDB) File Manager

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Lock File Manager 2

Changing Passwords

Change User Directory 4 Default Storage Areas 4 PreProcessor 5 Common Line 7

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7

Path Optimization 8

Reorder

 

Window

8

CutView Utility Queue Manager Cutter Info Database (CIDB) Diagnostics

 

Input Output Test (DG 23) Servo I/O Test (DG 16) How It Works Testing Outputs with Servo I/O Diagnostic

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Testing Inputs with Servo I/O Diagnostic Testing Encoders with Servo I/O Diagnostic KI Calibration (DG 20)

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C

Axis Angle

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Sharpen Angle

8

Calibrate Conveyor Move

9

C

Home to System Zero

10

Single Step Diagnostic

11

Continuous Run

12

Display Bite Adjust Values

12

Conveyor/CTOT Speed Calibrate

13

Stepsize Setup

13

Edge Sensor Diagnostic

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Position Info

15

Move Head To

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Zone Valve Exerciser

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Running Cut Tests

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Multiple

Horizontal Lines

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Multiple Vertical Lines

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Multiple 45 degree Lines

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50" Square Test

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Concentric Circles

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Beam Square Test

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Heel to Heel Test

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Yaw

in

X

Test

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Yaw

in

Y

Test

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10" Square, Center Drill Hole

28

Geometric Shapes

29

5' Bite Test

30

Knife Offset Setup

31

Drill 1 Offset Setup

32

Drill 2 Offset Setup

33

Pen Offset Setup

34

Beam Square Diagnostics

35

Beam Squareness

35

Parameters for Beam Squareness Diagnostic

35

Path Intelligence Diagnostics

37

Calibration

37

Watch Forces

38

Software Diagnostics

39

Restorable Info

39

Debug Window Diagnostic

39

Servo Data Logging Diagnostic

40

Error Simulation Diagnostic

40

Communications Statistics

41

Dual Beam Diagnostics

41

Dynamic Offset / Yaw Cut Test Diagnostic

42

Glossary Error Messages Input Codes Index

Safety Precautions

Dangerous Procedure Warnings

Warnings precede potentially dangerous procedures throughout this manual. Instructions contained in warnings must be followed. You also should employ all other safety precautions that you deem necessary for safe operation of the equipment in your operating environment.

WARNING!

of the equipment in your operating environment. WARNING! Failure to follow these safety precautions could result

Failure to follow these safety precautions could result in injury or death.

Do Not Perform Maintenance Alone

Do not perform any maintenance on the equipment unless another person that can render first aid and resuscitation is present.

Live Circuits

High voltages exist inside the C-200 controller vacuum/electric and electronics enclosure(s). The exact number of enclosures and their locations, depend on the GERBERcutter model. There are no operator-serviceable parts in these enclosure(s). Two power cables enter the primary vacuum/electric enclosure:

a three-phase cable for the vacuum generator system and a single-phase power cable for the C-200 controller. Both power cables must be disconnected before it is safe for trained, maintenance personnel to work within the enclosure. There must be a main disconnect that meets local electrical codes for each power supply.

that meets local electrical codes for each power supply. C-200MT Software User’s Guide Safety Precautions 1

Turn Power Off Before Maintenance

Depending on your GERBERcutter, circuit breaker(s) and/or a switch located outside of the vacuum and electric enclosure(s) allow you to shut down power to the FEP (or PC), vacuum system, C-200 cutter controller, servo motors, and conveyor. To prevent accidental start-up, always turn off power as directed before doing any maintenance.

As shown in diagrams below, CB1 shuts off power to the C-200 controller; the FEP or PC remains on. CB2 shuts off power to both the C-200 controller and the FEP or PC. CB9 or SW1 turns off power to the vacuum motor.

S-3200/5200/7200 and GT 3250/5250/7250 Cutters

GTxL Cutter

CB1 CB2 CB8
CB1
CB2
CB8
and GT 3250/5250/7250 Cutters GTxL Cutter CB1 CB2 CB8 CB1 CB2 SW1 Note: For specific circuit

CB1

and GT 3250/5250/7250 Cutters GTxL Cutter CB1 CB2 CB8 CB1 CB2 SW1 Note: For specific circuit

CB2

SW1

Note:

For specific circuit breaker descriptions refer to documentation for your GERBERcutter.

Laser Origin Light

The origin light in the cutter head uses a laser light that points toward the cutting surface. When viewed as intended (by looking at the dot projected on the material to be cut), the laser should pose no hazard to operators. However, the origin light is a Class IIIa laser product, with a peak power of 5 mW at a wavelength of 670 nm. Never look straight into the light source of this laser beam; doing so may cause temporary, or even permanent, damage to your eyes. Direct, bright reflections from the laser may also be harmful. Remove all highly- reflective material (such as jewelry and mirrors) from the cutting surface before turning on the origin light. Turn off the origin light before performing any maintenance on the GERBERcutter.

WARNING!

performing any maintenance on the GERBERcutter. WARNING! Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures

Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.

specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure. Additional Precautions Moving Machinery Keep hands away from
specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure. Additional Precautions Moving Machinery Keep hands away from

Additional Precautions

Moving Machinery

Keep hands away from the Resealer and other moving machine parts to avoid personal injury. Make sure there is no one else near the table when you are operating the GERBERcutter.

Replacing Parts

Report any broken or missing parts to your Field Service representative. Because of the danger of introducing additional hazards, do not install substitute parts or perform any unauthorized modification of the equipment.

Knife Blade

The knife blade is very sharp. Be extremely careful when working near the knife blade.

Clothing

Loose-fitting clothing, dangling neck chains and ties, loose jewelry, and long hair can be a hazard when working around machinery.

Compressed Air

Always use caution when using compressed air. Never use compressed air to blow lint and dust off clothing or skin.

Lint

Avoid breathing in lint when changing the table and stack filters. Wear a mask suitable for this purpose.

Equipment Training

Never attempt to operate this machinery unless you have received formal training to do so.

Do Not Operate in an Explosive Atmosphere

Use extreme caution when handling flammable liquids such as cleaning solvents. Do not operate the equipment in the presence of flammable gases or fumes.

Use Caution When Handling the Monitor

The monitor on the operator console may be a cathode ray tube (CRT). Breaking a CRT could cause it to implode and scatter glass fragments at a high velocity. To prevent CRT implosion, avoid rough handling or jarring of the equipment. Other models use a flat panel screen monitor.

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C-200MT Software User's Guide

This user's guide contains information on using the C-200MT software with GT 3250/5250/7250, S-3200/5200/7200, GTxL, S-91 ZVC, S-91 Static, and S-91 TCW GERBERcutters. It includes the following chapters:

Safety Precautions

This chapter details safety precautions you must follow when operating the GERBERcutter. Read this section before you start cutting. Also refer to documentation that came with your GERBERcutter or on the Gerber Service CD.

Getting Acquainted

This chapter introduces the multitasking C-200MT program and lists the GERBERcutters, options, and supported data formats, languages, and networks. It explains how to access and close the C-200MT program. Features of the operator's console and the Main Cutter Control screen are covered.

Basic Cut Processing

This chapter covers the basic steps for opening and cutting cut files/markers.

Advanced Cutting Features

This chapter briefly explains advanced cut processing commands and parameters for specific cutting operations.

