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L E C T R A S Y S T E M E S

Customer's Manual

VigiPrint V2.x

Z.I de Marticot - BP 34 33611 CESTAS Cedex - FRANCE Tel. : (33) 57 97 80 00 - Fax : (33) 57 97 82 07

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VigiPrint V 1.x Update follow-up

Edition 1 September 95 2 January 96 3 September 96

Purpose of the update Creation of the document Official release of version 1.0

Pages modified

All

Release of version 1.2, configuring the software to plot Preface, Contents, different file types (Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear, Table of illustrations Industry, Cutfiles). Chapter 1 : 1.2, 1.26, 1.30 Chapter 2 : 2.2, 2.3, 2.11 to 2.13 2.20 to 2.28, 2.30, 2.33 Chapter 3 3.2, 3.3, 3.17, 3.23, 3.25 to 3.27, 3.29, 3.30 Appendix 1 : A1.2, A1.3, A1.5 to A1.7 Addition of Appendices 2 to 4 Index

A vertical line in the margin indicates the modified parts in relation to the previous edition.

VigiPrint V 1.x Preface

Purpose of the document


The purpose of this document is to describe the use of the VigiPrint V1.x software. It is intended for the operator who will use it, but also for the department head, the LECTRA training and technical personnel.

The VigiPrint software is used to input and manage plotting orders for a group of LECTRA plotters and small laser cutters linked by an Ethernet network, the plots being completed in background task. During the installation, the software is configured to process either one or several file types, depending on their format (files created by Lectra Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear or Industry CAD software, or cutfiles created by non Lectra CAD. Three access modules to the software are offered to the customer, which he can choose according to the work he has to carry out : The Production Module is used to input plotting orders, send them with default parameters to a plotter selected on the network, to visualize the work in progress on the various plotters or cutters of the network, and to modify the plotting orders sent by the user. The Design Department Module offers the same functions as the Production Module, added to parameterizing possibilities of the plotting orders. The Administration Module is used to set the default parameters on the various plotters or cutters of the network, visualize and modify all plotting orders which have been sent, and have access to the manual controls of the plotters and cutters.

Each of these modules can be installed depending on the user's organization, on one or several work stations, connected to the same network as the plotters and cutters. The plotters and cutters to which the batches to be plotted are sent, must be identified and gathered in groups of plotters by means of the Plotter-Manager and Spooler-Manager utilities. Refer to the documentation Administrator Utilities - code 521230 (edition 5).

How to use this document


The way of using or interpreting the various elements displayed in the windows of the software (buttons, menus, messages, ) is described in the document Lectra Systmes graphic environment User's Guide - code 521237. This document contains three chapters which correspond each to an access module of the software : - Chapter 1 Production Module - Chapter 2 Design Department Module - Chapter 3 Administration Module

The user of a module can refer directly to the relevant chapter. When a function is common to several modules, the reader should refer to the corresponding paragraph in the chapter dealing with another access module. In each chapter, the description of the operating is built up in the same way : The first paragraph gathers general points intended to facilitate the understanding of the information given and the necessary technical elements to know how to operate the software. The second paragraph presents the main screen of the module and the various functions accessible. The following paragraphs describe the use of the specific functions to each module. The first appendix describes the function used to determine the plotting format concerning the information inside the BIs. The next appendices describe the particularities of the software regard the Apparel configuration for which the documentation has been written : - Appendix 2 plotting cutfiles - Appendix 3 plotting Upholstery files - Appendix 4 plotting Footwear - Appendix 5 plotting Industry (in the next edition) At the end of the document, a general index makes information research easier .

Reference documents
Operating System and Utilities Customer's Manual - Code 521252, including the following documents : - Lectra Systmes graphic environment - User's Guide - Code 521237 - OpenPartner V1.x - Code 521217 - Administrator Utilities - Code 521230 - Operator Utilities - Code 521233

Technical and Operator's Manuals of the plotters and small laser cutters : - Flypen 501051 - E33 502009 - E21 501001 - E22 501021

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Contents
Update follow_up............................................................................................................................. iii Preface .............................................................................................................................................. v 1 Presentation................................................................................................................................... 1 1.1 General description................................................................................................................ 1 1.2 Hardware and software configuration .................................................................................. 2 1.3 Software installation.............................................................................................................. 2 1.4 Lauching the software ........................................................................................................... 2 1.5 Quitting the software............................................................................................................. 2 2 Operating principles ...................................................................................................................... 3 3 Presentation of the main screen.................................................................................................... 5 3.1 Main menu............................................................................................................................. 6 3.1.1 Information dialogue box ................................................................................................. 6 3.1.2 Changing the use level..................................................................................................... 6 3.1.3 Plotters control ................................................................................................................. 7 3.1.4 Operating mode ................................................................................................................ 7 3.1.5 Configurations.................................................................................................................. 7 3.1.6 Parameters ....................................................................................................................... 8 3.1.7 Follow-up functions .......................................................................................................... 8 3.1.8 Progress indicator ............................................................................................................ 9 3.2 Input grid............................................................................................................................... 9 3.3 Work zone .............................................................................................................................11 3.4 Help line................................................................................................................................12 4 Inputting the file batches to be plotted ........................................................................................13 4.1 Selecting a plotter .................................................................................................................14 4.2 Adding a line.........................................................................................................................15 4.3 Description of the plotting attributes...................................................................................16 4.3.1 Name and location of the file to be plotted .....................................................................16 4.3.2 Particularities linked to the work configuration ............................................................17 4.3.3 Machine parameters file .................................................................................................18 4.3.4 Part, garment or marker parameter file.........................................................................19 4.3.5 Referenced text library....................................................................................................19 4.3.6 Info file ............................................................................................................................20 4.3.7 Manufacturing order .......................................................................................................20 4.3.8 Size ..................................................................................................................................21 4.3.9 Conformation - Stature ...................................................................................................21 4.3.10 Fabric type.....................................................................................................................23 4.3.11 Repeats ..........................................................................................................................23 4.3.12 180 rotation of a marker ..............................................................................................23

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4.3.13 Parts rotation ................................................................................................................24 4.3.14 Symmetry on X - Symmetry on Y .................................................................................24 4.3.15 Small pieces first ...........................................................................................................25 4.3.16 Putting to scale..............................................................................................................25 4.3.17 Alarm.............................................................................................................................25 4.4 Manipulating the list of files to be plotted ...........................................................................26 4.4.1 Selecting one or several lines in the list .........................................................................26 4.4.2 Suppressing one or several lines in the list ....................................................................27 4.4.3 Moving one or several lines in the list ............................................................................27 4.4.4 Copying one or several lines in the list...........................................................................28 4.4.5 Modifying a line in the list with the input grid ..............................................................28 4.4.6 Modifying one or several lines in the list........................................................................29 4.4.7 Copying all plotting attributes of a line on several other lines ......................................29 4.5 Saving/Reading the batch files .............................................................................................30 4.5.1 Saving a batch file...........................................................................................................30 4.5.2 Opening a batch file ........................................................................................................31 4.6 Executing a plotting .............................................................................................................31 4.7 Choosing the attibutes visualised in the work zone.............................................................32 5 Plotting parameters......................................................................................................................33 5.1 General information on the parameters...............................................................................33 5.1.1 Default values of the parameters....................................................................................34 5.1.2 Current values ................................................................................................................34 5.1.3 Parameters files ..............................................................................................................34 5.1.4 Values used for plotting ..................................................................................................34 5.1.5 Consultation and modification ........................................................................................35 5.2 Input formats........................................................................................................................36 5.2.1 Choosing the fields ..........................................................................................................36 5.2.2 File formats .....................................................................................................................37 5.3 Library parameters ..............................................................................................................38 5.3.1 Presentation of the parameters ......................................................................................38 5.3.2 Saving/reading a library configuration file.....................................................................40 5.4 Text parameters ...................................................................................................................41 5.4.1 Presentation of the parameters ......................................................................................41 5.4.2 Part info formats .............................................................................................................44 5.4.3 Heading formats..............................................................................................................44 5.4.4 Cartouche formats...........................................................................................................45 5.5 Geometry parameters ...........................................................................................................47 5.6 Operating parameters ..........................................................................................................53 5.7 Machine parameters.............................................................................................................58 5.8 Using parameter files ...........................................................................................................63 5.8.1 Writing parameters files .................................................................................................63 5.8.2 Reading parameter files ..................................................................................................65 5.9 Saving the default values of a plotter ..................................................................................66 6 Plotter control...............................................................................................................................67 6.1 Plotter On/Off .......................................................................................................................67 6.2 Plotter reset to zero ..............................................................................................................67

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6.3 Machine control ....................................................................................................................68 7 Plotting follow-up .........................................................................................................................71 7.1 Manipulating the batches.....................................................................................................71 7.1.1 Opening/closing a displayed batch ..................................................................................73 7.1.2 Modifying the state of a batch.........................................................................................73 7.1.3 Suppressing one or several batches from the list ...........................................................74 7.1.4 Modify batches displayed in waiting list.........................................................................74 7.1.5 Saving a modified batch ..................................................................................................75 7.1.6 Regenerate a batch..........................................................................................................75 7.2 Plotting interruption and restart .........................................................................................76 7.2.1 Interruptions requested by the operator.........................................................................76 7.2.2 Interruption after an error..............................................................................................76 7.3 Time management ................................................................................................................79 7.3.1 Activating the time management....................................................................................79 7.3.2 Identification of the follow-up files .................................................................................79 7.3.3 Report printing................................................................................................................80 Appendix 1 : Format of part info ................................................................................................. A1.1 1 Presentation of the dialogue box .............................................................................................. A1.1 2 Description of the functions ..................................................................................................... A1.4 2.1 Creation and modification of the fields ............................................................................ A1.4 2.1.1 Creation of a field ........................................................................................................ A1.4 2.1.1.1 Creation of a fixed field..................................................................................... A1.4 2.1.1.2 Creation of a variable field................................................................................ A1.4 2.1.1.3 Information which can be inserted in a variable field...................................... A1.6 2.1.1.4 Creation of a field made up of several components .......................................... A1.7 2.1.2 Modification of a field.................................................................................................. A1.8 2.1.2.1 Modification of the contents of a field............................................................... A1.8 2.1.2.2 Modification of the charaters size..................................................................... A1.9 2.1.2.3 Modification of an alphanumeric information format ...................................... A1.9 2.1.2.4 Modification of a numeric information format ............................................... A1.10 2.1.3 Manipulating the fields ............................................................................................. A1.10 2.1.3.1 Moving a field.................................................................................................. A1.10 2.1.3.2 Copying a field ................................................................................................ A1.11 2.1.3.3 Destroying a field ............................................................................................ A1.11 2.2 Manipulation of part info format files ............................................................................ A1.12 2.2.1 Opening a format file ................................................................................................ A1.12 2.2.2 Creation of a new format file..................................................................................... A1.12 2.2.3 Saving a new format file ........................................................................................... A1.13 2.2.4 Saving modification in a format file.......................................................................... A1.13 2.2.5 Inserting a format file ............................................................................................... A1.13 2.3 Preferences choice........................................................................................................... A1.14 2.3.1 Modification of the grid ............................................................................................. A1.14 2.3.2 Displaying the frames ............................................................................................... A1.15 2.3.3 Saving the preferences .............................................................................................. A1.15 2.3.4 Choosing the scale ..................................................................................................... A1.15 2.4 Customization of the preset information format ............................................................ A1.16 2.4.1 Modification of the default format of an information ............................................... A1.16 2.4.2 Creation of an automatic title ................................................................................... A1.16

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Appendix 2 : Plotting Cutfiles ..................................................................................................... A2.1 1 Interface adaptation ................................................................................................................. A2.1 2 Input of file batches to be plotted............................................................................................. A2.1 3 Parameters specific to cutfile plotting...................................................................................... A2.2 3.1 Text parameters ............................................................................................................... A2.2 3.2 Geometry parameters ....................................................................................................... A2.2 3.3 Operating parameters ...................................................................................................... A2.4 Appendix 3 : Plotting Upholstery files ........................................................................................ A3.1 1 Interface adaptation ................................................................................................................. A3.1 2 Input of batch files to be plotted............................................................................................... A3.1 3 Parameters specific to Upholstery file plotting........................................................................ A3.1 Appendix 4 : Plotting Footwear files ........................................................................................... A4.1 1 Interface adaptation ................................................................................................................. A4.1 2 Input of file batches to beplotted.............................................................................................. A4.1 3 Parameters specific to Footwear file plotting .......................................................................... A4.2 3.1 Text parameters ............................................................................................................... A4.2 3.2 Geometry parameters ....................................................................................................... A4.3 3.3 Operating parameters ...................................................................................................... A4.4 Appendix 5 : Plotting Industry files ............................................................................................ A5.1 1 Interface adaptation ................................................................................................................. A5.1 2 Input of file batches to be plotted............................................................................................. A5.1 3 Parameters specific to Industry file plotting ........................................................................... A5.2 3.1 Text parameters ............................................................................................................... A5.2 3.2 Geometry parameters ....................................................................................................... A5.3 3.2.1 Parameters principle................................................................................................... A5.3 3.2.2 Line parameters .......................................................................................................... A5.4 3.2.3 Circle parameters........................................................................................................ A5.4 3.2.4 Drilling parameters..................................................................................................... A5.5 3.2.5 Oriented notches parameters...................................................................................... A5.7 3.2.6 Text parameters .......................................................................................................... A5.8 3.2.7 Scales parameters ....................................................................................................... A5.8 3.2.8 Axes parameters.......................................................................................................... A5.8 3.3 Operating parameters ...................................................................................................... A5.9 Appendix 6 : Files used ............................................................................................................... A6.1

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Table of illustration
Figure 1 Plotters acknowledgement................................................................................................. 3 Figure 2 Organisation of VigiPrint .................................................................................................. 4 Figure 3 Main screen........................................................................................................................ 5 Figure 4 "Information" ..................................................................................................................... 6 Figure 5 Access to Master level........................................................................................................ 6 Figure 6 "Input grid" ........................................................................................................................ 9 Figure 7 Examples of input grids....................................................................................................10 Figure 8 Work zone .........................................................................................................................11 Figure 9 Help line............................................................................................................................12 Figure 10 Dialogue box "Selecting a plotter" ..................................................................................14 Figure 11 Examples of sizes, conformations, statures specifications .............................................22 Figure 12 Examples of parts rotation and symmetry .....................................................................24 Figure 13 Parameter functions .................................................................................................. .....33 Figure 14 Input selector ..................................................................................................................36 Figure 15 Library parameters dialogue box ...................................................................................38 Figure 16 "Text" dialogue box for a aprt plotting ...........................................................................41 Figure 17 Example of information printout....................................................................................42 Figure 18 "Heading" dialogue box............................................................................................... ....44 Figure 19 "Cartouche" dialogue box................................................................................................45 Figure 20 "Geometry" dialogue box.................................................................................................47 Figure 21 Definition of the depth and width of an oriented notch .................................................50 Figure 22a "Operating" dialogue box for parts ...............................................................................53 Figure 22b "Operating" dialogue box for garments ........................................................................53 Figure 22c "Operating" dialogue box for markers ..........................................................................53 Figure 23 Example of plotting with "Opposite side zero" ...............................................................54 Figure 24 Example of splice marks reading....................................................................................55 Figure 25 Operatng of "Deletion of common lines" function ..........................................................56 Figure 26 Examples of plottings with frames .................................................................................57 Figure 27a Machine parameters dialogue box................................................................................58 Figure 27b Laser parameters dialogue box.....................................................................................58 Figure 28 Writing parameter files .............................................................................................. ....63 Figure 29 "Machine control" dialogue box ......................................................................................68 Figure 30 Follow-up mode...............................................................................................................71 Figure 31 "Error" dialogue box........................................................................................................76 Figure 32a "Stop-Restart" dialogue box with 2 buttons..................................................................77

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Figure 32b "Stop-Restart" dialogue box with 3 buttons..................................................................77 Figure 32c "Stop-Restart" dialogue box with 6 buttons ..................................................................78 Figure 33 Example of follow-up files storage..................................................................................80 Figure 34 "Report printing" dialogue box ....................................................................................... 80 Figure A1.1 "Part info" dialogue box........................................................................................... A1.2 Figure A1.2 Creation of a fixed field ........................................................................................... A1.5 Figure A1.3 Selection of a variable information ......................................................................... A1.5 Figure A1.4 Example of field made up of several components ................................................... A1.7 Figure A1.5 Example of alphanumeric format modification ...................................................... A1.9 Figure A1.6 File pull-down menu ............................................................................................. A1.12 Figure A1.7 Preferences pull-down menu................................................................................. A1.14 Figure A1.8 "Grid" dialogue box................................................................................................ A1.14 Figure A1.9 "Information customization" dialogue box ............................................................ A1.17 Figure A2.1 "Text parameters" dialogue box for cutfile plotting............................................... A2.2 Figure A2.2 "Geometry parameters" dialogue box for cutfile plotting ...................................... A2.2 Figure A2.3 "Operating" dialogue box for marker plotting ....................................................... A2.4 Figure A4.1 "Text parameters" dialogue box for Footwear file plotting.................................... A4.2 Figure A4.2 "Geometry parameters" dialogue box for Footwear file plotting ........................... A4.3 Figure A5.1 "Text parameters" dialogue box for Industry file plotting..................................... A5.2 Figure A5.2 "Geometry parameters" dialogue box for Industry file plotting ............................ A5.3

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1 - Presentation
1.1 General description

The VigiPrint software is used to input and manage plotting batches intended for a group of plotters, printers and small Lectra laser cutters linked to the station by an Ethernet network. These plottings are carried out as background task. The VigiPrint software is configurable, generally at installation, to process one or several file types according to their format : files created by Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear or Industry Lectra CAD software. For apparel (or upholstery) VigiPrint can process files generated by the LS Model and Modaris applications (or LS Form and Formaris). cutfiles created by non-Lectra CAD

The VigiPrint software proposes two use levels : The User level for a current use : input batches, launch the plotting, follow-up the plotting The Master level also enables management of the work and configuration parameters, and gives access to the plotter control.

