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  • CHAPTER 1 INSTALLATION PROCEDURES
  • PREPARING THE CUTTING ENVIRONMENT
  • PARTS LIST
  • UNPACKING AND SETTING UP THE SC CUTTER
  • CUTTER PARTS & COMPONENTS
  • CONTROL PANEL
  • CONNECTING THE CUTTER TO THE COMPUTER
  • CONNECTING THE POWER CABLE
  • INSTALLING A TOOL
  • LOADING MEDIA
  • CHAPTER 2 CUTTER CONTROLS
  • UNDERSTANDING THE CONTROL PANEL
  • GENERAL PROCEDURE TO CHANGE SETTINGS ON THE CUTTER
  • TOOL PRESETS / TOOLTYPE SELECTION
  • SPEED SELECTION
  • ACCELERATION SELECTION
  • PAGE LENGTH
  • ALIGNMENT FEATURE TO PERFORM CONTOUR CUTS
  • RESET & CLEAR FUNCTION
  • CHAPTER 3 CUTTER SETTINGS & SPECIAL FUNCTIONS
  • SET-UP SHEET OPERATION
  • GENERAL SETTINGS
  • COMMUNICATION SETTINGS
  • LANGUAGE SETTINGS
  • RESET-TO-FACTORY DEFAULTS
  • CHAPTER 4 FINETUNING YOUR CUTTER TO OBTAIN MUTOH QUALITY
  • ADJUSTING THE KNIFE DEPTH
  • SETTING THE CUTTING PRESSURE / TEST SQUARES
  • OFFSET PRINCIPLE
  • OFFSET EFFECT
  • OFFSET ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE
  • POUNCING / PUNCHING SET-UP
  • PERFORMING A TEST CUT
  • GENERATING A PARAMETER SETTINGS PLOT
  • CHAPTER 5 PLOTTER MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING
  • CLEANING & DAILY MAINTENANCE
  • WEAR & TEAR
  • TROUBLESHOOTING
  • CHECKING THE COMMUNICATION SETTINGS
  • ERROR MESSAGES
  • SC SERIES CUTTING PLOTTERS: MEDIA COMPATIBILITY
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
  • PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS SC SERIES
  • INDEX

MUTOH EUROPE N.V.

Part n°: AP-75025 Rev. 1.1 - 10/12/2001

AP-75025 Rev 1.1. - 10/12/01

MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
COPYRIGHT ã 2001 Mutoh Europe N.V. All rights reserved. This document may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without written permission of the copyright owner. This document is furnished to support the MUTOH SC Series cutting plotters. In consideration of the furnishing of the information contained in this document, the party to whom it is given assumes its custody and control and agrees to the following: 1. The information herein contained is given in confidence, and any part thereof shall not be copied or reproduced without written consent of Mutoh Europe N.V. 2. This document or the contents herein under no circumstances, shall be used in the manufacture or reproduction of the article shown and the delivery of this document shall not constitute any right or license to do so.

FCC WARNING
This equipment complies with the requirements for a class A computing device in the FCC rules, part 15, subpart J. Operation of this device in a residential area may interfere with television reception or operation of utilities. Cutters generate weak radio signals and may interfere with television reception and utilities. If the cutter does interfere with radio or TV reception, try the following: · Change the direction of your radio and TV reception antenna or feeder. · Change the direction of the cutter. · Move either the cutter or the receiving antenna so that there is more distance between them. · Be sure the cutter and the receiving antenna are on separate power lines.

AP-75025 Rev 1.1. - 10/12/01

MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide

AP-75025 Rev 1.1. - 10/12/01

MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide Dear Customer. AP-75025 Rev 1. you have become the owner of one of the most versatile single-tool cutters in the market. of the highest quality and has been assembled with the application of the most stringent quality checks. . By purchasing an SC series cutter.10/12/01 . It is fast.1. it is easy to use. But even more important. as the following guide will show you. reliable.

.MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide AP-75025 Rev 1.1.10/12/01 .

.................................................................................................................................................48 CHAPTER 4 FINETUNING YOUR CUTTER TO OBTAIN MUTOH QUALITY ...............................................................59 Generating a parameter settings plot ..........................................15 Connecting the power cable.....................................1 CHAPTER 1 INSTALLATION PROCEDURES ................14 Connecting the cutter to the computer ..................................................34 CHAPTER 3 CUTTER SETTINGS & SPECIAL FUNCTIONS ...............26 Tool presets / Tooltype selection ...........................17 Loading media...................9 Preparing the cutting environment ........................................16 Installing a tool .........................................45 Language settings....................................................60 AP-75025 Rev 1.18 CHAPTER 2 CUTTER CONTROLS ......................................................................................................54 Offset adjustment procedure...................................................................................................................................................................................................................57 Performing a test cut ....10/12/01 .............................................................................................11 Cutter parts & components .9 Parts list ..................50 Setting the cutting pressure / Test squares..................................................................................................10 Unpacking and setting up the SC cutter.............................................................................. ...................................................49 Adjusting the knife depth......................................................................37 General settings ..........................................................................................................1...............55 Pouncing / Punching set-up .................................................54 Offset effect....................................................................................................31 Alignment feature to perform contour cuts ..................................30 Page length ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide TABLE OF CONTENTS SC CUTTING PLOTTERS USER’S GUIDE.............................................................................................23 General procedure to change settings on the cutter ................................................................23 Understanding the control panel ..................................................................27 Force selection....................................................................................................................................................30 Acceleration selection .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................53 Offset principle ...................12 Control panel.33 Reset & clear function .........................................40 Communication settings....................................................................................................................................47 Reset-to-factory defaults ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................29 Speed selection....................................................................................................37 Set-up sheet operation...............

...............................................................................................75 Physical dimensions SC series ........67 Error messages............MEDIA COMPATIBILITY & DIMENSIONS75 SC Series cutting plotters: Media compatibility .............1.........................................................................................................76 INDEX ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ .........61 Cleaning & Daily maintenance ..............................................................................75 What’s in the box? .....................10/12/01 ..........................................................................................................MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 5 PLOTTER MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING ..............................................................77 AP-75025 Rev 1............................................66 Checking the communication settings....69 CHAPTER 6 SC SERIES CUTTING PLOTTERS ........61 Wear & Tear.....................................63 Troubleshooting ........................................

Temperature : 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F) ¨ ¨ ¨ Please protect your cutter from moisture. Page 9 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 .Humidity : 50% to 65%. . non-condensing. dust. leave at least 90 cm in front and 90 cm at the rear.Temperature : Room temperature 16°C to 32°C (61°F to 90°F) . · Recommended environment .Temperature : 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F) . Avoid unnecessary vibrations and set up your cutter on a level surface.1.Temperature : 2°C per hour. When selecting a place for your cutter.75% non-condensing. · Storage environment .Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 1 INSTALLATION PROCEDURES PREPARING THE CUTTING ENVIRONMENT The location where you set up your equipment is very important.Humidity : 5% per hour. draughts and direct sunlight. Please see to it that it meets following conditions : ¨ ¨ Power supply of 100 to 120 VAC 50/60 Hz or 200 to 240 VAC 50/60 Hz. . It is best to keep your machine away from open windows and air-conditioners. as shown in the illustration below. Ambient Conditions : · Operating environment . See to it that there is an adequate space around the cutter so that ventilation is not obstructed. · Variation rate .Humidity : 35% .

I) Optional RS-232 or parallel interface cable. .10/12/01 . G) Spare cutting mat (1 pc). H) Power Cord.1.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PARTS LIST Contents of the plotter box : A) Plotter unit with roll support system. (1 pc – preinstalled in tool head) F) Set of 2 water-based fibre tip pens.50 mm). 2 conveyor rolls and small guiding flanges. B) MUTOH SC Series User’s Guide. C) One knife holder with pre-mounted cutting blade D) Set of 2 spare cutting blades and 1 spring for cutting jobs (45°/ Offset 0. E) Blade for auto sheet-off. Page 10 AP-75025 Rev 1.

Take out the accessories box. Do not dismantle the unit · · · To unpack the cutter: 1. 2. 4. Protect the plotter from firm shocks. Consult your dealer if anything seems to be missing. . Lifting the machine out of the box should be done by two people.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide UNPACKING AND SETTING UP THE SC CUTTER · When unpacking the cutter. please refer to the instructions for mounting the stand. If you had your cutter delivered with a stand. protecting the tool head during transportation.1. Remove all plastic wrapping materials. Page 11 AP-75025 Rev 1. Remove the pieces of foam. Details about weight and dimensions of the units can be found in chapter 6. 3. check whether all parts described in the parts list are included in the box.10/12/01 . Lift the cutter unit out of the box and put it on a flat and stable surface. 5.

10/12/01 .Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CUTTER PARTS & COMPONENTS Page 12 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. .

RS-232 serial interface connector to connect the cutter to the host computer. Supports the cutting media and guides the movement of the media along the x-axis. The tool head moves along the Yaxis to locate the cutting position. the cutter will not work with the cover open. Switches the cutting plotter ON or OFF. . Lowering the pressure rollers will hold the media in place. Hold the media against the drive rollers during cutting. which plugs into the main power supply of the cutter. These flanges on the conveyor rolls will prevent the roll of media from shifting to the left or to the right when vinyl is pulled off the roll during the pre-feed cycle. 4) 5) 6) Roll Support System : Conveyor Rolls : Small guiding Flanges : 7) 8) 9) Hold Lever : Platen & Grid Cover : Cutting Mat : 10) Serial Interface Connector : 11) Parallel Interface Connector : 12) Power Connector : 13) Dual Action Tool head for Cutting and Sheeting Off: 14) Drive Rollers : 15) Pressure Rollers : Page 13 AP-75025 Rev 1. The cover will also prevent objects from falling into the cutting zone. Raises and lowers the pressure rollers. All available tools such as knife holders. Centronics parallel connector to connect the cutter to the host computer’s printer port for fast data transfer. For safety reasons. Move the cutting media along the X-axis. When using roll media for cutting jobs.10/12/01 . The roll support system carries the conveyor rolls. Connector for the power cord.1. Provides a reliable cutting surface and minimizes damage to the knife tip. drawing pens and painting pens can be secured into the head using the locking screw. put the roll of media on top of the two conveyor rolls.Installation Procedures Part 1) 2) 3) Control Panel : Power Switch : Carriage Cover : MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide Description Panel with indicator LEDs and control keys.

