Laser Marking Software

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Our marking software has been designed to meet the needs of all types of users of laser marking systems. The software was developed to be a retrofit package for existing systems or as original software on new systems.

Product Introduction

Our marking software has been designed to meet the needs of all types of users of laser marking systems.  The software was developed to be a retrofit package for existing systems, or as original software on new systems. The package provides significant advancements over previous laser marking control systems, while remaining extremely user-friendly. It's an object oriented, graphically interactive, PC control system providing a user the ability define and execute laser marking jobs. Multiple hardware interfaces are supported giving the software the ability to control most Nd:YAG and CO2 laser marking systems.

Unlike some marking software, the operator never has to remember what fonts and logo's need to be loaded for a particular job. The software automatically performs all required graphic loading. The software does not require users to learn any programming languages or special codes, and yet the software provides all of the flexible, graphic control users are accustomed to, including radial marking, aspect control, character spacing, angular rotations, and full justification. Text to be marked can be fixed or variable. Variable text can be retrieved at runtime from a variety of sources including, the keyboard, a bar code reader, and disk files.  Automatic date coding and alphanumeric serialization are included as variable text types. Fonts include laser engraving fonts and Window’s True Type fonts. True Type fonts can be vector filled using user specified density, angle and kerf. Graphics (sometimes called "logo's" on other systems) can be imported from a large variety of common vector formats.  All graphic features are either menu controlled or graphically controlled via the mouse and keyboard.

The software can create various objects such as barcode, DataMatrix, text, simple geometrical objects (such as line, rectangle, round-corner rectangle, polygon, circle, ellipse etc), complex graphic objects (such as PLT & BMP files), automatic date coding and alphanumeric serialization.

There are three types of marking cards (interface cards) and relevant software: LMX series, LMM series and LMC series. LMC can operate with Windows7 but others can not.

1. LMX Series Cards and Software

LMX Marking Control Card is especially developed for scan head and laser control in real time with a PCI bus interface. It is used with corresponding software to control laser marking.

2. LMM Series Cards and Software

LMM Marking Control Card is especially developed for scan head and fiber laser control in real time with a PCI bus interface. It is used with corresponding software to control laser marking. The suitable fiber lasers are IPG, Manlight and SPI lasers via 8-bit laser power adjustment.

There are following main functions of LMM marking software:

3. ETH6608 Series Cards and Software

The ETH6608 card, which is designed to provide a standalone platform with Ethernet communication to PC, allows the capability of more devices configuration, and is more compatible solution in laser marking or engraving applications. Marking data can be downloaded by using a RJ45 interface with default IP address 192.168.1.55, and the PC to be set under 192.168.1.X.

4. LMC Series Cards and Software

Our marking software has been designed to meet the needs of all types of users of laser marking systems. The software was developed to be a retrofit package for existing systems, or as original software on new systems. The package provides significant advancements over previous laser marking control systems, while remaining extremely user-friendly. It's an object oriented, graphically interactive, PC control system providing a user the ability define and execute laser marking jobs. Multiple hardware interfaces are supported giving the software the ability to control most Nd:YAG, CO2 and fiber laser marking systems such as adjusting currents, frequency, duty ratio . and red light indication.

Unlike some marking software, the operator never has to remember what fonts and logo's need to be loaded for a particular job. The software automatically performs all required graphic loading. The software does not require users to learn any programming languages or special codes, and yet the software provides all of the flexible, graphic control users are accustomed to, including radial marking, aspect control, character spacing, angular rotations, and full justification. Text to be marked can be fixed or variable. Variable text can be retrieved at runtime from a variety of sources including, the keyboard, a bar code reader, and disk files.  Automatic date coding and alphanumeric serialization are included as variable text types. Fonts include laser engraving fonts and Window’s True Type fonts. True Type fonts can be vector filled using user specified density, angle and kerf. Graphics (sometimes called "logo's" on other systems) can be imported from a large variety of common vector formats.  All graphic features are either menu controlled or graphically controlled via the mouse and keyboard.

The software can create various objects such as barcode, DataMatrix, text, simple geometrical objects (such as line, rectangle, round-corner rectangle, polygon, circle, ellipse etc), complex graphic objects (such as PLT & BMP files), automatic date coding and alphanumeric serialization.

Digital card (control CO2 laser, YAG laser)

SPI G3.0 card (control SPI laser)

IPG CARD (control IPG-YLP laser and IPG-YLPM laser)

Dynamic focus board

5. DIGI-STRUCT Laser Markng Controller

The laser marking controller consists of E1701D scanner controller baseboard plus optional extension boards. The E1701 scanner controller boards are designed for controlling galvanometric scanner systems with two or three axes. Depending on the used extension boards (which are optional) they also supply extensive signals for laser and external control. The communication between the host system and the controller boards is done via Ethernet or USB.

When using E1701 scanner controller boards, there is always one baseboard required for proper operation.

This baseboard can be used together with different extension boards that provide additional signals for

controlling the laser marking process. These extension boards are optional and have to be used only in

environments where the additional signals processed by these boards are required. So depending on used type of laser and requirements, the minimal solution to control a laser marking system may consist of the baseboard only.

Normally extension boards can be combined with any baseboard and all other extension boards freely, there

are no restrictions for usage. In case some specific extension board types can’t be operated with other boards, Normally an E1701 baseboard can be combined with several extension boards of different types but not with more than one board of same type. In case of special extension boards where more than one board of the same type can be used, this is stated in description of the related boards below.

