Atlas® User Interface & Machine Control 
Atlas is a software platform for the rapid development of industrial inkjet user interface and machine control systems.

Atlas can control a complete machine or act as a component in larger systems. Its unique modular and open design allows you to customise, as well as to integrate additional tools to enable a quicker route to market for your product.

Developed by GIS using the latest Microsoft .NET platforms, Atlas comprises a flexible User Interface Platform (UIP), as well as Machine Control Services (MCS), a powerful server technology for managing the entire printing and sub-system process.




 













Atlas Windowed UI on the IIJ Monoprint 371HiQ (running speed: 100m/min @ 600 x 1200dpi)

Comprehensive Software Platform 

  • Software for end users, machine development, commissioning and support
  • Single platform to cover many products
  • Supports scanning, single pass, direct-to-shape and custom applications

Quick Route to Market

  • Rapidly develop user interfaces using production ready components
  • Enhance, restrict and customise components for your application 
  • Compatible with existing software / system platforms

Brand and Customise

  • Fully customisable user interface - including fonts, icons, colours and branding
  • Easy-to-implement language localisation
  • Complete GUI control with the ability to create tools
  • Integrate with third party software

Print Systems Integration
Easily integrate sub-system components including:

  • PLCs, heaters, dryers, UV curing
  • Automation, motion, transport
  • Vision, monitoring, verification
  • Ink delivery / cleaning systems
  • Datapath / electronics
  • RIP & Workflow (PDF-VT, variable data)

User Interface Platform (UIP)

Modular UI design supplied with two different interface options for component display:

  • Windowed UI - shipped as standard, proves highly flexible control 
  • Kiosk UI - available as an optional extra, provides a more controlled and limited interface for different operator levels 
 
UIP Software Development Kit

The UIP offers extensive customisation options through a variety of Software Development Kit (SDK) components. Once licenced, this allows bespoke tailoring with the ability to:

  • Enhance, modify and change functinality
  • Add branding, change icons, fonts and colours
  • Create new user interface tools to create one complete system
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET platform
  • Example C# source code and project files
  • MVVM (MVC) structure
  • Full documentation

MCS Software Development Kit
MCS offers a full software Development Kit (SDK) for the creation of new MCS components:

  • Create drivers for any sub-systems
  • Use existing MCS platform technology
  • Modify and enhance MCS components

MCS Application Programming Interface

  • Supplied with industry-standard HHTP 2.0 RESTful API
  • Accessible using the open-source 'Swagger' framework interface on a standard browser
  • Client source code and project files available for a large number of languages (C#, C# .Net 2.0, C++, Python and many more)

Atlas Standard Toolset features

  System Status
This tool provides live feedback to the user about the status of the GIS Print Server RIP and Print Controller Engines. It has dimension sensitive rendering to fit into different aspect ratio dockings.
Job design & review
Provides users with WYSIWYG interface allowing creating of static and variable data job including support for bitmaps, pdf, 1D, 2D and composite barcodes, free form text, date and time, serial numbers, shapes and much more.
Transport/Motion control
This tool provides jog control for X,Y and Z (if enabled) axes as well as a Stop, Home, Start Position, Load Substrate and Maintenance Position pre-programmed buttons. Real time feedback is given on the position of the axes
Job queue
Provides the end user with queues from which to set up jobs, start jobs, monitor print progress and abort jobs. Supports drag and drop or single click operation. Multiple queues for completed, available and error
RIP configuration
Provides control over the setup of the GIS RIP. Colour Management, Linearisation and Screener settings.
Ink system monitoring and control
Provides operator control over the ink system. Per ink view of bulk ink storage levels, current ink system mode (Off, Idle, Recirculating). Ink Header Tank temperature, warning, errors and purge control (global and individual).
Ink cost calculator
Calculates the amount of ink used in a given job for a current print mode. Report the amount and cost of ink used with an advanced view showing a breakdown of ink usage per grey level. (Requires accurate calibration of system)
Spit Control
Provides the end user with print control over all printheads. Users can select specific grey levels, jetting frequency and then either Drop Count or Time.
Printhead Electronics View
Provides status feedback on all the Printhead Interface Boards (HIBs) in the system. Allows users to quickly disable and enable all heaters and identify problem areas in the system.
System Messages
A fully integrated messaging system to inform users of system Errors, Warnings and Information messages.
Printhead view
Provides system developers with information about printhead alignment, nozzle bank ink mappings, nozzle enable.

Download the Atlas Datasheet

 
For more information, please contact us by email or call us on +44 (0) 1223 733 733

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