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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
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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. But even more important. it is easy to use. you have become the owner of one of the most versatile single-tool cutters in the market. as the following guide will show you. By purchasing an SC series cutter. reliable. of the highest quality and has been assembled with the application of the most stringent quality checks. .10/12/01 .1. It is fast. AP-75025 Rev 1.
1.MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . .
.......................................................................................................................53 Offset principle ............................................................................................................................................45 Language settings.........12 Control panel.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................40 Communication settings..59 Generating a parameter settings plot ...................55 Pouncing / Punching set-up ...26 Tool presets / Tooltype selection ...................................49 Adjusting the knife depth...............................................................................................................................................................29 Speed selection............................................................10/12/01 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................23 General procedure to change settings on the cutter ....................................................................................................23 Understanding the control panel ........... ..............................................................................................................................................................................54 Offset adjustment procedure....................................................................................................................47 Reset-to-factory defaults .......................................................................................................................48 CHAPTER 4 FINETUNING YOUR CUTTER TO OBTAIN MUTOH QUALITY ..............................57 Performing a test cut ...............................27 Force selection...............30 Acceleration selection ..........................................60 AP-75025 Rev 1......................................................15 Connecting the power cable.............................................................................................10 Unpacking and setting up the SC cutter.....................................................................................................................................34 CHAPTER 3 CUTTER SETTINGS & SPECIAL FUNCTIONS .................................................................31 Alignment feature to perform contour cuts ............................................................................................9 Preparing the cutting environment ..........................1 CHAPTER 1 INSTALLATION PROCEDURES .....................................MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide TABLE OF CONTENTS SC CUTTING PLOTTERS USER’S GUIDE....................................................37 General settings .....37 Set-up sheet operation.......14 Connecting the cutter to the computer .....33 Reset & clear function ...........................................................................11 Cutter parts & components ........................................................................................................................54 Offset effect.....................................30 Page length .........................................................................................1..................................................................................................................................................................9 Parts list ......................16 Installing a tool .............................................................................................................17 Loading media.....................................................................................................50 Setting the cutting pressure / Test squares.................................................................................................................18 CHAPTER 2 CUTTER CONTROLS ..............................................................................................
...............................MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 5 PLOTTER MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING ................................61 Wear & Tear......................................77 AP-75025 Rev 1...........................................................................................67 Error messages....61 Cleaning & Daily maintenance ......................................................................................................................76 INDEX .............................................................75 What’s in the box? ................................................................ .............................................66 Checking the communication settings............................................................MEDIA COMPATIBILITY & DIMENSIONS75 SC Series cutting plotters: Media compatibility ....................................75 Physical dimensions SC series .............................................................63 Troubleshooting .......................................................10/12/01 ....................................................................................69 CHAPTER 6 SC SERIES CUTTING PLOTTERS ...................................................................................1...............................
draughts and direct sunlight. · Storage environment . non-condensing.Humidity : 5% per hour.Humidity : 35% .75% non-condensing. .Temperature : 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F) .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. 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.10/12/01 . . It is best to keep your machine away from open windows and air-conditioners. as shown in the illustration below.Temperature : 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F) ¨ ¨ ¨ Please protect your cutter from moisture.Temperature : 2°C per hour. · Recommended environment . See to it that there is an adequate space around the cutter so that ventilation is not obstructed. Avoid unnecessary vibrations and set up your cutter on a level surface.1. · Variation rate . Page 9 AP-75025 Rev 1. Ambient Conditions : · Operating environment .Humidity : 50% to 65%. dust.Temperature : Room temperature 16°C to 32°C (61°F to 90°F) . leave at least 90 cm in front and 90 cm at the rear. When selecting a place for your cutter.
2 conveyor rolls and small guiding flanges. I) Optional RS-232 or parallel interface cable.1. . 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. H) Power Cord. E) Blade for auto sheet-off.50 mm). Page 10 AP-75025 Rev 1. (1 pc – preinstalled in tool head) F) Set of 2 water-based fibre tip pens.10/12/01 . B) MUTOH SC Series User’s Guide. G) Spare cutting mat (1 pc).Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PARTS LIST Contents of the plotter box : A) Plotter unit with roll support system.
protecting the tool head during transportation. Take out the accessories box. If you had your cutter delivered with a stand. Consult your dealer if anything seems to be missing. check whether all parts described in the parts list are included in the box. Page 11 AP-75025 Rev 1. . Lifting the machine out of the box should be done by two people. Remove the pieces of foam. Protect the plotter from firm shocks. 2.10/12/01 . 3. Details about weight and dimensions of the units can be found in chapter 6. please refer to the instructions for mounting the stand.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide UNPACKING AND SETTING UP THE SC CUTTER · When unpacking the cutter. 5. Remove all plastic wrapping materials. Do not dismantle the unit · · · To unpack the cutter: 1.1. Lift the cutter unit out of the box and put it on a flat and stable surface. 4.
10/12/01 . .Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CUTTER PARTS & COMPONENTS Page 12 AP-75025 Rev 1.1.
the cutter will not work with the cover open. put the roll of media on top of the two conveyor rolls. Centronics parallel connector to connect the cutter to the host computer’s printer port for fast data transfer. Raises and lowers the pressure rollers.10/12/01 . The cover will also prevent objects from falling into the cutting zone. Move the cutting media along the X-axis. . All available tools such as knife holders. For safety reasons.1. drawing pens and painting pens can be secured into the head using the locking screw. The roll support system carries the conveyor rolls. 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. 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. Switches the cutting plotter ON or OFF. RS-232 serial interface connector to connect the cutter to the host computer. The tool head moves along the Yaxis to locate the cutting position. Connector for the power cord. which plugs into the main power supply of the cutter. Hold the media against the drive rollers during cutting. Lowering the pressure rollers will hold the media in place. When using roll media for cutting jobs.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. Provides a reliable cutting surface and minimizes damage to the knife tip. Supports the cutting media and guides the movement of the media along the x-axis.
you can access different modes and alter several settings. The panel is to be operated with your finger tips. 7) Value + & . The enter key.Keys : To change a parameter’s value or setting. marked with a blue dot.1. 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.Alignment ). 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.10/12/01 . Page 14 AP-75025 Rev 1. you can also activate the alignment function ( See Chapter 2: Cutter Controls . 8) LED indicators for plotter parameter and tool selection indication 9) LED bar for value indications.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CONTROL PANEL Using the control panel. also gives access to special functions indicated by the blue text on the control panel. 6) MENU Selection Keys : To select the parameter you want to alter. in order to fine-tune the cutter to match all your needs. . Using the ORIGIN key. 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.
you are offered two possibilities. This means that the cutter can receive data from the computer but cannot send any information to the computer. a) Make sure both the cutter and the computer are turned off. software polling for media size will not be available when using parallel communication. PARALLEL INTERFACE All you need to make this connection is a parallel printer cable.). Of course. but will also be able to send information to the computer (media size. your cutter will not only be able to receive data from the computer. SERIAL INTERFACE The serial RS-232C interface enables the cutter to be connected to and controlled by an RS-232C compatible host computer system.. · For proper operation of the serial communication. · Using the serial communication. . 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.1. b) Secure the lock pins to the connector. · Please be advised that the parallel interface only works one-way. b) Fasten the screws to secure the connector. The first possibility is a high-speed unidirectional 8-bit parallel Centronics interface. the first one using the serial interface. c) Connect the other end of the serial cable to your computer.10/12/01 . The second possibility is a 2-way RS-232C serial interface. Consequently. it is also possible to connect two different computers to the cutter.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. The cutter will automatically determine on which port data is coming in and will handle the jobs one by one. . the second one using the parallel interface. c) Connect the other end of the parallel printer cable to your computer. 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.. it will be necessary to match the computer settings to the plotter settings ! Page 15 AP-75025 Rev 1.
