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Caldera Version: 10.2


The F Series drivers are included in the module GrandCUT. The module GrandCUT is included in GrandRIP, or is an optional module when VisualRIP is installed and cannot be used in combination with CopyRIP.
There are two drivers that work for the F Series. There is the driver OptiSCOUT (manufacturer OptiSCOUT model OptiSCOUT) and the driver SummaFlex (manufacturer Summa model SummaFlex).


NOTE: The SummaFlex driver is especially made for using the barcode production workflow within SummaFlex. This driver always prints a POSTNET barcode.


If the barcode is not needed, then the OptiSCOUT driver can be used.


NOTE: The barcode workflow that uses the camera of the F series needs an extra license for SummaFlex that needs to be ordered separately.


The drivers can be installed within Caldera's setup program, or they can be installed separately afterwards.


Using Caldera Setup program


Start the installation procedure for Caldera.  When the Cutter selection page is shown, add the needed drivers to the list that need to be installed.



Then continue with the installation program.  If a patch was installed after the previous installation then it is recommended to install this patch again.


Adding a driver from within Caldera


A driver can also be installed from within the program itself.


The following steps will help you add your cutter to your Caldera RIP if not done already.  This operation has to be performed only once.  The installation will then be effective for all printers.
Launch Caldera, double click on a printer’s icon to open its print configuration.  Put an image on it to be able to click on the first button which opens the preview and advanced scale settings page.



Click on the cutting tab and click on the checkbox just in front of Enable Cutting Contour.
Click on configure, a new window will open with a list of the currently installed drivers.  Click on New…



Fill in the pop-up as shown:
Name: choose a name SummaFlex (this name will then appear in the cutter list)
Model: select you cutter model: SummaFlex
Queue: choose a directory where your cutting files (OXF files) will be saved
Hostname: this field is not required.


NOTE: It is recommended to use a folder that is shared with the computer that controls the table (computer where SummaFlex is installed on), make sure they both have access to that folder.



Click on OK, the new driver is now installed.


Detailed configuration of the driver


To open the detailed tool configuration for the driver, click on Tools in the page setup window (next to configure, see previous section). A new window opens.



There are two main tabs:

  • Marks and margins can be used to configure the registration marks (position and size).
  • The methods tab is used to link the available tools to a spot color name


Marks and margin tab



This area is divided into three sections: Margins, Marks offset and Marks placement. Enable them by checking Use custom margins. Use the Default margins button to reset the margins to the default ones.


Marks Offset

The Marks offset defines the space around the image that will contain the cutting marks. If the Left, Top, Right and Bottom margins are set at 0, the marks will be placed inside the image.


NOTE: Use only values of 10 and larger (mark size itself is 5mm and there need to be at least a white space of 5mm around the mark so that the camera on the table can detect it).


Margins
These parameter set the distance between the page border and the frame created by the marks. If the media is roll material, then this parameter can be used to set a minimum distance between the jobs.



In the second example, the Marks offset is equal to 0 then the marks are placed on the image.


Marks placement

The distance between the marks is the same in the X as in the Y direction. So only one parameter can be changed. It is not recommended to use the default value of, use values like 250 or 350.
Horizontal and Vertical size and Thickness are fields for marks for square OPOS marks, leave them at 0.


Positions



With the edge parameters icon, the place where the marks will be printed can be set. If the icon is orange, then the marks will be printed.




Top


Bottom


Left


Right


Disable extra mark at origin is only visible when the OptiSCOUT driver is used, this extra mark helps the user to easily find the origin when the job has to be placed on the table.
The Auto rotate job to fit cutter width option works with the Cutter limits (and especially with the Width are set). This option can be useful when the print width is larger than the cutter width. The job is then automatically rotated so the printed job will fit into the cutter. However it is not recommended to use this option.


NOTE: Do not print the top and bottom marks when using the SummaFlex driver ( otherwise the marks will be printed on top of the barcode line). Set the top and bottom marks on when using the OptiSCOUT driver.


Barcodes



Side activated


Side deactivated


The sides are the same as for the mark positions and are activated only when the first icon is orange.
The second icon is orange if barcode will be set automatically (at its default position).
The three following icons can be used to set the barcode at the left, right or in the middle of that side. The values can be used to create an extra offset of the position. The anchor offset is the offset to its chosen position (left, right or middle) and the image border margin is to add an extra offset between the barcode and the image.
Below the Side settings, there are the the Barcode and ID number Size setting.
It is not recommended to change any of these values.


Cutter limits



The Width and Height of the cutter can be set with these parameters. These parameters work together with the “Auto rotate job to fit cutter width” setting. If the job’s width is too large to fit the cutter width, the job will rotate. If the height has been set, a check will be made to see if the rotated job can fit. If not, the RIP will undo the rotation.
Be careful, no warning will come if the job does not fit the cutters limits.


Misc.



Here the choice can be made whether to use curves or line segments for the contours.


Sorting



This sorts the contours. It will choose the optimized path to select the next contour to be cut in order to save time. This lets the user specify the cut order: by image, cut tool or shape. Further sorting can be maximized in SummaFlex itself.


Method tab


This tab is used to link a spot color to a tool. The list of tools is fixed. By default all spot colors that are set to be cut with tool number 1 (drag knife). These spot colors are all spot colors that begin with the prefix CutContour and the spot colors that are in the list that can be made while importing a file. Follow procedure below to link them to another tool.