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Quick Reference Guide
CO2 Laser Coder
LM-C300S/P
Thank you for purchasing the Hitachi Laser Coder LM-300 Series.
This Quick Reference Guide describes the basic handling procedures of the Hitachi LM-300 Series.
If the Laser Marker is improperly handled or maintained, it may not operate smoothly and may become defective
or cause an accident.
After thoroughly reading the manual, properly store it for future reference.
V.51021160

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    Thank you for purchasing the Hitachi Laser Coder LM-300 Series. This Quick Reference Guide describes the basic handling procedures of the Hitachi LM-300 Series. If the Laser Marker is improperly handled or maintained, it may not operate smoothly and may become defective or cause an accident.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS 0. WARNING ................ 0-1 1. LASER SAFETY .............. 1-1 1.1. LASER TYPES ..................1-1 1.2. LASER SAFETY STANDARDS ............... 1-1 1.2.1. SAFETY SWITCHES ....................1-3 1.2.2. PROTECTIVE CASING .................... 1-4 1.3. WARNING AND INFORMATION SYMBOLS ........... 1-6 1.3.1. TERMS ........................1-6 1.3.2.

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    8. POWER AND SPEED ADJUSTMENT ......8-1 8.1. POWER ADJUSTMENT ................8-1 8.2. SPEED ADJUSTMENT ................8-5 9. POSITION ADJUSTMENT ..........9-1 10. DYNAMIC OR STATIC SELECTION ......10-1 11. PRINT START ..............11-1 12. POWER OFF ..............12-1 13. MAINTENANCE ............. 13-1 13.1.

  • Page 4: Warning

    Important: It is very important to read the entire instruction manual thoroughly before installing and starting the system, since the product delivered to you by HITACHI involves an element of risk to the user if it is not used correctly.

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    GUIDE CONTENTS The content of this guide is provided for informational purposes only. Nothing in the content of this guide represents any contractual or other commitment on the part of HITACHI and should not be construed as such. Hitachi products are subject to continual development and improvement. Updates to the content of this guide will be made accordingly in subsequent editions.

  • Page 6: Laser Safety

    1. LASER SAFETY 1.1. LASER TYPES There are different types of lasers according to the medium of photon propagation (gas, solid, liquid, etc.) contained inside the laser tube and the excitation mechanism used to cause the laser process. As a result, laser emissions of different wavelengths (energy content and power) are obtained.

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    (2) The area where the laser marking system will be operating must be identified with a suitable warning sign (supplied by HITACHI) (3) The beam and incidence area must be surrounded by the material resistant to the wavelength emitted by the laser in order to avoid specular reflection in the invisible spectrum due to the far infrared laser emission.

  • Page 8: Safety Switches

    EMISSION SAFETY OF LASER PRODUCTS, EQUIPMENT CLASSIFICATION, REQUIREMENTS AND USER’S GUIDE. Safety devices and protections supplied by HITACHI will not necessarily meet requirements of the Customer’s Local Factory Inspector, Laser Safety and Country Regulations and no warranty or representation is given or made that they comply with any statutory or other requirement. No liability is accepted by HITACHI in this respect.

  • Page 9: Protective Casing

    1.2.2. PROTECTIVE CASING The area between the marking head and the printing surface must have the protective casing to prevent user access to the laser marking system. Making this protective casing is the responsibility of the installer in each country. Example of a protective casing: The steps required to create a protective casing are shown below.

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    (7) Using a jig saw, make an opening where the focus lens will be inserted. (8) Polish the edges of the opening. In order to have access to the marking area, a hinge should be mounted between this cover and the rear cover.

  • Page 11: Terms

    Goggles protect against scattered radiation or reflections from metal surfaces. Protective goggles that block 10.6µm CO2 laser radiation are available from HITACHI. RADIATION VIEWING CONDITIONS The laser exiting the resonator is considered an intense monochromatic light source. Due to these features it can be seen as a source of high luminosity.