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Hardware and software configuration

This module of the VigiPrint software can be operated on a PC type work station, with a Linux operating system, derived from UNIX for the PC, This station integrates the OpenPartner graphic desk. (See relevant documentation contained in the Customers Manual Operating System & Utilities - Code 521252).

1.3

Software installation

The VigiPrint package should be installed with the P-Manager utility according to the procedure described in the document : Administrator Utilities - code 521230.

When launching VigiPrint for the first time on the work station, a default configuration file is created automatically. This TRAPARAM file can be modified later. (see 5.9).

1.4

Launching the software

Once the installation, configuration and starting-up procedures of the environment have been completed (refer to the document Administrator Utilities - Code 521230), this software is presents from the OpenPartner graphic desk.

In the applications zone, double-click on the icon representing VigiPrint :

During the software loading time, an Information dialogue box is displayed (see figure 4), then the main screen of VigiPrint is displayed (see figure 3).

1.5

Quitting the software


Quit

To quit the software, use the Quit Click on button and a NO button.

button in the bottom left corner of the main screen.

: the software proposes a Confirmation dialogue box with a YES

It is also possible to quit the software by using the Quit function (^X) available in the File pull-down menu of the work zone (see figure 8)

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2 - Operating principles
The various work stations and the plotting or cutting peripherals are linked by an Ethernet network. The I-Manager utility, from the applications group Administrator Utilities is used to declare the peripherals acknowledged by each station on the network. (refer to the document Administrator Utilities - Code 521230) In the example below, the station on which VigiPrint has been installed only acknowledges Plotter 1 and Laser cutter 1. These two only will appear in the list of plotters which can be selected (see 4.1) From this station it is only possible to plot on one of these two peripherals. Figure 1 Plotters acknowledgement Station X Printer Laser 1

VigiPrint station

Plotter 2 Plotter 1

The VigiPrint software can plot files from various environments : Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear, Industry or non-Lectra CAD. For apparel (and upholstery) VigiPrint can process files whose shapes are generated by LS Model ( LS Form) only , Modaris (Formaris) only or either one of them. These various possibilities are determined by the input formats available for VigiPrint. Generally they are chosen when installing the software, but they can be modified later at Master level. (see 5.2)

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The main use of VigiPrint consists in inputting a file or a list of files to be plotted. Once sent to the plotter, the file(s) become a batch. The operations corresponding to this task are described in chapter 4. When one or several batches has been sent to the plotter, the operator can visualise, modify, these batches. These follow-up operations are described in chapter 7. To define or carry out a plot, a certain number of information called parameters are requested. This information is associated to a plotter and stored in a TRAPARAM file. This file, created automatically at the first use, contains default values. The operator can define his own values, keep them for another work session, save them in the TRAPARAM file These functions are described in chapter 5. Finally, the operator may intervene directly on the plotter from the work station, to switch it on or off, reset to zero, access the maintenance mode. These operations are described in chapter 6.

Figure 2

Organisation of VigiPrint Parameters Input selector Text parameters Operating param. Data location Geometry Machine

Input File names, Forming batches,

Follow-up Visualisation of batches Modification of batches

Plotter management ON/OFF Reset to zero Maintenance mode

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3 - Presentation of the main screen


Launching the Production module displays the following main screen:

Figure 3

Main screen

The main screen contains 3 zones : - the main menu (mark 1) - the input grid (mark 2) - the work zone (mark 3) The bottom part of the screen contains : Quit the button a help line (mark 4)

used to exit from the software (see 1.5),

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3.1.1

Main menu
Information dialogue box

The LECTRA logo is a push-button used to open an Information dialogue box, displaying the software version number and the copyright. (see figure 4) Use the button Figure 4 Information
Informations

OK

to return to the main screen.

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3.1.2

Changing the use level

The push-button changes the VigiPrint use level. By default VigiPrint is opened at User level. Access to Master level is protected by a password (see figure 5) Figure 5 Access to Master level

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Plotters control

Name of selected plotter : This input zone is used to choose the name of the plotter on which the batch will be plotted (see 4.1).

ON/OFF button This button is used to switch the selected plotter on or off (see 6.1)

Plotter reset to zero This button is used to reset the plotter to zero (see 6.2)

Machine control This button is used to access the plotter maintenance mode (see 6.3)

3.1.4

Operating mode
These four push-buttons give access to the input functions of the batches to be plotted. They correspond to the four available input modes.

: : : :

input for plotting shapes input for plotting markers input for plotting garments input for plotting splice marks

The input functions are described in chapter 4

3.1.5

Configurations
The two buttons are used to save or open a parameter file (see 5.8)

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In this zone, 6 buttons give access to the various parameters :

: input formats selector (Apparel LS Model and/or Modaris, Upholstery) (see 5.2) : text parameters (see 5.4) : data location (see 5.3) : machine parameters (see 5.7) : geometry parameters (see 5.5) : operating parameters (see 5.6)

The button

is used to save these parameters in a TRAPARAM file (plotted

parameters) associated to the selected plotter (se 5.9)

3.1.7

Follow-up functions
These two push-buttons give access to the follow-up functions of batches being plotted and in waiting line :

List of batches This function enables the user to consult the list of batches in waiting line, and modify the batches he has sent (see 7.1)

Follow-up printout This function is used to print reports on the task carried out by each plotter , or on the errors encountered (se 7.3)

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Progress indicator

The zone selected plotter.

displays the status of the plotter in progress on the

3.2

Input grid

The input grid is the zone used to input or modify the files to be plotted and their plotting attributes. The input grid is automatically configured according to the input format chosen (see 5.2) and the work mode (see 3.1.4) Figure 6 Input grid

Add

Generally, the input grid contains 2 zones : the first zone is used to input the file name to be plotted. If the default values displayed in the input grid are correct, it is the only zone to be filled in. (see 4.2) the second zone is used to define the plotting attributes of the file : the way the plotting must be carried out, name and location of the associated work files (parameters, reference texts, ) (see 4.3)

Add The button placed under the input grid is used to add the plot which has been defined onto a line of the input zone.

It is replaced by the button

Modify

in case of a modification.

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Examples of input grids

Plotting LS Model parts

Plotting LS Model or Modaris parts

Plotting markers with parts generated by Modaris

Plotting Modaris variants/models

Depending on the configuration, it is possible to plot several types of files. In this case, there is a button in front of the file name input zone, (ex parts LS Model or Modaris) or a pull-down menu (ex variants/models Modaris) is used to select the file type.

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Figure 8

Work zone
Work zone

LJEA33EX LJEA34EX LJEA35EX

1 3 5

0 0 0

MACH1 MACH1 MACH1

TRAC1 TRAC1 TRAC1

1 2

File manipulation function (see 4.4, 4.5 and 4.7)

Use the button Send to send the batch of files defined in the work list (mark 3) to the selected plotter (see 4.6) 3 Work list In input mode (see chapter 4) this list contains all the files prepared to become a batch. This mode is recalled by icon In follow-up mode (see chapter 7) this list contains the list of batches sent to the selected plotter. This mode is recalled by icon The list can be scrolled (in any direction) using the cursor placed on the right. The icon line placed above the list identifies the nature of the elements displayed on each line : Besides the file name (column Marker , Garment or Form depending on the activated input mode) the status of certain plotting attributes is displayed (columns Repeats or Rotation for example). The number of attributes displayed can be modified with the Preferences function. (see 4.7).

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Help line

Each time the pointer passes on an active zone of the screen (button, input zone, ...), a sentence to guide the user is displayed in this information zone. Figure 9 Help line

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4 - Inputting the file batches to be plotted


To enter the input mode, activate one of the functions . , , or

The user selects first the plotter on which he wants to launch the plotting(s).

Then he modifies if required the description of the plotting attributes in the input grid (see figure 6). He inputs the name of the file to be plotted in the input zone (mark 1) then validates by clicking on button
Add

or striking

Return

The task described in the input grid is displayed on a line in the list of files of the work zone (see figure 8 mark 3) . If these lines are present in the work zone, it is also possible to modify certain attributes directly without using the input grid. Several functions can be used by the operator to modify the lines before making up the batch to be plotted.

By clicking on plotter.

, the user sends the batch he has made up to the waiting list of the selected

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4.1

Selecting a plotter

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to select the plotter on which the batches must be plotted.

----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- By default, the name of the last plotter selected is displayed in an input zone of the main screen (see 3.1.3). Double-click on this input zone to display a dialogue box Selecting a plotter (see figure 10) : To select a plotter, choose a name from the list then close the selector with button
OK

A double-click on a name selects it and closes the selector simultaneously. The name of the selected plotter is displayed in the main screen. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- When selecting a plotter name, the locations of files by default associated to this plotter are displayed automatically in the input grid. The default values associated to this plotter are automatically allocated to the library, text, geometry and operating parameters. Figure 10 Dialogue box Selecting a plotter

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Adding a line

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to add a line in the list of files to be plotted by indicating a file name and its associated plotting attributes.

------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- When no line is selected in the list, the input zone for the file name in the grid is empty (mark 1 on figure 6) : the grid is in line addition mode. Modify and complete if required the plotting attributes indicated in the input grid (see 4.3). Input the name of a file to be plotted in the input zone (see 4.3). Validate the line addition by clicking on
Add

or by striking

Return

A line is added at the end of the list (mark 3 of figure 8), corresponding to the work which had been described in the grid. The grid is ready for another line addition : - the name of the file to be plotted is erased in the input zone, - the plotting attributes are not modified, which makes it possible to input several lines in a row with the same parameters.

------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- When accessing the input, the parameters of the plotting attributes in the input grid are default parameters : to modify them see chapter 5. 4.3 explains the purpose of the various plotting attributes and how to modify their value. The file name input zone (mark 1 of figure 6) does not operate in the same way as the other input Return zones of the grid : when it is selected, activating to enable a quick input on the keyboard of several file names. is equivalent to Return
Add

For all other input zones (values of the plotting attributes), activating next input zone.

selects the

A double-click in the file name zone gives access to the selector, which allows to select several files simultaneously to add them in the list . The use of the file selector is described in the document Lectra Systmes graphic environment.

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4.3.1

Description of the plotting attributes


Name and location of the file to be plotted
Modification in the input grid : Two parameter lines are used to define the name and location of the file to be plotted : 1
Marker file Marker Lib

Input zone 1 is used to indicate the name of the file to be plotted, and input zone 2 the location of this file with the usual syntax (/directory1/directory2 / ... /directoryN). To modify the contents of an input zone, the user can either : - Input directly the access path or the file name. (The suffix must never be input, it is added automatically by the software according to the relevant file type.) - Double-click on the input zone, to open the selector. The push-button line Lib Form. is used to copy the location of the markers (or garments) onto the

Modification in the work list : The name of the file to be plotted is recalled under the Marker , Garment or Part icon depending on the active input mode. Double-click on this name to display a file selector.

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4.3.2

Particularities linked to the work configuration


Plotting parts : In case of parts generated by LS Model (IBA format), the user must indicate the Part file and the Part library In case of parts generated by Modaris (MDL format), the user must fill in the Part name and specify the Variant name and the Model file to which the part is linked, and the Model library . In case of a mixed configuration (IBA/MDL format) which allows to plot parts generated by LS Model and Modaris, a toggle button Piece file/Piece name allows to switch from one case to another.

Plotting markers In case of parts generated by LS Model (PLA and IBA formats), the user must indicate the Marker file , the Marker library and the Part library In case of parts generated by Modaris (PLX and MDL formats), the user must indicate the Marker file , the Marker library and the Model library In case of a mixed configuration (PLA/PLX and IBA/MDL formats), the user must indicate the Marker file , the Marker library and the Part library or the Model library

Plotting garments In case of parts generated by LS Model (PLA and IBA formats), the user must indicate the Garment file, the Garment library and the Part library In case of parts generated by Modaris (PLX and MDL formats), the user can plot a Model or a Variant . The choice is made in a pull-down menu. For a model he must fill in the name of the Model and the Model library , for a variant the Variant name , the name of the associated Model file and the Model library In case of a mixed configuration (PLA/PLX and IBA/MDL formats), the user can also plot garments. This function appears in the pull-down menu. The user must then fill in the Garment name, the Garment library and the Piece library

Plotting splice marks This case is identical to marker plotting.

To fill in these fields, refer to the mode described in paragraph 4.3.1 : direct input or opening the selector by a double click for file names.

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Machine parameters file


This attribute is used to indicate the name and location of a machine parameters file. At User level, this attribute cannot be input or modified : the default parameters of the plotter will be used (TRAPARAM file). At Master level, it is possible to input the name of a machine parameters file to be used, to define a default machine parameters file (see 5.3.1) or to modify the machine parameters for the work session (see 5.7).

Modification in the input grid : The Machine file line is used to define the name and location of a machine parameters file. 1
Machine file

Input zone 2 is used to indicate the file name and input zone 1 the location of this file with the usual syntax (/directory1/directory2 / ... /directoryN). The input principle is identical to the one described for the name and location of the file to be plotted (see 4.3.1)

For plotting parts, as soon as a parameter file is associated to a part to be plotted, it is automatically associated to all lines of the batch.

Modification in the work list : Under the Machine icon is recalled the name of the machine parameters file. Double-click on this name to display a file selector.

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4.3.4

Part, garment or marker parameter file


This attribute is used to indicate the name and location of a part, garment or marker parameters file (depending on the active input mode). At Master level, it is possible to input the name of a parameter file to be used, or to define it by default in the library parameters (see 5.3) . At User level, this attribute cannot be input : If no default file name has been defined, the default parameters of the TRAPARAM file will be loaded. The operator can modify the value of some parameters (geometry, text and operating) for the work session. (see 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6). If a default file name has been defined at Master level, the values contained in this file will be used, and the modifications made by the user in the geometry, text and operating parameters will have no effect. Modification in the input grid :
Param. file

The Param.file line is used to define the name and location of a parameter file. The input principle is identical to the one described for the name and location of the machine parameters file (see 4.3.3)

For plotting parts, as soon as a parameter file is associated to a part to be plotted, it is automatically associated to all lines of the batch.

icon is recalled the name of Modification in the work list : Under the Parameters the parameters file. Double-click on this name to display a file selector.

4.3.5

Referenced text library


This attribute is used to indicate the name and location of the library where are stored the text files, which contain the text to be plotted in a part. The name of the file is referenced in the part file with the CAD software. Modification in the input grid :

Ref text lib

A parameter line is used to define the name and location of the referenced text library. Input directly the access path or double-click on this line to display the selector. A default value can be allocated to this library in the library parameters (see 5.3.1) This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

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Info file
This attribute is used to indicate the name and location of the Label file to be used. This file defines the nature and presentation of the information which will plotted inside each form according to the selected operating mode. These files (Part info , Marker info, Garment info) can only be created by a Master level user (see 5.4.2).
Info file

Modification in the input grid : The Info file line is used to define the name and location of the label format file. The input principle is identical to the one described for the name and location of the machine parameters file (see 4.3.3) A default value can be allocated to this library in the library parameters (see 5.3.1) This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

4.3.7

Manufacturing order
For plotting markers or splice marks, this attribute is a characters string which can be plotted inside each part and/or in the heading. Modification in the input grid :
Manufacturing order

A Manufacturing order input zone is used to input a character string of 6 alphanumeric characters maximum, without spaces between. This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

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4.3.8

Size
For plotting parts, garments, variants or models, this attribute is used to indicate in which size the parts must be plotted, and if the various sizes requested must be presented as nests.

