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FH Flyer/ Fenix Flyer Technical Update Archive

 

Synrad's Technical Updates inform you of recent developments related to the FH Flyer Marking Head or Fenix Flyer Laser Marker products.To receive future FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Technical Updates via email, please click here.

 

 

12 April 2010: New Software/Firmware Releases

 

24 March 2010: Change to FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Ship Kit

 

16 November 2009: FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Web Page Feature

 

5 October 2009: FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Boardstack Kit Available


15 September 2009: New Software/Firmware Releases


23 February 2009: New Flyer / Fenix Flyer Firmware Release


10 November 2008: New WinMark Pro and Flyer firmware releases


6 October 2008: Read and mark data using the Circular File Format

 

8 September 2008: Wiring a footswitch to FH Flyer or Fenix Flyer Laser Markers

 

30 June 2008: Updated manuals for FH Flyer and Fenix Flyer

 

16 June 2008: New software and firmware releases for FH Flyer and Fenix Flyer

 

2 June 2008: USB isolation for FH Flyer marking heads or Fenix Flyer Laser Markers
using USB communication

 

19 May 2008: Replacement of an FH Index, Tracker, or Smart marking head or a Fenix Laser Marker with an FH Flyer marking head or Fenix Flyer marker

 

12 April 2010: New Software/Firmware Releases

 

Synrad has just released new versions of WinMark Pro Laser Marking Software and FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer operating firmware. The latest WinMark Pro software build, v6.0.0.6654, and firmware version 2.70 provide several new features including:

- Marking inverted filled TrueType® text.

- Creation of Unique Identification (UID) 2D codes per U.S. Department of Defense specifications.

- Radial marking - marking bitmap images around the circumference of cylindrical objects.

- Banner tracking - creating marks on moving objects, like extrusions, where the length of the mark extends well beyond the mark field of the focusing lens.

- A new property that provides the ability to abort a mark session on receipt of an input signal.

During the next several weeks, our FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Technical Updates will present details about many of these new features.

Download version 6.0.0, build 6654 from the WinMark Pro web site at:

http://www.winmark.com/products/download.html. Flyer/Fenix Flyer firmware version 2.70 is available on the web at: http://www.winmark.com/products/winmark_firmware.html.

 

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24 March 2010: Change to FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Ship Kit

 

FH Flyer marking heads (with serial numbers FHFLxxx100042 and higher) and (with serial numbers FEFLxxx100005 and higher) now feature an optically-isolated USB port. This hardware change means that the USB Rover Isolated Link is not necessary for USB isolation and; therefore, is no longer included in the Ship Kit. An Addendum page is included with all FH Flyer marking heads and Fenix Flyer Laser Markers manuals that were printed before this change took affect. The Addendum describes how to connect the USB Communication cable without using the USB Rover device.


To connect the Flyer/Fenix Flyer USB Communication cable without a USB Rover Isolated Link, perform the following steps:

Important Note: Install WinMark Pro v5 before you connect Flyer/Fenix Flyer to your computer's USB port and power it up. If WinMark Pro is not installed first, the Windows® operating system will arbitrarily assign a USB driver that is not compatible with Flyer/Fenix Flyer USB port protocols.


1 Locate the USB Communication cable in the ship kit. This double-shielded cable is approximately six-feet (1.8 m) long with a USB "A" plug on one end and a USB "B" plug on the other.


Important Note: If you choose to provide your own USB cable, you must ensure that it is double-shielded. Do not use unshielded or single-shielded cables in industrial environments.

 

2 Plug the USB "A" connector (the flat rectangular end) into one of the USB "A" ports on your computer.


3 Plug the USB "B" connector (the square end) into the USB port on the side of the Flyer head. For Fenix Flyer Laser Markers, plug the USB "B" connector into the USB port on the rear of the Fenix Flyer marker.

 

It is not necessary to power down Flyer/Fenix Flyer or your computer when connecting or disconnecting the USB Communication cable; the USB protocol allows the ability to "hot plug" USB devices.