. you can access different modes and alter several settings.1.10/12/01 . error messages and function confirmation 10) ONLINE-LED indicator Please do not use sharp or pointed tools like ball-points or pencils to press keys. 6) MENU Selection Keys : To select the parameter you want to alter. The panel is to be operated with your finger tips. The enter key.Alignment ). 7) Value + & . also gives access to special functions indicated by the blue text on the control panel. 8) LED indicators for plotter parameter and tool selection indication 9) LED bar for value indications.Keys : To change a parameter’s value or setting. you can also activate the alignment function ( See Chapter 2: Cutter Controls . 1) 2) 3) JOG-keys : Keys for manual movement of the tool head ON-LINE : Key to switch between OFF-LINE and ON-LINE mode ORIGIN : When this key is pressed. a new origin is set at the present location of the tool head. Using the ORIGIN key. marked with a blue dot.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CONTROL PANEL Using the control panel. 4) PAGE : Performs auto-sheet-off or performs media pre-feed cycle and gives access to the replot / copy function 5) ENTER : To confirm changes and accept settings. in order to fine-tune the cutter to match all your needs. Page 14 AP-75025 Rev 1.

the second one using the parallel interface. b) Secure the lock pins to the connector. · Using the serial communication. the first one using the serial interface. The cutter is equipped with a standard RS-232C DB-25P connector on the rear panel and requires a standard RS-232C dB25S mating connector. b) Fasten the screws to secure the connector. · Please be advised that the parallel interface only works one-way. The first possibility is a high-speed unidirectional 8-bit parallel Centronics interface. The second possibility is a 2-way RS-232C serial interface. . Consequently. SERIAL INTERFACE The serial RS-232C interface enables the cutter to be connected to and controlled by an RS-232C compatible host computer system.). you are offered two possibilities. but will also be able to send information to the computer (media size. Connect one end of the parallel interface cable / serial interface cable to the parallel interface connector / serial interface connector at the back side of the cutting plotter. it will be necessary to match the computer settings to the plotter settings ! Page 15 AP-75025 Rev 1. . a) Make sure both the cutter and the computer are turned off.1. c) Connect the other end of the parallel printer cable to your computer. it is also possible to connect two different computers to the cutter.10/12/01 ..Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CONNECTING THE CUTTER TO THE COMPUTER To make the connection between the cutter and the computer. This means that the cutter can receive data from the computer but cannot send any information to the computer. your cutter will not only be able to receive data from the computer.. software polling for media size will not be available when using parallel communication. · For proper operation of the serial communication. The cutter will automatically determine on which port data is coming in and will handle the jobs one by one. c) Connect the other end of the serial cable to your computer. PARALLEL INTERFACE All you need to make this connection is a parallel printer cable. Of course.

.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CONNECTING THE POWER CABLE 1) Make sure the plotter’s power switch is turned OFF. 3) Plug the other end of the power cable into an electrical outlet of the correct voltage and with a proper grounding. Page 16 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . 2) Plug the plotter-end of the power cable into the connector at the back of the plotter.1.

10/12/01 . you will find a pivoting mounting bracket. Hold back the clip of the tool head and slide the tool into position. Opening this bracket will enable you to install a full range of cutting and drawing tools. Page 17 AP-75025 Rev 1.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide INSTALLING A TOOL At the right-hand side of the cutter head. . making sure the tool collar fits into the groove just beneath the locking screw.1. Fasten the screw to secure the tool into position. 1) 2) 3) Open the screw to unlock the tool head mounting bracket.

put the pressure rollers (2) in the “up” position using the media hold lever (6) and turn the power switch (3) ON. Doing this you are helped by the tactile and audible click system for the left pressure roller. Always make sure that the pressure rollers are completely inside the sheet of the media you want to load. It is best to position the media so that half of it hangs in front and half of it hangs at the back of the cutter. Especially when you use a cut-sheet of which the corners are not perfectly square. LOADING CUT SHEET MEDIA 1) Close the safety cover (1). Page 18 AP-75025 Rev 1. it is best to put the pressure rollers well inside the vinyl as the width of the sheet may vary. The first situation is when you are using cut-sheet media. 3) Adjust the position of the pressure rollers (2) so that they align well with the drive rollers (5).10/12/01 . marker lines (4) have been affixed for alignment purposes (1). . it is necessary to clearly distinguish two situations.1. On the aluminium extrusion. The cutter will perform its initialization routine and move the tool head to the rightmost position. 2) Open the protective cover (1) and insert the media into the cutter.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide LOADING MEDIA When loading media into the cutter. The second situation is when you are using a roll of media. The right pressure roller’s movement is limited so that it can never be malpositioned.

enabling the cutter to determine the media size and enabling you to verify the media transport. ready to receive data from the host computer. .e. Please note that the middle pressure roller should always be placed on top of a grid roller. When not using the left pressure roller (i. Do not try to move the pressure rollers when the media hold lever is in the down position as this may cause damage to the system. 4) Put the hold lever (6) in the DOWN position and close the cover.10/12/01 .Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide In case you are using an SC-1000 or larger. not on top of a grid roller). the tool head will be parked at the origin position and the cutter will be in ON-LINE mode. during which the cutter will measure the loaded sheet. you have the opportunity to use either two or three pressure rollers. The sheet will be shuffled back and forth. This action will initialize the media loading sequence.1. depending on the width of the vinyl you are using. when loading vinyl of a small width). the left pressure roller should be placed at the extreme left of the cutter (that is. Page 19 AP-75025 Rev 1. 5) After finishing the media loading sequence.

10/12/01 .2”) inside the media. Page 20 AP-75025 Rev 1. Please do not use the marker lines to align a roll of media! They are for use with cut-sheets only! Rolls can only be correctly installed using the EQUAL TENSION METHOD. 3) Adjust the position of the pressure rollers (2) so that they align well with the drive rollers (5) and that they can accommodate the roll of vinyl. you are helped by the tactile and audible click system for the left pressure roller. Always make sure that both pressure rollers are at least 5 mm (0.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide LOADING ROLL MEDIA 1) Close the safety cover (1). It is not recommendable that the rollers run on the very edge of the material. The right pressure roller’s movement is limited so that it can never be malpositioned. Open the protective cover and pull the media through to be able to choose the best possible position for the pressure rollers. Doing this. . put the pressure rollers (2) in the “up” position and turn the power switch (3) ON. The cutter will perform its initialisation routine and move the tool head to the rightmost position.1. 2) Position the roll of media onto the conveyor rolls (7).

4) Close the protective cover. you have the opportunity to use either two or three pressure rollers. put the hold lever (6) in the DOWN position.10/12/01 . the roll itself. depending on the width of the vinyl you are using. The media will be shuffled back and forth enabling you to verify the media transport. the tool head will be parked at the origin position and the cutter will be in ON-LINE mode. When not using the left pressure roller (i. 7) After finishing the media loading sequence. the left pressure roller should be placed at the extreme left of the cutter (that is.Page Length). (= Equal Tension method).Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide In case you are using an SC-1000 or larger. 6) At this stage.1. The page length ( pre-feed length ) is factory-set to 1 m (40”) and can be adjusted by the user (Chapter 2 . As you are holding the roll firmly into position. pull the front edge of the media forward so that there is an even tension across the whole width of the roll. . 5) It is best that you hold the front edge of the media in the middle with one hand and with the other hand. not on top of a grid roller). when loading vinyl of a small width). during which the cutter will shuffle a pre-set distance of vinyl. Please note that the middle pressure roller should always be placed on top of a grid roller. ready to receive data from the host computer Page 21 AP-75025 Rev 1.e. This action will initialize the media loading sequence. Adjust the position of the small conveyor flanges so that they are just alongside the roll of vinyl.

5) The cutter will now sheet off the media.1. proceed as follows: 1) Insert the media to be cut (straight) into the cutter as if you were loading either a roll or a cut sheet. as described before.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide STRAIGHTENING THE VINYL EDGE USING THE AUTO-SHEET-OFF UTILITY The auto-sheet-off mechanism of your cutter can be very easily used to cut the front edge of a new roll of vinyl straight as well as to cut off a sheet of vinyl from a roll. . See also CHAPTER 2 . To do this. To adjust this force. The default FORCE used for automatic sheet-off is 500 grams. 3) Press the PAGE key to request a sheet-off sequence.10/12/01 . You will get visual confirmation of your request by the LED-bar which will be showing a specific LED sequence.CUTTER CONTROLS . producing a neat edge.TOOL SELECTION Page 22 AP-75025 Rev 1. 4) Now lower the media hold lever and close the cutter’s cover. to be used as a separate sheet. 2) Make sure to leave the media hold lever in the UP position. select the TOOL-UP status and set the FORCE to the desired value. to start the sequence.

In ON-LINE MODE. . the cutter automatically switches to ON-LINE Mode. Page Length ( pre-feed length ) and Origin. The cutter can only be switched to ON-LINE MODE after media has been loaded.10/12/01 . Accelerations. Forces. Possible actions from the user in ON-LINE mode are : Setting a new origin and initiating a sheet-off action. Page 23 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. Each operating mode will enable specific functions from the control panel. the user can browse through the actual parameter settings without changing them. Furthermore. Speeds. In OFF-LINE mode. After loading media.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 2 CUTTER CONTROLS UNDERSTANDING THE CONTROL PANEL The ON-LINE button is used to switch between the OFF-LINE and the ON-LINE mode of your cutter. the host computer is able to communicate with the cutter and the cutter software can take control of the cutting activity. which is indicated by the ON-LINE LED next to the ON-LINE button. the user is in control of the cutter and will have the liberty to alter the cutter settings such as : Tool Selection.

This procedure is explained further in Chapter 2 under the item: Alignment feature to perform contour cuts. The page key’s second function is to start the automatic replot/sheet-off function of the last file. indicating the number of copies to be cut. If no design has been cut at the spot where the tool head is parked when pressing the PAGE button. the origin is located at the lower right (when standing in front of the cutting plotter). The PAGE key has two functions and is available only in ON-LINE mode. the cutter will auto-cut at the present location. locate the tool head at the desired origin position. a LED will start blinking. b) On the LED bar. It will move slowly for 2 seconds and speed up afterwards.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide The JOG-keys are always active.2”) beyond the sign and will perform an autocut. The position where the auto-sheet-off occurs depends of the situation. A new ORIGIN point can be set in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. They enable the user to manually move the tool head and the media. If the tool head is located beyond the borders of the vinyl. the head will move accordingly. The ORIGIN key allows the user to register a new origin point. The ORIGIN determines the position where the plotter can start cutting on the media. When a design has already been cut. . When pressing the TOP or BOTTOM JOG-key. the tool head will move to a location 5 mm (0. To register a new origin point. the new origin point will be rejected. which has been sent to the cutter.10/12/01 . all data that was sent since the last INITIALISATION command (“IN”). if media has been loaded. leaving the ORIGIN unchanged. When pressing the LEFT or RIGHT JOG-key. the cutter being ON-LINE or OFF-LINE the protective cover being open or closed. It will move slowly for 2 seconds and speed up afterwards. The ORIGIN key also is used to activate the ALIGNMENT FUNCTION. 2) Press the ORIGIN key. proceed as follows : 1) Using the JOG keys.1. A specific LED-sequence on the LED-bar will confirm your action. Page 24 AP-75025 Rev 1. Please proceed as follows: a) Press the PAGE key for about two seconds. This can be necessary in order to examine specific details of the sign or to set a new origin. The first function is the immediate initiation of the AUTO-SHEET-OFF function. By default. the media (if loaded) will move accordingly. This means.

