USER GUIDE for UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed - webshop Peleman Industries

 
USER GUIDE for UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed - webshop Peleman Industries
USER GUIDE for
UniFoilPrinter
Flat Bed

 Version 2.19 January 2019
 UniFoilPrinter PC Tool version 1.1.0.0
 Firmware version 2.32, Hardware version 001
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1    ABOUT THIS MANUAL .............................................................................................................................................................. 7
2 ABOUT UNIFOILPRINTER ......................................................................................................................................................8
     2.1      Introduction ...........................................................................................................................................................................8
     2.2 Specifications ........................................................................................................................................................................ 9
              2.2.1        Technical specifications ................................................................................................................................. 9
              2.2.2 Software specifications ................................................................................................................................... 9
              2.2.3 User related and other specifications.................................................................................................. 9
3 GETTING STARTED .................................................................................................................................................................... 10
     3.1      Unboxing ............................................................................................................................................................................... 10
     3.2 What’s Inside? ..................................................................................................................................................................... 11
     3.3 Setting up the UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed............................................................................................................ 12
4 FOIL HANDLING ......................................................................................................................................................................... 14
     4.1 About the UniFoil............................................................................................................................................................. 14
     4.2 Specifications per group ............................................................................................................................................ 15
     4.3 How to Insert the UniFoil ........................................................................................................................................... 17
     4.4 How To Remove The UniFoil ................................................................................................................................... 18
5 UNIFOILPRINTER PC TOOL................................................................................................................................................ 19
     5.1      Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................................... 19
     5.2 What’s new from version 1.1.0.0 ............................................................................................................................. 19
     5.3 Software Installation .....................................................................................................................................................20
     5.4 Launch Application ....................................................................................................................................................... 25
     5.5 Creating A New Design .............................................................................................................................................. 26
              5.5.1        Object Orientation .......................................................................................................................................... 27
              5.5.2 Printing on Spine ............................................................................................................................................. 28
              5.5.3 Parts of Printing Object .............................................................................................................................. 29
              5.5.4 Print Areas ............................................................................................................................................................. 29
              5.5.5 Print Margins ...................................................................................................................................................... 30
              5.5.6 Design Toolbar .................................................................................................................................................... 31
              5.5.7 Saving Design..................................................................................................................................................... 36
              5.5.8 Inserting Text and Images ........................................................................................................................ 36
              5.5.9 Selection, Movement and Alignment of Elements ................................................................ 39
              5.5.10 Rotation of Elements ................................................................................................................................... 40
              5.5.11 Foil Colour Layers ............................................................................................................................................ 40
              5.5.12 Rulers & Guidelines ......................................................................................................................................... 42
              5.5.13 Multiple jobs ........................................................................................................................................................ 43
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              5.5.14 Design Zooming.............................................................................................................................................. 44
     5.6 Open Design ..................................................................................................................................................................... 44
     5.7 Print Design ....................................................................................................................................................................... 44
     5.8 Tools .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 45
              5.8.1         Settings ................................................................................................................................................................... 45
              5.8.2 UniBind Products ........................................................................................................................................... 48
              5.8.3 Check for Updates ......................................................................................................................................... 48
              5.8.4 Request for Service ......................................................................................................................................... 50
              5.8.5 Testing and Calibration ............................................................................................................................... 50
              5.8.6 Manage Templates .......................................................................................................................................... 51
              5.8.7 Service Menu....................................................................................................................................................... 55
              5.8.8 About UniFoilPrinter ..................................................................................................................................... 55
              5.8.9 Getting Help ........................................................................................................................................................ 56
     5.9 Uninstall ................................................................................................................................................................................. 57
              5.9.1         Uninstallation Using Start Menu .......................................................................................................... 57
              5.9.2 Uninstallation Using Control Panel .................................................................................................... 57
              5.9.3 Uninstallation Using Installation Setup .......................................................................................... 58
6 TROUBLESHOOTING.............................................................................................................................................................. 59
     6.1 Troubleshooting Bad Print Result ..................................................................................................................... 59
     6.2 Troubleshooting – Foil Is Not Spinning .......................................................................................................... 59
     6.3 Troubleshooting – Errors .......................................................................................................................................... 60
              6.3.1         No communication with the printer error/printer not connected ........................... 60
              6.3.2 Printer is damaged error ........................................................................................................................... 60
              6.3.3 Head error ............................................................................................................................................................ 60
              6.3.4 Dots damaged error ....................................................................................................................................... 61
              6.3.5 Font with missing style during designing error ........................................................................ 61
              6.3.6 Driver installation .............................................................................................................................................. 61
7 SHIPPING AND TRANSPORTATION ............................................................................................................................ 62
8 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ............................................................................................................ 63
9 APPENDICES ............................................................................................................................................................................... 64
     9.1 List of Keyboard Shortcuts ...................................................................................................................................... 64
     9.2 Supported Template Dimensions...................................................................................................................... 66
              9.2.1         Type 1a and 1b ..................................................................................................................................................... 66
              9.2.2 Type 2a ..................................................................................................................................................................... 67
     9.3 Built-in Printing Settings for Foils and Materials ....................................................................................68
     9.4 Default Template Specifications .........................................................................................................................70
              9.4.1         Preset Margins ...................................................................................................................................................70
              9.4.2 Factory Set ............................................................................................................................................................70
     9.5 What’s new .......................................................................................................................................................................... 75

