Accufast CKx System

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The ACCUFAST CKx is an imager kit. The imaging system comes ready to be installed over a conveyor, a mailing base, a sealing machine, a printing press or any other product moving piece of equipment.

Because it is in kit form, the CKx has to be specified based on installation and application. There is a good deal of customer involvement in this specification, and it is a necessary, but not a difficult task. The CKx comes with from 1 to 4 imagers in a variety of configurations. Typical installations use two 3 pen imagers shown supported on a central spine mounted on a conveyor or transport.

Mounting a CKx over a web requires alternate placement of the encoder and a different spine length but little else. Often, CKx kits are used in process     related applications where neither inks or substrates change.

In these cases, ACCUFAST Bulk ink supplies save time and money. Bulk Ink supply configurations follow that of the CKx Kit. Note; not all pens on a system need to be attached to a bulk supply, allowing spot color printing for instance.

A note of caution, there are a number of different ink formulations. Typically, the different inks are chemically reactive to one another. Consequently once a bulk system is set up for one type of ink, it needs to be left that way.

There are 3 general configurations.
  1. The basic CKx System. Not easily expandable, connected directly to a host computer via ethernet. Up to 1.5" (38mm) print.

  2. The X-pandable System - one or two imagers. Up to 3" (76mm) of print in two 1.5" (38mm) sections. Imagers may be split or mounted together. Host computer connects to a hub and imagers via ethernet. (Shown in accompanying illustration.)

  3. X-pandable System three or four Imagers. This set up adds an additional imager bar with one or two imagers to the initial X-pandable imager set up. Print area expands to as much as 6" (152mm) in 1.5 (38mm) increments. Same ethernet hub connection, similar imager placement options, more variety and flexibility.

Each Imager Bar can support 2 imagers. Whenever you have space on a bar, an individual imager may be purchased without adding more complication and expense. For example an X-pandable System with a single imager can grow with the addition of a second imager only. Same with a three imager set up increasing by one to include 4 imagers.
Additional mounting, configuration and imager capping options are available. Submit a drawing or sample of the application. Supply piece dimensions, direction of travel location of variable data to be printed and a general description of the operating environment.



Background Information


The Component Kit is just what it sounds like. It is a group of components that together make up an ink jet printer. The only thing missing is the transport. You get:

1. Imager Bar Assembly which includes -

o Imager mounting bar with 1 or two imagers - you decide.
o Sensor Mounting assembly
o Mounting spacers

2. Encoder Assembly. Here you have the encoder and pulse wheel on a spring loaded bracket that will allow the wheel to run against the belt of the host machine as you choose to install it.

3. Control Box. Again bracketed for installation with sensor attached.

4. Wiring harnesses. 3 foot long sensor, encoder, communication cables to plug into control box and imager(s).

5. Software. Latest V1.32 software for V4 imagers from inc.jet.


    You need to determine the direction of paper travel. This helps us locate the sensor relative to the first imager. Also give us an idea of the operator location relative to the paper travel. You have skid plates that can be installed for either R. to L. or L. to R. paper travel.

    You need to decide on the number of imagers that you want. If you decide on a single imager, you’ll not get an interface hub (contained in the box), and will not easily be able to add imagers in the future. We can put as many as 4 imagers on a single hub, so work with the client on this point. We’ll summarize price differences later. Two imagers automatically come with the hub. Here, again if you are adding to a two imager system you need another bar etc. but not another hub. Make this clear at order entry.

    Measure the distance that you need the bar to bridge. Our system has a pair of mounting brackets fastened to the end of an imager bar. The bar bridges the printable area. If the Base that you’re mounting the kit on is 36 inches wide, and you need to span only 20, you can specify the length at 22 inches (20 plus an inch each for the mounting spacers). up to 34.” The spacers are 1” thick and can support product up to half an inch high. If your customer is running thicker materials, you need to specify what it is that is being run and we can make the appropriate spacers.

There are no other options.


    To install the bar, you’ll need to drill 4 holes on the deck of the machine that you’re converting to a printer and tap them Ÿ -20. Make sure that these holes are square to the transport belt. The best bet is to start with one, snug the imager bar to it, then use the remaining mounting holes on the mounting spacers as a template for the last three holes. We have a bit of play in the system, but very little.

    Locate a place on the belt at the end of the machine and screw the encoder mounting bracket to the machine so that the encoder rides on the belt. The encoder needs to ride on the belt only, It shouldn’t touch paper.

    Now, use the Wiring harness to locate the control box. This box connects the encoder, sensor, imagers and computer to each other. It also plugs into the wall. It is always best to use a surge protector and as clean a line as possible into the control box. Make sure that all wires reach in all imager positions.

    Install the software in the host computer using the installation wizards and instructions that come with the unit.

Installation should take half a day if you’re careful, much longer than that if you aren’t. Software training and system set up and introduction takes a day. Figure on at least 1.5 days to install a Kit correctly.


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Imager Bar Imager Mounting Plate Imager Mounting Plate Ground Straps Sensor Mounting Bracket Imager (s). inc.jet V4 Imager (s). inc.jet V4 Skid Plates for left or right paper orientation Skid Plates for left or right paper orientation Software Software Encoder Bracket Assembly with encoder and wheel SENSOR Imager Power Cables Encoder cable Sensor Cable CONTROL BOX Imager (s). inc.jet V4 Imager (s). inc.jet V4 Imager Bar Imager Mounting Plate Imager Mounting Plate Ground Straps Ground Straps Skid Plates for left or right paper orientation Skid Plates for left or right paper orientation Sensor Mounting Bracket Software Software Encoder Bracket Assembly with encoder and wheel Imager Power Cables Encoder cable SENSOR Sensor Cable Service Station CONTROL BOX
Items Included
(Clockwise from lower right)

1. Imager Bar with Imager Mounting Plates, Ground Straps, and Sensor Mounting Bracket. Shown with two plates and imagers.
2. Imager (s). inc.jet V4
3. Skid Plates for left or right paper orientation
4. Software
5. Encoder Bracket Assembly with encoder and wheel
6. Control Box. Imager Power Cables, Encoder cable and Sensor attached to Sensor Cable attached to Box.
7. Not Shown: Ethernet Cables from Imagers to Control Box, Computer to Control Box Ethernet cables, Imager to Control Box Signal Cables, mounting hardware.

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