Modification in the input grid : A pull-down menu is used to choose the presentation with or without and an input zone is used to input the size names (see figure 11).

The syntax is controlled when validating by the button of the input grid.

Add

or

Modify

If the pull-down menu indicates No nest : The sizes plotted are the ones indicated by the input zone. For each part, they are plotted next to each other. If the input zone is empty, the basic size will be plotted. If the pull-down menu indicates Complete nest : For each part, all sizes are plotted and superimposed on the plot. The contents of the input zone is not taken into account. If the pull-down menu indicates Partial nest : The sizes plotted are the ones indicated by the input zone. For each part, they are superimposed on the plot. If the input zone is empty, the sizes plotted are the smallest size, the basic size, the average size and the largest size. If the pull-down menu indicates Size serial : For each part, all sizes are plotted next to each other. The contents of the input zone is not taken into account. This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

4.3.9

Conformation - Stature
For plotting parts, garments, variants or models, these two attributes are used to indicate in which conformation and which stature the parts must be plotted, or if a conformation nest or a stature nest must be plotted for each part.

Modification in the input grid : A pull-down menu is used to choose the presentation with or without and an input zone is used to input a conformation or stature name. A conformation or stature name contains 4 alphanumeric characters maximum.

The syntax is controlled when validating by the button of the input grid.

Add

or

Modify

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If the pull-down menu indicates No nest : The parts are plotted with the conformation or the stature indicated in the input zone. If this input zone is empty, the part is plotted with the basic conformation or stature. If the pull-down menu indicates Complete nest : For each part, all conformations or statures are plotted and superimposed on the plot. The contents of the input zone is not taken into account.


Figure 11

To plot a part or a garment, only one type of nest can be requested : as soon as an option partial nest or complete nest is displayed in one of the three pull-down menus Size, Conformation or Stature, it is automatically deactivated on the two other menus. Examples of sizes, conformations, statures specifications

Size Spegra 1 Spegra 2

No nest No nest No nest S3

Basic size plotted with spegra2 S3

Size Spegra 1 Spegra 2

No nest Complete nest No nest

$X,$XXL

Spegra 1 nest of size XXL

Spegra 1 nest of size X

Size Spegra 1 Spegra 2

Partial nest No nest No nest

36,38,40 C024

Sizes 36, 38 and 40 plotted with spegra1 C024

These attributes cannot be visualised in the work list.

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4.3.10

Fabric type
For plotting garments, variants or models, this attribute allows to plot only the parts associated to one or several fabric types. If no fabric type is indicated, all parts of the garment will be plotted. Modification in the input grid :
Fabric Type

An input zone is used to indicate up to 20 fabric types, separated by commas. A fabric type is composed of 2 alphanumeric characters. This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

4.3.11

Repeats
It is a number between 1 and et 99, indicating the number of plotting repeats to be obtained for the same file. Modification in the input grid : The repeat is indicated in the input zone associated to the Repeat This value can be modified : - by inputting a new value, - By clicking on to increase by one unit the value indicated, or on it by one unit. Modification in the work list : The numeric value under the Repeats the repeat. Double-click on this value to increase it by one unit. icon.

to reduce

icon indicates

4.3.12

180 rotation of a marker


When plotting markers or splice marks, this attribute is used to indicate that the file must be plotted with a 180 rotation (width turning).

Modification in the input grid : Activate or de-activate the Rotation

button.

Modification in the work list : The sign + under the Rotation icon means that the attribute is activated. Double-click on this sign to make it disappear or appear.

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Parts rotation
When plotting parts, garments, variants or models, this attribute is used to indicate a rotation angle to be applied to the parts to be plotted. Modification in the input grid : The parts rotation is indicated in the input zone associated to the Rotation This value can be modified : - by inputting a new value, to increase by one unit the value indicated, or on - by clicking on by one unit. icon.

to reduce it

Modification in the work list : The numeric value under the Rotation icon indicates the clockwise rotation angle, expressed in degrees (0 by default). Double-click on this value to increase it by one unit.

4.3.14

Symmetry on X - Symmetry on Y
When plotting parts, garments, variants or models, these attributes are used to indicate that the parts must be plotted either with a symmetry on X or with a symmetry on Y. Modification in the input grid : Activate or deactivate for a symmetry on X, for a symmetry on Y.

Figure 12

Examples of parts rotation and symmetry

Form defined by CAD

Plotting with symmetry on Y

Plotting with symmetry on X

Plotting with - 90 rotation

Modification in the work list :

The sign + under the X symmetry or Y symmetry icon means that the attribute is activated. Double-click on this sign to make it disappear or appear.

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4.3.15

Small pieces first


When plotting markers, this attribute is used to indicate that the small pieces of the marker must be plotted before the large ones. The maximum surface of a small piece is 625 cm2. Modification in the input grid : Activate or deactivate the button Small pieces first This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list. .

4.3.16

Putting to scale
This attribute is used to indicate that, when plotting the file, the scale mentioned in the Geometry parameters must be applied. .

Modification in the input grid : Activate or deactivate the button Scale

Visualisation in the work list : The sign + under the icon Scale means that the attribute is activated. Double-click on this sign to make it disappear or appear.

4.3.17

Alarm
When plotting markers or splice marks, this attribute is used to indicate that the plot will be interrupted at the end of this marker and an alarm will indicate the pause. You must then strike next markers.
OK

in the dialogue box displayed to restart plotting the

Modification in the input grid : Activate or deactivate the button Alarm This attribute cannot be visualised in the work list.

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Manipulating the list of files to be plotted

Use the Edition pull-down menu placed under the work list to manipulate the list of files.

Edition
Erase Selection Copy Selection Cut Selection ^C ^D ^V ^A

Paste Slection Select All

4.4.1

Selecting one or several lines in the list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to select one or several lines in the list to process them in the same way. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- To select a line, click on this line in the list (see figure 8, mark 3) : its display colour changes. To unselect a line, click again on this line in the list (it recovers its original colour) or click on another line : this other line will then be selected. To select several lines simultaneously : - Click on a first line. Press the key and hold it pressed in. Click one by one on the other lines to be selected.
Shift

To select all the lines of the list in one go, use the function Select all or the keyboard shortcut ^A . ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- When a line is selected, the parameters of its plotting attributes are displayed in the input
Add Modify grid and the button has become a button. When several lines are selected, the first line of the grid is not accessible for input, and the plotting attributes parameters of the first selected lines are displayed.

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4.4.2

Suppressing one or several lines in the list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is use to erase lines from the work list. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the line(s) to be suppressed in the list. Use the function Erase Selection : the selected lines disappear. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- To store the suppressed lines in memory, use the function Cut Selection : see 4.4.4.

4.4.3

Moving one or several lines in the list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to remove lines from the list to insert them somewhere else in the list. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the line(s) to be moved in the list. Use the function Cut Selection or the keyboard shortcut ^D .: the selected lines disappear from the list but are stored in memory. Select in the list the line in front on which the cut lines must be inserted, or select no line if you want to insert them at the end of the list. Select the function Paste Selection or the keyboard shortcut ^V : the lines stored in memory are inserted in the list at the requested place. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- The function Paste can be used several times in a row : the selection is kept in memory as long as no other selection is stored by using the Cut or Copy functions. If several lines are selected in the list when using the Paste function, the selection stored in memory is inserted before each selected line.

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Copying one or several lines in the list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to copy lines from the list to insert them somewhere else. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- Select the line(s) to be copied in the list. Use the function Copy Selection or the keyboard shortcut ^C : the selected lines are stored in memory. Select in the list the line in front of which you want to insert the copied lines, or select no line if you want to insert them at the end of the list. Use the function Paste Selection or the keyboard shortcut ^V : the lines stored in memory are inserted in the list at the requested place. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- The function Paste can be used several times in a row : the selection is kept in memory as long as no other selection is stored by using the Cut or Copy functions. If several lines are selected in the list when using the Paste function, the selection stored in memory is inserted before each selected line.

4.4.5

Modifying a line in the list with the input grid

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to modify the contents of a line in the list by means of the input grid : name and location of the file to be plotted, and the description of all plotting attributes. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- In the list, select the line to be modified (only one line must be selected) : - The relevant information is displayed in the input grid : name and location of the file, and the state or value of all plotting attributes. Modify A button replaces the The grid is in line modification mode. Add

button of the input grid.

Modify the state or value of the grid's buttons and input zones, as explained in paragraph 4.3. It is also possible to modify the file name and location.
Modify The modifications are validated by using The next file in the list is automatically selected.

------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- If you do not want to validate the modifications, click on another line in the list.

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4.4.6

Modifying one or several lines by clicking in the list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to modify the contents of one or several lines in the list by clicking on a selected line, level with the element to be modified. Only the elements which can be visualised on a line can be modified : name and location of the file to be plotted, repeats, rotation, small pieces first, putting to scale, name and location of the part library, the machine file or the specific parameters file. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- In the list, select the line(s) to be modified. Double-click in the list : - on one of the selected lines, - at the place where the value to be modified is displayed. The designated element is modified in the same way on all selected lines : - If it is an attribute which can be activated or de-activated (180 rotation of a marker, small pieces first or putting to scale), its state changes at each double-click. - If it is a numeric value (repeat or part rotation), its value is increased by one unit at each double-click. (If two lines indicate different values, they are increased by one value but remain different.) - If it is a file or library name, a file selector is opened, to designate a file or a library of the same type. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- For further details on the display of the plotting attributes values, refer to paragraph 4.3.

4.4.7

Copying all plotting attributes of a line on several other lines

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to give the same plotting attributes values to a group of selected lines, by using the input grid. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select several lines in the list : - The first line of the input grid is not accessible for input . - The plotting attributes displayed in the grid are those of the first selected line (the closest to the first position in the list). A
Modify

button replaces the

Add

button of the input grid.

Modify the state or value of the grid's buttons and input zones, as explained in paragraph 4.3.
Modify Click on selected lines.

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Saving/reading the batch files

Use the File pull-down menu placed under the work list to execute these two functions.
File
Read order file Write order file Exit ^O ^E ^X

4.5.1

Saving a batch file

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to save in a file the batch displayed in the work zone. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- Use the function Write order file : the file selector corresponding to the designation of a batch file is displayed : - suffix WIB for a batch of part files, - suffix WVT for plotting garments, - suffix WPL for plotting markers, If the batch displayed is a new batch created by the user, the file selector is opened with the most recent access path saved in its history, and the file name is not specified. If the user had previously opened a batch file to modify it, the selector automatically proposes this file. If required, use the file selector to give the name and location of the file to be saved. To validate the save, activate the OK button in the file selector. If the designated file already exists, a message proposes to replace it or to return to the file selector to give another name. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- It is possible to create a new batch file this way, even from an existing batch.

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4.5.2

Opening a batch file

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to open an existing batch file. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Use the function Read order file : the file selector corresponding to the designation of a batch is displayed. The file selector is opened with the most recent access path saved in its history. Use the file selector to give the name and location of a batch. OK button in the file selector : the files to be plotted and To validate, activate the their attributes are visualised in the work zone and their attributes in the input grid. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- If the display zone of the batch was containing unsaved information, a message warns that information will be lost and requests to cancel or confirm the opening of another batch.

4.6

Executing a plotting

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to send to the waiting line of the selected plotter the batch defined in the work zone. This plotting will be executed automatically as soon as the plotter is available.

------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION -----------------------------------

Click on Send to send the batch to the waiting line : A dialogue box requests confirmation of the sending. OK Click on : The batch is allocated to the selected plotter. To visualise it in the work list, use the function List of batches (see 7.1).

-------------------------------------------------REMARK ----------------------------------------------- For plotting parts, the parts to be plotted contained in this batch are considered as a marker by the software.

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Choosing the attributes visualised in the work zone

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to choose the attributes visualised in the list describing the batch contents. Use the Preferences pull-down menu placed under the work zone
Preferences
Repeat Rotation X Symmetry Y Symmetry Put to scale Machine File Geometry File

----------------------------------- ACTIVATION THE FUNCTION ----------------------------------Use the Preferences pull-down menu to activate the function which corresponds to the plotting attribute to be visualised, so as to display an index in front of its name. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- The icon corresponding to this attribute, at the top of the work zone , and the status or value of this attribute appear on each line under this icon. Refer to paragraph 4.3 for the meaning of these attributes and the way to modify their status or their value. If you do not want to display a plotting attribute, activate the corresponding function again to remove the index in front of its name.

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5 - Plotting parameters
5.1
Figure 13

General information on the parameters


Parameter functions

The plotting parameter functions are used to adapt the operating of the VigiPrint software to the needs of each user : A group of 6 buttons (see figure 13, mark 1) gives access to the various parameters. These parameters are grouped in 6 families : The input formats are used to select the file types that the user will plot ,

according to his realm of activity (Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear, Industry) The library parameters are used to indicate the default location and if required a default name, for each file type used by the software. The text parameters plottings. define the nature and size of the inscriptions added to the

The geometry parameters define the geometry of the plotted parts (shape of notches or drillings, scale, plain or dotted line, etc). The operating parameters define the presentation of the plotting (gap between parts, garments or markers, deletion of common lines, plotting a frame, ...). The machine parameters define the behaviour of the plotter (speeds and

acceleration values, programming the paper advances) There are specific text, geometry and operating parameters for each plotting mode : part, garment and marker.

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A group of 2 buttons (see figure 13, mark 2) is used to save or read these parameters in the configuration files. A button ( see figure 13, mark 3) Is used to save the parameters values in the default configuration file of the plotter (TRAPARAM file).


5.1.1

Most of these functions are accessible at Master level only

Default values of the parameters


For each plotter, default values for all parameters are saved in a configuration file called TRAPARAM. When launching the VigiPrint software, these values are displayed in a l l parameter dialogue boxes, and they are the active values.

5.1.2

Current values
The user can modify certain parameter values according to his user's level. These values become the current values, they will be used for plotting operations, as long as the user does not modify them or quits VigiPrint.

5.1.3

Parameter files
The user can save in configuration files or parameter files, sets of values corresponding to specific values : they can be specific to a user, a work mode, a marker type, a plotter Then the user just needs to call up these parameter files to configure the software automatically with current values saved in these files. (see 5.8) If the user wants that the current values become the default values, he must save them in the TRAPARAM file with a save function. (see 5.9)

5.1.4

Values used for plotting


If no parameter file is called up and if no parameter value has been modified, the default values contained in the TRAPARAM file will be used. If no parameter file is called up , but some parameter values have been modified, these current values will be used. If a parameter file is called up , the current values contained in this file will be used.

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5.1.5

Consultation and modification


Activating one of the parameter buttons displays a dialogue box, containing the current values of the parameters of the corresponding family :

To modify the parameter values : Click on the corresponding button to display the dialogue box of this parameter family. Use the button or the input zone corresponding to the parameter to be modified, as explained in paragraphs 5.2 to 5.7 depending on the parameter family. Click on
OK

to close the dialogue box and return to the main screen.

To close the dialogue box without saving the modifications, or after a simple consultation, use the button Abort .

Reminder So that the modified values become the default values for the next use, they must be saved in the TRAPARAM file (see 5.9).

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Input formats
This function is accessible at Master level only.

Activate the function Input selector Figure 14 Input selector

in the main screen to display the following dialogue box :

5.2.1

Choosing the fields

A first pull-down menu is used to select the field to which the VigiPrint software applies: Apparel : Choose this value for plotting parts, markers created by Lectra software : LS Model, Modaris, Diamino. Upholstery : Choose this value for plotting parts, markers created by Lectra software : LS Form, Formaris, Diamino U. Footwear : Choose this value for plotting parts, markers created by Stratgie Romans Cad and Lectra Diamino F. Industry : Choose this value for plotting parts, markers created by TopCad, or Lectra Diamino I. CutFile : Choose this value for plotting parts generated by a non-Lectra CAD.