3) Plug the other end of the power cable into an electrical outlet of the correct voltage and with a proper grounding. 2) Plug the plotter-end of the power cable into the connector at the back of the plotter.1.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.10/12/01 . Page 16 AP-75025 Rev 1. .
Opening this bracket will enable you to install a full range of cutting and drawing tools.1. Fasten the screw to secure the tool into position.10/12/01 . making sure the tool collar fits into the groove just beneath the locking screw. you will find a pivoting mounting bracket. Page 17 AP-75025 Rev 1. 1) 2) 3) Open the screw to unlock the tool head mounting bracket. .Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide INSTALLING A TOOL At the right-hand side of the cutter head. Hold back the clip of the tool head and slide the tool into position.
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. Page 18 AP-75025 Rev 1. Especially when you use a cut-sheet of which the corners are not perfectly square. Always make sure that the pressure rollers are completely inside the sheet of the media you want to load. On the aluminium extrusion. The cutter will perform its initialization routine and move the tool head to the rightmost position. 3) Adjust the position of the pressure rollers (2) so that they align well with the drive rollers (5). The first situation is when you are using cut-sheet media. The right pressure roller’s movement is limited so that it can never be malpositioned. marker lines (4) have been affixed for alignment purposes (1). Doing this you are helped by the tactile and audible click system for the left pressure roller.1.10/12/01 . . put the pressure rollers (2) in the “up” position using the media hold lever (6) and turn the power switch (3) ON. 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. it is best to put the pressure rollers well inside the vinyl as the width of the sheet may vary. LOADING CUT SHEET MEDIA 1) Close the safety cover (1). 2) Open the protective cover (1) and insert the media into the cutter. it is necessary to clearly distinguish two situations.
you have the opportunity to use either two or three pressure rollers. when loading vinyl of a small width). the tool head will be parked at the origin position and the cutter will be in ON-LINE mode. enabling the cutter to determine the media size and enabling you to verify the media transport. This action will initialize the media loading sequence. 5) After finishing the media loading sequence. . The sheet will be shuffled back and forth. during which the cutter will measure the loaded sheet. depending on the width of the vinyl you are using.1. Please note that the middle pressure roller should always be placed on top of a grid roller. Page 19 AP-75025 Rev 1. ready to receive data from the host computer. 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. the left pressure roller should be placed at the extreme left of the cutter (that is.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide In case you are using an SC-1000 or larger.10/12/01 . not on top of a grid roller).e. 4) Put the hold lever (6) in the DOWN position and close the cover. When not using the left pressure roller (i.
Page 20 AP-75025 Rev 1. Doing this. you are helped by the tactile and audible click system for the left pressure roller. 2) Position the roll of media onto the conveyor rolls (7). 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. The cutter will perform its initialisation routine and move the tool head to the rightmost position.Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide LOADING ROLL MEDIA 1) Close the safety cover (1).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.10/12/01 . 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.2”) inside the media. put the pressure rollers (2) in the “up” position and turn the power switch (3) ON. Always make sure that both pressure rollers are at least 5 mm (0.
Please note that the middle pressure roller should always be placed on top of a grid roller. the left pressure roller should be placed at the extreme left of the cutter (that is. .e. 5) It is best that you hold the front edge of the media in the middle with one hand and with the other hand. the tool head will be parked at the origin position and the cutter will be in ON-LINE mode. 6) At this stage. The page length ( pre-feed length ) is factory-set to 1 m (40”) and can be adjusted by the user (Chapter 2 . when loading vinyl of a small width). put the hold lever (6) in the DOWN position. depending on the width of the vinyl you are using. Adjust the position of the small conveyor flanges so that they are just alongside the roll of vinyl. The media will be shuffled back and forth enabling you to verify the media transport. pull the front edge of the media forward so that there is an even tension across the whole width of the roll. you have the opportunity to use either two or three pressure rollers. during which the cutter will shuffle a pre-set distance of vinyl. 4) Close the protective cover. When not using the left pressure roller (i. This action will initialize the media loading sequence. 7) After finishing the media loading sequence. As you are holding the roll firmly into position. not on top of a grid roller). ready to receive data from the host computer Page 21 AP-75025 Rev 1.Page Length).1.10/12/01 . the roll itself. (= Equal Tension method).Installation Procedures MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide In case you are using an SC-1000 or larger.
See also CHAPTER 2 . 2) Make sure to leave the media hold lever in the UP position.TOOL SELECTION Page 22 AP-75025 Rev 1. You will get visual confirmation of your request by the LED-bar which will be showing a specific LED sequence.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.10/12/01 . 5) The cutter will now sheet off the media. producing a neat edge. To do this. To adjust this force. 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.CUTTER CONTROLS .1. The default FORCE used for automatic sheet-off is 500 grams. select the TOOL-UP status and set the FORCE to the desired value. to start the sequence. 4) Now lower the media hold lever and close the cutter’s cover. 3) Press the PAGE key to request a sheet-off sequence. as described before. to be used as a separate sheet. .
which is indicated by the ON-LINE LED next to the ON-LINE button.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. Furthermore. the user can browse through the actual parameter settings without changing them. In ON-LINE MODE. Possible actions from the user in ON-LINE mode are : Setting a new origin and initiating a sheet-off action. Each operating mode will enable specific functions from the control panel. Page Length ( pre-feed length ) and Origin. Speeds. After loading media. . the user is in control of the cutter and will have the liberty to alter the cutter settings such as : Tool Selection. the host computer is able to communicate with the cutter and the cutter software can take control of the cutting activity.10/12/01 . In OFF-LINE mode.1. the cutter automatically switches to ON-LINE Mode. Accelerations. Forces. The cutter can only be switched to ON-LINE MODE after media has been loaded. Page 23 AP-75025 Rev 1.
1. It will move slowly for 2 seconds and speed up afterwards. the media (if loaded) will move accordingly. They enable the user to manually move the tool head and the media. If no design has been cut at the spot where the tool head is parked when pressing the PAGE button. The page key’s second function is to start the automatic replot/sheet-off function of the last file. 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. proceed as follows : 1) Using the JOG keys. This procedure is explained further in Chapter 2 under the item: Alignment feature to perform contour cuts. The ORIGIN key allows the user to register a new origin point. The position where the auto-sheet-off occurs depends of the situation. the head will move accordingly. the new origin point will be rejected. which has been sent to the cutter. b) On the LED bar. leaving the ORIGIN unchanged. If the tool head is located beyond the borders of the vinyl. The ORIGIN key also is used to activate the ALIGNMENT FUNCTION. Page 24 AP-75025 Rev 1. indicating the number of copies to be cut. locate the tool head at the desired origin position. the origin is located at the lower right (when standing in front of the cutting plotter). .Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide The JOG-keys are always active. The ORIGIN determines the position where the plotter can start cutting on the media. A specific LED-sequence on the LED-bar will confirm your action. A new ORIGIN point can be set in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. It will move slowly for 2 seconds and speed up afterwards. the cutter will auto-cut at the present location. Please proceed as follows: a) Press the PAGE key for about two seconds. all data that was sent since the last INITIALISATION command (“IN”). By default. the cutter being ON-LINE or OFF-LINE the protective cover being open or closed.2”) beyond the sign and will perform an autocut. When a design has already been cut. 2) Press the ORIGIN key. a LED will start blinking. This means. if media has been loaded.10/12/01 . To register a new origin point. The PAGE key has two functions and is available only in ON-LINE mode. the tool head will move to a location 5 mm (0. When pressing the LEFT or RIGHT JOG-key. When pressing the TOP or BOTTOM JOG-key.