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    This is the most frequent viewing condition during laser system operation. Viewing the beam up close is dangerous, but appropriate filters and goggles can ensure safety, even during prolonged exposure. The Optical Risk Nominal Distance (O.R.N.D.) for laser systems of HITACHI can be over 20m for direct or reflected radiation, and over 1m for Dispersive radiation.

  • Page 13: Possible Personal Injury

    Materials processing can generate air contaminants such as vapours, fumes, and/or particles that may be noxious, toxic, or even fatal. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for materials being processed should be thoroughly evaluated and the adequacy of provisions for fume extraction, filtering and venting should be carefully considered.

  • Page 14: Compliance With Regulation And Law

    1.4.1. CDRH REQUIREMENTS HITACHI laser marking system is designed to comply with requirements for Class IV laser products imposed by the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968. Under this act, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a performance standard in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for laser products.

  • Page 15: United States Federal Communications Comission Requirements

    Safe operation of the laser requires the use of external beam block to safely block the beam from travelling beyond the desired work area. Use a firebrick or similar non-dispersive, non-combustible material as the block. NEVER use organic material or metals as the beam blocker. Organic material, in general, are combustible and metals act as reflectors that may create an area of immediate danger.

  • Page 16: European Union Requirements

    Directive does not apply to this system. Concerning the incorporation of the laser marking system into equipment that may fall under the definition of Machinery, HITACHI considers the application of the EMC Directive and Low voltage directive as sufficient evidence that the laser marking system will not compromise the compliance of the Machinery into which it is incorporated.

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    Supplementary devices include RC units to mount parallel to AC relay coils, diodes to mount parallel to DC relay coils, filters for high frequency conducted disturbance to be mounted on the network input (ask Hitachi for the most suitable type). •COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATION AND LAW 1-12...

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    The emergency function is the installer’s responsibility. (5) Protection category. Most HITACHI Laser System have a minimum protection category of IP20. To comply with the Machine Directive and Standard EN 60204, the installer is responsible for placing them in a suitable container according to the protection category required for the end use.

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    In terms of operating safety, the ground connection helps prevent the occurrence of dangerous voltage between parts that are accessible at the same time, up to frequencies for which the ground connection (solely designed for the safety of individuals) can be considered low impedance. Therefore, at high frequencies (over a few tens of MHz) the impedance of the ground connection is completely unpredictable, and there is no guarantee of protection at high frequencies.

  • Page 20: Features Of Co2 Systems

    In this case, the laser stop button system never emits laser. The system must be rearmed. Indicates that HITACHI laser marking system is Laser receiving power and is ready for laser emissions. indicator The “Ready” LED lights up when the key switch it Ready turned “On”, the remote key switch is closed beam...

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    Required Required by Element Description by CDRH EN60825-1 Laser Indicates that HITACHI laser marking system is radiation emitting laser. The “Laser” LED lights up when the emission laser beam is active. indicator HITACHI laser marking system circuit element Five Second...

  • Page 22: Warning Labels

    1.6. WARNING LABELS Label 1 - CLASS IV LASER ALARM Label CO Label 2 - CLASS IV LASER ALARM LABEL Label 3 - UNLOCKING PANEL Label 4 - LASE HAZARD WARNING SYMBOL Label 5 - GENERAL HAZARD SYMBOL Label 6 - LASER OPENING Label 7 - LASER HAZARD 1-17 •WARNING LABELS...

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    Label 8 - INTERLOCKED PANEL LABEL Label 9 - LASER OPENING LABEL Label 10 - VOLTAGE LABEL Label 12 - COMPLIANCE AND HAZARD LABEL Label 13 - WARNING LABEL Label 14 - AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL LABEL Label 15 - LENS COVER •WARNING LABELS 1-18...

  • Page 24: Introduction To Printer

    2. INTRODUCTION TO PRINTER 2.1. APPEARANCE Emergency stop button User interface Head Laser on LED Lens (0 or 90) Power cord connector Filter cover Input/output connectors CUSTOMER interface ENCODER connector USB port connector POWER switch C PHOTOCELL connector USER INTERFACE connector D INTERLOCK connector SHUTTER switch ETHERNET connector...

