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Operating Instructions Handheld Version 1.x P/N: AL-69492 Revision: AB, February 2006
Operating Instructions Handheld Version 1.x P/N: AL-69492 Revision: AB, February 2006

Operating Instructions

Handheld

Version 1.x

P/N: AL-69492 Revision: AB, February 2006

Copyright 2003, Videojet Technologies Inc. (herein referred to as Videojet). All rights reserved.

This document is the property of Videojet Technologies Inc. and contains confidential and proprietary information owned by Videojet. Any unauthorized copying, use or disclosure of it without the prior written permission of Videojet is strictly prohibited.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents 1 The Handheld 1 1.1 Switch-On and Switch-O ff 1 1.2 Control of

1 The Handheld

1

1.1 Switch-On and Switch-Off

1

1.2 Control of the Handheld

1

1.3 Basic Operation

3

1.4 Use of the IME

4

1.5 System States of the Laser System

5

1.6 Used Symbols

6

1.7 User Levels and Passwords

7

1.8 Home Screen

8

2 User Level »Operator«

9

3 User Level »Technician«

11

3.1 Main Menu

3.1.1 Messages

3.1.1.1 Variable Types

12

12

13

4

3.1.2 Parameters

17

3.1.3 Product Registration

18

3.1.4 System Settings

20

3.1.5 Alert History

20

User Level »Administrator«

21

4.1 Main Menu

22

4.1.1 Parameters

22

4.1.2 Product Registration

24

4.1.3 System Settings

26

4.1.4 Alert History

27

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Handheld

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1 The Handheld The handheld is a device for comfortably operating the

1 The Handheld

The handheld is a device for comfortably operating the laser system without using a PC.

1.1 Switch-On and Switch-Off

The handheld needs no batteries, voltage is supplied via an interface in the supply unit of the laser system. As soon as the handheld is connected it is switched on and ready for operation. In order to switch off the device just disconnect it from the supply unit.

Note

The marking process is not affected by disconnecting the handheld.

1.2 Control of the Handheld

The display of the handheld consists of three basic parts:

 
   
 
 

Laser Ready

 
 

1234567890

 

ABCDEFGH

ABCDEFGH

Active Alerts

 

Active Message: Test1Laser Ready     1234567890   ABCDEFGH Active Alerts   Adjust Marking      

Adjust Marking  

 
   
 
   
 
   
   

system state

display field

function bar

Chapter 1 The Handheld The selection of menus and input of data is carried out

Chapter 1 The Handheld

The selection of menus and input of data is carried out via the keyboard of the handheld:

1 2 3 4 5
1
2
3
4
5

1 Selection of the functions shown in the function bar of the display.

2 Input of alphabetic characters

3 Input of numeric characters (if NUM is active)

4 Arrows

Navigation within the menus Change between modes "insert" and "overwrite" of data input Escape, current entry is left without any changes Cursor is positioned at beginning or end of the line Delete, characters are removed Selection or confirmation of current entry

If active (green LED is on):

Input of numeric characters Input of blank characters (no LED) Input of characters not available on the keyboard (Input Method Editor, see page 4) Input of capital letters

INS

ESC

HOME/END

DEL

ENTER

5 NUM

SPACE

IME

CAPS

Chapter 1 The Handheld

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.3 Basic Operation You want to Move within the menu Select a

1.3 Basic Operation

You want to

Move within the menu

Select a menu

Edit a selected item

Leave an editable item

Leave the menu (go back)

Go to the home screen

Save changes to the working memory

Save changes to the permanent memory

Key

Arrows UP/DOWN

ENTER or: RIGHT arrow (depending on user level and menu structure)

ENTER or: RIGHT arrow (depending on user level and menu structure)

ENTER (confirming changes) ESC (without changes)

Select »Return«, then ENTER or: arrow LEFT

Press F1

When prompted "Apply changes?" (e.g. when leaving a menu) confirm with »Accept« (F5). Note: If power is lost after this, the changes will be lost.

Go to the home screen (F1) and press ENTER on the entry »Save Database«.

