Using Templates

On this page you will find information about...

The Template Manager
Template Settings
Creating and Saving Templates

A template contains all of the position and format settings iStamp uses to properly stamp text on your product. Templates are used to quickly change the machine's configuration for different products. For example, say you frequently stamp on A4 size book cases for a particular customer. That customer always wants a title to appear in the same place on the cover, with the author down below. You could set up the machine to do this, then save this template for later use. Let's call this template "publisher's A4". Now you also might sometimes stamp diploma cases for another customer. They have their own specific set of requirements, so you'd set up the machine again, then save a template for this application as well. Let's call it: "diploma".

During normal production work, you'd set up a job file for the A4 cases, and another for the diploma cases. Now you can run them both as production jobs. To run the A4 cases, simply open the appropriate job file, open the publisher's A4 template, load a product, and start stamping. When you've finished with that job, open the job file for the diploma cases, open the diploma case template, load a product, and start stamping. Effective use of templates can reduce setup time on the machine to effectively zero.

The Template Manager

To open and close templates, Click on the Template menu in the upper-left corner of the Template Manager window, or just click on the Open button highlighted below. The Select a Template window will appear. Here you'll see a list of all your saved templates. Click on a saved template and Click the Select button to open it. Or you can select the "new template" option to start from scratch.

Template Settings

The right side of iStamp's main window contains all of the available template settings. Template settings are covered in detail in the Layout & Formatting section, but generally speaking, templates can be divided into four categories:

-- Variable data formatting. These settings are found arranged around the text editor. Variable data formatting settings consists of: the print-wheel being used, the font, foil, line spacing, and justification for each text area, as well as the number of text areas being used.

-- Text area positioning. Found in the row of boxes underneath the text editor. These settings define where the machine moves to load the product, how the print-wheel is oriented for stamping, and where each text area is placed on the product.

-- Thickness and depth settings. Found in second row of boxes. These define the anvil position, the fixture thickness (if a fixture is being used), how thick the product is, and how deep to stamp.

-- Machine timing. These are settings for fine tuning the stamp process to specific kinds of product. These include Dwell Time, Delay After Stamp, and Foil Feed Time.

Creating and Saving Templates

When setting up a template for the first time, it's usually recommended that you use an existing template for a similar product. For instance, say you have a new customer who wants to stamp on book cases that are very similar to the publisher's A4 product. To set up this new template, open the publisher's A4 template, then save it under a new name: "new customer's A4" for example. This will give you a good baseline for setting up this new template. After you've created a new template, click on the Template menu and select Save As... This will open the Select a Template window again. Type in the new template name and click the Save button. When modifying existing templates to create new ones, be sure to use the Save As... option under the Template menu. Be careful not to over-write existing templates that you want to keep.