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        9.5.1       Version 1.0.0.63 ................................................................................................................................................... 75
        9.5.2 Version 1.0.2.0 ...................................................................................................................................................... 75
        9.5.3 Version 1.1.0.0 ....................................................................................................................................................... 76
9.6 Parts and Accessories List ........................................................................................................................................ 76

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TABLE OF FIGURES
Figure 1: UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed with Cover Placed to Print ............................................................................ 7
Figure 2: Printed Design Examples ...................................................................................................................................... 8
Figure 3: Cut Binding Strips ..................................................................................................................................................... 10
Figure 4: Unpackaging ................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Figure 5: UniFoilPrinter Package Contents .................................................................................................................... 11
Figure 6: Lock Tool and Support Removal ..................................................................................................................... 12
Figure 7: UniFoilPrinter Connections ................................................................................................................................. 13
Figure 8: Use Supplied Underlay Materials for Different Applications ..................................................... 13
Figure 9: UniFoil Colours ............................................................................................................................................................. 14
Figure 10: Connecting the Coils ............................................................................................................................................. 18
Figure 11: UniFoil Inserted in Head of UniFoilPrinter ............................................................................................. 18
Figure 12: Files Required for Installation ........................................................................................................................ 20
Figure 13: Startup Screen of Installer ................................................................................................................................ 20
Figure 14: Welcome Screen of Installer ............................................................................................................................ 21
Figure 15: License Agreement Screen ............................................................................................................................... 21
Figure 16: Create Programme Shortcuts Screen ......................................................................................................22
Figure 17: Screen to Select Installation Folder ............................................................................................................22
Figure 18: Screen to Confirm Installation .......................................................................................................................22
Figure 19: Screen to Display Progress during Installation ................................................................................. 23
Figure 20: Startup Screen of Driver Installation Wizard ...................................................................................... 23
Figure 21: Driver Installation Wait Screen ...................................................................................................................... 23
Figure 22: Install Driver Confirmation Screen ............................................................................................................ 24
Figure 23: Driver Installation Completion Screen ................................................................................................... 24
Figure 24: Screen to Show Installation Complete .................................................................................................. 24
Figure 25: Available Options in All Programmes of Start Menu for Launching Application ... 25
Figure 26: UniFoilPrinter PC Tool ......................................................................................................................................... 25
Figure 27: New Design Startup Dialog Box for Selection of Template ................................................... 26
Figure 28: Display for Selection of Appropriate Template & Associated Object Orientation . 26
Figure 29: Design Window Based on Selected Template and Object Placement .........................27
Figure 30: Vertical Spine Orientation (Left) and Horizontal Spine Orientation (Right) .............. 28
Figure 31: Vertical Spine Orientation (Left) and Horizontal Spine Orientation (Right) ............... 29
Figure 32: Design Toolbar ........................................................................................................................................................... 31
Figure 33: Design Toolbar Group 1 - Functions ........................................................................................................... 31
Figure 34: Design Toolbar Group 2 - Tools .................................................................................................................... 32
Figure 35: Design Toolbar Group 3 – Edit Functions ............................................................................................. 32
Figure 36: Design Toolbar Group 4 - Text Editing ................................................................................................... 33
Figure 37: Design Toolbar Group 5 - Element Alignment ................................................................................ 34
Figure 38: Design Toolbar Group 6 - Rotation Degree ....................................................................................... 34
Figure 39: Design Toolbar Group 7 – XY Coordinates ........................................................................................... 35
Figure 40: Design Toolbar Group 8 – Make Database.......................................................................................... 35
Figure 41: Text box placed in a print area containing the text “My Photos”........................................ 36
Figure 42: Image Thresholding Menu ..............................................................................................................................37
Figure 43: Image of palm tree placed inside print area ..................................................................................... 38
Figure 44: Layer Window ........................................................................................................................................................... 41
Figure 45: Rulers and Guidelines for Alignment ..................................................................................................... 42
Figure 46: Zoom Slider & Buttons....................................................................................................................................... 44
Figure 47: Application Settings Tab in Available Tools ....................................................................................... 45
Figure 48: Units Setting for Rulers in Tools ................................................................................................................. 45
Figure 49: Ruler Display Setting in Tools ....................................................................................................................... 46
Figure 50: Snap Setting in Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 46

