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Pro Print

Hydra
Table of Contents
1 Software Overview...............................................................................................................3
1.1 Navigator ........................................................................................................................... 3
1.2 Pro Print ............................................................................................................................ 3
1.4 License File ....................................................................................................................... 3

2 Navigator..............................................................................................................................4
3 Pro Print................................................................................................................................5
3.1 Main Screen....................................................................................................................... 5
3.1.1 Restart Print..........................................................................................................................5
3.1.2 Pause Print............................................................................................................................5
3.1.3 User Actions.........................................................................................................................6
3.1.4 Configuration See 3.2 below.............................................................................................6
3.1.5 About ...................................................................................................................................7
3.1.6 Printer Log............................................................................................................................7
3.1.7 New Job................................................................................................................................8
3.1.8 Print Count with Reset.........................................................................................................8

3.2 Printer Configuration (available only in Administrator Mode)...........................................9


3.2.1 Print Head Configuration.....................................................................................................9
3.2.2 Encoder and Edges ............................................................................................................10
3.2.3 Upgrades.............................................................................................................................13
3.2.4 Advanced Properties .........................................................................................................14
3.2.5 Images and Data ................................................................................................................16
3.2.6 Spitting ..............................................................................................................................17
3.2.7 Status Tags.........................................................................................................................18

3.3 Ink Tab............................................................................................................................. 19

3.3.1 IMS Ink Levels...................................................................................................................19


3.3.2 Pen Life Levels...................................................................................................................19
3.3.3 Stalls ..................................................................................................................................20
3.3.4 Pen ....................................................................................................................................22

3.4 Data Tab........................................................................................................................... 26


3.4.1 Job List...............................................................................................................................26
3.4.2 Edit Job File.......................................................................................................................27
3.4.3 Add/Edit Job.......................................................................................................................28
3.4.4 Job Fields............................................................................................................................29

3.5 Defaults Tab..................................................................................................................... 38


3.5.1 Default Fields ....................................................................................................................38

3.6 Global Tab........................................................................................................................ 39


3.6.1 Global Field........................................................................................................................39

3.7 Rework Tab...................................................................................................................... 40


3.7.1 Temporary Changes to Job Information.............................................................................40

1 Software Overview

1.1 Navigator
Buttons on the left side of the screen provide easy access to:
1. Pro Print for job selection and ink level monitoring
2. Configuration settings for setup and communication
3. Easy navigation to printer features
1.2 Pro Print
Create Jobs and the Information (data) used in each template and easy
selection of jobs and for ink level monitoring
1.3
1.4 License File
Required to operate. If no License is available when a system is launched a
window will appear:
license request to TechnicalSupport@rsipro.com

2 Navigator

Pro Print

Layout Editor

File Copy

Starts File Copy if it is not open


Switches view to File Copy Screen

Switch Users

Change Users/access

File Locations
Traditional Explorer options
Internet Access

Close software
Access Windows Login Screen

Explorer
Log Off

Starts Pro Print if it is not open


Switches view to Pro Print for Job, Ink level
and I/O options
Edit the look of the Print Job including font,
layout and message component properties

Navigator is Customizable (XML)


RSINavigator.xml file may be editted to add buttons to the Navigator bar to open other
user desired programs

3 Pro Print
3.1 Main Screen

3.1.1 Restart Print


Restart a job that has been paused

3.1.2 Pause Print


Put printer in standby mode, stopping all signals to the print cartridges.
Use this feature when changing Print Cartridges.

3.1.3 User Actions


3.1.3.1 Passwords (required) determine level of access.

3.1.3.2 Manage Users Set Users, Passwords and level of Access

3.1.4 Configuration See 3.2 below

3.1.5 About
Shows Version and Copyright information

3.1.6 Printer Log


Current Status of User, Job, Job Description are displayed for easy viewing
Current Information for status, job and errors
Messages:
Out of Ink for stalls/cartridges
Printer status
Pen Status
Serial Port Status including Accumulated Data and Data Sent to printer.
Job Loaded
User status (who is logged in)
Pro Print Error Codes (See Troubleshooting)

Logging may be copied for troubleshooting purposes.