The cutter will immediately start cutting. Page 25 AP-75025 Rev 1. To change tools or values. FORCE. 5 or 10 (See Chapter 3 : General Settings . ACCELERATION and PAGE LENGTH. you have to switch to OFF-LINE mode. indicating it can be pressed together with another key to access one of the special functions indicated in blue on the control panel. . The factory default settings allow a maximum of 10 copies to be output. you can activate a multiplication factor of 2. indicating that the new setting has been accepted. All the other LEDs show the ON-LINE-STATUS of the cutter. The ENTER key also carries a blue dot. d) Press ENTER. In ON-LINE MODE. In OFF-LINE mode. ð The ENTER key has to be pressed to confirm requested changes to the plotter settings. You will not be able to change them. Ten of them constitute the LED-bar on top of the control panel indicating values or showing error messages. The selected parameter is shown with an LED. for viewing or changing. you are able to select a parameter and change the value or the tool selection using the VALUE-keys. press one of the value keys to change the parameter accordingly. A requested change will always be shown by one or more flashing LEDs of the parameter to be changed. It is possible to request up to 100 copies by changing the REPLOT MULTIPLICATION FACTOR in the plotter set-up.1. the LED-bar or LED indicating the value or the tool will blink. the user can select the desired amount of copies. the user is informed about the current status of the cutter by 20 LEDs.10/12/01 .Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide c) Using the VALUE +/. The ENTER key has to be pressed to save the new setting. the menu selection keys will allow you at any time to verify the actual settings. The value keys can be used to alter settings or to change parameter values. Each of them is listed on the control panel. An automatic sheet-off will automatically take place after every replot. ð Furthermore. SPEED. After having selected the parameter you wish to alter. Pressing one of the MENU-keys again before pressing ENTER will exit the alteration.Replot factor). The MENU SELECTION KEYS enable the user to go over the different plotter parameters.keys. Pressing ENTER will stop the flashing. which TOOL SELECTION is in use and which PARAMETER has been selected. The available parameters are : TOOL. This way. After having pressed one of the value keys once.
without the ON-LINE LED being lit. when media has been loaded before. PAGE LENGTH). SPEED. the user selects one of the five different parameters (TOOL. The . by pressing the ONLINE button.1. The blinking will stop. FORCE. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. indicating that the new setting has been saved.10/12/01 . The + key will increase the value or select the next parameter. ACCELERATION. 4) Press ENTER to confirm the requested change. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or. 2) Using the MENU-keys. the user has to press one of the menu keys. A requested change will always be indicated by one or several blinking LEDs. 3) Using the VALUE keys.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 user adjusts the settings for the selected parameter. . To exit without a change. Page 26 AP-75025 Rev 1.key will decrease the value or select the previous parameter.
Offset and Punching gap. TOOL 3. you can do 2 things: · Activate another Tool Preset. also when TOOL-UP is selected (all TOOL LEDs OFF). The cutting plotter will automatically re-activate the tool preset which was selected prior to selecting the tool up 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. TOOL 1.10/12/01 . When the TOOL Menu is selected. Each of those corresponds with one Tool-Preset. TOOL 4. ACCELERATION or FORCE for the selected Preset. Changing the TOOL TYPE of a Tool preset Your cutting plotter is compatible with knives. you need to select the TOOL Menu with the menu keys (Led next to Tool must be on). 2) Press the VALUE . Force.key to select: TOOL-UP. By factory default. Tool-up (selected when all Tool LED’s are OFF) is used to control SPEED & ACCELERATION for TOOL-UP movements. 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. · Change the Tool Type / Toolkind for the selected Tool preset. Force. Speed. Activating another Tool Preset : 1) Via the MENU keys. 4) You can now switch to another MENU to change SPEED. 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. drawing pens and a punching (pouncing) tool. punching gap (punching tool only). When the TOOL-UP settings are being modified. To take control of the Tool Presets and the Tool type selection. Each of them can remember all tool settings required for a specific application : Tool Type. capable of remembering: Tool Type. it is not necessary to select one of the other presets to start a job. Please make sure the plotter is OFF-LINE.1. Offset (knives only). 3) Press ENTER to confirm your Tool Preset Selection. Acceleration. Speed. . TOOL 2.
PUNCHING tool.10/12/01 . 2) Press the VALUE + key to alternatively select DRAG KNIFE. first select the preset with the VALUE key. proceed as follows: 1) Via the MENU keys. 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. 3) Press ENTER to confirm the TOOL TYPE selection. .Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide When the TOOL MENU is selected (LED next to TOOL is ON). 10 m m 20 m m 30 m m Drag Knife Pen Pounce To change the TOOL TYPE for the currently selected TOOL PRESET. the FORCE adjustment refers to the FORCE. Please make sure the cutter is OFF-LINE. the LED-bar on top shows the tool type.1. To do this. select the TOOL menu (LED next to TOOL must be ON). When TOOL-UP is selected. Please note it is possible to combine the selection of Tool Preset with changing the TOOL TYPE of the TOOL Preset you select. which will be used for automatic sheet-off. Page 28 AP-75025 Rev 1. PEN. then change the TOOL TYPE with the VALUE + key and press ENTER.
This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. .1. The first range will be using the standard indication : One blinking LED to indicate the cutting force.100 grams.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. select the FORCE option ( LED next to FORCE must be ON ). The force is adjustable in three ranges: 15 . When media is loaded and ENTER is pressed for 2 seconds. 110 . 3) The actual FORCE-setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. 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 . Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode.190 grams and 200 . The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on without the ON-LINE LED being lit. 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. Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. Using the VALUE +/. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. the user can now alter the FORCE settings.keys. a test square is cut automatically. Page 29 AP-75025 Rev 1. (See Chapter 4 – Setting the cutting pressure / Test Squares).500 grams. 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. by pressing the ONLINE button. Further we also explain the procedure on how to make a test cut.
the user can now alter the SPEED settings. select the ACCELERATION option (LED next to ACCELERATION must be ON). 4) Using the VALUE +/. 3) The actual ACCELERATION setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. 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. 3) The actual SPEED setting for the selected tool will now be shown on the LED-bar. the user can now alter the ACCELERATION settings. All values being used or available are shown in the table at the end of this chapter.10/12/01 . ACCELERATION SELECTION 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. 4) Using the VALUE +/.keys.1. Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. select the SPEED option (LED next to SPEED must be ON). 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. 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. 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. by pressing the ONLINE button.keys.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SPEED SELECTION 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode. without the ON-LINE LED being lit. 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. . Page 30 AP-75025 Rev 1. 2) Using the MENU selection keys. by pressing the ONLINE button. The TOOL-UP speed can be set separately.
