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Software Guide

ROFIN Multiscan
CO2 Vector Marking

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ROFIN Multiscan

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Rofin-Sinar UK Ltd.
York Way
Willerby
Kingston upon Hull
U.K.
HU10 6HD
Tel:
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44 (0) 1482 650088


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February 2009
Barcode technology provided in this product is copyrighted by TAL
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Contents
Page
Section 1 Menu
1.0 Menu
Section 2 Login/Logout
2.0 Login/Logout
Section 3 Creating a Code

1-1
2-1
2-1
3-1

3.0 Create Code

3-1

3.1 Field Type

3-3

3.2 Text Field

3-4

3.3 Extended Characters

3-5

3.4 EXTENDED CHARACTERS - UNICODE

3-6

3.5 Style

3-7

Section 4 Date and Time

4-1

4.0 Date

4-1

4.1 Custom Day / month

4-4

4.2 Custom Dates

4-5

4.3 Week type

4-6

4.4 Time

4-7

Section 5 Operator Field

5-1

5.0 Operator Field

5-1

Section 6 Increment

6-1

6.0 Increment

6-1

6.1 Leading Zero

6-2

6.2 Reset Counters

6-3

Section 7 External Text


7.0 External Text
Section 8 Logos & Bitmaps

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7-1
8-1

8.0 Logo type

8-1

8.1 Logo Download

8-2

8.2 VLM Logo

8-3

8.3 Bitmap / DXF

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Section 9 Barcodes

9-1

9.0 Barcode Formats

9-1

9.1 Barcode Settings (default values)

9-3

9.2 Barcode Optimisation

9-3

9.3 Barcode type

9-7

9.4 Barcode style

9-8

9.5 Bookland

9-9

9.6 Codabar

9-10

9.7 Code 39 Normal, Code 39 Full ASCII, Code 39 HIBC and Code 93 9-12
9.8 CODE 128

9-13

9.9 EAN-8, EAN-13

9-14

9.10 EAN / UCC 128, INTERLEAVED 2 OF 5 (ITF)

9-16

9.11 MSI-PLESSEY

9-17

9.12 POSTNET

9-18

9.13 UPC-A, E

9-19

9.14 PDF417

9-20

9.15 PDF417 STYLE SCREEN

9-21

9.16 AZTEC

9-23

9.17 AZTEC STYLE SCREEN

9-24

9.18 DATA MATRIX

9-25

9.19 DATA MATRIX STYLE SCREEN

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Section 10 Settings

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10.0 Settings

10-1

10.1 Line Settings

10-1

10.2 Product movement while marking

10-1

10.3 Detector

10-2

10.4 Detector Delay (not applicable to Product Present mode)

10-6

10.5 Product Interval (only applicable to Product Present mode)

10-6

10.6 Tacho resolution

10-7

10.7 Dual Fault Tolerant marking on both detectors

10-7

10.8 Dual Fault Tolerant Marking on Detector 1

10-8

10.9 Detector Type Dual Either

10-9

10.10 Minimum pitch

10-10

10.11 Laser Settings

10-10

10.12 Materials

10-11

10.13 Advanced laser settings

10-12

10.14 Optimisation

10-16

10.15 Optimise code position

10-20

10.16 Optimise code direction

10-21

10.17 Optimise marking order

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10.18 Show on-the-fly moves

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Section 11 Saving / Loading

11-1

11.0 Saving

11-1

11.1 Loading

11-2

Section 12 Printing a code

12-1

12.0 Printing a code

12-1

12.1 Shutdown

12-2

12.2 Unlock

12-3

Section 13 Password Levels


13.0 Password levels
Section 14 Setup

13-1
13-1
14-1

14.0 Digital code selection

14-2

14.1 Communication setup

14-3

14.2 Contrast

14-4

14.3 Interlocks

14-5

14.4 Status

14-6

14.5 Local setup

14-8

Section 15 System Faults/Warning Messages

15-1

15.0 Description

15-1

15.1 System Fault Messages

15-1

15.2 Warning Messages

15-1

15.3 Software warnings

15-2

Appendix 1 Index
Appendix 2 Additional Information
A2.0 Revision History
A2.1 Fault Codes and History Screen

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Section 1

Menu

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Section 1 Menu
1.0 Menu

I. Status
Allows the system status and histories to be viewed.
II. Setup
Allows access to the following screens Local setup
Comm setup
Contrast
Interlocks
III. Password Levels
View and change the password levels for access to various operations,
such as editing or printing codes (see section 13.0).
IV. Login / Logout
Allows user to login to gain access to password protected screens. If
the user is logged in then this button is used to logout.
V. Shutdown
Shutdown the system ready for turning off the power switch.
VI. Create Code
Create a new print code.

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VII. Edit Current Code


Edit the current print code, if one exists.
VIII. Edit Code Settings
Edit the current print code settings, if one exists. Modified settings
(line settings, laser settings or advanced laser settings) are
automatically saved.
IX. Edit Stored Code
Edit an existing code stored in the systems memory. If Edit code is
password protected then this button changes to Load Stored Code,
and the user may load but not edit a code.
X. OK
Exit from this screen

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Section 2

Login/Logout

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Section 2 Login/Logout
2.0 Login/Logout

I. LOGIN / LOGOUT
If access to various options have been set up in the Password Levels
screen to require a password to be entered, it is necessary to login.
II. Password
Enter the User, Setup or Maintenance password to login to the system.
The password entered determines the login level for the system.
III. Cancel
Return from the login screen without logging in.
IV. OK
Return from the login screen using the password level entered. If the
password is incorrect a warning will be given.
The menu button used to reach the login screen now changes to read
Logout Pressing this button logs the user out immediately.

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Section 3

Creating a Code

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Section 3 Creating a Code


3.0 Create Code

The Create Code Screen shows the marking field area. Within the marking
area, marking fields such as text and date fields can be added or edited.
These will be displayed in the positions, sizes and fonts which have been
set up for each field when they are created. The marking area can be
zoomed in or out, centred on the current cursor position. Pressing the 'z'
button on the keyboard causes the display to zoom out, and pressing 'Shift'
and 'z' buttons together (upper case Z) causes the display to zoom in.
Guide lines are indicated in the marking field area at 10mm intervals. When
zooming out, the full extent of the marking area can be shown. The cursor
is moved by pressing one of the four arrow keys to the right of the display.
The cursor position in millimetres and the zoom factor are shown. When the
display is zoomed in so that the full marking field is not visible, moving the
cursor near the edge of the display causes the display to scroll.
I. Add Field / Edit Field
Allows a new field to be added to the mark code. The available field
types are displayed after 'Add Field' is selected. If the cursor is moved
onto an existing field, the field is highlighted and the Add Field button
label changes to identify the type of field. The field can then be edited if
required, or deleted by pressing the Delete key. To move a field, move
the cursor onto the field then press the shift button together with one of
the four arrow keys.

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II. Moving all fields


To move all fields simultaneously, hold the 'Ctrl' (Control) key down
and press the 'A' key. All the fields should become highlighted.
Release the keys. Hold down the 'Shift' key and press one of the arrow
keys to move all the fields in the direction of the arrow. Release the
'Shift' key if further cursor movement is required without moving all the
fields.
III. Cut and paste
To cut a field, place the cursor on it so that it is highlighted, hold down
the Ctrl (Control) key and press the 'X' key. The field should be
deleted. To 'paste' the field, move the cursor to the required position,
hold down the Ctrl key and press the 'V' key. The field should be
created at the cursor position. If more than one paste operation is
required, move the cursor to another position, hold down the Ctrl key
and press the 'V' key.
IV. Copy and paste
To copy a field, place the cursor on it so that it is highlighted, hold
down the Ctrl (Control) key and press the 'C' key. To 'paste' the field,
move the cursor to the required position, hold down the Ctrl key and
press the 'V' key. The field should be created at the cursor position. If
more than one paste operation is required, move the cursor to another
position, hold down the Ctrl key and press the 'V' key.
V. Cancel
Return to the previous screen.
VI. Settings
Displays the settings menu screen, which allows access to

Line Settings
Laser Settings
Advanced Laser Settings

If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes


to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
VII. Save / Print
Allows the mark code to be saved in the system memory (hard drive)
for later retrieval. All codes must be saved before they can be printed.
Once a code is saved, the button text changes to 'Print' allowing the
current code to be printed.

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3.1 Field Type

This screen is displayed when the 'Add Field' button is pressed. Mark
codes are created from individual fields. Fields contain information specific
to the user's requirements. They can include information such as fixed text,
date codes, time codes, incremental codes and external text fields and
logos. Each of these is described below.
I. Text
A text field is fixed text that remains unchanged for the duration of any
print run. This text could be 'Sell by', 'Manufactured by', a Company
name or any other text required by the user to be coded on each item.
II. Date
Date field can be formatted in different ways. The simplest form of date
code is 'DD/MM/YY'. This prints the current day, month and year in
numeric form, eg 22/04/01.The formatting characters DD, MM, YY are
substituted by the current day, month and year numbers when the
code is printed (See section 4.0).
III. Time
Time fields print the current system time using formatting characters
HH:MM:SS. They can be either 12 or 24 hour clock, with an am/pm
designator if required. The HH, MM, SS characters are substituted by
the current system time values when the code is printed (see section
4.0).
IV. Cancel
Return to the previous screen.
V. Operator
Operator fields are text fields which can be modified quickly by the
operator without going through the menu system (see 5.0)

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VI. Increment
Incremental codes are codes which change based on either the
number of products printed or the time elapsed. Various types of
incremental code sequences are available, including a user-defined
sequence (see section 6.0).
VII. External Text
External text fields are fields which have content provided by an
external source. The external source sends ASCII character codes via
an RS232 serial communication port directly to the laser. The laser
inserts these codes at the appropriate position before printing the code
(see section 7.0).
VIII. Logo
Company logos which have been created for use on the ROFIN
Multiscan system or bitmaps can be downloaded to the ROFIN
Multiscan via an RS232 serial communication port. Logos can be
selected from a list, scaled and inserted as a marking field at the
required position (see section 8.0).
IX. Barcode
Various linear or two-dimensional barcode types may be selected (see
section 9.0).
3.2 Text Field

I. TEXT
Enter the characters in the text field. The cursor position can be moved
left or right using the arrow keys. To delete a character, position the
cursor to the left of the character and press the 'Del' (Delete) key. The
'TEXT' label on the screen shows the current 'Caps Lock' status. If
'TEXT' is shown, Caps Lock is ON, if 'text' is shown, Caps Lock is OFF.
II. Extended Chars
Display a list of additional characters which are not available on the
keyboard. If an extended character is selected from the list, it will be
inserted in the text field at the current cursor position (see section 3.3)

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III. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the text field (see section 3.5).
IV. Cancel
Return from the text field screen without adding or editing a text field.
V. OK
Add the new text field to the mark code or edit an existing text field,
using the values entered in this screen.
3.3 Extended Characters

Extended characters are characters which are not available on the


keyboard. They may be inserted into the following field types:

Text
Date
Time
External Text
Operator

Use the arrow keys to highlight a character.


