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LUXEL V-6 CTP

PCI USERS GUIDE 6800149003

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IMPORTANT: Fujifilm products are so designed and constructed as to be safe without risk to health when properly used (in accordance with the supplied documentation) and when the safety precautions contained in this document are fully observed.

WARNING: All precautions mentioned in this document must be strictly observed at all times. Personnel must read the contents of any documentation supplied and used with this product BEFORE commencing any work with equipment described in this document. NOTE: Measured noise level for this product is less than 65 dBa. CAUTION: FUJIFILM Electronic Imaging Limited cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to customers data by unauthorised third parties accessing the system. In the event that Fujifilm becomes aware of any computer virus which will or is likely to affect the system it will take reasonable steps to bring this to the attention of customers but advises customers to take their own precautions against unauthorised access.

FUJIFILM Notice to End Users: This product contains both proprietary software of Fujifilm and of third parties. Terms applicable to the use of Fujifilm software are displayed upon loading of software. These terms are deemed accepted if the user proceeds to use software beyond this display. The proprietors of third party software are Adobe and Microsoft. Terms applicable to the use of third party software are displayed uponloading of software. These terms are deemed accepted if the user proceeds to use software beyond this display. By accepting those terms user enters into a licence with the third party proprietor and its the responsibility of the user to be aware of any changes to such terms. User will indemnify Fujifilm against any loss suffered by Fujifilm as a result of a breach of third party terms by user.

LICENCE NOTE: A modified version of the eCos operating system (under GNU General Public Licence) is used with this product. This version is freely available from the FFEI (UK) FTP site (ftp.ffei.co.uk) in the directory /pub/VsixExpose/ecos which holds three files: Readme,txt, ecos_v1.tgz and ecos_v2.tgz.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Notice - USA


This equipment has been tested and found to be compliant with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Notice - Europe


This product has been found to satisfy the Class A limits for a radio interface of information technology equipment. Class A equipment is intended for use in a light industrial or commercial environment for which the 30 metre protection distance is used. Operation of this equipment in a domestic or residential environment may result in interference to other equipment, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense. In some countries this equipment may be subject to restrictions on its use. Where applicable the user should inform the relevant local authority that Class A Information Technology Equipment has been taken into service. This equipment may also be susceptible to strong electromagnetic fields and should not be sited close to high power radio transmitters or radio installations. If the intended site of operation is prone to electromagnetic disturbances due to lightening strikes, additional precautions should be taken to protect the equipment from the resulting electromagnetic disturbance. Typical examples for the intended environment of this equipment would include: business premises, for example, offices, banks, etc. retail outlets, for example, shops, supermarkets, etc. light industrial locations, for example, workshops, service centres, etc. Locations which are characterised by being supplied directly at low voltage from the public mains are considered to be residential, commercial or light industrial. This equipment conforms to the requirements of EC directives: 73/23/EEC - Low Voltage Directive 89/336/EEC - EMC Directive.

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About this Guide


Thank you for purchasing a Luxel V-6 platesetter from FUJIFILM Electronic Imaging Ltd. This Guide is used to operate the PCI (personal computer interface) application which provides you with the main method of controlling the platesetter directly from the same PC running the RIP. If you have an optional MMI console fitted, then this Guide is used alongside the MMI Users Guide. More information on how to load plates and select PCI options is in the Getting Started Guide. To ensure the system is operated reliably and safely, refer to the Users Safety Guide.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Introducing the Luxel V-6 PCI
Introducing the Luxel V-6 System ........................................................ 1-1
Luxel V-6 Features ..................................................................................... 1-2 Luxel V-6 Workflow .................................................................................. 1-3

Introducing the Luxel V-6 Equipment ............................................... 1-4


Luxel V-6 Site Configuration.................................................................. 1-4 Luxel V-6 System Variants ....................................................................... 1-5 Media Handling ......................................................................................... 1-9

Chapter 2 Using the PC Interface


Introducing PCI Menu Pages .................................................................. 2-1
Introducing PCI Buttons and Icons ...................................................... 2-2 Looking at the RUN and PAUSE Menus ............................................. 2-3 RUN Mode Menu .................................................................................. 2-4
RUN Mode Icons .................................................................................. 2-5 RUN Mode Buttons ............................................................................. 2-7

PAUSE Mode Menu .............................................................................. 2-8

Operating with the PCI Menu ............................................................... 2-14


How to Switch On and Launch PCI ...................................................... 2-14 Switch On the Engine .......................................................................... 2-14 Launch the LuxelServer ....................................................................... 2-15 Launch the PCI ....................................................................................... 2-16 How to Detect PCI-MMI Locking .......................................................... 2-18 How to Switch Off the System .............................................................. 2-19 How to Set Preferences ........................................................................... 2-21

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Setting General Preferences ..............................................................2-21 How to Create and Edit New Media....................................................2-23 Create a Media Name ..........................................................................2-24 Edit a Media Name ...............................................................................2-25 Delete a Media Name ..........................................................................2-25 Create a Media Type ............................................................................2-26 Edit a Media Type ..................................................................................2-27 Delete a Media Type ............................................................................2-28 How to Select Cassettes and Media (Manual-Loading) ................2-29 How to Change Cassettes and Media (Auto-Loading) ..................2-32 How to Calibrate Laser Exposure ..........................................................2-36 Exposure Calibration ............................................................................2-38 Edit Exposure: .........................................................................................2-39 Exposure Information ..........................................................................2-40 How to Use Media Tools ..........................................................................2-40 Manual-Loading System ......................................................................2-40 Auto-Loading System ...........................................................................2-43 How to Operate with the RIP.................................................................2-44 How to Operate with the Processor ...................................................2-45 How to Obtain System Information ...................................................2-46 Engine Info .............................................................................................2-46
About Machine ...................................................................................2-47 Licence Options Installed ..................................................................2-47 Open Online Manual .........................................................................2-48 Save Elog File .......................................................................................2-49

Media Info ..............................................................................................2-50 How to Empty the Interleaf Bin ............................................................2-51 How to Load Small Plates (Option) ......................................................2-52

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Chapter 3 Maintaining the Luxel V-6


Introducing Luxel V-6 Maintenance ................................................... 3-1 Starting the Scheduled Tasks ................................................................. 3-2
Clean the Platesetter External Panels ................................................. 3-2 Clean the Platesetter Interior ................................................................ 3-3 Clean Engine Drum .............................................................................. 3-3 Clean Autoloader Interior.................................................................. 3-3 Clean Cassette Interior ........................................................................ 3-3

Starting PCI Run-Time Tasks ................................................................... 3-4


Manage the Job Queue ........................................................................... 3-5 Clean the Spinner Mirror ........................................................................ 3-6 Empty the Chad Tray (Punch Option Only) ...................................... 3-10 Manage the Licence Options ................................................................. 3-11 Enter New Licence Key ........................................................................ 3-11 Review Licence Options ...................................................................... 3-12 Create/Edit Media Names and Types .................................................. 3-13

Chapter 4 Troubleshooting the Luxel V-6


PCI Error Handling ...................................................................................... 4-1 Understanding Errors ................................................................................ 4-2 Error Reports .................................................................................................. 4-3
The Error Handling Page ......................................................................... 4-3 Error Report Page ...................................................................................... 4-4 Error Groups ................................................................................................ 4-6 Error Codes .................................................................................................. 4-6

Recovering from Errors ............................................................................. 4-8


Optics Errors ................................................................................................ 4-8

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Traverse Errors .............................................................................................4-11 Spinner Errors ..............................................................................................4-12 Environmental Errors ................................................................................4-12 Input Data Path Errors ..............................................................................4-14 Output Data Path Errors ..........................................................................4-16 Processor Errors ..........................................................................................4-16 Diagnostic Errors ........................................................................................4-17 Media Control Errors ...............................................................................4-18 Input Platen Errors ....................................................................................4-19 Input Conveyor Errors ...............................................................................4-20 Drum Errors ..................................................................................................4-20 Output Conveyor Errors ..........................................................................4-22 System Errors ..............................................................................................4-25 Autoloader Errors.......................................................................................4-26

Using Diagnostic Tools ..............................................................................4-29


How to Run Self-Tests..............................................................................4-29 How to Expose Stock Images .................................................................4-31 How to Create/Save/Delete Error Logs................................................4-32 Create an Error Log...............................................................................4-32 Save an Error Log...................................................................................4-33

Chapter 5 Luxel V-6 Product Data


Media Data......................................................................................................5-1
Media Types .................................................................................................5-1 Max/Min Plate Size and Imaging ..........................................................5-1 Laser Light and Safelight Data ..............................................................5-4 Media Thickness..........................................................................................5-4 Output Data .................................................................................................5-4

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Dot Types and Shapes ......................................................................... 5-4 Screen Options ....................................................................................... 5-5 Resolution and Spot Sizes .................................................................. 5-5

Platesetter Data............................................................................................ 5-6


Electrical Data ............................................................................................. 5-6 Safety Isolator ............................................................................................. 5-6 Punch Options ............................................................................................ 5-6 Platesetter Environment ..................................................................... 5-6

Chapter 6 Using the Status Panel


Introducing the Status Panel ................................................................. 6-1 Status Panel and System States............................................................. 6-3 Status Panel and Loading ........................................................................ 6-5

Chapter 7 Options and Updates


Small Plate Option ...................................................................................... 7-1
How to Load Small Plates ....................................................................... 7-1

Using LuxelServer ........................................................................................ 7-3


Launch the LuxelServer ........................................................................... 7-3

Reviewing Licence Options ..................................................................... 7-4


Review Licence Options ........................................................................... 7-4

How to Calibrate Laser Exposure ......................................................... 7-5


Exposure Calibration............................................................................ 7-7 Edit Exposure:......................................................................................... 7-8 Exposure Information .......................................................................... 7-9

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INTRODUCING THE LUXEL V-6 PCI


This chapter introduces the Luxel V-6 platesetter system and describes its main modules

Introducing the Luxel V-6 System.............................................................. 1-1 Introducing the Luxel V-6 Equipment........................................................ 1-4
Before using this Guide, work through the Tutorial in the Getting Started Guide which shows how to start the system, load plates, create media, select media, expose a plate and shutdown.

1.1 Introducing the Luxel V-6 System


The Luxel V-6 belongs to a family of four-page B2 computer-toplate (CTP) systems for imaging. It operates as a single-laser machine that exposes to aluminium plates. Jobs are downloaded from a remote RIP server to an engine where they are exposed, punched (if required) and developed by an online chemical processor (semi- and fully-automatic variants only). Job image data is sent directly across a FireWire bus to the engine which includes the main electronic and optical modules. While exposing images to plate, the engine continues to receive new jobs from the RIP. User control of the platesetter output is from three possible interfaces:

PC Interface (PCI): this is displayed as a browser set of menu pages on the RIP PC that is a standard window for all V-6 systems. On a fully-automatic system, indirect PCI control of the engine allows the user to continue operating the RIP during a continuous job session.

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Information about PCI menus, system maintenance and troubleshooting is in this Guide.

Man Machine Interface (MMI): this is an optional touch pad that provides direct control of the engine using a set of menu screens. Information about this interface is in a separate MMI Users Guide supplied with the option.

Status Panel: if an MMI console is not fitted, the engine will have a status panel of a single LED and bleeper indicating if jobs are running normally or the engine requires attention. Information about using the status panel is in Chapter 6.

1.1.1 Luxel V-6 Features


Some of the features offered on the V-6 are: RIP Interface Features:

A FireWire bus between the RIP server and the engine for
passing RIP image data.

Automatic downloading of jobs to the engine from a RIP


queue of jobs held on the PC.

Support for Valiano workflows. Use with RIPs, such as, Celebrant, Rampage and other RIPs via
Gateway. Platesetter Features:

Comprehensive diagnostic and error handling information


displayed on the PCI or MMI.

A Manual Load Slot (MLS) option for plates above size


350 mm x 350 mm (auto-loading machines only).

Availability of machine upgrades and options from a PCI


licensing interface. Media Features:

Automatic plate selection for jobs from up to five cassettes


selected from the RIP server (PCI) or the engine (MMI).

Wide range of media sizes supported.

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Ability to create media names for custom jobs.


Chapter 5 describes useful media, output and platesetter product data for the operator.

1.1.2 Luxel V-6 Workflow


A typical workflow of jobs from a desktop publishing source to the platesetter is illustrated in Figure 1.1 on page 1-3.
PCI/RIP PC JOB IMAGES JOBS HELD IN QUEUE DTP NETWORKS

RIPPED JOB IMAGES

EXPOSED AND PUNCHED* JOBS ON PLATE

PROCESSED JOB

PLATES FROM PLATEN OR CASSETTE

ENGINE PROCESSOR * PUNCH OPTION FITTED

Figure 1.1 Typical Luxel V-6 workflow Operator control of the job workflow is from the PCI (or MMI) interface to:

   

troubleshoot machine errors respond to scheduled maintenance tasks set laser exposure levels for all resolutions graphically view the current status of the job.

The engine receives jobs from the RIP queue and images them in

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the order they are sent. Imaging output is continuous once you have loaded a single plate on a manual or semi-automatic machine. The platesetter and RIP application work in unison using a set of plate types and sizes specified for the cassette database by the operator. Your RIP PC holds current database information on each cassette that includes plate type, thickness and size. These details are created and edited by the operator from the PCI application when different plate types are added for new jobs.

1.2 Introducing the Luxel V-6 Equipment


1.2.1 Luxel V-6 Site Configuration
The V-6 operates as a system of linked modules that are configured during installation for maximum job output. A typical V-6 CTP configuration is illustrated in Figure 1.2 on page 1-5. Your Luxel V-6 configuration allows the PC operator to manage the job workflow and remotely control plate imaging.
1. Desktop application-to-RIP/PCI PC: job images are networked

to the RIP PC, typically across an Ethernet link.


2. RIP/PCI PC-to Engine: RIPed image and PCI control data is

passed to the engine across a FireWire link.


3. Engine-to-RIP/PCI PC: an additional RS232 cable bus passes

diagnostic data to the PC for review by the service engineer and operator.
4. Engine to Processor (semi- and fully-automatic): an RS232 bus

passes status commands between the two units to maximise the workflow.

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PCI/RIP SOFTWARE (ETHERNET/ TCP/IP)

IMAGES FROM DESKTOP SYSTEMS*

PCI/RIP PC

DIAGNOSTIC DATA (RS232)

IMAGE DATA/ENGINE CONTROL (FIREWIRE)

NOTE: STACKER NOT SHOWN

PLATE PROCESSOR

ENGINE *SEE YOUR RIP USERS GUIDE/ PRE-INSTALLATION MANUAL

PROCESSOR COMMS

Figure 1.2 Typical V-6 configuration: manual/semi-automatic

1.2.2 Luxel V-6 System Variants


Luxel V-6 systems are supplied as three possible variants:
1. Manual: a single plate is loaded on the engine platen by the

operator after removing the interleaf sheet. The imaged plate is then collected by the operator from the engine output. For this system, plate loading and collection is carried out under safelight conditions.

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The platen has two guides for:


A) B)

centering the plate on the machine, and pushing the plate into the drum.

Both sets of guides automatically adjust to the correct position for the job before the plate is loaded.
MMI CONSOLE ENGINE

PLATEN

USER ACCESS DOOR EDIT MEDIA TYPE

Figure 1.3 The Luxel V-6 platesetter manual variant


.

PROCESSOR

Figure 1.4 The Luxel V-6 platesetter semi-automatic variant

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2. Semi-Automatic: a single plate is loaded on the engine platen

by the operator after removing the interleaf sheet. The plate is then automatically passed to an online processor. For this system, only plate loading is carried out under safelight conditions
3. Fully-Automatic: multiple plates are loaded directly into the

engine through an autoloading cassette, the loader removes the interleaf sheet and places it in the installed interleaf bin. The imaged plate is then automatically passed to an online processor.
.

AUTOLOADER TROLLEY/CASSETTE

Figure 1.5 The Luxel V-6 platesetter fully-automatic variant


NOTE: It is possible to upgrade your existing manual or semiautomatic platesetter to the fully automatic variant.

