New Product Review

XL Duo - Combination Engraving System

We are really proud of the technological developments included with the new XL Duo dual-purpose laser and diamond-drag engraving system.


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Productivity Corner

Real Economic Stimulus Comes From Real Investment

There are some specific things you can do to maintain, and in fact increase, your engraving productivity with your existing equipment. There has never been a better time to have your assets fully working for your business. Here is a list of cost effective steps you can take to get the most from your existing investment.




Using Multiple Z-Strokes in a Single Job

You may have an engraving job with multiple plates and want to limit the amount of z travel to minimize the engraving time. However, there may also be something taller that you need to clear while moving around a plate, or from one plate to another. We have an article in the knowledgebase that shows exactly how to do this.



Meet Xenetech

Awww. Shucks.

Xenetech has been receiving favorable press on our new XL Duo system. Click below to read an article published this past Sunday as the lead story in the Business Section of the Baton Rouge Advocate.



Ask Customer Service

Sometimes a Negative Can Be A Positive

John Lundberg - Vice President R & DZ-float is the distance traveled by the Z-axis after the proximity sensor is tripped when contacting material. All Viper-controlled rotary engravers are capable of setting a negative value for Z-float. This is useful when trying to eliminate nosecone shadows on soft plastic material.

By setting a negative float value, the tip will contact the material and the entire Z-axis will raise by the float amount before cutting, thus preserving the integrity of soft engraving surfaces. This also applies to drag engraving different materials, such as aluminum. Many engravers avoided drag engraving on aluminum because the material tended to mushroom. Now, by using a negative Z-float, you can obtain a nice drag finish on these soft surfaces. You can even use a negative Z-float value on the new XL Duo!  - John Lundberg, Vice President R&D


1.21 Gigawatts! Great Scott!

Carey Solomon - ITWe sometimes follow technology based simply on what is available on the shelf at our favorite big-box retailer. However, we may need to look a bit more closely at the details.

Many customers use wireless networks and even decide to run our Ethernet-based controllers wirelessly. This is perfectly acceptable. However, since many devices share the same 2.4 GHz frequency band (and some use 5 GHz), their activity may cause interference with wireless networks. Many of today's cordless phones work with both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz ranges. This means that network communication may be interrupted by simply answering the phone.

So, while we all enjoy the benefits of wireless freedom around our shops, we can benefit from a little planning to avoid disruption. Most wireless network devices allow you to select a side-band or select an operating channel. Alternatively, you can also buy a wireless phone in the 5 GHz range, or pull out that reliable older 900 MHz phone from the attic and let's all get back to work! - Carey Solomon - I.T. (Heading reference: Back to the Future, 1985)

Check out this consumer reports article for more information.