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  • APU
  • Auxiliary Processing Unit. It is used on older machines to act as the interface between rotary engraving controllers and computers.The APU board is a throwback from days when computers did not have adequate processing power to process complex vector data without having an affect on the performance of the PC. Most users can upgrade to Viper electronics and run their Xenetech engravers via Ethernet.

  • Batch

  • Batch Plate
  • A process whereby a single multi-plate job is configured to engrave one plate at a time, pausing between individual plate so that the operator may change material, and then the next plate can be engraved. In batch mode, the plates are virtually stacked and taken from the top of the stack as each plate is engraved.

  • Burnish
  • A method of engraving that uses a multi-faceted tool to mark on the surface of material. The process of burnishing will use a spinning motor while engraving, thereby yielding a result that is more visually appealing that drag engraving. Burnishers can also have a diamond inserted into their tips allowing for nicer marking on harder materials.

  • Burnishing Adapter
  • See Light Touch Burnishing Adapter.

  • Connection Manager
  • The primary software interface for detecting a controller and configuring a connection profile for all network controllers. Available from the Windows Control Panel in legacy Viperdriver and Jobserver applications, it is now available inside the main VCS program menus.

  • Copy Input
  • A method of populating plate data without having to type into each individual plate.

  • Crossover
  • A type of Ethernet cable that has the different pin-outs on each side to ensure that send data and receive data are not sent over the same pair of wire. Crossover cables are used to connect two or more Ethernet devices directly, without devices such as a hub or switch. The common scenario is when you want to connect one computer to output to one engraving machine. Xenetech-provided crossover cables are typically GRAY with a tag labeled "CROSS" , but any standard crossover cable can be used.

    See SWITCH for more information.

    See ALSO Patch Cable.

  • CTRL+T
  • Keyboard Shortcut for the "Engraving Table Defaults" dialog. It is used to set machine default settings.

  • Cylindrical Attachment
  • An attachment for Xenetech laser and rotary engravers that allows you to engrave cylindrical items. It will attach to all Xenetech engravers except the Star 912 and the Viper GE, since the GE has its own cylindrical attachment included.

  • DHCP
  • Dynamic Hosts Configuration Protocol

    A method of automatically and transparently assigning IP addresses to devices on an Ethernet network.

  • Drag
  • A method of engraving that uses an attached bit (usually diamond) to scratch into the surface of engraving material, usually with the purpose of remove the applied coating. Drag engraving typically offers the fastest engraving yield, even though the results are sometimes not as appealing as burnishing.

  • Drawing Tools
  • An add-on module for XGW that allows for bitmap processing, and the explosion, manipulation, sorting, and combining of individual polyline data.

  • Ethernet
  • Widely-implemented Local Area Network Standard for device communication. Currently implemented over UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) cable with a plug known as RJ-45, which resembles a large telephone cord plug (RJ-11). Ethernet allows bi-directional communication allowing for faster transfer speeds, device-enabled communication, scalability, and distance. Offers faster communication options that traditional standards of serial and COM ports.

  • Ethernet utilities
  • Encompasses any of the communication modules for Xenetech ethernet-based engraving systems, including Jobserver, Viperdriver, and their ultimate successor, Viper Communication Suite
  • F1
  • Also known as the "To Engraver" dialog. F1 is the keyboard HOTKEY for the machine output dialog. The F1 dialog settings change depending on whether you are outputting to a laser or rotary engraver. Now, with VCS, a single instance of XGW can output to an unlimited number of machine connections.

  • FNT
  • File extension for Xenetech Engraving Fonts. FNT files are loaded by using the INSTALL RESIDENT FONT function in XGW. FNT files have been optimized for engraving, and some come in multi-line formats to yield a bolder stroke within a single character.

  • Full Automatic
  • A method of engraving that uses a proximity sensor to determine the ever-changing curve of material and adjusts the depth accordingly in order to achieve a specified numerical depth. This allows you to compensate for non-flat material, or engrave easily on objects that are not perfectly flat or cylindrical, such as glass or belt buckles.

  • GE
  • Gift Engraver. A combination rotary engraving machine allowing for flat engraving, cylindrical engraving, engraving on tall objects, water-bath, and inside/outside ring attachment.

  • Grid Cut Out
  • A means for allowing the engraver to cut individual plates from a single sheet (MASTER).

    See ALSO Multiple Plate

  • Hatch Fill
  • A method for adding a vector fill to any closed polygon. Hatch fill may be used with TrueType fonts. In this process, the outline of the character is determined automatically, and the fill may be customized by specifying the size of the cutter to be used, space between the hatch lines, hatch angle, bi or uni directional, hatch angle, and outline/cleaning pass parameters.

    If user has also licensed the drawing tools module, the hatch fill process may be performed on any closed polygon, not just TrueType fonts.

    See ALSO Drawing Tools

  • Hotwatch
  • Process in all Xenetech Ethernet-based communication applications responsible for transfer of job data to engraver. It may be disabled individually from other modules in the communication suite for troubleshooting or advanced processing. It must have an status of ACTIVE to function completely.

  • Hub
  • A type of intermediary communication hardware allowing multiple (2 or more) network devices to be connected. Many years ago HUBS were more commonly used since network switches were more expensive. However, network hubs are packet broadcast devices, and are often not used in favor of network switches. Switches, by design, reduce overall network traffic, offer packet correction, and are too affordable to not consider.

    See SWITCH

  • Inbox
  • As a setting of the Hotwatch application, the inbox is the specified folder on a computer which is to be monitored for job data to be run on an engraving machine.
  • IP Address
  • Internet Protocol Address. Every device on an Ethernet network has a unique numerical address used to deliver information. Xenetech installations are IPv4 only. The process for setting up IP addresses is automatic if you connect a computer to a Xenetech engraver, and is usually automatic on most SoHo (Small office Home office) network configurations. However, some networks may have more complicated or specific requirements, and network administrators may need to be consulted.

  • ISA
  • Industry Standard Architecture. The motherboard inside modern computers accommodates peripheral hardware. ISA has been deprecated in favor of smaller connectors with faster communication speeds. ISA slots are most commonly identified by the black color of the slot. Two ISA APU boards were produced, one approximately 14-inches long, and one approximately 7-inches long, referred to as "Short ISA". These boards are still common in working shops, but are not sold with new product, and computers to accommodate these boards are increasingly more difficult to locate.

  • jbs
  • The file extension for Xenetech machine job files. JBS files are output through XGW and Xenetech drivers. They may be named uniquely and stored independently of other file types so that they may be recalled directly from the engraver without having to open the source application. Historically, .jbs files were used for both rotary and laser jobs. With newer versions of software, jbs files refer only to rotary jobs.

    See ALSO LSR, RandomFileNames

  • Job Console
  • Module introduced in VCS. Job Console allows an operator to remotely monitor the real-time engraving status of Xenetech rotary and laser engravers on network computers.

  • Job Console
  • Introduced with the Viper Communication Suite, Job Console allows a user to remotely monitor the real-time engraving status of a Xenetech Engraving System. As well as monitoring, machine positioning and job data can also be monitored, as well as remotely controlling the system with start, advance, and cancel functions. Job Console is required for the proper performance of engraving machines.
  • Job NameServer
  • A module in VCS which is used to establish and maintain a stateful connection to the engraver controller. By right-clicking on the VCS icon in the system tray and selecting Job NameServer from the flyout menu, you can look at the title bar of the window and see the status of the connection by looking for words such as searching...and online...