In addition, your platesetter system will include one or more of the following modules:

Engine: this receives RIPed job data and converts it to laser


beam for plate imaging. Plates are registered and conformed in the drum by vacuum before imaging. They are punched after imaging (if the punch is fitted).

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Laser beam imaging is reflected from a spinner, fixed to a traverse carriage, that moves across the drum and plate. The beam is directed towards the spinner mirror that rotates at high speed to write image data onto the plate. Although the platesetter automatically compensates for exposure at various periods the operator will need to clean the mirror surface to maintain quality imaging.

Processor (semi- and fully-automatic only): this automatically


bakes, washes, develops, rinses, gums and dries the imaged plate. Your processor has separate documentation (User Guide, etc.) explaining how to operate and maintain the unit.

Plate Stacker (semi- and fully-automatic only): an optional


stacker accepts plates from the processor allowing transport to the next production stage.

Figure 1.6 Stacker A stacker has separate documentation explaining how to operate and maintain the unit.

Air Filter Unit (PAT 506id): this provides purified air to the
engine drum. Your Luxel distributor will explain the schedule for replacing the filters over the working life of the machine.
CAUTION: This unit is positioned correctly when the platesetter is installed. Do not change its location.

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PAT AIR FILTER

Figure 1.7 PAT

Vacuum pump: vacuum is switched on to conform the plate


against the drum surface during imaging.
CAUTION: Make sure the pump is ALWAYS positioned with the exhaust facing away from the PAT.

EXHAUST

Figure 1.8 Vacuum pump

1.2.3 Media Handling


CAUTION: Before plates are loaded into the cassette on a fullyautomatic system they must be acclimatised to the same environment conditions as the platesetter room for at least 12 hours.

Storing plates in a cold room just before loading into a warm machine environment can cause condensation that dampens the interleaf paper sheets making them more difficult to handle.

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USING THE PC INTERFACE


This chapter introduces the PCI menus with the main options for running and pausing the platesetter engine. Before starting customer jobs, refer to the Luxel V-6 Getting Started Guide and make sure you are familiar with how to switch the system on/off, load plates and select the correct plate types from the PCI.

Introducing PCI Menu Pages ......................................................................2-1 Operating with the PCI Menu ....................................................................2-14

2.1 Introducing PCI Menu Pages


Communication between the operator and the engine are across a FireWire bus linked to the RIP PC and a separate PC Interface (PCI) application running on the RIP PC. PCI menus are displayed as a set of Web-type browser pages, each with graphic buttons and icons that allow the operator to view job progress, machine status and select available functions with all their options. Navigating PCI menus is very straightforward, easy to learn and operate. Once the platesetter is switched on, job image data is automatically downloaded to the engine, buffered and exposed in a queue sequence of First In First Out as jobs sent from the RIP. For all Luxel machines, the user has complete control of the workflow. While a queue of jobs are downloading, plates are fed into the drum, imaged and ejected in queue order. At any stage the operator can pause, stop and restart the engine to change media or complete a maintenance task.

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2.1.1 Introducing PCI Buttons and Icons


An example page (Pause mode) is shown in Figure 2.1 on page 22 below with the main type of buttons and icons running on PCI:

EXPOSE PROGRESS

OPTION GRAPHIC (PAUSE MODE)

FUNCTION BUTTON (PAUSE MODE) KEYPAD

FUNCTION BUTTON (DIAGNOSTICS) SHUTDOWN BUTTON MINIMISE BUTTON

Figure 2.1 Typical PCI screen: Pause mode (manual-loading) Function Buttons: these buttons on a keypad allow you to open an available function with its own set of options. For instance, the screen above shows a typical PAUSE mode screen allowing you to select the diagnostic function. Option Buttons: You can select options depending on the mode and function previously selected. For instance, select Run Diagnostics to open the self-tests.
NOTE: Buttons highlighted in orange show the currently active functions and options.

Confirm Buttons: Click on these buttons to start the selected option, or press Return to access the previous page.
RETURN CONFIRM

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To complete an operation on a page menu, buttons are normally selected in the following sequence:

1. Function 2. Option 3. Confirm.


Some other buttons available on the keypad panel are: Minimise Button: This button minimises the PCI application to the PC taskbar, and leaves a floating minimised window on the desktop.

MAXIMISE BUTTON

Shutdown Button: This button starts the Engine Shutdown sequence before the machine is switched off. Return Button: This button returns the interface to the previously selected page.

2.1.2 Looking at the RUN and PAUSE Menus


PCI menus operate in two modes:
1. RUN: this is where the platesetter is online and exposing, or

ready to expose, and is also receiving images from the queue on the RIP. See Section 2.1.2.1 on page 2-4 and also Section 2.1.2.2 on page 2-8.
2. PAUSE: this is where the user has temporarily stopped

exposing, for instance, to change a cassette. The platesetter will continue to download until a maximum of 3 jobs are on the engine for exposing. See Section 2.1.2.2 on page 2-8.

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2.1.2.1 RUN Mode Menu


A RUN page, shown in Figure 2.2 on page 2-4 (manual-loading) and Figure 2.3 on page 2-5 (auto-loading), displays details of the current exposing job and the next job to be downloaded from the RIP. As jobs are exposed, the window continually displays an indication of their progress, and whether more jobs are being downloaded to the queue. During a job run, the progress of plates through the platesetter media path is automated and displayed as a sequence of animated icons (for advancing and ejecting the plate) on the RUN display. In addition, there are other icons that appear on the RUN display to inform the operator about the status of the job flow:
CURRENT JOB NUMBER/ SEPARATION ID IMAGE DOWNLOADING/ JOBS IN QUEUE ENGINEERING DIAGNOSTICS TIME TO END CURRENT EXPOSE NEXT JOB NUMBER/ SEPARATION ID

ANIMATED ICON

ENGINE INFO

MEDIA INFO PAUSE MODE

Figure 2.2 RUN mode: manual-loading

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CURRENT JOB NUMBER/ SEPARATION ID

IMAGE DOWNLOADING/ JOBS IN QUEUE

ENGINEERING DIAGNOSTICS TIME TO END CURRENT EXPOSE SHEETS IN BIN

EXPOSE PROGRESS

CASSETTE ID

PLATES IN CASSETTE

ANIMATED PLATE VIEW RUN MODE ENGINE INFO

MEDIA INFO PAUSE MODE

Figure 2.3 RUN mode: auto-loading

2.1.2.1.1 RUN Mode Icons


Current Job Number/Separation ID: The RIP number and separation ID currently being exposed. This number is identical to the job sent from the RIP. Image Downloading/Jobs in Queue: The job currently downloading and the number of jobs in the queue. A spinning disk indicates that RIP images are currently being downloaded to the Engine. A static disk indicates when the downloading of images is complete. Exposure Progress: The progress of the current job now being exposed. This is the first indication that the job has started imaging. The bar denotes the image expose progress.

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Next Job Type and Size: Gives the type of plate required for the next job and its size metric (mm) or imperial (in) Engineering Diagnostics: Select to open Engineering Diagnostics mode to launch the Engineering Diagnostics window. This option is only available to service engineers with a password. Time to End Current Exposure:
0:32

The remaining time in minutes and seconds for the expose job to be completed. Next Job Number/Separation ID: The RIP number and separation of the next job to be exposed. Next Job Orientation: Check the icon (and the text description above) for information on the size and orientation of the next job plate.
LANDSCAPE LARGE: The next job is large landscape size

PORTRAIT SMALL: The next job is small portrait size

Cassette ID (Auto-loading): The cassette installed on the autoloader. Plates in Cassette (Auto-loading): Indicates the remaining number of plates in the cassette. Sheets in Bin (Auto-loading): Indicates the current number of interleaf sheets in the autoloader bin. Animated Plate View: Shows the progress of the job as a green plate advancing through the engine.

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PLATE NOT IN ENGINE

PLATE IN ENGINE

2.1.2.1.2 RUN Mode Buttons


RUN Mode: Select this function to open the RUN mode menus. Engine Info: Select this function to reveal information about the machine settings and other information options:

   

Current preferences/software modules: this shows the preferences selected and the downloaded software modules. Licence options: the options currently installed. Online manual: this allows the current Luxel V-6 PCI Users Guide to be opened in PDF format. Save Log File: this provides a facility to save an Error Log File to a local folder for forwarding to a service engineer, if requested.

See also Section 2.2.12 on page 2-46. Media Info: Select this function to reveal a full screen showing information on the next media to be loaded. PAUSE Mode: Click on PAUSE to temporarily halt the expose session. The Pause menu appears after the current job has finished exposing. A small Wait Timer icon is displayed until the job is ejected. All other downloaded jobs will remain in the queue ready for exposing in RUN mode.

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2.1.2.2 PAUSE Mode Menu


PAUSE mode shows options that apply while the platesetter is not exposing plates but RIP data is still being downloaded. From here you can:

select new media run media tools to load and eject a single plate obtain current media and engine information select maintenance options run diagnostics run exposure calibration set preferences.
A typical PAUSE menu page (Media Tools) appears as:

EDIT MEDIA TYPE

RETURN

LOAD MEDIA MEDIA TOOLS

Figure 2.4 PAUSE menu: Media Tools (manual-loading) A keypad opens a set of PAUSE functions available for the platesetter variant with the currently active function highlighted. Figure 2.5 on page 2-9 below shows the manual and semiautomatic PAUSE keypad and their functions:

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SELECT MEDIA MEDIA TOOLS

ENGINE INFO PAUSE MODE RUN MODE EXPOSURE CALIBRATION MEDIA INFO MAINTENANCE SET PREFERENCES RUN DIAGNOSTICS

Figure 2.5 PAUSE keypad: manual-loading


CHANGE CASSETTE EMPTY INTERLEAF BIN ENGINE INFO PAUSE MODE EXPOSURURE CALIBRATION MAINTENANCE SET PREFERENCES RUN DIAGNOSTICS MEDIA TOOLS

RUN MODE MEDIA INFO

Figure 2.6 PAUSE keypad: auto-loading Empty Interleaf Bin: Use the method shown in Section 2.2.13 on page 2-51 to empty the interleaf bin on an autoloader. Select Media: Opens a menu allowing you to select the media types defined for the RIP. Exposure Calibration: An Exposure Calibration utility allows you to calibrate to a predefined exposure level at the drum surface for all eight resolutions. After the resolution exposure levels are set their

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values are indicated on the page.


NOTE: The exposure power level for the plate type you are using should not be changed unless specified by the plate supplier.

Table 2.1 Exposure Calibration options Button


EXPOSURE CALIBRATION

Action
START CALIBRATION: This button allows you to run the exposure calibration.

EDIT EXPOSURE: This button allows you to set a new exposure calibration value.

EXPOSURE INFORMATION: This button provides information on the current Neutral Density settings for each resolution.

See Section 2.2.8 on page 2-36 for more details about Exposure Calibration. For various reasons you could find the exposure power level is inadequate for quality imaging - for example, a Fuji LP-NV plate has an exposure level of 50. Maintenance: Click on the Maintenance function to open the following options:

     

manage the job queue clean the spinner empty the interleaf bin empty the chad tray (if a punch is fitted) open licence manager (to add a new licence) review licence options (to display the current licence options)

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create or edit media for the list.

Table 2.2 Maintenance options


MAINTENANCE

Button

Action
MANAGE JOB QUEUE: This button allows you to manage the job queue where you can delete jobs on the engine.

CLEAN SPINNER MIRROR: This button starts the facility to clean the spinner mirror.

EMPTY CHAD TRAY (punch option fitted): This button is used to access and empty the chad tray (if fitted for a punch).

ENTER NEW LICENCE KEY: This button allows you to create new licences.

REVIEW LICENCE OPTIONS: This button opens the page where you can view currently installed licence options.

CREATE / EDIT MEDIA: This button allows you to create and edit media names.

CREATE/EDIT MEDIA TYPE: This button allows you to create and edit media media type names.

See Section 3.1 on page 3-1 for more details about Maintenance

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procedures. Set Preferences: Click on Set Preferences to select preferences for units of measurement, bleeper On/Off, method of loading next media type. See Section 2.2.4 on page 2-21 for more details. Media Tools: Select this function to load and eject plates without having to expose a job. You would normally use Media Tools to check that you have the correct media type and size. See Section 2.2.9 on page 2-40 for more details. Engine Info: This provides you with information about the current state of your engine in terms of software installed and which preferences you have chosen. You can also view the licence options and serial number, open the online PCI Users Guide and save an error log for your engine.

Table 2.3 Engine Info options Button Action


ENGINE INFORMATION:
ENGINE INFO

This button allows you to view machine information relating to your current platesetter. REVIEW LICENCE OPTIONS: This button allows you to view currently installed licence options.

OPEN ONLINE MANUAL: This button launches the online PCI Users Guide in PDF format for the platesetter. SAVE ERROR LOG: This button allows you to save an error log file to a specified folder on the PC.

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See Section 2.2.12.1 on page 2-46 for more details. Media Info: This option shows you the current type of media selected. See Section 2.2.12.2 on page 2-50 for more details. Run Diagnostics: This function offers several options that allow you to confirm if the machine is operating correctly for the expected image quality. It opens a set of diagnostic tools that provide feedback about the machine. From the Run Diagnostics menu you can:

    

run auto self-tests on the system electronics expose stock images create a snapshot log of the current machine status save an error log file to a defined folder launch the online Users Guide.

Table 2.4 Run Diagnostics options Button


RUN DIAGNOSTICS

Action
RUN DIAGNOSTICS: This button runs the self-test diagnostics for the engine hardware.

EXPOSE STOCK IMAGE: This button allows you to select from a set of stock images on the PC for checking image quality. OPEN ONLINE MANUAL: This buttons allows you to open and view the online Users Guide for the platesetter.

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Table 2.4 Run Diagnostics options (Continued) Button Action


CREATE LOG: This button allows you to create a snapshot error log. of the system

SAVE ERROR LOG: This button allows you to save an error log to a specified folder on the PC.

2.2 Operating with the PCI Menu


2.2.1 How to Switch On and Launch PCI
The engine and RIP/PCI applications on the PC operate together as the Luxel V-6 platesetter system. To ensure that the equipment initialises correctly and images are able to download from the RIP to the engine, use the following switch ON sequence:
1. Processor (see the User's Guide supplied by the manufacturer). 2. PAT (Integrated Air Purifier - see the User's Guide supplied by

the manufacturer).
NOTE: The PAT is only powered OFF when the filters are replaced. 3. PC and V-6 Server. 4. Engine with autoloader (see Section 2.2.1.1 on page 2-14). 5. PCI application (see Section 2.2.1.2 on page 2-15). 6. RIP application (see your RIP Operators Manual and the

documentation supplied with the PC). You can start to expose jobs immediately after switching on the platesetter system and the PCI.

2.2.1.1 Switch On the Engine


This switches on the engine, the autoloader (if installed) and the vacuum pump.

1. Check that the processor, PAT and PC are switched on.

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2. Locate the Power On/Off switch at the rear of the engine (see
Figure 2.7 on page 2-15).

POWER ON

POWER OFF

Figure 2.7 switch engine power on/off

2.2.1.2 Launch the LuxelServer


1. LuxelServer, which operates as a web server for PCI, automatically
launches on start-up of the PC. See Section 2.2.1 on page 2-14. The PC System Tray shows the LuxelServer Manager as a minimised icon:

2. Normally, you would not need to open or view the Manager


during job imaging.

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If, however, you need to check the Connection status to the engine, double-click on the LuxelServer Manager icon to obtain:

The message shows that the server is either Online or a Device not Attached. You can return the engine to Online by switching on the engine or, for a more complex failure, checking the FireWire cable connection to the engine.

2.2.1.3 Launch the PCI


1. Open the PCI application from:
Start  Programs  V-6 Utils  V-6 PCI

2. A Boot page is displayed with separate icons representing each of


the main system modules during system initialisation:

PROCESSOR

SYSTEM WAIT TIMER

SYSTEM MODULES

Figure 2.8 Boot page (auto-loading)


NOTE: The system modules shown depend on the installed Luxel V-6 variant.