(40 ips) and 4. select the PAGE LENGTH option (LED next to PAGE LENGTH must be ON ). 40”. · Your SC-Series cutter has been equipped with MUTOH’s unique AUTO-SHEET-OFF feature. If there is not enough media left. Such high speed movements can only be achieved on condition that the media can move freely. ensuring that the pressure rollers have a discrete path while the user has the time to verify if the vinyl transport goes well.1. the user can now alter the PAGE LENGTH settings. which is at least as large as the sign you want to cut. by pressing the ONLINE button. Following an automatic PAGE command or a manual PAGE command initiated via the control panel. (0”. 200”. 120”. to automatically cut off media at the end of a cutting sequence. 5) Press ENTER to confirm or press one of the menu keys to exit. Please note that the use of the PAGE LENGTH should not be regarded as a loss of time. the user can be convinced that the sign to be cut will be executed with very little risk of media tracking problems. You can set the PAGE length or SHUFFLE length as follows: 1) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE mode.up to 1000 mm/s. This will prevent media from being pulled off the roll at high speed and acceleration . 2) Using the MENU selection keys.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide PAGE LENGTH This parameter is directly related to the loading of ROLL media. . Viewing of the value can be performed in OFF-LINE as well as in ON-LINE mode. without the ON-LINE LED being lit. 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.keys. 80”. The PAGE length or SHUFFLE length has to be set before a roll is loaded. 400”). 4) Using the VALUE +/. This can be done by switching the cutter ON without loading media or when media has been loaded before. 160”. The available values for PAGE LENGTH are 0-40-60-80-100-200-300-400-500-1000 cm. Each of them corresponds with the indications shown on the LED-bar. to ensure that there is enough media left for a possible replot. As such. If the shuffle movement is executed without difficulty.10/12/01 . Page 31 AP-75025 Rev 1. Please set the PAGE LENGTH to a value. the cutter will shuffle through the pre-set PAGE LENGTH of media. preventing that the user will have to re-cut a very complex design because of bad media alignment. 32”. before the cutting job commences. it will result in a timesaving operation. without having to be pulled off the roll during a job. 16”. 3) The actual PAGE LENGTH setting will now be shown on the LED-bar. · Before actually cutting starts the complete length of the media is shuffled back and forth through the cutter. 24”. The cutter is in OFF-LINE mode if it is switched on. the cutter will stop before the end of the assigned media length.0 G. The default PAGE LENGTH is 1 m ( 40” ).
. which exceeds the limit. the cutter will react as follows: Ø The first vector. Ø An additional 20 cm ( 8” ) of media will be pulled off the roll in order to eliminate any possible snagging at the roll. you will be inhibited to check the full vinyl transport before the job is launched. this should not be a reason for you not to change the page length at all. In case a design which exceeds the shuffle length is sent to the cutting plotter. However.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. 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.1. Page 32 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . as by omitting to change it.
Many professional cutting & digital printing software incorporate their own contour cutting function. d) Using the JOG keys. position the TOOL head at the 2nd reference point (1). 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. In this case. c) Using the JOG keys.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide ALIGNMENT FEATURE TO PERFORM CONTOUR CUTS To perform contour cutting of images. proceed as follows : a) Print out the image you want to contour cut. One is to be placed at the origin position (2). · When the media is removed. b) Load the media into the SC-E series cutting plotter. starting in the origin position. the SC-E series cutting plotters have been equipped with an alignment feature. REMARK: The alignment function only works correctly if your software generates data. A specific LED sequence will show that the new origin point has been registered. place the TOOL head at the desired origin point (2). · When the plotter is switched OFF. . · When the cutter is reset. pre-printed on cutting plotter media. To be able to align the image correctly in your cutting plotter.1. make sure 2 registration (reference) marks are printed along with your image. Press the ORIGIN key for about 2 seconds to activate the alignment function. e) Send the outline data to the cutting plotter. the second somewhat further away in Xdirection (length of the vinyl) (1). A specific LED sequence will show that the alignment function is activated. Page 33 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . the alignment function incorporated in the cutting plotter is NOT needed. Press ORIGIN to set the new origin point. To use this feature.
A specific LED-sequence on the LED-bar will indicate that the cutter has cancelled the current job. Page 34 AP-75025 Rev 1. 2.10/12/01 . Cancel the cutting job in your cutter software. proceed as follows: 1. The buffer is now empty and the cutter has stopped cutting.1.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. . 3. Resetting also sets the origin back to the default origin location. so that the data flow is stopped. To do this. Press the ENTER and the MENU DOWN KEY ( RESET ) for about two seconds.
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 1.5 3.0 3. .5 3.0 1.5 4.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. TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 0.5 4.5 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 3.5 3.5 2 2.1.5 4.5 2 2.5 0.5 2 2.5 3.0 3.5 0.10/12/01 .0 3.5 4.0 1.Cutter Controls MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE VALUES/SETTINGS FOR CUTTER PARAMETERS .0 100% 100 100 50 100 100 ACCEL.0 3.0 1.0 3.5 4.5 2 2.0 1.5 2 2.5 0.5 0.
5 3.0 3.5 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 .5 2 2.5 0.5 0. 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1.0 3.5 3.5 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 4 1.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 3. TOOL 1 TOOL 2 TOOL 3 TOOL 4 Tool-Up 10% 0.5 2 2.5 4 1.5 4 1.5 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 1.0 3.5 0.1.5 2 2.5 3.0 3. . 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).10/12/01 .5 4 1.
It is possible to change the user language of your cutter. 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. Furthermore.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. See table below for an overview. · Please have an A3-sheet (B-size) or larger available. in order to obtain good plotting quality. but still offer the user enough flexibility so that the cutter can always match his requirements. please see to it that you install a PEN in the tool head. the MENU-MODE operation gives access to some other special functions which will not be used frequently. it is always necessary to fine-tune the cutter to match the computer set-up. The backing paper of some vinyl will also do a good job. · Verify the TOOL setting to be set to a tool defined as being a PEN ( factory default TOOL 3 & 4 ). thus changing the set-up sheet language. and how to proceed to change settings. However. Changing the set-up language can be done by pressing two keys simultaneously during power-up.1. You will find hereafter information on how to enter the MENU-MODE. when setting up the cutter. Page 37 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . .
9) With the × & Ø JOG-keys. there is a special key code sequence. 3) Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE by pressing the ONLINE button. MENU: xx. 5) The cutter now plots a MENU-SELECTION LINE (example below). 2) Load an A3-size ( B-Size) sheet of paper or larger into the cutter (short side first). Page 38 AP-75025 Rev 1. 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. 4) Now you can enter the MENU-MODE by pressing: ENTER & Ú (SETUP).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. When ENTER is pressed. · a SHOW function which will plot the actual settings on an A3-size (B-size) sheet. · When ENTER is pressed with the head above any of the other options. . the head can be positioned above the desired setting. there are two possibilities : · When ENTER is pressed with the head above SHOW . (See Chapter 3. 8) With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the MENU-SELECTION LINE leaving the original setting unchanged. Afterwards. 6) After having plotted this line. The backing paper of a sheet of vinyl will also do fine.1. 7) When ENTER is pressed. To reset the machine to factory defaults. The ONLINE LEDindicator should be OFF.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide MENU-MODE OPERATION 1) Install a PEN in the tool head. only that line is plotted with its different parameter possibilities. even when switching the machine off when the cutter is still in MENU-MODE OPERATION. the tool head is returned to the MENU-SELECTION-LINE. the user can park the tool head above any of the options using the × or Ø JOG keys. a line is drawn under the activated setting and the head returns to the MENU-SELECTION-LINE. Reset-To-Factory-Defaults). after which the ENTER key needs to be pressed to save the new setting into memory. After this. the current settings are plotted.10/12/01 . the head will be parked above the current setting. Please remember that switching the machine OFF will NOT undo any changes which have already been saved. set the tool selection to a tool defined as being a PEN ( factory default TOOL 3 & 4 ). For optimum plot quality.