The chosen value determines the possible values foe the file formats proposed to the operator

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5.2.2

File formats
For files coming from a Lectra CAD (Apparel, Upholstery, Footwear or Industry), two input zones are used to input the default suffix of the markers and/or parts to be cut. Use the pull-down menus for the input. Use the button lower case. Suffixes for a marker file Suffixes for part files at the right of the input zone to choose a suffix in upper case or

The chosen value is used by the software to determine the filter proposed by the selector when the user selects a marker or a part.

file

When the format MDL (or IBA/MDL) has been selected, the parameters designed to use the Modaris files are proposed in the Library and Geometry parameters. In this case, an input zone appears in the Input selector to indicate the name of the machine on which operates the model server to be used. (It is an utility program which enables the application software to read data in model files created with Modaris).

The name must be input by the user (8 characters maximum).

When the values have been selected, validate with

The input selector closes and the input grid is configured automatically, and takes the chosen work mode into account (see 3.1.4)

Do not forget to save the TRAPARAM file if you want that VigiPrint is opened in this configuration the next time.

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Library parameters
This function is partly accessible at User level.


5.3.1

Presentation of the parameters


Activate the Libraries box : function in the main screen to display the following dialogue

Figure 15

Library parameters dialogue box

For each file type, a parameter line is used to define the default location and possibly a default name The input zone is used to indicate the file name and location with the usual syntax (/directory1/directory2 / ... /directoryN/File_name) To modify the contents of this input zone, the user can : - Input directly the access path followed by the file name. (The suffix must never be input, it is added automatically by the software according to the file type.) - Double-click on the input zone, to open a file selector or a directory selector (depending on the input zone which has been activated). The push-button is used to copy the location of a file type onto all files of the same group : - location of the parts copied onto the Garment, Marker and Alpha table lines, - location of the Marker infos copied onto the Garment info and Form info lines. - location of the part parameter files copied for all other parameter files, - location of the Plotting follow-up files copied for the Error files.

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Work libraries The current values of these parameters are the ones displayed by default in the input grid, when inputting the batches of files to be plotted. Part Garment Model Marker Alpha table Text Referenced text Marker info Garment info Part info Default library of the files containing the text to be plotted in the parts Default name of the Label file to be plotted on the parts for a marker plotting Default name of the Label file to be plotted on the parts for a garment plotting Default name of the Label file to be plotted on the parts for part plotting Default library of the part files to be plotted or the part files contained in the markers to be plotted Default library of the garment files to be plotted Default library of the Modaris models Default library of the marker files to be plotted Default library of the alphanumeric tables


Parts

The following functions are accessible at Master level only

Parameter files Name of the parameter file (Text, Geometry and loaded by default for a part plotting (see 4.3.4). Name of the parameter file (Text, Geometry and loaded by default for a garment plotting (see 4.3.4). Name of the parameter file (Text, Geometry and loaded by default for a marker plotting (see 4.3.4). Name of the parameter file (machine to be loaded 4.3.3) Operating) to be Operating) to be Operating) to be by default) (see

Garment Marker Machine

The creation of these files is explained in 5.8

Follow-up files Plotting Error Library or name of the follow-up file containing the information related to plotting Library or name of the follow-up file containing the errors relative to plotting

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The user can also save the library parameters in a configuration file which he can call up for a later use.

To save a library parameters file, click on directory , and you can name the file.

, The selector opens and gives access to a

To call up a library parameters file , click on the file, and its values become the current values.

, the selector opens and you can read

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5.4

Text parameters
This function is partly accessible at User level.


5.4.1

Presentation of the parameters


Activate an input mode (Part, garment or marker), then activate the Text display the following dialogue box : function to

Figure 16

Text dialogue box for a part plotting

8 5

2 9

3 4 7

Toggle buttons to select or not the plotting of the following elements : Part info : information to be plotted inside each part (Labels). Referenced text : text associated to a part. This text is defined by CAD when creating the part and saved in a file, whose name is referenced in the part file. The Library function is used to indicate in which library must be searched the files containing the referenced texts. Grading rules Special text : string of characters defined by CAD and associated to each part. Cartouche (for a marker only). Heading (for a marker only).

Toggle buttons to choose the tool used for plotting each type of information. The user will choose a tool according to the tools available on the plotter.

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Toggle button used to select or not the non-stop printout of information on the plotting progress. When installing the software, a printer chosen on the network is associated to each plotter. The information printed is : name of file plotted (except for part plotting), plotting start and end time (the end time is only indicated if the plotting is finished), perimeter and length when plotting a marker or splice marks, interruptions : interruption time, error number and type of restart used (name of the button used in the Stop/Restart dialogue box).

The parameter Information Printing is common to the 3 text parameters dialogue boxes (part , garment or marker plotting mode) : when it is activated in a plotting mode, it is also activated in the two other modes.

Figure 17
Information printed :

Example of information printout


--------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : bill Start: 09/10/95 15:34:24 Marker : @ :LB:PLALIB;PANT32.PLA Perimeter : 15400 mm Length 1062 mm End: 09/10/95 15:37:05 ---------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : mary Start: 09/10/95 15:37:06 Splice marks : @CB:LB:PLALIB;PH24COL2.PLA Perimeter : 39870 mm Length 2196 mm End: 09/10/95 15:43:59 ---------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : bill Start: 09/10/95 15:44:02 Garment : /home/mb/MILOS/VETLIB/PANT40HF.VET End: 09/10/95 15:45:35 ---------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : jack Start: 09/10/95 15:51:32 Basic image Fin: 09/10/95 15:56:12 ---------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : bill Start: 09/10/95 16:00:41 Marker : /data/mac1/disk0/MILOS/PLALIB/JUPE85.PLA 16:02:48 Error 4/4 Stop-Restart : Restart Perimeter : 15770 mm Length 1215 mm End: 09/10/95 16:15:59 ---------------------------------------------------------------------Machine : Flypen1, Transmitter : mary Start: 09/10/95 16:16:00 Marker : /data/mac1/disk0/MILOS/PLALIB/JUPE85.PLA 16:17:48 Error 4/1 Stop-Restart : Restart on BI n 5 16:17:59 Error 4/1 Stop-Restart : Next ----------------------------------------------------------------------

- for a marker plotting - for a splice mark plotting

- for a garment plotting

- for a BI plotting

- when an error occurs

Toggle button to select or not the print of splice marks on a printer. There is a table giving the position in 1/10 mm (or inches) of the splice marks and corresponding restart points.

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Input zones used to define the size of the characters used for information plotting. The dimension defined here applies to plotting of referenced texts, grading rules, special text and headings. For part info, the dimension is specified in the format file created with the function .

The dimension used in priority is the one indicated in the Nominal size input zone, except if the software checks out that there is not enough space. In this case, the size can be reduced up to the size indicated in the Minimum size input zone. Nominal size = 2 Minimum size = 0 The characters size can be reduced up to size 0 if required. Nominal size =2 Minimum size = 2 The characters will always be plotted in size 2, even if there is not enough space. (The characters can be plotted beyond the shape). Correspondence between the dimension and the size number : 0 1 2 3 average width: 2 mm 5 mm 8 mm 10 mm average height: 4 mm 7 mm 10 mm 14 mm By ticking a vectorial font can be used once its name and size have been input in the two zones replacing the nominal and minimum sizes 6 Radio buttons used to indicate the position of the texts to be plotted (referenced text, special text) in relation to the text axis defined by CAD on the part. Only one of these 3 buttons is activated. If a vectorial font has been selected, the referenced text can be plotted on the whole length of the text axis, by ticking the button Fit text on axis. 7 Toggle button, used to activate or not the automatic generation of management files. The contents of these files and the way of printing them are described in chapter 7. The parameter Generation of Time Management file is common to the 3 text parameters dialogue boxes (part, garment or marker plotting mode) : when it is activated in a plotting mode, it is also activated for the two other modes. 8 Toggle button used to define the contents and the presentation of the part info and save them in a Label file Accessible at Master level only 9 Toggle button used to define the contents and the presentation of the headings and cartouches and save them in a file Accessible at Master level only Examples :

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Part info formats

This function is accessible at Master level only

is used to define the contents and presentation of the part info and save The function it in a file. Its operating is described in appendix 1. To plot the defined labels, it is necessary to : - tick the Part Info button in the main screen of text parameters (see figure 16), - indicate the file name to be used in the library parameters window (see figure 15) in the zone corresponding to the plotting : Part info , Marker info or Garment info.

5.4.3

Heading formats

This function is accessible at Master level only

The function

is used to define the contents and presentation of a heading for a marker.

Activating the function displays the following dialogue box : Figure 18 Heading dialogue box

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In the parameters list, select the information to be displayed in the heading. To select several parameters use the Shift key. Use the Comments input zone to input a line of comments to be plotted in the heading. This information will be plotted if the Comments parameter has been selected. A pull-down menu offers a position choice of the heading in the marker : Beginning Side End To validate the created heading , click on OK

To close the Heading definition dialogue box without saving the modifications, click on Abort

To plot the heading defined by this function, the Heading button must be ticked in the text parameters window (see figure 16)

5.4.4

Cartouche formats

This function is accessible at Master level only

The function

is used to define the contents of a cartouche for a marker.

Activating this function displays the following dialogue box:

Figure 19

Cartouche dialogue box

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This dialogue box contains a default contents and presentation of the cartouche. The presentation cannot be modified and only 3 information fields are accessible for input. These fields are : Supplier name Order reference Comments 40 characters maximum 20 characters maximum 60 characters maximum

The values indicated in the other fields when plotting are read in the marker file .

To create a new cartouche format file : Input the requested information in the 3 accessible input zones. OK

To validate the created cartouche, click on

To close the Cartouche definition dialogue box without saving the modifications, click on Abort

To plot the cartouche defined by this function, the Cartouche button must be ticked in the text parameters window (see figure 16)

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5.5

Geometry parameters
This function is accessible at User level.

Activate an input mode (part, garment or marker), then activate the Geometry display the following dialogue box :

function to

Figure 20

Geometry dialogue box

The programming defined with the geometry parameters is visualised in the centre of the dialogue box, on a part example.

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Parameters of the "lines" of a part


Grain line

The Geometry dialogue box is used to set the parameters of the various lines which make up a BI, defined by CAD : grain line, cross line, handling circle, channel line, contour, internal points T4, T7, T8, blocking, sew line and internal cut . The principle is the same whatever the line type. According to the inputs formats and the work mode, all the lines are not available 1 Toggle button, used to select or not the plotting of the line type indicated on the button. The parameters described on the rest of the line are accessible even if the line type is not activated. So they are pre-programmed with the values to be applied when this type of line must be plotted. 2 Toggle button, used to select the tool used for plotting. The software offers the following tools :
1

pen N1 to 9 laser full power laser half power blade

The user can choose a tool according to the tools available on the plotter used. 3 Toggle button, used to select a line type. full line 4 dotted line

For grain line and cross line plotting, toggle button used to select : or long line or short line

For plotting the handling circle, input zone used to indicate the diameter in mm (between 1 and 99 mm). For plotting a channel line, input zone used to indicate the line thickness in 1/10 mm (between 2 and 99 1/10 mm). For plotting the blocking, toggle button used to select : plot blocking only plot blocking and contour

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Parameters of the oriented notches

The Geometry dialogue box is used to set the parameters of the 6 types of oriented notches. The principle is the same whatever the notch number (indicated by the first button). According to the input formats and the work mode, all types of notches are not available 1 Toggle button, used to select or not the plotting of the notch type whose number is indicated on the button. Symbol Symbol Symbol means notch on the contour. means internal notch. represents a notch type programmed by the customer.

The parameters described on the rest of the line are accessible even if the notch type is not activated. So they are pre-programmed with the values to be applied when this notch type will have to be plot. 2 3 Toggle button used to choose the tool used for making the notch. The available tools are the same as for the lines parameters. Toggle button with 6 states, used to select the notch type : L-notch, made during the contour Straight notch : for a type 6 or special type originated from a type 6, the notch is made during the contour for a type 9 or special type originated from a type 9 , the notch is made before the contour V-notch, made during the contour. WARNING, if the angle of the notch with the perpendicular to the contour exceeds 30, it will be processed as a straight notch. Straight notch, made before the contour.

Straight notch, made after the contour.

V-notch, made during the contour and whose depth and width values are defined by the two input fields placed on the right.

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4 For a , , , or notch : Toggle button with 5 states used to define the depth of a L-notch, a straight notch or a V-notch (see figure 2.8).

0 1 2 3 4

2.5 mm depth. 5 mm depth. 10 mm depth. 15 mm depth. 20 mm depth.

Figure 21

Definition of the depth and width of an oriented notch L-notch Straight notch V-notch 105

depth

depth width

depth width

For a

notch : Input zone, used to indicate the notch depth in 1/10 mm (value between 2 and 250 1/10 mm).

5,0

5 For a , , or notch : Toggle button with 4 states used to define the width of a L-notch or a straight notch (see figure 2.8).

0 1 2 3
For a

Nil width. 1 mm width. 2 mm width. 3 mm width.

notch : Input zone, used to indicate the notch depth in 1/10 mm (value between 2 and 250 1/10 mm).

5,0

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Parameters of simple notches and motif points

The Geometry dialogue box is used to set the parameters of the 6 types of simple notches and of the motif points. The principle is the same whatever the notch number (indicated by the first button), except for button 5 which does only concern type 2 and 5 notches. According to the input formats and the work mode, all types of notches are not available. 1 Toggle button, used to select or not the notch type whose number is indicated on the button. Symbol Symbol Symbol means notch on the contour. means internal notch. represents a notch type programmed by the customer or a motif point.

The parameters described on the rest of the line are accessible even if the notch type is not activated. So they are pre-programmed with the values to be applied when this notch type will have to be plot. 2 3 Toggle button used to choose the tool used for making the notch. The available tools are the same as for the lines parameters. Toggle button with 6 states, used to select the notch type. Point (or laser impulse) Circle Circle whose diameter is input by the operator

Cross 4 For a , notch size : a , or

Diamond

notch, toggle button with 4 states used to define the


a (mm) 1 2 3 4

a
0 1 2 3

For a notch, input zone used to indicate the circle diameter in 1/10 mm (value between 2 and 250 1/10 mm). 5 Toggle button, used to plot a simple notch like an oriented notch. This change is only possible for type 2 and 5 notches. These notches will be plotted according to the parameters defined for type 6 notches in the definition of oriented notches.

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Definition of the plotting scales


1
X scale 1000 1/1000

X shrinkage

1050 Shr. 95

1/1000 %

X extension Ext

1020 102

1/1000 %

X length

1050 Real 2100

1/1000 mm

Theor 2000

The Geometry dialogue box is used to define the scale used on the X axis and on the Y axis, when a scale modification is requested in a batch to be plotted. To make the scale modification possible, the shrinkage attribute ( been activated when inputting the batch. 1 2 ) must have

Pull-down menu, used to select the way the scale is expressed on X or on Y. Case of a scale expressed in 1/1000 : The pull-down menu 1 indicates Scale on X or Scale on Y and the input zone 2 contains a numeric value between 0 and 9999. Number 1000 represents scale 1 for the considered axis. It is possible to input a smaller or larger number and obtain a reduction or an increase. Examples : 500 for scale 1/2 2000 for scale 2 Case of a scale expressed by a shrinkage percentage : The pull-down menu 1 indicates Shrinkage on X or Shrinkage on Y and 2 input zones are associated : - input zone 2 indicates the scale expressed in 1/1000. - input zone 3 indicates the shrinkage percentage to be taken into account for calculating the scale. The user can input the shrinkage percentage of the material he uses and the software calculates automatically the scale increase (in 1/1000) to be applied. Reciprocally, if the user inputs a 1/1000 scale, the input zone 3 is updated automatically. Case of a scale expressed by an extension percentage : The pull-down menu 1 indicates Extension on X or Extension on Y and the input zones 2 and 3 can be used as for a shrinkage. Case of a scale expressed by a difference between 2 lengths : The pull-down menu 1 indicates Length or Width and three input zones are associated : - input zone 2 indicates the scale expressed in 1/1000. - input zone 4 indicates a theoretical length to be plotted in mm. - input zone 3 indicates, for this theoretical length, the real length in mm which must be obtained on the plot. When the user modifies the length or the width, the 1/1000 scale is automatically updated by the software, and vice versa.