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Figure 51: Setting in Tools for Automatic Search for Updates ....................................................................... 46
Figure 52: Setting in Tools to Enable All UniFoilPrinter Messages ............................................................. 46
Figure 53: Setting in Tools to Customise Printing Parameters .................................................................... 46
Figure 54: Settings for Printing Parameters ............................................................................................................... 47
Figure 55: Setting in Tools for Transportation ............................................................................................................ 48
Figure 56: Setting in Tools for Text Auto Resize ....................................................................................................... 48
Figure 57: Settings in Tools for Smart Temperature Control.......................................................................... 48
Figure 58: Tools to Check for Updates ............................................................................................................................. 49
Figure 59: Warning Message if Printer is Not Connected ................................................................................ 49
Figure 60: Warning Message if Not Connected to Server ................................................................................ 49
Figure 61: Tools Used to Send Request for Service................................................................................................. 50
Figure 62: Calibration Start Screen ...................................................................................................................................... 51
Figure 63: Screen for Managing Templates ................................................................................................................. 52
Figure 64: Warning Message at Start of Creating New Template .............................................................. 52
Figure 65: Screen for Selecting Type of New Template ...................................................................................... 53
Figure 66: Screen for Inserting Dimensions of New Template ...................................................................... 53
Figure 67: Screen for Inserting Dimensions of Window in New Template ......................................... 54
Figure 68: Screen for Selecting Material, Softness and Name of New Template ........................... 54
Figure 69: Service Menu in Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 55
Figure 70: About UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed ...................................................................................................................... 55
Figure 71: Built-In Software Help ......................................................................................................................................... 56
Figure 72: Uninstall Option in Start Menu .....................................................................................................................57
Figure 73: Uninstall Options in Control Panel............................................................................................................ 58
Figure 74: Uninstall Option in Software Installation Setup ............................................................................. 58
Figure 75: Attach the locking tool and add cardboard supports ................................................................ 62
Figure 76: Dimensions of Double Side Cover with Window ........................................................................... 66
Figure 77: Dimensions of Single Side Cover ............................................................................................................... 67

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LIST OF TABLES
Table 1: Keyboard Shortcuts .................................................................................................................................................... 64
Table 2: Settings for group A: Gold, Silver, Red and Blue Foils ...................................................................... 68
Table 3: Settings for group B: Gold (NEW 2018) ........................................................................................................ 68
Table 4: Settings for group C: Gold and Silver for Offset Sheet .................................................................... 68
Table 5: Settings for group D: Black Foil ........................................................................................................................ 69
Table 6: Settings for group E (NEW 2018)...................................................................................................................... 69

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1 ABOUT THIS MANUAL

This guide summarises the basic know-how required to install and operate the
UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed and its associated UniFoilPrinter PC Tool utility applications of the
latest versions starting from 1.1.0.0.

Visit our website do download previous versions of the software like 1.0.0.63 and 1.0.2.0 with
associated user guide: https://webshop.peleman.com/en-be/machine/unifoilprinter

This manual is divided into sections based on the different subject matters to provide users
with all necessary information in an easily accessible way.

       •   Section 2: Introduction of the UniFoilPrinter

       •   Section 3: The information required to setup the printer and start working

       •   Section 4: Details of the foils

       •   Section 5: Basics of the software utility application

       •   Section 6: Troubleshooting

       •   Section 7: Shipping and transportation

       •   Section 8: Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

       •   Section 9: Appendices for additional information

                        Figure 1: UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed with Cover Placed to Print

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2 ABOUT UNIFOILPRINTER

2.1 Introduction

The UniFoilPrinter allows you to personalise your books, notebooks, agenda, contracts, etc.
If you are about to present an offer, a contract or even yourself in a meeting, with the
UniFoilPrinter your work always stands out.

UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed is an innovative digital printer that prints text and images with foil
directly from a digital file on almost any flat and smooth material like paper, plastic and
laminated cardboard materials. The designs are created using the PC Tool application
provided by Unibind Manufacturing Ltd.

                                Figure 2: Printed Design Examples

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2.2 Specifications
2.2.1 Technical specifications

  •   Weight: 25 kg

  •   Size of machine: L: 615mm x W: 503mm x H: 295mm / in ‘home’ position L: 690mm

  •   Printer table dimensions: 600 mm x 310 mm

  •   Printable area: 410 mm x 280 mm

  •   Active printhead area (strokes of): 57 mm

  •   Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

  •   Speed: up to 2,5 cm/sec (1 inch/sec)

  •   Connection to computer with USB 2.0 (shielded)

  •   Electrical consumption: max. 72 Watt

2.2.2 Software specifications

  •   Operating systems for software version 1.0.0.63: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

  •   Operating systems for software version 1.0.2.0: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

  •   Operating systems for software version 1.1.x.0: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

          o   Early versions of software can in some cases be installed on latest Windows versions with turned
              off driver signature enforcement.

          o   Latest versions can in some cases be installed on early Windows versions -not fully supported.