3.1.7 New Job


Manual Job Code entry may be done here and loaded using the Process button next to
it.

3.1.8 Print Count with Reset


Resets the current number of printed jobs. Count resets automatically when a new job is
processed.

3.2 Printer Configuration (available only in Administrator Mode)


3.2.1 Print Head Configuration
The printer should be configured before printing. Click on the configuration button
in the upper right on the first screen on the print window. This will open the
printer configuration window.

The grid shows the heads and pens available in the current configuration. These are determined
by what licenses are available for this printer, not what pens are physically connected to the
printer. Sections of the job are assigned to the pens in the order in which they appear on this
screen. For example, if a layout 1 inch high is created, Pen 1 and Pen 2 from Head 1 above
would be used to print it. Any other heads or pens would not be used. The order of the pens
listed above can not be changed. However, if multiple heads are listed their order can be
changed in the Advanced Properties screen.
3.2.1.1 Distance from Sensor
Sets the distance media travels between detect sensor and pen.
Alternatively, this is the distance that the pen will wait before printing from the internally
generated edge signal.
3.2.1.2 Fine Adj
-Adjusts the distance of the pen from the sensor by individual pixels. This number can either
be positive (moves the pen away from the sensor) or negative (towards the sensor). This is
useful when stitching one or more pens.

3.2.1.3 Direction of printing


Sets the order of firing of the printer nozzles. If this is set incorrectly the images will appear
ghosted or double printed and backwards when printed. This direction is determined by
looking at the label of the pen cartridge and indicating the direction of travel of the transport.
3.2.1.4 Change to Metric
Button at the bottom left allows the units for all tabs on this screen to be changed to
centimeters. The label will change to Change to Inches and clicking it again will change
units back to inches.
3.2.1.5 Stitching
Shows the number of pixels that should be shifted into the pen above from this pen. The
corresponding pixels in the pen above will be blanked. For example, if pen 2 has a value of 10
then 10 pixels of what would have been on bottom of pen 1 will be printed at the top of pen 2
and the bottom 10 pixels of pen 1 will be blank. This allows the image to be overlapped
electronically to allow easier stitching of images. The maximum amount of overlap on any set
of stitched pens is 20 pixels. This maximum applies to each set of joined pens in a job. If more
than twenty pixels are overlapped among any set of joined pens the amount above 20 pixels
will be ignored.

3.2.2 Encoder and Edges


Configure the properties of the positional encoder and the edge sensor.

3.2.2.1 External Encoder


For best results an external encoder should be attached to the printer. The encoder speed
indicates the nominal pulses per inch value that the printer will receive from the external
encoder. This value should be set as close to the actual value as possible to ensure the highest
quality printing.

3.2.2.2 Positional Encoder and InfiniteDPI


Using an external positional encoder allows the print head to determine the precise speed and
location of target materials. This allows precise printing on the substrate creating high quality
prints. The encoder positional accuracy is the most important aspect of printing outside of the
physical attributes of the ink and substrate. Without precise positional information high
quality printing is difficult to achieve. The positional encoder pulses per inch is the resolution
of the encoder that is attached to the system. The nominal value of the encoder RSI supplies is
300 pulses/in. For best quality printing, this value must be adjusted to match the actual pulses
per inch generated by the encoder. See Setting up a Printer below for information on
configuring this value. Alternatively, if the transport for the print medium is relatively stable
the internal encoder can be used. This value is the actual speed of the transport in
inches/second or cm/second. For best print quality using the internal encoder use a vertical DPI
of 300. This will eliminate blur in the image and speed variations will only cause the printed
image to stretch or shrink. The Disable InfiniteDPI check box causes the printer to print at a
small subset of allowable DPIs. This must be checked if a set of connected pens spans two or
more heads to ensure proper alignment of printed images. If this box is checked, only
horizontal resolutions of 600,300,200 and 150 DPI may be used in the job. In addition, the
same DPI must be used for all pens on all heads. Different sets of connected pens may still
have varying widths for their layouts with InifiniteDPI disabled. The internal edge generator
creates a simulated edge sense at the specified interval after the start button is pressed.
Although this feature is tied to the positional encoder some drift may occur and is used
primarily for troubleshooting and installation purposes. Normally, the Edge Sensor signals an
edge when the input value falls from logic high to logic low. Inverting the edge sensor causes
an edge to be signaled when the input goes from logic low to logic high.
If the image is printed wider than is set in the job the encoder was not adjusted correctly.