The available parameters are : TOOL. SPEED. All the other LEDs show the ON-LINE-STATUS of the cutter. The ENTER key also carries a blue dot. you can activate a multiplication factor of 2. To change tools or values. the menu selection keys will allow you at any time to verify the actual settings. the LED-bar or LED indicating the value or the tool will blink.10/12/01 . which TOOL SELECTION is in use and which PARAMETER has been selected. In ON-LINE MODE. ACCELERATION and PAGE LENGTH. Each of them is listed on the control panel. you have to switch to OFF-LINE mode. FORCE. press one of the value keys to change the parameter accordingly. . The MENU SELECTION KEYS enable the user to go over the different plotter parameters. A requested change will always be shown by one or more flashing LEDs of the parameter to be changed. After having selected the parameter you wish to alter. You will not be able to change them. Pressing ENTER will stop the flashing. The value keys can be used to alter settings or to change parameter values. Ten of them constitute the LED-bar on top of the control panel indicating values or showing error messages. In OFF-LINE mode. The cutter will immediately start cutting. the user is informed about the current status of the cutter by 20 LEDs. d) Press ENTER. 5 or 10 (See Chapter 3 : General Settings . the user can select the desired amount of copies. The ENTER key has to be pressed to save the new setting. This way. you are able to select a parameter and change the value or the tool selection using the VALUE-keys. Pressing one of the MENU-keys again before pressing ENTER will exit the alteration. The factory default settings allow a maximum of 10 copies to be output. The selected parameter is shown with an LED.1. indicating that the new setting has been accepted.Replot factor). ð Furthermore. After having pressed one of the value keys once.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide c) Using the VALUE +/. indicating it can be pressed together with another key to access one of the special functions indicated in blue on the control panel. An automatic sheet-off will automatically take place after every replot. ð The ENTER key has to be pressed to confirm requested changes to the plotter settings. Page 25 AP-75025 Rev 1. It is possible to request up to 100 copies by changing the REPLOT MULTIPLICATION FACTOR in the plotter set-up.keys. for viewing or changing.

The + key will increase the value or select the next parameter. 3) Using the VALUE keys. To exit without a change. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. FORCE. when media has been loaded before. the user has to press one of the menu keys. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or. A requested change will always be indicated by one or several blinking LEDs. PAGE LENGTH). 2) Using the MENU-keys. . SPEED.1. The blinking will stop. indicating that the new setting has been saved. ACCELERATION. the user selects one of the five different parameters (TOOL. Page 26 AP-75025 Rev 1. without the ON-LINE LED being lit.10/12/01 .Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide GENERAL PROCEDURE TO CHANGE SETTINGS ON THE CUTTER 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. The . 4) Press ENTER to confirm the requested change. the user adjusts the settings for the selected parameter. by pressing the ONLINE button.key will decrease the value or select the previous parameter.

TOOL 1. capable of remembering: Tool Type.key to select: TOOL-UP. it is not necessary to select one of the other presets to start a job. you need to select the TOOL Menu with the menu keys (Led next to Tool must be on). the set-up is as follows: Preset Tool Preset 1 Tool Preset 2 Tool Preset 3 Tool Preset 4 Tool LED Tool 1 Tool 2 Tool 3 Tool 4 Tool Type Knife Knife Pen Pen Page 27 AP-75025 Rev 1. 4) You can now switch to another MENU to change SPEED. Speed. 2) Press the VALUE . drawing pens and a punching (pouncing) tool. Changing the TOOL TYPE of a Tool preset Your cutting plotter is compatible with knives. Force. TOOL 2. By factory default. Offset and Punching gap. Speed. TOOL 3. ACCELERATION or FORCE for the selected Preset.10/12/01 .1. Tool-up (selected when all Tool LED’s are OFF) is used to control SPEED & ACCELERATION for TOOL-UP movements. . When the TOOL Menu is selected. When the TOOL-UP settings are being modified. · Change the Tool Type / Toolkind for the selected Tool preset. Activating another Tool Preset : 1) Via the MENU keys. Please make sure the plotter is OFF-LINE. punching gap (punching tool only). you can do 2 things: · Activate another Tool Preset. select the TOOL option (LED next to TOOL must be ON). To make sure that a job is executed correctly you must be sure that the tool preset which is used is set up for the tool you want to use. To take control of the Tool Presets and the Tool type selection. 3) Press ENTER to confirm your Tool Preset Selection. Force. Acceleration. Offset (knives only). TOOL 4. Each of them can remember all tool settings required for a specific application : Tool Type. Each of those corresponds with one Tool-Preset. Acceleration.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide TOOL PRESETS / TOOLTYPE SELECTION Your cutting plotter is capable of remembering 4 tool presets. The cutting plotter will automatically re-activate the tool preset which was selected prior to selecting the tool up preset. also when TOOL-UP is selected (all TOOL LEDs OFF).

3) Press ENTER to confirm the TOOL TYPE selection. . select the TOOL menu (LED next to TOOL must be ON). Please make sure the cutter is OFF-LINE. 2) Press the VALUE + key to alternatively select DRAG KNIFE. You will notice the LED in the LED bar jump from 10% (Knife) to 20% (Pen) to 30% (Pounce) as you press the VALUE + key. Please note it is possible to combine the selection of Tool Preset with changing the TOOL TYPE of the TOOL Preset you select.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide When the TOOL MENU is selected (LED next to TOOL is ON). the FORCE adjustment refers to the FORCE. To do this. then change the TOOL TYPE with the VALUE + key and press ENTER. first select the preset with the VALUE key.1. Page 28 AP-75025 Rev 1. which will be used for automatic sheet-off. proceed as follows: 1) Via the MENU keys. the LED-bar on top shows the tool type. 10 ­ m m 20 m ­ m 30 m m ­ Drag Knife Pen Pounce To change the TOOL TYPE for the currently selected TOOL PRESET. PUNCHING tool. PEN.10/12/01 . When TOOL-UP is selected.

(See Chapter 4 – Setting the cutting pressure / Test Squares).keys. Increment: 10g/step 110 ­ m m 120 m m m 130 m m m 140 m m m 150 m ­ m 160 m m m 170 m m m 180 m m m 190 m m ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 110 g 150 g 190 g The third range will be indicated by blinking of the first four LEDs of the LED-bar.10/12/01 . Increment: 10g/step 15 m m 20 m m 30 ­ m 40 m m 50 m m 60 m m 70 m m 80 m ­ 90 m m 100 m m 30 g 80 g The second range will be indicated by blinking of the last LED of the LED-bar in combination with one of the other LEDs. Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. select the FORCE option ( LED next to FORCE must be ON ). The force is adjustable in three ranges: 15 . This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. Increment : 50g/step 200 ­ ­ ­ 200 ­ ­ ­ 200 ­ ­ ­ 200 ­ ­ ­ 250 m ­ ­ 300 m m ­ 350 m m ­ 400 m m ­ 450 m m ­ 500 m m ­ 200 g 250 g 500 g All values being used or available are shown in the table at the end of this chapter. .Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide FORCE SELECTION Tool force is the amount of downward pressure that the cutter applies on the tool. The first range will be using the standard indication : One blinking LED to indicate the cutting force. 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. When media is loaded and ENTER is pressed for 2 seconds. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on without the ON-LINE LED being lit. a test square is cut automatically.500 grams. by pressing the ONLINE button.100 grams.1.190 grams and 200 . Page 29 AP-75025 Rev 1. 110 . Further we also explain the procedure on how to make a test cut. 3) The actual FORCE-setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. Using the VALUE +/. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. the user can now alter the FORCE settings.

the user can now alter the SPEED settings. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. 3) The actual ACCELERATION setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. select the SPEED option (LED next to SPEED must be ON).keys. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. .keys. Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. select the ACCELERATION option (LED next to ACCELERATION must be ON). without the ON-LINE LED being lit. by pressing the ONLINE button. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. without the ON-LINE LED being lit. 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. Please note that the indicated value only refers to the TOOL-DOWN speed of the selected tool. All values being used or available are shown in the table at the end of this chapter. 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. the user can now alter the ACCELERATION settings. 4) Using the VALUE +/. ACCELERATION SELECTION 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode.10/12/01 . 2) Using the MENU selection keys.1. The TOOL-UP speed can be set separately. by pressing the ONLINE button. 3) The actual SPEED setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. Page 30 AP-75025 Rev 1.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SPEED SELECTION 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. 4) Using the VALUE +/. All values being used or available are shown in the table at the end of this chapter. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on.

1. ensuring that the pressure rollers have a discrete path while the user has the time to verify if the vinyl transport goes well. Each of them corresponds with the indications shown on the LED-bar. 80”. by pressing the ONLINE button.up to 1000 mm/s.keys. The PAGE length or SHUFFLE length has to be set before a roll is loaded. Page 31 AP-75025 Rev 1. preventing that the user will have to re-cut a very complex design because of bad media alignment. If there is not enough media left. Following an automatic PAGE command or a manual PAGE command initiated via the control panel. Such high speed movements can only be achieved on condition that the media can move freely. 160”. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. Please set the PAGE LENGTH to a value. 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. . it will result in a timesaving operation. (0”. the user can be convinced that the sign to be cut will be executed with very little risk of media tracking problems. which is at least as large as the sign you want to cut. The default PAGE LENGTH is 1 m ( 40” ). · Your SC-Series cutter has been equipped with MUTOH’s unique AUTO-SHEET-OFF feature. the cutter will shuffle through the pre-set PAGE LENGTH of media. If the shuffle movement is executed without difficulty. Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. to ensure that there is enough media left for a possible replot. You can set the PAGE length or SHUFFLE length as follows: 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. 400”). 40”. the user can now alter the PAGE LENGTH settings. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. 4) Using the VALUE +/. (40 ips) and 4. 3) The actual PAGE LENGTH setting will now be shown on the LED-bar.10/12/01 . 200”. before the cutting job commences. select the PAGE LENGTH option (LED next to PAGE LENGTH must be ON ). This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. As such. THERE ARE THREE REASONS FOR USING A PAGE LENGTH : · The length of media set for the PAGE LENGTH parameter will be pulled off the roll. 120”. without the ON-LINE LED being lit. 32”. 24”. Please note that the use of the PAGE LENGTH should not be regarded as a loss of time.0 G. 16”. · Before actually cutting starts the complete length of the media is shuffled back and forth through the cutter. the cutter will stop before the end of the assigned media length. to automatically cut off media at the end of a cutting sequence. without having to be pulled off the roll during a job.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PAGE LENGTH This parameter is directly related to the loading of ROLL media. The available values for PAGE LENGTH are 0-40-60-80-100-200-300-400-500-1000 cm. This will prevent media from being pulled off the roll at high speed and acceleration .