Recovery

The chapter explains how to recover after an EStop or servo power down.

Customizing Setups

This chapter explains how to select and modify a Setup using the Settings command.

Parameter Manager

This chapter explains how to use the Parameter Manager utility to access, edit, and lock parameter settings. Information about Categories and Parameters available in the Parameter Manager is covered in a separate chapter.

Cut File and Report Utilities

This chapter describes utilities that help you work with markers, or cut files. It explains how to use manage files using File Manager and preprocess markers before cutting. Additional utilities are covered in the following chapters.

Queue Manager

This chapter explains how to use the Queue Manager utility to create, edit, and run job queues.

CutView Utility

This chapter explains how to use the CutView utility to view cut files, or markers, prior to cutting.

Cutter Information Database (CIDB)

This chapter explains how to use the CIDB utility to generate reports about cutter activity and cut files/markers processed on the GERBERcutter.

Routine Maintenance

This chapter covers how to use menu commands to schedule and perform routine maintenance, such as sharpening the knife while the cutter is idle, reset for a new knife, and operate the autmomatic Bristle Cleaner.

Optimizing Cutter Performance

This chapter covers are features that optimize cutter performance, including Path Intelligence, Knife Intelligenceand Energy Savings Mode (ESM).

Diagnostics

This chapter explains the various diagnostic routines used to check that the GERBERcutter is running properly.

Glossary

The Glossary lists terms you need to know.

Parameters

This chapter lists available parameters by categories. Each parameter is briefly explained with possible settings.

Error Messages

This chapter lists all error messages for the GERBERcutter. Possible causes and solutions are given for each error condition.

Input Codes

This chapter lists the input codes used in cut data files.

Documentation for Your GERBERcutter

C-200MT software is now released on CD-ROM. For this reason, the C-200MT Software User's Guide, NT Quick Reference Guide, and GERBERcutter operator and maintenance, system maintenance, and application manuals are now delivered in PDF format. When C-200MT was installed on your system, the software user’s guide and the appropriate operator/maintenance/service manuals for your GERBERcutter were installed as well.

Note: All information in this C-200MT Software User’s Guide is also available in the online help.

To access printable (PDF) documentation about your cutter

1. Do one of the following:

Double-click on the C-200MT Documentation icon on your Windows desktop.

Insert the C-200MT install CD and view contents using Windows Explorer.

2. Double-click on the specific document you want to view.

3. To print, select Print from the File menu. You can print one page or all pages.

Note: Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.02 or greater must be installed on your system to view these PDF files.

To install Acrobat Reader

1. First install C-200MT software.

2. From the Windows Start menu, select Run.

3. Type C:\BIN\AR302.EXE and then press Enter.

Or browse to locate a newer Acrobat Reader .EXE file.

Conventions

The following conventions are used throughout this manual:

Bullets at the beginning of a section tell you what is covered in that section. Bullets also list a group of related items.

Bullets in a procedure lists the types of input from you needed by the C-200MT program.

Bold type highlights important information. In procedures, bolded text indicates a click with a pointing device or keyboard keys to press. In text, information that you need to consider first is bolded.

Shortcut keystrokes, such as Marker/ Open, are underlined.

Text that you need to type or message prompts look like this.

Note:

Notes contain important or helpful information.

CAUTION:

Cautions appear before procedures that could cause damage to equipment if not performed correctly.

WARNING!

Warnings tell you when you must follow a specific procedure or practice to avoid personal

Warnings tell you when you must follow a specific procedure or practice to avoid personal injury or death.

Customer Support

If a problem still exists after troubleshooting, call Gerber Field Service Engineering for assistance. In North America, call Customer Support at 800-321-2448. Outside North America, call your local service office.

Have the following information ready when you call:

GERBERcutter you are using

Any special equipment or software you are using, such as the drill, resealer, or bar code reader option

Software packages you are using; include the software version numbers

Equipment number, if available

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GettingGettingGettingGetting AcquaintAcquaintAcquaintAcquaintedededed

C-200MT Software for GERBERcutters

C-200MT Software for GERBERcutters The C-200MT software is designed to operate on various

The C-200MT software is designed to operate on various GERBERcutters in various work environments. C-200MT performs interface and cutter control functions on all new GERBERcutters.

Multitasking

The C-200MT program version 1.6.x or greater runs only in Windows NT 4. You may already be familiar with Windows. If not, refer to the Windows NT Quick Reference Guide. Your company will appreciate the fact that Windows NT allows multitasking. This means additional tasks can be performed while a cut file/marker is being cut. These tasks can include:

Viewing a different cut file

Creating a job queue

Viewing system setups

Using File Manager

Generating reports

Supported by C-200MT

GERBERcutters

The C-200MT program performs user interface and cutter control functions on the following GERBERcutters:

GT 3250/5250/7250

GTxL

S-3200/5200/7200

S-91 TCW, ZVC, Static

The cutter type is selected when installing the software for the first time. Your GERBERcutter was shipped from the factory with the software pre-installed.

File Formats

Currently, your GERBERcutter can process the following file types: AAMA data, AccuMark marker data (version 7.2 or greater) and GERBERcutter data

(274-D).

GERBERcutter Data Formats

The C-200MT program supports the following standard cut data formats:

3.3 English, 4.2 English, and 5.1 Metric.

Native Languages

The C-200MT program supports native languages, including:

All 8-bit character sets supported by Windows NT 4

Those 16-bit languages for which a Windows NT 4 version exists (example: Japanese Windows NT)

Networks

The C-200MT program supports connectivity to other systems on a Local Area Network. All networks capable of running with Windows NT 4 are supported.

Accessing the Program

The C-200MT program is the first C-200 cutter controller PC software that runs in Microsoft Windows NT. Your company will appreciate the fact that Windows NT allows multitasking. This means that additional utilities or options, such as PreProcessor or CutView can be used while a cut file/marker is being cut.

To start up the C-200MT program

1. Turn on the main power circuit breaker for the cutter. Refer to the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started.

2. Press Enter to select Windows NT Workstation.

3. When prompted, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to log on.

4. When prompted for a password, type your password and then press Enter or click OK to display the Main Cutter Control screen.

Note:

The system is shipped from the factory without an NT password. Press Enter to continue.

5. Double-click the C-200MT icon on the Windows desktop.

Closing the Program

This section gives the steps necessary to close the C-200MT program and shut down the cutter.

CAUTION: To avoid losing data, always quit the C-200MT program before shutting down Windows NT. Also, shutdown Windows NT before turning off the main circuit breaker for the cutter.

To quit the C-200MT program

1. Make sure that the cutter is idle (not processing data) and that the servo power is disabled.

2. From the Quit menu, select Confirm.

To shut down the cutter

1. Click on the Start button in the Task bar. Do one of the following:

Select Shutdown.

Press ALT + F4.

2. In the Shutdown dialog box, click the radio button next to Shutdown. Then press Enter or click the OK button.

3. When prompted that it is safe to turn off your computer, turn off the main power circuit breaker.

C-200MT Main Cutter Control Screen

When you turn on your GERBERcutter, the following screen displays. Features in this screen are explained in the following sections.