I. OK
Return with the highlighted character selected. The character will be
inserted at the current text cursor position.
II. Cancel
Return without selecting a character.

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3.4 EXTENDED CHARACTERS - UNICODE

When a Unicode font is selected in the style dialog, the number of extended
characters is significantly larger. In order to simplify character selection the
Unicode characters are grouped into regional collections. After a region is
selected, the list of available characters is displayed, along with a larger
representation of the selected character and its Unicode number.

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Symbols shown in grey are applied to the previous character selected. In


the example shown above, the accent will be applied above the previous
character. Note that the o is used to represent the position of the symbol
relative to the character to which it is applied. The o is not a part of the
symbol.
3.5 Style

The style screen allows the properties of text based fields to be set. The
style can be set for the following field types:

Text
Date
Time
External Text
Increment
Operator

I. Enter
Press the Enter key to move to the next field in the screen.
II. Font
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the font to be used for the
text field. The appearance of each font is shown in the white box on
the right. The symbol to the left of the font name indicates a vector or
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TrueType font. Note that TrueType fonts are significantly slower to


mark. Certain characters are not available in all of the True Type fonts.
Always check that the correct characters are displayed in the image of
the marking field when using True Type fonts.
III. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
IV. Height
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to adjust the height of the text field in
increments of 0.1 mm, or enter a value between 1mm and 50 mm.
V. Width ratio
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to adjust the width of the text field
from the normal value (1) in increments of 0.01, or enter a value
between 0.1 and 10.
VI. Character spacing
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to adjust the spacing between
characters, as a fraction of the character width for the font selected in
increments of 0.1, or enter a value between 0.1 and 5.
VII. Angle
Use the up and down arrows to enter an angle from 0 to 359 degrees,
or type an integer value between these limits.
VIII. Orientation
Four options are available
normal
inverted
tower
tower

characters reflected vertically


characters stacked vertically from
top to bottom inverted tower
characters reflected horizontally

The current selection is indicated inside the white box. The orientation
can be used in conjunction with the Angle selection to achieve various
combinations. An example of tower text is shown below.

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IX. Field settings


This feature may be used to change the laser or galvo parameters for
an individual field, for example to mark a bitmap with a lower laser
power than the other fields.

If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes


to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
X. Line width widen
Increase the value from zero to widen the marked width of lines.
Widening the width of lines significantly increases the marking time
because the laser spot moves in a spiral instead of moving in a straight
line from one point to another.

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XI. Quality factor


This parameter increases the frequency of oscillation and is only
available if the Line width widen parameter is not zero. Increase the
quality factor of the widened lines at the expense of increased marking
time.
XII. Cancel
Return without changing the values set on this screen.
XIII. OK
Return using the values on this screen.

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Section 4

Date and Time

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Section 4 Date and Time


4.0 Date

I. DATE FORMAT
Enter the characters in the date field using the characters displayed in
the box near the bottom of the screen. These characters will be
converted to date field characters by the unit. For example, DD/MM will
cause two numeric day and month digits to be printed. If 'DATE
FORMAT' is displayed, the 'Caps Lock' is ON, if 'date format' is
displayed, 'Caps Lock' is OFF. The cursor position can be moved left
or right using the arrow keys. To delete a character, position the cursor
to the left of the character and press the 'Del' (Delete) key. Other
characters may be entered in a date field, but they will not change
depending on the date.
II. A/B/C Custom day / month / date character
In addition to conventional day and month names, it is also possible to
print customised day, month and date characters.

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III. J/W - Julian date/week digit (Standard setting)

The Julian date is the number of days since 1st January, ie day 1-365
of the year, or the number of weeks.
The Julian week is numbered from 00 to 53.
If January 1st -6th is part of the last week of the previous year then it will
be numbered 00. Week 01 begins on the day selected.
IV. J/W - Julian date/week digit (Custom setting)

Allows week 61 to begin on the 1st March.

V. Offset
Offset allows the printing of a date code which is offset from the current
date by the given amount. The offset can be a number of days, weeks,
months or years. It is commonly used to indicate product life, for
example 'expires by', 'display until', 'best before'.
VI. Time of change
The time of day at which date codes should automatically change.

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VII. Language
Select the language of the day and month names to be printed.
VIII. 'Enter' key
Press the Enter key to move to the next field in the screen.
IX. Week type
Allows the week numbering start definition to be selected (see section
4.3).
X. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the date field (see section 3.5).
XI. Cancel
Return from the text field screen without adding or editing a text field
XII. Custom dates
Allows entry of any required sequence of date characters (see section
4.2).
XIII. Custom day / month
In addition to conventional day and month names, it is also possible to
print customised day and / or month characters (see section 4.1).
XIV. Extended Chars
Display a list of additional characters which are not available on the
keyboard. If an extended character is selected from the list, it will be
inserted in the date field at the current cursor position (see section
3.3).
XV. OK
Add the new date field to the mark code or edit an existing date field,
using the values entered in this screen.

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4.1 Custom Day / month

The custom day / month screen can be selected from the date screen (see
section 4.0).
Use the Enter key to select the date field to be modified.
Use the delete key to delete the character to the right of the cursor.
Type in the required custom date name, up to three characters per field.
I. Extended Chars
Select a character which is not available from the keyboard (see
section 3.3)
II. Cancel
Return without setting custom dates.
III. OK
Return with the custom dates entered.

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4.2 Custom Dates

Enter the required characters or numbers to be printed in place of the


actual date number.
I. Extended chars
Display a list of additional characters which are not available on the
keyboard. If an extended character is selected from the list, it will be
inserted in the custom date list at the current cursor position. See
section 3.3.
II. Cancel
Return from this screen without changing the custom dates.
III. OK
Return from this screen with the custom dates entered on this screen.

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4.3 Week type


I. Example Week Numbering
Day

Date

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

Week number
(Starts Sunday)
00
00
00
01
01
01

Week number
(Starts Monday)
00
00
00
00
01
01

Week number
(Start 1st Jan)
01
01
01
01
01
01

The week type screen can be selected from the date screen (see section
4.0).
Press the button next to the required week numbering type. The selected
type is highlighted.
II. Cancel
Return without selecting a week type.
III. OK
Return with the selected week type.

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4.4 Time

I. TIME FORMAT
Enter the characters in the time field using the characters displayed in
the box. These characters will be converted to time field characters by
the ROFIN Multiscan . For example, HH:MM will become two hour
digits (24 hour clock) and two minute digits. If 'TIME FORMAT' is
displayed, the 'Caps Lock' is ON, if 'time format' is displayed, 'Caps
Lock' is OFF. The cursor position can be moved left or right using the
arrow keys. To delete a character, position the cursor to the left of the
character and press the 'Del' (Delete) key. Other characters may be
entered in a time field, but they will not change depending on the time.
II. Extended Chars
Display a list of additional characters which are not available on the
keyboard. If an extended character is selected from the list, it will be
inserted in the time field at the current cursor position (see section 3.3).
III. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the time field (see section 3.5).
IV. Cancel
Return from the text field screen without adding or editing a text field
V. OK
Add the new time field to the mark code or edit an existing time field,
using the values entered in this screen.

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Section 5

Operator

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Section 5 Operator Field


5.0 Operator Field

Operator fields allow the user to rapidly access text fields which may need
changing frequently, but which cannot be represented using the other types
of field. A single keypress from the main print screen gains access to the
operator field editing screen, and a single keypress accepts, saves and
activates the changes.
I. Prompt
This field will be displayed when the user chooses to edit the operator
field. The prompt is to assist identification of this operator field.
II. Text
This is the text that will be printed in the markcode.
III. Extended Chars
Display a list of additional characters which are not available on the
keyboard. If an extended character is selected from the list, it will be
inserted in the text field at the current cursor position (see section 3.3)
IV. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the text field (see section 3.5).
V. Cancel
Return from the text field screen without adding or editing a text field.

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VI. OK
Add the new text field to the markcode or edit an existing text field,
using the values entered in this screen.

The F5 key changes from Shutdown to Edit Operator Fields when


the markcode contains one or more operator fields. Shutdown can still
be accessed via the menu.

The user (operator) can modify the text in each operator field, but is
not able to modify the prompt text.
Operator fields can be protected from unauthorised tampering by using
the keyboard lock facility.

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Section 6

Increment

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Section 6 Increment
6.0 Increment

Figure 6.0-1 Increment


I. Type
Select from one of the following using the Up and Down arrow keys Numeric
Upper-case Alpha
Lower-case Alpha
Upper-case Alphanumeric *
Lower-case Alphanumeric *
User defined sequence

Sequence through the characters 0 - 9 only


Sequence through the characters A-Z only
Sequence through the characters a-z only
Sequence through the characters 0-9, A-Z.
Sequence through the characters 0-9, a-z.
The sequence entered is the sequence of
each of the characters as they increment.
Care should be taken to avoid repeating
characters, which will lead to ambiguous
field values.

* These codes are commonly referred to as 'base 36'.


II. Sequence
See above, 'User defined sequence'.
III. Lower limit
The lowest value of the increment field.
The lower and upper limits and the start value must be entered using
the same number of characters.
IV. Upper limit
The highest value of the increment field.
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V. Start value
The start value of the increment field. The start value must be within
the lower and upper limits
VI. Type
The increment can be controlled by product detection or by time
interval. The 'Increment by' fields change depending on the selection
made.
Increment by / every:- the value of the increment, between 1 and
1000000, every X number of products, or every X minutes or hours
starting at hh:mm dd/mm/yy.
VII. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the increment field (see section 3.5).
VIII. Serial control index
The increment field may be reset or set to a value by a remote serial
control program if required. The serial control index identifies this field.
Note : do not use the same index number for other increment fields.
IX. Cancel
Return from the increment field screen without adding or editing an
increment field.
X. OK
Add the new increment field to the markcode or edit an existing
increment field, using the values entered in this screen.
6.1 Leading Zero
Numeric codes can be marked with leading zeroes printed or omitted.
To print leading zeroes the user should enter the lower limit including the
leading zeroes. To omit leading zeroes the user should enter the lower limit
omitting the leading zeroes. This feature is only available for type Numeric
Examples:
Lower Limit: 0
Upper Limit: 999
Print sequence: 0, 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 100,101,102, 998,999, 0
Lower Limit: 00
Upper Limit: 999
Print sequence: 00, 01, 02, 10, 11, 12, 100,101,102, 998,999, 0
Lower Limit: 000
Upper Limit: 999
Print sequence: 000, 001, 002, 010, 011, 012, 100,101,102, 998, 999, 000

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6.2 Reset Counters

Figure 6.2-1 Reset Counters, keyboard


The counter can be reset in print mode using the keyboard or using an
external digital input. The value at reset can be entered on this screen,
enabling a different reset value and start value.
If keyboard is selected then on the main print screen key F4 or F5 will be
used to reset the counter, depending on other selected features which also
use these keys (e.g. operator fields, lock keyboard, shutdown). If more than
2 features are selected then a quick menu is used via F5 giving access to
the multiple operator features.