The following symbols are displayed in all menus:

The following symbols are displayed in all menus: Indication of the cursor position. This arrow (up

Indication of the cursor position.

This arrow (up or down) indicates that there are more entries than can be displayed in the display field. Scroll with arrow UP/DOWN to see all entries.

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.4 Use of the IME To enter characters not available on

Chapter 1 The Handheld

1.4 Use of the IME

To enter characters not available on the keyboard of the handheld, the Input Method Editor is used. The type of IME is set by user level Administrator, see “System Settings” on page 26.

If you want to insert characters proceed as follows:

1. Select the entry to be edited.

2. Activate key »IME« (green LED is on).

3. Press key ».«

4. The IME appears above the function bar:

current character

4. The IME appears above the function bar: current character current cursor position total number of

current cursor position

total number of characters

5. Position the cursor on the desired character using the arrows LEFT/RIGHT and insert the character by pressing ENTER. You can also page through the list of characters using the arrows UP/DOWN.

6. If you need more characters of the IME, press ».« again and repeat step 5.

Chapter 1 The Handheld

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.5 System States of the Laser System In the header of the

1.5 System States of the Laser System

In the header of the handheld display the current laser system state is shown. There are the following system states:

System State

Description

Initialize

The control components of the laser system are started.

Key-switch open

The initialisation is complete. The system can now be started by closing the key-switch.

Laser start-up

After closing the key-switch the laser and the cooling system are activated.

Laser ready

The laser system is ready for marking.

Prepare for marking

After pressing »START« the laser requires a sort preparation time that depends on the message contents and the configuration.

Marking

The current marking content is marked onto the product.

Laser radiation is emitted! Make sure that the safety instructions are observed.

Standby

If no marking is carried out for some time the laser switches to standby in order to relieve the system components.

Interlock open

The safety circuit is interrupted (e.g. protective door open). A marking process is stopped immediately. Marking is only possible with closed safety circuit.

Error

An error occurred. To continue operation the error must be cleared. Go to »Active Alerts« on the home screen for more details and to clear the error.

Fatal error

A fatal error occurred and has deactivated the system. The opera- tion cannot continue. The laser system has to be turned off. Go to »Active Alerts« on the home screen for more details.

Service mode

This system state enables service and maintenance work and must only be used by especially trained personnel.

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.6 Used Symbols Login Go to the login dialog to change

Chapter 1 The Handheld

1.6 Used Symbols

Login Go to the login dialog to change the user level. Go to the login dialog to change the user level.

Home Go to the home screen. Go to the home screen.

Start Start marking the active message with laser. Start marking the active message with laser.

Stop Stop the marking process. Stop the marking process.

New Create a new element (message contents, parameters, product registration, etc.). Create a new element (message contents, parameters, product registration, etc.).

Copy Generate a copy of the selected element. Generate a copy of the selected element.

Delete Remove the selected element. Remove the selected element.

Help Display of useful information. Display of useful information.

Accept Confirm process or prompt. Changes are saved to the working memory. To save them permanently Confirm process or prompt. Changes are saved to the working memory. To save them permanently select »Save Database« on the home screen.

Cancel

Abort process.select »Save Database« on the home screen. Cancel Insert Variable Insert a variable into the text.

Insert Variable Insert a variable into the text. Insert a variable into the text.

Edit Variable Edit the inserted variable. Edit the inserted variable.

Chapter 1 The Handheld

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.7 User Levels and Passwords For operating the laser system via the

1.7 User Levels and Passwords

For operating the laser system via the handheld different user levels have been defined. The available functions depend on the user level of the entered password.

Upon delivery there are no preset passwords. For the basic user level Operator no password is required. In order to define the passwords for user level Technician and Administrator go to »Main Menu -> System Settings -> Passwords« and enter the desired passwords. Please make sure that the passwords are given to qualified operation and service personnel only.

On the following pages each user level and its functions are described separately.

Level

Available functions

Operator

• Start and stop marking of the active message.

• Adjust marking (e.g. position, variable offset, laser power).

• Select other messages (if existing).

• If there are any active alerts: the list of alerts can be displayed, alerts can be deleted.

• If there are any changes: the database can be saved.