Menu

Bar

Tool

Bar

Standard

Gauges

Buttons

2 Line

Output

Display

Queue

Info

Button

File

Display

Area

Status

Bar

Cut File

System Setup

Button

File Display Area Status Bar Cut File System Setup Button Info Button Right click here for

Info Button

Area Status Bar Cut File System Setup Button Info Button Right click here for Settings options
Right click here for Settings options Right click here for Marker Plot options
Right click
here for
Settings
options
Right click
here for
Marker Plot
options
options Right click here for Marker Plot options C-200MT version 1.7 Note: If your cutter is

C-200MT version 1.7

Note:

If your cutter is running C-200MT version 1.5.x or earlier, refer to the Getting Acquainted topic in the C-200MT online help on your system.

Right click

for Marker

Plot options

KI Gauge

Button for

Cutters

with KI

Feed Rate

Slider

for GTxL

cutter

Menu Bar

The menu bar on the Main Cutter Control screen has drop-down menus that allow access to the interface and cutter control functions in the C-200MT program. Each menu choice is called a command.

Menus available in the Main Cutter Control screen:

Menu Item

Use commands to

File

Open, close, rerun, and manage marker files.

Cutter

Operate the cutter.

Recover

Recover from an EStop or system power down.

Setup

Configure settings that determine how the cutter operates; change passwords.

Utilities

View markers; run a job queue; Preprocess markers,

Options: automatically clean the table surface; create CIDB reports.

Diagnostics

Check cutter operation.

Help

Find help on how to use features in the C-200MT program and review information about the current software release.

Quit

Exit the C-200MT program

Tool Bar

The tool bar on the Main Cutter Control screen provides an additional way to perform frequently-used tasks for operating the cutter. Click on an icon with the pointing device to select.

Hold the cursor over a tool bar icon to view the name and corresponding function key you can press on the keyboard, if preferred.

Icon Keys and BCP Buttons

Notice that icons on several tool bar buttons correspond to those on switches on the beam control panel at the cutter. For GERBERcutters with colored icon keys on the keyboard, these also are identical to icons on the tool bar buttons.

Icon

Open Cutfilealso are identical to icons on the tool bar buttons. Icon Command Piece Search Function Key

Command

Piece Searchto icons on the tool bar buttons. Icon Open Cutfile Command Function Key Use To F1

Function Key

Use To

F1

Select cut file or AccuMark marker, and open it for processing.

F2

Find and cut a specific piece in a marker.

Icon

Restore StateIcon Command View Cutfile Setup Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting

Command

View CutfileIcon Restore State Command Setup Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting

SetupIcon Restore State Command View Cutfile Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start

Knife SpeedIcon Restore State Command View Cutfile Setup Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting

Move To OriginIcon Restore State Command View Cutfile Setup Knife Speed Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting Stop

SharpenState Command View Cutfile Setup Knife Speed Move To Origin Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting Stop

VacuumView Cutfile Setup Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Origin Initialize Start Cutting Stop Cutting Queue

OriginView Cutfile Setup Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Initialize Start Cutting Stop Cutting Queue

InitializeSetup Knife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Start Cutting Stop Cutting Queue Manager AccuMatch

Start CuttingKnife Speed Move To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Stop Cutting Queue Manager AccuMatch Preprocessor CIDB

To Origin Sharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting Stop Cutting Queue Manager AccuMatch Preprocessor CIDB

Stop Cutting

Queue ManagerSharpen Vacuum Origin Initialize Start Cutting Stop Cutting AccuMatch Preprocessor CIDB Report Generator Function Key

AccuMatchOrigin Initialize Start Cutting Stop Cutting Queue Manager Preprocessor CIDB Report Generator Function Key Use To

PreprocessorStart Cutting Stop Cutting Queue Manager AccuMatch CIDB Report Generator Function Key Use To F3 Recover

CIDB ReportCutting Stop Cutting Queue Manager AccuMatch Preprocessor Generator Function Key Use To F3 Recover or restore

Generator

Function Key

Use To

F3

Recover or restore state after a power loss or EStop condition.

F4

View cut data including dry haul path, bite lines, drill points, and data points. The CutView utility also allows you to zoom in/out, select individual bites and pieces within bites, animate the cutting process, and check piece data.

F5

Access Settings in order to change setups. The C-200MT program provides default setups for running a cutter. Setups are suitable for a wide variety of applications.

F6

Adjust knife speed for the current session or set as defaults in the setup.

F7

Move the cutter head to the last established origin.

F8

Sharpen the knife when the cutter is idle.

F9

Turn table vacuum ON or OFF.

F10

Set the “start” position (X0,Y0) of a marker on the table.

F11

Initialize, or identify, the zero position for the table in X and Y (X0,Y0). This is also called the home.

F12

Begin the cutting process.

Pause

Stop the cutting process.

Create job queues that allow the cutter to automatically process multiple.

Access the AccuMatch option, if available.

Access the Preprocessor to optimize cut data files.

Access the report generator, if CIDB option is available.

Cut File Information Button

This button on the Main Cutter Control screen displays the cut file name when one is open. Click the button to display the Cut File Information dialog box. This dialog box shows the cut file name and path as well as the length, width, number of bites, and number of pieces in the open cut file. The dialog box also allows you to open/close a cut file/marker or re-run a file.

Information concerning the current file and job displays in this window. This can include:

Name of setup used

Cut path (drive and directory)

Cut File/Marker name

Length and width of marker

Bite number currently being processed

Piece number currently being processed

Origin in X and Y

Job queue, if any

Cutter status mode (determines which commands can be used currently)

Queue Information Button

This button on the Main Cutter Control screen displays the Queue name when one is open. Click the button to display the Queue Information dialog box. This dialog box allows you to:

Check the current job, if any

Open a queue

Close the current queue

Select the next job in the current queue

Open Queue Manager to edit the current or create a new queue

Click Done to close this dialog box.

System Setup Button

This button on the Main Cutter Control screen displays the system setup dialog box. From here, you can load a new setup or save a setup you created. Clicking this button is the same as selecting Settings from the Setup menu.

Two Line Output Display

This display on the Main Cutter Control screen relays informational messages that do not require any user acknowledgement. You can scroll through the messages using the scroll buttons on the window.

These can include:

Initializing Command Executed Move Complete

Settings Options

To access Settings Options (explained below), right click anywhere in the gray bar area, except on a gauge or other button.

To turn an option on, click that option. A button is created and displays as long as an option is active.

To turn an option off, click on the button displayed for that option.

Option

Use To

Turn On Dry Run

Check the cut file/marker by processing without cutting.

Enable Single Stepping

Process cut file data one block at a time.

Enable Continuous Run

Reprocess an open cut file until you manually stop the process.

Setup Data Scaling

Change scaling to adjust the size of a marker to the size of the available material.

Setup a Fabric Alignment Angle

Set a different angle before cutting a marker.

Setup a Clipping Window

Prevent the knife from cutting outside of one or more edges of the spread.

Status Bar

When a menu command is highlighted, a brief description about the command displays in the Status bar at the bottom of the Main Cutter Control screen.

Gauges on Main Screen

Status gauges appear on the Main Cutter Control screen as soon as servo power is enabled. They replace the Enable Servo Power prompt. These gauges frequently-updated indicators that show:

Vacuum Level

Knife Speed

Cut Speed

Knifewear

Knife Intel.

