Proprietary Controls and Software
If the stepper motor is the heart of a TOSH machine the controller is obviously the brain.
TOSH uses proprietary controls and software to run all of its machinery and conveying accessories. This is truly out of necessity. TOSH was (and still is) building machinery unlike any of its competitors. Off the shelf programmable logic controllers are too expensive, cumbersome and slow for TOSH modular equipment. TOSH designs its controls from the ground up for the pad printing process.
Twenty five years of continuous development, field testing and improvements have led to the most advanced controls package in the pad printing world with a sustainable and stable upgrade path for every machine built.
Built in Upgrade Path
One of the key advantages of TOSH’s obsession with controls is that there is a viable upgrade path for every machine in the field within the limits of its size. In modern manufacturing, production requirements change constantly. Today a table top machine with a 2 position indexer might suit your needs exactly. In a month, you could need a high speed rotary table. Rather than having to go to a third party vendor for conveying accessories, TOSH already has a plan in place for you. Since TOSH builds all of its own conveying accessories it is only a question of a few hours of assembly to add a rotary table and reprogram the software. Every TOSH machine comes with built in controls for a range of conveyors and parts position devices.
Complete Cycle Control
Every TOSH machine allows for complete control of the cycle through the keyboard of the machine. This is unheard of on competitive equipment and is a function of TOSH’s stepper motor drive and proprietary software. Included on every machine are:
Independent Speed Control in Every Axis of Motion
There are 6 motions in every pad printing cycle. Doctoring forward, doctoring backward, pad down over plate, pad up over plate, pad down over part and pad up over part. If you’ve pad printed, you know how critical these speed are to a quality print. This being the case, why do many manufacturers ignore these controls, or put them out of reach of the operator? TOSH puts them at your finger tips.
Independent Delays/Timers in Every Axis of Motion
Why slow down the overall cycle, when all you need is a 1/10 second delay to allow the ink to tack off before printing? What if you want to pause on the part for ¼ second to allow the pad to conform to a difficult texture? With TOSH equipment you have the opportunity to program delays before ink pick up, on the cliché, before print and on the part. Once you’ve used these features to fine tune your process you will never be able to use a machine without them again. (Which, unfortunately for our competitors, is every other machine on the market today.)
Independent Stroke Adjustment in 1MM Increments over the Cliché and Part
Have you been using limit switches and knobs to adjust your strokes? Does your machine have no adjustment at all? Why not just tell it where you want it to go? With a TOSH machine, if you need 1mm more or less compression, you push a button and you’re there. Exactly what you need, when you need it.
When setting up your machine for a new application, TOSH software gives you the flexibility to walk the machine through the cycle. By holding a button you can slowly jog the machine into position, hit enter, and the machine learns the stroke. Training mode allows you to quickly set up a new program (which can be stored to memory) in seconds.
All motions of the machine can be run independently when the machine is put into stepping mode. Isolate doctoring, pad stroke, or indexing so you can see exactly what your machine is doing. This can be run at full speed, or in incremental steps.
All TOSH machines are meant to travel. They can be programmed in English, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French and Swedish. You can toggle between these languages as needed.
Programs can be stored in the memory of the machine for immediate recall.
Easy to Automate
TOSH machines are easy to automate. If you are using TOSH conveyors, you can mount the accessory and add the necessary driver card and call up the program that is pre-loaded into the controls package. If you wish to integrate TOSH equipment with your line, there are all the necessary inputs and outputs present, built in for your convenience.
TOSH machines have a number of useful counter features. There is an overall life cycle counter for the machine itself. There is also a batch counter to help you keep track of each job. The machine will also provide you with a live "cycles per hour" counter so you can see how much production you should expect from a certain set up over the course of a shift.