Technician

• All functions of level Operator.

• Creation and editing of simple messages.

• Creation and editing of product registrations.

• Display the alert history, clear alerts.

• Set date and time of the system.

Administrator

• Creation and editing of product registrations.

• Creation and editing of parameters.

• Modification of system settings including marking head settings, unit of measurement, language, IME.

• Network configuration of handheld.

Chapter 1 The Handheld 1.8 Home Screen When the handheld is connected, the home screen

Chapter 1 The Handheld

1.8 Home Screen

When the handheld is connected, the home screen is displayed. Below the system state you can see a preview of the active message contents.

Note

System State

1234567890

ABCDEFGH

Active Alerts

Active Message: Test1Note System State 1234567890 ABCDEFGH Active Alerts Adjust Marking You can return to the home screen

Adjust Marking 1234567890 ABCDEFGH Active Alerts Active Message: Test1 You can return to the home screen from any

ABCDEFGH Active Alerts Active Message: Test1 Adjust Marking You can return to the home screen from
ABCDEFGH Active Alerts Active Message: Test1 Adjust Marking You can return to the home screen from
ABCDEFGH Active Alerts Active Message: Test1 Adjust Marking You can return to the home screen from

You can return to the home screen from any other page by pressing F1

.
.

Depending on the current user level the home screen can consist of different entries as de- scribed on the following pages.

On the home screen the following functions are available:

F1

Login as different user. See section “User Levels and Passwords” on page 7.

F3

Start the marking process of the active message.

F4

Stop an ongoing marking process.

F5

Display of help information.

Chapter 2 User Level »Operator«

Chapter 2 User Level »Operator« 2 User Level »Operator« The home screen contains the following entries:

2 User Level »Operator«

The home screen contains the following entries:

Active Alerts This entry is only displayed if there are system errors that have not been cleared. In the display you can see the error code, date and time of occurrence. F5 »?« will display the actual error string for the specific error code. Error codes deleted from this list are still kept in the alert history. For access to the alert history user level Technician or higher is required.

Save Database This entry is only displayed if there have been changes. Select this entry and press ENTER to save the database to the permanent mem- ory.

Active Message Display of the currently selected message contents. Pressing ENTER you can select a different message if there are several messages in the database.

Adjust Marking

Only the active message can be marked with the laser.

The following values of the active message can be adjusted:

• Set variables If the message contains variables you can e.g. define an offset, change units or reset the start value.

• Rotation The message will be rotated by this value in the marking field.

• XY Offset The position of the message in the marking field is shifted.

• Laser Power Increase or decrease the laser power. This value is changed in the parameter set used for the active message and therefore applies to all messages using the same parameter set.

Chapter 2 User Level »Operator« 10 10/05 - Rev. 1.0

Chapter 2 User Level »Operator«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3 User Level »Technician« The home screen contains the following entries:

3 User Level »Technician«

The home screen contains the following entries:

Active Alerts This entry is only displayed if there are system errors that have not been cleared. In the display you can see the error code, date and time of occurrence. F5 »?« will display the actual error string for the specific error code.

Error codes deleted from this list are still kept in the alert history (see page 20)!

Save Database This entry is only displayed if there have been changes. Select this entry and press ENTER to save the database to the permanent mem- ory.

Active Message Display of the currently selected message contents. Pressing ENTER you can select a different message if there are several messages in the database or you can directly go to the menu for editing the message pressing RIGHT arrow.

Adjust Marking

The following values of the active message can be adjusted:

• Set variables If the message contains variables you can e.g. define an offset, change units or reset the start value.

• Rotation The message will be rotated by this value in the marking field.

• XY Offset The position of the message in the marking field is shifted.

• Laser Power Increase or decrease the laser power. This value is changed in the parameter set used for the active message and therefore applies to all messages using the same parameter set.

• Marking Speed Change the speed of movement of the laser beam when marking the product. This value is changed in the parameter set used for the ac- tive message and therefore applies to all messages using the same parameter set.

• Product Registration Select the product registration for marking the message.