3.2.2.3 Encoder Speed Scaling (Calibration)


The actual value of the pulses per inch of any encoder must be set in the printer configuration.
Using the InifiniteDPI mode of the Hydra printer makes this an easy task. Every installation
contains one test job called PenTest.job in the \Hydra\jobs directory. This is a 300 DPI image
that contains a four inch image plus two nozzle priming bars on either side. If this image is
printed then length of the center image should be exactly four inches long. If it is not, the
External encoder speed setting in Printer Configuration should be adjusted until the image is
four inches long (excluding the nozzle priming bars) when printed. Even if the printer will not
be operated in InifiniteDPI the encoder configuration should be done in this mode to ensure
accurate calibration.

3.2.3 Upgrades
3.2.3.1 Firmware upgrade
Upgrading the firmware requires a valid firmware image from RSI. The printer must be turned
on and connected to the controller computer before beginning the process. After clicking the
button a valid firmware image must be selected to upload to the printer. After selecting the
firmware image the upgrade will begin automatically. A message indicating successful
upgrade will be displayed when the process is complete.

3.2.3.2 Add Pen


A pen can only be added to a head with fewer than 4 pens. If an upgrade is attempted on a head
with 4 pens an error will be generated. After successful addition of a pen, the new pen will
appear on the Print Head Properties tab. A RSI smart card reader and smart card with
available pen upgrades is required to add pens to a head.

3.2.4 Advanced Properties

3.2.4.1 Head IP Address can not be changed; it is fixed permanently on the print head. The local IP
address for each head can be changed if desired. However, the rules for IP routing must be
respected. Generally this value should not be changed without a good understanding of the IP
protocol. If the Head IP does not match the IP address on the outside of the print controller
attached the printer will not start.

3.2.4.2 Voltage and Fire Time


Set Voltage and Fire time for each head. These values should be set according the ink used for
printing.
1 Pen fire voltage can be 5.0 to 13.2 volts
2 Pen fire time can be anywhere from 1.0 us to 3.1 us. If the printer will be run at high speeds the
pen fire time should be kept short. For maximum speed the pulse width should be 1.7us or less.
If the pulse width is reduced the voltage should be increased to maintain the correct energy to
enable the head to fire. Print quality may vary with varying pulse width and voltage settings.
3 If multiple heads are available the arrow keys on the lower left will be enabled. These are used
to move the selected head up or down on the list if it is desired to change to order in which the
pens are assigned to the layouts.
4 Add Head - If a print head is moved or added to this printer click on and selecting the printer
configuration file for the new head. This file is included with any head purchase on a portable
storage device. After adding a head the program will prompt to save the new configuration file.
This should be stored separately from the controller as a backup in case of controller failure.
5 Warming column is used to set the pen warming temperature (in degrees Celsius) for each head.
All pens on that head will be warmed to that temperature. Warming will be turned on when
printing is started and turns off when the printer is stopped. When a new cartridge is placed in
a pen stall care should be taken to make sure it is close to the ambient temperature of the print
station as this will improve the accuracy of the warming temperature set point. Care should be
taken while using warming as it can reduce decap time for pen cartridges. In addition some
inks do not work with warming enabled.