Feed Rate Slider

The Percent Complete, although not among the group of gauges described above, indicates cut file completion.

Knife Speed Gauge

Shows current knife reciprocating speed in revolutions per minute (rpm).

Click the gauge button to access the Knife Speeds dialog box.

Cut Speed Gauge

Shows current cutting speed in inches or centimeters per minute for the cutting head. The Cut Speed gauge indicates the slowdown by a decrease in the width of the green bar indicator.

Click the gauge button to access the Cut Speed dialog box.

Knife Wear Gauge

Shows the number of sharpens that have occurred since the last knife; it also indicates how many sharpens remain before the knife needs to be changed. When the maximum number of sharpens has been reached, the bar graph turns red and the Knife Life Exceeded prompt displays.

Click the Knife Wear gauge button to access the Knife Wear and Sharpening dialog box.

Knife Intelligence Gauge

Shows the current change in knife heading to compensate for lateral forces on the knife; angle change is determined by Knife Intelligence (KI). The Knife Intel. gauge only displays on cutters that have Knife Intelligence.

Click the gauge button to access the Knife Intelligence dialog box.

Note:

If you temporarily disable Knife Intelligence, the gauge will display a red bar by default.

Vacuum Level Gauge

This button on the Main Cutter Control screen shows current vacuum level in inches or centimeters per mercury. Click the gauge button to access the Vacuum Settings dialog box.

the gauge button to access the Vacuum Settings dialog box. When the level is too low

When the level is too low the bar graph turns red. Tthe message, Vacuum Low Caution, displays when the vacuum is too low for processing the current marker.

Percent Complete Gauge

This button on the Main Cutter Control screen displays at the bottom of the C- 200MT plot window area. It shows the percentage of cutting completed so far for the current marker; the percentage is based on distance cut relative to total cut distance.

Feed Rate Slider

On a GTxL GERBERcutter, this slider allows you to view and change the current feed rate.

File Display Area

When a cut file/marker is opened, this portion of the Main Cutter Control screen shows the current bite and indicates the piece currently being cut. The status of the plot is updated several times a second. Information concerning the current file and job displays in this window. This can include:

Piece number currently being processed

Cutter status mode

Origin in X and Y

Bite number currently being processed

Job queue, if any

Length and width of marker

File Display Options

To access File Display Options (explained below), right click in the File Display area. Right clicking in the screen will provide the following options, depending on whether a cut file/marker is open or not:

With Cut File/Marker Open

Option

Use To

View

Access the CutView utility.

Close

Close currently displayed cut file/marker.

About

Display the Cut File Information dialog box. This dialog box shows the cut file/marker name and path as well as the length, width, number of bites, and number of pieces in the open cut file. The dialog box also allows you to open/close a cut file/marker or re-run a file.

Rerun

Reopen and display the last cut file/marker opened. The system will display cut file/marker’s name in the menu.

Note: If you attempt to rerun a currently displayed cut file/marker, the system will prompt you to close and reopen that file.

Open a Different Cutfile

Open a different cut file/marker than the one currently open.

With Cut File/Marker Closed

Option

Use To

Rerun

Reopen and display the last cut file/marker opened. The system will display the cut file/marker’s name in the menu.

Note: If you attempt to rerun a currently displayed cut file/marker, the system will prompt you to close and reopen that file.

Open a Cut file

Open a cut file/marker.

Piece Colors in File Display Area

In the File Display area, piece color changes to differentiate those that have not yet been cut.

1. Pieces are first white.

2. When a piece is about to be cut, it turns light blue.

3. As the knife cuts a piece, the cut line becomes yellow.

4. After a piece is cut, the piece number turns yellow, too.

Options for GERBERcutter Systems

Gerber provides options to enhance the performance of your GERBERcutter. Here is a list of hardware and software available. For more information, call your local Gerber Sales and Service office.

Note:

Lateral Drive

Right Side Option (RSO)

CTOT

Barcode Reader

Drill

Bristle Cleaner

Resealer

Power Processor GPP-200

AccuMatch

Automatic Tube Centering

Y Edge Alignment

Not all options are available on all GERBERcutters.

Right Side Option

The Right Side Option (RSO) allows you run the GERBERcutter from the right side of the cutting table. This lets you spread material with its straight edge on the right side, which is more practical for some applications. On a right-side option GERBERcutter, both the operator console and beam control panel are located on the right side of the cutting table as seen from the take-on end.

An RSO option is available for all GERBERcutter systems. GTxL GERBERcutter systems can be reconfigured on-site for an RSO option. Shown below is an S-91 TCW system with the RSO option.

Shown below is an S-91 TCW system with the RSO option. Conveyorized Take-off Table (CTOT) Depending

Conveyorized Take-off Table (CTOT)

Depending on the GERBERcutter model, a CTOT is built into the cutter or available as a moveable unit. Cut pieces and scrap material moves off of the cutting table onto the CTOT. If the CTOT is placed in front of another table, pieces can continue to move onto that table for picking and bundling. Otherwise, cut pieces are picked up directly from the CTOT and scrap material can drop away into a bin or onto the floor.

Lateral Drive Option

A lateral drive option is available for most GERBERcutter systems. This option allows one cutter to move from spreading table to spreading table. Included in the option are:

Platform wheels which ride in tracks in the cutting room floor

Lateral drive controls

Vacuum exhaust stack on mast

Mast and overhead trolley to carry electric cabling

Resealer Option

The resealer uses plastic film to automatically cover, or seal, the cut area of the lay. Covering areas on the table where pieces have already been cut, improves cut quality for remaining pieces by maintaining vacuum. Resealers on higher ply GERBERcutter systems have a bar that can be raised to allow uncompressed pieces and material to be conveyed off of the table.

Bristle Cleaner Options

Removing lint and debris from the table surface promotes vacuum flow through the BRISTLE SQUARES. Options available for cleaning the work surface depend on the GERBERcutter model.

Detachable vacuum hose

Automatic Bristle Cleaning option (See Routine Maintenance chapter)

Bar Code Reader

This option, available for all GERBERcutter systems, allows you to use a bar code reader to open individual cut files or job queues. The Bar Code Reader is capable of scanning cut file names 20 characters in length. This was tested using Code 39 bar codes.

To turn on this option

1. Open the Parameter Manager.

2. The Bar Code Reader Option parameter in the Options and Modes category must be set to ON.

3. To open job queues with the Bar Code Reader, set the Read Queue Name Bar Codes parameter in the Queue Manager category to YES.

When this feature is turned on, all bar codes read (except setup files *.CNF) are assumed to be queues and are automatically opened for running. If this feature is turned off, each bar code read will be opened as single cut file.

POWER Processor GPP-200

The POWER Processorlets you change cut files so that the GERBERcutter works more efficiently. Input to the POWER Processor is a cut file produced on a marking and grading system such as Gerber’s AccuMark or MicroMark. Output is a modified cut file. Altering a cut file can improve cut quality, cut speed, material use, and cut file efficiency. The POWER Processor lets you:

Change piece cutting sequence

Change the start point of a piece

Add or remove knife lift and plunge points

Add or remove Opstop points for plaid/stripe matching

AccuMatch

or remove Opstop points for plaid/stripe matching AccuMatch With the Gerber AccuMatch system, you can check

With the Gerber AccuMatch system, you can check match points and make any necessary adjustments with accuracy and speed. A color video CCD module, or digital camera, captures images of the spread at all matching positions (Opstops) in a cut file and displays on-screen an image of the material at this location. You can accept the match point as shown or reposition a cross hair cursor relative to the fabric design.