Figure 6.2-2 Reset Counters, Digital


If Reset Counters Digital is selected then program select 4 is used to reset
the counter. Digital message selection will then be limited to 8 messages
(see Digital code selection and Installation Manual).

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Section 7

External text

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7.0 External Text

External text fields are fields which update under the control of a remote
communication device, for example a PC or PLC, via a serial
communication link.
I. Enter
Press the Enter key to move to the next field in the screen.
II. Number of characters
Enter a number of characters in the external text field, between 1 and
99.
III. Initial Text
Enter a start value. Marking of the field will start once the start value is
recognised.
IV. Field ID
Enter a value between 1 and 99. The field will be updated according to
the external data when the field identifier matches the identifier sent by
the remote program via the serial communication link.

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V. Shot type
Set to either single or multi-shot.
Single - Only one product may be marked with the same external field
value. If another product is detected, before an updated field is
received, a fault occurs. Single shot mode operates with product detect
1 and 2 but not 'Product Present'.
Multi - More than one product can be marked with the same external
field value.
VI. Style
Set the font, height, width ratio, character spacing, angle, orientation
and field settings of the external text field (see Serial Control Protocol
supplement 906-0078-00).
Integrity

The transmission integrity is checked as soon as


the <EOT> is received by comparing the calculated
checksum with the received checksum. Provided
that the transmission is in order and received by
the printer, the External Host receives an <ACK>.
If there is a transmission problem the Printer
transmits a <NACK> and omits the last
transmission. If more than one field is to be
updated, update of the second and following fields
must wait for the first <ACK> prompt.

Printing

The system sends a REQ (!) on COM1 when the


start printing command is issued. This happens
when F10 is pressed on the main print screen, or
when System Enable is closed. This allows the first
external field to be downloaded before the first
code is printed. A single REQ is issued after a new
external update is printed for the first time.

Messages

Normal operation is for the remote device to send


data of the same length as the remote field entered
in the user interface however it is possible to send
shorter or longer messages. In these cases the
length transmitted (byte 3) must match the length of
the message text, not the length of the field entered
in the User Interface.

Shorter messages will be entered into the remote field, right justified,
with the remaining characters filled with spaces. Longer messages will
loose the first n characters where n is the difference between the field
size and the message size.
RS232 port is set for:
9600 Baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
The user must allow 10ms per byte in their total transmission time
calculations eg 15 characters in a single external field would take
approximately 150ms.
The printer will replace the existing remote field with the update text
from the remote device.

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Section 8

Logos & Bitmaps

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Section 8 Logos & Bitmaps


8.0 Logo type

I. VLM logo
Select from a list of logo's created in the VLM (Visual Laser Marker,
.log) format.
II. Bitmap
Select from a list of logo's created in the Bitmap (.bmp) format.
III. DXF
Select from a list of logos created in the DXF (.dxf) format. The
following dxf entities are supported
ARC
CIRCLE
ELLIPSE
INSERT
LINE
LWPOLYLINE
POLYLINE
SEQEND
SOLID
TEXT
TRACE
VERTEX
3DFACE

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The following entities are unsupported


ACAD_PROXY_ENTITY
ATTDEF
ATTRIB
BODY
DIMENSION
HATCH
IMAGE
LEADER
MLINE
MTEXT
OLEFRAME
OLE2FRAME
POINT
RAY
REGION
SHAPE
SPLINE
TOLERANCE
VIEWPORT
XLINE
It is recommended that text is converted to polylines before saving the
DXF file, because the font specified may not exist on the system. It is
also recommended that DXF files are saved as revision 13 files.
If a dxf file which includes unsupported entity types is selected for
inclusion in a mark code, a warning screen shows the unsupported
entity types. In this case, the dxf file will not be drawn completely.
IV. Cancel
Return from this screen.
8.1 Logo Download
The serial communication protocol is described in Serial Control Protocol
supplement ref 906-0078-00.
A logo download program is available to allow a remote
logo files to the unit. The unit automatically senses that a
sent and indicates the status of the download on the
warning is given if the file name matches an existing
system. The download may be cancelled if required.

PC to download
logo file is being
Print screen. A
filename on the

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8.2 VLM Logo

I. LOGO SCREEN
Logo files may be downloaded via the serial communications link.
II. Filename
Type a filename or use the Up and Down arrows to select a logo from
the list. The currently selected logo is shown in the box on the right.
III. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
IV. Scaling
The aspect ratio may either be preserved, so that changing the height
automatically changes the width of the logo, or if User is selected, the
height and width may be set independently.
V. Height
The logo height is adjusted by pressing the Up or Down keys or by
typing a value.
VI. Width
If the aspect ratio is User, the logo width is adjusted by pressing the
Up or Down keys or by typing a value.
VII. Delete
Deletes the currently selected logo from the system memory. A
warning is given if the logo is used in any of the marking files saved on
the system.
VIII. Angle
Use the up and down arrows to enter an angle from 0 to 359 degrees,
or type an integer value between these limits. The current orientation is
shown in the white box.
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IX. Orientation
The orientation may be set to normal or inverted. The corresponding
image of the logo is shown in the white box. Orientation can be used in
conjunction with the Angle setting to achieve various combinations.
X. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the Field settings.
XI. Line width widen
Increase the value from zero to widen the marked width of lines.
Widening the width of lines significantly increases the marking time
because the laser spot moves in a spiral instead of moving in a straight
line from one point to another.

XII. Quality factor


This setting controls the frequency of oscillation and is only available if
the Line width widen parameter is not zero. Increase the quality factor
of the widened lines at the expense of increased marking time.
XIII. Cancel
Return from this screen without selecting a logo.
XIV. OK
Add the selected logo to the mark code using the values entered in this
screen.

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8.3 Bitmap / DXF

I. Filename
Type in the filename or select from the list using the up and down
arrow keys.
II. Scaling
If Aspect ratio is set to preserved, adjustment of the height causes the
width to be scaled by the same amount. If User is selected, the height
and width can be set independently.
III. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
IV. Height
Set the height of the bitmap in millimeters.
V. Width
Set the width of the bitmap in millimeters.
VI. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VII. Orientation
Select Normal or Inverted. The orientation of the bitmap is indicated
inside the white box.
VIII. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the Field settings.
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IX. Pixel On time (S)


Set the pixel on time to adjust the marking time at each pixel position
for the required marking on the material.
X. Mode
Select either Jump or Scan. In Jump mode, the laser spot remains in
a single position for each pixel. In Scan mode, the laser spot moves
across continuously from one pixel position to the next.
XI. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
XII. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters to create or edit the
barcode.
Note:
Bitmaps may be more strongly marked than other field types due to
overlapping of laser scans. To avoid this, the original bitmap should be
scaled to give a pixel distance of the laser spot size and the bitmap field
should be scaled to the same size.

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Section 9

Barcodes

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Section 9 Barcodes
9.0 Barcode Formats
The table below indicates the barcode types supported by the ROFIN
Multiscan vector marker and the character set supported by each type.
Please consult the relevant standards for further details including the
acceptable bar / space width tolerances.
Barcode
type

Numeri
c

Check
character

Supplemental

Uppercase
alpha

Other
characters

Notes

Code 39
normal

Yes

1, optional

No

Yes

-.$/+%

Invalid
character *

Code 39 Full
Ascii

Yes

1,optional

No

Yes

Yes

Yes full
128 ASCII
characters
-.$/+%

Code 39
HIBC

Yes

No

Noconverted
to upper
case

UPC-A

11

2 or 5

No

No

No

UPC-E

2 or 5

No

No

No

EAN-8
EAN-13
Bookland

7
12

1
1
1

2 or 5
2 or 5
2 digits
5 digits starting
with character 5.
90000

No
No
No

No
No
No

No
No
No

Yes full
128 ASCII
characters
-$:/.+

(978)+9
See
notes

Lowercase
alpha
Noconverted
to upper
case
Yes

Code 93

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Codabar

Yes

1 optional

No

No

No

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character *
One check
digit
automatically
added.

Digits 978
automatically
inserted at the
start of the
barcode
2 check digits
automatically
added
Characters
a,b,c,d,A,B,C,
D only valid
as start and
stop
characters.
Start and stop
characters
must be
included in
the text.

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Barcode
type

Numeric

Check character

Lowercase alpha

Upper-case
alpha

Other
characters

Notes

1 optional

Suppl
ement
al
No

Interleaved 2
of 5

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes see
notes

EAN/UCC
128

Yes

1 optional

No

Yes

Yes

Yes see
notes

An odd
number of
digits will
have a
leading 0
added
automatically
.
One check
digit
optionally
added
automatically
.
Automatic
switching
between
three
character
sets using
special
codes
inserted in
the barcode.
Automatic
switching
between
three
character
sets using
special
codes
inserted in
the barcode.
If the check
digit is
enabled, the
data must be
numeric
only.