3.2.5 Images and Data

This screen allows the configuration of the data mode for the printer.
3.2.5.1 Sequential mode
The printer takes data records one at a time and uses the data for each subsequent print record.
For example, the first image for all pens uses data from the first available record, the second
image the second set of data and so on. The renderer buffers up to 32 images when printing is
started. This allows different images to be printed simultaneously on large arrays of print
heads.
3.2.5.2 Single buffer mode
Only one record of data is held in memory at a time and is used the next time an edge is
detected. If there is no data in the buffer when an edge is detected nothing will be printed for
any images that have data on the next print. This mode is also useful for keeping time stamps
current when printing is frequently paused (the printer is not stopped but target items stop
triggering, for example when a line is stopped.) Since the image is not rendered until an edge is
detected the time stamps will also be current when an image is printed. Depending on the
complexity of the image and speed of the transport there is a minimum distance required
between the edge sensor and the first pen in this mode. Typically 5 (12 cm) is sufficient, but it
may be more or less depending on the above mentioned variables.
3.2.5.3 Repeat mode
Each data record is repeated the specified number of times before moving to the next data
record.
3.2.5.4 Render on Demand mode
Causes images to be rendered only upon sensor edge detection. This mode is automatically
enabled when Single Buffer mode is selected. Render on demand allows the data buffer to be
empty except when the trigger for the next image is received. At least one record must be in
the data buffer or a buffer underflow message will be logged and the printer stopped.

3.2.6 Spitting

Spitting clears/primes the nozzles on the head.


If spitting is turned on it will always occur on the first print, regardless of the spit timeout
value. After that it will only occur after the Spit timeout.
3.2.6.1 Spit lines are the number of lines to print when the Spit timeout happens.
3.2.6.2 Spit timeout is in seconds. The Spit timeout counter starts after the end of the prior image.
3.2.6.3 Spit distance is the distance from the leading edge of the print image to spit. This must be
less than the distance of the pens from the edge sensor. This setting is per head, so if the distance
is less than the pen to sensor distance on some pens spitting will occur on those pens. If the spit
distance is greater than the distance on other pens spitting will not occur.

3.2.7 Status Tags


3.2.7.1 Visible along the bottom of Pro Print these tags provide information about the system

3.3 Ink Tab

3.3.1 IMS Ink Levels


1 Shows ink remaining in the Bulk Supply.
2 IMS Plus Sensors inside the bulk supply will show FULL until they come into proximity
at around 25% remaining then count down as ink is depleted until the bulk supply is
empty. New Bulk Ink supplies
3 IMS (Gravity) System tracks the ink printed by volume and decreases the IMS Level
sensor each print. When Bulk Supply is changed the operator must RESET the Ink
Level.

3.3.2 Pen Life Levels


1 Shows the amount of ink that has been used by each print cartridge. Each 45a Print
Cartridge can use approximately 700ml of 4500 ink before the nozzle resistors begin
to burn out and the cartridge is replaced. (*Note: Varies with type of ink used) When
cartridge is changed the RESET button must be pressed to notify the system a new
pen was installed.

3.3.3 Stalls
3.3.3.1 Information window shows the Bulk Stall settings for each supply.
These must be setup when the bulk stall is added.

3.3.3.2 Stall information includes


1 Stall ID Matched with the IMS Plus or User Defined with IMS (Gravity). Each Stall is
linked to the print cartridges it supplies.
2 Type Shows the type of Bulk Supply being used for that Stal
2.1 IMS HP 350ml or 680ml HP Bulk Supplies
2.2 Bladder Any bag in a box type Bulk Supply used through a regulator (User defined)

3 Ink Used shows how much ink has been used from each Stall
4 Control Data Source
4.1 SmartChip HP Bulk Supply memory chip records use
4.2 Database Database tracks ink used by drop counting

3.3.3.3 Add/Edit Stall Add a new stall or edit existing information

3.3.4 Pen
3.3.4.1 Print Cartridge (Pen) settings and the Bulk Stall to which they are connected. These
must be setup when Print Heads are added

1 Head/Pen Location
1.1 Matched with the Pen/Print Head in the Template.
1.2 Print Head 1 (Board 1) contains (counting down from uppermost pen) Pens 1-4.
1.3 Print Head 2 (Board 2) contains Pens 5-8.
1.4 While pens can be split out of print heads they continue to be linked to the Boards in this same
order.

2 Type Shows the type of Pen being used in each location (IMSHP, Cartridge, Bladder)
2.1 IMS HP 27ml Pen with bulk supply tail for connecting to regulator.
2.2 Cartridge 45A style cartridge only (no bulk supply tail) Usually 42ml
2.3 Bladder Any bag in a box type Pen with a bulk supply tail for connection to a regulator.