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Table 2.5 Boot page icons Icon Description


SYSTEM WAIT TIMER: This icon is active while the system functions initialise.

AUTOLOADER: (fully-automatic only) This icon appears if the system is fully-automatic.

OPTICS MODULE: This icon is greyed out during the optics function load and turns bold when the function has been successfully initialised.

TRAVERSE MODULE: This icon is greyed out during the traverse function load and turns bold when the function has been successfully initialised.

INPUT DRUM MODULE: This icon is greyed out during the drum function load and turns bold when the function has been successfully initialised.

OUTPUT DRUM MODULE: This icon is greyed out during the output function load and turns bold when the function has been successfully initialised.

PROCESSOR NOT READY: (fully- and semi-automatic only) A Wait Timer indicates the processor is currently not ready to receive imaged plates. This remains in grey if the processor is taking extra time to respond, possibly because of a problem with chemicals or pre-heat temperature. Check the processor LCD to determine the cause and ensure the unit is ready before continuing.

3. As each module completes its initialisation and self-test routines,


the icons on the Boot page turn from grey to bold.

4. If the boot fails it could be due to an error, such as:

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Control Failure: One of the software modules shown above fails to load and its icon remains greyed-out. Cover Open: An interlocked cover or door has been left open, for example, the user door on the engine. Close the door and the system will automatically reboot.

Processor Comms: The link between the engine and the processor is not working. Check that the link is enabled on the Preferences menu.

Fatal Error: An Error Code number provides more information on the problem, indicating the machine is unable to continue until the fault is rectified. You will find a description of fatal errors in Chapter 4.
NOTE: If you wish to prevent the machine from immediately imaging after booting, press the PAUSE button on the Boot page keypad. This will open the application in PAUSE mode.

5. After the system has successfully initialised, the RUN mode page
appears.

6. The engine immediately starts to image the first downloaded job


on the queue. If you are starting the system for the first time, you may want to modify some of the machine preferences using information in Section 2.2.4 on page 2-21.

2.2.2 How to Detect PCI-MMI Locking


If your engine is also fitted with the MMI option, you will not be able to select:

PCI options when the MMI is in PAUSE mode. MMI options when the PCI is in PAUSE mode.
This is to ensure that both interfaces cannot receive conflicting information at the same time. A locked interface is shown on the PCI and MMI displays as:

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LOCKED PCI

LOCKED MMI

If a Locked Interface icon appears on the PCI you can only operate the platesetter from the MMI. To switch off the MMI lock you need to select RUN mode on the MMI.

2.2.3 How to Switch Off the System


Before switching off the engine at the mains on/off switch, the platesetter completes a controlled shutdown to ensure that the spinner slows to a stop, the last imaged plate ejects, and the traverse moves to a safe position. Always use the correct shutdown sequence before switching off. If you omit to shutdown correctly, and switch on the system at a later stage, you may find there are plates in the engine that have not been ejected. If the PCI is locked (see Section 2.2.2 on page 2-18) then you can either shutdown at the MMI or select RUN mode on the MMI to unlock the PCI.

1. If the platesetter is in RUN mode, select Pause to enter PAUSE


mode. You will be presented with the following options:

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SHUTDOWN (MANUAL/SEMI-AUTOMATIC)

Figure 2.9 Shutdown button

2. Click on the Shutdown button to display the Shutdown Wait page:

WAIT TIMER RESTART RETURN CONFIRM

Figure 2.10 Shutdown Wait page

3. A Wait Timer icon appears as the spinner slows down, the current
job download finishes and the current imaging job ejects.

4. Click on the Confirm button to complete the shutdown, or the


Reset button to restart the engine.

Once Confirm has been selected, the system must be switched off using the power switch at the rear of the engine before it can be restarted.
NOTE: If you switch off the engine while the Image Downloading icon is still spinning, you will lose the RIP image currently being transferred.

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If you wish to shut off the system immediately, by selecting Shutdown you can stop the last images from downloading. This is not recommended while you still have jobs transferring to the engine, as shown by the Image Downloading icon.
NOTE: You can press Return to cancel the shutdown and revert back to the PAUSE menu.

5. Once the controlled Shutdown procedure is complete, you will be


presented with a Switch off icon, as shown in Figure 2.11 on page 2-21:

Figure 2.11 On/Off Switch

6. Switch off the engine. You do not need to power down the RIP
PC at the same time.

2.2.4 How to Set Preferences


2.2.4.1 Setting General Preferences
Machine Preferences can be modified at any stage to suit the operator or type of job in progress. When using the engine for the first time it is wise to specify the general preferences suited to your needs.
SET PREFERENCES

While the system is paused, obtain the Preferences menu, by pressing Set Preferences.

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UNITS OF MEASUREMENT BLEEPER ON/OFF AUTOLOAD NEXT MEDIA SIZE

SELECT LANGUAGE

CONFIRM

Figure 2.12 Preferences menu: manual-loading Set the preferences of your choice by clicking on the desired option which then changes colour to orange. Once you have specified all of your preferences click on the Confirm button. Select Language: Click the radio button for the required language and then confirm your selection by clicking on the Confirm button. Table 2.6 Preference options Option Description
UNITS OF MEASUREMENT: Select Imperial units in inches (in) or as Metric units in millimetres (mm) for the plate sizes BLEEPER ON/OFF: (manual-loading only) Select ON to set the audio beeper alert. This turns the audio bleeper on or off Semi-automatic: warning the user that the plate has been left too long on the platen and fogging may occur. Manual: warning the user that the plate has been left too long on the platen or output and fogging may occur.

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Table 2.6 Preference options (Continued) Option Description


PROCESSOR COMMS ENABLED/DISABLED: Select ENABLED to set the interface link between the processor and the engine. In this mode, a plate automatically passes to the processor when the last plate has passed the pre-wash. If the link is disabled then then the processor pre-heat setting for a new plate thickness has to be set manually. AUTOLOAD ENABLED/DISABLED: (manual-loading only) Select ENABLED to load the plate automatically into the drum (after a three second delay) once it is positioned on the platen. Select DISABLED to delay the load until the Load Media button on the status panel has been pressed. NEXT MEDIA SIZE: (manual-loading only) Select this preference in order to show small or large plate orientation icons for job information on the RUN page. This option hides the plate progress animation. PRELOAD: (auto-loading only) Select this preference if you wish to increase production by allowing the system to advance a plate into the autoloader while the plate in the drum is being imaged. This option is only used when there is a long run of jobs using the same media. If you have to change cassettes during the job run, then disable Preload.

2.2.5 How to Create and Edit New Media


Default media names have already been entered into the PCI database list on your installed machine. If different media is required it can be created/edited from the PCI and read by the RIP for use on the Job Ticket, (or selected from the MMI as a cassette media choice). The media name holds details about the plate type, size and thickness. As new media is added to the PCI list, each name (associated with a FFEI-supported plate type) appears on both the RIP and the MMI. In total, a PCI list can hold up to 32 media names. Creating and editing new media allows you to specify plates of different sizes, types and thickness for jobs to be exposed. Using

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these Media Manager options you can also edit and delete media names for the required job or the plates physically available.

2.2.5.1 Create a Media Name


To create new media name proceed as follows:

1. Press Pause to display the PAUSE keypad and click on Maintenance


to open the first page showing all the maintenance options.

2. Press the Create/Edit Media button to show:

MEDIA NAME MEDIA TYPE MEDIA WIDTH MEDIA HEIGHT PLATE QUANTITY THICKNESS NEGATIVE / POSITIVE PLATE CONFIRM

Figure 2.13 Create Media Name page

3. Create a new media name as follows:


A) B) C) D) E) F)

Enter a name for the media in the text dialog box (up to 19 alphanumeric characters with spaces). Select the media type and thickness from the pull-down menus. Select the negative or positive radio button. Enter the plate width in the text dialog box (525, for example). Enter the plate height in the text dialog box (459, for example). Enter the plate quantity: For a manual-loading system, always enter a value of 1.

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For an auto-loading system, enter the number of plates loaded on the installed cassette. This is the value that first appears on the Media Quantity icon when a new media pack is installed. You can always edit this value to the show the actual number of plates loaded.

4. Click on the Confirm button to create a new media name for the
list.

2.2.5.2 Edit a Media Name


You can change details for a selected media name as follows:

1. Select Create/Edit Media and Edit Media. 2. Click on a media name from the list and select Confirm. 3. Set new values for plate height, width and cassette quantity in
the edit page for the selected name.

4. Click on Confirm.
EDIT MEDIA

MEDIA NAMES LIST

EDIT MEDIA NAME

2.2.5.3 Delete a Media Name


NOTE: A media name for a plate already in a cassette cannot be deleted.

You can delete a media name from the list as follows:

1. Select Create/Edit Media and Delete Media. 2. Click on a media name from the list and select Confirm. 3. Check the media name details before deleting. 4. Click on Confirm.

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DELETE MEDIA

CONFIRM MEDIA NAMES LIST

CONFIRM DELETE MEDIA NAME

2.2.5.4 Create a Media Type


Media type details from the plate packaging include:

  

plate manufacturer and type, for example, Fuji LP-NV plate thickness negative or positive.

Media types for a Luxel V-6 are recognised by the RIP calibration software and used for setting up print characterisations. To create a new media type proceed as follows:

1. Press Pause to display the PAUSE keypad and click on Maintenance


to open the first page showing all the maintenance options.

1. Press Create /Edit Media Type to open:

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CREATE MEDIA TYPE

Figure 2.14 Create Media Type page

2. Enter an appropriate media type up to 19 alphanumeric


characters long.

3. Select the plate thickness. 4. Check the Negative box if the media is for negative printing. 5. Click on Confirm.

2.2.5.5 Edit a Media Type


You can change details for a selected media type as follows:

1. Select Create/Edit Media Type and Edit Media Type. 2. Click on a media name from the list and select Confirm. 3. Edit the media type Name, Thickness and Negative setting. 4. Click on Confirm.

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EDIT MEDIA TYPE

MEDIA TYPES LIST

EDIT MEDIA TYPE

2.2.5.6 Delete a Media Type


NOTE: A media type for a plate already in a cassette cannot be deleted.

You can delete a media type from the list as follows:

1. Select Create/Edit Media Type and Delete Media Type. 2. Click on a media type from the list and select Confirm. 3. Check the details of the media type before deleting. 4. Click on Confirm.
DELETE MEDIA TYPE

CONFIRM MEDIA TYPES LIST

CONFIRM EDIT MEDIA TYPE

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2.2.6 How to Select Cassettes and Media (Manual-Loading)


Media details shown on the RIP, MMI and PCI for a manual and semi-automatic platesetter are stored on the PC as five separate system containers called 'cassettes' each with their own IDs 1 to 5. Figure 2.15 on page 2-29 and Figure 2.18 on page 2-31 show how media and cassettes are selected. From the PCI (or MMI, if fitted), the operator highlights a cassette as active (online) and selects media from the created list, see Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23, for the plates available and the jobs being downloaded. Each of the five cassettes displays a currently selected media name from the PCI media list. You can select a cassette ID as active and choose a new media name from the existing list of media. Once the cassette media details (1 to 5) are chosen on the PCI, it is read by the RIP and, if selected, downloaded with the Job Ticket.
ENGINE WITH MMI SELECT CASSETTE ID AS ONLINE SELECT MEDIA NAME FOR CASSETTE

JOB DATA

#3 #4 #2 #5 LPNV 762

20 45 60 90 33 LPNV 762

PCI/RIP ON PC

#1

CASETTE DETAILS PC WITH MEDIA DATABASE

MEDIA NAMES LIST

32

SELECT CASSETTE ID AS ONLINE SELECT MEDIA NAME FOR CASSETTE

Figure 2.15 Select cassettes and media: manual-loading

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Select cassettes and media as follows:

1. Press Pause to display the PAUSE keypad and click on Select Media
to open:

ONLINE CASSETTE ID

CASSETTE ID (WITH MEDIA NAME)

CONFIRM

Figure 2.16 Select Cassette ID menu

2. Select a Cassette ID (black indicates the online cassette) showing


the currently defined Media Name and click on the Confirm button to open the list of media names:

MEDIA NAME

CONFIRM

Figure 2.17 Select Media menu

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3. Select a new media name and click on the Confirm button. 4. Alternatively, if you prefer to leave the cassette as empty then
select the blank media name from the list and click on Confirm.

5. The page now reverts to the Select Cassette ID menu. If a blank


media name has been selected then the active Cassette ID media shows as:

You can now select the next function from the PAUSE keypad.

6. Start loading plates using the method shown in the Luxel V-6 CTP
Getting Started Guide.

7. When different or new media is required for the next job you can
easily swap or create media for another cassette ID before selecting it for the Job Ticket.
ENTER NEW MEDIA DETAILS SELECT ONLINE CASSETTE TO ADD NEW MEDIA TO NEW MEDIA APPEARS IN CASSETTE

MEDIA NAME CONFIRMED, NEW MEDIA ADDED TO LIST

SELECT MEDIA

Figure 2.18 Create New Media sequence: manual-loading

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2.2.7 How to Change Cassettes and Media (Auto-Loading)


NOTE: Make sure the plates are acclimatised to platesetter room conditions for at least 12 hours before loading them into the cassette.

Media details shown on the RIP, MMI and PCI for a fullyautomatic platesetter are stored for up to five separate cassettes each with their own IDs 1 to 5. Figure 2.19 on page 2-32 shows how media is selected. From the PCI (or MMI, if fitted), the operator installs a cassette and selects a media name from the created list, see Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23, for the plates available and the jobs being downloaded. Each of the five cassettes displays a currently selected media name from the PCI media list. You can select a cassette ID as active (online) and choose a new media name from the existing list of media. Once the cassette media details (1 to 5) are chosen on the PCI, it is read by the RIP and, if selected, downloaded with the Job Ticket.
ENGINE WITH MMI
#2

SELECT CASSETTE ID AS ONLINE

SELECT MEDIA NAME

AUTOLOADER CASSETTE ID #2

JOB DATA MEDIA NAMES LIST


LPNV 762

#3 #4 #2

20 45

LPNV 762

60

PCI/RIP ON PC

#5 #1

90 33

CASSETTE DETAILS PC WITH MEDIA DATABASE SELECT CASSETTE AS ONLINE


32

SELECT MEDIA NAME

Figure 2.19 Change cassettes and media: auto loading

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Change cassettes and media as follows:

1. Press Pause to display the PAUSE keypad and click on Change


CHANGE CASSETTE

Cassette to open:

CONFIRM

Figure 2.20 Change Cassette page

2. Click on Confirm and a Help image tells you to remove the empty
cassette. Pull back the cassette release latch on the trolley and pull out the empty cassette. The next Help image tells you to install a new cassette.

PULL OUT EMPTY CASSETTE

PUSH IN FULL CASSETTE

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Load the new cassette using the method in the Getting Started Guide to avoid plate or paper jams.

3. Push the cassette into the autoloader door until you can hear the
latch lock.

4. Select Media opens as the next page:

SELECT MEDIA

CONFIRM

Figure 2.21 Select Media menu

5. Select a media name from the created list on the PCI and click on
Confirm.

6. The next page, Edit Quantity, opens to allow you to modify the
quantity of plates loaded into the cassette.

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EDIT QUANTITY

MEDIA QUANTITY DELETE CONFIRM

Figure 2.22 Edit Quantity

7. Before entering a new value, note that:

If the last Media Quantity value was at 0 before the cassette was reloaded, then the value automatically resets to the plate pack quantity last entered by the user. This value is likely to vary for different types, so refer to the packaging for details of the number of plates in a plate pack. A cassette is able to hold the maximum plate quantities of:

Plate thickness (mm/gauge/inch) Maximum number of plates


0.15 / 6 / 0.005 0.20 / 8 / 0.007 0.24 / 10 / 0.009 0.30 / 12 / 0.010 120 100 60 60

Current media details of a cassette are remembered if the cassette is retracted and then re-installed.