 

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16 November 2009: FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Web Page Feature

 

FH Flyer marking heads and Fenix Flyer Laser Markers support a web-based Internet interface that allows you to Start/Abort marking as well as access read-only information like head status, marking interface and system parameters, and Flyer head logs. The Flyer web page even includes firmware Release Notes and a link to our Laser Marking FAQ.

 

To access the Flyer web page, see the Flyer web interface section in the Technical Reference chapter of the FH Flyer Marking Head Operator's Manual or the Fenix Flyer Laser Marker Operator's Manual. PDF versions of both manuals are available from the SYNRAD web site at: http://www.synrad.com/Manuals/manuals_mknghd.htm. To use this feature, you must be running firmware version 2.14 or higher and WinMark Pro version 5.1.1.5942 or higher.

 

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5 October 2009: FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer Boardstack Kit Available

 

When developing new Flyer applications or modifying existing Flyer marking
systems (especially those involving ActiveX or Modbus programming), a spare
head is often useful for developing software applications and/or testing
electronic controls for extended periods of time without affecting valuable
production time. Because not all OEMs or System Integrators have access to
a spare Flyer head, SYNRAD has created an FH Flyer Boardstack Kit to aid
the development process without incurring the expense of purchasing a
complete FH Flyer/Fenix Flyer system.

 

The kit consists of a Flyer CPU board and a specially-designed interface
board that routes DC power and external Input/Output signals to the Flyer
CPU. The interface board also generates part sense and quadrature encoder
signals that are easily adjusted to operate at various frequencies for
tracking simulation. In addition to DC power (30 V) and USB connections
(cables included), you will need a copy of WinMark Pro v5, with a USB or
parallel port Hardlock, to get your Flyer development system up and
running.

 

We recommend the FH Flyer Boardstack Kit be used only by experienced OEMs
or System Integrators who have previously integrated our FH Series (Index,
Tracker, Smart, and Flyer) marking heads. Use the FH Flyer Boardstack Kit
to verify operation of the overall integrated control system with
USB/Ethernet communications and complex operating schemes including those
using ActiveX methods, Modbus commands, or Flyer's Stand-alone Master
Control File mode.

 

If you are involved in Flyer development and are interested in obtaining an
FH Flyer Boardstack Kit, contact SYNRAD or a SYNRAD Authorized Distributor
for a quotation.

 

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15 September 2009: New Software/Firmware Releases

 

SYNRAD has just released a new version of WinMark Pro, v5.1.1.6453, and a
new version of FH Flyer firmware, v2.58. The combination of WinMark Pro
software build 5.1.1.6453 and firmware version 2.58 provides many new
features including improved USB communications in electrically-noisy
environments, an updated Flyer web page, an external Ethernet communication
server that supports Modbus/IP (and legacy SmartFH/IP) for PLCs and non-
ActiveX interface programming, several new ActiveX methods, and an option
to disable "Mark on Start" functionality by holding the Test Mark button
during start-up.

 

The new WinMark Pro release, 5.1.1.6453, is located on the WinMark Pro
website at: http://www.winmark.com/products/download.html

The FH Flyer firmware upgrade, 2.58, and upgrade procedure are located on
the WinMark Pro site at:
http://www.winmark.com/products/winmark_firmware.html

 

To learn more about the external Ethernet communication server using the
Modbus/IP protocol, see
http://www.winmark.com/products/winmark_activexsamples.html to download
Application Note # 05, as well as sample Visual Basic and Visual C++ code.

 

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23 February 2009: New Flyer / Fenix Flyer Firmware Release

 

SYNRAD has just released a new version of FH Flyer firmware. FH Flyer
firmware version 2.40, when used in conjunction with WinMark Pro build
5.1.1.6091, includes several new features including a head-specific global
power factor setting and the ability to clear serial numbers at various
time intervals. In addition, v2.40 fixes a USB driver issue that may cause
spurious connection problems.