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5.6

Operating parameters
Activate an input mode (part, garment or marker), then activate the Operating button to display the following dialogue box :

Figure 22a

Operating dialogue box for parts

1 2

3 4

Figure 22.b

Operating dialogue box for garments

1 2

3 4

Figure 22.c

Operating dialogue box for markers

5 6 9

7 10

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Input zone, used to indicate the requested gap between each part (or each garment part), on both the X and Y axis. Numeric value expressed in mm

Input zone, used to indicate the requested gap between each list of parts (or between each garment) , on the X axis. A list of parts, (or all parts of a garment) is considered as a marker when plotting. Numeric value expressed in mm

Toggle button to activate or not the nest centring when this has not already been done automatically by the CAD software. Centring consists in aligning all parts of the nest along the grain line/cross line axis. When centring is not activated, the nest is plotted such as it is displayed. Toggle button to make an automatic pre -marker of the parts (or garments) to optimize the material when plotting Input zone, used to indicate the requested gap between each marker, on the X and Y axes. Numeric value expressed in mm

4 5

The Opposite side zero toggle button is used to request the plotting of a marker by moving it on the width of paper : the plotter is then lined up on the edge of the paper, on the side opposite the machine zero. This button is activated only for a marker whose width is less than that of the paper. In this case, it is particularly useful for markers plotted with a rotation of 180 : see figure 23. Example of plotting with Opposite side zero
Marker plotted with opposite side zero Marker plotted with 180 rotationand with opposite side zero

Figure 23

Marker plotted with a standard zero position

Marker zero Machine zero Y

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The first pull-down menu is used to determine whether splice marks must be plotted or not, and where : No marks On the right of the marker On the left of the marker On the right and left

The second pull-down menu is used to choose in which spreading direction the marks will be plotted : To spread zero From spread zero In both directions

Figure 24 shows how the splice marks are represented and read. Gap between markers : Input zone, used to set the parameter of the gap between the splice mark and the marker. Numeric value expressed in mm.

Limit : Input zone, used to set the parameter of the minimum distance between two restart positions. This parameter prevents the accumulation of too close marks. Numeric value expressed in mm.

Figure 24

Example of splice marks reading

Splice mark plotted "to spread zero" Splice mark plotted "from spread zero"
3 1

For a defect at this level, restart in 1


2 2 3 1 3

Left

Right
1

For a defect at this level, restart in 2


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The pull-down menu is used to indicate if the deletion of common lines function must be used or not. No deletion Deletion

With Deletion the straight lines which are sufficiently close on two next parts are considered as a common vector to both parts. This vector will therefore be plotted only once. Figure 25 Operating of Deletion of common lines function marker plot or cut obtained with deletion of vectors

vector length gap between vectors

Is considered as a vector, a straight line between two successive points of the contour, whether containing a notch or not. Mini length of a vector : Input zone, used to set the parameter of the minimum length of a vector so that it is taken into account by the deletion of common lines function. Numeric value expressed in mm. Between 0 and 999.9

Maxi gap between vectors : Input zone, used to set the parameter of the maximum gap between two vectors so that they are considered as common lines. Numeric value expressed in mm. Between 0 and 9.9

Pull-down menu to indicate the plotting mode to be used for a marker on folded fabric (folded or tubular). It is associated to 2 toggle buttons used to define a plotting tool and a line type (full or dotted) for the folded part. The top or unfolded part is plotted with the tool and line type defined in the Geometry parameters. Open fabric The marker is plotted open ("unfolded). Folded fabric / top Only the top of the marker is plotted. Folded fabric / all The marker is plotted folded. The bottom is plotted with the indicated tool and line type.

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The toggle button Between markers is used to add or not a transversal cut between each plotted marker. It is associated to 2 other toggle buttons : the first one shows the tool used (it cannot be modified) and the second one allows to choose the line type.
Between batches The toggle button and the associated toggle buttons operate on the same principle to add a transversal cut between each batch.

11

Pull-down menu, used to add to each marker plotting the plotting of a frame and the plotting of the check frame defined with the software. This pull-down menu is associated to 2 toggle buttons used to define a plotting tool and a line type. No frame No frame or checks plotted. Frame only A frame is plotted around the marker with the selected tool and line type. Frame/External checks A frame and external checks are plotted around the marker with the selected tool and line type. Frame/Internal checks A frame and internal checks are plotted around the marker with the selected tool and line type. When the frame consists in a main frame and a secondary frame, the selected line type is used to plot the main frame, while the secondary frame is plotted with the other line type. Figure 26 Examples of plottings with frames Internal frame plotting

External frame plotting

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Machine parameters
This function is accessible at Master level only.

Activating the Machine Figure 27a 1


Vitesses et accelerations m/min m/min

function displays the following dialogue box:

Machine parameters dialogue box 2


Fonctionnement Avance par page

Vitesse contour Vitesse maximale Acceleration contour Acceleration maximale Vitesse lame Acceleration lame

20 60 3 5

Av. continue demi-page Seuil d'avance 0 cm

m/s2 Arret sur erreur m/s2 m/min m/s2 Abandonner OK Traceur Option stylo

If the selected machine is a laser cutter, a laser parameters dialogue box is displayed simultaneously : Figure 27b 6
Laser parameters Microlaser Contour power Minimum power Dotted line length Impulse duration Impulse power Marking power 400 50 10 100 400 400 W W mm 1/10ms W W Operating

Laser parameters dialogue box

No parking Non-stop supply

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Input zones, used to indicate respectively : Contour speed : Maximum speed (in m/min) of the pen movement (or the tool for a cutter) during plotting phase. Maximum speed : Maximum speed (in m/min) of the pen movement (or tool) off-load. Contour acceleration : Acceleration (in m/s2) to reach the contour speed. Maximum acceleration : Acceleration (in m/s2) to reach the maximum speed. Blade speed (in m/min) and Blade acceleration (in m/s2) for plotters/cutters.

Pull-down menus, used to define the material advances. The first pull-down menu is used to choose a material advance mode : No advance Compulsory value for a machine without material advance. Is allows to manage any machine type such as a fixed table whose dimensions are equal to the plotting limits. Variable advance The advances have a variable length according to the parts geometry, the main purpose being to plot a part in one go.
Plot Advance Plot

Page advance The advances are made by the total length of the plotting page, without taking into account the length of the parts.
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The second pull-down menu is used to define the use of the Eclipse option which makes plotting possible during the material advances.
The use of Eclipse is protected by a software key. The corresponding lines in the pulldown menu are dimmed if the software key is not installed. Sequential advance The plotter executes the first plotting page. Then the pen raises, and the material advance is carried out. Once the material advance is completed, the plotting restarts for the next plotting page. The advance length corresponds to the Advance Limit. parameter. Plot Advance Plot

Advance length = Limit

Non-stop half page The Eclipse option enables the machine to start plotting the next part of the marker during a material advance . With the non-stop half page advance, the machine executes the plotting on the first half of the marker page, before controlling a material advance. The second half of the marker page starts being plotted as soon as the material advance begins. The Advance Limit parameter becomes inoperative. Plotting a 1/2 page Advance and plotting the next 1/2 page State before the next advance begins

Advance length = 1/2 page

Non-stop full page The non-stop full page advance operates on the same principle as the non-stop half page advance. However, the moment when the material advance starts is defined by the Limit parameter. So it can be adapted to the size of the plotted parts. If Advance Limit = 0, the advances are started by using all plotting possibilities during the advances. Plotting a part of the page Advance and plotting the next part of the page State before the next advance begins

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Input zone, used to define a material advance length, inferior to the effective plotting length. This parameter has been created to make the unloading of cut parts easier on a cutter. Numeric value expressed in cm. Between 0 and the maximum length of the plotting zone. Value 0 means that the material advances are carried out on the maximum length of the plotting zone.

Toggle button, used to choose the behaviour of the cutter when an error occurs on a plotter. Activated button : systematic stop on error When an error appears, the Stop/restart dialogue box is displayed on the work station which pilots the plotter (see 7.2). Deactivated button : no systematic stop on error If the file to be plotted is not found, the software passes to the next file and prints automatically the name of the file and the associated error code. If the error is linked to the machine (ex : limit stop met), the Stop/restart dialogue box is displayed. Toggle button, used to activate the pen as main tool on a E21 (on which tool management is inoperative). Input zones, used to indicate respectively : Contour power : Maximum power (in W) of the laser when cutting contours. The laser power is controlled by the head movement speed to prevent the material from being burned when cutting contours at low speed. The contour power corresponds to the Contour Speed movement speed. Minimum power : Minimum power (in W) of the laser when cutting contours. Even if the head movement speed becomes nil (when changing direction for example), the laser power will always be at least equal to this minimum value. Dotted lines length : Length of the laser dotted lines (in mm). Impulse duration : Duration of a laser impulse (in 1/10 ms). Impulse power : Laser power when an impulse is controlled (in W). Marking power : Maximum laser power used for marking (in W).

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Pull-down menu, used to define the position of the cutting head during the material advances. This position will be chosen so as not to hinder the operator, or the material advance. No parking The cutting head remain on its position. Park in Xmax, Ymin Park in Xmin, Ymax

Toggle button, used to activate or not the non-stop operating mode. This operating mode is used when the material is supplied non-stop. It makes it possible to cut non-stop without saving the zero between each marker. Activated button : non-stop supply It is the classic operating mode of the plotters, with non-stop material supply. No intervention of the operator is required between batches to be plotted. Deactivated button : cutting of parts Between each batch, the operator places a new part of material for which he must save the zero point position and the maximum point position.

The new values to be used by the plotter must be saved in the TRAPARAM configuration file (see 5.9).

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5.8

Using parameter files


This function is accessible at Master level only.

It is used to save customised values in the parameter files. These parameter files can be associated by default to the input grid (see 5.3.1).

5.8.1

Writing parameter files


The software enables using 5 types of parameter files : The User parameters files contain the values defined in the library parameters and in the text, geometry and operating parameters of each work mode (inputting parts, markers, garments, splice marks). The Part geometry files contain values to be applied to the text, geometry and operating parameters for part plotting. The Garment geometry files contain values to be applied to the text, geometry and operating parameters for garment plotting. The Marker geometry files contain values to be applied to the text, geometry and operating parameters for marker plotting. The Machine parameters files contain specific parameters for a plotter.

To create a parameter file : Modify the parameter values (Libraries, then for each input mode Text, Geometry and Operating), so that they correspond to the values to be saved. Return to the main menu and click on Figure 28 Writing parameter files . The following dialogue box is displayed :

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Click on the push button corresponding to the type of file parameters : the corresponding file selector is displayed. Use the file selector to input the name and location of the file to create. OK To validate the save, activate in the file selector. If the file already exists, a message proposes replacing it or return to the file selector to change the name. The table below shows for each type of parameter file, the default suffix proposed in the selector when saving the file , and the input mode to be selected and the parameters to set.

File type User parameters

Suffix .ENV

Part geometry Marker geometry Garment geometry Machine parameters

.PIB .PPL .PVT .MAC

Work mode any Part plotting Marker plotting Garment plotting Part plotting Marker plotting Garment plotting any

Parameters Library Text, Geometry and Operating Text, Geometry and Operating Text, Geometry and Operating Text, Geometry and Operating Text, Geometry and Operating Text, Geometry and Operating Machine parameters and Plotting zero and

Plotting maximum positions accessible from the main screen in Machine Control

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5.8.2

Reading parameter files


To read the values saved in a parameter file: In the main menu, click on : the dialogue box shown on figure 28 is displayed. It is

called then Reading parameter files. Click on the push button corresponding to the requested file type : the corresponding file selector is displayed. Use the file selector to designate the file to be used. To validate the selection, activate OK in the file selector .

The parameter values contained in the designated file become the current values used by the software, and the user can query or modify these values with the access function to parameters (Libraries, Text, Geometry and Operating).

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Saving the default values of a plotter


This function is accessible at Master level only.

The Save function of the main screen is used to save in a TRAPARAM configuration file the parameter values defined by the user of the Administration Module. These values are saved in the TRAPARAM file which is associated to the plotter whose name is displayed in the main screen. they include : The text, geometry and operating parameters for each input mode, accessible by the functions Text , Geometry and Operating in the main screen.

The library parameters, accessible by the Libraries

function in the main screen.

The machine parameters, accessible by the Machine

function in the main screen.

The positions of the Plotting zero point and Plotting maximum point defined by the functions Zero and Maximum of the Machine Control dialogue box.

As long as the Save function has not been activated, no modification made in a parameter dialogue box is taken into account by the plotter.

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6 - Plotter control
6.1 Plotter On/Off
is used to switch the plotter on or off : is becomes

The button

When a plotter is off line, it is possible to send batches to be plotted but they will only be plotted when the plotter is switched on line. Switching a plotter off line gives access to the Reset to zero and Machine control functions described in the next paragraphs.

If a plotter is switched off line during a plotting, it will be interrupted when the current batch is finished.

To switch the plotter on line again, click on button

which becomes

6.2

Plotter reset to zero


to reset the plotter to zero

With plotter switched off, use button

There are 3 possible cases : If the reset to zero is requested after switching the plotter on or after a microplotter reset : The plotter carriage searches the table zero at low speed, and reads the dimensions of the plotting zone. This operation is carried out automatically when exiting from the Machine control function, if no reset to zero has been controlled since the machine was switched on, a microplotter reset or a limit stop. If the reset to zero is requested when a limit stop is met : The plotter carriages searches the table zero, at low speed. In all other cases : The "Reset to zero" function moves the carriage back to table zero position, at high speed (because this position is known).

The E 33 and FlyPen plotters never read the plotting table dimensions.

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Machine control
This function is accessible at Master level only.

function gives access to a dialogue box, gathering all functions enabling The Machine control manual intervention on the plotter (unlike the automatic operating mode which executes the plottings described in the batches sent in waiting line). Figure 29 Machine control dialogue box

If the plotter has no manual movement controls, the arrow keys do not appear in the dialogue box. Plotter reset to zero push-button. Operates identically as described in 6.2

Transversal cut push-button. This control is used, on plotters equipped with a cutting tool or on laser cutters, to carry out a transversal cut in the material to unload the plottings or to remove the material remains.

Click on Transversal cut -

A dialogue box request validation of the transversal cut : click on


Yes

If no file is being plotted when the control is launched, the transversal cut is carried out automatically. Otherwise, it is carried out as soon as the plotting in progress is finished.

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Push-buttons to reset the counter for paper length used and length of plotting made by the pen, for a FlyPen plotter.

Push-buttons to move the pen (or the cutting head) on the plotting table. These buttons appear in the "Machine control" dialogue box when the plotter (or cutter) is not equipped with a control keyboard with arrow keys (E33, E32, ). They are only accessible when the plotter is deactivated. +X movement -X movement Movement stop A movement can be stopped by using direction. , or by controlling a movement in another +Y movement -Y movement

As long as a movement is in progress, the other buttons of the "Machine control" dialogue box are dimmed. Push-button for access to maintenance mode of the plotter, under direct control of the microplotter program. The functions of this mode are reserved for the LECTRA maintenance technicians. MCPR microplotter : Exit from this mode by CNUM microplotter : Exit from this mode by To quit maintenance mode, strike CTRL X If this operation is carried out after switching on or after a microplotter Reset, the machine will read the dimensions when returning to the program. This button is only accessible when the plotter is deactivated.

W *

. .

 

The E 33 and FlyPen plotters never read the plotting table dimensions.

In maintenance mode, the movement of a motor is stopped by striking the Return key : the motor stops after a deceleration phase and remains interlocked in position by the microplotter. The "space bar" can be used at any time as an emergency stop (sudden and immediate stop) : all motors stop without deceleration phase and the electrovalves return to their zero position. It is highly advised to cut the power off prior to any intervention on the mobile parts.

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Push-buttons, used to activate respectively the Plotting zero saving and Plotting maximum saving functions. Saving a plotting zero is used to define the position where plotting begins on the Y axis. Generally, this position is always the same, and corresponds to the machine zero. However, in some cases it is necessary to modify it, particularly when plotting is carried out on a narrow paper placed in the middle of the plotter. Saving a plotting maximum is used to define the maximum plotting dimensions allowed on the Y axis. In practice, this position corresponds to the paper width. These buttons are only accessible when the plotter is deactivated.

To modify the position of the plotting zero (or maximum) : Set the plotter off line. Move the pen (or the laser cutting head) on the zero point (or maximum point) requested by means of the manual controls available on the plotter, or in the Machine controls dialogue box.

Click on Zero

(or Maximum

).
Yes

A dialogue box requests validation of the save : click on The new zero point (or maximum point) is saved. Set the plotter on line. Click on OK

to close the Machine control dialogue box.

The save in the TRAPARAM is automatic when quitting.

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7 - Plotting follow-up
7.1 Manipulating the batches

The push-button in the main screen gives access to the List of batches sent to the selected plotter, for example to query them, delete them, inhibit them, or pass a batch in priority. At Master level it is also possible to modify the contents of the batches sent to waiting line. Pressing this push-button configures VigiPrint in input mode. The input grid disappears (see figure 30) and it can be displayed again by clicking on Figure 30 Follow-up mode (for batch modification see 7.1.4)

The list of batches sent to the selected plotter appears in the work zone. Each line of the list represents a batch to be plotted or, when a batch is open, a file to be plotted contained in this batch.