8. Enter a new plate quantity to modify the value shown on the


Media Quantity icon, and press Confirm. Use the Delete key to erase unwanted values. When different or new media is required for a new set of jobs

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you can easily load and install a cassette with the required plates, then select a media name and quantity before choosing the cassette for the Job Ticket.
ENTER NEW MEDIA DETAILS CHANGE CASSETTE ID AND SELECT MEDIA NAME EDIT MEDIA QUANTITY

MEDIA NAME CONFIRMED, NEW MEDIA ADDED TO LIST

NEW MEDIA APPEARS FOR CASSETTE ID

Figure 2.23 Create New Media sequence: auto-loading

2.2.8 How to Calibrate Laser Exposure


Exposure calibration is required on a regular basis to ensure your Luxel V-6 continues to produce high-quality output. It is run to compensate for loss of power in the optics due to aging or contamination. The recommendation is to calibrate every time the processor is cleaned or serviced. Linearisation should then be verified to ensure the %dots are correct. During exposure calibration, the contamination on the spinner mirror is checked. If a warning is given, clean the spinner mirror. See Section 3.3.2 on page 3-6. When the system reboots, calibration automatically runs again to correct exposure. The system is initially calibrated during site installation. A calibration value of 50 (on the MMI and PCI) corresponds to the correct exposure for LP-NV plates. This is only changed if a new plate type introduced and a request is made by your local service centre.

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Before starting Exposure Calibration make sure the engine has finished imaging:

1. Click on Exposure Calibration in the PAUSE menu to obtain:


EXPOSURE CALIBRATION

EXPOSURE VALUE

CONFIRM CALIBRATION

Figure 2.24 Exposure Calibration menu An Exposure Value icon shows the current power as it images on the plate.
CAUTION: The Exposure Value is never edited or changed unless different media to Fuji LP-NV is used or at the request of the supplier.

Available options for Exposure Calibration are: Table 2.7 Exposure Calibration options Button Action
START CALIBRATION: Press and confirm to run a calibration sequence based on the current exposure level for each licenced resolution. Exposure calibration runs automatically at boot up after the spinner mirror has been cleaned. EDIT EXPOSURE: Press and confirm to manually set a new exposure level for all resolutions. Use this option if the plate supplier recommends a change to exposure.

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Table 2.7 Exposure Calibration options (Continued) Button Action


EXPOSURE INFORMATION: Press and confirm to obtain the ND (Neutral Density) Values page showing the ND values for all 8 resolutions. Use this option if you need to check the results of a calibration for a working resolution.

Once the level has been calibrated, click on the required button on the keypad for the next function.

2.2.8.1 Exposure Calibration


1. Press Start Calibration and while a Wait Timer icon appears the
machine measures power levels at the drum for each licenced resolution before calculating optimum ND settings.

2. An ND Values page then appears showing:

 

a Pass icon against each resolution that has passed a Non-Fatal Error icon against the resolution that has failed. This indicates that the resolution has reached the maximum power available.

EXPOSURE VALUE ND VALUE RESOLUTION TIME SINCE LAST CALIBRATION (hrs:min) FAILED PASSED

Figure 2.25 ND Values page

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3. Press Maintenance on the PAUSE keypad and clean the spinner


mirror before attempting another calibration. See Section 3.3.2 on page 3-6.

4. If there are still failures for a required resolution, call your local
Support Centre.

5. Re-linearise from the RIP the system to adjust output quality.

2.2.8.2 Edit Exposure:


1. Press Edit Exposure to open the following page:

EXPOSURE VALUE

NUMERIC PAD

CONFIRM

Figure 2.26 Edit Exposure page


NOTE: an Exposure Value level has been defined during platesetter installation for the media type to be used. Extreme care should be taken when altering this level as it will affect the amount of laser light on the plate.

2. Enter an exposure value from 10 to 99 on the keypad. Use the


Delete button to remove and re-enter a new value.

3. Click on Confirm and a Wait Timer icon appears while the machine
sets the new level.

4. An ND Values page appears next, see Figure 2.25 on page 2-38,


showing which resolutions have passed and failed.

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5. Press Maintenance on the PAUSE keypad and clean the spinner


mirror before attempting another calibration. See Section 3.3.2 on page 3-6. If there are still failures for a required resolution, call your local Support Centre.

2.2.8.3 Exposure Information


1. Press Exposure Information or run an Exposure Calibration to open
the ND Values page, see Figure 2.25 on page 2-38.

2. This page shows the results of the last calibration as either a pass
(Tick) or a fail (Non-Fatal Error) for a licenced resolution. It also shows:

 

Exposure Level: the current power setting. Time Since Last Calibration: the elapsed time in hours and minutes since the last calibration setting.

3. Press the next required function on the PAUSE keypad.

2.2.9 How to Use Media Tools


Use the Media Tools facility to advance and eject an unexposed plate in order to verify the correct operation of the media handling devices, such as, motors, rollers, sensors, etc. (if requested by a service engineer). You can also use this tool to eject an exposed plate left in the drum if it has not already been auto-ejected.

2.2.9.1 Manual-Loading System


Output a plate as follows:

1. Click on Media Tools on the PAUSE menu to obtain:


MEDIA TOOLS

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SELECT MEDIA

MEDIA TOOLS

Figure 2.27 Media Tools page: manual-loading

2. Click on Select Media to choose the type and size of plate for
output.

MEDIA NAME

CONFIRM

Figure 2.28 Select Media menu

3. Click on the Confirm button to show the orientation and type of


required plate.

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LANDSCAPE

PORTRAIT

CONFIRM ADVANCE

4. Load the plate on the platen. 5. Click on Confirm to advance the plate. 6. As a plate is loaded into the drum, an animated Advancing Plate
icon is displayed.

CONFIRM EJECT

7. Click on Confirm to eject the plate. 8. An animated Ejecting Plate icon shows the plate starting to eject
from the drum.

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9. Select more plates, if required, using the same method. 10. Click for the next function on the PAUSE keypad when Media
Tools is no longer required.

2.2.9.2 Auto-Loading System


Output a plate as follows:

1. You can either use the currently installed cassette and plates to
run Media Tools, or follow the Change Cassette procedure (see Section 2.2.7 on page 2-32) to install new plates.

2. Click on Media Tools on the PAUSE menu to obtain:


MEDIA TOOLS

CONFIRM

3. Select Confirm to advance the plate into the drum.


As the plate is loaded into the drum, an animated Advancing Plate icon is displayed.

4. When the plate is ready to be ejected, the following page


appears:

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CONFIRM

5. Select Confirm to eject the plate.


An animated Ejecting Plate icon shows the plate starting to eject from the drum.

6. The next page asks if you wish to advance another plate.


Choose another function to leave Media Tools.

2.2.10 How to Operate with the RIP


Your RIP server runs the RIP application that allows you to create, for instance, job tickets or select screen sets. Images and pages created by desktop applications are sent to the RIP before being downloaded to the engine for imaging. This workflow, using a remote RIP connected across a FireWire bus, generates a steady stream of job images as shown in Figure 1.1 on page 1-3. The RIP holds details of the available media types and names held on cassettes selected for the Job Ticket before the job is put on the engine queue. From the PCI menu you pre-select up to five different cassette medias to use for the range of jobs coming from the RIP. For most workflows, five active media types are adequate. However, if a different type is required, the media details for that cassette is easily edited from the PCI, see Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23. Once the media type and name is chosen for a cassette, it is remembered by the system until the media is changed.

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2.2.11 How to Operate with the Processor


A processor, for a semi- and fully-automatic system, is online with the engine to accept exposed plates via the engine output which holds the plate until the processor is ready for the next job. The coupled modules operate as a single system using an RS232 communication (comms) link for transferring machine commands and messages. Luxel V-6 processors are able to operate in two modes:

Comms On: this is where the processor uses a communication


protocol recognised by the engine. Software commands and diagnostic data is passed between the two units, allowing the processor to work as an online device. For the protocol to operate effectively, the link needs to be enabled as a preference, see Section 2.2.4 on page 2-21.

Comms Off: this where the processor is prevented from


communicating with the engine. Plates can still be sent and developed by the processor but essential media information, for instance, on plate thickness, is not received by the Processor. For this setup, the link is disabled as a preference, see Section 2.2.4 on page 2-21. In the event of a Comms problem, you can temporarily disable the link from Preferences. An indication of the communication link is displayed as: Processor Comms Enabled: shows the link as active allowing the two machines to transfer signals on plate loading, errors, etc. If there is a link problem, indicated by an Error Code, disable the link and reboot before continuing to expose. Processor Comms Disabled: shows the link as disabled but the processor still online with, however, reduced functions. While the platesetter is exposing, a Processor Not Ready icon may occasionally appear on the display. This is not an error warning but a reminder to the operator that the processor has halted because, for instance, the chemicals are too low or the processor is not operating at the required temperature. Check the display on the processor.

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2.2.12 How to Obtain System Information


You can obtain more information about the system, its current settings, software levels and media used by selecting:

 
ENGINE INFO

Engine Info: see Section 2.2.12.1 on page 2-46. Media Info: see Section 2.2.12.2 on page 2-50.

2.2.12.1 Engine Info


Engine Info provides four options that allow you to:

   

display current preferences and software levels check licence options open the online Users Guide display the Log file generated by the system.

1. Press Engine Info on the RUN or PAUSE page to obtain the


following options: Table 2.8 Engine Info options Button Action
ABOUT MACHINE: Serves as an About screen showing the current system Preference settings and application software issue levels for each PCB.

REVIEW LICENCE OPTIONS: Shows the installed licence options.

OPEN ONLINE MANUAL: Launches the current online PCI Users Guide in Adobe PDF format.

SAVE LOG FILE: Displays the error log file generated from Run Diagnostics and allows you to save it to a local folder.

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2.2.12.1.1 About Machine


Select About Machine to obtain more information about the installed system.

CURRENT PREFERENCES SOFTWARE MODULES AND VERSIONS INSTALLED

PCI VERSION

ENGINE INFO

Figure 2.29 About Machine page This screen shows you in a graphical format the currently active/ inactive system preferences, the software modules and their version numbers that are installed, and the PCI software version currently running on your system.

2.2.12.1.2 Licence Options Installed


You can choose to upgrade your system with a number of licence options, such as, more resolutions, at any time during the life of the machine. To check the current set of options available select Review Licence
Options.

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LICENCE OPTION AVAILABLE

MACHINE SERIAL NUMBER

Figure 2.30 Review Licence Options page

2.2.12.1.3 Open Online Manual


The Luxel V-6 PCI Users Guide is available online in Adobe PDF format and requires a Reader obtained free from the Adobe Web site (www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html).

CONFIRM

Figure 2.31 Open Online Manual page

1. Select the Open Online Manual button at the top of the Engine Info
screen.

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2. Click on the Confirm button to complete the action and the


Adobe Acrobat Reader opens with the online Guide.

2.2.12.1.4 Save Elog File


Error Log text files are automatically generated when the platesetter has a fatal error. The log file is also automatically named to reflect the time and date of the error. It can then be renamed and saved to another location by the operator, or emailed directly to a service engineer should they request more details. As .txt files they are easily opened from Notepad or Wordpad. You can also generate an Error Log from the Run Diagnostics function at anytime even if no error has occurred. See Section 4.5.3 on page 4-32.

LOG FILE VERSION

CONFIRM

Figure 2.32 Save Log File page

1. Press the Save Log File at the top of the Engine Info screen. A list
of old log files will be presented.

2. Select the desired log(s) that you wish to save to the PC or


network drive.

3. Click on the Confirm button to reveal the Windows Save As...


dialog box. You may rename the Log file and save it to a location of your choice.
NOTE: Save the file directly into a folder and not into a folder shortcut.

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2.2.12.2 Media Info


This page allows you to view information on the plate required for the next job so that it can be prepared and loaded onto the platen.

1. Press Media Info on the RUN or PAUSE keypad to display the Media
Info page:

ONLINE CASSETTE ID MEDIA INFO

JOB ID MEDIA NAME

ORIENTATION OF NEXT PLATE

Figure 2.33 Media Info page (manual-loading)

ONLINE CASSETTE ID

PLATES IN CASSETTE

Figure 2.34 Media Info page (auto-loading)

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Icons on the Media Info page show: Cassette ID: This icon shows the cassette ID selected as online for the job. Job ID: Job ID details the current job number. Media Name: The media name shows details of the media type and size for the next job. Plate Orientation (manual-loading): This icon shows the orientation of the next plate, that is to say, portrait or landscape. The above example shows that the next plate will have a portrait orientation.

2.2.13 How to Empty the Interleaf Bin


The first indication of a nearly full bin (110 sheets) is shown by the warning error number 1260. You can continue to advance plates until the bin is completely full (120 sheets), causing a fatal error 1270.

1. Select Empty Interleaf Bin in the PAUSE menu to open:

CONFIRM

Figure 2.35 Empty Interleaf Bin page

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2. Select Confirm and follow the Help image steps shown below:
OPEN DOOR AND REMOVE PAPER

CLOSE DOOR

3. If the bin has been emptied then select Interleaf Bin Empty which
will reset the paper counter to zero. If the bin has not been emptied then select Interleaf Bin Full to continue.

INTERLEAF BIN FULL INTERLEAF BIN EMPTY

Figure 2.36 Interleaf bin empty or full

2.2.14 How to Load Small Plates (Option)


If your manual-loading system has the Small Plate licence option enabled you can output a plate less than 350 mm x 350 mm in size. Small plate jobs on a manual-loading system are downloaded and

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imaged in the same way as standard size plates. The only difference is that the operator has to adjust the width on the platen centering guides before loading the plate.

1. The following RUN page shows the next job as a small plate

ATTACH SMALL PLATE ADJUSTERS

Figure 2.37 RUN page: fit small plate adjusters

2. Attach the small plate adjusters to the centering guides as shown


in Figure 2.38 on page 2-53.

Figure 2.38 Attach the small plate adjusters

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NOTE: If the adjusters are not fitted an error is indicated when the plate starts to load.

3. Continue to select the PCI options for loading a normal size plate. 4. Remove the adjusters when the RUN page indicates the next job
as standard size.

MAINTAINING THE LUXEL V-6


This chapter describes how to maintain the Luxel V-6 using scheduled tasks and PCI menu options.

Introducing Luxel V-6 Maintenance ........................................................... 3-1 Starting the Scheduled Tasks .................................................................... 3-2 Starting PCI Run-Time Tasks ..................................................................... 3-4

3.1 Introducing Luxel V-6 Maintenance


In order to output images at optimum quality, the Luxel V-6 platesetter requires scheduled maintenance tasks with additional PCI run-time tasks to enhance performance and production.

Scheduled Tasks: these help to reduce contamination and


retain image quality. A recommended schedule of cleaning tasks on the platesetter include the:
A) B) C)

engine interior (drum and base) engine and autoloader panelling cassette (interior and exterior).

Run-time Tasks: these are often completed as part of a job session where you may need to:
A) B) C) D)

check the job queue clean the spinner mirror empty the chad tray (if a punch option is fitted) empty the interleaf bin (autoloader only)

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E) F) G)

check the Licence Manager (if requested by your FFEI Distributor) review current licences installed create new media for the list.

3.2 Starting the Scheduled Tasks


WARNING: Operators need to be aware of the interlock system on the platesetter and the access points for completing a maintenance task. All maintenance tasks are critical for the correct operation of the machine over a long period. See the Luxel V-6 CTP Users Safety Guide.

A maintenance schedule should be carried out monthly by the user to prevent plate contamination. A more detailed schedule is normally completed by the service engineer every six months to ensure quality imaging. In addition, the system software constantly monitors the system while it is in operation and alerts the operator with an error code if a critical maintenance procedure is due for:

  

cleaning the spinner mirror emptying the interleaf bin emptying the chad tray (punch option only).