3 Stall Bulk Stall that Pen is drawing ink from


4 Ink Used (in ML) Amount of ink used during the life of this pen

3.3.4.2 Add/Edit Pens Add a new Pen or edit existing information

3.3.4.3 Cartridge Types Shows the available cartridge types

1 Name type of cartridges/bulk being used


2 Maximum Pen Life (in ML) of that type of cartridge.
2.1 IMSHP Pens using 4500 bulk ink have an approximate pen life of 700ml and should be changed
only when print quality deteriorates past acceptable standards. RSI typically sets Max Pen Life
for IMSHP Pens above 2000ml to allow the customer to monitor the pen usage without showing
the pen at the end of its useful life.
2.2 Cartridges will have a useful life of the internal supply of that cartridge type.
2.3 Bladders will have a useful life of the Volume of each Box.

3 Delivery Type
3.1 Cartridges Pens with one ink supply (no bulk or Bag-in-a-box)
3.2 IMS Pens with replaceable bulk supplies

4 Stall Volume (in ML) of each bulk supply


5 Weight Full of Ink (gms) Full weight of a bulk supply.
5.1 Typically water based ink has a specific gravity near 1
5.2 Approximating the Ink Used from a Bulk Supply then is:
Weight full of Ink(grams) Current weight(grams) = Amount of Ink Used (ml)

3.3.4.4 Add or Edit cartridge types - Add a new Type or edit existing information

3.4 Data Tab

3.4.1 Job List


3.4.1.1 Shows all available Print Jobs in a list. Select a Print Job by touching it. Load a Job
by Selecting that Job and touching the Process Button (see below)

1 Job Code Unique identifier for each job. When using a Hand Scanner to load Jobs
this must be the same as the code being scanned (or a piece of it)

2 Job Description Description of the Print Job.

3 Job File (.pjt) Hydra Job file associated with this Print Job.

3.4.2 Edit Job File

3.4.2.1 Bring up the Layout File for the selected Job. (See Hydra Printer
Manual for creation)

3.4.3 Add/Edit Job

3.4.3.1 Add a new Job or edit existing information


1 Enter Job Code - When using a Hand Scanner to load Jobs this must be the same as
the code being scanned (or a piece of it, see Config Editor)
2 Enter Job Description Description of this Job
3 Select LIST FILES and choose a Job file (Layout See Hydra Printer Manual)

3.4.4 Job Fields

3.4.4.1 Job Fields - Information from the Job that gets passed into the Template for printing
3.4.4.2 Touch the Desired Job
3.4.4.3 Select Edit Field Button at the bottom

3.4.4.4 Add/Edit Field

1 Select the Type of Field you would like to Add to the list
2 Click the ADD FIELD button (Static is shown below)

3 Enter the Field number from the template for this data.
4 Enter the Field name. This is used only for user information.
5 Enter the Static Field information (Text, numbers etc.)
6 IF the information in this field comes from the Data Serial Port then toggle the Serial
port button. See Data Serial Port in the Configuration section for Serial input setup.

3.4.4.5 Types of Job Fields:


1 Static- Information that does not change. The information in Static fields can only be
changed manually in each message. (See above)

2 User Insert Information provided by an operator when the Process button is pressed
to start a print Job.
2.1 Enter the Field number from
the template for this data.
2.2 Enter the Field name. This
is used only for user
information.
2.3 Select the User Insert Type

Alpha- Only letters may


be entered.
Numeric- Only numbers
may be entered
AlphaNumeric- Letters
and numbers may be
entered
Free Text - Any
keyboard entry
Fixed Format enter a string of desired characters using the format options shown
eg: \[A]ANMX = A(Letter)(Number)(AlphaNumeric)(Any)

2.4 Field data will be the default information printed.

3 Date/Time Stamp Linked to the PC clock this can be an expiration date (offset) or
standard clock.

3.1 Enter the Field number from the template for this data.
3.2 Enter the Field Name. This name is used for operator information only.
3.3 Use the Timestamps Format: drop-down to select elements of the time stamp then click the
Insert Format button.
3.4 Available Formats:

Date &Time

Long Date & Time

Time

Month

Month Alpha

Month Day

Month Day Alpha

Day of year

Year

Year Alpha

Week

Week Alpha

Hour

Hour Alpha

Minute

Second

AM/PM

AM/PM Alpha

Shift Code

2 digit year

3.5 Field Data: will update as elements are inserted. Text may also be included in the Field Data.
3.6 Sample will update whenever elements are added showing a what-you-see-is-what-you-get
(wysiwyg) view of the time stamp.
3.7 For Offset elements such as Best Buy or Expiration dates enter the desired Offset Unit the Offset
Value (# of Offset Units) and click the USE ROLLOVER OFFSET button

4 Global Information that spans all/many/most jobs that is the same for them all and if
changed needs to be changed everywhere it is used.