The AccuMatch system option runs on S-3200 and GT 3250 GERBERcutters and includes the following:

Hardware

Camera with adjustable lens

Light

Mounting fixture

Camera head cover

Cables

High performance video board

Auxiliary slew control (joystick) at operator console

Software

Check with your Gerber Sales representative for the appropriate AccuMatch and C-200MT software versions for your cutter.

Drill Options

All GERBERcutter systems support a drill option. The following options are available, depending on the cutter model. Gerber also provides drill bits in a wide variety of sizes and types.

Drill options available:

Electric

Pneumatic/Electric

An example of an electric drill is shown.

Pneumatic/Electric An example of an electric drill is shown. Drill Options — Electric Cutter Drill 1

Drill Options — Electric

Cutter

Drill 1

Drill 2

GTxL, GT 7250, S-7200, S-91

Electric

Electric

GT 5250, S-5200

Electric

Ask about availability

Drill Options — Pneumatic/Electric

Cutter

Drill 1

Drill 2

GT 3250, S-3200

Pneumatic

Electric

Electric (heavy duty)

Centering and Alignment Options

Y Edge Alignment Option

The Y-edge Alignment option uses a roller assembly to track the location of the edge of a spread along the Y-axis of the cutting table and relay this information by pneumatics to the cutter. This allows the system to accurately position and cut pieces.

For information about this option, which is available for S-91 ZVC cutters only, contact your Service Representative.

Automatic Tube Centering Option

The Automatic Tube Centering option can be used to find, accurately and automatically, the centerline origin of a spread. Centerline Origin is a C-200MT feature used for cutting tubular goods or any other pattern that must be centered on a spread.

Features for Automatic Tube Centering include:

Automatic determination of the center of the spread.

Automatic fabric alignment.

Automatic scaling of the Y-axis.

Adjustable edge sensor width.

Edge sensor diagnostic for setting up the option.

This option is available for GT 5250/7250 and S-5200/7200 cutters except those with the RSO or Drill options. For more information, contact your Gerber Service Representative.

BasicBasicBasicBasic CutCutCutCut ProcessingProcessingProcessingProcessing

The following sections explain how to use C-200MT features to perform basic cutting procedures. For additional information on steps performed at the cutter, refer to the GERBERcutter operator’s manual or Getting Started.

At Cutter

At Operator

Console

1. Turn on cutter 2. Enable servo power 3. Initialize cutter 4. Position first bite
1. Turn on cutter
2. Enable
servo power
3. Initialize cutter
4. Position first
bite
of spread on table
5. Select setup
6. Open cut file/
marker
7. Turn on vacuum
8. Position
laser light
9.Set marker origin
10. Select
cutting speed
or feed rate
11. Turn on
knife motor
12. Start processing
cut file/marker

Note:

Read the safety precautions at the beginning of this user’s guide before performing any operation at the cutter. Also refer to safety precautions in the GERBERcutter operator’s manual or Getting Started.

Turning on the Cutter

Depending on your GERBERcutter, circuit breaker(s) and/or a switch located outside of the vacuum and electric enclosure(s) allow you to turn power ON or OFF for the FEP (or PC), vacuum system, C-200 cutter controller, servo motors, and conveyor. Enclosure(s) may be located at the side or at the end of the cutter or on a separate table along side of the cutter.

To turn on the main power circuit breaker for your cutter, refer to the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started.

Enabling Servo Power

Pressing the Servo Power Enable switch turns on power to the servo motors. These motors move the cutter head and beam during cut processing.

motors move the cutter head and beam during cut processing. To enable servo power 1. Make

To enable servo power

1. Make sure that cutter power is turned on and the C-200MT program is running.

2. When prompted, press the Servo Power Enable switch. Depending on your GERBERcutter, this switch may be located at the operator console or at the beam control panel.

The servo motors are turned on and gauges display across the top of the Main Cutter Control screen.

Initializing the Cutter

Use the Initialize feature to identify the zero position for the table in X and Y. This is also called the home position and is written as (0,0). Limit switches tell the C-200MT when the cutter head reaches the (0, 0) position.

For information about basic cutter concepts, such as home and X,Y positions, see the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started.

Note:

You must initialize the cutter before processing markers. Otherwise, an error message displays.

To initialize the cutter

1. Make sure that the cutter power is turned on, the C-200MT program is running, and the servo power is enabled.

2. Do one of the following:

Press the Initialize switch on the beam control panel.

− Press the Initialize switch on the beam control panel. − Press the Initialize key on

Press the Initialize key on the keyboard.

From the Cutter menu, select Initialize.

Click the Initialize button on the tool bar.

The cutter head and beam moves to the (0,0) position on the table and the origin is reported in the System Messages box.

Note:

If the cutter is set up for the Right Side Option, the cutter head and beam moves to the right side of the table.

Positioning the First Bite

After the cutter is initialized, use the jog switch at the take-on end of the cutter to advance the spread (material) into cutting position on the table. This will be the first bite. Then cover the spread with plastic film. For specific information on spreading a marker and positioning the first bite, refer to the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started.

Selecting a Setup

A setup is a file containing parameters that enable or disable various features, options, and modes depending on such considerations as ply height, material characteristics, or marker width. Use the Setup List page to select a new Setup from the list of all Current Setups available.

To select a setup

1. Do one of the following:

available. To select a setup 1. Do one of the following: − Press the Settings key

Press the Settings key on the keyboard.

Click the Settings button on the Cutter Main Control screen.

Click the Settings button in the tool bar.

From the Setup menu, select Settings.

2. If some other page is selected in the System Setup dialog box, click the Setup List tab.

3. Use the pointing device to select the Name of the setup you want.

4. To select this setup as the current setup, click the Apply or the OK button. Apply loads the new setup and leaves the screen open; OK loads the new setup and closes the screen. Selecting another setup page is the same as clicking Apply.

5. When prompted to Activate Selected Setup, check your changes and then click the Yes button.

6. When satisfied with the changes, press Enter or click the OK button.

Opening a Cut File/Marker

Use the Marker Open feature to select marker or cut file and open it for processing.

You can enter a cut file/marker name directly or choose from a list of available files. You also can search for piece names using the “*” and “?” wildcards. For example, to find files with names similar to SUIT123, SUIT456, and SUITABC, type SUIT*.

Default Directories/Storage Areas

For cut data files the default directory is C:\USER. For AccuMark markers or cut data, when you first open this dialog box after starting the C-200MT program, the first storage area on the C: drive is selected by default. After you make a selection and until you shut down C-200MT, the default storage area for AccuMark markers or cut files will be the last storage area from which you selected AccuMark data.

To open a marker

1. Do one of the following:

data. To open a marker 1. Do one of the following: − Press the Open Marker

Press the Open Marker key on the keyboard.

From the Marker menu, select Open.

Click the Open Marker button on the tool bar.

The Marker Open screen displays.

Note:

If Marker Size: Use Auto Calculate is turned OFF and certain features, such as Right Side Option, are turned ON, you will be prompted to enter a new marker width. Press Enter to accept the marker width or type a new marker width and then press Enter.