Code 128

MSIPLESSEY
Postnet

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

PDF417

5
9
11
Yes

Security levels 0-9

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Aztec

Yes

Correction %
overhead

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Data Matrix

Yes

6 levels

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

ECC 000 (None)


ECC 050
ECC 080
ECC 100
ECC 140
ECC 200 (highest)

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marking
supported.
256
character
ASCII or
ANSI.
256
character
ASCII.
256 byte
ASCII.
Rect. 16x48
Rect. 16x36
Rect. 12x36
Rect. 12x26
Rect. 8x32
Rect. 8x18

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9.1 Barcode Settings (default values)


I. Linear barcodes
The initial settings for the barcode parameters are:
Narrow bar width
Bar width reduction
Measured line width

0.33mm
0%
0.2mm

II. 2D barcodes
PDF417
Module height
Module width
Bar width reduction
Measured line width
Maximum rows
Maximum columns
Aspect ratio
0.5

0.75 mm
0.25 mm
0
0.2 mm
30
90

III. Aztec and DataMatrix

Module size
Bar width reduction
Measured line width

0.5 mm
0
0.2 mm

9.2 Barcode Optimisation


Step 1 Determining the dimensions (height and width) of the barcode
The overall length of the barcode is determined by the narrow bar width
parameter. Increase this value to create longer bar codes, decrease it for
shorter barcodes.
Step 2 Determining the measured line width
Mark a single line on the product, and measure its width. This can be done
using the letter M, or part of a logo. Enter the measured line width.
Alternatively, increase the measured line width parameter until stripes are
seen within the wide bars and the quiet zone, then reduce the measured
line width until the stripes disappear.
Step 3 Determining the bar / space ratio
Mark the sample product with the barcode. Measure the width of the
narrowest bar and the narrowest space. These widths should be equal.
Adjust the bar width reduction parameter by +/- 10% until the bars and
spaces appear equal in size. For normal barcodes this parameter will
usually be positive, and inverse barcodes it will be negative.
Step 4 Checking readability
Check the barcode with a barcode reader. Adjust the bar width reduction
parameter up and down to determine the readability limits, and set the final
position in the middle of these limits. If adjustment of the bar width
reduction parameter produces no visible effect on the barcode, you may
need to increase the narrow bar width parameter. Once the bar width
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reduction percentage x narrow bar width parameter is less than the


measured bar width, it will not be possible to further reduce the narrow bar
width, ie the width of a bar cannot be made less than the width of the laser
beam on the product. After setting the parameters for a barcode, always
perform test-marking on the material and verify the readability of the code
with a barcode verifier. As a preliminary check, the barcodes can be
compared with the following examples.
I. Code 39 Normal

II. Code 39 Full Ascii

III. HIBC

IV. UPC-A

V. UPC-E

VI. EAN-8

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VII. EAN-13

VIII. Bookland

IX. Code 93

X. Codabar

XI. Interleaved 2 of 5

XII. Code 128

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XIII. EAN/UCC 128

XIV. MSI-Plessey

XV. Postnet

(Data 12345678901)
XVI. PDF417

(Normal non-truncated type shown, data 12345678)


XVII. Aztec

(Normal type shown, data 12345678)


XVIII. DataMatrix

(ECC 200 shown, data 12345678)

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9.3 Barcode type

The type of barcode data to be printed may be one of the following:I. Text
The same numeric or alphanumeric data is printed on each product.
II. Increment
The data to be printed can change according to the time or product
count (see section 6.0.)
III. External Text
The data to be printed can change according to an external text source
via a serial interface (see section 7.0).
IV. Cancel
Return from this screen.

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9.4 Barcode style


This screen applies to linear barcodes. Refer to 'Barcode Optimisation',
section 9.2 which describes a technique for setting the following
parameters.

I. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
II. Bar height
Enter the height of the barcode in millimetres.
III. Text height
Enter the height of the readable text in millimetres.
IV. Narrow bar width
Enter the required width of the narrowest bar in millimetres. The
narrow bar width cannot be less than the measured line width.
V. Bar width reduction
Enter a positive value to reduce the ratio of bar width to space width for
a normal barcode, or a negative value for an inverse barcode (see
below).
VI. Measured line width
Enter the measured line width in millimetres, i.e the width of a single
line measured by test-marking the product.
VII. Inverse barcode
Set to NO if marking produces a dark line, YES if marking produces a
white line. White lines generally occur when using the laser to remove
ink from a substrate.

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VIII. Quiet zones


Quiet zones are white borders around the barcode. They are
automatically selected around inverse barcodes. Select NO if quiet
zones are not required.
IX. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
X. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
XI. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters to create or edit the
barcode.
9.5 Bookland

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode using the following
characters:Numeric, 10 digits including one check digit
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
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V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Supplement text
Either 2 or 5 supplementary digits may be added if required.
If 5 supplementary digits are required, either

enter four digits, a leading 5 is inserted


automatically

enter 90000
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters. See Section 9.4
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.
9.6 Codabar

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode using the following
characters:Numeric
-$:/.+
Notes:
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Characters A,B,C,D are reserved for use as start and stop characters.
Enter the start and stop characters and do not use them within the
body of the barcode. If lower-case a,b,c,d are entered, they are
automatically converted to upper-case.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Check digit
Select whether a check digit is automatically calculated and inserted in
the barcode.
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters. See Section 9.4
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.

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9.7 Code 39 Normal, Code 39 Full ASCII, Code 39 HIBC and Code 93

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode using the following
characters:Numeric
Upper case alpha
-.$/+%
Notes:
Lower case alpha characters are converted to upper-case.
The character * is reserved for use as a start and stop character and is
inserted automatically.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Check digit
Automatically insert a check digit if required, either in the barcode only
or in the barcode and the readable text.
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters.

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IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.
9.8 CODE 128

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode.
Notes:
The character set automatically switches between three sets by using
special codes inserted in the barcode in order to create the shortest
possible barcode.
A check digit is automatically calculated and inserted in the code.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters.
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VIII. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
IX. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.
9.9 EAN-8, EAN-13

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode using the following
characters:Numeric, 7 digits plus one check digit
Notes:
If 8 digits are entered, the 8th digit is ignored. The check digit is
calculated and inserted automatically.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.

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VII. Supplement text


Either 2 or 5 supplementary digits may be added.
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters.
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.

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9.10 EAN / UCC 128, INTERLEAVED 2 OF 5 (ITF)

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode.
Notes:
The character set automatically switches between three sets by using
special codes inserted in the barcode.
An additional check digit can be selected if required, but in this case
the data must be numeric only.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Check digit
An additional check digit can be selected if required, but in this case
the data must be numeric only.
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters. See section 9.4
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
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X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.
9.11 MSI-PLESSEY

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the numeric data to be converted into the barcode.
III. Comment
Enter text to be printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Select left, centre or right alignment of the comment text.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Show the barcode data below the barcode if required.
VII. Style
Select drawing parameters for the barcode.
VIII. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
IX. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.
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9.12 POSTNET

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the numeric data to be converted into the barcode. It must be
either 5,9 or 11 digits.
III. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
IV. Style
Set the measured line width for the barcode. Postnet is a fixeddimension code. See Section 9.4
V. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
VI. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.

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9.13 UPC-A, E

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted to a barcode using the following
characters:Numeric, 11 digits plus one check digit
Notes:
If 12 digits are entered, the 12th digit is ignored. The check digit is
calculated and inserted automatically.
III. Comment
Add a text field printed above the barcode if required.
IV. Alignment
Left, centre or right alignment of text can be selected.
V. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
VI. Show readable text
Select readable text, printing below the barcode, if required.
VII. Supplement text
Either 2 or 5 supplementary digits may be added.
VIII. Style
Allows setup of the barcode drawing parameters. See Section 9.4
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.

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X. OK
Add a barcode to the mark code using the parameters set in this
screen and the Style screen.
9.14 PDF417

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted into the barcode, 256 character ASCII
or ANSI.
III. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
IV. Truncate
Select truncate to remove the Right Row Indicator code words and the
stop pattern at the right side of the code.
V. Security level
Select a pre-defined security level between 0 (none) and 8 (highest) or
select level 9 and enter an Overhead percentage for error correction.
VI. Overhead
Applies to security level 9, see above.
VII. Inverse barcode
Select Inverse if marking produces a white mark. White lines generally
occur when using the laser to remove ink from a substrate.
VIII. Style
Select the drawing parameters for the barcode. Refer to 'Barcode
optimisation', section 9.2.

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IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.
9.15 PDF417 STYLE SCREEN

I. Module height
The recommended module height is three times the module width.
II. Module width
The recommended module width is between 0.26mm and 0.76mm (10
and 30 mils).
III. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
IV. Bar width reduction
Enter a positive value for positive marking, or a negative value for
inverse marking, to achieve equal bar / space widths.
V. Measured line width
Enter the measured line width in millimetres, i.e the width of a single
line measured by test-marking the product.
VI. Max Rows
Sets an upper limit to the overall height of the barcode in conjunction
with the module height setting.
VII. Max Columns
Sets an upper limit to the overall width of the barcode in conjunction
with the module width setting.
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VIII. Aspect Ratio


Determines the overall height to width ratio of the barcode. The
software creates a barcode with the closest match to this value within
the limits of the barcode parameters.
IX. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
X. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
XI. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.

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9.16 AZTEC

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted into the barcode. The 256 character
ASCII character set is valid.
III. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
IV. Symbol Type
Select normal, compact or full range.
Normal

The barcode expands or contracts depending on the


number of characters to be converted.

Compact

The bulls-eye is made smaller and the amount of


data layers surrounding it are limited to four.

Full Range

The bulls-eye is made larger and the number of data


layers surrounding it can be up to 32.

V. Correction
For Normal types of Aztec code, specify the amount of error correction
overhead (additional data) to be included in the code as a percentage
of the total area.
VI. Total layers
If the Symbol Type is set to Compact or Full Range, the total number
of layers must be specified. If the number of layers is greater than the
required number, the remaining layers are filled with error correction
data. If insufficient layers are set, an error message will be displayed.

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VII. Style
Select drawing parameters for the barcode, refer to 'Barcode
Optimisation', section 9.2.
9.17 AZTEC STYLE SCREEN

I. Module size
The recommended module size is between 0.38 mm and 0.76 mm (15
and 30 mils).
II. Bar width reduction
Enter a negative value for inverse marking, to achieve equal bar /
space widths.
III. X/Y Position
Allows the user to specify co-ordinates on the mark area where the
data will be printed.
IV. Measured line width
Enter the measured line width in millimetres, i.e the width of a single
line measured by test-marking the product.
V. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
VI. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.

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VII. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.
9.18 DATA MATRIX

I. Type
Select the required type of barcode.
II. Text
Enter the data to be converted into the barcode. The 256 character
ASCII character set is valid.
III. Angle
Select 0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
IV. Correction
Select from one of the following:ECC 000
ECC 050
ECC 080
ECC 100
ECC 140
ECC 200

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Error correction for up to 2.8% damage of the
printed symbol
Error correction for up to 5.5% damage of the
printed symbol
Error correction for up to 12.6% damage of the
printed symbol
Error correction for up to 25% damage of the printed
symbol
Error correction for between 20% and 60% damage
of the printed symbol. This level of error correction is
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V. Format

For Error Correction types ECC 000-140, select one of the following
format types:
Numeric 0-9 and space

Upper-case A-Z and space

Upper-case alphanumeric and space

A-Z, 0-9, space, - . , /

7 bit ASCII

8 bit ASCII
For ECC200 Format types:

8x18
8x32
12x26
12x36
16x36
16x48

VI. Tilde codes


For ECC 200 codes, select whether tilde codes are to be inserted into
the code.
~X (a tilde character followed by any upper-case alpha character)
is used to insert control codes.
~1 represents FNC1 code
~2 Represents structured append, must be followed by a 3 digit
number between 1-255 and a six digit file identifier.
~3 message to be used for reader programming
~5 Data will contain an abbreviated format header and trailer
followed by normal data.
~6 See ~5
~7 Followed by a 6 digit Extended Channel number
~d Followed by 3 digits, creates ASCII decimal value for a 3 digit
code word.

