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The CLUSTERJET printhead control system offers various hardware and software tools for creating a functional configuration and troubleshooting in existing systems.
If desired, a print server records all communication conducted with it. The generated text is provided with time stamps and origin identifiers.
The geometric arrangement of the nozzle rows managed by a print server, described by configuration, can be visualized and output as an image file.
With the help of a few simple operations a print output can be simulated “dry”. The print data of the active nozzle rows are calculated individually for each print movement and written to a file, just as in normal printing operation.
Our test printer software converts the data generated by the print servers to a bitmap file that can be displayed with a common image viewer.
All components have a diagnostic port in addition to the communication port provided for normal operation.
The counter readings of the quadrature encoders used can be displayed or automatically calibrated at any time.
A fullsize muxer allows any chip-internal signal to be routed to any test pins.
The average speed of the Ethernet interface used for the transmission of the print data can be monitored continuously.
Any data pattern generated by the hardware can be continuously output to check the print heads.
During a print movement, a speed profile of the axis moving the printhead can be recorded.
On request, we can supply a test adapter to match our print modules, which can be plugged in instead of a printhead adapter.
With the help of the indicators of the test adapter, an operator can test in a short time whether a print module is fully functional.
Another adapter can be easily looped between our print module and the printhead adapter to measure all printhead signals with a logic analyzer or oscilloscope.
Swivels and elbows facilitate the placement of the tools, but can also be used to couple printhead adapters.