10/12/01 . However. Page 32 AP-75025 Rev 1. Ø An additional 20 cm ( 8” ) of media will be pulled off the roll in order to eliminate any possible snagging at the roll. which exceeds the limit.1. will be cut using reduced speed for the distance exceeding the limit. Ø After the additional (20 cm) pre-feed the cutter will continue at the requested speed until the new limit is exceeded. the cutter will react as follows: Ø The first vector.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REMARK: Please note that the cutting range is not limited by the Page Length which you have set. this should not be a reason for you not to change the page length at all. as by omitting to change it. In case a design which exceeds the shuffle length is sent to the cutting plotter. you will be inhibited to check the full vinyl transport before the job is launched. .

· When the media is removed. To be able to align the image correctly in your cutting plotter. A specific LED sequence will show that the new origin point has been registered. the second somewhat further away in Xdirection (length of the vinyl) (1). Press the ORIGIN key for about 2 seconds to activate the alignment function. place the TOOL head at the desired origin point (2).1. One is to be placed at the origin position (2). d) Using the JOG keys. A specific LED sequence will show that the alignment function is activated.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide ALIGNMENT FEATURE TO PERFORM CONTOUR CUTS To perform contour cutting of images. position the TOOL head at the 2nd reference point (1). Page 33 AP-75025 Rev 1. proceed as follows : a) Print out the image you want to contour cut. the alignment function incorporated in the cutting plotter is NOT needed. c) Using the JOG keys. e) Send the outline data to the cutting plotter. To use this feature. the SC-E series cutting plotters have been equipped with an alignment feature. 1 2 3 1) 2nd Reference point 2) Origin Mark 3) Media Front Edge The alignment function is automatically reset : · When a new origin is set from the keyboard. Many professional cutting & digital printing software incorporate their own contour cutting function. · When the cutter is reset. · When the plotter is switched OFF. pre-printed on cutting plotter media. starting in the origin position. In this case.10/12/01 . b) Load the media into the SC-E series cutting plotter. Press ORIGIN to set the new origin point. make sure 2 registration (reference) marks are printed along with your image. . REMARK: The alignment function only works correctly if your software generates data.

Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide RESET & CLEAR FUNCTION In some cases it might be necessary to reset your cutter and/or clear its buffer while a cutting job is in progress. Press the ENTER and the MENU DOWN KEY ( RESET ) for about two seconds. 2. proceed as follows: 1. so that the data flow is stopped. Cancel the cutting job in your cutter software. Page 34 AP-75025 Rev 1. . The buffer is now empty and the cutter has stopped cutting.10/12/01 .1. 3. A specific LED-sequence on the LED-bar will indicate that the cutter has cancelled the current job. To do this. Resetting also sets the origin back to the default origin location.

01 Newton) 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 15 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 200 200 200 250 300 350 400 450 Sheet-Off Ø 500 g 100% 100 500 Defaults: TOOL 1 (Knife1) Ø 100 g TOOL 2 (Knife2) Ø 100 g TOOL 3 (Pen1) Ø 20 g TOOL 4 (Pen2) Ø 140 g PAGE LENGTH Length 10% 0 All distances are given in centimetres 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 40 60 80 100 200 300 400 90% 500 100% 1000 Remark: Factory Default Settings: TOOL 1 = Knife 1 TOOL 3 = Pen 1 TOOL 2 = Knife 2 TOOL 4 = Pen 2 Page 35 AP-75025 Rev 1.0 3.5 3.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE VALUES/SETTINGS FOR CUTTER PARAMETERS .5 2 2.5 0.5 3.5 4.0 1.5 3.5 2 2.5 20% 1 1 1 1 1 90% - 100% - FORCE Range 1 Range 2 Range 3 All forces are given in grams (1 g = 0.0 1. . TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 0.5 0.0 3.5 0.5 2 2.5 2 2.5 4.5 4.5 3.5 4.0 3.METRIC SYSTEM SPEED TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 10 10 5 10 10 All speeds are given in centimetre per second 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 All accelerations are given in G (m/s²) 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1.0 100% 100 100 50 100 100 ACCEL.5 0.10/12/01 .0 3.5 3.5 2 2.0 1.0 3.5 4.0 1.1.

30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1.5 4 90% 36 36 18 36 36 100% 40 40 20 40 40 ACCEL.5 2 2.0 3.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE VALUES/SETTINGS FOR CUTTER PARAMETERS . 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 All accelerations are given in G (m/s²).5 3.0 3.0 3.5 2 2.5 3.5 0.5 0.01 Newton) 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 15 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 200 200 200 250 300 350 400 450 TOOL 2 (Knife2) Ø 100 g TOOL 4 (Pen2) Ø 140 g 100% 100 500 Defaults: TOOL 1 (Knife1) Ø 100 g TOOL 3 (Pen1) Ø 20 g Sheet-Off Ø 500 g PAGE LENGTH Length 10% 0 20% 16 All distances are given in inches 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 24 32 40 80 120 80% 160 90% 200 100% 400 Remark: Factory Default Settings: TOOL 1 = Knife 1 TOOL 3 = Pen 1 TOOL 2 = Knife 2 TOOL 4 = Pen 2 Page 36 AP-75025 Rev 1.5 4 1.5 4 1.5 0.10/12/01 .5 0. TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 0.5 4 1.5 3.5 4 1. .5 20% 1 1 1 1 1 90% - 100% - FORCE Range 1 Range 2 Range 3 All forces are given in grams (1 g = 0.5 3.IMPERIAL SYSTEM SPEED TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 4 4 2 4 4 All speeds are given in inch per second.5 3.5 2 2.5 2 2.0 3.5 2 2.1.0 3.

and how to proceed to change settings. when setting up the cutter. thus changing the set-up sheet language. Page 37 AP-75025 Rev 1. . Changing the set-up language can be done by pressing two keys simultaneously during power-up. The backing paper of some vinyl will also do a good job. it is always necessary to fine-tune the cutter to match the computer set-up. in order to obtain good plotting quality. See table below for an overview. the MENU-MODE operation gives access to some other special functions which will not be used frequently. Furthermore.1.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 3 CUTTER SETTINGS & SPECIAL FUNCTIONS SET-UP SHEET OPERATION INTRODUCTION Most of the frequently-used settings are available directly from the keyboard. please see to it that you install a PEN in the tool head. It is possible to change the user language of your cutter. You will find hereafter information on how to enter the MENU-MODE.10/12/01 . but still offer the user enough flexibility so that the cutter can always match his requirements. LANGUAGE American (dimensions in inches) German French (dimensions in metric units) English Japanese KEY COMBINATION ENTER + JOG-DOWN ENTER + JOG-UP ENTER + JOG-RIGHT ENTER + JOG-LEFT ENTER + ONLINE · Before entering the MENU-MODE. · Please have an A3-sheet (B-size) or larger available. However. · Verify the TOOL setting to be set to a tool defined as being a PEN ( factory default TOOL 3 & 4 ).

The backing paper of a sheet of vinyl will also do fine. the tool head is returned to the MENU-SELECTION-LINE. To reset the machine to factory defaults. 9) With the × & Ø JOG-keys. Reset-To-Factory-Defaults). the current settings are plotted. · a SHOW function which will plot the actual settings on an A3-size (B-size) sheet. the user can park the tool head above any of the options using the × or Ø JOG keys. only that line is plotted with its different parameter possibilities. set the tool selection to a tool defined as being a PEN ( factory default TOOL 3 & 4 ). even when switching the machine off when the cutter is still in MENU-MODE OPERATION.10/12/01 . there is a special key code sequence. . (See Chapter 3. 10) The cutter will return to its normal operation mode by putting the media hold lever in the “up” position and removing the SET-UP SHEET from the cutter. · When ENTER is pressed with the head above any of the other options. After this. 5) The cutter now plots a MENU-SELECTION LINE (example below). 6) After having plotted this line. For optimum plot quality. When ENTER is pressed. The ONLINE LEDindicator should be OFF. 7) When ENTER is pressed.xx: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 SHOW This menu selection line will give you direct access to : · 32 different cutter settings. after which the ENTER key needs to be pressed to save the new setting into memory. a line is drawn under the activated setting and the head returns to the MENU-SELECTION-LINE.1. the head will be parked above the current setting. the head can be positioned above the desired setting. Please remember that switching the machine OFF will NOT undo any changes which have already been saved. 8) With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the MENU-SELECTION LINE leaving the original setting unchanged. 2) Load an A3-size ( B-Size) sheet of paper or larger into the cutter (short side first). 4) Now you can enter the MENU-MODE by pressing: ENTER & Ú (SETUP).Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide MENU-MODE OPERATION 1) Install a PEN in the tool head. 3) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE by pressing the ONLINE button. MENU: xx. there are two possibilities : · When ENTER is pressed with the head above SHOW . Page 38 AP-75025 Rev 1. Afterwards.