  • Page 25: Physical Features

    2.3. LASER SYSTEM INSTALLATION Install the laser system near the production line, in a dry, clean place and affix the warning sticker supplied by HITACHI in the work area. Dust and airborne particles can clog air filters and make the optical system dirty.

  • Page 26: Screen

    3. SCREEN 3.1. TOUCH SCREEN MENU DIAGRAM HOME FILE - NEW - LOAD - SAVE - DELETE - PROPERTIES - LAYERS - TEXT EDIT - ARC - CIRCLE - POLYGON - RECTANGLE - LINE - GROUP.TEX - DAY - MONTH - YEAR - WEEK - HOUR...

  • Page 27: Power On

    4. POWER ON Insert the cable into a power outlet. Turn the key (Power switch is on (“|”)). "HOME" screen is displayed. •POWER ON 4-1...

  • Page 28: Edit A String Of File

    5. EDIT A STRING OF FILE Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LOAD” button. Press the edited file column you want to edit. 5-1 •EDIT A STRING OF FILE...

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    Press the “EDIT” button. Press the column of the figure you want to edit. (example: „Text [0]”) Press the “TEXT” column. •EDIT A STRING OF FILE 5-2...

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    Scroll the columns area. Press the “String:” column. Type in the new string and press the “RETURN” key to accept the change. 5-3 •EDIT A STRING OF FILE...

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    10 Press the “FILE” button to save change. 11 Press the “SAVE” button to save the change. 12 Press the column of the file just edited. 13 Press the “YES” button. •EDIT A STRING OF FILE 5-4...

  • Page 32: Select A File To Print

    6. SELECT A FILE TO PRINT Press the “PRINT” button. Press the column of the “File:”. Select the file name you want to print. Confirm the file name you want to print. 6-1 •SELECT A FILE TO PRINT...

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    7. SAVE A FILE (OVERWRITE) After the file editing, press the “SAVE” button to save the change. Press the column of the file just edited. Press the “YES” button. •SAVE A FILE (OVERWRITE) 7-1...

  • Page 34: Power And Speed Adjustment

    8. POWER AND SPEED ADJUSTMENT 8.1. POWER ADJUSTMENT Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LOAD” button. Press the edited file column you want to edit. 8-1 •POWER ADJUSTMENT...

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    Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LAYERS” button. Press the column of New Layer you want to adjust the power. Press the “EDIT…” button. •POWER ADJUSTMENT 8-2...

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    Press the “Power:” column. Press the “△” button (increase) or the “▽” button(decrease) and press the “RETURN” key change. Or press the number and the numeric keypad will appear. Enter the value and press the “RETURN” key. 10 Press the “FILE” button. 8-3 •POWER ADJUSTMENT...

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    11 Press the “SAVE” button to save the change. 12 Press the column of the file for which the power value is just changed. 13 Press the “YES” button. •POWER ADJUSTMENT 8-4...

  • Page 38: Speed Adjustment

    8.2. SPEED ADJUSTMENT Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LOAD” button. Press the file column you want to change the speed. 8-5 •SPEED ADJUSTMENT...

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    Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LAYERS” button. Press the column of “New Layer” column you want to adjust the power. Press the “EDIT…” button. •SPEED ADJUSTMENT 8-6...

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    Press the “Speed:” column. Press the “△” button(increase) or the “▽” button(decrease) and press the “RETURN” key to change. Or press the number and the numeric keypad will appear. Enter the value and press the “RETURN” key. 10 Press the “FILE” button. 8-7 •SPEED ADJUSTMENT...

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    11 Press the “SAVE” button to save the change. 12 Press the column of the file for which the speed value is just changed. 13 Press the “YES” button. •SPEED ADJUSTMENT 8-8...

  • Page 42: Position Adjustment

    9. POSITION ADJUSTMENT Press the “FILE” button. Press the “LOAD” button. Press the edited file column you want to edit. 9-1 •POSITION ADJUSTMENT...