Main Menu

A detailed description can be found in the following section.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3.1 Main Menu The main menu contains the following entries

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

3.1 Main Menu

The main menu contains the following entries

System State Main Menu Messages Parameters Product Registrations System Settings Alert History Return
System State
Main Menu
Messages
Parameters
Product Registrations
System Settings
Alert History
Return

3.1.1 Messages Here you can create a new message (F2), copy an existing one (F3) or delete a message (F4).

It is not possible to delete the active message!

Select the message to be edited. The following menu appears:

Edit Text The text line(s) of the message can be edited, a variable can be inserted (F2), an existing variable can be edited (F3). To exit the dialog confirm with

F5.

The following variables are available:

Date, time, serial number, shift code, external text. For a detailed descrip- tion of the variable settings see page 13.

Name

Edit the name of the message.

Product

With ENTER a different registration (if existing) can be selected, with

Registration

RIGHT arrow the menu »Product Registration« is opened (see below).

Parameters

This entry is only displayed if there is more than one parameter set avail- able.

With ENTER a different parameter set can be selected, with RIGHT arrow the menu »Parameters« is opened (see below).

X/Y-Scale

The X and Y dimension of the message can be scaled independently.

Advanced

Character Spacing

Setup

Definition of the distance between characters.

Line Spacing Definition of the distance between lines.

Text Line Attributes Definition of text alignment, font and character height.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3.1.1.1 Variable Types A variable can be inserted (F2), an existing

3.1.1.1 Variable Types A variable can be inserted (F2), an existing variable can be edited (F3). To exit the dialog con- firm with F5.

The following variables are available: date, time, serial number, shift code and external text.

Variable »Date«

Insert a date field into the message. This adds the current system date to the message. You can also define an offset to the current system date.

Name

Name of the date field.

Preview

Display the current date in the selected date format.

Offset Units

Choose from days, weeks, months or years for the offset value.

Offset

Enter a positive or negative offset of the current date. The offset can be used to mark a best-before date on your product. Enter the desired numeric value for the defined »Offset Units«.

Date change

Enter the time of day of the date change. The offset can be up to ± 24 hours based on 0:00 o'clock (midnight).

Quick format

You can choose from the different default date formats:

• European (03.04.97)

• European short (3.4.97)

• European (03.04.1997)

• European short (3.4.1997)

• American (04/03/97)

• American short (4/3/97)

• American (04/03/1997)

• Julian (93)

• Julian & year (937)

• Calendar week & year (107)

Format To customize your own date format click on one of the six format items and choose the desired element. A preview of the current date format is displayed under »Preview«. Choose from the following elements to customize your date format:

• Day short (1)

• Month short (1)

• Year (8)

Blank

Day(01)

Month (01)

Year (1998)

Year (98)

• Calendar week

• Separator (/)

Separator (-)

Separator (:)

Separator (.)

Julian day

Weekday

• Separator ( ) (blank)

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« Variable »Time« Insert a time field into the message. This

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Variable »Time«

Insert a time field into the message. This adds the current system time to the message. You can also define an offset to the current system time.

Name

Name of the time field.

Preview

Display the current time in the selected time format.

Offset Units

Choose from hours, minutes or seconds for the offset value.

Offset

Enter a positive or negative offset of the current time. Enter the desired numeric value for the defined »Offset Units«.

Quick format

You can choose from the different default time formats:

• European (13:59:35)

• American ( 1:59:35pm)

• European (13:59)

• American ( 1:59pm)

 

• American ( 1pm)

Format

To customize your own time format click on one of the six format items and choose the desired element. A preview of the current time format is displayed under »Preview«. Choose from the following elements to cus- tomize your time format:

• No symbol

• Second (03)

• Second short (3)

• Minute short ( 3)

• Hour short (9)

Minute (03)

Hour (09)

• Hour American 0-11 (9)

• am/pm symbol (am)

• Separator (.)

• Separator (-)

• Separator ( ) (blank)

Separator (/)

Separator (:)

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« Variable »Serial Number« Insert a serial number into the message. Name

Variable »Serial Number«

Insert a serial number into the message.

Name

Name of the serial number field.

Start

The »Start« and »Stop« values define the range of serial numbers. If the

Stop

stop value is reached the marking starts again with the start value.