3.2.1 Clean the Platesetter External Panels


External covers and frames should be cleaned every month or sooner, depending on the room conditions.
CAUTION: Do not use abrasive cleaners or solvents, such as, Benzine. These may cause damage to the platesetter covers.

1. Shutdown the platesetter. 2. Using a soft cloth slightly moistened with water or mild detergent
solution, wipe the outside covers. Difficult stains and marks can be removed using IPA (Isopropyl alcohol).

3. Wipe the covers dry before switching on the platesetter again.

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3.2.2 Clean the Platesetter Interior


3.2.2.1 Clean Engine Drum
Interior mechanisms should be cleaned every week or earlier if there are signs of contamination on the plate.
CAUTION: Always use a soft-brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner. Use an extension to the brush to access the other end of the drum.

The aim should be to prevent the build-up of particles inside the drum causing minute dust spots on the exposed plate. The cleaning period should be set by the customer based on plate throughput and the build up of contamination seen as spots on the media.

1. Shutdown the platesetter. 2. Very gently push the traverse carriage to the other end of the
drum, if it is obstructing access.

3. Lightly vacuum the following areas:

  

drum surface interior punch mechanism (if fitted) pullbar.

NOTE: Take care not to deposit debris from clothing, etc, when cleaning the drum.

3.2.2.2 Clean Autoloader Interior


You do not need to clean the autoloader interior.

3.2.2.3 Clean Cassette Interior


Interior mechanisms should be cleaned every week or earlier if there are signs of contamination on the plate.

1. Remove the platen from the cassette. 1. Lightly vacuum the interior. 2. Clean the platen and the cassette with a lint-free cloth and mild
detergent. Make sure the cassette interior is dry before loading new plates.

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3.3 Starting PCI Run-Time Tasks


Open the Maintenance page using the Maintenance button on the PAUSE keypad to select the following options:

MAINTENANCE

OPTIONS: SEE TABLE BELOW

RETURN

CONFIRM

MAINTENANCE

Figure 3.1 Maintenance options page Table 3.1 Maintenance options Button Action
MANAGE JOB QUEUE: This opens the option that allows you to delete job images from the queue. CLEAN SPINNER MIRROR: This opens a facility for cleaning the mirror. A Help page opens after the system has closed down all moving parts and the laser beam. EMPTY CHAD TRAY: (punch option only) This opens the empty chad tray option which will allow you to safely shutdown the engine and empty the chad tray when required. ENTER LICENCE NUMBER: This option allows you to view licenses and initiate new licences if required.

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Table 3.1 Maintenance options (Continued) Button Action


REVIEW LICENCE OPTIONS: From here you can check all the option licences currently available and the options installed.

CREATE/EDIT MEDIA NAME: Use this option to create, edit and delete media names using a set of submenus described in Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23. CREATE/EDIT MEDIA TYPE: Use this option to create, edit and delete media type names using a set of submenus described in Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23.

3.3.1 Manage the Job Queue


Select this option to open a Manage Job Queue page, that lists all the current jobs (maximum of 3) held in the engine Job queue, ready for imaging. These jobs are held here after passing from the RIP queue to the Download queue on the PC before transfer, via the FireWire bus, to the engine. From Manage Job Queue you can delete a job image from the engine before it is exposed.
NOTE: Job promotion on the queue for exposing is performed from the RIP. Job deletion can also be performed from the RIP.

As part of normal job housekeeping, jobs are tagged by the RIP for imaging, or for ejecting (if, for instance, they do not contain image data). There are two types of Eject jobs shown by their character prefixes:

 

P_[Job ID]: if you delete this Eject job, make sure the Image job is also deleted. X_[Job ID]: these jobs would normally be the last Eject job before a shutdown.

To delete a job:

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1. Select Manage Job Queue from the Maintenance menu to open the
Manage Job Queue page:

IMAGE JOB EJECT JOB

RETURN

CONFIRM

Figure 3.2 Manage Job Queue screen: image job

2. Scroll through the list of current jobs and highlight a job number. 3. Click on the Confirm button to remove the selected job from the
queue. Note that these jobs can also be deleted from the RIP interface. If you do not wish to delete the jobs, press Return.

4. Select the new function or option from the keypad.


Your RIP Operators Manual explains in more detail how jobs are identified by the RIP application.
NOTE: When a user sends an Eject command, for example, after a linearisation strip, the ejected image is sent as a job with its own job ID.

3.3.2 Clean the Spinner Mirror


When the spinner rotates at very high imaging speeds, its mirror surface gradually attracts debris from the drum environment which gradually degrades the quality of the reflected laser beam and image output. The platesetter will detect when the level of build-up becomes unacceptable for quality imaging by measuring beam power and alerting the user (with error code 175) to clean the spinner mirror.

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NOTE: The frequency of this alert depends on the purity of the air in the environment.

Where possible, use:

  

Lens tissue (FFEI part number 99965088) wrapped around a cotton bud. The tissue must be a soft, absorbent and lintfree. Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) which is 99.8% HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) grade. Latex gloves to protect the skin from solvent.

1. Select the Clean Spinner Mirror option to display:

CONFIRM

Figure 3.3 Clean Spinner Mirror page

2. Click on the Confirm button and a Wait Timer icon indicates a


brief delay while the traverse carriage is parked in the correct position on the user side. A Help page shows the location of a baffle assembly that needs to be partly removed to access the spinner.

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3. Open the door cover on the user side. 4. Remove the baffle by loosening the two finger-tight screws,
shown Figure 3.4 on page 3-8, and pulling the baffle assembly free from the carriage.

FOCUSSING LENS

FOCUSSING LENS SCREWS BAFFLE LOCATING PINS SCREW FIXING

LOCATING PIN

BAFFLE

Figure 3.4 Remove the baffle


CAUTION: Do not touch the focusing lens shown in Figure 3.4 on page 3-8.

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Start cleaning the spinner mirror as follows:

1. Take a single sheet of lens cleaning tissue, fold in half and wrap
around a cotton bud.

2. Add a few drops of IPA onto the tissue and pass it across the
mirror. Do NOT dip the bud into the IPA.

3. Replace with a new tissue and IPA and repeat for the next pass
until the mirror is clean.

4. Repeat this so that each subsequent pass overlaps the previous


one.

5. Check for solvent streaking.


CAUTION: Only apply light pressure with a wet tissue. Never rub a coated mirror surface with a dry wipe.

WRAP LENS TISSUE

WRAP BUD WITH WET TISSUE

Figure 3.5 Cleaning the spinner mirror

6. Clean the drum, see Section 3.2.2.1 on page 3-3, while the baffle
is removed.

7. Refit the baffle by locating its two pins in the carriage and
rotating the two screw fixings until they are finger-tight.

8. Close the side door and the platesetter reboots to redisplay the
boot screen.

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9. The platesetter will automatically re-calibrate the laser when rebooting after cleaning the mirror.

10. Re-linearise the system from the RIP to adjust output quality.

3.3.3 Empty the Chad Tray (Punch Option Only)


Punch chad are unwanted plate cut-outs removed by the punch, counted by the system and channelled into a chad tray. If the engine is fitted with a punch option, you will need to empty the tray when alerted by an error code. Normally, this task is completed when the system is shutdown or there are no more jobs in the queue for exposing.

1. Click on the Empty Chad Tray option to open:

CONFIRM

Figure 3.6 Empty Chad Tray page

2. Click on the Confirm button and a Wait Timer icon appears while
the system is made safe and the last exposed plate is ejected.

3. Open the user access door and pull out the tray.

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Figure 3.7 Empty chad tray

4. Replace the emptied chad tray, close the user door and the system
will reboot automatically. After completing this task, the chad waste counter resets to zero.

3.3.4 Manage the Licence Options


3.3.4.1 Enter New Licence Key
Your system is likely to have several licences installed depending on the options ordered. These licences, when viewed, show the keys that enable the option on the machine. If a new option is ordered from your FFEI Distributor, its licence key is entered by the engineer or user.

1. Click on Enter New Licence Key to open:

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OPEN LICENCE DETAILS INSTALLED LICENCE

CONFIRM

ENTER LICENCE KEY

Figure 3.8 Enter New Licence Key page

2. A new licence for an ordered option is entered in the text box by


the product distributor, or the user (if requested by the distributor). Check existing available options from this page:

Open Licence Details: Click on this button to show details of the


installed option.

Installed Licences: These are the current list of licence keys


available on the system, sometimes grouped as one licence key.

3.3.4.2 Review Licence Options


Use this function to check for the current list of options available for your engine and typically shown as:

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1. Click on Review Licence Options to open:

LICENCE OPTION

MACHINE SERIAL NUMBER

Figure 3.9 Review Licence Options page There are three types of status buttons showing:
1. 2. 3.

Orange: this is an installed licence for a machine with the required system hardware and software enabled. Black: this shows the machine must have the required hardware to install the licence, for instance, a punch. Light Grey: this shows the machine must have the required software to install the licence, for instance, a resolution.

The machine serial number for the Luxel V-6 configuration is shown at the bottom of the page.

3.3.5 Create/Edit Media Names and Types


For information on how to create and edit media, see Section 2.2.5 on page 2-23.

CREATE/EDIT MEDIA NAMES

CREATE/EDIT MEDIA TYPES

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TROUBLESHOOTING THE LUXEL V-6


This chapter describes the PCI error handling tools and pages you can open if the platesetter develops a fault or requests attention.

PCI Error Handling ...................................................................................... 4-1 Understanding Errors ................................................................................. 4-2 Error Reports ............................................................................................... 4-3 Recovering from Errors .............................................................................. 4-8 Using Diagnostic Tools............................................................................. 4-29

4.1 PCI Error Handling


Error handling on a Luxel V-6 is investigated from three possible PCI facilities:
1. Error Handling and Report Pages: If an error develops on the

platesetter, an Error Handling page appears on the PCI window allowing you to open a separate Error Report page describing the problem in more detail. See Section 4.3 on page 4-3.
2. Customer Diagnostics: A set of logging, test image and diag-

nostic options on the PCI give the user more information about the state of the engine. See Section 4.5 on page 4-29.
3. Engineering Diagnostics: More technical information about

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errors and recovery actions is available when the system is in engineering mode. This mode is for service engineers and is password protected. When an error occurs the engine automatically performs a closedown sequence. This sequence leaves the engine in a safe state that allows you or a service engineer safe access to the engine. The closedown sequence follows the order described below.

The spinner, laser and plate handling motors stop. The traverse carriage moves to a safe position in order to
allow access to the drum.

If there is a plate in the drum it is ejected when the system is


restarted.

4.2 Understanding Errors


There are two basic types of errors displayed as icons on the PCI:
1. Fatal: with errors of this type the engine cannot continue to

operate until the fault is rectified.


2. Non-Fatal: errors of this type are either transient, where the

engine will recover automatically, or they occur as a warning because the engine requires further attention - for instance, to clean the spinner mirror. You can continue imaging after a non-fatal error but you may need to check if the current job has failed.

FATAL ERROR

NON-FATAL ERROR

Errors on the PCI are also displayed as:


1. Error Groups: Errors are grouped as sets of code numbers for

each of the main electronic, mechanical or software modules on the system. You can start a recovery procedure by accessing the Error Report page for a code number. See Section 4.3.3 on page 4-6.
2. Error Codes: Error codes are arranged into sets of decimal

numbers that represent a module or a function on the system.

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See Section 4.3.4 on page 4-6. Information in a typical Error page describes the problem in more detail by displaying the:
1. Error Handling Page: this page automatically appears when

the error is first detected. It provides a quick summary of the error type, group and code number. See Section 4.3.1 on page 4-3.
2. Error Report Page: this page is accessed from Error Handling

and gives you more information on the error location and recovery procedure. See Section 4.3.2 on page 4-4.

4.3 Error Reports


4.3.1 The Error Handling Page
Immediately an error occurs, an Error Handling page, shown typically in Figure 4.1 on page 4-3, opens indicating the error type, group and code number:
OPEN ERROR REPORT ERROR CODE NUMBER OPEN ENGINEERING INFO ERROR TYPE (FATAL)

ERROR GROUP (OPTICS)

RESET

Figure 4.1 Error Handling page: optics error

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Open Error Report: This button blinks showing the error type and number. Click on Open Error Report to obtain more details about:
A) B) C)

Error type, group and description Error location shown graphically Error recovery.

See Section 4.3.2 on page 4-4. Open Engineering Info: This button accesses the Engineering Diagnostics mode. In this mode there is a set of tools that allow your local service engineer to fault-find in more detail.
NOTE: Engineering Diagnostics are password-protected and not accessible by the user.

Error Type: Error types are shown as either Fatal or Non-Fatal icons. Error Group: Error group shows which module is affected by the error. In the example shown in Figure 4.1 on page 4-3 the error is traced to an optics module. Reset: Most errors are quickly solved by selecting an active Reset button on the Error Handling page which will reboot the system and eject any plate from the engine.

4.3.2 Error Report Page


This page is opened from the handling page and is typically shown in Figure 4.2 on page 4-5. It provides the code number, its type and group, and the location of the module at fault. A final section gives more information on the recommended recovery procedure.

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ERROR CODE NUMBER ERROR GROUP

ERROR TYPE ERROR DESCRIPTION

ERROR LOCATION

ERROR RECOVERY

Figure 4.2 A typical Error Report page: optics error Error Description: This will tell you if the error is a failed hardware or software module, or if there is a media handling problem. Error Location: The exact location of an error appears in a cross-cut view of the platesetter as a module highlighted in red. See also Table 4.1 on page 4-7 listing all the modules and groups.

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MODULE FAULT LOCATION

Figure 4.3 Module at fault location: input conveyor Error Recovery: Follow the recommended steps in the recovery procedure to restart the system.

4.3.3 Error Groups


Error Groups are displayed as icons that allow you to easily identify the general area of the problem: for instance, an optics or an environment error.

OPTICS

ENVIRONMENT

Figure 4.4 Error Group icons

4.3.4 Error Codes


Error codes are arranged into groups of decimal numbers that represent a module or a function on the platesetter - for instance, numbers 4600 to 4699 are reserved for possible errors that appear for loading plates on a manual platen. A code number within a

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group gives more specific help on determining the cause of a problem and the best course of action. A list of the error codes and recommended recovery actions is given in Section 4.4 on page 4-8 onwards. A set of code numbers for each group of errors allows you to decide on what recovery action to take using the information in the Error Report Page. From here you can quickly check if the error can be cleared by the operator or if it requires assistance from your local service centre. Table 4.1 on page 4-7 shows error codes arranged into 14 groups of code numbers from 100 to 5099 representing the main platesetter modules that report a fault to the PCI. Table 4.1 Error groups, codes and modules Error Groups and Codes 100-199 200-299 300-399 500-599 600-699 700-799 900-999 1000-1099 1200-1299 4600-4699 4700-4799 4800-4899 Group Module Name
Optics Traverse Spinner Environment Input Data Path Output Data Path Processor Diagnostic Media Control Input Platen Input Conveyor Drum

Possible Faults
Laser, spinner and PCB electronics Traverse electronics Spinner electronics Covers open, temperature and interlocks Firewire and PCB Electronics Processor and processor interface Self-tests on electronics and PCBs Media on the platen Platen mechanisms Input mechanisms Drum mechanisms and vacuum

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Table 4.1 Error groups, codes and modules (Continued) Error Groups and Codes 4900-4999 5000-5099 5200-5399 Group Module Name
Output Conveyor System Autoloader

Possible Faults
Output mechanisms Software faults Autoloader mechanisms

4.4 Recovering from Errors


This section lists the main error codes and the recommended operator recovery action also shown in the Error report page. During a recovery action, you can help reduce the time taken to restart production by:

Noting the Error Code number and its fault symptoms before
calling the Service Centre

Sending an Error Log file to the Service Centre (if requested).