 

The FH Flyer firmware upgrade, 2.40, and upgrade procedure are located on
the WinMark Pro site at:
http://www.winmark.com/products/winmark_firmware.html

 

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10 November 2008: New WinMark Pro and Flyer firmware releases

 

SYNRAD has just released new versions of WinMark Pro software and FH Flyer
firmware. WinMark Pro build 5.1.1.6091 includes ActiveX support for Flyer's
Stand-alone mode, ActiveX control events for asynchronous notification of
Flyer events. FH Flyer firmware version 2.30 provides improved Ethernet
communications, IO Change event notification and MatchDigitalState
automation for Stand-alone marking.

 

You can upgrade to WinMark Pro, v5.1.1.6091 and view release notes from the
WinMark Pro web site at: http://www.winmark.com/download.htm.

 

The FH Flyer firmware upgrade, v2.30, and upgrade procedure are located on
the WinMark site at: http://www.winmark.com/FHSmartpage.htm.

 

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6 October 2008: Read and mark data using the Circular File Format

 

One strength of FH Flyer marking heads and Fenix Flyer Laser Markers is the
ability to read data from a text (.txt) file on a network share via
Ethernet. Using WinMark Pro's Disk File Text (Fixed) property (under Auto
Text Type on the Automation tab), Flyer can open a text file, read a single
line of data, and mark that same information on consecutive parts. The Disk
File Text (Sequential) property allows Flyer to open, read, and mark
information from a multi-line text file where each line of data is
sequentially marked on individual parts. Disk File Text properties-Fixed or
Sequential-are appropriate when file data is known and written to the text
file before marking commences, especially in situations where a sequential
file could conceivably contain hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of
lines of data.

 

When FH Flyer heads are commanded to read Disk File Text, Flyer opens the
data file and copies file contents to RAM memory. Depending on the amount
of data and memory space, this process may take several mark cycles to
complete. After all file data is copied to Flyer RAM and the end-of-file
marker is reached, any changes or additions to the disk file are not
recognized during the current mark session.

 

To support applications where data is generated in real-time by
manufacturing software, FH Flyer supports a "Circular File Format". The
Circular File Format algorithm allows Flyer to read up to ten specially
named files in the network share folder and cycle through them repeatedly
during the mark session. While Flyer is marking information from one file,
other files are updated by the manufacturing software, allowing continuous
marking with no interruptions. There are no WinMark Pro or Flyer properties
to enable; this functionality is coded into Flyer's Operating System.

The key is to create multiple text files in the network share folder having
the same filename appended with an index number and txt extension
(separated by dots) in the form "filename.index number.txt". The maximum
number of files is ten where the first file has an index number of "0" and
the tenth file has an index of "9". For example, with three files named
"Data.0.txt", "Data.1.txt", and "Data.2.txt", Flyer will read and mark all
of the lines of data in Data.0.txt, then read Data.1.txt and after marking
all lines, proceed to Data.2.txt. When the last line is marked, Flyer will
look for the next logical index value (up to "9") and if not found, will
loop back to Data.0.txt and repeat the sequence. While Flyer is marking the
contents of the current "Data.x.txt" file, your manufacturing software can
update other data files without affecting any unread contents in the
current file.

 

In circumstances where only one line of variable data is known immediately
prior to a mark, use two text files ("Data.0.txt" and "Data.1.txt") and
write the same line of data to each file. This method assures that mark
information remains synchronized with manufacturing data while eliminating
the need for additional program logic.

 

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8 September 2008: Wiring a footswitch to FH Flyer or Fenix Flyer Laser Markers

 

SYNRAD Technical Bulletin #16 describes how to connect a customer-supplied,
manually-operated footswitch to trigger semi-automated marking when using
an FH Flyer marking head or a Fenix Flyer Laser Marker. The technical
bulletin provides a diagram and wiring description as well as step-by-step
instructions for adding the necessary automation sequence to mark files.