Increment Defines how many digit positions shall separate one serial number from the next one. Enter positive values for increasing and negative values for decreasing serial numbers.

Repetition Defines the number of products to be marked with the same serial num- ber consecutively. Value »1« means that the serial number is marked once.

Leading digits Enables or disables the display of leading digits. If the leading digits are not displayed the serial number field changes its width according to the number of digits. No blanks are displayed and adjoining elements may shift. Note: Adjoining elements may also shift as serial numbers change when proportional fonts are used.

Range (from)

Defines the range of digits used for serial numbers. Default setting is 0 to

Range (to)

9. You can reduce the range of digits and add characters used in the serial number.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« Variable »Shift« A shift code is used to mark different

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Variable »Shift«

A shift code is used to mark different texts at different times of day on your product. This can be used to add a code representing the shift in which the product was produced.

Within the variable you can define the desired number of shift codes. Press F2 to add a new shift code. Thus you can define a different shift code for every day of the week (if you need only one shift code for the week, select weekday »Everyday«).

Each shift code name is created from SelectedWeekday StartingTime ShiftCode. For example, if you have a code to be marked every Monday, at 2 and the shift is »ABC«, the name of the shift code will be »Monday 2 ABC«.

Shift Code

Enter the text to be marked on the product.

Weekday

Define the day on which the shift code is marked on the product. You can select either a specific weekday or choose the option »Everyday«.

Starting Time Set the time from which on the new shift code is marked on the product.

Variable »External Text«

The external text provides the possibility to define a variable text field. The contents of this text field can be changed via the serial interface.

Name

Name of the external text.

Text

Enter the desired text for the text field »External text«.

Number of

The number of characters of the text field »External text« is adapted to

characters

the contents of the field »Text«. This number of characters is reserved for the text field »External text«. If you want to reserve more characters for the text field, enter a larger number.

Mark once

The content of the variable is marked only one time. If the content is to be marked a second time an error message will be displayed.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3.1.2 Parameters Parameter sets are assigned to every message and offer

3.1.2 Parameters Parameter sets are assigned to every message and offer the possibility to adapt the laser parameters to your product. The parameters depend on the material of your product and on the desired marking quality. The parameter sets are adjusted to specific materials or products, e.g. paper or synthetic material. In this menu you can change the name of a parameter set or edit the following values:

Mark Speed

defines the speed of movement of the laser beam when marking the product.

Jump Speed

defines the speed of movement of the laser beam when moving from one stroke to the next. The laser is switched off during a jump. A typical value is 20000 mm/s.

Jump Delay

defines the delay between the end of a jump and the start of the marking process.

Mark Delay

defines the delay between the marking of individual vectors within a stroke.

Stroke Delay

defines the delay between the end of a stroke and the jump to the next stroke.

Laser Parameters

Laser Power

sets the output power via the current value (with 100 % corresponding to the maximum power of the laser).

On-Delay

defines the delay between the attainment of the start position of a stroke and the switching-on of the laser.

Off-Delay

defines the delay between the attainment of the end position of a stroke and the switching-off of the laser.

Pulse

can be set between 50 Hz and 20 kHz. Low values can be used to

Frequency

achieve a broken line.

Filling Parameters

Line width defines the actual line width for e.g. barcodes on the product. This param- eter highly depends on the material and is defined by measuring the line width on the product.

defines whether two adjacent lines overlap each other (positive values) or if there is a certain distance between two adjacent lines (negative values). This parameter refers to the entered line width and is stated in percent.

Overlap

Vector Length

Min. vector

defines the minimum length of a vector. Shorter vectors are not marked.

Max. vector

defines the maximum length of a vector. Longer vectors are divided into shorter vectors.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3.1.3 Product Registration Here you can define whether the product

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

3.1.3 Product Registration Here you can define whether the product is moving during the marking process, how this move- ment shall be detected, how the triggers are set, etc. These settings are combined in a product registration and - like the parameter set - assigned to a message.