E1701D XY2/100 Digital Laser Scanner Controller Baseboard

This baseboard can be used to control 2D or 3D scanheads that come with a XY2/100 interface. It can be

combined with extension boards without any restrictions. E1701D offers following features:

l XY2/100 interface to scanhead with X, Y and Z channel

l 100 Mbit Ethernet connection

l USB 2.0 connection

l online XYZ grid correction with support for several correction table file formats (like SCAPS(tm) .ucf,

l Scanlab(tm) .ctb and .ct5, Raylase(tm) .gcd)

l switching between up to 16 grid correction tables during marking process

l high-definition online XYZ grid correction with BeamConstruct HD correction files (.bco)

l 10 microseconds vector cycle time and resolution (microstep period)

l command execution time down to 0,5 microseconds

l realtime processing of laser and scanner signals

l 26 bit internal resolution (for better quality also with 16 bit hardware output)

l can control nearly every laser type (this may require extension boards as described below)

l two laser CMOS digital outputs for usage with YAG, CO2, IPG(tm), SPI(tm) and compatible laser types

l (outputs can provide PWM frequency, Q-Switch, FPK-pulse, CW/continuously running frequency,

l stand-by frequency) running with frequencies of up to 20 MHz

l 512 MByte DDR3 RAM

l 1 GHz CPU clock

l support for Micro-SD and Micro-SDHC cards

l internal command and vector data list with more than 20 million entries

l continuous list concept, no need to swap between lists

l BeamConstruct PRO license included

l open source compatibility library that emulates existing programming interface for fast and easy usage

l with existing software (contains e.g. Scanlab, RTC4), SCAPS, USC/SCI and other compatible interfaces)

E1701 LP8 Extension Board

This board can be used to provide signals for controlling a wide range of laser types. It offers following features:

l LP8 8 bit CMOS level parallel digital output e.g. for controlling laser power

l LP8 latch CMOS level digital output for usage with IPG(tm) and compatible laser types

l Master Oscillator CMOS level digital output for usage with IPG(tm) and compatible laser types

l 8 bit 0..5V analogue output e.g. for controlling laser power (this output is a slave of LP8 outputs)

l two laser CMOS level digital outputs for usage with YAG, CO2, IPG(tm), SPI(tm) and compatible laser

l types (outputs can provide PWM frequency, Q-Switch, FPK-pulse, CW/continuously running

l frequency, stand-by frequency) running with frequencies of up to 20 MHz

E1701 Digi I/O Extension Board

This board provides additional digital in- and outputs for synchronisation and communication with external

equipment. It offers following features:

l 8 freely usable digital outputs providing either CMOS level or electrically insulated outputs via

l external power supply

l 8 freely usable digital inputs expecting either CMOS level or electrically insulated inputs via external

l power supply

l 2 digital inputs usable for quadrature encoder signals for marking on-the-fly applications

E1701 Secondary Head Extension Board

Using boards of this type additional heads can be connected which then work in parallel to the first scanhead of E1701D baseboard. So as only output it provides an additional XY2/100 connection.

Software Features

The Digi-Struct is feature rich software platform that provides a user-friendly layout with an easy-to-use and powerful toolset for the creation of laser marking programmes and control of Digi-Cube laser scan heads to further maximise productivity and reduce production costs

A vast array of different one dimensional and two dimensional codes are available from installation including QR codes, Datamatrix UPC and EAN.

Supports TrueType fonts, including Unicode, and a variety of different script styles.

Fulfils the demands of an ever more globalised identification and labelling market. Digi-Struct also comes with 11 different laser vector fonts providing legible characters in the fastest possible timeframe.

A large number of different date and time options are available.

Provides the ultimate flexibility of date and time coding while remaining simple to use through a date/time wizard. Customisable date/time strings can also be made using a list of easily entered commands with minimal syntax.

Provides a variety of line styles, giving you full control of the laser marking process.

Perforation of pieces can be achieved by a few clicks of a mouse and custom line styles are available to perform specific tasks.

Supports images and artwork in a variety of standard formats including .dxf and .svg.

Makes adding logos and images to products quick and easy. With no tooling to consider, brands and logos can be changed,

The automated test matrix makes the fine tuning of your marks faster and easier.

This gives you the best possible contrast using the shortest amount of time and using as little material as possible.

By utilising the automated test matrix tool, a number of different effects created by the laser source can be marked on to a single swatch of sample material and can easily be identified and refined using the grid within the automated test matrix.

3D capabilities allows for subtractive 3D printing( removing material instead of adding ).

Utilises a versatile ‘Slicing’ system, breaking down a complex 3D project into easy-to-handle 2 dimensional layers.

Scan Head Controller – Software Board & Extension Boards

Combines a powerful 1GHz processor on a compact platform with a scalable architecture and low thermal output. This allows laser OEM’s to integrate the software into their current design pipeline easily and efficiently.

YAG and CO2 lasers are supported out of the box, whilst the easy-to-connect extension boards can be added to interface with fibre laser sources such as IPG®, SPI®, iLuma®, Raycus and all other commercially available laser sources.

The Digi-Card sports a 100Mb Ethernet connection allowing for the rapid transfer of data between a PC and the laser control software which is stored on the 4GB micro SD card containing all the laser marking programmes. The programmes can then be selected by software commands or by utilising the I/O expansion board.

Control Box

An easy-to-use feature of the Digi-Struct Software allows up to 254 different laser marking programmes to be created on a Laptop or Desktop computer.

These programmes can then be downloaded on to a micro SD card and inserted into the Digi-Link Control Box.

When the Digi-Card Scan Head Controller Board is connected to the Digi-Link it allows the user to select the appropriate programme and externally control laser stop/start functions, removing the need for a Laptop/Desktop on the shop floor -saving time, eliminating programming error and preventing any unauthorised access or interference with the laser marking.

The Digi-Link control box can also receive instructions via an Ethernet connection allowing full factory integration.

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