2. To change drives and directories or storage areas, you can use the pointing device, Tab key, or arrow keys to make your selections.

3. To select the Type of File you want to open, click on the button marked with an arrow to the right of that field. Choices are:

AccuMark cut

AccuMark marker

All (other cut) files

4. Select the cut file/marker you want to process.

5. If you selected an AccuMark marker, you may be prompted to change cutter and notch parameter tables. See the next sections.

6. Press Enter or click the OK button to return to the Main Cutter Control screen.

7. The first bite of the selected cut file/marker is processed and displays in the File Display area. Verify that this is the marker you want to cut.

Changing AccuMark Parameter Tables

To make changes to the Cutter and Notch parameter tables that are associated with the marker file currently being opened, one or both parameters in the Security category must be enabled.

Note:

Supervisors can change the access level of these parameters using the Advanced button in the Parameter Manager.

To select different parameter table(s)

1. Make sure the User Parameter Table Selecting parameter is enabled.

2. Open an AccuMark marker.

The AccuMark Parameter Table Selection dialog box displays with the name of the current marker displayed.

Note:

Edit buttons are not available unless the User Parameter Table Editing parameter is also enabled.

3. To check parameter tables that are being used by another marker or to select a different marker, click the Select button for that item.

4. To select a different Cutter parameter table, click the Select button for that item. The name of the new table displays.

5. To select a different Notch parameter table, click the Select button for that item. The name of the new table displays. If you decide to use the internal Notch parameter table instead, click the Internal button.

6. Press Enter or click OK.

The marker opens in the Cut File display area.

To edit parameter table(s)

1. Make sure the User Parameter Table Editing parameter is enabled.

2. Open an AccuMark marker.

The AccuMark Parameter Table Selection dialog box displays with the name of the current marker displayed.

Note: Select buttons are not available unless the User Parameter Table Selecting parameter is also enabled.

3. To edit the Cutter parameter table:

a) Click the Edit button for that item.

b) When prompted that changes you are about to make will overwrite the parameter table file, click OK. The Cutter Parameter Table Editor displays.

c) Make desired changes and press Enter or click OK.

4. To edit the Notch parameter table:

a) Click the Edit button for that item.

b) When prompted that changes you are about to make will overwrite the parameter table file, click OK. The Notch Parameter Table Editor displays.

c) Select the Notch type you want to make changes for.

d) Enter values for Perimeter Width, Inside Width, and/or Notch Depth.

e) Select and edit each Notch type you want to change, and then press Enter or click OK.

5. Press Enter or click OK.

The marker opens in the Cut File display area.

Using Rerun

Use the Marker Rerun feature to reopen the previously selected cut file/marker.

To rerun the last marker

1. From the Marker menu, select Rerun. The cut file/marker opened previously displays in the File Display area.

Turning on the Vacuum

Use the Vacuum feature to turn table vacuum ON in order to process markers. When finished cutting, you can repeat the following procedure to turn OFF table vacuum.

Vacuum System parameters that control the vacuum system are set using the Parameter Manager.

To turn the vacuum on in order to cut

1. Make sure that the first bite is positioned on the table and the correct cut file/marker is open.

2. Do one of the following:

=

Press the Vacuum On/Off switch on the beam control panel.

=

− = Press the Vacuum key on the keyboard.

Press the Vacuum key on the keyboard.

=

From the Cutter menu, select Vacuum.

=

Click the Vacuum button on the tool bar.

Positioning the Laser Light

If the laser origin light is not turned on, refer to the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started to turn it on. The laser origin light is located on the cutting head.

WARNING!

laser origin light is located on the cutting head. WARNING! The origin light uses a Class

The origin light uses a Class IIIa laser product. To avoid injury to your eyes, do not look at the laser at any time. Also, do not place any reflective material, such as mirrors, polished steel, or jewelry on the cutting table.

At the beam control panel, press the Slew Enable and Arrow switches to position the laser origin light at the corner of the spread closest to the X0,Y0 values on the cutting table.

Setting the Marker Origin

Use the Origin feature to establish the origin for a marker.

To set the marker origin

1. After positioning the laser light at the corner of the spread as explained above, do one of the following:

=

Press the Origin button on the beam control panel.

=

− = Press the Origin key on the keyboard.

Press the Origin key on the keyboard.

=

From the Cutter menu, select Origin.

=

Click the Origin button on the tool bar.

The origin is reported in the System Messages box, where x.xxx and y.yyy are the absolute table coordinates (origin) for the lower left corner of the marker.

Selecting Cutting Speed

Select the appropriate cutting speed for processing the open cut file/marker. Depending on your GERBERcutter, use the Cutting Speed dial at the beam control panel or the Feedrate slider on the C-200MT Main Control screen. Refer to the GERBERcutter Application manual or Getting Started for recommended settings for cutting speed.

Turning on the Knife Motor

At the beam control panel, turn on the knife motor. Refer to the Safety Precautions chapter in the GERBERcutter operator's manual or Getting Started.

WARNING!

operator's manual or Getting Started. WARNING! The knife blade is very sharp. Use extreme caution when

The knife blade is very sharp. Use extreme caution when working near the knife blade.

Processing a Cut File/Marker

Use the Start feature to begin processing, or cutting, a cut file/marker.

To start processing a cut file/marker:

1. Make sure you have completed all of the previous procedures in this chapter.

2. Do one of the following:

=

Press the Start switch on the beam control panel.

=

− = Press the Start key on the keyboard.

Press the Start key on the keyboard.

=

From the Cutter menu, select Start.

=

Click the Start button on the tool bar.

The piece being cut is outlined in the File Display are and the current piece and bite number display in the System Status window.

3. When prompted that processing is complete, press Enter or click OK.

Trim Cut

Use the Trim Cut feature to cut across a spread in order to trim away excess material and plastic.

To use Trim Cut

1. Do one of the following:

=

Press the Trim Cut switch (marked by scissors) on the beam control panel

=

From the Cutter menu, select Trim Cut.

At the beam control panel, the Error Warning Light starts flashing to indicate you are in Trim Cut mode.

2. Immediately, press and hold the Slew Enable button while using the joystick or pressing slew keys to make required cut(s).

3. To exit Trim Cut mode, do one of the following:

=

At the beam control panel, press the

− = At the beam control panel, press the Stop switch or wait

Stop switch or wait

until the Error Warning Light stops flashing.

=

At the operator console, press Esc.

Note:

To position and lower the knife before using the Null KI command for GERBERcutters that support Knife Intelligence, turn the feed rate to zero and then follow the steps above.

CutterCutterCutterCutter ParameterParameterParameterParameter TableTableTableTable EditorEditorEditorEditor

You can access this editor when opening an AccuMark marker for cutting on a GERBERcutter. Fields correspond to fields in the AccuMark Cutter Parameter Table.

Field

Note:

To specify the Notch Parameter Table, use the AccuMark Parameter Table Selection dialog box.

Description

Cutter Type

The cutter type does not automatically change the default values of the table. STATIC is a type of GERBERcutter that has a fixed cutting surface equal to the table length. CONVEYOR TABLE is a type of GERBERcutter that has a continuous belt for the cutting surface. As the spread is fed on from one side, the cut pieces come off the other. TRAVELLING CONVEYOR is a GERBERcutter that moves from one spreading table to the next on floor rails.