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VII. Tilde

The Tilde Button will only be visible when editing a fixed text bar code
and when tilde codes have been enabled. To insert the tilde code the
text field must be selected, pressing the Tilde Button will insert at the
tilde character at the beginning of the text code.
VIII. Style
Select drawing parameters for the barcode, refer to 'Barcode
Optimisation', section 9.2.
IX. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
X. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.

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9.19 DATA MATRIX STYLE SCREEN

I. Module size
Enter the module size (the size of each data element) in millimetres.
II. Bar width reduction
Enter a positive value to reduce the ratio of bar width to space width for
a normal barcode, or a negative value for an inverse barcode (see
below).
III. Measured line width
Enter the measured line width in millimetres, i.e the width of a single
line measured by test-marking the product.
IV. Field settings
If the cursor is placed on a marking field, the Settings button changes
to 'Group 0 settings, Group 1 settings' etc depending on the selection
which has been made in the style screen for that field. If this button is
selected, the parameters which are displayed apply to all the marking
fields which have been set to this group. To set the field settings of this
field to a different group, edit the field, select the Style screen and
change the 'Field settings'.
V. Cancel
Return from this screen and abandon any changes made.
VI. OK
Return from this screen using the parameters entered to create or edit
the barcode.

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Section 10

Settings

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Section 10 Settings
10.0 Settings

10.1 Line Settings

Figure 10.1-1 Line Settings Screen


10.2 Product movement while marking
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the product movement. It may
be one of the following:

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Left to right
Right to left
Bottom to top
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10.3 Detector
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select the product detector. It may be
one of the following:A. Single #1
Sense detector 1 to initiate marking. If another product is sensed
before the mark is complete, a detector fault status occurs.
B. Single #2
Sense detector 2 to initiate marking. If another product is sensed
before the mark is complete, a detector fault status occurs.
C. Dual #1
A detector 1 transition to the active state must occur before detector 2,
but it does not need to remain in the active state when the product is
sensed by detector 2. Marking is initiated from the time that detector 2
becomes active. If another transition of detector 2 is sensed without
sensing detector 1, or if either detector transitions to the active state
again before the end of the mark, a detector fault status occurs.
D. Dual #2
A detector 2 transition to the active state must occur before detector 1,
but it does not need to remain in the active state when the product is
sensed by detector 1. Marking is initiated from the time that detector 1
becomes active. If another transition of detector 1 is sensed without
sensing detector 2, or if either detector transitions to the active state
again before the end of the mark, a detector fault status occurs.
E. Product present
Mark products while detector 1 sensing is active. The marking interval
is determined by the product pitch setting.
F. Both (long)
Both detector 1 and detector 2 must sense the product and be in the
active state simultaneously. If a detector delay is set, both detectors
must continue to be sensed until marking occurs, and the time delay is
timed from whichever detector is the second to become active. If
further transitions of detector 1 or 2 occur during the delay period, the
delay is re-started from the time that both detectors are active.
G. Both (short)
Both detector 1 and detector 2 must sense the product and be in the
active state simultaneously. Marking is initiated from whichever
detector is the second to become active. If a further detector transition
to the active state occurs before marking is complete, a detector fault
status occurs.

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H. Either
Either detector 1 or detector 2 must transition to the active state. The
other detector can be either in the active or inactive state. After
sensing the product, the state of the other detector is ignored until the
product is marked. If the same detector transitions to the active state
again before marking is complete, a detector fault status occurs.
I. Gated Detector
Gated detector uses 2 signals to generate the product detect signal to
the laser.
Detector 1 is used to synchronise the laser marking to the product.
Detector 2 is used to gate (allow or deny) the signal from detector 1.

On a carousel carrying the product to be marked it is usual to detect


the trigger position from a mechanical part of the carousel or from a
tacho index pulse rather than from the product itself. This trigger signal
will be generated even if no product is present in the carousel slot. The
carousel will have a second signal indicating if a particular slot contains
a product. This signal is used to gate the trigger signal.

Detector 2

Detector 1

Mark output
Figure 10.3-1 Gated Detector
J. Gated Labeller Trigger Mode
The Gated Labeller trigger mode is an extension to the standard Gated
mode. As with the standard Gated mode, two detector signals are
required to function correctly.
The first detector is the product detect signal which is usually
generated from either a mechanical part of the carousel, or from a
tacho index pulse. This signal is generated whenever the production
line is moving, irrespective of whether products are available to be
coded.
The second signal is the gate signal which is active when the labeller is
applying labels to the pallets. This signal is used to enable/disable (or
gate) the product detect signal.
The user enters a parameter indicating the coding position in relation
to the controlling label tray. This allows coding of a product to be
delayed by the appropriate number of product detector pulses.
Additionally this allows any labels remaining on the pallets after the
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label tray is deactivated to be coded. With respect to Figure 10.3-2, the


controlling label tray is at position 0, which is the reference position in
Gated Labeller mode, and coding of the labels is performed at position
2.

Figure 10.3-2 Labelling Machine with example Labelling and Coding


Station positions.
I. Detector Inputs
To operate in Gated Labeller mode the system requires the use of
Detectors 1 and 2. Detector 1 input is on J20, Detector 2 input is on
J21, which are both located on the Interface Board (refer to the
Installation Manual for detailed information). Detector 1 is to be used
for the product detect signal, Detector 2 is used for the Label gate
signal.
II. Shaft Encoder Input
The Gated Labeller trigger mode can operate in Moving or Stationary
modes. When used in moving print, the Gated Labeller trigger mode
will work with either a Shaft Encoder (tacho) input or with a specified
line speed (constant line speed with no tacho signal input). The tacho
signal input is located on J19 on the Interface Board (refer to the
Installation Manual for detailed information).

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III. User Interface


Figure 10.3-3 shows an example of the Line Settings Menu when
Gated Labeller mode is selected.
When Gated Labeller mode is enabled, the Coding Position value can
be set between 0 and 127 (inclusive). A value of 0 equates to the
position of the Label Tray, and is equivalent to operating in standard
Gated Detector mode.
The Coding Position value is stored as part of the mark information,
and is not a global system setting.

Figure 10.3-3 Line Settings Menu


IV. Examples 1
In the following example the Coding Position index is set to a value of
0. In this instance Gated Labeller mode operates as per the standard
Gated detector mode.

Figure 10.3-4 Gated Labeller Signals with Coding Position value of 0

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V. Example 2
In this example the Coding Position index is set to 2. The first two
trigger signals after the gate goes high (1 and 2) do not generate a
mark. Subsequent triggers generate marks until the gate goes low. The
next two triggers (8 and 9) generate the final marks.

Figure 10.3-5 Gated Labeller Signals with Coding Position value of 2


10.4 Detector Delay (not applicable to Product Present mode)
For on-the-fly marking, set the delay distance in millimetres between the
product detector and the start of marking.
For static marking, set the time delay in milliseconds from the product
detection to the start of marking.

10.5 Product Interval (only applicable to Product Present mode)


The definition of product interval used by the system is the interval from the
start of one mark to the start of the next mark, not the gap between marks.
The minimum product interval is determined by the overall maximum duty
cycle of the laser tube as set in the service screen. The overall duty cycle
calculation takes into account the laser duty cycle during marking, the ratio
of marks to jumps within the mark code, and the off time between products.
The minimum mark time calculation is the actual marking time together with
an additional recovery time while the galvo position is reset and the set of
marking vectors is reloaded. The total time is shown as the minimum
interval in stationary marking. When marking on-the-fly, the value shown is
the minimum product pitch.

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10.6 Tacho resolution


The number of pulses per millimetre, for tracking the product movement
when marking on-the-fly.
A. Max Linespeed
The maximum expected line speed.
B. Linespeed for on-the-fly
The maximum expected line speed. This value is only required if no
tacho is fitted or the minimum pitch calculation is used.
C. Mark time
The time to mark the current code.
10.7 Dual Fault Tolerant marking on both detectors
Dual Fault tolerant detector type is designed to allow the use of 2 detectors
to give high reliability triggering with fault detection on both detectors.
Figure 10.7-1 shows an example of a typical detector installation and
corresponding entries in the Line Settings screen.
The system is normally triggered by detector 1 following a small detector
delay. Detector 2 must sense the product during this delay for normal
operation. The product will be marked after the detector 1 delay. If
detector 2 fails to trigger during the delay period then a warning is issued,
but the product will still be marked. This allows production to continue, but
warns that maintenance is required on detector 2.
If detector 2 senses the product without a preceding detector 1 signal then
the product is marked after the programmed delay 2, and a detector 1 fault
warning is issued.
Note that detector 1 must be the first detector triggered, with detector 2
providing the backup detection.

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Laser Head
Detector 1

Detector 2

30mm

50mm
Figure 10.7-1 Example Installation
10.8 Dual Fault Tolerant Marking on Detector 1
An alternative installation method allows coding only on detector 1, with
detector 2 used only for confirmation of a product.
In this example the Detector 2 delay is set to No Trigger by using the
down cursor after Detector 2 Delay has been set to 0. The product will be
marked 50mm after detector 1 is triggered.
If detector 2 is NOT triggered during the detector 1 delay period then a
detector fault message will be issued.
If detector 2 is triggered without a preceding detector 1 signal then a
warning is issued, but the product will NOT be marked.

Figure 10.8-1 Alternative Dual Fault Tolerant Setup


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10.9 Detector Type Dual Either


Dual Either detection allows printing to be triggered by either detector.
This may be used when product is to be fed into the marking area from 2
different lanes for example. This mode has been improved from earlier
software versions by the addition of separate delays for each detector.
This makes the relative mechanical fixing of the detectors less critical, with
any displacement being handled by the software detector delays.