  •   Maximal template size: 430 mm x 304 mm

  •   Importable file formats: PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, BMP

2.2.3 User related and other specifications

  •   Spine supports included (for printing on spines)

  •   Total foil length: 100 m

  •   Different foil colours: red, blue, silver, gold, white, black (in different qualities, please
      see paragraph about the foil for more information)

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3 GETTING STARTED

3.1 Unboxing

                                 Tip: Scan the QR code to get access to the
                                           demonstrational video

UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed is delivered in a wooden box. The box is very heavy, please pay
attention and use a transporter or at least help of one extra person.

After the transportation to the selected location, open the box by cutting the binding strips
as shown in figure 3.

                                  Figure 3: Cut Binding Strips

First lift the lid, after that you can remove the cardboard sheets from between the buffers.
Continue by lifting the wooden box up. Now you can remove protective buffers. Make sure
you have space on the table where you wish to place the UniFoilPrinter and move the
machine with two persons. Make sure that the UniFoilPrinter is placed firmly on a desk.
Remove the plastic bag.

                                     Figure 4: Unpackaging

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3.2 What’s Inside?

List of content (regular version):

             • UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed
             • Powercable (1 of below)
                     EU = UFPRELEC018;
                     UK = UFPRELEC020;
                     US = UFPRELEC019
             • Power supply UFPRELEC012
             • USB cable UFPRELEC015
             • UniFoil Gold UFPR0000002
             • User guide SPUP0000103
             • Quickguide SPUP0000104
             • Lock removal instructions SPUP0000107
             • Screwdriver SPUP0000111
             • Spine support set (UFPRSUP0002 +3 +4 +5)
             • Empty core UFPR0000005
             • USB drive UniFoilPrinter SPUP0000144
             • Paper ring SPUP0000142
             • Lock X-axis SPUP0000097
             • 4x screw with cross head SPUP0000028
             • Rubber/foam pad SPUP0000046
             • Polycarbonate plate SPUP0000130

Attention! Do not throw away accessories like the polycarbonate plate and foam pad.

Contact your representative to (re)order any items.

                              Figure 5: UniFoilPrinter Package Contents

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3.3 Setting up the UniFoilPrinter Flat Bed

                                 Tip: Scan the QR code to get access to the
                                           demonstrational video

Make sure you remove the ‘locking tool’ and supports first, before connecting the printer to
power supply. Remove the lock tool completely with supplied screwdriver. Do not lose
those items as they may be needed for transportation in the future. You can place the
machine back in transport position via Settings in software. Never transport the machine
without properly attaching locking tool.

                             Figure 6: Lock Tool and Support Removal

Connect the UniFoilPrinter to the computer with the provided USB cable. Make sure your
computer has a grounded connection to the power supply.

Attention! Make sure the printing table is clear of objects and the lock tool is
removed.

Plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet to power the device. Printer will move to
the ‘home position’.
Open the installed software (see section below) to check if the printer is connected to your
computer.

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                                  Figure 7: UniFoilPrinter Connections

Depending on the medium that you will print on, place acrylic plate on top or foam pad.
You don’t need to remove one of the two completely. However, for some materials the
result will be better only with one of them placed directly on the aluminium printing table.

The underlay materials (acrylic sheet and foam pad) give the best support for the most
know materials. Replace them for new on regular basis.

Use acrylic plate on top when printing on:

smooth paper*, clear covers, flex covers and other bendable material. You also can use
acrylic plate to glue materials like leather with double sided tape sheets.

*Use extra paper sheets as underlay when printing on paper.

Use foam pad in top when working with:

hard covers, thick acrylic sheets and other hard, stiff materials.

                   Figure 8: Use Supplied Underlay Materials for Different Applications

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4 FOIL HANDLING

4.1 About the UniFoil

The UniFoil is the original thermal transfer ribbon (TTR) for UniFoilPrinter. Foils shown
below are used to print on covers and other materials.

To ensure that the UniFoilPrinter works correctly, we recommend using only the original
UniFoil. The printhead can be damaged when using by non-original foil, especially foils for
hot stamping.

The foils are grouped per quality. Each quality will have one or more colours. You can use
foils from same group for same materials with same settings.