Table Length

Usable table length.

Table Width

Usable table width.

X Determines the scale of the cut data in Y direction on the table.

Scale

Y Determines the scale of the cut data in X direction on the table.

Scale

Perimeter

Choices are:

Tool

KNIFE to cut the marker PEN to plot the marker if the cutter is equipped with a pen BLANK the perimeter will not be cut or plotted

First Bundle

The default bundle code is A and can be edited with numeric or

Code

alphanumeric values.

Edge

Used for tubular goods. If the piece perimeter is placed within the given

Tolerance

tolerance, the cutter will dry haul for the fold. The pattern dimensions are increased to the defined value.

Maximum

This safety feature controls the cutting head on long straight lines. Data

Move

points are added during cut process if a straight segment is over the indicated value.

Fold Overcut

Used for tubular goods. The cutter will cut the defined amount past the edge of the marker on folded pieces. This is to make sure the piece is fully cut. The folded pieces must have the piece option F assigned.

Cut Small

Used to ensure good quality on small pieces by cutting them at the

Slow

indicated percent of full speed (increments of 5 with a minimum of 60%). This prevents pushing; refer to the Applications manual for your cutter.

Field

Description

Bite Clip

The length of a cut made in the selvage of the goods. Used to reorigin the

Amount

cutter head at the beginning of a bite for a conveyor. See Bite Parameters.

Park in Bite

When cutting lofty goods, the cutting head needs to be moved to the edge of the table when the GERBERcutter advances. Otherwise, when the vacuum releases, the goods are no longer condensed and could be damaged. This is calculated based on 0.00 as the origin. To move the head to the far side of the fabric, enter the width plus an additional amount to ensure the head moves off entirely. See Bite Parameters.

Bite Length

Indicates a specific bite length for the available cutting surface. See Bite Parameters.

Bi-L/R Cut

NO means the option will not be activated YES indicates lefts will be cut in opposite direction from rights.

Bi-L/R Mirr

NO indicates mirrored pieces will be cut in clockwise direction

Cut

YES indicates one half of mirrored piece will be cut in opposite direction

Cut Small

from the other half on a common perimeter point of the mirror line. The cutter will dry haul back to the center back hem and resume cutting in the counter clockwise direction, finishing at the center.

Pieces First

NO means the option will not be activated YES indicates the pieces not identified as major pieces in AccuMark will be cut first.

AutoMatch

YES indicates the cutter has AutoMatch option.

Cut Net Parts

YES cuts pieces in a defined block for blockfusing. NO cuts the block.

Variable

Indicates that bite lengths change according to the size and location of

Biting

pieces in the marker. Choices are:

Yes, for a conveyor table so the system calculates the bite according to the length of the cutting table and the pieces. No, for a conveyor table when you determine and enter the fixed bite length at the cutter. No, for a static cutter.

Labeller

Check to use a labeller.

Label Width

Usually 1.25 inches; the labeller can override these values

Label Height

Usually 2 inches; the labeller can override these values

Label Margin

Usually .25; the labeller can override these values

Label/Tool

These two drop-down list boxes establish what tool the GERBERcutter uses for specific internal labels. Possible tools are KNIFE, PEN, DRILL1, DRILL2, OPSTOP, LABELLER, and blank. A blank field allows an internal label to be turned off. The default labels are: C Opstop;D Drill1;I Knife

AdvancedAdvancedAdvancedAdvanced CuttingCuttingCuttingCutting FeaturesFeaturesFeaturesFeatures

Biting and Advanced Cutting Features

Besides allowing you to process a cut file/marker using the basic steps, the C-200MT program provides commands, parameters, and utilities for specific cutting applications. Additional steps and parameter changes are required for these features.

Dry Run

Fabric Alignment

Marker Stacking

Marker Flip

Check Origin

OpStops

Mirroring Options

Center Line Origin

Clipping Window

Preprocess Drills

Data Scale Factor

Contiguous Cutting

Continuous Cutting

Pause Between Bites

Run Time Biting

Data Format

Automatic Tube Centering

Using Dry Run

Use the Dry Run feature to check the cut file/marker by processing without cutting. The laser origin light can be selected while operating in the Dry Run mode by using the Dry Run Tool is Light parameter in the Options and Modes category.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. Do one of the following:

=

From the Cutter menu, select Dry Run.

=

Right click in the gray area next to the gauges to display setting options. Click Dry Run.

2. Follow the procedures for processing a cut file/marker.

Fabric Alignment

Use this feature to align a spread that is skewed relative to the table.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. Turn off the Check Origin parameter in the Options and Modes category.

2. Do one of the following:

Define a new angle

At BCP

Slew to a point along the spread. Press the F2 switch twice.

From C-200MT Main Screen

From the Cutter menu, select Fabric Alignment.

Or right click in the gray area next to gauges to display setting options. Click Setup a Fabric Alignment Angle.

Then do one of the following:

- At the BCP, slew to a point along the spread. Click the Light Position button.

- Type to enter an angle and then click OK or press Enter. A button displays, marked Angle = xxx.

Use a previous angle

At BCP

Press the F2 switch and then press the Origin switch.

From C-200MT Main Screen

From the Cutter menu, select Fabric Alignment.

Or right click in the gray area next to gauges to display setting options. Click Setup a Fabric Alignment Angle.

Click the Recall button. A button displays, marked Angle = xxx.

3. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Marker Stacking

Use this feature to cut two markers or cut files side by side at the same time, especially narrow markers designed for tubular goods. The cut file/marker nearer to the operator console is called the bottom marker; the farther cut file/marker is called the top marker.

Parameters for this feature include:

Marker Flip

Marker Flip Top

Marker Stacking Reorder

Marker Stacking Reorder Channel

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use the Parameter Manager to edit the above parameters in the Options and Modes category.

2. Spread two lengths of material on the table. Spreads must be similar enough so that one setup can be used to cut both.

3. From the Marker menu, select Open to open a cut file/marker.

4. Click the Marker Stacking button.

5. Select the bottom and top marker.

6. Set the origin for the bottom and then the top marker. X,Y origin values for each marker display in the status area of the Main Cutter Control screen.

7. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Using Marker Flip

Use this feature to rotate single or stacked marker(s) 180 degrees and renumber pieces in order to cut from take-off end to the take-on end.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Marker Flip (and Marker Flip Top) parameter(s) in the Options and Modes category.

2. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Note:

For stacked markers, Marker Flip affects the bottom marker and Marker Flip Top affects the top marker.

Using Check Origin

Use this feature to check that the cut file/marker fits on the usable cutting surface.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Check Origin parameter in the Options and Modes category.

2. If the system prompts Bad Origin (relative to the marker and table size) immediately after pressing Start, reposition the cutter head within the acceptable range.

3. Set the origin and press Start again.

4. Follow the procedures for cutting a marker.

Using OPSTOPs

Use this feature when cutting a cut file/marker with optional stops (Opstops) for plaid/stripe matching.

Hints When Working with Opstops

Split Pieces - Opstop can handle virtually any type of cut file regardless of the number of split pieces. In order to properly process Opstops that occur on split pieces, Run Time Biting must be turned on.

Piece Cut Sequence - Any piece cut sequence can also be handled when using opstops.