Laser Head

Detector 1
50mm

40mm

Detector 2
Figure 10.9-1 Dual Either

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10.10 Minimum pitch


The minimum product pitch required to mark the current code. Pitch is
defined as the distance from the start of one product to the start of the next
A. Cancel
Return without changing the line settings
B. OK
Return using the line settings entered in this screen.
10.11 Laser Settings

The current laser power, frequency of the laser pulses, duty cycle, pulse
width and marking speed (speed of the focused spot) for the selected field
settings (group number) are shown. Note that the laser power indicated is a
guide figure only, and does not represent the actual power.
Decrease the laser power to achieve lighter marking.
+
Increase the laser power to achieve heavier marking. When the maximum
laser power is reached, the marking speed is automatically reduced to
achieve more material interaction.
I. Materials selection
Allows selection of typical marking parameters from a list of materials.
II. Cancel
Return without changing the laser power settings
III. OK
Return with the laser power setup in this screen.

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10.12 Materials

Different materials require different power and speed settings for marking.
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to select a material to be marked from
the list.
I. Delete Material
Delete a material from the list.
II. New Material
Add a new material to the list. The material will use the current
settings.
III. Cancel
Return without selecting a material
IV. OK
Return with the current material selected.

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10.13 Advanced laser settings

If more than one field settings group has been created, the settings for
each group can be selected by selecting the Group box and using the up
and down arrow to change the group number.
These parameters determine the laser power and optimisation of the
galvanometer / laser timing. They determine the maximum rate at which
products can be marked and the marking quality. The laser frequency and
duty (the proportion of the repetition period for which the laser is turned on)
both control the laser power.
In the diagrams that follow, the jumps before and after a character is drawn
are represented by dotted lines. The arrows indicate the direction of the
jumps. The diagrams assume drawing of characters in the normal direction,
left to right. Code optimisation can cause drawing of characters backwards
and from right to left. In this case the jumps to and from the character are
reversed and the effects shown in the following diagrams apply to the
opposite ends of the characters.
I. Frequency
The pulse frequency of the laser output. The range of frequencies is
100 - 50000 Hz. At a constant percentage duty, the average laser
power is controlled by the frequency. If the frequency is set too low, the
individual pulses of the laser will be visible on the marked characters.
II. Duty
The pulse width of the laser output. The minimum pulse width is 8 S,
the maximum duty is 85%. At a constant frequency, the average laser
power is determined by the duty.
III. Mark speed
The writing speed of the laser beam on the material to be marked. At
high mark speeds, some deterioration in marking quality will occur due
to the response time of the galvanometers to changes of movement.
Also, more laser power is required to mark a material because the
laser beam traverses the material for a shorter period of time.

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IV. Jump speed


The speed of the laser beam while jumping to a new position with the
laser beam turned off. High jump speeds minimise the marking time,
but the settling time of the galvanometer may deteriorate and the jump
delay may need to be adjusted to compensate.
V. Off delay
The delay of the laser beam before turning it off. This delay
compensates for the lag of the galvanometer movement when
reaching the end of a vector. The Off delay should always be greater
than the On delay.
LASER OFF DELAY TOO LONG

The laser is switched off too late after the last vector, after the mirror
speed has decreased. The result is burn-in effects at the end point of
vectors.
LASER OFF DELAY TOO SHORT

The laser is switched off before the mirrors have reached the end
position of the mark. The result is an incomplete mark at the end of the
vector.

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VI. On delay
The delay of the laser beam before turning it on. This delay
compensates for the lag of the galvanometer movement when starting
a new vector. It is used to avoid burn-in at the start of marking
characters.
LASER ON DELAY TOO LONG

The laser is switched on too late at the start of a mark. The result is
that the first part of the vector is not marked.
LASER ON DELAY TOO SHORT

The laser is switched on before the mirrors have reached the marking
speed. The result is burn-in effects at the start point of a mark.
VII. Jump delay
Jump delay compensates for the settling time of the galvanometer after
jumping to a new position. The total time for a jump is the jump time
(dependent on the jump speed and the distance jumped) plus the jump
delay.
JUMP DELAY TOO SHORT

Marking has started before the mirrors have settled after a jump. The
result is oscillation at the start of the mark.

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JUMP DELAY TOO LONG


There are no visible effects from setting the jump delay too long, but
the marking time will be extended.
VIII. Mark delay
A mark delay is inserted to ensure that the galvanometers reach their
final position at the end of a line or polyline (joined lines).The mark
delay should be greater than the difference between the Off and On
delays.
MARK DELAY TOO SHORT

The jump at the end of the mark occurs before the mirrors have
reached the end position of the mark. The result is that the end vector
is distorted in the direction of the jump.
MARK DELAY TOO LONG
There are no visible effects if the mark delay is too long, but the
marking time is increased.
IX. Polygon delay
Polygon delay compensates for the lag of the galvanometer when
changing direction during marking. The delay is scaled depending on
the change in angle of movement from the previous vector.
X. Mark time
The time to mark the current code.
XI. Minimum interval
The minimum interval required to mark the current code.
XII. Cancel
Return without changing the laser settings.
XIII. OK
Return with the laser settings setup in this screen.

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10.14 Optimisation
Code optimisation is the process of changing the sequence of marking the
fields in a mark code to achieve the best or fastest mark. For on-the-fly
marking, fields must be marked while they remain within the marking field,
after on-the-fly offsets are applied. The following examples show typical
mark codes and the optimisation techniques that can be applied.
I. On-the-fly optimisation example

The above screen shows a code before optimisation. In this example,


the direction of the product movement is from left to right. The circle
near the 'F' of Field One indicates the start of marking, and the dotted
lines show the galvo jumps between characters and fields.

The above screen shows the same code after 'Auto Optimise'. The
marking sequence has been re-arranged in several ways

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The marking starts at the end of Field Three.


The characters are marked in reverse, from right
to left.
The sequence in which the fields are marked is
reversed.
All the fields are positioned as far as possible
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II. Detailed description


When marking from left to right, an offset to the right is progressively
added to the marking vectors. The amount of the offset is accurately
controlled, so that the marking tracks with the movement of the
product.

All the vectors to be marked must fit within the available field. The
vectors which can have the largest offset applied to them, and track
the product furthest, in this case, are the vectors at the left of the mark
code. The optimisation arranges marking of the field which starts
nearest to the right first, and the field which starts furthest to the left
last. By positioning the mark code as far as possible at the left of the
marking field, the maximum tracking distance for the last vector is
achieved, as shown below.

Note that optimum marking may be achieved by splitting fields into


more than one segment. This allows the segments which would be the
first to go outside the marking field to be marked first, instead of
marking all of one field before marking the second field. This is at the
expense of additional jump times while jumping between segments.

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III. Static marking optimisation example


The code before optimisation is shown below.

For static marking, the 'auto optimise' minimises jump distances. The
result is as shown below.

After marking Field Three, Field Two is marked in reverse instead of


jumping from the end of Field Three to the start of Field Two.
For static marking, the number of combinations to be checked by the
optimisation algorithm increases significantly if the number of fields is
increased, as shown in the following table.
Number of fields
6
7
8
9

Number of combinations
720
5040
40320
362880

During optimisation, the screen changes as shown below.

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For the example shown, 486 / 720 indicates the number of


combinations evaluated and the total number of combinations. The
progress bar beneath the numbers gives a graphical representation of
these values.
IV. Stop optimisation
Select this option to stop the optimisation if required, for example if the
optimisation takes an excessive time to complete.
V. Advanced optimisation

The advanced optimisation options allow manual control of each of the


optimisation techniques described above.
VI. Optimise code position
For on-the-fly marking, this option selects an automatic offset of the all
the fields in a mark code as far as possible (to the left for left-to-right
marking, right for right-to-left, top for top-to-bottom or bottom for
bottom-to-top, see section IV).
VII. Optimise code direction
This option allows the marking direction of individual fields to be
changed (see section 10.16).

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VIII. Optimise marking order


This option allows the marking order of the fields to be changed (see
section 10.17).
IX. Show on-the-fly moves
Selects a screen which shows the mark code with on-the-fly offsets
added. This screen is useful for checking the start and end positions of
the mark with the offset applied, which indicates whether the code can
be printed in the available time (see section 10.18).
X. Cancel
Return from this screen.
10.15 Optimise code position

I. Auto Optimise
For on-the-fly marking, apply an automatic offset of all the fields as far
as possible, to the left for left-to-right marking and so on. For the
example code shown above, applying this optimisation, positions the
code as shown below.

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II. Cancel
Exit from this screen without applying the optimised code position.
III. OK
Exit from this screen with the optimised code position.
10.16 Optimise code direction

If the cursor is placed on a marking field, its marking direction can be


reversed by selecting 'Change marking direction'. If the marking direction of
Field One is changed, the result is as shown below. The circle at the end of
Field One indicates the start of marking. Field One is marked in reverse,
the galvo then jumps to the start of Field Two.

I. Cancel
Exit from this screen without applying the changes to the code
direction.
II. OK
Exit from this screen with the optimised code direction applied

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10.17 Optimise marking order

I. Change marking order


Manual changes to the marking order can be performed by selecting
'Change marking order'. After making this selection, place the cursor
on the field which is to be marked first. The 'Select Field 1' button is
enabled when the cursor is placed on the field. Proceed with this
selection to make this field the first to be marked. Continue by placing
the cursor on the next field to be marked. The 'Select Field 2' button is
enabled when the cursor is placed on the next field. Press the button to
make this field the second to be marked. Continue for the other fields.
The display if Field Two is selected as the first field is as shown
below.

II. Accept marking order


Sets the marking order to the order displayed on the screen.
III. Cancel
Exit from this screen without applying the changes to the marking
order.
IV. OK
Exit from this screen with the new marking order applied.
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10.18 Show on-the-fly moves


This screen shows the galvo movements when offsets for product motion
are added to the marking vectors. If sufficient time is available, all the
vectors are displayed within the marking field. With no on-the-fly moves
shown, a typical screen is shown below.

If 'Show product motion' is selected, the on-the-fly offsets are added as


shown below.
I. Show product motion
Select this option to show the code with on-the-fly offsets. If some of
the vectors fall outside the marking area, a warning that marking
cannot be completed on-the-fly is displayed.

II. Remove product motion


Display the mark code without on-the-fly offsets applied.
III. Cancel
Exit from this screen.
IV. OK
Exit from this screen.
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Section 11

Saving / Loading

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Section 11 Saving / Loading


11.0 Saving

I. Filename
Enter a filename to save the marking file under that name.
II. Existing files
'Existing files' displays a list of existing file names. Use the Up and
Down arrow keys to search through the list. If an existing file name is
selected or typed in, a warning will be displayed that the existing file
will be overwritten. The response can be either to proceed or to cancel.
If the operation is cancelled, the Save screen is re-displayed.
III. File Description
Optionally a file description can be entered in the white box.
IV. OK
Proceed with saving a mark code with the file name entered.
V. Cancel
Return from the Save screen without saving the mark code.