     Picture       Item code               Current name              New name       Group

                UFPR0000001        Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Silver     Metal Silver   A

                UFPR0000002        Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Gold       Metal Gold     A

                UFPR0000003        Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Blue       Metal Blue     A

                UFPR0000004        Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Red        Metal Red      A

                UFPR00000IG        UniFoilPrinter Metal Gold Foil   Metal Gold     B
                                   K200 for paper

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                 UFPR0000012         Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Silver       Metal Silver     C
                                     for offset printed sheets

                 UFPR0000013         Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Gold for     Metal Gold       C
                                     offset printed sheets

                 UFPR0000006         Ribbon UniFoilPrinter Black        Black            D

                 UFPR0000014         Ribbon UniFoilPrinter White        White            E

                 UFPR0000005         UniFoilPrinter Empty Core          Core             /

                                      Figure 9: UniFoil Colours

4.2 Specifications per group

Below you’ll find specifications and indications of each group. You can use this as a
reference to decide which foil can be ordered for your specific needs.

Please note that there is a big variety of materials and material quality. Therefore it is not
possible to test on all existing materials and material manufactures.

The list will be updated in next releases. Fee free to contact us with your results.

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        Group                A           B            C           D             E

    Range of
 application (only
   for smooth
    surfaces)

Writing paper/               **         ***           **          **           N/A
cardboard

Coated paper                ****        ***           ***        ***           N/A

Uncoated paper                *         ***           **         N/A           N/A

PVC                         *****       ***           ***        ***           ****

ABS                         ****        N/A          ****        N/A           N/A

PE                          ***         N/A           ***        N/A            ***

Extruded acrylic            ****        N/A           ***        ****          N/A

Smooth leather              *****       N/A          N/A         N/A           N/A

Smooth metal                N/A         N/A          N/A         N/A           N/A

Smooth wood                 N/A         N/A          N/A         ***           N/A

Foil specifications

Resin                        V                        V           V             V

Wax

Wax-Resin                                V                                     N/A

Carrier Thickness       4.5µm         4.5µm        12 µm        4.5µm      4.1 – 4.9µm

Total Thickness       6,1 – 7,5 µm   7,2 – 8 µm   13,1 – 14,2
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          Group                  A                 B               C            D            E

Ethanol resistance              N/A              N/A              N/A           /           N/A

Storage                       +10 up to        +10 up to     +10 up to         N/A        +5 up to
temperature                     +35°C            +35°C         +35°C                       +35°C

Storage humidity              30-80%            30-80%        30-80%           N/A        30-85%

Recommendations              Keep away        Keep away     Keep away      Keep away     Keep away
                             from direct      from direct   from direct    from direct   from direct
                               sunlight         sunlight      sunlight       sunlight      sunlight

                                                                                         Best within
                                                                                          12monts f
                                                                                         production
                                                                                             ate

*                                                           Very poor

**                                                          Poor

***                                                         Good

****                                                        Very good

*****                                                       Excellent

N/A                                                         No data available (yet)

V                                                           Yes

/                                                           None

4.3 How to Insert the UniFoil

                                          Tip: Scan the QR code to get access to the
                                                    demonstrational video

First, connect the new foil coil to an empty core. Make sure the metal rings are on the same
side and connect the coils using the adhesive layer or use a piece of tape. Wind a few turns
of foil to the empty core until the adhesive layer is covered. The foil must be straight and
smooth.

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                                   Figure 10: Connecting the Coils

To position a foil, carefully place it on both foil holders, as shown below. Make sure that the
foil is mounted with the shiny coated side to the printhead. Ensure the correct installation.
Foil must be underneath the metal bars and the centre of the printhead. It must be tensed
and be smooth. Wind manually (counter clockwise) the left side, if needed.

                          Figure 11: UniFoil Inserted in Head of UniFoilPrinter

4.4 How To Remove The UniFoil

To change or remove the foil, gently pull both rolls at the same time. If you would like to
remove one of the sides, you can cut the foil, replace empty core or replace UniFoil by
another colour.

Make sure the metal ring doesn’t stay attached to the foil holder of the printer after
removing the foil coil. If it happens, you can remove the metal ring from the printer by a
strong magnet or a sharp knife. The ring can be glued back to the foil holder (same side)
with super glue. Or you can ask for replacement by your representative.

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5 UNIFOILPRINTER PC TOOL

5.1 Introduction

The UniFoilPrinter software application, UniFoilPrinter PC Tool, is used as an interface
between the user and the associated UniFoilPrinter interface board. This chapter of the
manual focusses on the basic know-how required to install and use UniFoilPrinter PC Tool.
The relevant documents may be referred to for further information on the subject matter.

The UniFoilPrinter PC Tool and the associated drivers need to be installed on the user’s
computer to successfully operate the device. The information and images provided in this
manual have been specifically selected for Microsoft Windows 10. Thus, they may slightly
differ for other versions / types of operating systems.

5.2 What’s new from version 1.1.0.0

To overview all versions and key improvements, please refer to the appendices of this
manual.

Please note to update your firmware to version 2.28 and up to have latest features in your
software supporting the printer.

Main differences from previous version (1.0.2.0):

   •   Driver signature for windows 10.

