A new PC-Topp.NET page has been created to supplement (and eventually substitute) the classical Conversion Machines Settings. The Machines page offers some convenient extras the old version doesn't have.
View Machines by Machine Type
In the new Machines page the plant's machines are presented in groups according to their machine type. This gives the new machine overview a clearer structure than in the classical program where the machines are simply sorted alphanumerically.
In the Machines page you can see immediately if a machine code stands for a corrugator or an ordinary conversion machine, if it is a placeholder for an external sheet supplier or for sheet orders, if it belongs to Shipping etc.
New Machine Features
Moreover, as you can see in the overview there are some new fields for the machines. You can now additionally define the following machine features:
PC-Topp wants to know if a machine can die-cut and if so, whether it exclusively die-cuts or can do more than that. The die-cutting type of the machine is displayed as a small symbol in the overview:
|Type ||Symbol ||Example |
|Rotary Die-Cutter || ||Ward |
|Flatbed Die-Cutter || ||Bobst |
|Any Other Machine That Can Die-Cut |
(Gluer, Slotter, Inline Machine)
| ||Rapidex |
|No Die-Cutting ||no symbol ||Martin Printer |
- Number of Print Units
This value is needed for the automatic sequence optimisation in conversion machine scheduling, as it determines when an ink change is required to accommodate the colors of the next job.
- Whether Box Size or Other Measurements are Shown at the Machine
If the machine is marked as a box maker the following values are displayed at the Machine Terminal (unnecessary for e.g. machines that just print or for die-cutters):
- Internal dimensions
- Sheet Size
- Scores on corrugator and conversion
- Tear tapes
Graphical Machine View
Clicking the "Edit" link to the right of each machine opens a graphical view of this machine like at the Machine Terminal. It shows you the machine design and its relevant parts in more detail. This detailed view also lets you modify the three new fields discussed above.
For viewing and updating the other machine settings PC-Topp.NET relies on the classical Machine Definition program: Click the link "Further Settings for this Machine (DOS)" and the DOS program will open.