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11.1 Loading

I. Filename
Enter the first letter of a filename and search if necessary using the up
and down arrows to select and display the marking file under that
name.
II. Existing files
'Existing files' displays a list of existing file names. Use the Up and
Down arrow keys to search through the list. If a file name beginning
with B_ is displayed, a file with the same name but with a different
modification date exists in backup memory.
III. File Description
If a file description was created for the selected file, it will be displayed
in the white box below the existing files.
IV. Delete
Delete the selected mark code file. Deletion must be confirmed before
the file is deleted.
V. Load
Proceed with loading the selected mark code.
VI. Cancel
Return from the Load screen without loading the mark code.

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Section 12

Printing a Code

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Section 12 Printing a code


12.0 Printing a code

The Print Screen is the main operating screen for the system. It displays
the currently selected print code, print status information, the current time,
product count and the current print code file name.
Before printing, the system and shutter key switches must be set. First, with
the shutter key in the Closed position, the system keyswitch must be turned
to the momentary On position and released. Next, the shutter keyswitch
must be turned to open the shutter. The switch sequence is prompted in the
message box below the mark code image. The last mark code is
automatically re-loaded when the system is turned on.
I. Lock keyboard
Once this button is pressed, the user interface software no longer
responds to key presses on the keyboard without first pressing the
Unlock button and then entering a password.
II. Shutdown
Shut down the Multiscan system ready for turning off the power switch.

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III. Menu
Go to the menu selection screen

Status
Setup
Password Levels
Login / Logout
Create code
Edit current code
Edit Code settings

IV. Edit stored code


Load Stored Code (when edit is password protected)
V. Print
Start printing the selected code. When printing, the button is labelled
'Pause'. Press Pause to stop printing. The Print button is disabled if a
fault prevents printing.
12.1 Shutdown

I. Yes
Proceed with shutting down the system.
II. No
Cancel shutdown.

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12.2 Unlock

Enter a correct password and press OK to unlock the keyboard. If an


incorrect password is entered, a warning is given. After three incorrect
passwords, an encrypted password is displayed. Your supplier will provide
a valid password to unlock the system, from the information displayed.
I. Cancel
Return without unlocking the keyboard.

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Section 13

Password

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Section 13 Password Levels


13.0 Password levels

I. Automatic logout
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the timeout period before
an automatic logout occurs. If an automatic logout occurs, the
password must be re-entered to obtain access to password-protected
functions. If 'Never' is selected, no automatic logout will occur.
II. Modify password levels
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement for this screen. Four levels of password are available. In
the order of the hierarchy from lowest to highest, these are None,
User, Setup and Maintenance. The access level to each of the
following features can be set, if the current login level is at least as
high as the current setting shown in this field.
III. Load Code
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement loading a stored code.
IV. Edit Code
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement for the edit functions

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Edit current code
Edit stored code

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V. Edit Parameters
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement for the edit code parameters function.
VI. Print
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement to start printing.
VII. Unlock Keyboard
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement to unlock the keyboard after it has been locked.
VIII. System History
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement to view and delete the system histories.
IX. System Setup
Use the Up and Down arrow keys to change the password access
requirement for changing system settings

Local setup
Comm setup
Contrast
Interlocks

X. Change User/Setup/Maintenance Password


Allows entry of a new password if required. You must be logged in at
the level of the password you wish to change, or higher. Note that
Maintenance is a higher access level than Setup, which is higher
than User.
XI. Cancel
Return from the login screen without making any changes.
XII. OK
Return from the login screen using the password access settings
entered on this screen.

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Section 14

Setup

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Section 14 Setup

I. Digital code selection


Set up selection of the marking code via a four-bit parallel digital
interface.
II. Tacho Test
Allows the:

Resetting of the Tacho count


Zeroing and Starting of Tacho / Stop Tacho
Start Tacho. / Stop Tacho
The Distance the current Tacho test will be carried out over

Also shows the current Tacho count and Tacho scale (pulses/mm)
III. Local setup
Set the date, time and language of the user interface.
IV. Comm setup
Select the serial communication parameters.
V. Contrast
Adjust the brightness of the screen background.
VI. Interlocks
Select the appropriate interlock mode.

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VII. OK
Return from the Setup screen
14.0 Digital code selection

Refer to the installation manual for the connection details for digital code
selection.
I. Enable
Enable selection of the current marking code by the parallel digital
interface.
II. Disable
Disable selection of the current marking code by the parallel digital
interface.
III. Next page
Select the next page of digital input values.
IV. Previous page
Select the previous page of digital input values.
V. Cancel
Return from this screen without changing the digital code selection
entries.
VI. OK
Return from this screen with the digital code selections entered on this
screen.

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14.1 Communication setup

Communication setup may be changed to suit communication with the


equipment connected to the serial links. Serial communication may be used
when transferring files to or from the unit, marking file selection or external
text selection via serial control program or barcode, remote parameter
setting and remote monitoring. Note : Remote parameter setting over-rides
the current marking parameters, but does not change the parameters
stored in the marking file, unless the current code is edited and saved.
I. Source
Set the source to disabled if serial communication is not in use.
Set the source to barcode scanner when selecting a marking file or
updating an external text field by barcode.
Set the source to serial control for all the other modes listed above.
II. Baud rate
The data rate of the serial communications.
III. Parity
Error detection is possible by sending a parity bit with each group of
data bits so that for example with even parity, each group has an even
number of bits in a logic 1 state.
IV. Data bits
The number of data bits in each group of bits.
V. Stop bits
The number of stop bits sent after each group of data bits.
VI. Flow control
This setting determines whether the RTS (Ready To Send) and CTS
(Clear To Send) signals in the serial interface connection are used to
control the transmission of data.
VII. Cancel
Return without changing the settings
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VIII. OK
Return with the settings changed to the values set in this screen.
14.2 Contrast

On the monochrome LCD, this screen allows the background brightness of


the display to be changed.
Use the Enter key to highlight the item to be adjusted.
Use the right and left arrow keys to change the value. The appearance of
the background changes depending on the adjustment.
I. Cancel
Return without keeping a new setting.
II. OK
Return keeping the new setting.

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14.3 Interlocks

The text on the screen describes the interlock behaviour and highlights the
current selection.
Select Mode 0,1 or 2 as required.
The selection must match the interlock jumper setting on the auxiliary
fuse board. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the
Interlock Mode chosen fully conforms to local safety regulations
governing use of the laser. For more information on safety please
refer to Section 1 of the Operators Manual
I. Cancel
Return without changing the selection.
II. OK
Return with the mode selected in this screen.

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14.4 Status

Status messages such as faults and warnings are displayed inside the
white box. Below it, the most recent status message is displayed.
I. Recent products
The number of products marked since resetting the count.
II. Lifetime products
The total number of products marked by the unit.
III. Mark time
The time to mark the current mark code.
IV. Reset count
Resets the recent product count to zero.
V. History
Display the recent or lifetime status messages.
VI. OK
Return from the Status screen.
VII. About
Displays the current software revision number.

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The About screen shows the software version and language version
installed on the system. It is automatically shown when the system is
turned on, and can also be selected from the Status screen.
OK
Return from this screen.
VIII. History

The screen shows a list of the recent or lifetime status events with a
date and time for each event. A recent or lifetime mark count is also
shown.
IX. Recent
The most recent status events are shown. The list can be scrolled up
and down using the arrow keys.
X. Lifetime
The list of status events for the current month is displayed. The list can
be scrolled up and down using the arrow keys. When the lifetime
history is displayed, the month shown can be selected :-

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XI. Previous month


The list of status events for the previous month (if applicable) is
displayed.
XII. Next month
The list of status events for the next month (if applicable) is displayed.
XIII. OK
Exit from the history screen.
14.5 Local setup

The current time and date setting of the system is displayed in the boxes at
the top of the display.
Use the Up and Down arrows to change the highlighted field value or type
in a new value.
Use the left and right arrow keys to move to the next value to highlight.
I. 'Enter' key
Use the Enter key to move to the next field in the display.
II. Set Time
Make the system time the same as the value displayed.
III. Set Date
Make the system date the same as the value displayed.
IV. Language
Allows alternative languages to be selected. The text appearing on the
user interface screens will change to the appropriate language.
V. Sub Language
Allows selection of a language over-ride file which can contain
variations or corrections to the main language, eg French / French
Canadian or Portuguese / Brazilian.

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VI. OK
Return from the Local setup screen.

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System Faults / Warning Messages

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Section 15 System Faults/Warning Messages


15.0 Description
System faults are the conditions under which system operation would be
considered unsuitable. Consequently occurrence of such signals cause the
DC power supply to be de-energised.
15.1 System Fault Messages
The following signals cause System Fault messages to be generated.

Coolant temperature too high


Coolant flow too low
48V dc failed
Shutter failed to open
Shutter failed to close
VSWR error
Over modulating laser
Galvo cable disconnected
Galvo power fault
I/O card driver init FAILED
I/O card fault

15.2 Warning Messages


The following warning messages may be observed by the user during
normal use - they refer to situations which should be rectified by the user.
The warning messages are:

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Detector fault
Mark not loaded
Emergency stop
External interlock open
Tacho fault
Waiting for 48V
System enable open
Vapour extractor fault
Com port disconnected
Galvo over-temperature

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15.3 Software warnings

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An error occurred creating the logo file


An error occurred saving the logo file
An error occurred saving the settings
An error occurred whilst saving the marking file
An error occurred recording the fault
An error occurred loading the materials file
An error occurred saving the materials file
An error occurred reading the history file
An error occurred deleting the file
An error occurred creating the file
An error occurred opening the file
An error occurred saving the file