1.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide Page 39 AP-75025 Rev 1. .10/12/01 .
SHEET OFF / PAGE MODE. By factory default TOOLS 1 & 2 are defined as being knives. Offset values and correction routines are applied only if a tool is selected which is defined as being a knife. 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.3 or 4 in the menuselection line. When pressing ENTER. TOOL2 = Knife. By pressing × or Ø. . In the Set-Up sheet. 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. TOOL3 = Pen. In the general settings menu. 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.2. The factory defaults are: TOOL1 = Knife. TOOL4 = Pen · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. you can move to the desired setting. The pouncing gap is only adjustable and active if a tool is selected which is defined as being a pouncing tool. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. 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.10/12/01 · . force. allowing a new selection.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. 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. position the pen above the selection 1.1. seven parameters are available: TOOL-TYPE SETTINGS. while TOOLS 3 & 4 are defined as being pens. SMOOTHING and REPLOT FACTOR. 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.
Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SHEET-OFF / PAGE MODE This is a combination of two parameters. Pressing the Page Key will then cause a relocation of the origin point. Secondly. no sheeting off will occur. 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. A : Original origin. the number mentioned after the PG command will be interpreted differently. depending on the page mode you have chosen : · Page Mode 0 : The number after the page command is ignored. If the PAGE command “PG.5 cm (0. it makes three possible page modes available. leaving a gap of 1cm in-between consecutive jobs.2”) from the lower media border. the cutter will automatically sheet off regardless of the Page Mode. · Page Mode 1 : The new origin is located “n” millimeters beyond the last vector that was sent. . When the auto sheet-off function is disabled.2”) after the furthest vector and the new cutting limit will be located 0.” is sent. B) The Page Mode part determines the cutter’s reaction to a PAGE command sent by the cutting software. you can enable or disable the automatic sheet-off facility. A page-command looks like this: “PG.” with “n” a number in millimeters. 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. · Page Mode 2 : The new origin is located “n” millimeters beyond the previous origin position. First of all. is a feature which is unique to MUTOH cutting plotters and which enhances the cutter’s versatility and overall performance enormously.10/12/01 . All possible combinations of auto sheet-off and page mode are available. A) With the auto sheet-off part. The media will be cut 0. minimizing the loss of vinyl.” is sent.1. it gives the user complete control over the automatic sheet-off feature.5 cm (0. without user intervention.” or “Pgn. Sheeting-off automatically. If the PAGE command “Pgn.
10/12/01 . 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. 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. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. you can move to the desired setting. By Pressing × or Ø. allowing a new selection. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. When pressing ENTER.1. . leaving the original setting unchanged. The factory default is Sheet-Off ON / Page Mode 0. · Page 42 AP-75025 Rev 1.
EXAMPLE : If the replot factor is (TIMES) 5 and the third LED is selected to indicate the number of copies. · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys. Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting.1. it is possible to request more than 10 copies when the automatic replot and sheet-off utility is used. leaving the original setting unchanged. position the pen above the selection 6 in the menu-selection line. . The factory default is times 1. · Page 43 AP-75025 Rev 1. Press ENTER to confirm this choice.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REPLOT FACTOR Using the replot factor. 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. a total of 15 copies will be generated. When pressing ENTER.10/12/01 . the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. The replot factor indicates the multiplication factor the cutter will use to determine how many copies are requested. allowing a new selection. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line.
The cutter will plot the following line: 7) SMOOTHING : OFF ON after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. all corners will be cut sharply. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line. · With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. · Page 44 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. the cutter will maintain its speed and cut a rounded corner (2). allowing a new selection. If the angle is smaller.10/12/01 . To change the smoothing settings. . proceed as follows : · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys. Depending on your choice. If the complementary angle between two consecutive vectors A & B is larger than the smoothing angle. position the pen above the selection 7 in the menu-selection line. The optimum smoothing angle is calculated internally. When smoothing is turned off.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide SMOOTHING Smoothing can be set ON or OFF. Remark: The cutting plotter will work significantly slower when smoothing is OFF. leaving the original setting unchanged. When pressing ENTER. The factory default is ON. cutting of obtuse angles will be dealt with differently by the cutter. By pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. the cutter will slow down and cut a sharp corner (1).
In this case. To change settings. however. 8 Data bits. 15. 9. X-on X-off protocol. 10. This setting is used as a default by windows as well as by practically all cutting plotter software. 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. we have included the possibility to alter any of the settings necessary. No parity. In the Set-Up sheet. Page 45 AP-75025 Rev 1. For your convenience. 1 Stop bit. 12. 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. for communication. 14. 16. all other communication parameters will be automatically set. . several commonly used settings have been preinstalled. 13. Please refer to the manual of your software to determine which communication settings will be used by your software. When using one of the default settings.10/12/01 . Please note that menu selections 9 up to 16 will only be available if the parameter USER DEFINED is selected in line 8.1. the communication settings on both machines have to match exactly. 2) You can set all communication parameters yourself. Factory default settings are: 9600 baud. 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. 11. Your cutter is able to be set up to use any settings necessary. they can be found in lines 8 to 16 : 8.
In case of selecting the user-defined option. When pressing ENTER. choose one of the defaults or the user. · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys positions the tool head above the selection 8 up to 16 in the menu-selection line.defined possibility under option 8. The cutter will plot the corresponding line. The factory default setting is default 4.10/12/01 . alter the settings one by one until they match the desired value. With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will be returned to the menu selection line. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting.1. . · · Page 46 AP-75025 Rev 1. leaving the original setting unchanged.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. allowing a new selection.
10/12/01 .0125mm 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 L.compatible) and MC-GL (Calcomp Compatible). twelve settings are available. Page 47 AP-75025 Rev 1. The first choice to make is the language type : MH-GL/2 or MC-GL. When using MC-GL. The factory default is MH-GL/2. When using MH-GL/2.5 times too large or too small. Factory default is 0. three settings are available : 1. Lower Left.025 mm or 0. If these values are not set correctly.025mm. This is the language used by all popular sign cutting packages. the language settings can be found in lines 17 up to 32. all your jobs will be 2. VS-AS-FS : Several cutting software packages enable the user to send SPEED. ☞ Please note that when MC-GL is activated in menu option 17. Left U.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. The cutter can be set up to ACCEPT or IGNORE these commands.1. menu options 18-20 will NOT be available. Right U.010mm Accept 0. 2.010mm 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 No Yes 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 MC-GL L. In the set-up sheet.Cutter Settings & Functions MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide LANGUAGE SETTINGS Your cutter is able to understand two different graphic languages. These two languages are MH-GL/2 (HPGL/2 . Upper Right & Upper Left.025mm Ignore 907 PCI 0.AS.01mm. 17) Command Set 18) Origin 19) Plot Unit 20) VS. 3. Left 0. Please refer to your software manual to look for the necessary values if this language is needed.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. ACCELERATION and FORCE commands to the cutter. Lower Right is factory default. In order to be able to fully use these languages. Lower Right.01 mm. Default Origin : Center. Plot Unit : 0. the menu options 21-32 will NOT be available. Some cutting software packages use 0. all necessary settings are available in the cutter set-up mode.