Product Movement

The following types of product movement can be selected:

• No product movement

• Fixed speed

• Encoder (no monitoring of rotational direction)

• Directional encoder (monitoring of rotational direction)

The available entries depend on the type of product movement (e.g. if there is no movement there is no speed to be defined). In the following all possible entries are listed.

Angle

To compensate for the product movement during the marking process the angle between the marking head of the laser system and the direction of product movement has to be defined.

and the direction of product movement has to be defined. Dist./Rot. This value defines the distance
and the direction of product movement has to be defined. Dist./Rot. This value defines the distance

Dist./Rot.

This value defines the distance the product covers with one full turn of the incremental encoder.

Pulse/Rot.

This value states the number of pulses the incremental encoder emits when performing one full turn.

Speed

Value in mm/s to define a fixed speed for the product movement.

Direction

If a directional encoder is used for detecting the product movement you can define its rotational direction: clockwise or counterclockwise.

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« Triggers There are different settings for the registrati on of product

Triggers

There are different settings for the registration of product movement. The triggers are subdivid- ed into »Start Trigger« and »Next Trigger« and »Stop Trigger«. The availability of the individual trigger settings depends on the selected trigger type and the product movement.

»Start Trigger« defines the settings for the first trigger pulse. The marking process is started by the first trigger pulse. With the trigger set to »Auto«, the marking process is started by pressing START on the con- trol panel of the laser system. To start the marking process by an external signal an input channel can be selected. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Start Delay« defines the distance until the marking process is started, which is the distance between the center of the marking field of the laser system and the center of the marking on the product. After the trigger the product has to cover this distance before is in front of the mark- ing head. If »No product movement« has been selected the start delay defines the time be- tween start trigger pulse and marking in ms.

»Next Trigger« defines the settings for all trigger pulses following the start trigger pulse. If the next trigger is set to »None«, only the start trigger pulse starts a marking process. All following trigger pulses are not accepted. Select »None« whenever you want to generate a single mark- ing. With the next trigger set to »Auto«, the marking process is triggered internally and continu- ously. The marking process is repeated with a certain frequency or after the product has cov- ered a certain distance - depending on the settings for the product movement. The marking process can be triggered by an external trigger signal. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Blocking« defines the distance the product has to cover before the next marking can be start- ed. If »No product movement« has been selected the blocking defines the time that has to pass after a start trigger until a next trigger is accepted.

»Stop Trigger« defines the settings for a trigger pulse that stops the marking process (e.g. the end of a cable or a stop signal from an external control unit). The laser system remains ready to mark after a stop trigger pulse, which means that the marking process will be contin- ued if another start trigger pulse is detected. If the trigger is set to »None«, only the start trigger pulse starts a marking process. All follow- ing trigger pulses are not accepted. To stop the marking process by an external signal an input channel can be selected. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Stop Blocking« sets the blocking time after the stop trigger pulse, where no external trigger pulses are accepted (debouncing).

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician« 3.1.4 System Settings In this dialog you can set the

Chapter 3 User Level »Technician«

3.1.4 System Settings

In this dialog you can set the time and date of the system. These data are required e.g. for cal-

culating expiration dates.

3.1.5 Alert History

A list of error and warning codes is displayed together with the date and time of occurrence. F5

»?« will display the actual error string for the specific error code. Please refer to chapter "Mal-

functions and Error Messages" in the user manual of the laser system to find the list of all error and warning codes of the system including a description of possible causes and remedies.

You can delete the list of error codes with F4. Thus the list »Active Alerts« of the home screen

is automatically cleared as well.

Chapter 4 User Level »Administrator«

Chapter 4 User Level »Administrator« 4 User Level »Administrator« The home screen contains the following entries:

4 User Level »Administrator«

The home screen contains the following entries:

Active Alerts

Current list of alerts from the system. In the display you can see the error code, date and time of occurrence.

Error codes deleted from this list are still kept in the alert history (see page 27)!

Save Database This entry is only displayed if there have been changes. Select this entry and press ENTER to save the database to the permanent mem- ory.

Active Message

The currently selected message is displayed. You can press ENTER to select a different message if there is more than one message saved in the database.

Adjust Marking

The following values of the active message can be adjusted:

• Set variables If the message contains variables you can adjust the parameters such as, the offset, units, start value.