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Appendix 1

Index

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Appendix 1 Index
2D barcodes, 9-3
A/B/C Custom day / month / date character, 4-1
About, 14-6
Accept marking order, 10-22
Add Field / Edit Field, 3-1
Advanced Laser Settings, 3-2
Alignment, 9-9, 9-10, 9-12, 9-13, 9-14, 9-15, 916, 9-18
Angle, 3-8, 8-3, 8-4, 8-5, 9-9, 9-10, 9-12, 9-13,
9-14, 9-15, 9-16, 9-17, 9-18, 9-19, 9-22, 9-24
Aspect ratio, 9-3
Aspect Ratio, 9-21
Automatic logout, 13-1
Aztec, 9-2, 9-3, 9-6, 9-22
Aztec and DataMatrix, 9-3
Bar height, 9-7
Bar width reduction, 9-3, 9-8, 9-20, 9-23, 9-27
Barcode, 1-1, 3-4, 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-7
Baud rate, 14-3
Bitmap, 8-1, 8-5
Bookland, 9-1, 9-5, 9-9
Cancel, 2-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-5, 3-10, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 46, 4-7, 5-1, 6-2, 8-2, 8-4, 8-6, 9-7, 9-8, 9-10, 911, 9-12, 9-13, 9-14, 9-15, 9-16, 9-17, 9-18, 920, 9-21, 9-23, 9-26, 9-27, 10-10, 10-11, 1015, 10-20, 10-21, 10-22, 10-23, 11-1, 11-2,
12-2, 12-3, 13-2, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4, 14-5
Change marking order, 10-22
Change User/Setup/Maintenance Password, 132
Character spacing, 3-8
Check digit, 9-11, 9-12, 9-15
Codabar, 9-1, 9-5, 9-10
Code 128, 9-2, 9-6
Code 39 Full Ascii, 9-4
Code 39 Normal, 9-4, 9-11
Code 93, 9-1, 9-5
Comm setup, 1-1, 13-2, 14-1
Comment, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11, 9-13, 9-14, 9-15, 916, 9-18
Contrast, 1-1, 13-2, 14-1, 14-4

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Correction, 9-2, 9-22, 9-24, 9-25
Create Code, 1-2, 3-1
Custom dates, 4-3
Custom day / month, 4-3
Cut and paste, 3-2
Data bits, 14-3
DataMatrix, 9-6
Date, 3-3, 3-5, 3-7, 4-1, 4-6
DATE FORMAT, 4-1
Delete, 3-1, 3-4, 4-1, 4-7, 8-3, 10-11, 11-2
Delete Material, 10-11
Detector, 15-1
Digital code selection, 14-1, 14-2
Disable, 14-2
Duty, 10-12
DXF, 8-1, 8-2
EAN/UCC 128, 9-2, 9-6
EAN-13, 9-1, 9-5
EAN-8, 9-1, 9-5, 9-13
Edit Code, 1-2, 12-2, 13-1
Edit Code Settings, 1-2
Edit Current Code, 1-2
Edit Parameters, 13-2
Edit stored code, 12-2, 13-1
Edit Stored Code, 1-2
Enable, 7-2, 14-2
Enter, 2-1, 3-4, 3-7, 4-1, 4-3, 4-4, 4-7, 7-1, 9-3,
9-7, 9-8, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11, 9-13, 9-14, 9-15, 916, 9-17, 9-18, 9-19, 9-20, 9-22, 9-23, 9-24, 927, 11-1, 11-2, 12-3, 14-4, 14-8
'Enter' key, 4-3, 14-8
Example Week Numbering, 4-6
Existing files, 11-1, 11-2
Extended chars, 4-5
Extended Chars, 3-4, 4-3, 4-4, 4-7, 5-1
External Text, 3-4, 3-5, 3-7, 7-1, 9-7
Field ID, 7-1
Field settings, 3-9, 8-4, 8-5, 9-8, 9-21, 9-23, 9-27
File Description, 11-1, 11-2

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Filename, 8-3, 8-5, 11-1, 11-2


Flow control, 14-3
Font, 3-7
Frequency, 10-12
Height, 3-8, 8-3, 8-5
HIBC, 9-1, 9-4
History, 14-6, 14-7
Increment, 3-4, 3-7, 6-1, 6-2, 9-7
Initial Text, 7-1
Interleaved 2 of 5, 9-2, 9-5
Interlocks, 13-2, 14-1, 14-5
Inverse barcode, 9-8, 9-19
J/W - Julian date/week digit, 4-2
Jump delay, 10-14
Jump speed, 10-13
Language, 4-3, 14-8
Laser Settings, 3-2
Lifetime, 14-6, 14-7
Lifetime products, 14-6
Line Settings, 3-2
Line width widen, 3-9, 3-10, 8-4
Linear barcodes, 9-3, 9-8
Load Code, 13-1
Local setup, 1-1, 13-2, 14-1, 14-8
Lock keyboard, 12-1
Login / Logout, 1-1, 12-2
LOGIN / LOGOUT, 2-1
Logo, 3-4, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3
LOGO SCREEN, 8-3
Lower limit, 6-2
Mark speed, 10-12
Mark time, 10-15, 14-6
Materials selection, 10-10
Max Columns, 9-20
Max Rows, 9-20
Measured line width, 9-3, 9-8, 9-20, 9-23, 9-27
Menu, 1-1, 12-2
Minimum interval, 10-15
Mode, 8-6, 14-5
Modify password levels, 13-1
Module height, 9-3, 9-20
Module size, 9-3, 9-23, 9-27
Module width, 9-3, 9-20
Moving all fields, 3-2
MSI-Plessey, 9-6
Narrow bar width, 9-3, 9-8
New Material, 10-11
Next month, 14-7
Next page, 14-2
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No, 9-1, 9-2, 9-24, 12-2


Number of characters, 7-1
Off delay, 10-13
Offset, 4-2
OK, 1-2, 2-1, 3-5, 3-10, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7, 52, 6-2, 8-4, 8-6, 9-8, 9-10, 9-11, 9-12, 9-13, 914, 9-16, 9-17, 9-19, 9-20, 9-21, 9-24, 9-26, 927, 10-10, 10-11, 10-15, 10-21, 10-22, 10-23,
11-1, 12-3, 13-2, 14-2, 14-4, 14-5, 14-6, 14-7,
14-8
On delay, 10-13, 10-14, 10-15
Operator, 3-3, 3-5, 3-7, 5-1, 5-2
Optimise, 10-19, 10-20, 10-21, 10-22
Orientation, 3-8, 8-4, 8-5
Overhead, 9-19
Parity, 14-3
Password, 1-1, 2-1, 12-2, 13-1
Password Levels, 1-1, 2-1, 12-2, 13-1
PDF417, 9-2, 9-3, 9-6, 9-19, 9-20
Polygon delay, 10-15
Postnet, 9-2, 9-6, 9-17
Previous month, 14-7
Previous page, 14-2
Print, 8-2, 12-1, 12-2, 13-2
Prompt, 5-1
Quality factor, 3-10, 8-4
Quiet zones, 9-8
Recent, 14-6, 14-7
Recent products, 14-6
Remove product motion, 10-23
Reset count, 14-6
Save / Print, 3-2
Security level, 9-2, 9-19
Sequence, 6-1
Serial control index, 6-2
Set Date, 14-8
Set Time, 14-8
Settings, 3-2, 3-9, 8-4, 8-5, 9-3, 9-8, 9-21, 9-23,
9-27, 10-1
Setup, 1-1, 2-1, 12-2, 13-1, 14-1, 14-2
Shot type, 7-2
Show product motion, 10-23
Show readable text, 9-9, 9-10, 9-12, 9-13, 9-14,
9-15, 9-16, 9-18
Shutdown, 1-1, 12-1, 12-2
Source, 14-3
Start value, 6-2
Status, 1-1, 12-2, 14-5, 14-6
Stop bits, 14-3

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Style, 3-2, 3-5, 3-7, 3-9, 4-3, 4-7, 5-1, 6-2, 7-2,
8-4, 8-5, 9-8, 9-9, 9-10, 9-11, 9-12, 9-13, 9-14,
9-15, 9-16, 9-17, 9-18, 9-19, 9-21, 9-23, 9-26,
9-27
Sub Language, 14-8
Supplement text, 9-9, 9-14, 9-18
Symbol Type, 9-22
System History, 13-2
System Setup, 13-2
Text, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-7, 5-1, 9-7, 9-8, 9-9, 9-10,
9-11, 9-13, 9-14, 9-15, 9-16, 9-17, 9-18, 9-19,
9-22, 9-24
TEXT, 3-4, 8-1
Text height, 9-8
Time, 3-3, 3-5, 3-7, 4-2, 4-7
TIME FORMAT, 4-7

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Time of change, 4-2


Total layers, 9-22
Truncate, 9-19
Type, 3-3, 3-8, 4-4, 6-1, 6-2, 8-3, 8-5, 9-9, 9-10,
9-11, 9-12, 9-13, 9-15, 9-16, 9-17, 9-18, 9-19,
9-22, 9-24
Unlock Keyboard, 13-2
UPC-A, 9-1, 9-4, 9-18
UPC-E, 9-1, 9-4
Upper limit, 6-2
VLM logo, 8-1
Week type, 4-3, 4-6
Width, 3-8, 8-3, 8-5
Width ratio, 3-8
Yes, 9-1, 9-2, 12-2

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Appendix 2

Additional Information

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Appendix 2 Additional Information


A2.0 Revision History
Rev 6

Aug 2008

Full Document restructuring


Sections 1-15
New screen shots added
Gated Detector information added
Increment information
Gated Labeller trigger mode
Dual fault tolerant information added
X/Y Position Statement
Tilde codes and button information
Software Version 2.44.001

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Additional Information A2-1

A2.1 Fault Codes and History Screen


Fault Codes are recorded in the history file. The following codes are valid
from MVS version 2.01.001
The history screen gives a message of the form:02/09/04 09:41:05:288:46:System Enable Open
This is made up from the following fields
Date (DD/MM/YY)
02/09/04
(2nd September 2004)
Time (HH:MM:SS.mmm)
09:41:05.288 (9:41am + 5.288 seconds)
Fault code
46
Fault message
System Enable Open
Fault Code
1
2
3
4
5
6
9
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
27
28
29
30
32
33
34
36
37
38
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
149
156
157

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Fault Message
- Emergency stop
- External interlock open
- Coolant temperature too high
- Shutter temperature too high
- Close shutter key switch
- Turn main keyswitch to 1
- 48v dc failed
- I/O card initialised
- Error installing interupt handler
- Interrupt handler installed
- I/O Card Driver initialised
- I/O Card Driver init failed
- I/O card fault
- I/O card found
- I/O card fault
- I/O card fault
- Coolant flow too low
- Shutter failed to open
- Shutter failed to close
- Waiting for 48V
- Tacho fault
- Vapour extractor fault
- Close shutter key
- VSWR error
- Over modulating laser
- Emission indicator lamp failed
- Com 1 initialisation failure
- Com 2 initialisation failure
- detector fault
- Com port disconnected
- Communication error
- System enable open
- Galvo cable disconnected
- Galvo over-temperature
- Galvo power fault
- Detector 1 Fault
- Detector 2 Fault
- Single shot field not updated
- Fault generating barcode
- Fault printing barcode

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Additional Information A2-2

Please always quote the fault number as well as the text when contacting
RSUK. The exact text is sometimes lost in translation
If you receive a fault code outside this range please contact RSUK for more
information.

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