4.4.1 Optics Errors


These errors are usually traced to the optics modules (laser, spinner or PCB). Many of them are transient, causing the current job to be aborted and the system to be restarted after a reboot. See Table 4.2 on page 4-8. Table 4.2 Optics Error Codes Code 101 103 106 108 112 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. Check if the error recurs on reboot. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Retry the job. If the error recurs try another job. If the error recurs reboot the engine and the RIP PC. Retry the job. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

Non-Fatal

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Table 4.2 Optics Error Codes (Continued) Code 113 119 Type
Non-Fatal Non-Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. Check if the error recurs on reboot. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reduce the room temperature to the recommended limit (refer to the online user guide). Check that the PAT unit is running. Do not expose further jobs until the temperature is within the recommended limit. Check exposed plates for image quality. If the error persists, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. Check the exposed plates for image quality. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Rerun the exposure calibration. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

126

Non-Fatal

128 129 130 132 133

Non-Fatal Fatal Non-Fatal Fatal

Open the user access door. Check the traverse mechanism for obstructions, for instance, a loose cable. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Rerun exposure calibration. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Increase the room temperature to the recommended limit (see the online user guide). Clean the spinner mirror. Exposure calibration will run automatically on reboot. Re-linearise using the RIP Calibration Manager and retry any outstanding jobs If the error persists, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

139 143

Fatal Non-Fatal

144

Fatal

145

Non-Fatal

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Table 4.2 Optics Error Codes (Continued) Code 146 151 175 Type
Non-Fatal Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Hold the RIP job queue and wait for all images on the engine to be exposed. Clean the spinner mirror (refer to the online user guide). Exposure calibration will run automatically on reboot. Relinearise using the RIP Calibration Manager. Release the RIP job queue. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

182 183 184 185 186 187 188

Fatal

Non-Fatal

Check that the room temperature is within the recommended temperature limits (refer to the online user guide). Check that the PAT unit is running. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check that the room temperature is within the recommended temperature limits (refer to the online user guide). Check that the PAT unit is running. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the engine user access door. Check for obstructions in the light path, for instance, the manual shutter on the optics module output may be closed. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Rerun exposure calibration. Check the exposure values in the exposure calibration information screen. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

189

Non-Fatal

190

Fatal

191

Non-Fatal

192 199

Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-11

Table 4.2 Optics Error Codes (Continued) Code 193 Type


Non-Fatal

Recovery
If a new laser has been fitted, this is a normal warning. The error will not appear on the next reboot. If a new laser has not been fitted, reboot the engine and check if the warning appears again. If the error persists, call your local service centre. This error does not prevent the engine from operating. Reboot the engine and check if the warning appears again. If the error persists, call your local service centre. This error does not prevent the engine from operating.

194

Non-Fatal

4.4.2 Traverse Errors


Traverse errors are traced to the traverse carriage and mechanisms. See Table 4.3 on page 4-11. Table 4.3 Traverse Error Codes Code
205

Type
Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, open the user access door, check for obstructions near the traverse, for instance, loose cables. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, open the user access door, check for obstructions near the traverse, for instance, loose cables. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

210

Fatal

215 225 235 240

Non-Fatal Fatal Fatal Fatal

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Table 4.3 Traverse Error Codes (Continued) Code


245

Type
Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the exposed plates for image incorrectly positioned on the plate. Open the user access door and check the white edge detect strip for contamination. If necessary clean the white strip. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue and the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4.4.3 Spinner Errors


These are errors traced to the spinner or electronics system. See Table 4.4 on page 4-12.
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Table 4.4 Spinner Error Codes Code 305 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

310 320

Non-Fatal Fatal

4.4.4 Environmental Errors


These are errors show if there has been a temperature failure, if an interlocked door is open, or there has been an interlock system failure. See Table 4.5 on page 4-13.

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-13


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Table 4.5 Environmental Error Codes Code 515 Type


Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check that the room temperature is within the recommended temperature limits (refer to the online user guide). Check that the clean air supply is running. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check that the room temperature is within the recommended temperature limits (refer to the online user guide). Check that the PAT unit is running. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the engine access door. Refit the tray. Close the door and the machine reboots. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs with the door closed, call your local service centre. Check all interlocked doors (refer to the online user guide). Close any open door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check if the error recurs during reboot. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs with the cover replaced, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

525 530 535

Non-Fatal Non-Fatal

565 572

Fatal Fatal

577

Fatal

578 579

Fatal Fatal

590

Fatal

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4.4.5 Input Data Path Errors


These errors are traced along the image data path from the RIP PC to the engine. See Table 4.6 on page 4-14. Table 4.6 Input Data Path Error Codes Code 605 Type
Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the Firewire cable connection between the RIP PC and the engine. Check all interlocked doors (refer to the online user guide). Close any open doors, the engine will reboot automatically. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the firewire connection between the RIP PC and the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Ensure that the image resolution selected in the RIP job ticket is supported by the engine. Retry the job from the RIP. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the job ticket is correct and the error recurs, call your local service centre. Use the RIP to check the width of the image sent to the engine. Check the image width is less than the maximum supported media width of 765mm. If the image width is OK, retry the job. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Use the RIP to check the height of the image sent to the engine. Check the image height is less than the maximum supported media height of 686mm. If the image height is OK, retry the job. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

606 607

Non-Fatal

608 609

Non-Fatal

610

Non-Fatal

611

Non-Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-15

Table 4.6 Input Data Path Error Codes (Continued) Code 612 613 614
Non-Fatal

Type
Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the parameters in the job ticket and retry the job from the RIP. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the parameters in the job ticket and retry the job from the RIP. If exposing P-step wedges, check the maximum neutral density wedge setting does not exceed that allowed by the engine (this is typically 104). If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the parameters in the job ticket and retry the job from the RIP. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622

Non-Fatal

Non-Fatal

Check the Firewire cable connection between the RIP PC and the engine. Check all interlocked doors (refer to the online user guide). Close any open doors, the engine will reboot automatically. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry the failed job. If the error recurs, restart the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, restart the RIP PC and the RIP and retry the job again. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

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4.4.6 Output Data Path Errors


These errors are traced along the image data path in the engine to the optics module. See Table 4.7 on page 4-16. Table 4.7 Output Data Path Error Codes Code 705 Type
Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check the firewire connection between the RIP PC and the engine. Reboot the engine. Check for errors during reboot. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Check for errors during reboot. If there is a plate in the drum it will be ejected automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

706 707 708 709

Non-Fatal

4.4.7 Processor Errors


These are a set of errors traced to the processor or comms link cable to the engine. You will need to refer to the unit documentation for further fault finding. See Table 4.8 on page 416.
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Table 4.8 Processor Error Codes Code 905 Type


Non-Fatal

Recovery
Check that the processor is powered on. Check the serial cable link between the processor and the engine. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door on the engine and the top cover of the processor. Check for a jammed plate between the output conveyor belt and the processor input. Remove the plate, close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check the processor user guide for information on resolving the displayed error. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

910

Non-Fatal

915

Non-Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-17

4.4.8 Diagnostic Errors


This set of automatic self-tests are run from the menu interface and at boot-up to check all the main modules. All diagnostic tests are fatal if they record a fail. See Table 4.9 on page 4-17. Table 4.9 Diagnostic Error Codes Code 1001 1002 1003 1004 1008 1010 1011 1005 1006 1008 1010 1011 1017 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

Non-Fatal Fatal

Reboot the engine. Run the engine diagnostics from the PCI. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

Fatal

Open the user access door and check for any obstructions to the traverse mechanism, for instance, loose cables. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Run the engine diagnostics from the PCI. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Run the engine diagnostics from the PCI. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

1018 1026 1029 1031

Fatal

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4.4.9 Media Control Errors


These errors are usually where the engine halts until the operator provides the correct media. See Table 4.10 on page 4-18 Table 4.10 Media Control Errors Code 1217 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Close the interleaf access door. Select the Engine Info button. Select the Confirm button `Interleaf Bin Empty' or `Interleaf Bin Full'. Check that the next job plate is not fogged. Change the cassette or media using the Load Cassette or Load New Media procedure from the PCI. Load the correct media using the Load New Media procedure from the PCI. Use the PCI to put the engine into RUN mode. Use the PC Interface to put the engine into RUN mode. Load the plate requested by the engine. If the error occurred after a reboot, open the user access door and remove any plates found in the drum. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Empty the interleaf bin at the earliest convenient time. Empty the interleaf bin immediately using the PCI. Get ready to empty the tray at a convenient time. Remove the fogged plate on the platen. Load a new plate and press the Load Media button on the engine panel. Empty the chad tray from the option on the Maintenance menu. Remove the plate and replace it with a plate of the correct size for the job. Manually load the plate into the drum using the PCI and press the run key. Remove the plate from the platen. Check that the plate is correctly positioned between the centering pins. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

1240 1245 1247 1248 1250

Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Fatal

1260 1270 1280 1281 1290 1294

Non-Fatal Fatal Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Fatal Fatal

1295 1296

Fatal Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-19

Table 4.10 Media Control Errors (Continued) Code 1298 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Use the user access door to remove the plate from the drum. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. If there was no plate found in the drum or the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4.4.10 Input Platen Errors


This section describes the errors traced to the plate and platen on a manual loading engine. See Table 4.11 on page 4-19.
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Table 4.11 Input Platen Error Codes Code 4600 4601 4602 Type
Fatal Fatal Fatal

Recovery
Remove any obstruction on the platen. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check for any obstruction on the platen. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Ensure that the correct sized plate for the job is loaded on the platen. Check the plate for edge damage. Check for any obstruction on the platen. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check for an obstruction on the platen. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4603 4610 4611 4612

Fatal

Fatal

Check for an interleaf sheet behind the loaded plate. If the plate fails to load into the drum after removing the interleaf sheet, remove the plate from the platen. Check that the plate is not emulsion side down. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

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4.4.11Input Conveyor Errors


These errors are traced to the input conveyor on the engine. See Table 4.12 on page 4-20
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Table 4.12 Input Conveyor Error Codes Code 4700 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door. Remove the jammed plate from the platen or the autoloader output. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Call your local Service Centre if the error recurs. Open the user access door and remove the plate from the conveyor. Turn the conveyor output knob anti-clockwise to drop the plate into the drum and remove the plate. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4701 4702 4703

Fatal

4.4.12Drum Errors
These errors are traced to the drum and vacuum assemblies. See Table 4.13 on page 4-20. Table 4.13 Drum Error Codes Code 4800 4801 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Turn the input conveyor knob anti-clockwise, if there is a plate in the conveyor, until it drops into the drum and then remove. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4802 4803

Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-21

Table 4.13 Drum Error Codes (Continued) Code 4804 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door. Turn the input conveyor knob anticlockwise, if there is a plate in the conveyor, until it drops into the drum and then remove. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the exposed plates and retry the failed job. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4805 4806 4810 4811 4820 4821 4830 4831 4832 4833 4850 4851

Fatal

Fatal

Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. Ensure that the correct plate size requested by the engine is loaded, and that the plate edge is not damaged. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check that the vacuum pump located outside the engine switches on when a plate is loaded into the drum. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check that the vacuum pump located outside the engine switches off when a plate is loaded into the drum. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4860

Fatal

4861

Fatal

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Table 4.13 Drum Error Codes (Continued) Code 4862 4863 4864 4865 4866 4867 4868 4869 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

Fatal

Open the user access door, remove the plate from the drum, check for any other obstructions. Turn the input conveyor knob anti-clockwise to drop the plate into the drum, and remove the plate. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4.4.13 Output Conveyor Errors


This section describes the errors on the output conveyor, the punch and the registration pins. See Table 4.14 on page 4-22
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Table 4.14 Output Conveyor Error Codes Code 4900 4901 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door and check for a plate jam on the conveyor. Check for any obstructions along the plate eject path. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Semi and Fully-Auto Only: open the user access door and check for a plate jam on the conveyor. Manual Only: remove the plate from the engine plate exit. Check for any obstructions along the plate eject path. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4902

Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-23

Table 4.14 Output Conveyor Error Codes (Continued) Code 4920 4921 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door and remove the plate from the drum, check for any obstructions in the punch mechanism. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door and remove the plate from the drum, check for any obstructions in the punch mechanism. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. Ensure that the plate used is the same as that specified on the engine during the plate loading sequence. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door and remove the plate from the drum, check for any obstructions in the punch mechanism. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, please call your local service centre. Open the user access door and remove the plate from the drum, check for any obstructions in the punch mechanism. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. Ensure that the plate used matches that specified on the engine during the plate load sequence. If the error recurs, please call your local service centre. Open the user access door and check for a plate jam on the conveyor. Check for any obstructions along the plate eject path. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Semi and Fully-Auto Only: open the user access door and check for a plate jam on the conveyor. Manual Only: remove the plate from the engine plate exit. Check for any obstructions along the plate unload path. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4922 4923 4924 4925

Fatal

4930 4931

Fatal

4932

Fatal

4940 4941

Fatal

4942

Fatal

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Table 4.14 Output Conveyor Error Codes (Continued) Code 4943 4944 4950 4951 4952 4953 4960 4961 4962 4970 4971
Fatal

Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user access door and check for a plate jam on the conveyor. Check for any obstructions along the plate eject path. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

Fatal

Open the user access door and check for any obstructions on the output diverter. Pull the plate into the drum and remove from the drum. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door and check for any obstructions in the punch mechanism. Pull the plate into the drum and remove from the drum. Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. Ensure that the plate used is the same as that specified on the engine during the plate loading sequence. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the user access door. Remove any paper found in the output. Close the user door and the engine will automatically reboot. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. . Remove the plate from the engine plate exit. Remove the plate from the engine plate exit and discard as a fogged plate. Retry the job and pick up the plate from the exit before the media fog time expires. Remove the plate from the output. The engine will start automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

4980

Fatal

4990 4991

Non-Fatal Non-Fatal

4992

Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-25

4.4.14 System Errors


This section describes the system software errors. See Table 4.15 on page 4-25. Table 4.15 System Error Codes Code 5000 5010 5011 5012 5013 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Manual: Remove any plate from the platen. Autoloader: Remove top cover. Remove any jammed media. If necessary, wind the media into the drum to remove. CAUTION: There is a risk of plate fogging if the top cover is removed. Reboot the engine (any plate in the drum will be ejected). Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Using the PCI, check that the media details entered on the engine are correct. Remove any plate from the platen or open the access door and remove any plate from the inside of the drum (refer to the online user guide). Close the door, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Manual: Remove any plate from the platen. Autoloader: Remove top cover. Remove any jammed media. If necessary, wind the media into the drum to remove. CAUTION: There is a risk of plate fogging if the top cover is removed. Reboot the engine (any plate in the drum will be ejected). Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Manual: Remove any plate from the platen. Autoloader: Remove top cover. Remove any jammed media. If necessary, wind the media into the drum to remove. CAUTION: There is a risk of plate fogging if the top cover is removed. Reboot the engine (any plate in the drum will be ejected). Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5014

Fatal

5015 5016

Fatal

5020 5021 5022 5023 5024 5025 5026 5027 5028

Fatal

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Table 4.15 System Error Codes (Continued) Code 5029 Type


Non-Fatal

Recovery
Copy the licence keys from the FFEI SIO site (http:// touchbase.ffei.co.uk). Paste the keys into the Licence Manager in the PCI Maintenance page. Instructions are in the Luxel V-6 Installation Manual.