• Rotation The message is rotated by this value in the marking field.

• XY Offset The position of the message in the marking field is shifted.

• Laser Power Increase or decrease the laser power. This value is changed in the parameter set used for the active message and therefore applies to all messages using the same parameter set.

• Marking Speed Change the speed of movement of the laser beam when marking the product. This value is changed in the parameter set used for the ac- tive message and therefore applies to all messages using the same parameter set.

• Product Registration Select the product registration for marking the message.

Main Menu

A detailed description can be found in the following section.

Chapter 4 User Level »A dministrator« 4.1 Main Menu The main menu contains the following

Chapter 4 User Level »Administrator«

4.1 Main Menu

The main menu contains the following entries:

System State Main Menu Parameters Product Registrations System Settings Alert History Return
System State
Main Menu
Parameters
Product Registrations
System Settings
Alert History
Return

4.1.1 Parameters With ENTER a different parameter set can be selected, with RIGHT arrow the menu »Param- eters« is opened (see below).

Parameter sets are assigned to every message and offer the possibility to adapt the laser pa- rameters to your product. The parameters depend on the material of your product and on the desired marking quality. The parameter sets are adjusted to specific materials or products (e.g. paper or synthetic material).

In this menu you can change the name of a parameter set or edit the following values:

Mark Speed

defines the speed of movement of the laser beam when marking the product.

Jump Speed

defines the speed of movement of the laser beam when moving from one stroke to the next. The laser is switched off during a jump. A typical value is 20000 mm/s.

Jump Delay

defines the delay between the end of a jump and the start of the marking process.

Mark Delay

defines the delay between the marking of individual vectors within a stroke.

Stroke Delay

defines the delay between the end of a stroke and the jump to the next stroke.

Laser Parameters

Laser Power

sets the output power with 100 % corresponding to the maximum power of the laser.

On-Delay

defines the delay between the start position of a stroke and the switching- on of the laser.

Off-Delay

defines the delay between the end position of a stroke and the switching- off of the laser.

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Pulse

can be set between 50 Hz and 20 kHz. Low values can be used to

Frequency

achieve a broken line.

Filling Parameters

Line width defines the actual line width for e.g. barcodes on the product. This param- eter depends on the material and is defined by measuring the line width on the product.

defines whether two adjacent lines overlap each other (positive values) or if there is a certain distance between two adjacent lines (negative values). This parameter refers to the entered line width and is stated in percent.

Overlap

Vector Length

Min. vector

defines the minimum length of a vector within a stroke. Strokes shorter than the min. vector are not marked.

Max. vector

defines the maximum length of a vector within a stroke. Strokes longer than the max. vector are divided into vectors.

Chapter 4 User Level »A dministrator« 4.1.2 Product Registration Here you can define the product

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4.1.2 Product Registration Here you can define the product motion during the marking process, how this movement shall be detected and how the triggers are set. These settings are combined in a product registration and, like the parameter set, assigned to a message.

Product Movement The following types of product movement can be selected:

• No product movement

• Fixed speed

• Encoder (no monitoring of rotational direction)

• Directional encoder (monitoring of rotational direction)

Other available entries depend on the type of product movement (e.g. if there is no movement there is no speed to be defined). All possible entries are listed here.

Angle To compensate for the product movement during the marking process, the angle between the marking head of the laser system and the direction of product movement has to be defined.

and the direction of product movement has to be defined. Dist./Rot. This value defines the distance
and the direction of product movement has to be defined. Dist./Rot. This value defines the distance

Dist./Rot. This value defines the distance the product covers with one full turn of the incremental encoder.

Pulse/Rot. This value defines the number of pulses the incremental encoder emits when performing one full turn.

Speed Value in mm/s to define a fixed speed for the product movement.

Direction If a directional encoder is used for detecting the product movement you can define its rotational direction: clockwise or counterclockwise.

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Chapter 4 User Level »Administrator« Triggers There are different settings for the registrati on of product

Triggers There are different settings for the registration of product movement. The triggers are subdivid- ed into »Start Trigger« and »Next Trigger« and »Stop Trigger«. The availability of the individual trigger settings depends on the selected trigger type and the product movement.

