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22 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2017 we tried to minimize the amount of data entry. Remember that the more data entry you get your staff to do, the greater the risk of human error. Strangely enough, it is easier to remember a four-digit number than a five-digit number, which also helped increase throughput of the product. While this type of custom program- ming is not present in CorelDraw, you could potentially create a macro program to help improve your production effi- ciency. Macros are small programs which can operate in conjunction with Corel- Draw to help you stream line repetitive steps. (See my column in the April 2016 issue of A&E.) To aid with placing the cylinders in sequence, we took a scrap piece of plastic and laid it on the surface of the table. Using a marker, we then drew a simple grid pattern, creating multiple regions. Each region represented the last digit found on the existing serial number. Remember that each box contained 10 parts and the last digit in e a c h s e r i a l n u m b e r sequence ended with an eight. To increase the vis- ibility, we took some scrap orange vinyl and wrote the number on it and placed it strategi- cally on the table. By doing so, the operator c o u l d q u i c k l y a n d easily place the cyl- inders in the proper order. This grid pattern was extremely useful as the laser operator c o u l d e n g r a v e a n y random box as long as he entered the correct starting serial number. We tweaked the laser settings to obtain some depth along with a vis- ibly dark mark. All the laser operator had to do was wipe off any residue left over from the laser marking process and then place the re-engraved part back into the respective box. Over time, you will gain some clients we tried to minimize the amount of data entry. Remember that the more data entry you get your staff to do, the greater the risk of human error. Strangely enough, it is easier to remember a four-digit number than a five-digit number, which also helped increase throughput of the product. While this type of custom program- ming is not present in CorelDraw, you could potentially create a macro program to help improve your production effi- ciency. Macros are small programs which can operate in conjunction with Corel- Draw to help you stream line repetitive steps. (See my column in the April 2016 issue of A&E.) To aid with placing the cylinders in sequence, we took a scrap piece of plastic and laid it on the surface of the table. Using a marker, we then drew a simple grid pattern, creating multiple regions. Each region represented the last digit found on the existing serial number. Remember that each box contained 10 parts and the last digit in e a c h s e r i a l n u m b e r sequence ended with an eight. To increase the vis- ibility, we took some scrap orange vinyl and wrote the number on it and placed it strategi- cally on the table. By doing so, the operator c o u l d q u i c k l y a n d easily place the cyl- inders in the proper order. This grid pattern was extremely useful as the laser operator c o u l d e n g r a v e a n y random box as long as he entered the correct starting serial number. We tweaked the laser settings to obtain some depth along with a vis- ibly dark mark. All the laser operator had to do was wipe off any residue left over from the laser marking process and then place the re-engraved part back into the respective box. Over time, you will gain some clients LASER ENGRAVING APPLICATIONS The Nd:YAG laser in action. To further improve the efficiency of this project, a special prompt was programmed in ProLase to minimizing the amount of data entry.

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