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Universal Tips: Customer Custom Material Database

Dec 3, 18 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

Customer Custom Material Database

**It’s always a good idea to make a backup of the Custom Database file before updating or rolling back UCP versions**

This document was written for Windows 7 but it will be the same process for both Windows 8 and Windows 10 as well.  Some steps in Windows 8 and Windows 10 may look a little different from how they appear in Windows 7 but the file locations & file names will be identical between Windows 7 and Windows 8/Windows 10.

First thing if not already done is to unhide hidden folders.

Open “Folder Options”

Quick way: Click Start on the menu bar and in the search box type “hidden” then select “Show Hidden files and folders.”

Under files and Folders check “show hidden files, folders, and drives” then click apply and OK.

Next open C:\ProgramData\ULSDAT by selecting primary drive, Open ProgramData and then open “ULSDAT.”

Scroll down until you see “ULSMatCustom.fdb”

Select this file and right click and select “copy.”

Save/Paste the Copy file in another location, i.e Libraries\Documents

Next, go back to ULSDAT folder and name ULSMatCustom.fdb to ULSMatCustom_Original .fdb

This makes a backup of the customers original custom db file for that date in the event you have to roll back or file is
corrupted.

Now the file that was saved in Libraries/Documents (or wherever it was saved), copy and paste it back into the original folder. This does not mean move the file back into the original folder but make a copy of it back into the original file location.

Alternatively, right click and select copy. Then right click and select “rename.”

Rename the file to “ULSMatCustom_Original .fdb”. Then “paste” saved file so that ULSMatCutom and ULSMatCustom_Original are displayed in the same folder.

Now, if the customer needs/wants their Custom Database transferred to another computer, copy “ULSMatCustom.fdb” onto a USB drive (or e‐mail, or CD, or however it will be easy to transfer this file) and move this file onto the other computer: putting it in the same file directory at C:\ProgramData\ULSDAT.

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– Chris S, Engravers Network/ Universal Technician 

Universal Laser Systems Expands its Material Database

Aug 28, 18 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

Universal Laser Systems Expands Its Materials Database with Dyneema, Quadrant and ISOVOLTA Materials

Universal Laser Systems (ULS) has expanded its unique materials database with the addition of Dyneema®, Quadrant and ISOVOLTA materials. This proprietary materials database, which is the most extensive repository of laser material processing parameters, automatically calculates optimized processing settings for materials based on laser wavelength and power ranging from 10 watts to 500 watts.

The Dyneema, Quadrant and ISOVOLTA materials new to the ULS materials database were specifically added for laser processing with the ULTRA and XLS platforms, suited for high accuracy and precision laser cutting, laser ablation and laser surface modification.

The materials include:

·         Dyneema® UHMWPE Fabric
·         Dyneema® Composite Fabric
·         Quadrant Acetron® GP Acetal
·         Quadrant Ketron® PEEK 1000

Laser processing notes, describing the results of the laser-material interaction for these materials, are also available in the Materials Library on the ULS website to help potential customers explore the advantages of deploying laser technology within their manufacturing, research and development, and prototyping activities.

Learn more about these materials in our 
Materials Library or about the materials database on www.ulsinc.com.

Laser-Induced Graphene Technology Enabled by the XLS10MWH from Universal Laser Systems®

Jul 12, 18 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

Laser-Induced Graphene Technology Enabled by the XLS10MWH from
Universal Laser Systems®

In 2014, a research team at Rice University discovered that they could convert the surface of a plastic film to graphene by exposing it to a CO2 laser beam. Since then the team, led by Prof. James M. Tour, has been working diligently to refine the Laser-Induced Graphene (LIG) process and to explore new applications for this versatile material. The LIG development work at Rice is enabled by an XLS10MWH with MultiWave Hybrid™ technology from Universal Laser Systems.

The LIG technology developed at Rice University represents a vast improvement over previous methods of forming graphene, which are multi-step processes requiring expensive vacuum furnaces or harsh chemicals. By contrast, the LIG process creates graphene in a single step in a normal room air environment.  This reduces production cost and complexity.  