All previously stored language and communication settings will be reset. This is possible by switching the cutter on while simultaneously pressing the ORIGIN and the PAGE keys. Pressing × or Ø you can move to the desired setting. The cutter will plot the corresponding line. With the Ù & Ú JOG-keys you can return to the menu-selection line. . first plot out a set-up sheet using the show option of the menu selection line. When pressing ENTER.10/12/01 . after which the tool head will be parked above the current setting. · RESET-TO-FACTORY DEFAULTS In some cases it might be necessary to return your cutter to its factory default settings. ☞ In case of doubt. Page 48 AP-75025 Rev 1. 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. proceed as follows: · · · · Using the ×Ø JOG-keys positions the pen above one of the selections 17 up to 32 in the menu-line. The reset to factory default can also be initiated by pressing ENTER & MENU Ù (INIT).1. Visual confirmation of this action is given by the LED-bar. the new setting will be underlined and the tool head will return to the menu selection line allowing a new selection. Press ENTER to confirm this choice. leaving the original setting unchanged. ☞ Please note that using this function will fully re-initialize your unit.
1.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. Once you have more experience with your cutter.50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3. Cutting Blade 1 Top Angle Typical Offset Default Speed Default Force Default Acceleration 45º (Red cap) 0.0 G Cutting Blade 2 30º (Yellow cap) 0.50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3. you will be able to fine-tune your cutter in a trice.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 1.0 G Cutting Blade 3 60º (Blue cap) 0. . There are several knife types available. each of them meant for specific cutting media.50 mm 50 cm/s (20”/s) 100 g 3.10/12/01 .
PROCEED AS FOLLOWS : STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER 1) Hold the body (2) in one hand and adjust the depth by using the set screw (3). Backing 4. To do this. take the base part in your left hand and twist the ring slightly. Always make sure that the knife blade protrudes enough.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. No matter which type of knife holder you are using. Cutting blade TO ADJUST THE KNIFE DEPTH. 1. OPTIONAL KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS 1) Loosen the base part of the cutting knife.1. Knife Holder 2. Page 50 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . adjusting the knife depth is a very important parameter when it comes to making high quality outputs. but not too much out of the knife holder. Vinyl 3. .
will retract the blade. This will prevent the cutting blade from coming loose during cutting.1. Page 51 AP-75025 Rev 1.008”) out of the base part Tighten the ring firmly against the base part. 4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the correct depth is obtained.008”) out of the edge of the base part.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. turn out the blade until it protrudes about 0.2 mm (0. For a first test.10/12/01 . of the same type that you will be using. . 2) Turning the set screw (3) clockwise will make the blade protrude out of the edge of the base part (1). Turning the set screw (3) counterclockwise.2mm (0. 3) Make a manual test-cut on a small piece of media. At no times you should be able to see a scratch at the back side of the media. Adjust the depth until the top layer is cut completely and that you can see a slight scratch on the backing when peeling off.
For those applications.1.01 mm (0. The lower scale (nonius) makes it possible to change the knife depth over 0.0004”).0. .05 mm + 0.05 mm (0. .10/12/01 .002”).01 mm + 0.01 millimeter (0. MUTOH can provide you with an optional knife holder.05 mm .0.01 mm Page 52 AP-75025 Rev 1. featuring a nonius (vernier) with which it is possible to adjust the depth of the knife in increments of 0.0004”) · · The upper scale lines make it possible to change the knife depth over 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.
You can cut a small TEST SQUARE using the current force settings as follows: · · · Make sure the cutter is OFFLINE.10/12/01 . starting at the origin.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. Online LED should be OFF. The cutter will cut a test square. When not using the JOG keys. In that case there is no need to apply 100 grams of pressure. Here. 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. Select the FORCE menu. each new test square you cut will be positioned. . Some cast media require only 15 grams to be cut completely through. Page 53 AP-75025 Rev 1. Too much pressure can cause a decrease of quality. Using the JOG-keys you can select the position where to cut the test square.1. Press the ENTER-key for about two seconds. Press MENU Ù/Ú until FORCE LED is ON.
Page 54 AP-75025 Rev 1. but unfortunately also one of the factors that is easily forgotten.10/12/01 . The cutter cuts too far in the angular points. . The cutting direction is indicated by the arrow. the knife offset (2) is the distance between the knife centre and the knife tip. a square corner will be cut as follows : The cutting direction is indicated by the arrow. You should therefore adjust the offset (2) by checking real cutting results on the media you will use. OFFSET EFFECT The selected Offset value is LARGER than the optimum knife offset. · Accurate measurement of the OFFSET to be used is very difficult and requires specialised equipment. which has been integrated into your cutter. MUTOH helps you doing this by way of a semi-automatic offset adjustment routine. The corners are not well formed. The cutter did not cut far enough in the angular points.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide OFFSET PRINCIPLE One of the most important factors to obtain good quality.1. a square corner will be cut as follows : The selected Offset value is SMALLER than the optimum knife offset. is the offset. The corners are not well formed. 1 1: Cutter blade 2: Theoretical Offset 2 · As you can see in the above figure. In this case. In this case.
adjust the base value to match the offset value of the blade installed in your knife holder. This will put the cutter into the OFFSET test mode.46 mm (0. the cutter will not react. this value is 0.keys.02”). FORCE). Depending on the LED which is flashing. Press the ENTER & OFFSET ( JOG Ø ) keys simultaneously. each of them with a different offset. 10) When the test cuts are completed.018”) up to 0. The flashing LED on the LED-bar now shows the OFFSET BASE VALUE.5 mm (0. . Press the ONLINE key to switch the cutter into ONLINE mode.2mm 0. as this function is only useful using the knife settings.4mm 0.7mm 0. The cutter will now generate a set of test patterns. 6) 7) 8) 9) If the base offset is set to 0. Switch the cutter to OFF-LINE MODE by pressing the ONLINE button. the cutter will advance the vinyl for you to check the patterns and to determine which of them gives best quality. When a TOOL is set to PEN 1 or PEN 2. the generated offsets will vary from 0.9mm 1mm 3) 4) 5) Using the VALUE +/. closure of the circles and easy weeding. Page 55 AP-75025 Rev 1. The cutter will now be in OFF-LINE mode.55 mm (0. Especially look for good quality of the corners.02”).8mm 0. You will find an LED of the LED-bar move according to your choice. For the blades which come with the cutter.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.004”) to 1 mm (0. (Tool 1 and Tool 2 are defaulted to tooltype knife).6mm 0.3mm 0.1mm 0.10/12/01 .022”).5mm 0. When the head is moved. The base offset value is indicated on the box in which the blades are packed. The ONLINE-LED indicator is OFF.1. Select a tool of which the tool type is set to knife.04”). m m m m m m m m m 0.1 mm (0. ACCELERATION. 11) Using the JOG-keys × & Ø you can move the TOOL HEAD digitally to indicate the square with the best quality. but in such way that the test squares remain visible for the user. This gives you the opportunity to adjust any settings necessary (SPEED. The ONLINE LED-indicator should be OFF.5 mm (0. the vinyl is partially retracted. the base value can range from 0. Press ENTER to confirm the BASE-OFFSET value.
The cutter will now be in OFFLINE mode. you can now restart the offset setting routine to experiment with a different force. The factory default settings are: TOOL1 = Knife. TOOL3 = Pen. your cutter can memorise 4 sets of tool parameters. ONLINE LED should be ON. the cutter will continue working with the value prior to launching the adjustment routine. Page 56 AP-75025 Rev 1. you can set the cutter ONLINE by pressing the ONLINE key. . Refer to item 3) to do this. To be able to change swiftly from one application or media to another.1. MUTOH recommends you to perform this routine each time you change cutting blades or switch to another type of media. a pen or a pouncing tool. ¨ Difficult weeding. Each of the TOOLS can be defined as being a knife. 2) In case the offset adjustment routine is aborted. depending of the user’s choice. In order to obtain good quality. TOOL4 = Pen. 14) If you are satisfied with the new setting. Please refer to selecting a tool. 1) Inaccurate offset setting may cause : ¨ POOR cutting quality. speed and/or acceleration.Finetuning your cutter MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide 12) Press ENTER to confirm your choice.10/12/01 . TOOL2 = Knife. 15) Now press PAGE to sheet-off the test squares. 13) If needed.