   •   Improved text management functionalities. Selecting text or a part of the text can
       now be done with the Ctrl+A and Ctrl+left/right arrow keys. To select entire text for
       editing, double-click on the text in text window.

   •   Foil layer windows

   •   Smart Temp Control

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5.3 Software Installation

Visit the website: https://webshop.peleman.com/en-be/machine/unifoilprinter to download
the installation package or install the package from the supplied USB drive.

In ‘downloads’ you will find software version(s) for download and installation. Download the
.zip file and unpack the folder or use supplied USB drive to get the installation files.

The installation media includes 2 files (as shown in figure 12), which are required for
successful installation of the UniFoilPrinter PC Tool. Please contact your local distributor or
dealer if you encounter any difficulty in finding these files.

                                     Figure 12: Files Required for Installation

To install the UniFoilPrinter PC Tool, open the folder where these two files are located and
start setup.exe to install the software application and the associated drivers. Please follow
the given sequence of steps as instructed on the next pages to perform the installation:

                                                           1.   Please wait while the installer is
                                                                initialising. Once completed, a screen
                                                                like the one on the left will appear on
                                                                your computer. Press Next button to
                                                                continue the installation of the software
                                                                application.

        Figure 13: Startup Screen of Installer

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                                            2.   Press Next again on the welcome
                                                 screen.

   Figure 14: Welcome Screen of Installer

                                            3.   A license agreement will be shown. After
                                                 reading it, select I Agree from the
                                                 options below and press Next to
                                                 proceed.

   Figure 15: License Agreement Screen

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                                                        4. As shown in figure 16, users will be
                                                           asked whether they wish programme
                                                           shortcuts to be created on their
                                                           desktop and quick launch folders.

                                                             Select your preferred options and
                                                             then press Next

     Figure 16: Create Programme Shortcuts Screen

                                                        5.   Select the destination folder of the
                                                             client system, as shown in

                                                        6.   figure 17, to install the software to the
                                                             folder of your choice. To confirm your
                                                             selections, press Next button.

      Figure 17: Screen to Select Installation Folder

                                                        6.   Review any required changes on
                                                             appearance of

                                                        7.   figure 18 by selecting the Back or
                                                             press Next button to start installation.

        Figure 18: Screen to Confirm Installation

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                                                            8. Please wait while screen similar to
                                                               figure 19 containing the progress bar
                                                               to show the completion progress for
                                                               software installation is displayed.

Figure 19: Screen to Display Progress during Installation

                                                            9.   The driver installation wizard will
                                                                 appear     during  the   installation
                                                                 process as shown in figure 20. Click
                                                                 on Next button to launch driver
                                                                 installation.

Figure 20: Startup Screen of Driver Installation Wizard

                                                            10. Please wait while screen similar to

                                                            11. figure 21, displaying driver installation
                                                                in process, is being displayed.

       Figure 21: Driver Installation Wait Screen

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                                                             12. If the associated driver is not
                                                                 installed on the client system,
                                                                 the screen in figure 22 may
                                                                 appear during the installation.
                                                                 Press Install button to install the
                                                                 driver         required          for
                                                                 communication between the
                                                                 software application and the
                                                                 associated     printer   interface
         Figure 22: Install Driver Confirmation Screen           board.

                                                         13. The screen similar figure 23 will
                                                             appear when driver installation is
                                                             completed. Press Finish button to
                                                             complete the process and close the
                                                             driver installation setup to continue
                                                             with the main application setup.

                                                                      Important: pay
                                                                   attention to the driver
                                                                   installation progress.

      Figure 23: Driver Installation Completion Screen             Is it unsuccessful? Go
                                                                     to troubleshooting
                                                                           section.

                                                         14. The screen similar to figure 24 will
                                                             appear when the software and
                                                             associated driver installation is
                                                             completed.       Select       Launch
                                                             UniFoilPrinter PC Tool option, if you
                                                             want to launch the application upon
                                                             closing setup. Press Close button to
                                                             complete and exit installation setup.

     Figure 24: Screen to Show Installation Complete

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5.4 Launch Application

To launch the application after installation, go to All Programs in the Start Menu, followed
by UniFoilPrinter PC Tool subfolder and finally select UniFoilPrinter PC Tool as shown in
figure 25.

          Figure 25: Available Options in All Programmes of Start Menu for Launching Application

       A new application will be launched as shown in the figure 26.

                                     Figure 26: UniFoilPrinter PC Tool

The software may also be launched through the shortcuts created on user’s desktop and/or
quick launch folders. These shortcuts will only be available, if they were selected for creation
as an option during installation.

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5.5 Creating A New Design

                                                                        To create a new design, click
                                                                        on the New Design option
                                                                        from the possibilities provided
                                                                        in the application. A new tab
                                                                        will open and a dialog box will
                                                                        appear as shown in figure 27.

