The Gravostar HS Engraver was introduced for sale in 2003 and met with great success around the world, especially in fully automated engraving lines. These workhorses are still in production but aging.
Over the years, some upgrades had been developed for the HS, such as replacing the BJT amplifiers with the more robust MOSFET amps. However, because of hardware limitations in the HS, new features are no longer being developed by OHIO for this engraver.
OHIO introduced the next generation machine, the Spectrum Engraver at drupa 2012. It became a great success, leading to the entry level Prism which is based on the Spectrum.
Now OHIO offers an upgrade to the HS engraver, upgrading the machine to Spectrum Software and Controls. This means that the years of developments for the Spectrum and Prism are now available to the HS engraver, including Automatic Vista Test Cut accuracy and Contour Measurement; improved stability; the award-winning Hybrid Engraving; and the Auto-Documented Cylinder with DocuCell Capturing System, Vital Proof Multi-Color System, and the OHIO Dashboard.
Because each HS in production is different -- for example, some already have upgraded to the MOSFET amps -- each upgrade may be slightly different. All upgrades will include a high-resolution Ethernet camera, a wide-screen high-resolution touchscreen monitor, and the Spectrum software with its new clean GUI. Depending on the machine, the upgrade may also include one or all of the following: cylinder drive, carriage drive, engrave control card, embedded computer with Fedora 20, and the Collage Layout Software. The HS upgrade is performed on-site and requires several days.
Upgraded HS engravers running the Spectrum software and controls are already in production. Customers have taken advantage of the new capabilities to add Hybrid Engraving. This upgrade requires the engrave head to be returned to OHIO for refurbishment and retuning.
Please contact your local sales agent or OHIO for more information on the HS Upgrade to Spectrum Controls.