Recovery - The Restore State feature properly restores piece origins that have been adjusted using Opstops. Also, Piece Recut can now be used in conjunction with Opstop to match a single piece.

Preset Opstops are utilized for plaid/stripe matching.

The CutView utility reads and displays M01 (Opstops).

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON one or more parameters in the OPSTOP and Report Options category category.

2. When cutting stops, reposition the cutter head so that the piece cuts correctly. Press Start to continue processing.

3. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Using Mirroring Options

Use this feature to rotate a cut file/marker along the X and Y axes (or Y axis) without renumbering pieces.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to edit parameters in the Mirror Image and Clipping Window category.

2. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Note:

Mirror Image can not be used on a conveyorized GERBERcutter system.

Using Center Line Origin

Use this feature to set a center for the pattern when cutting tubular goods or symmetrical patterned fabric. This feature can be used with Marker Stacking and Data Scaling.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON one of the following parameters in the Options and Modes category:

Center Line Origin Center Point

Center Line Origin Edge Points

2. Open the cut file/marker to process.

3. Do one of the following:

When using Center Point, move the origin light to the center of the spread. Then set the origin.

When using Edge Points, move the origin light to the bottom corner of the spread and then set the origin. Repeat for the top corner of the spread.

4. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Using Clipping Window

Use this feature to prevent the knife from cutting outside of one or more edges of the spread (for single or stacked cut file/markers).

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. To turn Clipping Window ON, do one of the following:

Right click in the gray area next to the gauges to display Settings OptionsSettings_Options. Click Setup a Clipping Window.

From the Cutter menu, select Clipping Window. Then select Clipping ON.

2. Open the cut file/marker to process.

3. For the lower (or a single) cut file/marker, do one of the following:

Follow the instructions to position the beam and set the Origin for first the lower and then upper boundaries.

Type a new boundary for lower and/or upper limit(s). Settings are relative to the marker. Click OK or press Enter.

4. using marker stacking, repeat for the upper marker.

If

A

button displays on-screen, indicating that Clipping Window is ON.

5. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Using Preprocess Drills

Use this feature to process drills before cutting pieces in a bite.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Preprocess Drills parameter in the Options and Modes category.

2. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

Using Contiguous Cutting

Use this feature to automatically reorigin for the next marker in the open queue.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Contiguous Cut parameter in the Selvage Cut/Contiguous Cut category.

2. Start processing.

3. Follow the procedures for cutting a marker.

Using Continuous Cutting

Use this option to continue to cut while the conveyor is moving to increase overall throughput or create gradual flow onto the take-off table. This feature is not for use on S-91 cutters.

Note:

The Field Service level parameter, Continuous Cutting Installed, must be turned on before using this option.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Continuous Cutting parameter in the Bite Parameters category.

2. Follow the procedures for cutting a marker.

Using Pause Between Bites

Use this feature to adjust fabric alignment angle or to set marker origin between each bite.

Additional step(s) required for this feature

1. For the current setup, use Parameter Manager to turn ON the Pause Between Bites parameter in the Bite Parameters category.

2. Follow the procedures for cutting a cut file/marker.

3. When cutting stops, complete any necessary procedure.

4. Process the next bite.

Run Time Biting

Using Run Time Biting

The Run Time Biting feature bites the cut file/marker, designating sections of the marker for automatic cutting. Each bite fits on the cutter table and can be cut at one time. Run Time Biting can take place either while:

Cutting a cut file/marker

Preprocessing a cut file/marker with Bite Generation

Bite Generation

A Bite Generation option has been added to the PreProcessor screen for use with Reorder and Path Optimization. It is recommended that:

Bite Generation be turned ON when using Reorder or Path Optimization

Run Time Biting be turned OFF when using Bite Generation

To setup to bite a cut file/marker

1. Open the Parameter Manager.

2. In the Bite Parameters category, turn the Run Time Biting parameter ON.

3. Do one of the following:

To use variable length biting, turn the Variable Length Biting parameter ON.

To use static length biting, make sure the Variable Length Biting parameter is OFF.

4. Edit other Bite parameters as required, such as Minimum Bite Length and Maximum Bite Length that determine the minimum and maximum bite lengths for Run Time Biting.

5. To ensure that “sectional” Opstops (placed in “empty” pieces by Microdynamics OPTICUT systems) are processed before pieces in the section are cut, use the OPSTOP Section Processing parameter in the Bite Parameters category.

6. Save the changes.

Static Length Biting

Static length biting divides the cut file/marker into bites of equal lengths. If a piece extends beyond the bite, the cutter “splits” the piece and only cuts the portion of the piece that fits within the bite. When the cutter has finished cutting all pieces or parts of pieces for that bite, the conveyor advances the next bite. The cutter then cuts the second portion of the piece.

bite. The cutter then cuts the second portion of the piece. 10 Advanced Cutting Features C-200MT

Variable Length Biting

When Variable Length Biting is turned on, the cutter only splits those pieces too large to fit on the cutting table. This feature is useful to:

Eliminate split pieces in a cut file/marker requiring pieces not be split

Reduce the need for Opstops to match plaids and stripes in split pieces.

Using Variable Length Biting, the cutter cuts all pieces in a given bite that completely fit on the table. The conveyor then advances to the leftmost uncut piece. It cuts that piece and any other whole pieces on the cutting table. The conveyor again advances to the leftmost uncut piece. This step is repeated until all pieces are cut. Variable length bites usually are shorter and occur more often than static length bites.

are shorter and occur more often than static length bites. C-200MT Software User’s Guide Advanced Cutting

Identifying Data Format

Settings in the Data Format/Scaling and RSO category identify the format used by your cut files. These are:

Data Format

AAMA Data Conversion

Using Data Format

Use this parameter to set one of the following GERBERcutter data formats:

3.3 English

4.2 English (default)

5.1 Metric

The digit before the decimal point shows how many places are reserved for the whole number. The digit after the decimal point shows how many places are reserved for the decimal.

To change Data Format

Note:

The format setting must match the format of your GERBER cut files.

1. Open the Parameter Manager.

2. Edit the setting for Data Format.

3. If you want this to be the default format, save the change to all setups. Or, If this is a temporary change, click OK and process the marker with the different format. Then repeat steps 1 and 2 to return to the default format.

Using AAMA Data Conversion

Use this parameter to process AAMA data.

To process AAMA data

1. Open the Parameter Manager.

2. Enable the AAMA Data Conversion parameter. Save changes permanently or temporarily as explained above.

3. Disable this parameter when done processing AAMA data.

Using Data Scale Factor

Use this command in the Cutter menu to change scaling to adjust the size of a cut file/marker to the size of the available material.

Calculate the X data scale factor by dividing the usable material length by the marker length. Calculate the Y data scale factor by dividing the usable material width by the marker width.

To create a setup file with default scale factors other than zero, use Parameter Manager to edit X Data Scale Factor and/or Y Data Scale Factor in the Data Format/Scaling and RSO category.

To change data scale factor for a cut file/marker

1.

Do one of the following:

 

From the Cutter menu, select Data Scaling.

Right click in the gray area next to the gauges to display Settings Options. Click Setup Data Scaling.

2.

In

the dialog box, enter values for X and/or Y scaling. Then press

Enter or click OK.