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Universal Laser Tips & Tricks: Exhaust Installation & Specs

Mar 20, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Universal Laser Tips & Tricks: Exhaust Installation & Specs

 You have just purchased your new Universal Laser System and are preparing for delivery and installation.  However, there are a few things that must be completed before your system arrives.   One very important task that MUST get checked off the pre-installation check list is proper set up of an exhaust system.  Below are a few expert tips that you can follow:

  • Typical Installation has the exhaust sitting underneath the laser or right beside it, with the exhaust going through a wall, up a wall, or through a window nearby.
  • A blast gate or dryer vent will allow you to shut off the ducting from the outside when not in use, and will give something for the exhaust hose to attach to.
  • If mounting the exhaust unit outside or on a roof it will need to be covered so it is protected from the elements and outside critters.
  • The further away from the laser you get the worse it will perform. Minimum CFM requirements will need to be upped if over 15 feet away in any direction. Additional hose, clamps, adapters may be needed also.
  • Any electrical work, drilling, cutting, plumbing, etc is the responsibility of the customer. The tech will connect the hose from the laser to the exhaust and from the exhaust to the blast gate/dryer vent only.
  • Dryer vent or flex hose is commonly used for inside hookup. Outside venting can use PVC or 4” round metal ducting.

Example: VLS6.60/PLS                VLS2.30/3.50                       VLS3.60/4.60
VLS-660 VLS230-350vls360-460

Download Exhaust Spec Sheet!

How to Change Kerning in Vision Software

Feb 13, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips and Tricks

How to change kerning in Vision Software

The Kern is the spacing between characters in Text.  This needs to be adjusted according to what tool and tool path you are using for text engraving so that characters are not too close and overlap, and in general for appearance.

This first section is for changing the kerning in non-V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

This section is for changing kerning in V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Go into text mode, then click on Toolbar Mode (the line), and then click on Character.

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Now we can add an online tool path using a .060 FLX cutter at a depth of .010.

As you can see, this will not work because the letters are hitting each other so we need to adjust the kerning.  First, delete the toolpath, then go back into text mode, highlight the text, adjust the kerning to 107, and reapply the tool path.

When adjusting kern or anything else in text mode (font height, etc.), just remember to highlight what you want changed, whether that is all the text or just between 2 characters etc.

How to “Undo” in Vision Software

There are various ways to undo in the vision software:

  1. Click the “Undo” icon:
  2.  Use the window’s shortcut Control+Z
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  4.  Go to Edit>Undo from the dropdown menu

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– Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, Admin

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

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

Nov 28, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

(Only available in Vision Pro)

 

The nesting feature in the Vision software can help you be more efficient with material and time when cutting out letters/objects.

 

For this example we are using text and shapes that we are going to cut out using a 1/16” endmill.  Type out your text, add your shapes, select the text, click on Arrange at the top, then click on Text To Graphics (to break the text down to individual pieces), then deselect.

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Now select all the text and shapes, click on Arrange, and then Nesting.  Starting from the left on the toolbar, pick the corner and direction you want the nesting to work from, 90 degrees to allow for some rotation when possible, distance for margin (from the plate edge), 1/8” space between parts, .050 for error, and then Apply.  The group of icons circled in red are something you can try out later.

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After hitting Apply, all your objects are fit together to be more efficient for the material.

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Now apply tool paths to everything and run it.

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So with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can be efficient in material and time.

– Vision Software Admin, 2016

Direct Color Tech Tip: Creating a Custom Template in RIP 9

Nov 7, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Direct Color Tech Tip: Creating a Custom Template in RIP 9

DCS Template

A custom template contains a specific number of “slots,” each of a given width and height. The slots are placeholders into which a received job is placed. Not only can a template allow you to automatically place a print job at a given location, there can be multiple duplicate slots that place the print job at multiple locations, such as for decals or similar batch jobs.

Using a template eases the work required to obtain frequently used layouts, and when a template is used in conjunction with a Template Hot Folder, this provides a means of using templates to create layouts with minimum user-interaction with the queue interface.

Download easy-to-follow instructions here!

DCS Tech Tip: Removing White Backgrounds from Raster Images

Oct 24, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

DCS Tech Tip: Removing White Backgrounds from Raster Images

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available in Color Byte V10. Operators and designers can now use the powerful tools found in GIMP to edit artwork directly in the Front End of Color Byte.

Whether you are an operator, graphic designer, photographer, illustrator,or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

This month’s Tech Tip is a handy video that shows how easy it is to use GIMP to remove the white background from raster images.


Michael Perrelli, DCS Marketing Manager

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!

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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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ULS Maintenance Tips: How to Remove the Top Door

Sep 26, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

ULS Maintenance Tips: How to Remove the Top Door

Step 1:  Open the “top door” on your Universal Laser System.

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Locating and Removing the Pressure Cylinders & Locking Pins

Step 2: Locate the pressure cylinders on both sides of the “top door.” Remove the locking pins FIRST. *Picture shows the location of locking pin*

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Step 3: Removing the Locking Pins READ THIS FIRST. * The top door is heavy and requires two people to hold it in order to prevent damage of the glass.* Remove the locking pin by rotating the pin first and then pulling the pin out. Repeat when removing both pressure cylinders.

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Pressure Cylinders & Door Hinges

Step 4: Removing the Pressure Cylinders – As two people are holding up the “top door” remove the pressure cylinder from the “coupler ball” from both sides of the door. *Remove the four allen screws that hold the top door hinge to the laser system. These four screws can be found where the laser cartridge is located and will be exposed when removing the back cover.

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Step 5: Removing the Top Door Hinges – Once the top door pressure cylinders have been removed and the door has been gently closed, open the rear cover of the laser by pressing on the latches located on both ends of the cover. Once the cover has been moved you will see two allen screws. Circled in the picture below you will see two pairs of allen screws on each end. Remove these screws with a 1/8 standard allen key.  After removing the four screws the top door can now be removed. *The door is extremely heavy, so a second person is recommended for lifting the top door.

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Glass Removal

Step 6: Removing the glass — After the top door has been removed place it on a table or any flat surface, placing a blanket or foam underneath for protection.  Place the door upside down, so that the special screws [shown below] are easily accessible. You will remove these screws with the special tool we have provided.

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Remove all 12 screws and holding brackets. Once all  screws are removed the “top door” glass can be removed.

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Front Door Removal

Step 7: Removing the Front Door — The front door is attached by nine 5/64 allen screw located underneath.  *The only screws that need to be removed are the ones holding the hinge to the “front door,” not the screws holding the hinge to the system.*

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Once all nine (9) screws have been removed the front should come out. Have someone help hold the top door in place so it does not drop or fly open while removing the screws.

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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.

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