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The pouncing gap is only adjustable and active if a tool is selected which is defined as being a pouncing tool.10/12/01 · . In the Set-Up sheet.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide GENERAL SETTINGS The general settings parameter influences the cutter’s reactions to commands given by the computer or initiated via the control panel. TOOL4 = Pen · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. position the pen above the selection 1. The cutter will plot the following line (in case 1 is selected) 1) Toolkind Tool1: Knife Pen Pounce after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. acceleration as well as offset value (knives only) and/or gap (pouncing tool only). The TOOL-TYPE SELECTION can be set as follows : · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys. while TOOLS 3 & 4 are defined as being pens. By altering the factory default settings you can set-up the cutter to remember any combination of 4 different tool parameter settings thus controlling speed. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. Offset values and correction routines are applied only if a tool is selected which is defined as being a knife. you can move to the desired setting. TOOL2 = Knife. By pressing × or Ø. .1.3 or 4 in the menuselection line. This will enable you to swiftly change to a different media type or application without having to change any of the settings. leaving the original setting unchanged. force. In the general settings menu.2. By factory default TOOLS 1 & 2 are defined as being knives. When pressing ENTER. TOOL3 = Pen. allowing a new selection. SHEET OFF / PAGE MODE. the new setting will be saved and underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. Page 40 AP-75025 Rev 1. The factory defaults are: TOOL1 = Knife. seven parameters are available: TOOL-TYPE SETTINGS. they can be found in the first seven lines : 1) Toolkind Tool1: 2) Toolkind Tool2: 3) Toolkind Tool3: 4) Toolkind Tool4: 5) SheetOff / PGmode: 6) Replot Factor: x1 7) Smoothing: Knife Knife Knife Knife x2 Off Pen Pen Pen Pen On Pounce Pounce Pounce Pounce x5 x10 On/PM0 On/PM1 On/PM2 Off/PM0 Off/PM1 Off/PM2 TOOL-TYPE SELECTION The Toolkind selection possibility in the set-up sheet offers the user the possibility to redefine the tool-type of each of the available tool settings. SMOOTHING and REPLOT FACTOR.

” with “n” a number in millimeters.10/12/01 . without user intervention.1. leaving a gap of 1cm in-between consecutive jobs.5 cm (0.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SHEET-OFF / PAGE MODE This is a combination of two parameters. minimizing the loss of vinyl. is a feature which is unique to MUTOH cutting plotters and which enhances the cutter’s versatility and overall performance enormously. .2”) from the lower media border. B) The Page Mode part determines the cutter’s reaction to a PAGE command sent by the cutting software. Secondly. All possible combinations of auto sheet-off and page mode are available.” is sent. Pressing the Page Key will then cause a relocation of the origin point. First of all. If the PAGE command “Pgn. the number mentioned after the PG command will be interpreted differently. Sheeting-off automatically. A page-command looks like this: “PG. A : Original origin. A) With the auto sheet-off part. If the PAGE command “PG. When the auto sheet-off function is disabled. it makes three possible page modes available. it gives the user complete control over the automatic sheet-off feature.5 cm (0. depending on the page mode you have chosen : · Page Mode 0 : The number after the page command is ignored.” is sent.” or “Pgn.2”) after the furthest vector and the new cutting limit will be located 0. B : End point last vector C : New origin with Page Mode 1 D : New origin with Page Mode 2 Page 41 AP-75025 Rev 1. · Page Mode 2 : The new origin is located “n” millimeters beyond the previous origin position. The PAGE command is a command which is used to relocate the origin after a job is finished and which can take control remotely of the cutter’s automatic sheet-off feature. no sheeting off will occur. · Page Mode 1 : The new origin is located “n” millimeters beyond the last vector that was sent. you can enable or disable the automatic sheet-off facility. the cutter will automatically sheet off regardless of the Page Mode. The media will be cut 0.

position the pen above the selection 5 in the menuselection line.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide The SHEET-OFF / PAGE-MODE can be set as follows : · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys. By Pressing × or Ø. The factory default is Sheet-Off ON / Page Mode 0. leaving the original setting unchanged. The cutter will plot the following line: 5) SheetOff / Pgmode: On/PM0 On/PM1 On/PM2 Off/PM0 Off/PM1 Off/PM2 after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. When pressing ENTER. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. .10/12/01 . allowing a new selection. you can move to the desired setting. · Page 42 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. Press ENTER to confirm this choice.

1. leaving the original setting unchanged. .10/12/01 . position the pen above the selection 6 in the menu-selection line. · Page 43 AP-75025 Rev 1. EXAMPLE : If the replot factor is (TIMES) 5 and the third LED is selected to indicate the number of copies.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REPLOT FACTOR Using the replot factor. The replot factor indicates the multiplication factor the cutter will use to determine how many copies are requested. Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. allowing a new selection. The factory default is times 1. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. The cutter will plot the following line: 6) Replot Factor : x1 x2 x5 x10 after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. a total of 15 copies will be generated. When pressing ENTER. · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys. it is possible to request more than 10 copies when the automatic replot and sheet-off utility is used.

the cutter will slow down and cut a sharp corner (1). allowing a new selection.1. By pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. position the pen above the selection 7 in the menu-selection line. When smoothing is turned off.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SMOOTHING Smoothing can be set ON or OFF. . leaving the original setting unchanged. The optimum smoothing angle is calculated internally. Remark: The cutting plotter will work significantly slower when smoothing is OFF. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. If the complementary angle between two consecutive vectors A & B is larger than the smoothing angle. If the angle is smaller. Depending on your choice. The factory default is ON. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. To change the smoothing settings. the cutter will maintain its speed and cut a rounded corner (2). Press ENTER to confirm this choice. all corners will be cut sharply. · Page 44 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . cutting of obtuse angles will be dealt with differently by the cutter. When pressing ENTER. The cutter will plot the following line: 7) SMOOTHING : OFF ON after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. proceed as follows : · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys.

Factory default settings are: 9600 baud. we have included the possibility to alter any of the settings necessary. For your convenience. 13. In the factory.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide COMMUNICATION SETTINGS In order for your cutter to be able to communicate well with your host computer. select USER DEFINED. 15. they can be found in lines 8 to 16 : 8. 16. 2) You can set all communication parameters yourself. you can proceed in two ways : 1) You can check which of the 5 possible defaults matches your software and enable this particular default setting. To change settings. 14. . This setting is used as a default by windows as well as by practically all cutting plotter software.1.10/12/01 . for communication. In this case. No parity. 1 Stop bit. Your cutter is able to be set up to use any settings necessary. the communication settings on both machines have to match exactly. Page 45 AP-75025 Rev 1. Please note that menu selections 9 up to 16 will only be available if the parameter USER DEFINED is selected in line 8. Communication DEFAULT 1 DEFAULT 2 DEFAULT 3 DEFAULT 4 DEFAULT 5 USER DEFINED BAUDRATE DATABITS PARITY STOPBITS SOFTWARE HANDSHAKE DTR-Pin CTS-Pin RTS-Pin 9600 7 EVEN 1 OFF ON OFF ON 9600 8 NONE 1 OFF ON OFF ON 9600 7 EVEN 1 Xon/Xoff OFF OFF ON 9600 8 NONE 1 Xon/Xoff OFF OFF ON 9600 8 EVEN 2 OFF ON OFF ON Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable The factory default settings are shown in Bold-face. X-on X-off protocol. however. 10. several commonly used settings have been preinstalled. 12. When using one of the default settings. In the Set-Up sheet. 11. 8 Data bits. all other communication parameters will be automatically set. 9. Please refer to the manual of your software to determine which communication settings will be used by your software.

The cutter will plot the corresponding line. With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. . When pressing ENTER. after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. choose one of the defaults or the user.defined possibility under option 8.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide BAUDRATE DATABITS PARITY STOPBITS HANDSHAKE DTR CTS RTS DEFAULT 1 9600 7 EVEN 1 OFF ON OFF ON DEFAULT 2 9600 8 NONE 1 OFF ON OFF ON DEFAULT 3 9600 7 EVEN 1 X-ON OFF OFF ON DEFAULT 4 9600 8 NONE 1 X-ON OFF OFF ON DEFAULT 5 9600 8 EVEN 2 OFF ON OFF ON To set the communication settings. · · Page 46 AP-75025 Rev 1. leaving the original setting unchanged. The factory default setting is default 4. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. allowing a new selection. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will be returned to the menu selection line.1. alter the settings one by one until they match the desired value. In case of selecting the user-defined option.10/12/01 . Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys positions the tool head above the selection 8 up to 16 in the menu-selection line.

0125mm 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 L.025mm Ignore 907 PCI 0. ACCELERATION and FORCE commands to the cutter. In order to be able to fully use these languages. menu options 18-20 will NOT be available.01mm.01 mm. If these values are not set correctly. These two languages are MH-GL/2 (HPGL/2 .025mm 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 ☞ Please note that when MH-GL/2 is activated in menu option 17. all your jobs will be 2. Left U.AS.010mm Accept 0. Lower Right.010mm 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 No Yes 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 MC-GL L. When using MH-GL/2. This is the language used by all popular sign cutting packages.compatible) and MC-GL (Calcomp Compatible). Plot Unit : 0.FS 21) FORMAT 22) PLOT UNIT 23) SYNC Count 24) SYNC Code Hundred 25) SYNC Code Ten 26) SYNC Code One 27) Sum Check 28) Radix Hundred 29) Radix Ten 30) Radix One 31) EOB Code Ten 32) EOB Code Ten : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : MH-GL/2 Center 0. Right 0. . Some cutting software packages use 0. Please refer to your software manual to look for the necessary values if this language is needed. VS-AS-FS : Several cutting software packages enable the user to send SPEED. When using MC-GL. The factory default is MH-GL/2. 2. 3. Factory default is 0.025 mm or 0. Default Origin : Center. Right U. the menu options 21-32 will NOT be available. three settings are available : 1. the language settings can be found in lines 17 up to 32. Lower Left.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide LANGUAGE SETTINGS Your cutter is able to understand two different graphic languages. 17) Command Set 18) Origin 19) Plot Unit 20) VS.025mm. Upper Right & Upper Left. all necessary settings are available in the cutter set-up mode. Page 47 AP-75025 Rev 1.5 times too large or too small. ☞ Please note that when MC-GL is activated in menu option 17. The first choice to make is the language type : MH-GL/2 or MC-GL.10/12/01 .1. twelve settings are available. The cutter can be set up to ACCEPT or IGNORE these commands. In the set-up sheet. Lower Right is factory default. Left 0.

proceed as follows: · · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys positions the pen above one of the selections 17 up to 32 in the menu-line. Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. leaving the original setting unchanged. after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. first plot out a set-up sheet using the show option of the menu selection line.1. ☞ In case of doubt.10/12/01 . Page 48 AP-75025 Rev 1. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line allowing a new selection. The cutter will plot the corresponding line. ☞ Please note that using this function will fully re-initialize your unit. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. All previously stored language and communication settings will be reset. Visual confirmation of this action is given by the LED-bar. The reset to factory default can also be initiated by pressing ENTER & MENU Ù (INIT). · RESET-TO-FACTORY DEFAULTS In some cases it might be necessary to return your cutter to its factory default settings. When pressing ENTER. . With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. The LEDs will show a running light from the outside to the inside several times.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide To change language settings. This is possible by switching the cutter on while simultaneously pressing the ORIGIN and the PAGE keys.