»Start Trigger« defines the settings for the first trigger pulse. The marking process is started by the first trigger pulse. With the trigger set to »Auto«, the marking process is started by pressing START on the con- trol panel of the laser system. To start the marking process by an external signal an input channel can be selected. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Start Delay« defines the distance until the marking process is started, which is the distance between the center of the marking field of the laser system and the center of the marking on the product. After the trigger the product has to cover this distance before is in front of the mark- ing head. If »No product movement« has been selected the start delay defines the time be- tween start trigger pulse and marking in ms.

»Next Trigger« defines the settings for all trigger pulses following the start trigger pulse. If the next trigger is set to »None«, only the start trigger pulse starts a marking process. All following trigger pulses are not accepted. Select »None« whenever you want to generate a single mark- ing. With the next trigger set to »Auto«, the marking process is triggered internally and continu- ously. The marking process is repeated with a certain frequency or after the product has cov- ered a certain distance - depending on the settings for the product movement. The marking process can be triggered by an external trigger signal. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Blocking« defines the distance the product has to cover before the next marking can be start- ed. If »No product movement« has been selected the blocking defines the time that has to pass after a start trigger until a next trigger is accepted.

»Stop Trigger« defines the settings for a trigger pulse that stops the marking process (e.g. the end of a cable or a stop signal from an external control unit). The laser system remains ready to mark after a stop trigger pulse, which means that the marking process will be contin- ued if another start trigger pulse is detected. If the stop trigger is set to »None«, only the start trigger pulse starts a marking process. All fol- lowing trigger pulses are not accepted. To stop the marking process by an external signal an input channel can be selected. For the channel you can select whether the rising or the falling edge is to be used as trigger.

»Stop Blocking« sets the blocking time after the stop trigger pulse, where no external trigger pulses are accepted (debouncing).

Chapter 4 User Level »A dministrator« 4.1.3 System Settings In this menu all basic settings

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4.1.3 System Settings In this menu all basic settings are carried out.

Set time and date

In this dialog you can set the time and date of the system. These settings are required for cal- culating expiration dates.

Unit of measurement

Select the unit of measurement of all displayed linear values.

Handheld Language

Select the desired language for the user interface of the handheld.

System Language

Select the desired language for the alerts from the laser system.

IME

Select the type of Input Method Editor to be used for entering characters not available on the keyboard of the handheld. Available are: Punctuation & symbols only, European, Chinese.

Network setup

Here you can enter the IP-Addresses for the laser system, the handheld and the subnet mask.

Marking head

Type Display of the marking head installed in the laser system.

Laser Scan Lens In this list field you can select the lens type. The selected lens type has to correspond to the lens installed at the marking head of the laser system. The focal length of the selected lens type is displayed.

Mounting Position Defines the position of the marking head in relation to the product. The set angle refers to the product in relation to the marking head and applies to all messages.

Working Distance The working distance is calculated by the system. Enter the values for a possible tube length and deviations and the actual working distance is displayed.

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Chapter 4 User Level »Administrator« Marking Head Here you can enter a translation, scaling factor or

Marking Head Here you can enter a translation, scaling factor or rotation that applies globally to all templates.

Zero position

»X« and »Y« define the translation of the marking field. The translation refers to the center of the marking field and is stated in millimeters.

Scaling factor

»X« and »Y« are stated as a multiplier for the respective coordinates. The default value is 1. The coordinates of X and Y axes can be scaled individ- ually.

Passwords

In this menu the passwords for user level Technician and Administrator are defined. The entered passwords are displayed in plain text. Here you can also define the user level to be active after startup of the system.

4.1.4 Alert History

A list of error and warning codes is displayed together with the date and time of occurrence. F5

»?« will display the actual error string for the specific error code. Please refer to chapter "Mal- functions and Error Messages" in the user manual of the laser system to find the list of all error and warning codes of the system including a description of possible causes and remedies.

You can delete the list of error codes with F4. Thus the list »Active Alerts« of the home screen

is automatically cleared as well.

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