4.4.15Autoloader Errors
This section describes the autoloader errors. See Table 4.16 on page 4-26. Table 4.16 Autoloader Error Codes Code 5200 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5201 5202 5203 5204 5210

Fatal

Fatal

Remove the top cover and check for a media jam at the prediverter. Remove any jammed media. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Remove the top cover and check for a media jam at the diverter/retard area. Remove any jammed media. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5211

Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-27

Table 4.16 Autoloader Error Codes (Continued) Code 5220 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Open the paper bin door and check if the paper bin is full or there is paper jamming the entry slot. Remove the top cover and check for a paper jam at the diverter/retard area. Close the paper bin door and replace the top cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Remove the top cover and check for a plate jam between the autoloader and the engine. Remove any jammed media. If necessary, wind the media into the drum to aid removal. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5221

Fatal

5230 5231 5240 5241 5250

Fatal

Non-Fatal

Check that the cassette is fully inserted into the autoloader. There will be a click when the cassette is fully home. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check that the cassette is fully inserted into the autoloader. There will be a click when the cassette is fully home. Check the ID strip on the cassette front is not damaged, for example, scratched. If the error recurs or the cassette ID is damaged, call your local service centre. Check that there is media in the cassette. Check that the media is at the leading edge of the cassette. Replace the cassette. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Remove the top cover and check for a media jam before the pre-diverter. Remove any jammed media. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5251

Non-Fatal

5252

Non-Fatal

5253 5254 5255 5256

Fatal

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Table 4.16 Autoloader Error Codes (Continued) Code 5257 Type


Fatal

Recovery
Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Close the paper bin door. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5260

Non-Fatal

5261 5269 5270 5271 5272 5273 5274 5275 5276

Fatal

Fatal

Check that the cassette is fully inserted into the autoloader. There will be click when the cassette is fully home. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Remove the top cover and check for a media jam at the diverter. Remove any jammed media. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Open the paper bin door and check for jammed paper. Remove the top cover and check for a jam in the paper path. Remove any jammed media. Close the paper bin door and replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. If the system does not recover automatically, reboot the engine. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5300

Fatal

5301

Fatal

5302

Non-Fatal

LUXEL V-6 CTP 4-29

Table 4.16 Autoloader Error Codes (Continued) Code 5310 5311 Type
Fatal

Recovery
Open the user door and check for paper in the drum. Remove any paper in the drum. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Remove the top cover and check for jammed media preventing the cassette lid from closing. Remove any jammed media. Replace the cover, the engine will reboot automatically. Check the RIP queue or the exposed plates and retry any failed jobs.If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check if paper has been inserted into the MLS. Remove any paper and insert a plate into the MLS. The machine should then continue as normal. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Check if the plate in the MLS is incorrectly positioned. Reposition the plate. The machine should then continue as normal. If the error recurs, call your local service centre. Close the MLS flap. The machine should then continue as normal. If any plates are fogged, retry the failed jobs. If the error recurs, call your local service centre.

5312

Fatal

5313

Non-Fatal

5314

Non-Fatal

5315

Non-Fatal

4.5 Using Diagnostic Tools


4.5.1 How to Run Self-Tests
See also Table 2.4 on page 2-13. You can select Run Diagnostics from the Customer Diagnostics menu on the PAUSE keypad to start a set of automatic self-tests on all the main modules. This will provide the following results:

If all the tests pass, the Run Diagnostics page re-appears with a
Pass icon to indicate that the fault has cleared.
RUN DIAGNOSTICS

If a single test fails the Error Handling page is displayed


showing an Error Code. These tests provide confidence checks for the operator, indicating that the main control systems of the platesetter are functioning

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correctly. Normally, the self-tests are not run unless an Error Handling screen shows a particular fault that needs to be assessed in more detail by the local Service Centre. For processor diagnostics you will need to refer to the processor documentation. Run the self-tests as follows:

1. Before selecting Run Diagnostics, make sure that images are no


longer downloading. Running tests will abort any current image transfers to the engine. Obtain the Diagnostics menu in PAUSE mode. Wait for the Image Not Downloading icon to appear (if downloading) and select Run Diagnostics to open the Run Diagnostics page:

Figure 4.5 Run Diagnostics page: manual-loading

2. Press Confirm to start the tests.


While each self-test runs, the Run Diagnostics page shows icons for the main electronic control boards changing from grey to bold as soon as their tests succeed.

3. If all the tests pass, then the page shows a Pass icon:

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4. Press Return to reboot the engine and commence imaging.


If the test persistently fails, note the error and call your local Service Centre.

4.5.2 How to Expose Stock Images


When Expose Stock Image is selected from the Customer Diagnostics menu you can expose a test image. Each named image file is selectable from the following typical Expose Stock Image page:

CONFIRM

Figure 4.6 Expose Stock Image page: typical images This test facility provides the default images shown in Figure 4.6 on page 4-31. Stock images are available for exposing when you need to periodically measure for:

   

Screen quality Raster quality Vignette quality Moir quality

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Dot prediction.

The number and type of images available for selection depends on your installation and jobs. Stock images are normally customised for the site, or are specially generated as commissioning pages for servicing visits. In addition, extra images that match your new production requirements can be added to the list at any time. See your local Service centre for more information. Run a stock image as follows:

1. Make sure the correct type of plate for the image size is prepared
and ready for loading.

2. Highlight a stock image in the list box and press Confirm to add
the image to the job queue. After processing the image plate, check it for production quality. If there is a problem, call your local Service Centre for further help.

4.5.3 How to Create/Save/Delete Error Logs


When a fatal error occurs, an Error Log file is automatically generated and saved to the Error Log database held on the PC. These error files can be copied and stored in a location of your choice for sending to a service engineer via e-mail. Alternatively, they can be deleted from the Error Log database.

4.5.3.1 Create an Error Log


You can generate an error log (ELOG) of the system state at the time of the error.

1. While in PAUSE mode, select Run Diagnostics and Create Log


option to open a Create Log Snapshot page:

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CONFIRM

Figure 4.7 Create Log Snapshot page

2. Select Confirm to generate an Error Log while a Wait Timer icon is


displayed. When the timer finishes, the log is ready for saving to your desired location.

4.5.3.2 Save an Error Log


To save an Error Log file to a local or network folder:

1. Select the Save Log File option to display:

LOG FILE VERSION

CONFIRM SAVE OR DELETE LOG

Figure 4.8 Save/Dump Log File page

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This shows a listing of the Error Logs identifiable by date and time.

2. Select the log for saving and press Confirm Save. 3. A Save As... window will appear for you to rename and save the
log to a desired location.
NOTE: Save the file directly into a folder and not into a folder shortcut.

4. Alternatively, select a file for deleting and press Confirm Delete.

LUXEL V-6 PRODUCT DATA


This chapter provides the user with product data about the Luxel V-6 media supported and the platesetter environment.

Media Data.................................................................................................... 5-1 Platesetter Data ........................................................................................... 5-6

5.1 Media Data


5.1.1 Media Types
Images can be exposed on the following plate type:

Fuji LP-NV aluminium photopolymer plates.

5.1.2 Max/Min Plate Size and Imaging


The Luxel V-6 plate size and imaging areas are:

 

Maximum and minimum plate imaging area: see Figure 5.1 on page 5-2. Maximum and minimum plate sizes for portrait and landscape imaging: see Figure 5.2 on page 5-3.

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LEAD EDGE (LANDSCAPE) 2 - 12 mm

2 mm

a) WITH PUNCH FITTED

2 mm

LEAD EDGE (LANDSCAPE)

2 mm

2 mm

b) WITHOUT PUNCH FITTED

2 mm

IMAGED AREA

Figure 5.1 plate imaging area: with and without a punch

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0 mm 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 mm

0 mm

100 290 mm (MIN) 200

MIN
300 320 mm (MIN) 400 686 mm (MAX)

500

600

MAX
700 mm 765 mm (MAX) ASPECT RATIO 1.1:1

a) LANDSCAPE PLATES
0 mm 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 mm

0 mm

100 381 mm (MIN)

200

300

MIN
400 279 mm (MIN) 500

AVAILABLE IN LANDSCAPE MODE

686 mm (MAX)

600

700 mm 510 x 686 mm

ASPECT RATIO 1.37:1

b) PORTRAIT PLATES

Figure 5.2 Luxel V-6 minimum/maximum plate sizes

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5.1.3 Laser Light and Safelight Data


The Luxel V-6 CTP exposes images with a laser beam in the Violet spectrum at 405 nm wavelength range. A yellow safelight (FV-30) must be fitted in the plate loading room for loading cassettes. Maximum safelight exposure time is 6 minutes at 60 Lux. A safe working exposure time for platesetter room lighting conditions is set during product installation. The safelight filter type for photopolymer plates is Encapsulite
International FV-30.

A fully-automatic system operates in office light conditions (6001000 Lux) without plate fogging if all covers and doors are closed (The loading of plates into cassettes requires safelight conditions).
NOTE: A fully-automatic system with a manual loading slot requires safelight loading.

An optional yellow filter can be fitted to the RIP/PCI monitor if it is sited in a safelight area. A cassette with protective covering will protect plates from fogging indefinitely.

5.1.4 Media Thickness


Variants use the following plate thickness:

   

0.15 mm (0.006 in / 6 gauge) 0.20 mm (0.008 in / 8 gauge) 0.24 mm (0.009 in / 10 gauge) 0.30 mm (0.012 in / 12 gauge).

5.1.5 Output Data


5.1.5.1 Dot Types and Shapes
The platesetter is a hard dot engine that uses the following dot shapes (subject to available screen sets):

euclidean.

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Halftone dot shape is a function of the screen process.

5.1.5.2 Screen Options


Screens available are:

   

FFQS (AM screening from 65 to 200 lpi) FM (as an option) Co-Res (as an option) Celebrant Extreme Screen Set Generator.

5.1.5.3 Resolution and Spot Sizes


Resolutions, listed in Table 5.1 on page 5-5, are available as options that can be installed at the factory or added at a later stage. Note that higher resolutions, using more memory, are factory-fitted. Table 5.1 Resolution and spot size options Options 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (optional extra) 8 (optional extra) dpi
1200 1219 1270 2400 2438 2540 3600

d/mm
47.2 48 50 94.5 96 100 141

Spot Size (m)


26.0 - 31.3 26.0 - 31.3 26.0 - 31.3 13.0 - 15.6 13.0 - 15.6 13.0 - 15.6 13.0 - 15.6

3657

144

13.0 - 15.6

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5.2 Platesetter Data


5.2.1 Electrical Data
Basic electrical requirements for the platesetter are set out in Table 5.2 on page 5-6. Table 5.2 Electrical data Electrical
Circuit breaker Mains input voltage Phase Typical current (max)

Data
10 A (slow acting) 230 VAC +/- 10% (47-63 Hz) Single 6.3 A

5.2.2 Safety Isolator


A safety isolator switch must always be fitted and readily accessible to the Engine. The switch must be marked ON and OFF.

5.2.3 Punch Options


The punch options available are:

    

Komori Heidelberg DS Man Roland Custom.

Distance between the plate leading edge and image is not greater than 12 mm, see Figure 5.1 on page 5-2.

5.2.3.1 Platesetter Environment


Correct environment conditions for operating a platesetter are vital for quality imaging. Table 5.3 on page 5-7 shows the minimum Fujifilm specified range of allowable conditions for

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correct operation and imaging. Table 5.3 Platesetter environment Environment Condition
Temperature Temperature Change Humidity Humidity Change Altitude Dust Level

Minimum Specification
18 - 29 C <2 C 20-70% non-condensing <5% RH per hour <1,800 m (5,906 ft) above sea level ISO 14644-1 Class 7

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USING THE STATUS PANEL


The engine is fitted with a status panel on the user side that gives the information about the state of the machine while jobs are running or plates are being manually loaded on the platen.

Introducing the Status Panel...................................................................... 6-1 Status Panel and System States ................................................................ 6-3 Status Panel and Loading........................................................................... 6-5

6.1 Introducing the Status Panel


A status panel is fitted as standard on all machines that do not have an optional MMI console. While operating an engine without MMI, you can directly check the current status of the platesetter workflow from the status panel shown in Figure 6.1 on page 6-2. The panel consists of a small Power On LED, a larger Confirm LED integrated into a Confirm Load button and an audible bleeper that allows the local operator to determine if the system is:

    

Switched off: the engine is not powered. Switched on: the engine is powered and about to boot up. Booting: the engine is now booting the software. Operating: the platesetter is in RUN mode. Not Operating: the platesetter has stopped because an error requires attention.

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The Confirm Load button, for a manual-loading system, is only used to start a plate load when the Autoload preference is disabled, see Section 6.3 on page 6-5.

CONFIRM LOAD BUTTON AND LED

STATUS PANEL

Figure 6.1 Status panel on the engine Figure 6.2 on page 6-3 shows the status panel with Confirm/Load button LED, bleeper and LED.

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CONFIRM LOAD BUTTON LED POWER ON LED AND BLEEPER

Figure 6.2 Status panel view

6.2 Status Panel and System States


Table 6.1 on page 6-4 summarises the LED and bleeper states when the system is: Switched off: press the Power On button to restart. Booting: wait until the LED stops flashing before loading media. Initialising: the engine is initialising the various modules needed for the engine to run successfully. Engine Ready: the engine is now ready to begin downloading jobs. Non-Fatal/Fatal Error: the engine has stopped because it requires attention. The LED will continue to flash until the error is cleared. Check the PCI Error Handling page if the problem is not easily rectified. An audible bleep signifies that the machine has a fatal error and needs the operators attention.
NOTE: If you are viewing this document in Acrobat Reader v6 place your cursor and click in the system status panel on the right hand side of Table 6.1 to display a brief animation of the status panel.

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.

Table 6.1 System status panel display Confirm/Load LED Power LED and Bleeper System Status: Switched Off Confirm LED: off Power LED: off Bleeper: silent Switched On Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Booting Confirm LED: flashing Power LED: flashing Bleeper: silent Initialising Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Engine Ready Confirm LED: off Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Non-Fatal Error Confirm LED: on Power LED: off Bleeper: silent

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Table 6.1 System status panel display (Continued) Confirm/Load LED Power LED and Bleeper System Status: Fatal Error Confirm LED: off Power LED: flashing Bleeper: audible

6.3 Status Panel and Loading


If your Luxel V-6 is manual-loading, an illuminated Confirm Load button on the panel allows you to start moving a loaded plate from the platen to the drum, or in the case of a fully-automatic engine, load plates from the cassette into the drum.
NOTE: If you are viewing this document in Acrobat Reader v6 place your cursor and click in the system status panel on the right hand side of Table 6.2 to display a brief animation of the status panel.

Table 6.2 Load LED and Bleep States Confirm/Load LED Power LED and Bleeper System Status: Waiting for Plate (manual/Semi) Confirm LED: on Power LED: flashing Bleeper: silent Waiting for Plate (FullyAutomatic) Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent

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Table 6.2 Load LED and Bleep States (Continued) Confirm/Load LED Power LED and Bleeper System Status: Ready to Confirm (Man/ Semi, Paused) Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Ready to Confirm (Man/ Semi, Running) Confirm LED: flashing Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Ready to Confirm (Fully-Automatic) Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Plate Confirmed Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Plate Loading Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Plate Conforming Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Plate Exposing Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent

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Table 6.2 Load LED and Bleep States (Continued) Confirm/Load LED Power LED and Bleeper System Status: Plate Ejecting Confirm LED: on Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Plate Ejected Confirm LED: off Power LED: on Bleeper: silent Fogging Timeout Confirm LED: off Power LED: on Bleeper: audible Plate in Manual Output (Man/Semi) Confirm LED: off Power LED: on Bleeper: audible Cassette Empty (Fully Automatic) Confirm LED: off Power LED: on Bleeper: audible Table 6.2 on page 6-5 summarises the LED and bleeper displays for the following machine load states: Waiting for Plate: Engine is waiting for a plate to be loaded from the platen or autoloader. Ready to Confirm: Confirm that the correct plate is on the platen or in the cassette ready for loading. Plate Confirmed: The correct plate is loaded onto the platen or cassette and is ready for loading.

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Plate Loading: The plate is now loading. Plate Conforming: A plate is being conformed to the drum. Plate Exposing: A plate is being exposed. Plate Ejecting: A plate is being ejected from the drum. Plate Ejected: A plate has been ejected from the engine. Fogging Timeout: A plate has been loaded onto the platen but not advanced to the drum, or a plate has ejected but not removed to a processor. There is a risk of fogging on the plate. Plate In Manual Output: A plate has ejected and is ready for collection. Cassette Empty: The cassette is empty and needs replacing.

OPTIONS AND UPDATES


This chapter provides user information for the latest software releases and available options.

