Good news bad news in the world of Windows operating systems.
Windows Operating Systems Service Announcement
The bad news is Microsoft ended Windows XP support in April 2014 for software updates.
The good news is that any business that has switched over or plans to switch in the near future to using Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems for their network file servers, are network compatible with industry-standard TCP/IP protocol with California Software Systems new graphics software products. California Software Systems older products were based on using the NetBEUI protocol which did require installing the NetBEUI protocol on Windows XP systems in order to interface to the drill room computers. Upgrades are now available for older California Software Systems products. The new California Software Systems products are designed and built using the TCP/IP protocol. This new upgrade makes it very easy for network administrators to handle adding additional computers to the server.
Welcome to our new website design. The header images you see at the top of the website are showing our products installed on various printed circuit board drilling and routing machines. California Software Systems solutions have been installed on all types of machines both new and old, including Excellon, Hitachi, Mania, Advanced Controls TruDrill, PDA, Dynamotion, ATI, Wessel, Posalux, Pluritec, and others.
As our website is in the process of being updated to make it easier for everyone to navigate with the drop down menu system to explore, to better support the end user, make it easier to find the information you need, and to improve the overall website performance; we ask that you please bear with us as we do this update to the old pages and bring those pages into the new website design. This process of updating the old pages is ongoing, and will take a bit of time as we go forward. You may use the search box on the right side to search our website for more information. We will also be updating older information to make it more current in light of new software and hardware solutions that become available. We think this will make a better user experience for everyone visiting our website.
Designed for all Excellon machines using a CNC-5, CNC-6, or CNC-7 control
Upgrade for Excellon CNC-2 and CNC-4 controllers available on special order
Note: California Software Systems Drill/Rout System 7 works in the drilling and routing graphics display and all advanced Job processing modes for other manufacturers’ machines, new and old, including Hitachi, Mania, Advanced Controls TruDril, PDA, Dynamotion, ATI, Wessel, Posalux, Pluritec, and others (see below)
Excellon Machines CRT and Keyboard Replacement (Except CNC-7)
Replaces old fading Excellon CRTs with super bright flat screen LCD color monitor
Also shows new graphic display of drill and/or rout job, and at the same time, job X Y coordinates, G codes, M codes, and tools data being loaded in to the machine
Graphics 7 software drill/rout features listed below will work for all brands of drill and rout machines.
Local Area Network
Works with modern local area network – DNC not required
All drill/rout programs normally stored on network file server
Jobs can be loaded from Network File Server, CD, or Floppy Disk
Automatic backup of File Server (Optional – No additional cost)
Shows complete panel or any selected portion of job
Zoom in and out as needed
Quickly identify any hole (shows hole number, size, and exact location)
Instantly jump to any hole (No “skipping” required)
Turn On/Off any combination of tools in graphic display
Machine can drill/rout entire panel or any set of selected features
Select Holes to Drill and Line Segments to Rout
Shows accurate hole and line segment counts for all tools
Select individual holes to drill or line segments to rout with a mouse
Select groups of holes, in windows, using a mouse or the keyboard
Select groups of holes by entering first and last hole numbers
Drill All holes, Selected holes, or All Except selected holes
Rout All segments, Selected Segments, or All Except selected
If needed, drill or rout only selected features shown in graphic display
Scale Drilling Program
Scale entire panel or only selected portion in graphic display
Scaled panel will quickly redrawn to show exact final position of all holes
Verify correct scaling from Graphic Display – before drilling!
Move Selected Holes or Parts
Move only selected holes or parts without effecting the rest of panel
Verify modified panel is correct from Graphic Display – before drilling!
Verify Drill and Rout Paths
Display drill path for entire panel or only selected holes – before drilling
Graphic display can dynamically show rout path – before routing
Drill Path Optimization
Includes powerful drill path optimizer with full graphic display
Operator can view drill path optimization – before drilling
Optimization significantly reduces machine production time
Edit and Save Files (Optional – Password Protected)
Text Edit/Save drill or rout files with new name
Graphically select holes or segments and save changes in file with new name
Automatically Load Tool Parameters
Much easier to control hole quality by use of correct tool parameters
No need for operator to manual enter tool information
Computer automatically loads Feed, speed, depth, retract rate, and max hits from selected tool table
Store up to 40 tool tables on network file server or computer
Create/edit your own custom tool tables as needed
Update and maintain one set of master tool tables for all your machines
Other Features (partial list)
Copy/Load system tapes for CNC-2/4/5 from hard disk
Progress bar at bottom of screen shows machine status
Maintenance records and instructions may be kept on computer
Technical support and spare parts readily available
Videos of Graphic Drill and Rout Software 7 in Action
Why Update Your PCB Drilling and Routing Machines?
Older printed circuit board drills or routers that have been properly maintained are normally still mechanically good and valuable production tools. However, the electronic hardware needed to run the machines; such as cathode ray tubes and keyboards are wearing out. In most cases there is no longer any source for new O.E.M. replacement parts, and used or rebuilt components are difficult to find, and are extraordinarily expensive to purchase. Furthermore, the addition of a modern computer with the right software can substantially increase the capability of the machines, even in many instances beyond that of purchasing new PCB drilling and routing equipment. Therefore, it is often much better and makes more economic sense to upgrade an existing machine, rather than replace it.
What Does the Graphics Software/Hardware Update do?
First we connect a modern personal computer to the PCB drilling and/or routing machine controller. Then we divert the video and keyboard signals to the new PC. This enables the use of the monitor and keyboard for the computer to functionally replace the old CRT and keyboard in the controller. Next we connect to a local area network to download all necessary files. We then display a computer generated picture of the machine language drill and/or rout program we’ve downloaded which illustrates all of the machining details for this particular job. This includes all holes to drill and segments to rout. It also includes any step and repeated patterns, drilled and routed slots, test coupons, and accurate hole counts for each tool size. This enables you to easily “see” what the machine will do before you run the job. If a drill or rout feature such as a particular hole or a rout segment is not in the graphic display it will not be drilled or routed. Likewise, a hole in the wrong location will be drilled exactly as shown on screen – if you don’t correct the problem first!
When Should This Graphics Hardware/Software Update be Installed?
It will probably be less expensive right now to install a modern computer than to replace the failing components in your machine. You should also realize substantial money savings in the amount of outgoing expenditures, on future maintenance costs, because replacement parts will be much less expensive. Best of all, installing California Software Systems Graphic System 7 now should significantly increase the productivity of both your machine and your machine operators, as well as reduce operator and programming errors through quick visual graphic feedback. How is the Graphics Software and Hardware Installed?