0 G Cutting Blade 2 30º (Yellow cap) 0.50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3. There are several knife types available.10/12/01 .50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3. each of them meant for specific cutting media. . Cutting Blade 1 Top Angle Typical Offset Default Speed Default Force Default Acceleration 45º (Red cap) 0.0 G Cutting Blade 3 60º (Blue cap) 0. you will be able to fine-tune your cutter in a trice.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 4 FINETUNING YOUR CUTTER TO OBTAIN MUTOH QUALITY In order to help you to obtain perfect quality our engineers have developed a step-by-step method for the beginning user.0 G There are three factors that have to be taken into account when setting up your cutter to execute a demanding cutting job : 1) The knife depth 2) The cutting pressure 3) The offset Page 49 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. Once you have more experience with your cutter.50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3.

No matter which type of knife holder you are using. Backing 4. 1. Page 50 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . OPTIONAL KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS 1) Loosen the base part of the cutting knife. Vinyl 3. Knife Holder 2. adjusting the knife depth is a very important parameter when it comes to making high quality outputs.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide ADJUSTING THE KNIFE DEPTH Two types of high quality knife holders are available for the SC cutters. Always make sure that the knife blade protrudes enough. .1. take the base part in your left hand and twist the ring slightly. Cutting blade TO ADJUST THE KNIFE DEPTH. PROCEED AS FOLLOWS : STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER 1) Hold the body (2) in one hand and adjust the depth by using the set screw (3). To do this. but not too much out of the knife holder.

3) Make a manual test-cut on a small piece of media. Page 51 AP-75025 Rev 1. Turning the set screw (3) counterclockwise.2 mm (0.1.008”) out of the base part Tighten the ring firmly against the base part. turn out the blade until it protrudes about 0. 2) Turning the set screw (3) clockwise will make the blade protrude out of the edge of the base part (1). For a first test. will retract the blade.2mm (0.008”) out of the edge of the base part. of the same type that you will be using. . This will prevent the cutting blade from coming loose during cutting. At no times you should be able to see a scratch at the back side of the media.Finetuning your cutter STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide OPTIONAL KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS 2) Take the base part and the ring in your left hand and twist the shaft until the knife point protrudes about 0. Adjust the depth until the top layer is cut completely and that you can see a slight scratch on the backing when peeling off.10/12/01 . 4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the correct depth is obtained.

05 mm (0.01 millimeter (0. For those applications.002”).05 mm + 0.01 mm (0. .0.0004”).0004”) · · The upper scale lines make it possible to change the knife depth over 0.05 mm .1.01 mm + 0.10/12/01 . MUTOH can provide you with an optional knife holder. featuring a nonius (vernier) with which it is possible to adjust the depth of the knife in increments of 0. The lower scale (nonius) makes it possible to change the knife depth over 0. .01 mm Page 52 AP-75025 Rev 1.0.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide FEATURES OF THE OPTIONAL KNIFEHOLDER For some applications it might be convenient to be able to very accurately change the depth of the cutting blade.

The cutter will cut a test square. You can cut a small TEST SQUARE using the current force settings as follows: · · · Make sure the cutter is OFFLINE. . Here. each new test square you cut will be positioned. Page 53 AP-75025 Rev 1. Select the FORCE menu.10/12/01 .1.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SETTING THE CUTTING PRESSURE / TEST SQUARES The procedure how to adjust the cutting pressure was described in Chapter 2. Some cast media require only 15 grams to be cut completely through. Press MENU Ù/Ú until FORCE LED is ON. In that case there is no need to apply 100 grams of pressure. Online LED should be OFF. When not using the JOG keys. Using the JOG-keys you can select the position where to cut the test square. starting at the origin. Press the ENTER-key for about two seconds. Too much pressure can cause a decrease of quality. we merely want to point out that you have to try to cut your design with the lowest possible pressure that gives no trouble to weed.

1. . The cutting direction is indicated by the arrow. The cutter cuts too far in the angular points. the knife offset (2) is the distance between the knife centre and the knife tip. You should therefore adjust the offset (2) by checking real cutting results on the media you will use. which has been integrated into your cutter. 1 1: Cutter blade 2: Theoretical Offset 2 · As you can see in the above figure. The cutter did not cut far enough in the angular points.10/12/01 . a square corner will be cut as follows : The selected Offset value is SMALLER than the optimum knife offset. In this case. MUTOH helps you doing this by way of a semi-automatic offset adjustment routine. The corners are not well formed. but unfortunately also one of the factors that is easily forgotten.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide OFFSET PRINCIPLE One of the most important factors to obtain good quality. is the offset. · Accurate measurement of the OFFSET to be used is very difficult and requires specialised equipment. Page 54 AP-75025 Rev 1. a square corner will be cut as follows : The cutting direction is indicated by the arrow. In this case. OFFSET EFFECT The selected Offset value is LARGER than the optimum knife offset. The corners are not well formed.

Especially look for good quality of the corners. The cutter will now generate a set of test patterns. The ONLINE-LED indicator is OFF. The flashing LED on the LED-bar now shows the OFFSET BASE VALUE.10/12/01 . For the blades which come with the cutter. 6) 7) 8) 9) If the base offset is set to 0. the cutter will not react. Press ENTER to confirm the BASE-OFFSET value.6mm 0.004”) to 1 mm (0.04”).022”). The base offset value is indicated on the box in which the blades are packed. Press the ONLINE key to switch the cutter into ONLINE mode.5 mm (0. ACCELERATION.018”) up to 0. this value is 0. adjust the base value to match the offset value of the blade installed in your knife holder. 10) When the test cuts are completed.9mm 1mm 3) 4) 5) Using the VALUE +/. The ONLINE LED-indicator should be OFF.02”).5 mm (0. . When a TOOL is set to PEN 1 or PEN 2. You will find an LED of the LED-bar move according to your choice.5mm 0.1 mm (0. the cutter will advance the vinyl for you to check the patterns and to determine which of them gives best quality. When the head is moved.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide OFFSET ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE The user-friendly MUTOH offset adjustment procedure can be initiated as follows : 1) 2) Make sure that the cutter is switched ON and that a sheet of vinyl with a minimum width of about 25 cm (10”) is loaded. This will put the cutter into the OFFSET test mode.02”). m m m m ­ m m m m m 0.8mm 0.4mm 0.7mm 0. each of them with a different offset.1.3mm 0. the generated offsets will vary from 0.2mm 0. Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE MODE by pressing the ONLINE button. Press the ENTER & OFFSET ( JOG Ø ) keys simultaneously. Depending on the LED which is flashing. closure of the circles and easy weeding.keys. This gives you the opportunity to adjust any settings necessary (SPEED.1mm 0. Page 55 AP-75025 Rev 1. (Tool 1 and Tool 2 are defaulted to tooltype knife). FORCE). as this function is only useful using the knife settings.55 mm (0.46 mm (0. but in such way that the test squares remain visible for the user. Select a tool of which the tool type is set to knife. 11) Using the JOG-keys × & Ø you can move the TOOL HEAD digitally to indicate the square with the best quality. the base value can range from 0. The cutter will now be in OFF-LINE mode. the vinyl is partially retracted.

10/12/01 . a pen or a pouncing tool. speed and/or acceleration. depending of the user’s choice. MUTOH recommends you to perform this routine each time you change cutting blades or switch to another type of media.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide 12) Press ENTER to confirm your choice. 1) Inaccurate offset setting may cause : ¨ POOR cutting quality. you can set the cutter ONLINE by pressing the ONLINE key. . TOOL2 = Knife. the cutter will continue working with the value prior to launching the adjustment routine. ONLINE LED should be ON. TOOL3 = Pen. Each of the TOOLS can be defined as being a knife.1. 2) In case the offset adjustment routine is aborted. ¨ Difficult weeding. 15) Now press PAGE to sheet-off the test squares. Refer to item 3) to do this. your cutter can memorise 4 sets of tool parameters. 13) If needed. 14) If you are satisfied with the new setting. The factory default settings are: TOOL1 = Knife. Page 56 AP-75025 Rev 1. In order to obtain good quality. Please refer to selecting a tool. To be able to change swiftly from one application or media to another. you can now restart the offset setting routine to experiment with a different force. The cutter will now be in OFFLINE mode. TOOL4 = Pen.

500 grams. For optimum quality. The factory defaults are shown below: 1) Toolkind Tool1: Knife Pen Pounce 2) Toolkind Tool2: Knife Pen Pounce 3) Toolkind Tool3: Knife Pen Pounce 4) Toolkind Tool4: Knife Pen Pounce For more details refer to: CHAPTER 2 : CUTTER CONTROLS: ToolType / Toolkind selection. · The FORCE can be varied in the range of 15 . MUTOH recommends to use the optionally available soft cutting mat for punching applications.10/12/01 . . You can use one of the following two methods: a) Pen-Up / Pen-Down sent by cutting software: · Set the tool settings to a tool of which the tool kind is set to PEN. Press ENTER & JOG RIGHT. To perform a pouncing job please proceed as follows: 1. Page 57 AP-75025 Rev 1. This cutting mat allows a better penetration of the pyramidically shaped punching pin. By factory default TOOL3 and TOOL4 are defined as PEN1 and PEN2. 10% 1 mm 20% 2 mm 30% 3 mm 40% 4 mm 50% 5 mm 60% 6 mm 70% 7 mm 80% 8 mm 90% 9 mm 100% 10 mm 3.500 grams.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide POUNCING / PUNCHING SET-UP Your SC cutting plotter can very easily be set up to perform pouncing applications. acceleration and force will react similarly as for the other tool kinds. 2. For more details refer to: CHAPTER 2 : CUTTER CONTROLS: Tool-Type / Toolkind selection. · The POUNCING GAP can be adjusted using the OFFSET routine : 1. 4. b) Use the incorporated punching / pouncing capability: · In the cutter set up. · The FORCE can be varied in the range of 15 . set the TOOLKIND of the tool of your choice to POUNCE. Select the desired gap using the VALUE + /. Confirm your choice by pressing ENTER. 2.1. All other settings such as speed.keys.

The punching pin (1) will then be about 1 mm inside the holder (2). Punching pin 2.10/12/01 . . Holder 3. Positioning screw 3 · Turn back the positioning screw (3) one full turn. 1 2 1.Finetuning your cutter 3. Tool Adjustment. MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide · Turn the positioning screw (3) until the punching pin is about to protrude the holder.1. Page 58 AP-75025 Rev 1.