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The following information is displayed on a batch description line : date and time of batch sending, type of file to be plotted, batch number given by the software, user's name of the sender, name of destination plotter or * if no specific plotter in the group has been requested, state of the batch (started, to do or inhibited).

The icons line above the list identifies the nature of the elements displayed on a line when it is a description line of a file to be plotted : the same elements are displayed when inputting a batch : refer to 3.3 .

The batch line selection principle is identical to the one described in 4.4.1 for file lines selection.

The various operations possible on the batches can be carried out by using the Edition and Batch pull-down menus.

Batch
Open batch Close batch Erase Selection Copy Selection Cut Selection ^C ^D ^V ^A Inhibit batch Reactivate batch Modify batch Regenerate batch Erase batch

Edition

Paste Slection Select All

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7.1.1

Opening/closing a displayed batch

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to display or not the files to be plotted which make up a batch. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the batch(es) to be opened. Activate the function Open batch : the file lines to be plotted which make up each batch are displayed under the line describing the batch (see figure 30). To close the selected batch(es), activate the function Close batch . ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- A double-click on the batch description line opens the batch if it is closed, or closes it if it is opened. All batches can be opened, whether they are started, to do or inhibited.

7.1.2

Modifying the state of a batch

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to inhibit or re-activate one or several batches.

When a user sends a batch to a waiting list, its state becomes to do. As soon as a batch to do is sent to a plotter, it is copied in a work directory of the plotting spooler, and its state becomes started. Once this plotting is finished, the spooler deletes the corresponding line from the waiting list. The inhibited state is applied deliberately by a user to modify a batch or postpone its plotting.

------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the batch(es) to be inhibited. Activate the function Inhibit Batch . To reactivate the selected batch(es), activate the function Reactivate Batch . ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- It is possible to inhibit a started batch. In this case, plotting stops at the end of the current part. Plotting will restart with the next batch in the list. It is possible to plot a batch in priority, by inhibiting one or several batches. It is possible to reactivate a started batch : its state becomes to do. Reactivating might be useful when a plotting has been aborted after an error : in this case, the batch remains started in the waiting line and it is not deleted by the plotting spooler. If a user reactivates it, its state becomes to do again and can be modified or plotted like the other batches in the list.

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---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to suppress batches displayed in the waiting list. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- Select the batch(es) to be suppressed from the list. Activate the function Erase Batch : the selected batches disappear from the list. ------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- If a "started batch is suppressed, its plotting stops at the end of the current part. Suppressing a "started batch is only useful when plotting has been aborted after an error and the plotting spooler has not erased automatically the batch from the list.

7.1.4

Modify batches displayed in waiting list

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION --------------------------------This function is used to modify the batches displayed in a waiting list, by using the same functions as for modifying lines in the work list, when inputting a batch. The modifications must be saved to be taken into account effectively (see 7.1.5). This save is possible at Master level only. ----------------------------------- ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION----------------------------------- Select then inhibit the batches to be modified. Like for inputting a batch, the user has three means of modifying the contents of a batch : by using the Erase Selection , Copy Selection , Cut Selection , Paste Selection functions of the Edition menu : see 4.4. Lines can be copied in a batch, then pasted in another batch. Lines can be copied in a non-inhibited batch. by using the input grid to add or modify lines : see 4.2 and 4.3. Use button to display or close the input grid. only have been selected, the button

When batch description lines


Add

is available in the bottom of the input grid.

It is not necessary to open a batch to add a line. When one or several file description lines are selected, the button is available. If several lines are selected, the button is absent when the modification is impossible : if the lines are not all in inhibited batches, or if they don't all correspond to the same file type.
Modify

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When the batch modification is impossible (batch not inhibited or sent by Add Modify another user) the button or is absent. by double-clicking on the files description lines to be plotted : see 4.4.1 and 4.3 The batch must have been opened first to display these lines. Use the Preferences pull-down menu to choose the plotting attributes visualised in the waiting line : see 4.7

------------------------------------------------REMARKS----------------------------------------------- The first character on the batch description line - becomes * to indicate that this batch has been modified and that it must be saved to be plotted.

7.1.5

Saving a modified batch


This function is accessible at Master level only.

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function enables a user to save the modifications he has made in a batch. So these modifications can be visualised by all other users and the batch can be reactivated. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the batch(es) to be saved : these are the batches with * in first position on the description line. Activate the function Modify Batch : the modifications are taken into account and the sign * is replaced by a -. But the state of these batches is always inhibited. They must be reactivated to be plotted.

7.1.6

Regenerate a batch

---------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION--------------------------------This function is used to read the contents of a batch : - to visualize modifications made by other users, - or, in case of a batch with the sign *, to display the batch in its initial state and not considering the modifications made. ------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION ---------------------------------- Select the batch(es) to be regenerated. Activate the function Regenerate Batch

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7.2.1

Plotting interruption and restart


Interruptions requested by the operator

The user can interrupt the plotting in two ways. The first solution consists in suppressing the current batch (see 7.1.3). This stops the plotting immediately at the end of the current part. The next parts in the file or the next files which make up a batch will not be plotted, and the batch disappears from the list. The second solution consists in inhibiting the current batch (see 7.1.2) When the operator inhibits a batch while it is plotted, a message proposes an immediate stop or a stop at the end of the current file. In the first case, the plotting stops at the end of the current part, but the file which is not completely plotted remains in the list of files making up the batch, it can be reactivated later. The other files in the batch, which have not been plotted, also remain in the list. In the second case, the plotting stops at the end of the current file, and this file disappears from the batch.

7.2.2

Interruption after an error

When an error occurs during the plotting, it is displayed in a dialogue box, indicating the error number and name. This dialogue box appears on the work station which pilots the plotter : Figure 31 Error dialogue box
Error Plotter:Flypen1, Transmitter:BILL Error : 4 / 1

Limit stop met

Ok

Click on displayed.

OK

to validate the error. A Stop-Restart dialogue box is

In this dialogue box, a certain number of push-buttons are used to restart plotting, according to the type of plotting in progress and the origin of the error. The various cases possible are shown in figures 32.a, 32.b and 32.c.

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Figure 32.a

Stop-Restart dialogue box with 2 buttons


Stop-Restart Machine :Flypen1, Transmitter :BILL

Stop

Restart

This dialogue box appears when the error occurs during a material advance.
Stop Restart

The current batch is aborted. The plotter is available : if a batch is in waiting list, its plotting can start. The advance restarts.

Figure 32.b

Stop-Restart dialogue box with 3 buttons


Stop-Restart Machine:Flypen1, Transmitter:BILL

Stop

Restart

Next

This dialogue box appears when the software has not found a file : - a marker file for a marker plotting or splice mark plotting, - a garment file for a garment plotting. - a part file for a part plotting. It is also used for any other error, if it occurs during a garment or part plotting.
Stop Restart

Next

The current batch is aborted. The plotter is available : if a batch is in waiting list, its plotting can start. In case of an error caused by the absence of a file, the software tries again to read this file. In all other error cases, the plotting restart from the place where it had been interrupted. The plotting of the current file is aborted. The software starts processing the next file in the batch, or passes to the next batch if there is no next file .

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Stop-Restart dialogue box with 6 buttons


Stop-Restart Machine:Flypen1, Transmitter:BILL Plotter stopped on BI Nb 6 Restart on BI...

BI Nb Abort

Begin of page Beginning

Current Next

This dialogue box appears when an error occurs during a marker plotting : microplotter error or absence of a part file.
Part n

Begin of page Current

The plotting of the current marker restarts, on the part whose number is indicated in the input zone. When displaying the dialogue box, the software proposes the next part which is being prepared. If the cause of the error was the absence of a part file, the number of this part will be indicated. The operator can pass to the next part by inputting another number. The plotting of the current marker restarts, after the last material advance . The plotting of the current marker restarts, on the part whose plotting had been interrupted. If the cause of the error was the absence of a BI file, the software tries again to read this file. The current batch is aborted. The plotter is available : if a batch is in waiting list, its plotting can start. The software restarts the interrupted marker from the beginning. The plotting of the current marker is aborted. The software starts processing the next marker in the batch, or passes to the next batch if there is no next marker.

Abort
Beginning Next

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Time management
This function is accessible at Master level only.

The Time Management is a software function, which can be used to print reports containing information on the work carried out by each plotter : follow-up of plottings and of errors. For each plotter stated on the network, the data concerning the plottings made are automatically saved in a plotting follow-up file after each batch is completed. For each of these plotters, the errors met during plotting are automatically saved in a errors follow-up file.

Only the data concerning marker plotting are saved in the follow-up files.

7.3.1

Activating the time management


The user can choose to activate or deactivate this function. When it is deactivated , the follow-up files are not created. To activate the function, use the parameter Generation of time management, accessible in the Text parameters dialogue box (see figure 16). When the Time Management button is activated (displayed as a pressed-in key), the follow-up files are created automatically by the software.

7.3.2

Identification of the follow-up files


A plotting and an error file are created automatically daily for each plotter, in a directory chosen by the user. In the Library parameters dialogue box, the user indicates the storage directory of the plotting management files (Plotting parameter line) and the storage directory of the errors management files ( Errors parameter line). (see figure 15). The plotting and errors files can be stored in the same directory. In the directories chosen by the user, the software creates automatically as many subdirectories as there are plotters stated on the network. These sub-directories have the same names as the plotters. In each sub-directory having the name of a plotter, the software creates automatically follow-up files : ETATDDMM.TRV for plotting follow-up ETATDDMM.ERR for errors follow-up where DDMM is the date managed by the operating system, with DD = date of the day and MM = month n (ex 0512 for December 5th). the

The plotting follow-up file is created as soon as a plotting is completed by a plotter. This file will be completed automatically for the next plottings made by the same plotter on the same day. The errors follow-up file is created as soon as an error is met by a plotter. If other errors occur on the same plotter on the same day, the file will be completed automatically.

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Directories created by the software

Example of follow-up files storage


/data/st1/disk0/management /PLOTTING /ERRORS

/E32

/E33

/Flypen1

/Flypen2

/E32

/E33

/Flypen1

/Flypen2

Management files

ETAT1511.TRV ETAT1511.TRV ETAT1511.TRV ETAT1511.TRV ETAT1611.TRV ETAT1611.TRV ETAT1611.TRV ETAT1611.TRV ETAT1711.TRV ETAT1711.TRV ETAT1711.TRV ETAT1711.TRV

ETAT1511.ERR ETAT1511.ERR ETAT1511.ERR ETAT1511.ERR ETAT1611.ERR ETAT1611.ERR ETAT1611.ERR ETAT1611.ERR ETAT1711.ERR ETAT1711.ERR ETAT1711.ERR ETAT1711.ERR

7.3.3

Report printing
The button in the instruments panel is used to print follow-up files. Its activation displays the following dialogue box :

Figure 34

Report printing dialogue box


Report file printing

The report file

/data/st1/disk0/suivi/TRACE/E33 1

will be printed on

ljsystem

Abort

Ok

File to be printed This input zone indicates the location and name of the file to be printed. To modify the file to be printed, double-click on the input zone : the file selector is displayed.

Printer used This input zone indicates the name of a printer. Its activation gives access to a pull-down menu, which proposes all printers stated on the network with the I-Manager utility.

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OK Click on to launch the printout indicated in the dialogue box. The dialogue box remains open so that several printouts can be launched in a row.

Use the button panel.

Abort

to close the dialogue box and return to the instrument

A plotting report is presented as follows :


File : <1> Plotter : <2> Plotting report dated : <3> MARKERS CHARACTERISTICS Name Length mm MACHINE Printing time : <4> Start time : <5> Cumulated durat. of sessions : <6> WORKING TIME End T. Durat. Preparat. Incidents Work Duration % Duration % Durat <15> <26> <16> <17> <18> <19> <27> AVG. SPEED. Glob. % m/min <23> Work. m/min <24>

Width Perimeter P/L C Sp C Ac Start T. mm mm m/min m/ss <9> <10> <11> <12> <13> <14> <25>

<7> <8> INOPERATIVECYCLE

<20> <21> <22>

PLOT <28> INOPERATIVECYCLE INPUT

<28>

<28> <29> <30>

<28> <28>

<28> <28> <28> <28>

<31>

<31>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Name of printed file Name of the plotter File creation date Report printing time Software launching time Cumulated duration of all sessions : a session corresponds to the time between a software launching and the next exit. Name of plotted file Theoretical length given by the marker (mm) Width (mm) Theoretical perimeter plotted (mm) Theoretical perimeter given by the marker/ Theoretical length given by the marker Plotting speed requested by the software (m/min) Plotting acceleration requested by the software (m/s2) Start time of the file processing End time of the file processing Processing duration of the file : [End time of the file processing] - [Start time of the file processing] = <15> - <14> Time spent for preparing the plotting : reading and analysing the files.

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Preparation percentage in relation to the [Processing duration of the file] (<16>) Time spent using the Stop/Restart dialogue box Use percentage of the "Stop/Restart dialogue box in relation to the [Processing duration of the file] (<16>) Estimated effective work duration of the plotter : without the time spent for preparation and the time spent using the "Stop/Restart dialogue box [<16> - (<17> and <19>)]. Effective work percentage in relation to the [Processing duration of the file] (<16>) Average speed of the global file processing : global means that the use time of the Stop/Restart dialogue box is taken into account = [Theoretical perimeter plotted] / [Processing duration of the file] = <10> / <16> Average speed of the effective work of the plotter : effective work means that the Stop/Restart dialogue box is not taken into account = [Theoretical perimeter plotted] / [Estimated effective work duration of the plotter] = <10> / <21> End time of the previous file processing Start time of the next time processing Inoperative duration of the plotter (stand-by for receiving a file to be plotted). The information <25>, <26> and <27> are displayed on a line called INOPERATIVE CYCLE only if <27> is not nil.

22 23

24

25 26 27

28 29 30 31

Recapitulative total of each column Recapitulative total of the INOPERATIVE CYCLE duration (<27>). Unused by the plotting software Average of the average speeds

An error report is presented as follows :


File : <1> Plotter : <2> Error report dated : <3> Time <5> Transmitter <6> Marker <7> Error <8> Information <9> Printing time : <4>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Name of printed file Name of the plotter File creation date Report printing time Error time Transmitter of the plotting where the error occurred. Name of the file plotted when the error occurred. Error number Error name

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Appendix 1 Format of part info

1 - Presentation of the dialogue box


is used to create, modify and save Part Info format files. Its activation displays The function the "Part Info dialogue box shown in figure A1.1. In this dialogue box, a work zone enables the user to visualize the model of the text he wants to plot inside each part. To do this, he defines in this zone a certain number of fields , and also : - the relative position of the fields in relation to each other (*), - the text, - the size of characters used. (*) The position of the text inside the part is calculated automatically by the software, according to the geometry of each part. There are two types of fields depending on the way their contents is defined : - Fixed field : The contents is input on the keyboard, it is fixed whatever the part plotted (for example a title). - Variable field : The contents, chosen from a list of available information, will be issued from one of the data files (part, garment, marker file or batch of files to be plotted). For each information used in a variable field, the software defines the printing format , i.e. the processing of the characters string issued from the file. A field can consist in the juxtaposition of several components. In this case, each component is defined by a fixed or variable contents.

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Figure A1.1 Part info dialogue box


1 2 3 4 5
1
Part info format File TRAC33.LAB Preferences 2 fields 25 x 10 mm 1 Format

7
9

NOMDUPL CT

Information 9 Part name Part reference Analytical code Part comment Part number / garment Part Garment name Garment code Size Garment number Group number Group comment Logo Marker name Marker code Marker comment Marker number X scale Y scale Manufacturing order

Composition Marker name

MARKER NOMDUPLCT

10

11

Name of file displayed This information zone indicates the name of the part info format file which has been opened to be displayed on the screen. If it is the creation of a new file, the name indicated is NONAME.LAB.

Menu bar Each of these buttons gives access to a pull-down menu, which offers a certain number of functions. The functions of the File menu enable the manipulation of labels files : see 2.2. The functions of the Preferences menu enable the operator to define his work environment : see 2.3.

3 4

This information zone indicates the number of fields currently displayed in the work zone. This information zone indicates the dimension of the model created. This dimension is calculated taking into account all fields defined and the spaces which separate them (even if the fields are not completely visualized on the work zone).