Small Plate Option....................................................................................... 7-1 Using LuxelServer ....................................................................................... 7-3 Reviewing Licence Options........................................................................ 7-4 How to Calibrate Laser Exposure .............................................................. 7-5

7.1 Small Plate Option


7.1.1 How to Load Small Plates
If your manual-loading system has the Small Plate licence option enabled you can output a plate less than 350 mm x 350 mm in size. Small plate jobs on a manual-loading system are downloaded and imaged in the same way as standard size plates. The only difference is that the operator has to adjust the width on the platen centering guides before loading the plate.

1. The following RUN page shows the next job as a small plate.

7-2 OPTIONS AND UPDATES

ATTACH SMALL PLATE ADJUSTERS

Figure 7.1 RUN page: fit small plate adjusters

2. Attach the small plate adjusters to the centering guides as shown


in Figure 7.2 on page 7-2.

Figure 7.2 Attach the small plate adjusters

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NOTE: If the adjusters are not fitted an error is indicated when the plate starts to load.

3. Continue to select the PCI options for loading a normal size plate. 4. Remove the adjusters when the RUN page indicates the next job
as standard size.

7.2 Using LuxelServer


7.2.1 Launch the LuxelServer
1. LuxelServer, which operates as a web server for PCI, automatically
launches on start-up of the PC. The PC System Tray shows the LuxelServer Manager as a minimised icon:

2. Normally, you would not need to open or view the Manager


during job imaging. If, however, you need to check the Connection status to the engine, double-click on the LuxelServer Manager icon to obtain:

The message shows that the server is either Online or a Device not Attached. You can return the engine to Online by switching on the engine or, for a more complex failure, checking the FireWire cable connection to the engine.

7-4 OPTIONS AND UPDATES

7.3 Reviewing Licence Options


7.3.1 Review Licence Options
Use this function to check for the current list of options available for your engine and typically shown as:

1. Click on Review Licence Options to open:

LICENCE OPTION

MACHINE SERIAL NUMBER

Figure 7.3 Review Licence Options page

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There are three types of status buttons showing:


1. 2. 3.

Orange: this is an installed licence for a machine with the required system hardware and software enabled. Black: this shows the machine must have the required hardware to install the licence, for instance, a punch. Light Grey: this shows the machine must have the required software to install the licence, for instance, a resolution.

The machine serial number for the Luxel V-6 configuration is shown at the bottom of the page.

7.4 How to Calibrate Laser Exposure


Exposure calibration is required on a regular basis to ensure your Luxel V-6 continues to produce high-quality output. It is run to compensate for loss of power in the optics due to aging or contamination. The recommendation is to calibrate every time the processor is cleaned or serviced. Linearisation should then be verified to ensure the %dots are correct. During exposure calibration, the contamination on the spinner mirror is checked. If a warning is given, clean the spinner mirror. SeeClean the Spinner Mirror on page 3-6. When the system reboots, calibration automatically runs again to correct exposure. The system is initially calibrated during site installation. An exposure value of 50 (on the MMI and PCI) corresponds to the correct exposure for LP-NV plates. This is only changed if a new plate type is introduced and a request is made by your local service centre.

7-6 OPTIONS AND UPDATES

Before starting Exposure Calibration make sure that all jobs on the RIP are complete:

1. Click on Exposure Calibration in the PAUSE menu to obtain:


EXPOSURE CALIBRATION

EXPOSURE VALUE

CONFIRM CALIBRATION

Figure 7.4 Exposure Calibration menu An Exposure Value icon shows the current power as it images on the plate.
CAUTION: The Exposure Value is never edited or changed unless different media to Fuji LP-NV is used or at the request of the supplier.

Available options for Exposure Calibration are: Table 7.1 Exposure Calibration options Button Action
START CALIBRATION: Press and confirm to run a calibration sequence based on the current exposure level for each licenced resolution. Exposure calibration runs automatically at boot up after the spinner mirror has been cleaned. EDIT EXPOSURE: Press and confirm to manually set a new exposure level for all resolutions. Use this option if the plate supplier recommends a change to exposure.

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Table 7.1 Exposure Calibration options (Continued) Button Action


EXPOSURE INFORMATION: Press and confirm to obtain the ND (Neutral Density) Values page showing the ND values for all 8 resolutions. Use this option if you need to check the results of a calibration for a working resolution.

Once the level has been calibrated, click on the required button on the keypad for the next function.

7.4.0.1 Exposure Calibration


1. Press Start Calibration and while a Wait Timer icon appears the
machine measures power levels at the drum for each licenced resolution before calculating optimum ND settings.

2. An ND Values page then appears showing:

 

a Pass icon against each resolution that has passed a Non-Fatal Error icon against the resolution that has failed. This indicates that the resolution has reached the maximum power available.

EXPOSURE VALUE ND VALUE RESOLUTION TIME SINCE LAST CALIBRATION (hrs:min) FAILED PASSED

Figure 7.5 ND Values page

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3. Press Maintenance on the PAUSE keypad and clean the spinner


mirror before attempting another calibration. See Section Clean the Spinner Mirror on page 3-6.

4. If there are still failures for a required resolution, call your local
Support Centre.

5. Re-linearise from the RIP the system to adjust output quality.

7.4.0.2 Edit Exposure:


1. Press Edit Exposure to open the following page:

EXPOSURE VALUE

NUMERIC PAD

CONFIRM

Figure 7.6 Edit Exposure page


NOTE: an Exposure Value level has been defined during platesetter installation for the media type to be used. Extreme care should be taken when altering this level as it will affect the amount of laser light on the plate.

2. Enter an exposure value from 10 to 99 on the keypad. Use the


Delete button to remove and re-enter a new value.

3. Click on Confirm and a Wait Timer icon appears while the machine
sets the new level.

4. An ND Values page appears next, see Figure 7.5 on page 7-7,


showing which resolutions have passed and failed.

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5. Press Maintenance on the PAUSE keypad and clean the spinner


mirror before attempting another calibration. See Section Clean the Spinner Mirror on page 3-6. If there are still failures for a required resolution, call your local Support Centre.

7.4.0.3 Exposure Information


1. Press Exposure Information or run an Exposure Calibration to open
the ND Values page, see Figure 7.5 on page 7-7.

2. This page shows the results of the last calibration as either a pass
(Tick) or a fail (Non-Fatal Error) for a licenced resolution. It also shows:

 

Exposure Level: the current power setting. Time Since Last Calibration: the elapsed time in hours and minutes since the last calibration setting.

3. Press the next required function on the PAUSE keypad.

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INDEX
A
Autoload setting preferences, 2-23 Autoloader errors, 4-26

E
edit type, 2-27 Engine description, 1-7 obtaining information, 2-46 switch off, 2-19 switch on, 2-14 Engine Info options, 2-12 information, 2-12 open online manual, 2-12 review licence options, 2-12 save error log, 2-12 Error Logs creating, 4-32 saving, 4-33 Errors cover open, 2-18 fatal error, 2-18 log file saving, 2-46 processor comms, 2-18 recovering from, 4-8 Exposure Calibration calibrate laser exposure, 2-36, 7-5 exposure value icon, 2-37, 7-6 Options, 2-10 options edit exposure, 2-37, 7-6 start calibration, 2-37, 7-6

B
Baffle removal, 3-8 Booting autoloader icon, 2-17 icons, 2-17 input drum module, 2-17 optics module, 2-17 output drum module, 2-17 processor not ready, 2-17 system icon, 2-17 traverse module, 2-17

C
Cassettes auto-loading change, 2-32 selecting cassettes, 2-32

D
Diagnostics engineering, 2-6 option create log, 2-14 expose stock image, 2-13 open online manual, 2-13 run diagnostics, 2-13 save error log, 2-14 options, 2-13

F
Fatal Errors icon, 4-2 FireWire bus description, 2-1

INDEX-2

I
Information engineering, 2-7 Interleaf Bin emptying, 2-51 open, 2-9

M
Machine info, 2-46 Maintenance cleaning external panel, 3-2 cleaning the platesetter interior,
3-3

J
Job Queue manage, 3-5

L
Laser Light and Safelight Data, 5-4 encapsulite international, 5-4 violet spectrum, 5-4 yellow filter, 5-4 Licence enter new option key, 3-11 review options, 3-12, 7-4 Licences option page, 2-48 options, 2-47 options installed, 2-46 Log Files save, 2-49 Luxel V-6 System features, 1-2 platesetter, 1-2 RIP Interface, 1-2 introducing MMI, 1-2 PCI, 1-1 status panel, 1-2 variants, 1-5 workflow, 1-3 system variants, 1-5 LuxelServer, 2-15, 7-3

drum surface, 3-3 engine drum, 3-3 pullbar, 3-3 punch mechanism, 3-3 edit new media, 2-11 introducing, 3-1 PCI run time tasks, 3-1 check job queue, 3-1 check Licence Manager, 3-2 clean spinner mirror, 3-1 create new media, 3-2 empty chad tray, 3-1 empty interleaf bin, 3-1 review installed licences, 3-2 scheduled tasks, 3-1 engine interior, 3-1 engine panelling, 3-1 options, 2-11 clean spinner mirror, 2-11 create/edit media, 2-11 create/edit media type, 2-11 edit exposure, 2-10 empty chad tray, 2-11 enter new licence key, 2-11 exposure information, 2-10 manage job queue, 2-11 review licence option, 2-11 start calibration, 2-10 starting PCI optional tasks maintenance options page, 3-4 starting PCI run time tasks, 3-4 clean spinner mirror, 3-4, 3-6

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baffle, 3-7 isopropyl alcohol, 3-7 latex gloves, 3-7 lens tissue, 3-7 clean spinner mirror page, 3-7 create/edit media, 3-5 create/edit media type, 3-5 empty chad tray, 3-4, 3-8 manage job queue, 3-4, 3-5 manage job queue screen, 3-6 manage licence options, 3-4 remove the baffle, 3-8 review licence options, 3-5 starting scheduled tasks, 3-2 Media, 2-27 active cassette, 2-29 change cassette, 2-32 changing manual-loading, 2-29 create new type, 2-26 delete name, 2-25 delete type, 2-28 edit media name, 2-27 edit name, 2-25 info, 2-7, 2-50 job ticket, 2-23 media tools ejecting plate, 2-44 media handling devices, 2-40 media name, 2-41 media tools page, 2-41 output plate, 2-40 plate orientation, 2-41 using, 2-40 new media create new media page, 2-24 creating, 2-23 media type, 2-24 plate height, 2-24 plate quantity value, 2-24

plate width, 2-24 specify plate size, 2-23 new name, 2-24 obtaining information, 2-46 PCI media list, 2-29, 2-32 select cassette ID menu, 2-30 select for cassette, 2-29 select media name menu, 2-31 media delete media name, 2-28 Media Data media type, 5-1 plate size and imaging, 5-1 Media Info next media, 2-7 Media Thickness, 5-4 Media Tools open, 2-12 see Media, 2-40 Menus PAUSE, 2-3 RUN, 2-3 MMI change caseetes, 2-32 menu locking, 2-18

N
Non-Fatal Errors icon, 4-2

O
Operating PCI menu, 2-14 switch on, 2-14 engine, 2-14 PAT, 2-14 PCI application, 2-14 processor, 2-14 RIP application, 2-14

INDEX-4

with the processor, 2-45 comms disabled, 2-45 comms enabled, 2-45 comms off, 2-45 comms on, 2-45 processor not ready, 2-45 with the RIP, 2-44 Output Data, 5-4 dot type and shape, 5-4 euclidean, 5-4 resolution and spot sizes, 5-5 screen options, 5-5 celebrant extreme, 5-5 Co-Res, 5-5 FFQS, 5-5 FM, 5-5

P
PAT switch on, 2-14 PAT Filter Unit description, 1-8 Pause Mode, 2-7 keypad, 2-9 engine info, 2-12 exposure calibration, 2-9 maintenance, 2-10 clean the spinner, 2-10 create new media, 2-11 empty interleaf bin, 2-10 empty the chad tray, 2-10 manage the job queue, 2-10 open licence manager, 2-10 review licence options, 2-10 media info, 2-13 media tools, 2-12 run diagnostics, 2-13 select media, 2-9 set preferences, 2-12

menu, 2-7 machine information, 2-8 maintenance options, 2-8 media information, 2-8 run diagnostics, 2-8 run exposure calibration, 2-8 run media tools, 2-8 select new media, 2-8 wait timer, 2-7 PCI buttons confirm, 2-2 functions, 2-2 minimise, 2-3 options, 2-2 Return, 2-3 shutdown, 2-3 introducing buttons, 2-2 introducing icons, 2-2 launch application, 2-16 maintenance, 3-4 menu locking, 2-18 Menu Pages introducing, 2-1 PCI launch, 2-14 PCI-MMI Locking detecting, 2-18 Plates Plate Loading fully-automatic, 1-7 manual, 1-5 semi-automatic, 1-7 small plate option, 2-52, 7-1 Platesetter Data, 5-6 electrical data, 5-6 platesetter environment, 5-6 punch options, 5-6 safety isolator, 5-6 Power off, 2-19 on, 2-14

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Preferences processor options, 2-45 setting general, 2-21 menu, 2-22 options, 2-22 autoload disabled, 2-23 autoload enabled, 2-23 bleeper on/off, 2-22 next media size, 2-23 processor comms disabled,
2-23

next job orientation, 2-6 next job type, 2-6 spinning disk, 2-5 time to end current exposure,
2-6

S
Server see LuxelServer, 2-15, 7-3 Set Preferences, 2-8 Spinner cleaning mirror, 3-6 Stacker description, 1-8 Status Panel booting, 6-1 introducing, 6-1 load button, 6-2, 6-5 location, 6-2 manual load plate, 6-5 manual loading, 6-5 not operating, 6-1 operating, 6-1 switched off, 6-1 system states, 6-3 booting, 6-3 panel display, 6-4 requires operator, 6-3 switched off, 6-3 Stock Images exposing, 4-31 System obtain system information, 2-46 about machine, 2-46, 2-47 about machine screen, 2-47 dump log file, 2-49 launch online manual, 2-46 licence options installed, 2-46,

processor comms enabled,


2-23

units of measurement, 2-22 select language, 2-22 Processor comms link, 2-45 description, 1-8 operating with PCI, 2-45 switch on, 2-14 Punch options, 5-6 Punch Options leading edge distance, 5-6

R
RIP operating with PCI, 2-44 Run Mode engine info, 2-7 current preferences, 2-7 licence options, 2-7 online manual, 2-7 save log file, 2-7 software modules, 2-7 menu engineering diagnostics, 2-6 exposure progress, 2-5 next job number, 2-6

INDEX-6

2-47

licence options page, 2-48 machine info, 2-46 media info, 2-50 cassette ID, 2-51 job ID, 2-51 media name, 2-51 media info page, 2-50 open user guide, 2-48 open user guide page, 2-48 save log file, 2-46 save log file page, 2-49 shutdown wait page, 2-20 switch off, 2-19, 2-21

T
Troubleshooting errors diagnostic tools, 4-29 run diagnostics, 4-30 table autoloader errors, 4-26 codes, groups, modules, 4-7 diagnostic errors, 4-17 drum errors, 4-20 environmental errors, 4-12 input conveyor errors, 4-20 input data path errors, 4-14 media control errors, 4-18 optic errors, 4-8 output conveyor errors, 4-22 output data path errors, 416

understanding, 4-2 cross-cut view, 4-5 error codes, 4-6 error group icons, 4-6 error groups, 4-6 error handling page, 4-3 error reports page, 4-4 fatal, 4-2 non-fatal, 4-2 open engineering info, 4-4 PCI error handling, 4-1 closedown sequence, 4-2 customer diagnostics, 4-1 engineering diagnostics, 4-1 error reports, 4-1 traverse carriage, 4-2

U
User Guide launch, 2-48 User Manual opening online version, 2-46

V
Vacuum Pump Unit description, 1-9 Variants fully-automatic, 1-7 Manual, 1-5 Semi-Automatic, 1-7 V-6 systems, 1-5

W
Workflow, 1-3

output platen errors, 4-19 processor errors, 4-16 run self tests, 4-29 spinner errors, 4-12 system errors, 4-25 traverse errors, 4-11