For a full review of the LIG process and its many applications, please link to Rice University’s recent publication in the journal
Accounts of Chemical Research.


3 Reasons to Step Up to Advanced Material Processing

Jul 2, 18 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

3 Reasons to Step Up to Advanced Material Processing

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Top reasons companies like yours prefer to use Universal Laser Systems (ULS) technology in their businesses:
  • Ability to process a broad spectrum of materials –including composites, elastomers, foams, metals, fabrics, films, engineering plastics, as well as many new materials still under development
  • Unsurpassed versatility – many different types of operations, which typically requireseparate equipment, can be performed on a single system, in one seamless step
  • Extreme flexibility – systems are designed to be almost instantaneously reconfigurable to address current and future business need

Thousands of organizations around the world have successfully integrated and are benefiting from Universal Laser Systems advanced material processing technology every day. You can too!

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Texas Trophy Show 2017

Jul 24, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

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Sign up now to attend the greatest little trophy show in Texas!!

We are back at the South Shore Resort in League City this year and are looking forward to spending some time with you.

Come out and visit with the industry’s top suppliers, learn a new trick or two, make new friends, and have a great time.

When Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5

Hours 10-5 Fri // 10-2:30 Sat

Where South Shore Harbor Resort, 2500 South Shore Blvd. League City, Texas 77573

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International Awards & Personalization Expo

Feb 6, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Schedule a demonstration with us during the show and receive a $25 poker chip!

Universal Laser Systems: Booth #1818
Vision Engravers: Booth #1414
Direct Color Systems (Johnson Plastics): Booth #1623

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Join Us in Las Vegas February 7-10

Experience it all at the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo – dedicated to activating ideas to enhance your business. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend dedicated time learning about processes and products, experiencing hands-on training, and connecting with industry colleagues.

If you’re involved with engraving, sublimation, sand carving, UV printing, or any personalization process, this is THE event for you!

Why Attend?

  • Network with an exclusive community of suppliers, distributors, and peers.
  • Discover innovative solutions to your most pressing business challenges.
  • Expand your training base and knowledge levels.

Check out the brochure for more information on the International Expo experience!

Registration is open.

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Upcoming Events!

Feb 1, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ASI Show Dallas • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center • Halls E & F
Education: Wednesday, February 1 • Exhibits: Thursday-Friday, February 2-3

 

International Awards & Personalization Expo •  Las Vegas February 7-10  •  February 7–10, 2017Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

Oct 17, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

PATH Act

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

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APPLICATION OF THE WEEK: Print DTG: No Pretreatment Required with Your DCS Printer

Sep 19, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

APPLICATION OF THE WEEK: Print DTG: No Pretreatment Required with Your DCS Printer

The versatile Direct Jet UVMVP Series and 7200z printers (F4 Editions) from DCS can now be used to create durable and resistant prints, with high strength and durability, when printing to light and DARK COLORED t-shirts utilizing the Multisolve IRF4 UV inks*.

The ability to quickly and easily print to cotton, polyester, and various synthetic blends, without the need for a pretreatment, combined with the ability for the printed image to stretch with any fabric, can radically increase product offerings and profits for those in the DTG market.

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Aug 22, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Engravers Network will present a two-day training workshop featuring Cliff Cabral, Applications Specialist with Vision.  Whether you are new to Vision engraving & routing machines, our two-day event is tailored to your experience level, and designed to inspire new ways for you to achieve your specific business goals and objectives.

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016
1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Topics Included:
-ADA
-Routing techniques and bit selection
-Sacrificial materials and techniques
-Deep metal engraving
-Reverse engraving acrylic

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

Topics Include:

-ADA in exotic materials (metals, woods, corian, granite, glass)
-Thermoformed ADA
-Inlayed ADA tactile
-Part marking
-Rotary engraving on the 2550
-Surface mapping
-Jewelry cutout
-Fixture making and multiples

 

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