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Work zone This zone is used to visualize the text fields to be plotted. These are represented with a frame whose dimensions correspond to the real dimensions of the field on the plot. The text inscribed inside the frame corresponds to the contents of the field. As the character font used for the display is not the same as the one used by the plotter, the text does not fill the whole frame. The software does not take into account the position of the fields in relation to the work zone, but the relative position of the fields in relation to each other. The colour used to represent a field depends on its type : black : fixed field blue : variable field where at least one component is variable red : selected field, on which the operator is working.

Field contents and format input zone In the case of a fixed field, this zone is used to define or modify the contents of a field or of the components of the selected field : see 2.1.2.1. In the case of a variable field, this zone is used to select the format of the information chosen : see 2.1.2.3 and 2.1.2.4.

Selection buttons of a component inside a field When the selected field is made up of several components, a button is available in this zone for each component. It enables to select a component and visualize its contents : see 2.1.1.4.

Information selection zone This list contains all information the user may associate to a variable field : see 2.1.1.2. When the software is configured to plot cut files, the information that the user can select comes from a cutfile. They are found under the heading File field 1, File field 2, ..., File field 20.

Field manipulation and characters size selection buttons : Their use is explained in 2.1.1, 2.1.2 and 2.1.3.

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Scale adjustment button for the representation of the fields in the work zone : see 2.3.4. Help line area A help message is displayed in this zone depending on the operation in progress and the position of the cursor.

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2.1
2.1.1

Creation and modification of the fields


Creation of a field
2.1.1.1 Creation of a fixed field

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to create a new field in the work zone, whose contents will be a text input on the keyboard. It is a fixed field because its contents will be identical whatever the BIs plotted. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- button : it takes the aspect of a pressed-in key (stage 1 -figure A1.2). Click on the Position the cursor on the work zone : it changes into a cross in a 90 angle (stage 2 -figure A1.2). Bring the 90 angle of the cursor to the place where the field must begin. Click : a vertical line in the work zone materializes the position of the new field (stage 3 -figure A1.2).

The button has regained the aspect of a released key. Click in the field contents input zone and key in a string of characters (stage 4 -figure A1.2). Validate by <Return> or by clicking in an inactive zone of the screen. The new field appears in the work zone : it is displayed in red because it is selected. Click in an empty zone of the work zone to unselect it : then it is displayed in black. -----------------------------------------------------REMARKS --------------------------------------------- The characters size used for this field is the default size which was displayed on the screen button. It is still possible to modify it during or after the creation of when activating the the field : see 2.1.2.2. To choose the position of a field, the user is helped by a grid : see 2.3.1. According to the characters size used and to the number of fields to create, the user can modify the scale used to represent the fields in the work zone : see 2.3.4.

2.1.1.2

Creation of a variable field

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to create a new field in the work zone, whose contents will be an information chosen in the information selection zone (zone n 8 in figure A1.1). It is a variable field because its contents will depend on information issued from the files used for plotting (part file, garment file or marker file).

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Figure A1.2 Creation of a fixed field


1 2 3 4 Click on the text field creation button Adjust the position of the cursor's angle on the label zone Click to obtain the bar defining the beginning of the field Click, input the fixed then validate by <Return>
Part info format File NONAME.LAB Preferences 0 field 0 x 0 mm 1 Format

ATELIER1
8

Information Part name Part reference Analytical code Part comment Part number / garment Part number / marker Garment name Garment code Size Marker number Group number Group comment Logo Marker Marker Marker Marker name code comment number

Composition ...

X scale Y scale Manufacturing order Fabric type

Designate the position of the new field

Figure A1.3 Selection of a variable information


Format

NOMDUPLCT
1 9

Information Part name Part reference Analytical code Part comment Part number / garment Part number / marker Garment name Garment code Size Garment number Group number Group comment Logo Marker name Marker code Marker comment Marker number X scale Y scale Manufacturing order Fabric type

Composition Marker name

Click on the name of an information

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-----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- Click on the button : it takes the aspect of a pressed-in key (stage 1 -figure A1.2). Position the cursor on the work zone : it changes into a cross in a 90 angle (stage 2 -figure A1.2). Bring the 90 angle of the cursor to the place where the field must begin. Click : a vertical line in the work zone materializes the position of the new field (stage 3 -figure A1.2).

button has regained the aspect of a released key. The In the selection zone, click on the name of an information : its name is displayed in reverse video in the selection zone and a string of characters "example (e.g. NOMDUPLCT for the information Marker name) in inscribed in the input zone (stage 1 -figure A1.3). It is possible to modify the format in the input zone (mark 6 in figure A1.1). For an alphanumeric information, the format modification consists in defining the length and the position of the characters string issued from the complete string which represents the selected information : see 2.1.2.3. For a numeric information, the format modification consists in choosing its edition format among preset formats : see 2.1.2.4. Validate by <Return> or by clicking in an inactive zone of the screen. The new field appears in the work zone : it is represented in red because it is selected. Click in an empty zone of the work zone to unselect it : then it is represented in blue. -----------------------------------------------------REMARKS --------------------------------------------- The characters size used for this field is either the default size which was displayed on the screen when activating the button, or a size associated to the selected information. It is still possible to modify it during or after the creation of the field : see 2.1.2.2. To associate a default character size to an information, refer to 2.4.1. The format applied to the field is a default format associated to the selected information. It can be modified during or after the creation of the field : see 2.1.2.3 and 2.1.2.4. To modify the format associated to an information, refer to 2.4.1. It is possible to associate automatically a title to a preset information : see 2.4.2. 2.1.1.3 Information which can be inserted in a variable field

List of information accessible in the selection zone (mark 8 in figure A1.1) : - Software configured to plot apparel files : Part name Garment name Marker name Part reference Garment code Marker code Analytical code Size Marker comments Garment number Marker number Part comments Part number /garment Group number Part number/marker Logo - Software configured to plot cut files : File field 1
: : :

X scale Y scale Manufacturing order Fabric type

File field 20

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Creation of a field made up of several components

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------A field can be made up of several components, whose contents can be fixed or variable. This function is used to specify the number of components in a field. button represents the number of components in a field. Each click on this button increases The the number of components, up to 6 maximum :

As many selection buttons appear as there are components requested on the button A1.4).

(see figure

The nature and state of the component are indicated by the wording of its button : - ??? indicates that the components contents is not defined. - ... indicates that the components contents is a fixed information - When the components contents is a variable information, the name of this information is recalled on the button. Figure A1.4 Example of field made up of several components
Component containing a fixed text Component containing a variable info Selected component whose contents has not yet been defined Component whose contents is not defined
Part info format File TRAC33.LAB Preferences 1 field 75 x 8 mm 1 ... Part name Part reference Analytical code Part comment Part number / garment Part number / marker Garment name Garment code Size Garment number Group number Group comment Logo Marker name Marker code Marker comment Marker number X scale Y scale Manufacturing order Fabric type Format Information

Component selection buttons Number of components in the selected field

INDEX 1

Composition ... Part number / garment ???

Selected field

???

Modification/Visualization of component 3

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-----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- To create a field made up of several components : - Check that no field is selected in the work zone. Create the field as indicated in 2.1.1.1 or 2.1.1.2 with the button Click on until obtaining the required number of components. .

button. The number of selection buttons corresponds to the figure indicated by the Click on the first components selection button. Click on the input zone (mark 6 - figure A1.1) and input the contents as explained in 2.1.1.1 or 2.1.1.2. Use the same procedure for each of the components selection buttons.

To modify the number of components of a field already created in the work zone : - Select the field to be modified (it is displayed red in the work zone). until obtaining the required number of components. Click on The new components selection buttons appear with the wording ???. Click on the selection button of each new component to define their contents.

2.1.2

Modification of a field
2.1.2.1 Modification of the contents of a field

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to modify the contents of a field already created in the work zone. A fixed field can be changed into a variable field and vice-versa. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- Select a field in the work zone by clicking upon : - It becomes red in the work zone. - Its contents is indicated in the input zone (mark 6 of figure A1.1) and on the components selection button (mark 7). The number of components of which it is made up is indicated by the button.

To modify a fixed text : - If the field is made up of several components, click on button 7 which corresponds to the component to be modified. - Click on input zone 6 and modify the text or click on an information in the selection zone 8, so that it replaces the previous text. To modify a variable information : - If the field is made up of several components, click on button 7 which corresponds to the component to be modified. - Click on an information in the selection zone 8, so that it replaces the previous information. - To cancel the selection of an information, click again on its name in the selection zone 8, so that it does no longer appear in reverse video. The input zone 6 is empty and it is possible to input a fixed text.

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Modification of the characters size

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------Inside a field, all characters are printed with the same font size. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- Select the field to be modified by clicking upon (it becomes red). Click on a selection button of the characters size until obtaining the requested size : it is a toggle button with 4 states. Each state corresponds to one of the sizes proposed by the software in the text parameters : see 3.1.2 in chapter 2. average height 2 mm average height 5 mm 2.1.2.3 average height 8 mm average height 10 mm

Modification of an alphanumeric information format

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------When the variable information is a string of characters issued from a file, it is possible to select only a part of the string of characters to be plotted on the part. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- Select the field to be modified by clicking upon (it turns red). If the field is made up of several components, click on the button (mark 7 in figure A1.1) which corresponds to the component to be modified. The string of characters representing the information contained in this component is inscribed in the input zone (mark 6). The tab stops and indicate the part used in the information issued from the file. The buttons and are used to increase or reduce the number of characters used. and are used to shift to the left or to the right the beginning of the string of The buttons characters used. -----------------------------------------------------EXAMPLE ---------------------------------------------See figure A1.5. If the selected information is Marker name and if he default values for this information are defined as follows : - The string of characters which represents it is NOMDUPLCT. - The 9 first characters of the information issued from the marker file are used. (These default values can be modified according to the user's needs : see 2.4.1). and 4 times on . To print 5 characters from the fourth, click 3 times on If the marker names are 025BLOUHX, 042BLOUFM, 042VESTEM, the messages plotted on the BIs of these markers will be BLOUH, BLOUF,VESTE. Figure A1.5 Example of alphanumeric format modification

Format
Initial state

NOMDUPLCT 1 Format 9

After modification

NOMDUPLCT 4 5

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Modification of a numeric information format

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------In case of a numeric information, several formats are offered, depending if the figure represents an order number or a percentage. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- Select the field to be modified by clicking upon (it turns red). If the field is made up of several components, click on the button (mark 7 in figure A1.1) which corresponds to the component to be modified. The string of characters representing the information contained in this component is inscribed in the input zone (mark 6). Click on the input zone 6 to display the pull-down menu, offering the available formats : Order number 1, 2, 3, ... 0, 1, 2, ... A, B, C ... 99.9% 999 (/1000)

Percentage

2.1.3

Manipulating the fields


2.1.3.1 Moving a field

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to modify the position of a field already created in the work zone. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- Click on the button : it takes the aspect of a pressed-in key. Click in the work zone on the field to be moved : the frame of the selected field follows the movements of the mouse. Bring the frame to the required place. Click to validate its new position : the button regains the aspect of a released key.

------------------------------------------------------REMARK ---------------------------------------------- To deactivate the function without moving a field, click again on so that it regains the aspect of a released key. Click in the work zone outside of a field to update the display (suppression of residual displays appeared after modifications or field movements).

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Copying a field

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to create a field in the work zone by copying an existing field. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION---------------------------------button : it takes the aspect of a pressed-in key. Click on the Click in the work zone on the field to be copied : a new frame, equivalent to the one of the selected field, appears in the work zone and follows the movements of the mouse. Bring the frame to the required place. Click to validate its position : the button regains the aspect of a released key.

-----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- The new field has the same contents, the same characters size and the same format as the copied field. To deactivate the function without copying a field, click again on aspect of a released key. so that it regains the

2.1.3.3

Destroying a field

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to destroy an existing field in the work zone. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- Click on the button : it takes the aspect of a pressed-in key. Click in the work zone on the field to be destroyed. The designated field disappears from the work zone and the released key. button regains the aspect of a

-----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- To deactivate the function without destroying a field, click again on aspect of a released key. so that it regains the

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The functions used to manipulate the part info format files are gathered in the File pull-down menu. Figure A1.6 File pull-down menu File New Open ... Insert ... Save Save as ... Quit ^E

^X

2.2.1

Opening a format file

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to open an existing format file. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- In the File pull-down menu, activate the Open function : a file selector dialogue box is displayed. The suffix imposed by this selector is .LAB. Use the file selector to give the name and location of the format file to be opened. OK Validate by activating or by double-clicking on the file name : the file selector closes and the selected file is displayed in the work zone. Its name is recalled in an information zone (mark 1 in figure A1.1). ------------------------------------------------------REMARK ---------------------------------------------- If the work zone contained unsaved information, it will be lost.

2.2.2

Creation of a new format file

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to clear the work zone of all information, to start creating a new format. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- In the File pull-down menu, activate the Create function : the work zone is empty and the file name indicated in the information zone (mark 1 in figure A1.1) is NONAME.LAB. ------------------------------------------------------REMARK ---------------------------------------------- If the work zone contained unsaved information, it will be lost.

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Saving a new format file

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to save the format displayed on the screen to create a new file. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- In the File pull-down menu, activate the Save as function : a file selector" dialogue box is displayed. The suffix imposed by this selector is .LAB. Use the file selector to give the name and location of a format file. OK button in the file selector. To validate the save, activate the If the designated file already exists, a message proposes to replace it or to return to the file selector to give another name. -----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- In this way, it is possible to create a new format file, even from an already existing file.

2.2.4

Saving modifications in a format file

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to save modifications made in a file. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- The name of the format file being modified is recalled in an information zone (mark 1 in figure A1.1). In the File pull-down menu, activate the function Save or type the keyboard shortcut <Ctrl E>: the modifications are saved. -----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- If the name indicated in the information zone is NONAME.LAB, the format displayed has never been saved before, and using the Save function is equivalent to the Save as function : a file selector is used to give the name and location of the file to be saved.

2.2.5

Inserting a format file

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to insert all the fields of an existing format file in the work zone. The fields which were already present on the screen are not destroyed. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- The name of the format file being modified is recalled in an information zone (mark 1 in figure A1.1). In the File pull-down menu, activate the Insert function : a file selector dialogue box is displayed. The suffix imposed by this selector is .LAB. Use the file selector to give the name and location of the file to be inserted. To validate the selection, activate the OK button in the file selector : the fields of the designated format file are added on the work zone.

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Preferences choice

The Preferences pull-down menu gathers the functions used by the operator to define his work environment. Figure A1.7 Preferences pull-down menu Preferences champs Grid 320 Frames on Save

2.3.1

Modification of the grid

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to modify the minimum movement step of a field on the work zone. A grid 10 means that the cursor moves in the work zone by steps of 10 pixels. The work zone represents 460 by 340 pixels (whatever the display scale chosen by the user). -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- Click on the Preferences button to display the pull-down menu : the second line indicates the current value of the grid. To modify this value, select the second line of the pull-down menu : the Grid dialogue box is displayed (see figure A1.8). A data entry area is used to modify the grid value. Close the dialogue box : by using by using OK
Abort

to validate the new value, not to validate the grid.

------------------------------------------------------REMARK ---------------------------------------------- The higher the grid value, the easier it is to align two fields.

Figure A1.8 Grid dialogue box

Grid Grid 20

Abort

OK

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Displaying the frames

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to activate or deactivate the display of the frames, which represent the contours of the fields in the work zone. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- Click on the Preferences button to display the pull-down menu : the third line indicates the active option : Frames on or Frames off. To modify this option, select the third line. -----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- It is recommended to work with the frames when creating the format, because they define the real surface which will be plotted.

2.3.3

Saving the preferences

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to save the active options in the Preferences menu when accessing the software. It makes it also possible to save the state of the various buttons and dialogue zones of the main screen when accessing the software : - state of the characters size button, - state of the button defining the number of sections , - active options in the Preferences menu. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- In the Preferences pull-down menu, activate the Save function.

2.3.4 2.3.4

Choix de lchelle Choosing the scale

--------------------------------------DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION ------------------------------This function is used to choose the display scale of the text fields on the work zone, among four preset scales proposed by the software. The user will choose the scale according to the number of fields he needs to define and to the characters size he wants to use. ----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- The scale choice is symbolized by the icon Click on to use a smaller scale or on under the work zone. to use a larger scale.