Page 57 AP-75025 Rev 1. · The FORCE can be varied in the range of 15 .500 grams. 4. set the TOOLKIND of the tool of your choice to POUNCE.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. · The FORCE can be varied in the range of 15 .keys. 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. MUTOH recommends to use the optionally available soft cutting mat for punching applications. 2. 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. 2.10/12/01 . Select the desired gap using the VALUE + /. . For optimum quality. This cutting mat allows a better penetration of the pyramidically shaped punching pin. b) Use the incorporated punching / pouncing capability: · In the cutter set up.1. · The POUNCING GAP can be adjusted using the OFFSET routine : 1. Confirm your choice by pressing ENTER. Press ENTER & JOG RIGHT. By factory default TOOL3 and TOOL4 are defined as PEN1 and PEN2. All other settings such as speed. For more details refer to: CHAPTER 2 : CUTTER CONTROLS: Tool-Type / Toolkind selection.500 grams. 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. acceleration and force will react similarly as for the other tool kinds. To perform a pouncing job please proceed as follows: 1.
Tool Adjustment.1.10/12/01 .Finetuning your cutter 3. The punching pin (1) will then be about 1 mm inside the holder (2). Page 58 AP-75025 Rev 1. 1 2 1. MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide · Turn the positioning screw (3) until the punching pin is about to protrude the holder. Holder 3. . Punching pin 2. Positioning screw 3 · Turn back the positioning screw (3) one full turn.
only the width of the roll is taken into account. without needing a computer. The test-cut will be scaled automatically to fit the vinyl size. 4) If you have not yet performed the offset adjustment routine for the current knife and/or vinyl. 6) Start the test-cut by pressing ENTER and TEST (JOG-UP Ù) simultaneously. MUTOH has integrated a demo testcut into the SC series of cutters. 5) Switch to OFFLINE MODE by pressing the ONLINE KEY. In case of a roll of vinyl. The cutter assumes that there is enough media on the roll to perform a full width test cut. To perform this demo cut. Page 59 AP-75025 Rev 1. first perform this routine in order to obtain perfect quality.10/12/01 .1.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. The user can determine the size of the testcut by adjusting the position of the pressure rolls. 3) Make sure that a knife with well adjusted depth is mounted into the tool head. proceed as follows: 1) Load some vinyl ( cut-sheet or roll ) into the cutter. The ONLINE LED should be OFF. 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). .
10/12/01 . Page 60 AP-75025 Rev 1. accelerations. 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. forces offset values. EPROM & EEPROM version ) as well as all the user definable settings such as tool speeds. 2) Verify that a tool is selected which is defined as being a pen. 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.1.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. ONLINE LED should be OFF. ... 3) Make sure that a pen is mounted in the tool head. 5) Start the plot by pressing ENTER & SETTINGS ( JOG LEFT×) simultaneously. . 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..
Therefore it is a good habit to clean the drive rolls regularly. . after some time. CLEANING THE GRID ROLLS : The figure below shows you this part of the plotter that might require your attention.10/12/01 . daily maintenance.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide CHAPTER 5 PLOTTER MAINTENANCE & TROUBLESHOOTING In this chapter. To do this you can use a brush and rotate the rolls manually to make sure that they are thoroughly cleaned. How to pinpoint and check out problems that might occur. you will learn : · · How to keep your cutter in good shape and prevent problems by regularly performing some easy.1. · · Page 61 AP-75025 Rev 1. · The pressure rollers (2) press the vinyl firmly against the friction drive rolls (5). resulting in inaccurate cuts or incorrect vinyl transport. knives and pens will work better and last longer if you keep them clean and perform a few simple daily maintenance tasks. This can cause slippage of the material. For this reason it is possible that. CLEANING & DAILY MAINTENANCE Your cutting plotter. the friction drive rolls (5) become clogged with accumulated residue from cutting media.
Use a cotton swab to clean the media sensors.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. · Step 4 Place the base part back on the holder and twist it tightly.10/12/01 . KNIFE HOLDER WITH NONIUS · Step 1 Take the ring in your hand and remove the base part. . CLEANING THE CUTTING PLOTTER · · Use a soft cloth to clean paper dust and particles off the platen. STANDARD KNIFE HOLDER · Step 1 Take the body (2) into one hand and unscrew the base part (1). Page 62 AP-75025 Rev 1.. · 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. the grid cover the cutting mat and the carriage cover.
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. 1 2 1) cutting mat / 2) Strip of vinyl Page 63 AP-75025 Rev 1. REPLACING THE CUTTING MAT : To replace the cutting mat.) Stick this strip into the cutting groove. in order to maintain high quality output.10/12/01 . . together with the underlying strip of vinyl. Step 2 : Cut a strip of vinyl ( Width : 8 mm (0. proceed as follows: Step 1 : First of all. remove the worn cutting mat by pulling it out. to replace some parts. it will be necessary. which are liable to wear and tear.1.3”) / Length : depending on the size of your cutter. Step 3 : Complete this procedure by sticking the new cutting mat into the cutting groove.
· Step 4: Place the new blade with its spring into the base part and screw the whole assembly onto the body. Page 64 AP-75025 Rev 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.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).10/12/01 .Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide REPLACING THE KNIFE BLADE : To replace a blade.
. 6) Screw the ring (2) back on the tool head. 2) Take off the ring (1) and take the knife assembly (2) out of the tool head. Page 65 AP-75025 Rev 1. 7) Check again if the knife can be moved smoothly and if it returns into its original “up” position when you release it. The knife assembly has a flat side. proceed as follows: 1) Unscrew the ring (1).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. 3) Make sure to leave the spring (3) located in the tool head into place. over the knife assembly. which secures the auto-sheet-off knife. This should be possible without any trouble. it is a good practice to regularly clean the knife and to replace it when it starts to wear. To do this. In case the blade is worn.10/12/01 . You can easily check this by trying to push the knife downward manually until it touches the cutting mat. use a new knife assembly to proceed. to secure the knife into place.1. 4) Clean the sheet-off knife. 5) Place a new (or the cleaned) knife assembly (2) into the tool head. removing any material residues that might be clogged to the blade. Make sure that it is correctly oriented (flat side to the right) (see figure below).