2) Make sure that a tool is selected which is defined as being a knife (by default tool 1 & tool 2 are set to be knives). 5) Switch to OFFLINE MODE by pressing the ONLINE KEY. 4) If you have not yet performed the offset adjustment routine for the current knife and/or vinyl. 3) Make sure that a knife with well adjusted depth is mounted into the tool head. first perform this routine in order to obtain perfect quality. without needing a computer.1. proceed as follows: 1) Load some vinyl ( cut-sheet or roll ) into the cutter. MUTOH has integrated a demo testcut into the SC series of cutters. . The cutter assumes that there is enough media on the roll to perform a full width test cut. The user can determine the size of the testcut by adjusting the position of the pressure rolls. Page 59 AP-75025 Rev 1. 6) Start the test-cut by pressing ENTER and TEST (JOG-UP Ù) simultaneously. The ONLINE LED should be OFF. To perform this demo cut.10/12/01 . The test-cut will be scaled automatically to fit the vinyl size. In case of a roll of vinyl. only the width of the roll is taken into account.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PERFORMING A TEST CUT In order to enable the user to check if the cutter is fully functional.

5) Start the plot by pressing ENTER & SETTINGS ( JOG LEFT×) simultaneously. 2) Verify that a tool is selected which is defined as being a pen. forces offset values. 4) Switch the cutter into OFFLINE mode by pressing the ONLINE key.. The plot can be performed as follows: 1) Load a sheet of A3 ( B-size) paper or larger into the cutter. . EPROM & EEPROM version ) as well as all the user definable settings such as tool speeds. Page 60 AP-75025 Rev 1.1.10/12/01 .. ONLINE LED should be OFF.. accelerations. This kind of output can be very useful to have at hand when you have to contact one of our authorised dealers or service centres in case you need support. . EXAMPLE OF AN SC SERIES SETTINGS PLOT Please notice the FORCE under Pen-Up selection is the FORCE used to perform the automatic sheet-off. 3) Make sure that a pen is mounted in the tool head.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide GENERATING A PARAMETER SETTINGS PLOT MUTOH offers you the possibility to plot out all of your cutter’s internal information ( MACHINE TYPE.

. This can cause slippage of the material. To do this you can use a brush and rotate the rolls manually to make sure that they are thoroughly cleaned. you will learn : · · How to keep your cutter in good shape and prevent problems by regularly performing some easy.10/12/01 . For this reason it is possible that. How to pinpoint and check out problems that might occur. · The pressure rollers (2) press the vinyl firmly against the friction drive rolls (5). knives and pens will work better and last longer if you keep them clean and perform a few simple daily maintenance tasks. resulting in inaccurate cuts or incorrect vinyl transport. · · Page 61 AP-75025 Rev 1.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 5 PLOTTER MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING In this chapter. CLEANING & DAILY MAINTENANCE Your cutting plotter.1. Therefore it is a good habit to clean the drive rolls regularly. CLEANING THE GRID ROLLS : The figure below shows you this part of the plotter that might require your attention. daily maintenance. after some time. the friction drive rolls (5) become clogged with accumulated residue from cutting media.

· Step 2 Blow away the vinyl particles accumulated in the top of the base part · Step 3 Remove the spring from the cutting blade and remove any residual material from the blade tip · Step 2 Blow away the vinyl particles accumulated in the top of the base part · Step 3 Remove any residual material from the blade tip · Step 4 Place the spring back over the cutting blade and tightly screw the base part on the holder. Page 62 AP-75025 Rev 1. STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER · Step 1 Take the body (2) into one hand and unscrew the base part (1).1..Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CLEANING THE CUTTER BLADE Use following procedure to remove small vinyl particles in the base part of the cutting blade holder. . Use a cotton swab to clean the media sensors. · Step 4 Place the base part back on the holder and twist it tightly. CLEANING THE CUTTING PLOTTER · · Use a soft cloth to clean paper dust and particles off the platen.10/12/01 . the grid cover the cutting mat and the carriage cover. KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS · Step 1 Take the ring in your hand and remove the base part.

Step 3 : Complete this procedure by sticking the new cutting mat into the cutting groove. proceed as follows: Step 1 : First of all.3”) / Length : depending on the size of your cutter. together with the underlying strip of vinyl. in order to maintain high quality output.) Stick this strip into the cutting groove. which are liable to wear and tear. it will be necessary. 1 2 1) cutting mat / 2) Strip of vinyl Page 63 AP-75025 Rev 1. . remove the worn cutting mat by pulling it out. to replace some parts. REPLACING THE CUTTING MAT : To replace the cutting mat.10/12/01 .1. Step 2 : Cut a strip of vinyl ( Width : 8 mm (0.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide WEAR & TEAR Although all materials used for your cutter have been chosen to ensure good durability.

Page 64 AP-75025 Rev 1. please proceed as follows: STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER · Step 1: Hold the body (2) into one hand and unscrew the base part (1) KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS · Step 1: Take the body into one hand and remove the base part · Step 2: Remove the spring (3) and the cutting blade (4).Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REPLACING THE KNIFE BLADE : To replace a blade. · Step 4: Place the new blade with its spring into the base part and screw the whole assembly onto the body.10/12/01 .1. · Step 2: Pull the old blade out of the holder and insert a new one · Step 3: Slide the spring over the new cutting blade · Step 3: Place the base part on top of the holder assembly and twist it tightly. .

The knife assembly has a flat side. to secure the knife into place. 5) Place a new (or the cleaned) knife assembly (2) into the tool head. To do this. 6) Screw the ring (2) back on the tool head. Page 65 AP-75025 Rev 1. .10/12/01 . 3) Make sure to leave the spring (3) located in the tool head into place. 2) Take off the ring (1) and take the knife assembly (2) out of the tool head. which secures the auto-sheet-off knife. removing any material residues that might be clogged to the blade. it is a good practice to regularly clean the knife and to replace it when it starts to wear. In case the blade is worn. You can easily check this by trying to push the knife downward manually until it touches the cutting mat. 4) Clean the sheet-off knife. proceed as follows: 1) Unscrew the ring (1).1. use a new knife assembly to proceed. 7) Check again if the knife can be moved smoothly and if it returns into its original “up” position when you release it.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REPLACING THE AUTO SHEET-OFF KNIFE : When you frequently use the auto-sheet-off utility. This should be possible without any trouble. Make sure that it is correctly oriented (flat side to the right) (see figure below). over the knife assembly.

Perform the offset adjustment routine to check cutting quality. Does the command mode on the host computer match the command mode on the cutter ? ( Chapter 3 – Language Settings ). Page 66 AP-75025 Rev 1. (Chapter 4). 1) · · · 2) · · · · 3) · · · 4) · · · 5) · · · · Power switch is turned ON. Check whether the knife tip is not clogged with material residues. Are the output settings correct on the host computer and in the cutting software ? Do the interface conditions on the host computer match those set on the cutter ? ( Chapter 3 – Communications settings ).10/12/01 . Data is sent from the computer but errors occur on the cutter’s side. Is the cutter’s cover closed? Is the media hold lever lowered ? Is the media properly loaded ? Are the paper sensors clean ? Data is being sent from the computer. Some parts of the design are not well cut. but the cutter does not operate. Examine the knife blade with a magnifier to see if the tip is not damaged or broken. but the cutter does not react. Is there a proper interface cable connected ? Is the cutter in ON-LINE mode ? Do the interface conditions on the host computer match those set on the cutter ? (Chapter 3 – Communications settings).Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide TROUBLESHOOTING In this section you will find a summary of problems that might occur during day-to-day use of your cutter and some hints how to determine the cause of the problem. Is the cutter’s cover closed? Is the power cable connected to the cutter ? Is the cutter connected to a power outlet with the specified voltage ? Media is loaded. Perform the internal test cut and check its quality (Chapter 4). . but the cutter does not operate.1.

8. type following command.0.1. 4) Make sure the cutter shuffles the media and verify that the cutter is ON-LINE. create a file called TEST. If another environment (for example : windows) is automatically loaded after booting up.10/12/01 . which is at least 12 x 12 centimeters. These settings are : 9600 BAUD.2000.p then press <ENTER> The command above will change your computer’s serial communication settings to match the cutter’s factory default communication settings. select the proper tool and load a sheet of media. 3) After the initialization routine is finished. 6) Check with which of the host computer’s communication ports your cutter is connected ( COM1. … ) to. install a knife or pen in the head. SP1. PA0. 1 stop bit. SP0. 7) If your computer and cutter are linked with a serial interface (COM1 or COM2). .0.0. NONE parity. PD0.4000.8. 8 data-bits. COM2.1.n. Page 67 AP-75025 Rev 1.1.0. LPT1.4000.4000. 2) Switch on the cutter. quit this application before continuing.p then press <ENTER> or MODE COM2: 96. 5) On the host computer go to the DOS-prompt (c:\> ).PLT with the following contents: ( To start the DOS editor you can type : edit TEST. CI2000. PU2000.n.PLT <ENTER> ) IN. 1) Boot-up your computer.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHECKING THE COMMUNICATION SETTINGS Communication problems are the most frequent errors which occur. Therefore we have included a step-by-step procedure to check out your configuration’s communication settings and assure that your cutter is working fine. MODE COM1: 96.4000. 8) Using any text editor.

causing it to cut/draw a square of 10 by 10 cm.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide 9) Save this file onto a floppy or on your hard-disk. 10) Exit the text editor and return to the DOS-prompt.PLT COM2 f your cutter is connected to COM2 ) copy TEST. 11) Make sure you are in the directory where the file is located.1. The file you have created will now be sent to the cutter. And a circle with a radius of 5 cm.PLT COM1 f your cutter is connected to COM1 ) copy TEST.10/12/01 .PLT LPT1 ( If your cutter is connected with the parallel printer port ) 13) Then press <ENTER>. Page 68 AP-75025 Rev 1. 12) Type following command : copy TEST. .

(Chapter 3 .Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide ERROR MESSAGES · RECOVERABLE SYSTEM ERRORS ERROR CODE 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% IMPOSSIBLE AUTOON-LINE RECOG (S02) G. Error during auto-sheet-off sequence. LANGUAGE NOT CORRESPONDING (S03) MEDIA DETECT ERROR (S05) ROLL MEDIA END (S06) CANNOT AUTO-CONNECT (S07) AUTO CUT ERROR (S08) CHANGE MEDIA (S28) KANJI ROM SUM ERROR (S29) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 90% 100% POSSIBLE CAUSE & SUGGESTED ACTION S02 S03 S05 S06 S07 S08 S28 Communication difficulties – Check cables.Language Settings ) Media detection impossible. Load a new sheet or roll. Check media and auto-cut knife.1. incorrect pressure roll position. Change or reload media.10/12/01 . . Page 69 AP-75025 Rev 1. Select other graphics language. Too much or too little light. Communication difficulties – Check cables.