4.1 Enter the Field number from the template for this data
4.2 Enter a Field Name for User viewing only.
4.3 Select the Global Field. Global Fields are created in the Global Tab.

5 ID Job ID or Feed Line ID to be used as part of the message. JobID is frequently the
product part of the barcode.

5.1 Enter the Field number from the template for this data.
5.2 Enter the Field Name. This name is used for operator information only.
5.3 Select the ID type. Job ID, Job Description or Printer ID.
5.4 Job ID is the Job Code used by ProPrint (see Data Tab)
5.5 Job Description is the Description entered for a Job in the Data Tab
5.6 Printer ID is the ID assigned to the Printer in the Configuration File
5.7 Field data. Enter Alpha Numeric Text, Select the ID Type and Insert to create

6 Count counters for anything from product count to overall line count to job counts.

6.1 Counters for Print count, Global line count and Job counts.
6.2 Enter the Field number from the template for this data.
6.3 Enter the Field Name. This name is used for operator information only.
6.4 Select the Counter type. Click Insert Count button to insert it into the Field Data
6.5 Add any text you wish to the Field data.

7 Default A previously created list of the most commonly used Fields that can be copied
from the Default list instead of recreated for every job. Encompasses all the previous
types of Fields.

7.1 Select the fields for use in this


Job using previously created
Fields
7.2 Field is added to the current
Fields list with its
predetermined Field Number
and Description
7.3 Adding Fields to Default Field
Selector can be done from the Defaults Tab in ProPrint
7.4 When fields are added to default they retain the Field Number.
7.5 Once default Fields are added to a job the data contained should be reviewed/changed to match
the current Job.

3.5 Defaults Tab


3.5.1 Default Fields
3.5.1.1 Pre-created fields that may be added to any job when it is created or edited. This
shortcut to adding fields can be very useful when many jobs using the same fields are
created.

3.5.1.2 In the Default Fields Tab select the Type of Field to be added

3.5.1.3 Add a default field

1 The Default Fields dialog appears


2 Add fields just like for a Job except the data can be either left blank or a default value
used.
3 Default fields may be added or removed at any time without affecting existing jobs.

3.6 Global Tab

3.6.1 Global Field


3.6.1.1 Create a field that is the same for many jobs and if changed will change for all those
jobs (e.g. 18 month expiration date that changes to a 12 month expiration date for a set
of jobs)
3.6.1.2 Creating Global Fields is much like creating any other field except there is no
associated Field Number until the Global Field is used in a Job.
1 Select the Global Tab on Pro Print
2 Select the Field Type to create and then click Add Field.
3 Enter information just like for any Job Field and then click OK.
4 Once created the Field will appear as it does above by Field Name, type and
GlobalFieldData.
5 To modify Global Field Data click the Global Tab. Select the Field to modify and
change the Global Field Data. This will change printed data for every job that uses
that Global Field.
6 To use the Global Field select the Data tab, select or create a job, edit job fields and
add a Global Field. Choose the previously created Global Field desired and enter its
field number.

3.7 Rework Tab


3.7.1 Temporary Changes to Job Information
3.7.1.1 Rework Allows short term immediate changes in printing information for easy rework
or sample creation.

3.7.1.2 Rework Tab shows data that is currently being printed. Current information can be
changed without changing the saved job information
1 Pause Print
2 Select the Value you wish to change.
3 Enter desired information
4 Time/Date can be adjusted to a different setting using the Set Temporary Time Offset
button

5 Restart Print
3.7.1.3 The new data will be used until the job is Processed again or a new job is
Processed.