●The control unit
The control looks as follows:
The precise outfit of your control may vary.
Operation of the control is mainly done over the touchscreen. A description of the functions and available touch controls is given in the next sections of this manual, aside of the description of the specific functions.
This user manual focuses on the control software and related machine functions.
●Front control elements
The Start and Stop button, integrated in the touch screen user interface:
At the right side of the control a USB port is available for connection of external devices, such as a memory stick or an external keyboard or mouse.
●Operation and programming modes
The DA-Touch controls main screen looks as follows:
Depending on the navigation button which is active, the screen will differ. The above main screen will appear having the Products function active.
Just by tapping the various modes, the specific mode will be selected.
The structure of the main screen is as follows:
In the top the title panel is always shown. In this area you can find logo information, which product is loaded, the active bend, selected subdirectory and (when activated) the service row. Also machine indicators can be found here.
In the information panel all functions and visualisation related to the selected modus are displayed and can be found.
The command panel is part of the Information panel and is the location where the controls related to the Information panel can be found.
The Navigation panel is the area where all the major modes can be found. This area is always visible. The controls, large buttons with icons, can be used to directly switch from one mode to the other.
Explanation of the main modes / navigation buttons
In order to obtain a bend program for a product, the control offers the possibility to create a product drawing and calculate a valid bend sequence for the product. With this information, a product program is generated.
Before product programming can be started, the following preparations must be made.
• The correct material properties must have been programmed in the Materials library. You can find this on the Materials page in the Settings mode.
• The correct tools must be programmed in the Tool Library. Tools are necessary to create a CNC program. You can find the libraries for the different types of tools in the Machine mode.
⒊Create a drawing
The control offers the functionality to create a drawing of the intended product. With this drawing application, tap Drawing in the navigation panel, a 2D profile is created. At this stage, there is no calculation of bends or dimensions: any profile or drawing can be created.
⒋Determine bend sequence
When the product drawing is completed, the control offers Tool setup mode to program the exact tool set-up as it is organised on the machine. After this you can select the Bend Sequence mode to determine and simulate the required bend sequence.
In the Bend Sequence mode, the control shows the product, the machine and the tools. In this menu the bend sequence can be programmed and checked visually. When a bend sequence has been determined, the CNC program can be generated.
The Program menu gives access to the numerical program and values of the active product.
There are two possibilities to create a CNC program:
• enter a numerical program, started via Products mode, tap New Program, step by step;
• generate the program from the graphical bend simulation started via the Products mode, tap New Product, via the Drawing mode. (see: Drawing mode; product drawing).
⒍The Auto menu and Manual menu, production modes
A product program can be executed via the Auto mode. In Automatic mode, a complete program can be executed bend after bend. In the Auto mode the Step mode can be selected to have each bend started separately.
The Manual mode of the control is an independent production mode. In this mode, one bend can be programmed and executed. It is typically used to test the behaviour of the bend V0215, 1.9 system.
More information about this can be found in chapters 7 and 8.
⒎Back-up data, external storage
Both product and tool files can be stored externally. Depending on the configuration, these files can be stored on a network or on a USB stick. This facilitates a back-up of important data and the possibility to exchange files between Delem controls.
More information about this can be found in chapter 9.
● Programming aids
This control is equipped with an on-line Help function. When the Help-button in the navigation panel is pressed context sensitive help will be provided.
This Help window contains the same information as the Operation manual.The help window can be used as follows:
You can scroll through the text sliding one finger in the desired direction. By tapping on the lower or upper part of the screen Previous Page / Next Page can be used to browse through the help text.
The Index function helps to jump to the table of contents. Hyperlinks in the table help to directly navigate to the desired topic.
Tap End to close the Help window.
Several parameters on the control have a limited number of possible values. When selecting such a parameter, by tapping the parameter line on the screen, the list of options will open up near the position where you tapped the line, and the desired value can be selected.
⒊Filter, live search
In some modes a list of entities is offered (products, tools, materials, etc.). An example of such a menu is the Products mode (product selection). To search a particular product or tool, the filter function can be used. Press the command button Filter, type a part of the ID in the enter field. Automatically, the list is limited to those items that contain the typed part.
Multiple search parts can be separated by <space>.
Within some modes, the program screens are divided into tabs.
The tabs can easily be selected by just tapping them. When a tab is not completely visible or not visible at all, just by dragging the tab row horizontally, the desired tab can be "pulled" in sight and be selected.
⒌Text input and editing
The cursor can be used to enter a specific value or text within an existing input. Just tap at the desired position to do so. The cursor will appear and input will be added there.
⒍ Typing alphanumeric characters vs. special characters
Both alphanumeric characters and special characters can be used throughout the control. A full on-screen alphanumerical keyboard will pop up when required.
When editing a field which is pure numeric, the alphanumeric characters will be "greyed-out" and only the numerical keypad can be used. For fields which enable to use alphanumerical strings, the keyboard is completely available. Special characters as ? % - can be found using the special character button on the left-lower side of the keyboard.
Special characters (like á, à, â, ã, ä, å, æ) are supported by the on screen keyboard by keeping a character (like ‘a’) pressed.
The CNC control optionally can be equipped with a network interface. The network function offers the operators the possibility to import product files directly from the network directories or to export the finished product files to the required network directory.
To prevent for changes to products or programs, the keylock function offers the possibility to lock the control.
There are two levels of locking the control. Program Lock and Machine Lock.
• In Program Lock, only a product can be selected and executed in Automatic mode.
• In Machine Lock, the machine is locked and the control can not be used.
On the manual positioning page in Manual mode and Automatic mode a slider at the bottom of the screen can be used to position the axis. The distance moved with the slider determines the speed of the axis. When the slider is released, the axis stops. The buttons at each end of the slider can be used to fine-tune the axis position. When "sliding" the beeper gives feedback that the axis is moving.
The version of the software in your control is displayed at the System Information tab in the Machine menu.