Figure 27: New Design Startup Dialog Box for Selection of Template

Select the template that matches the object to be printed on from the given list. You have
an option to create new template and select it afterwards from ‘User’ tab or select from a
list of preset templates. Template names are UniBind product names.

                Make sure that the print object matches the selected template.
                  Failure to do so can cause severe damage to the printer.

                                                                        Once a template has been
                                                                        selected, possible orientations
                                                                        are displayed as shown in
                                                                        figure 28. Place the object on
                                                                        the printing table in one of the
                                                                        given ways, and selection the
                                                                        same orientation on the
                                                                        screen as well. For more
                                                                        information     about    object
                                                                        orientation, please see section
                                                                        5.5.1.

Figure 28: Display for Selection of Appropriate Template & Associated
                           Object Orientation

Click on Design Print button to open the new design based on the selected template and
associated object orientation. A screen similar to figure 29 will appear on the sreen.

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               Figure 29: Design Window Based on Selected Template and Object Placement

With the help of available tools provided in the toolbar, create the desired text and graphics
to be printed on the cover. Section 5.5.6 of this document may be referred to for more
information on the toolbars.

5.5.1 Object Orientation

       Important notes about object orientation:

           •   Due to the printhead width, each area of the design box is 57mm high

           •   Printing is done from left to right in belts of 57 mm

           •   All design elements must fit within the margins of the print areas. You can
               enlarge print areas making them over 57mm. In this case, when image or
               text does not fit within one area between the dashed lines, it will be split and
               made with 2 or more strokes. In some printers, it can result in incomplete or
               shifted areas.

           •   Orientation must be considered according to the elements used in these
               fields

       Read more about print areas in section 5.5.4.

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5.5.2 Printing on Spine

Printing on spine is only possible when the spine is horizontally oriented. Figure 30
illustrates the placement of print areas according to the orientation of the cover.

              Figure 30: Vertical Spine Orientation (Left) and Horizontal Spine Orientation (Right)

      Important notes about printing on spine:

          •     Select horizontal orientation of the spine for printing on spine.

          •     First do a test print on the spine to doublecheck correct location.

          •     After power cycle, the machine will auto calibrate on a bit different direction.
                Recheck the spine location first before printing on actual cover.

          •     When set up correctly, the centre of the head will go down in the centre of
                the spine.

          •     Elements inside a print area can be rotated at any degree, but the direction
                of the print areas is set when object orientation is selected.

          •     Vertical spine orientation is most likely to be selected when designing the
                front and back of a cover, not the spine itself.

          •     The orientation of the design is saved during template selection. If the
                selected design for cover requires more than one orientation, two individual
                designs are needed on the same kind of template.

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5.5.3 Parts of Printing Object

Cover with Spine
A cover with a spine should always lay flat on the printer’s main table as seen in figure 31.
The side facing upwards is the side printed on. A cover usually encompasses three printable
parts, i.e. the front side, the back side and the spine.

              Figure 31: Vertical Spine Orientation (Left) and Horizontal Spine Orientation (Right)

Exceptions

          •     If the cover is placed on the table in a vertical spine orientation, the spine is
                unprintable.

          •     When a cover part is placed outside the printer table, the part is unprintable,
                e.g. the back side in horizontal spine orientation shown in figure 31 is partially
                outside the printer table, so it is not printable in this orientation.

5.5.4 Print Areas

Print areas are non-printable black or white windows which are used to add printable
elements in a design. By default, a print area is placed on every editable side of an object
when a new design is opened. These areas are 57mm wide due to the active element of the
print head. User can enlarge these areas allowing the printer to print the design in more
than one stroke. A user may add or remove print areas according to design requirements.
To add a new print area, click on the associated toolbar button for adding print area. The
associated toolbar button is described in toolbar group 1 of section 5.5.6.

Print areas can also be moved up and down to a desired location by clicking on the given
print area and dragging it (drag and hold) with the mouse as well as alternatively, by using
arrow keys on keyboard. Print areas can be aligned to the top, middle or bottom of the
object by clicking on the given element alignment buttons in design toolbar described in
toolbar group 5 in section 5.5.6.

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Images can be imported to the print areas, and text can be written inside these by using
the associated design toolbars described in toolbar group 1 and 2 respectively of section
5.5.6. Inserted elements can be moved around using the same options as when altering
print areas. Only parts of the element placed inside the print area will be displayed and
printed.

         PRO Tip: You can allow the printer print the same design by selecting the
         print area (with your design in it) and copy-paste it on same spot (Ctrl+C
            – Ctrl+V). The machine will print it continuously 10 times if you paste
                         (Ctrl+v) the print area on same spot 10 times.

            It is recommended to have thick foil layer on same object or make
                          multiple prints on different objects.