You can download a PDF version of Technical Bulletin #16 at:

http://www.synrad.com/Manuals/tech_bulletins.htm

 

 

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30 June 2008: Updated manuals for FH Flyer and Fenix Flyer

 

Updated manuals are now available for FH Flyer marking head and Fenix Flyer
Laser Marker products. The FH Flyer manual (version 2.3) and Fenix Flyer
manual (version 1.2) contain information about the latest released firmware
and software features including:

 

* USB Rover 200 Isolated Link - connecting a USB Rover 200 Isolated Link to
Flyer/Fenix Flyer heads.

* Flyer/Fenix Flyer products now Ethernet enabled - configure an Ethernet
connection using peer-to-peer Ethernet instead of through USB.

* Network share - how to set up a share folder for networking applications.

* Ethernet security - allows you to restrict communication to authorized IP
addresses.

* Flyer's web page interface - how to access Flyer's read-only web page.

* Allow External Part Trigger - information about a new WinMark/Flyer
tracking property.

 

You can download PDF versions of these manuals at:

http://www.synrad.com/Products/fh_flyer.htm, http://www.synrad.com/fenix/index.htm, or http://www.synrad.com/Manuals/manuals_mknghd.htm

 

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16 June 2008: New software and firmware releases for FH Flyer and Fenix Flyer

 

New software and firmware releases for FH Flyer and Fenix Flyer are now
available. WinMark Pro Laser Marking Software, version 5.1.1.5942, can be
downloaded at the link below. This new build offers many new and improved
features when used in conjunction with FH Flyer marking heads and Fenix
Flyer Laser Markers.

 

After installing software version 5.1.1.5942, upgrade your marking head
firmware to version 2.14 using WinMark Pro. Click the Help menu, choose
About Synrad WinMark…, and click the Update F/W button. When prompted,
locate the new firmware update (Update_2-14.fhz) in the Program Files\
WinMark folder and follow the on-screen instructions.

 

You can download WinMark Pro v5.1.1.5942 and view Release Notes at:

http://www.winmark.com/download.htm

 

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2 June 2008: USB isolation for FH Flyer marking heads or Fenix Flyer Laser Markers using USB communication

 

One important aspect to consider when using USB communication is the issue
of USB isolation. The USB specification does not address concerns about
electrical isolation in industrial environments, which means that a lack of
isolation between the Flyer/Fenix Flyer power supply ground and the
computer ground can cause ground loop currents that may damage the USB port
on the computer or the marking head.

 

If you require an isolated USB link, contact SYNRAD about purchasing a USB
Rover 200 Isolated Link. The USB Rover 200 consists of LEX (Local Extender)
and REX (Remote Extender) units connected by a 10-meter multimode fiber
cable that provides the necessary electrical isolation between two USB
devices.

 

Technical Bulletin # 13 describes aspects of operating FH Flyer or Fenix
Flyer markers in electrically-noisy industrial environments and discusses
USB isolation issues.

 

You can download a PDF version of this bulletin at: http://www.synrad.com/Manuals/tech_bulletins.htm

 

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19 May 2008: Replacement of an FH Index, Tracker, or Smart marking head or a Fenix Laser Marker with an FH Flyer marking head or Fenix Flyer marker

 

For customers integrating our new FH Flyer or Fenix Flyer heads into an
existing machine design, the SYNRAD Technical Bulletins listed below
describe point-to-point wiring changes as well as important information
about:

* New DB-25 input/output (I/O) connecter with 8
optoisolated inputs, 8 optoisolated outputs, and an isolated 15 VDC
I/O power supply.
* New I/O voltage level of 5 V to 24 VDC to accommodate industry
standard interfaces.
* I/O signal descriptions and specifications.

Technical Bulletin #10-Fenix replacement with a Fenix Flyer Laser Marker.
Technical Bulletin #11-Replacement of FH Smart head with FH Flyer.
Technical Bulletin #9-Replacement of FH Index or Tracker with FH Flyer.

You can download PDF versions of these bulletins at:
http://www.synrad.com/Manuals/tech_bulletins.htm

 

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