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    Press the “EDIT” button. Press the column of the figure you want to adjust the position. (example: “Text [0]” column) Press the “GENERAL” column. Press the “Position X [mm]” column.(Or press the “Position Y [mm]” column.) •POSITION ADJUSTMENT 9-2...

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    Press the “△” button (increase) or the “▽” button (decrease) and press the “RETURN” key change. Or press the number and the numeric keypad will appear. Enter the value and press the “RETURN” key. Press the “FILE” button . 10 Press the “SAVE” button to save the change. 9-3 •POSITION ADJUSTMENT...

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    11 Press the column of the file just changed. 12 Press the “YES” button. •POSITION ADJUSTMENT 9-4...

  • Page 46: Dynamic Or Static Selection

    10. DYNAMIC OR STATIC SELECTION Press the “SETUP” button. Press the “DYNAMIC & PHOTOCELL” column. Press the “Mode:” column. Select the column of the mode you want to print. 10-1 •DYNAMIC OR STATIC SELECTION...

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    Confirm the “Mode:” column just changed. •DYNAMIC OR STATIC SELECTION 10-2...

  • Page 48: Print Start

    11. PRINT START .Check the “SHUTTER” switch is on (“|”) position. Press the “PRINT” button. Confirm the print file is selected. (a) Press the “PRINT” button Press the “STOP” button. (b) Press the “TEST” button.(One time print) 11-1 •PRINT START...

  • Page 49: Power Off

    12. POWER OFF Turn the Key. Power is off (“○”). •POWER OFF 12-1...

  • Page 50: Maintenance

    PCB is removed from the laser system or its packaging, the PCB must be put on a static dissipative mat. Always use antistatic packaging when PCBs and software components are shipped or moved – between locations. All Hitachi PCBs are stored in antistatic bags. These bags must always be reused for transport. 13-1 •MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS...

  • Page 51: Recommended Good Procedure

    13.1.3. RECOMMENDED GOOD PROCEDURE After the laser system is turned off, it is recommended to wait a minimum of 30 seconds before turning it on again. This action allows the capacitors to discharge to an acceptable level before power is applied again.

  • Page 52: Preventive Maintenance

    The following operations must be carried out with the laser system isolated from the main electricity supply. Besides the preventive maintenance done by the laser system’s owners, a thorough review of the coder by HITACHI technicians must be done periodically. The points to be checked are the following: •...

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    Clean the air filters. Visually inspect optical components for any contamination. Estimated Time: 2 hours Annually (personnel for HITACHI of its distributor) All the above. Replace the cabinet air filters. Inspect the laser beam deflection mirrors and replace them if required.

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    TASK PROCEED TIMING LAST REVISION Check the state of lens Visual inspection of the lens Visual inspection of the cavities for Check all cavities and cover clean the dirt Weekly Check that all the connector are Check all those connections correct and healthy Examine the laser system air Visual inspection to the state of the...

  • Page 55: Cleaning The Laser System

    13.3. CLEANING THE LASER SYSTEM 13.3.1. ASPECTS TO CONSIDER The most contaminating element for the lenses is dust or the vaporized material itself. These elements can be removed with a small air pump. It is not recommended to use any type of aerosol because it could lead to freezing if it is not kept completely vertical and at a prudent distance.

  • Page 56: Mirrors And Lenses

    13.3.4. MIRRORS AND LENSES Pay special attention when handling the lens holder to ensure the lens surface is not touched by fingers or any other object. Clean all lenses with acetone and optical paper. During the marking process a volatilization of particles and fumes occurs on the surface of the product being marked, which are absorbed by the extractor system.

  • Page 57: Lens Cleaning

    13.3.5. LENS CLEANING Lens cleaning must be done using latex gloves. Carry out the following steps to clean the lens: 1. Make sure the laser is not enabled. (In any case, it is advisable to turn the system off to clean the lens).

  • Page 58: Replacement Of Air Filters

    13.4. REPLACEMENT OF AIR FILTERS LM-C300 S/P includes one air filter on the top of the laser system. They must be replaced periodically with new filters (once a year). Only elements supplied by HITACHI or its distributors must be used.

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