5.5.5 Print Margins

In order to ensure the quality of the print, a certain size of margins are always unprintable.
Thus, it is not possible to print edge to edge on print objects. These margins are defined by
the UniFoilPrinter PC Tool and are unchangeable. Section 9.4.1 may be referred to see the
values of these margins.

UniFoilPrinter PC Tool will automatically reject elements to be placed on these print
margins.

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5.5.6 Design Toolbar

The design toolbar, shown in figure 32, may be seen at the top of the design tab sub-
window. It offers various functionalities for different purposes. The toolbar groups can be
reorganised and relocated into different lines if desired.

                                      Figure 32: Design Toolbar

The following is a brief description of each option in the toolbar:

Group 1: Functions

                                   Add Print Area: Add a
                                   new print area at user
                                   selected location (print
                                   area = zone with objects
                                   to print)                            Import PDF: Import PDF
 Save Design: Save changes
                                                                        page from the file system
 / modifications for the
                                                                        to add it as an image
 design
                                                                        object in the design

 Save As Design: Save the                                               Show/ Hide Layer Window:
 changed / modified design                                              Show or hide layer window.
 under a new name                                                       By default, layer window is
                                                                        shown.

                                  Import Image: Import
                                  images from file system
                                  to the design

                             Figure 33: Design Toolbar Group 1 - Functions

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Group 2: Tools

                            Rotate Tool: Rotate a selected
                            element. Drag the element to
                            rotate it. See section 5.5.10 for
                            more information about rotating
                            elements

 Select Tool: Enable selection and                             Show / Hide Variable: Show / hide
 movement of design elements and                               the variable marking checkbox
 print areas. See section 5.5.9 for                            used with the text boxes
 more information

                                                               Show / Hide Background: Show /
                                                               hide the background colour of
                                                               the selected cover
  Text Tool: Create text boxes, and
  edit text inside print areas. See
  section 5.5.8 for more information
                                              Vertical Text: Change horizontal
                                              text line to a vertical text line
                                              without changing text direction
                                              / angle

                              Figure 34: Design Toolbar Group 2 - Tools

Group 3: Edit Functions

                                  Copy: Copy the selected
                                  elements
 Delete: Delete the
 selected elements                                                        Undo: Undo recent actions

                                                  Paste: Insert the elements that were cut or copied.
       Cut: Cut the selected                      The elements will be inserted in the centre of the
       elements                                   selected print area. When pressing the Shift key on
                                                  the keyboard while inserting, the elements will be
                                                  inserted in place.

                        Figure 35: Design Toolbar Group 3 – Edit Functions

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Group 4: Text Editing

                                                  Underline: Used to
 Font Family: This list                           underline the text
 contains the available font                      of         selected
                                                                                Align Right: Align
 types that may be used in                        textboxes
                                                                                the   selected    or
 text boxes. Font of the
                                                                                current text line of
 selected textboxes will
                                                                                the         selected
 change according to the
                                  Bold: Make the                                textbox to the right
 font selected in the list
                                  text of selected                              hand side
                                  textboxes bold

                                Italic: Make the text of
                                selected      textboxes
                                italic

 Font Size: This list is used                                                 Align Centre: Used to
 to select the size of the                                                    align the selected or
 font to be used for                     Align Left: Align the                current text line of the
 different text elements.                selected or current text             selected textbox to
 User may also enter any                 line of the selected                 the centre
 size up to 900                          textbox to the left-
                                         hand side

                           Figure 36: Design Toolbar Group 4 - Text Editing

Text Editing toolbar will only be shown when a text box is selected and text in it is being
inserted or edited. The given font options will apply to the selected text in the text box or to
the current cursor position if no text is selected. Similarly, the alignment options will apply
to the selected lines within a text box or to the current line, if no text is selected.

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Group 5: Element Alignment

                                 Align Right: Align the               Align Middle: Align the
                                 right side of the selected           middles of the selected
  Align Left: Align the left     elements to the same                 elements to the same
  side of the selected           location                             location
  elements to the same
  location
                                                                  Align in Centre of Closed
                                                                  Cover: Used to align the
                                                                  centre of selected elements
                                                                  to the centre of the closed
                                                                  cover. The selected text is also
                                                                  cantered within the text box

 Align Centre: Align the          Align Top: Used to align             Align Bottom: Align the
 centres of the selected          the top side of the                  bottom side of the
 elements to the same             selected elements to the             selected elements to the
 location                         same location                        same location

                       Figure 37: Design Toolbar Group 5 - Element Alignment

If a single element is selected, the alignment buttons will align to the edges and centre of
the print area.

Group 6: Rotation Degree

                                                                  Rotate: Rotate the selected
                                                                  elements to the required angle.
                                                                  By default, the angle of rotation
                                                                  for an element is 0 degree

                        Figure 38: Design Toolbar Group 6 - Rotation Degree

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