Check the ESCAPE command setup. Chapter 3. Buffer overflow. Restart the cutter. They can be caused by errors related to the communication conditions.1. host. Restart the cutter. Page 70 AP-75025 Rev 1. Chapter 3. errors due to a defective handshake or command format errors in the ESCAPE sequences. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Check the communication settings. Check the communication settings. Overrun error. Data between bias and EOB too large.10/12/01 . Bias is less than EOB code. Not enough ESC-parameters. . Chapter 3. Change the computer program to prevent the cutter from returning double data.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide · COMMUNICATION ERRORS Communication errors are caused by a problem in the communication between the cutter and the host computer. ERROR CODE 10% 20% 30% 40% ERROR ON-LINE FRAME (C01) ERROR ON-LINE OVERRUN (C02) ERROR ON-LINE PARITY (C03) ERROR BIAS VALUE (C04) ERROR SUM CHECK (C05) ERROR DATA BLOCK (C06) FEW PARAMETER ESC (C07) FEW PARAMETER ESC (C08) COMMUNICATION BUSY (C09) UNDEFINED ESC (C10) ILLEGAL ESC (C11) ERROR VALUE ESC (C12) MANY PARAMETERS ESC (C13) COMMUNICATION ERROR (C14) BUFFER OVERFLOW (C15) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 50% 60% ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 70% 80% 90% 100% POSSIBLE CAUSE & SUGGESTED ACTION C01 C02 C03 C04 C05 C06 C07 C08 C09 C10 C11 C12 C13 C14 C15 A framing error occurred. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Chapter 3. Parity error. Check the communication settings. Check the communication settings. Communication error. Undefined ESCAPE sequence. Illegal character in ESC-sequence parameter. Not enough ESC-parameters. Chapter 3. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Chapter 3. Too many ESC-sequence parameters. Check the communication settings. Illegal character used for MH-GL ESC-sequence. Check-sum difference cutter vs. Check the communication settings.

Verify computer and cutter language settings. Parameter out of range was transmitted. Polygon and character buffer overflow. Verify computer and cutter language settings. Incorrect number of parameters was transmitted. ERROR CODE 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% UNDEFINED XX (E01) ERROR PARAMETER (E02) ERROR VALUE (E03) UNKNOWN CHAR (E05) BUFFER OVERFLOW (E07) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 100% POSSIBLE CAUSE & SUGGESTED ACTION E01 E02 E03 E05 E07 Undefined MH-GL command. Character unknown to MH-GL was sent.1. . The error can be caused by a difference in command type or by a syntax error.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide · LANGUAGE ERRORS Language errors occur when command data entered from the host computer does not match the data format of the command mode currently activated on the cutter’s side.10/12/01 . Page 71 AP-75025 Rev 1. Verify computer and cutter language settings. Verify computer and cutter language settings.

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UNRECOVERABLE SYSTEM ERRORS

Unrecoverable errors may be caused by some part of the cutting plotter, which is malfunctioning. In case of an unrecoverable error, most of the time the cutter will be completely blocked and all the LEDs will be flashing. Press ENTER to display an error code on the LED-bar. ERROR CODE
10% 20% ERROR CODE 0 WATCH DOG TIME OUT BUS TRAP ERROR ADDRESS TRAP ERROR ILLEGAL INSTRUCTION(MC68020) ZERO DIVIDE GENERAL PROCESSOR FAILURE EPROM CHECKSUM ERROR KANJI ROM CHECKSUM ERROR SRAM FAILED I/O TEST DRAM FAILED I/O TEST INTERRUPT FAILURE X IS OUT OF SYNC Y IS OUT OF SYNC INPOSITION TIME OUT FOR X INPOSITION TIME OUT FOR Y OVER CURRENT X OVER CURRENT Y X ENCODER FAILED X ENCODER FAILED
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10% 20% CURRENT TIME OUT PEN MOTOR POWER FAILURE DRIVER IS OVER HEATED FAN FAILURE MEDIA BROKEN Y ORIGIN NOT FOUND REFILL TANK FAILED LOST HEAD 1010 CPU ERROR 1111 CPU ERROR PEN CHANGE ERROR EEPROM ERROR CUTTER ERROR EXTENDED RAM ERROR Y EDGE ERROR MEDIA HANGER ERROR X OVER LOAD ERROR Y OVER LOAD ERROR UNKNOWN ERROR UNKNOWN ERROR UNKNOWN ERROR INTERLOCK ERROR MOVING COIL ENCODER FAILURE PEN MOTOR ENCODER FAILURE DRIVER FAILURE ILLEGAL MAIN BOARD REVISION ILLEGAL PANEL BOARD REVISION MAINBOARD TYPE ERROR ILLEGAL OPTIONAL I/F BOARD REVISION UNKNOWN OPTIONAL I/F BOARD ILLEGAL MECHANICAL REVISION MECHANICAL TYPE ERROR XY CONNECT FAILED PROM TYPE MISMATCH EEPROM IS NOT RESPONDING ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­

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MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide

CHAPTER 6 SC SERIES CUTTING PLOTTERS MEDIA COMPATIBILITY & DIMENSIONS
SC SERIES CUTTING PLOTTERS: MEDIA COMPATIBILITY
SC-650 Ø Desktop Model (Stand available) Ø Maximum Media width: 750 mm Roll / 850 mm Cut-Sheet Ø Maximum cutting width : 630 mm Ø Stand Model Ø Maximum Media width: 1100 mm Roll / 1250 mm Cut-Sheet Ø Maximum cutting width : 1030 mm Ø Stand Model Ø Maximum Media width: 1320 mm Roll / 1420 mm Cut-Sheet Ø Maximum cutting width : 1200 mm

SC-1000

SC-1300

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
· SC plotter unit with roll support system, 2 conveyor rolls and small guiding flanges · Cutting plotter stand (optional for SC-650) · Mutoh SC Series User guide · Knife holder with pre-mounted cutting blade · Set of 2 spare cutting blades + spring · Set of 2 water-based fibre tip pens · Spare cutting mat · Power Cord · RS-232 interface cable

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1.Media Compatibility & Dimensions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS SC SERIES SC-650 Length Width Height Weight 1205 535 (DT°) / 670 335 (DT°) / 1175 35 kg SC-1000 1605 670 1175 42 kg SC-1300 1775 670 1175 45 kg °Desk-Top model : All dimensions are given in millimetres. Page 76 AP-75025 Rev 1. .10/12/01 .

24 page length. 24 Language errors.Index MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide INDEX . 57 POWER CABLE. 13 pre-feed length. 34 RESET-TO-FACTORY DEFAULTS. 18 Power Switch. 71 LED-bar. 25 TOOL SELECTION. 13 Hold Lever. 24 page. 25. 67 communication settings. 43 RESET & CLEAR FUNCTION. 27 Toolkind. 13 Power supply. 16 Power Connector.10/12/01 . 14 origin. 40 Grid Cover. 47 OFF-LINE mode. 23 ON-LINE LED. 13 RECOVERABLE SYSTEM ERRORS. 13 CONTROL PANEL. 13 CUT SHEET. 45 Control Panel. 31 PAGE LENGTH. 29 general settings. 69 replace a blade. 13 Smoothing. 61 CLEANING THE GRID ROLLS. 40 AP-75025 Rev 1. 65 replace the cutting mat. 38 SHUFFLE length. 14 ORIGIN key. 76 Platen. 14 Page 77 ON-LINE button. 25 MENU-MODE. 41 SHOW function. 59 TOOL. 25 environment. 15 Parallel Interface Connector. 41 auto-sheet-off. 64 replace auto-sheet-off knife. 13 enter. 18. 23 ON-LINE MODE. 18 Drive Rollers. 18 Pressure Rollers. 20 MC-GL. 15 CLEANING & DAILY MAINTENANCE. 10 Physical Dimensions. 23 offset adjustment procedure. See PAGE length Small guiding Flanges. 18 MENU SELECTION KEYS. 21 PAGE length. 23 online-led. 44 SPEED. 47 media hold lever. 9 power switch. 13 POUNCING / PUNCHING SET-UP. 13 SHEET-OFF / PAGE MODE. 57 Cutting Mat. 63 replot factor. 20 Roll Support System.key. 38 MH-GL/2. 13 SERIAL INTERFACE. 14 JOG-keys. 21 FORCE. 25. 13 Centronics interface. 14 conveyer rolls. 18 cutting mat. 53 testcut. 24 auto sheet-off. 50 ALIGNMENT FUNCTION. 48 roll media. 26 + key. 55 OFFSET BASE VALUE. 38 MENU-SELECTION LINE. 15 Serial Interface Connector. 70 Communication problems. 20 Conveyor Rolls. 14 ENTER key. 13 drive rollers. 30 TEST SQUARE. 41 PAGE-MODE. 25 LOADING MEDIA.1. 42 PARALLEL INTERFACE. 25. 37. 18 marker lines. 25 Page Mode. 13 PARAMETER SETTINGS PLOT. 55 on-line. 21 pressure rollers. . 60 PARTS LIST. 9 Equal Tension method. 61 Communication errors. 13 hold-lever. 30 ADJUST THE KNIFE DEPTH. 22 PAGE key. 26 ACCELERATION. 13 Dual Action Tool head for Cutting and Sheeting Off. 14. 22 Carriage Cover. 19 jog-keys.

Index TOOL-TYPE SELECTION.1. . 63 Page 78 AP-75025 Rev 1. 25 VALUE keys. 66 UNPACKING. 22 TROUBLESHOOTING. 37 value keys. 40 tool-up. 72 MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide USER DEFINED.10/12/01 . 26 wear and tear. 45 user language. 11 Unrecoverable errors.

.10/12/01 .MUTOH SC Series Special & Hidden Functions: Overview KEY / SWITCH COMBINATION ¨ User Language English ¨ Imperial Units ¨ User Language German ¨ Metric Units ¨ User Language French ¨ Metric Units ¨ User Language English ¨ Metric Units ¨ Reserved for Future Use ¨ Metric Units Reset to Factory Defaults Set-Up Sheet Settings Plot Demo Cut With Auto Scaling Offset Adjustment Routine Page 79 AP-75025 Rev 1.1.

10/12/01 .1.MUTOH SC Series Special & Hidden Functions: Overview KEY / SWITCH COMBINATION Start REPLOT RESET & CLEAR BUFFER ORIGIN ALIGNMENT Page 80 AP-75025 Rev 1. .

.10/12/01 .1.MUTOH SC Series Special & Hidden Functions: Overview Page 81 AP-75025 Rev 1.

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