Page 66 AP-75025 Rev 1. Check whether the knife tip is not clogged with material residues.1. Does the command mode on the host computer match the command mode on the cutter ? ( Chapter 3 – Language Settings ). Data is sent from the computer but errors occur on the cutter’s side. 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). Perform the offset adjustment routine to check cutting quality. Some parts of the design are not well cut. .10/12/01 . Examine the knife blade with a magnifier to see if the tip is not damaged or broken. 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. 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 ).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. 1) · · · 2) · · · · 3) · · · 4) · · · 5) · · · · Power switch is turned ON. but the cutter does not operate. Perform the internal test cut and check its quality (Chapter 4). but the cutter does not operate. (Chapter 4). 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. but the cutter does not react.
select the proper tool and load a sheet of media.0. 2) Switch on the cutter.4000. 1 stop bit. 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. CI2000. COM2.1. 4) Make sure the cutter shuffles the media and verify that the cutter is ON-LINE.2000. quit this application before continuing.PLT <ENTER> ) IN.8. NONE parity. Page 67 AP-75025 Rev 1. If another environment (for example : windows) is automatically loaded after booting up.4000. 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.10/12/01 . … ) to. type following command. install a knife or pen in the head.1.0. 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. 8 data-bits. SP0. 6) Check with which of the host computer’s communication ports your cutter is connected ( COM1. which is at least 12 x 12 centimeters. 3) After the initialization routine is finished. LPT1. . MODE COM1: 96.n.n.4000.0. 7) If your computer and cutter are linked with a serial interface (COM1 or COM2).4000. PA0.8.p then press <ENTER> or MODE COM2: 96.p then press <ENTER> The command above will change your computer’s serial communication settings to match the cutter’s factory default communication settings. 8) Using any text editor. These settings are : 9600 BAUD. PU2000.0. create a file called TEST. PD0.1. SP1.
1.PLT COM2 f your cutter is connected to COM2 ) copy TEST.PLT COM1 f your cutter is connected to COM1 ) copy TEST. The file you have created will now be sent to the cutter. 11) Make sure you are in the directory where the file is located. Page 68 AP-75025 Rev 1.10/12/01 . 12) Type following command : copy TEST. causing it to cut/draw a square of 10 by 10 cm. 10) Exit the text editor and return to the DOS-prompt.Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide 9) Save this file onto a floppy or on your hard-disk.PLT LPT1 ( If your cutter is connected with the parallel printer port ) 13) Then press <ENTER>. . And a circle with a radius of 5 cm.
Communication difficulties – Check cables. Change or reload media.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. Load a new sheet or roll. Page 69 AP-75025 Rev 1.1. Too much or too little light.10/12/01 . Check media and auto-cut knife. Error during auto-sheet-off sequence. . (Chapter 3 .Language Settings ) Media detection impossible. 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. Select other graphics language. incorrect pressure roll position.
Chapter 3. Chapter 3. host. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Page 70 AP-75025 Rev 1. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Check the communication settings. Check the communication settings. Not enough ESC-parameters. Parity error. Chapter 3. Illegal character used for MH-GL ESC-sequence. They can be caused by errors related to the communication conditions. Not enough ESC-parameters. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Undefined ESCAPE sequence. Buffer overflow. . Overrun error. Bias is less than EOB code. 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. Change the computer program to prevent the cutter from returning double data.10/12/01 . Restart the cutter. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings. Data between bias and EOB too large.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. errors due to a defective handshake or command format errors in the ESCAPE sequences. Too many ESC-sequence parameters. Check-sum difference cutter vs. Chapter 3. Check the communication settings.1. Restart the cutter. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Check the ESCAPE command setup. Check the communication settings. Illegal character in ESC-sequence parameter. Communication error. Check the ESCAPE command setup.
Polygon and character buffer overflow. Verify computer and cutter language settings. Parameter out of range was transmitted. Verify computer and cutter language settings. The error can be caused by a difference in command type or by a syntax error. Verify computer and cutter language settings. Page 71 AP-75025 Rev 1. Character unknown to MH-GL was sent. .10/12/01 . Verify computer and cutter language settings. 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.1. Incorrect number of parameters was transmitted.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.
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MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide
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
POSITION TIME OUT MOVING COIL
POSITION TIME OUT PEN MOTOR OVER CURRENT MOVING COIL OVER CURRENT PEN MOTOR OVER FORCE MOVING COIL OVER FORCE PEN MOTOR MOVING COIL A/D FAILURE PEN MOTOR A/D FAILURE
CURRENT TIME OUT MOVING COIL
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Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting
MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide ERROR CODE
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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Plotter Maintenance & troubleshooting
MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide
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Media Compatibility & Dimensions
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
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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Page 76 AP-75025 Rev 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.10/12/01 .1.
18. 22 Carriage Cover. 13 drive rollers. See PAGE length Small guiding Flanges. 13 CUT SHEET. 13 PARAMETER SETTINGS PLOT. 18 marker lines. 13 CONTROL PANEL. 26 ACCELERATION. 40 AP-75025 Rev 1. 14 conveyer rolls. 9 Equal Tension method. 63 replot factor. 14 ORIGIN key. 69 replace a blade. 27 Toolkind. 19 jog-keys. 40 Grid Cover. 64 replace auto-sheet-off knife. 25 Page Mode. 30 ADJUST THE KNIFE DEPTH. 57 Cutting Mat. 13 POUNCING / PUNCHING SET-UP. 25. 13 RECOVERABLE SYSTEM ERRORS. 25 LOADING MEDIA. 18 Pressure Rollers.key. 48 roll media. 13 SERIAL INTERFACE. 13 Power supply. 22 PAGE key. 43 RESET & CLEAR FUNCTION. 44 SPEED. 13 Centronics interface. 25 environment. 45 Control Panel. 25. 23 ON-LINE LED. 18 Power Switch. 14 origin. 60 PARTS LIST. 61 CLEANING THE GRID ROLLS. 24 page length. 16 Power Connector. 18 cutting mat. 71 LED-bar. 76 Platen. 24 auto sheet-off. 31 PAGE LENGTH. 20 MC-GL. 24 Language errors. 34 RESET-TO-FACTORY DEFAULTS. 67 communication settings. 24 page. 10 Physical Dimensions. 13 enter. 21 FORCE. 38 SHUFFLE length. 55 OFFSET BASE VALUE.1. 23 ON-LINE MODE. 18 Drive Rollers. 41 PAGE-MODE. 41 SHOW function. 47 OFF-LINE mode. 13 hold-lever. 41 auto-sheet-off. 53 testcut. 65 replace the cutting mat. 14 Page 77 ON-LINE button. 14 ENTER key. 26 + key. 13 Dual Action Tool head for Cutting and Sheeting Off. 15 CLEANING & DAILY MAINTENANCE. 37. 15 Serial Interface Connector. 21 PAGE length. 21 pressure rollers. 25. 47 media hold lever. 13 SHEET-OFF / PAGE MODE.Index MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide INDEX . 61 Communication errors. 42 PARALLEL INTERFACE. 59 TOOL. 25 MENU-MODE. 13 Smoothing. 57 POWER CABLE. 70 Communication problems. 20 Roll Support System. 38 MENU-SELECTION LINE. 23 online-led. 30 TEST SQUARE. 14. 13 Hold Lever. 14 JOG-keys.10/12/01 . 23 offset adjustment procedure. 13 pre-feed length. 25 TOOL SELECTION. 18 MENU SELECTION KEYS. 50 ALIGNMENT FUNCTION. 55 on-line. 38 MH-GL/2. 29 general settings. . 15 Parallel Interface Connector. 9 power switch. 20 Conveyor Rolls.
37 value keys. 22 TROUBLESHOOTING. 11 Unrecoverable errors.10/12/01 . 45 user language. 26 wear and tear. 66 UNPACKING.1. 40 tool-up. . 72 MUTOH SC Series Cutting Plotters User’s Guide USER DEFINED. 25 VALUE keys. 63 Page 78 AP-75025 Rev 1.Index TOOL-TYPE SELECTION.
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 1.10/12/01 . .1.
.1.10/12/01 .MUTOH SC Series Special & Hidden Functions: Overview KEY / SWITCH COMBINATION Start REPLOT RESET & CLEAR BUFFER ORIGIN ALIGNMENT Page 80 AP-75025 Rev 1.
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