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2.4.1 Modification of the default format of an information

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to choose for each information available in the selection zone (mark 8 in figure A1.1) : - the example string of characters which represents it in the work zone and in the input zone of the contents (mark 6), - the format used by default, - the characters size used by default. -----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION --------------------------------- In the selection zone, double-click on the name of an information : the Information customization dialogue box is displayed (see figure A1.9). Modify if required : - the string of characters which will be used as an example to represent the information, - the default format, - the default characters size, Use of the default style activation button : - If it is activated (displayed as a pressed-in key), the characters size defined in the customization window will be used as soon as this information will be inserted in a field. - If it is deactivated (displayed as a released key), the characters size of the customization window is not used : when inserting this information in a field, the characters size which is active on the main screen will be used. Click on OK : the contents of the dialogue box is saved automatically.

------------------------------------------------------REMARK ---------------------------------------------- Use


Abort

to exit from the dialogue box without saving any modification.

2.4.2

Creation of an automatic title

-------------------------------------- DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTION-------------------------------This function is used to create automatically a fixed component in front of an information when it is selected. This fixed component, whose wording is defined by the user, appears when plotting like a title in relation to the variable information. For example, if the information BI name is defined with the title BI NAME :, it will be plotted on the BI DEV33MF as follows :

BI NAME :DEV33MF
So that this function is active, the variable information must have been selected in a field containing only one component. This field will then be changed into a field with 2 components : one for the title, one for the selected information.

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Figure A1.9 Information customization dialogue box Possible title of the information Information name String of characters "example" and default format of the information

Information customization Information : Marker name

Title :

Format : 1

NOMDUPLCT 9

Style :

Abort

Ok

Default style activation button

Default size of characters associated to the information

----------------------------------------ACTIVATING THE FUNCTION--------------------------------- In the selection zone, double-click on the name of an information : the "Information customization dialogue box is displayed (see figure A1.9). In the Title data entry area, input the string of characters which must be the title of this information. OK to close the Information customization dialogue box. The automatic Click on title is saved. As soon as this information is selected in the first component of a field, the software automatically creates an additional component, which is placed in the position of the field and containing the string of characters of the Title zone. -----------------------------------------------------REMARK---------------------------------------------- Use
Abort

to exit from the dialogue box without saving any modification.

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Appendix 2 Plotting Cutfiles

1 - Interface adaptation
In the "Cutfile" configuration, the Part and Garment input modes do not exist. The marker input mode has been replaced by the cutfile input mode in RS274D format :

button

replaced by

2 - Input of file batches to be plotted


The dialogue boxes "Work input" and "Input grid" operate in the same way as in the Apparel configuration, the only difference being that some plotting attributes are not available as they do not concern the cutfiles. - Part Library, - Reference text library, - Production order.

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3 - Parameters specific to cutfile plotting


3.1 Text parameters
to display the following dialogue box : Activate the Text function Figure A2.1

Text parameters dialogue box for cutfile plotting


Text parameters

Information to plot Part Info Heading Cartouche

Letter size Normal size 1 Minimum size 0

Vectorial Font

Information to print Plotting management Splice marks Time Management Generation of time management files

Abort

Ok

All these parameters are already described for plotting Apparel files : refer to 5.4

3.2

Geometry parameters
function to display the following dialogue box :

Activate the Geometry Figure A2.2


1 2

Geometry parameters dialogue box for cutfile plotting


3
Geometry parameters

6 4

Contour

Oriented notch

X Scale Y Scale

1000 1000

1/1000 1/1000

Pen

Point 1

Text

Point 2

Point 3

Point 4

1/10 mm

Abort

Motif Point

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Toggle buttons used to select processing of the different modules defined in the cutfile. Toggle button used to choose the plotting tool. The software offers the following tools :
1

pen n1 to 7 laser full-power laser half-power blade

The user can only choose a tool from the tools which are available on the plotter to be used 3 For the text modules, input zone defining the character size : a pull-down menu has 4 size names 1, 2, 3, and 4 When plotting by laser : this value is inoperative. The size of the characters is a fixed value, that can be changed in maintenance mode by a LECTRA technician. When plotting by pen : The correspondence between the number and the maxi height of the characters is as follows : 1 2 3 4 2.4 mm 4.8 mm 7.2 mm 9.6 mm For the contour and pen modules, the toggle button is used to assign a line type. full line 4 dotted line

Parameters for plotting oriented notches defined in the cutfile. The principle of this parameter is identical to the oriented notches parameter in an Apparel file : see 5.5

Parameters for plotting points defined in the cutfile. The principle of this parameter is identical to the simple notches parameter in an Apparel file : see 5.5

Scale parameters. The scale parameters principle is identical to the parameters of an Apparel file : see 5.5

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Operating parameters
to display the following dialogue box:

Activate the Operating parameters function Figure A2.3

Operating dialogue box for marker plotting


Operating parameters Gap between markers 1/100 No heading inch

Format

1 2 3

Unit

5 6

X Gap Y Gap Opposite size zero Common lines

10 0

mm mm

Heading size Splice marks No splice marks

512

Charac. No deletion

7
10 200 mm mm

Minimum length of a vector

5.0

mm mm

4
Limit

To spread zero Marker gap

Maximum gap between vectors 0.0 Frame

Frame

Abort

Ok

These two input zones give access to 2 pull-down menus where you can choose the unit to be used for reading the numeric values contained in the cutfiles. Pull-down menu used to indicate the presence or not of a heading in the cutfiles. Input zone, used to indicate the number of characters contained in the heading (max. 5 figures). The value input is only taken into account by the software if the previous menu is "heading present. These two pull-down menus and their associated input zones are used to set the parameters of splice marks plotting. The parameters of this function are identical to the parameters for plotting Apparel files : see 5.6 Input zones used to indicate the requested gap between each marker, on the X and Y axis. Numeric values expressed in mm

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The Opposite Side Zero button operates in exactly the same way as the one described in plotting Apparel files : refer to 5.6 This pull-down menu and the 2 associated input zones are used to set the parameters of the "Delete common lines" function. The parameters of this function are identical to the parameters for plotting Apparel files : see 5.6 . Pull-down menu used to add or not a frame to each marker plot. It is associated to two toggle buttons used to define a plotting tool and a line type.

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Appendix 3 Plotting Upholstery files

1 - Interface adaptation
The software interface is identical to Apparel

2 - Input of batch files to be plotted


The dialogue boxes "Work input" and "Input grid" operate in the same way as in the Apparel configuration, the only difference being that some plotting attributes are not available as they do not concern the Upholstery files : - Size, - Conformation, - Stature.

3 - Parameters specific to Upholstery file plotting


The parameters available are the same as in the Apparel configuration.

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Appendix 4 Plotting Footwear files

1 - Interface adaptation
The software interface has been adapted to the Footwear environment. the word form is replaced by part, the word garment is replaced by model.

Consequently, in the documentation, the notions of part and garment should be read as part and model.

2 - Input of file batches to be plotted


The dialogue boxes "Work input" and "Input grid" operate in the same way as in the Apparel configuration, the only difference being that some plotting attributes are not available as they do not concern the Footwear files : - Referenced texts library, - Conformation, - Stature.

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3.1 Text parameters
to display Activate an input mode (piece, model or marker), then activate the Text function the following dialogue box : Figure A4.1 Text parameters dialogue box for Footwear file plotting
Text parameters

Information to plot Part Info Heading Cartouche

Letter size Normal size 1 Minimum size 0

Vectorial Font

Information to print Plotting management Splice marks Time Management Generation of time management files

Abort

Ok

All these parameters are already described for plotting Apparel files : refer to 5.4 For pieces or model plotting, the dialogue box is the same as figure A4.1 without the heading, cartouche and splice marks buttons.

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3.2

Geometry parameters
to

Activate an input mode (piece, model or marker), then activate the Geometry function display the following dialogue box : Figure A4.2
1
Contour Plot. Internal

Geometry parameters dialogue box for Footwear file plotting


2 3
Point Plotter line 10 Geometry parameters

9 4
X Scale mm Y Scale 1000 1/1000 1000 1/1000

5
Graduat. axis Symmetry axis

Abort

Ok

1 2

Toggle buttons used to select processing the different modules or axes defined with the CAD software. Toggle button used to choose the plotting tool. The software offers the following tools :
1

pen n1 to 7 laser full-power laser half-power blade

The user can only choose a tool from the tools which are available on the plotter to be used 3 Toggle button used to select a line type. full line 4 dotted line

Parameters for plotting points defined in the cutfile. The principle of this parameter is identical to the simple notches parameter in an Apparel file : see 5.5

Toggle button, used to authorise or not processing the plotter lines defined with the CAD software.

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Toggle button used to choose the tool to create plot lines. Toggle button used to assign a line type to the plot line. Input zone used to indicate the thickness of the line in mm (between 0.2 and 9.9 mm). Scale parameters. The scale parameters are identical to the ones of an Apparel file : see 5.6

3.3

Operating parameters

In the "piece" work mode, the operating parameters are the same as for the Apparel configuration , without the Centring Nest function. In the other work modes (model and marker), the operating parameters dialogue boxes are identical to the ones Apparel configuration : see 5.6 ..

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Appendix 5 Plotting Industry files

1 - Interface adaptation
The software interface has been adapted to the Industry environment. In the messages : - the word form is replaced by part, - the word garment is replaced by model. Consequently, in the documentation, the notions of part and garment should be read as part and model. In the input selector a button Configuration DXF is displayed. The DXF files interpretation is made according to options saved in a configuration file. This file can be modified with the conversion module XCHANG-PAT-DXF launched when activating the button Configuration DXF The operating of the dialogue box displayed by the conversion module and the description of the available parameters are described in the document LS-XCHANG code 521297. .

2 - Input of file batches to be plotted


The dialogue boxes "Work input" and "Input grid" operate in the same way as in the Apparel configuration, the only difference being that some plotting attributes are not available as they do not concern the Footwear files : - Referenced texts library, - Conformation, - Stature.

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3 - Parameters specific to Industry file plotting


3.1 Text parameters
to display Activate an input mode (piece, model or marker), then activate the Text function the following dialogue box : Figure A5.1 Text parameters dialogue box for Industry file plotting
Text parameters

Information to plot Part Info Heading Cartouche

Letter size Normal size 1 Minimum size 0

Vectorial Font

Information to print Plotting management Splice marks Time Management Generation of time management files

Abort

Ok

All these parameters are already described for plotting Apparel files : refer to 5.4 For pieces or model plotting, the dialogue box is the same as figure A5.1 without the heading, cartouche and splice marks buttons.

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3.2

Geometry parameters
to

Activate an input mode (piece, model or marker), then activate the Geometry function display the following dialogue box : Figure A5.2 Geometry parameters dialogue box for Industry file plotting

3 1 2 3

3.2.1

Parameters principle
Each module composing the geometry of parts to be cut is represented by a push-button (mark 1) : - When the button is activated, the corresponding modules are processed by the software. The tool and shape are defined by the parameters at the right of the button (mark 2 and 3). - When the button is deactivated, the corresponding modules are not processed by the software, but the parameters can be pre-set for a later use. The first parameter on the right of the button (mark 2) indicates the tool used for a module. It is a toggle button : click on the button to switch to another tool. The tools proposed depend both on the machine piloted by the software and on the nature of the module to be processed.

The following parameters (mark 3) define the way the tool is being used : their numberand nature depend both on the selected tool and on the nature of the module to be processed. They are : - toggle buttons with several values and whose icon changes at each click , - or input zones , - or toggle buttons which can be activated or deactivated. Their use is described in the following paragraphs.

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Line parameters
The geometric modules formed by lines are represented by the buttons : Contour , Cut internal , Plot internal and Sew line .
Contour

Toggle button to select a line type : Full line Dotted line

3.2.3

Circle parameters
The geometric modules formed by lines are represented by the buttons : Cut circle and Plot circle .
Cut.circle

Toggle button used to define the start point of the circle or the line type used : Start on the circle contour Start in vector from the centre of the circle Start in arc of circle from the centre of the circle Circle in dotted line Circle transformed in drilling in the centre of the circle

The parameters are defined by the buttons Drill 1 or Drill 2 if they are activated : see 3.2.4. Drill 1 corresponds to Cut circle and Drill 2 corresponds to Plot circle .

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Drilling parameters
The drillings are represented by the buttons : Drill 1 and Drill 2 . Their parameters are different when they are carries out by a drilling tool (drill or point pen) or by a plotting tool (laser, pen, ).

Drilling

Drill 1

1
1 2 Plotting

Toggle button used to define the number of drill punches : the number (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) is inscribed on the button. Unused button.

Drill 2

1
1

Toggle button used to select the drilling shape. right Point (pen up/down, laser impulse) Cross Circle Diamond Circle whose diameter is defined by the input field on its

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2 For a or drilling size 4 pre-set values. a drilling, toggle button used to select the
a

size : 0 at (mm) :

1 1

2 2

3 3

drilling, input zone used to indicate the drilling diameter For a in mm (value between 0.2 and 25 mm). For a point drilling, no size must be defined : the icon is always .

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Oriented notches parameters


The oriented notches are represented by the buttons : Oriented notch 1 and Oriented notch 2 . The parameters are used to define the notch shape and size.
Oriented notch 1

2 mm

Oriented notch 1

5.0

5.0

Oriented notch 1

5 mm

Oriented notch 1

2.5

Toggle button used to select the notch shape : Straight notch made during the contour.

V-notch. CAUTION, if the angle of the notch with the perpendicular to contour exceeds 30, it will be processed as a straight notch. Straight notch made before the contour.

Straight notch made after the contour.

V-notch, whose depth and width values are defined by the two input fields on the right. 2 For a , , or notch, toggle button used to select the notch depth (see figure A7.2) from 5 pre-set values.

0 1 2 3 4

2.5 mm 5 mm 10 mm 15 mm 20 mm.

For a notch, the button is replaced by two input zones, used to indicate the notch depth and width in mm (value between 0.2 and 25 mm).

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Definition of the depth and width of an oriented notch width contour depth

105 depth

contour

3 For a , or notch made by another tool, toggle button used to choose the notch width (see figure A7.2) from 4 pre-set values. 0 Nil width. 1 1 mm width. 2 2 mm width. 3 3 mm width. For a V-notch or , toggle button used to choose if the notch must be made before or during the contour : Button deactivated for a notch during the contour Button activated for a notch before the contour

3.2.6

Text parameters
The text modules which must be plotted with a tool of the machine are represented by the Text button.
Text 4

Input zone to select the characters size. It is a number between 1 and 4, which represents the multiplication factor to be applied to the characters basic size. This basic size is set in maintenance mode.

3.2.7

Scales parameters
The scales parameters principle is identical to the one of an Apparel file : see 5.6

3.2.8

Axes parameters
Three push-buttons are used to plot or not the motif axis, the mirror axis and the grain line axis, according to the same principle as for lines : tool, dotted or full line

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Operating parameters

In the part work mode, the operating parameters are the same as for the Apparel configuration, without the Centring Nest function. In the other work modes (model and garment), the operating parameters dialogue boxes are identical to the ones of Apparel configuration : see 5.6 ..

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Appendix 6 Files used

Data files
The software can plot several file types : FIELD Apparel Upholstery FILE TYPE Basic Images (BI) LS MODEL Forms issued from Modaris models Variants Markers Footwear Forms SUFFIXES IBA MDL or mdl VET PLA or pla PLX or plx STG or stg DXF or dxf CUT or cut XCH PLX or plx DXF or dxf XIN PLX or plx Format RS274D

Variants Markers Industy Forms Variants Markers Non-Lectra CAD Cutfiles

To cut a marker file, the software requires access to the basic images files or form files making up this marker, or to the model files from which are issued the parts making up this marker.

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Batch files
The work lists prepared with the Monitor software are files presented under the form : <NomFic>.WIB for part file batches <NomFic>.WVT for garment file batches <NomFic>.WPL for marker file batches

Parameter files
When inputting a batch of files to be plotted, the user can associate parameter files to this plotting. Their form is always : <NomFic>.PIB for part parameter files <NomFic>.PVT for garment parameter files <NomFic>.PPL for marker parameter files <NomFic>.MAC for machine parameter files The part, garment and marker parameter files can only be created by a Design Module or Administration Module user. The machine parameter files can only be created by an Administration Module user.

Format files
To plot a heading, a cartouche or information inside the parts (BI info), the user must indicate the name of a file containing the format to be used. These files can only be created by a Master level user. They are presented under the form : <NomFic>.LAB for Label files <NomFic>.ENT for heading format files <NomFic>.CRT for cartouche format files

Follow-up files
The software can create automatically follow-up files, that the user can then printout. They are presented under the form : ETATDDMM.TRV for plotting follow-up files ETATDDMM.ERR for error follow-up files where DDMM represents a date

The various libraries where these files are stored (parts, markers, work, parameters, ) must be created by the user according to his needs.

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