Looking to broaden your appeal to your customer base and increase your impulse sales? Take a look at the new Ilco Engrave-It™ business and consumer products computerized engraving machine. The Engrave-It can cut numbers, letters, and designs into metal surfaces such as keys, mortise/rim lock...
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The procedure for engraving the item is displayed on the screen. The keyboard is used to instruct the machine what and how to engrave.
To engrave a key blank:
NOTE: At any time, pressing escape key returns to the previous screen.
Step 1. With the keyboard plugged in and the power on, press the F4 key to install the holder. The F4 key slides the engraving table out of the machine so the holder can be installed.
The holders are designed to be installed in one direction only and have three openings along the front and rear sides that accommodate the six pins extending from the engraving table. If the key engrave holder is installed, the key retainers need to be pressed to have the tabs beneath the holder enter into the openings in the table.
Step 2. Tell the machine which holder has been installed. For this article, we will engrave a neuter bow key blank. Use the up or down arrow to choose the correct holder. Once the correct holder is indicated on the display, press the enter key. This tells the machine that the key holder is installed.
Step 3. The main screen appears. Press any key to continue.
Step 4. The Item selection screen appears. Use the up or down arrow to choose the key to be engraved. For this article, we will use a neuter bow key blank.
Step 5. Once the key bow with the proper blade appears, press Enter.
Step 6. Choose the font or clip art from the next screen. For this article, we will use the 2L Block font to engrave FRONT DOOR into the key.
Step 7. Once the font number has been pressed, the screen that appears will have the shape of the key bow onto which the characters are typed.
Step 8. Type the word "FRONT DOOR" using capital letters. In the top left corner, if the caps key has been pressed, the word CAPS appears, indicating all of the letters typed will appear as capital. If caps lock is not on, the lower case letters will appear as small capital letters unless the shift key is pressed when typing the letters.
On the right side of the display, press ESC to change the font, F2 to engrave the item and F8 to clear the text.
We engraved two key blanks, one key blank with "FRONT DOOR" on a single line. The second key blank had "FRONT" on one line and "DOOR" on a second line.
Step 9. Press F2 to engrave. The door will open and the engraving table will slide out in order to mount the key blank.
Step 10. Mount the neuter bow key blank and press the Enter key.
Step 11. The next screen is the check text. This screen has the word spelled out and the chosen font. If this is correct, press Enter. If not, press ESC.
Important: As an option to pressing the Enter key, pressing the number 2 key will automatically engrave the item twice, making the final engraving deeper.
The next screen indicates the machine is engraving and to wait. The engraving takes about one minute, a little less if there are not many characters or complexities to engrave. The time is doubled if the item is being engraved twice.
The final screen is the congratulations! Screen. From this screen, you have the choice to F1 engrave other side, F2 engrave new item, 1 Repeat previous item, F8 edit text, ESC return to start screen.
Note: If the Engrave-It is idle for a period of time, the screen will darken to save energy and extend the life of the display.
To help promote sales, Engrave-It comes with point-of-purchase display items. These include shelf talkers, tag display easel, and window decals. The shelf talkers have an adhesive top enabling the display board to be mounted beneath a shelf. The standing tag display easel can hold up to nine tags or keys. The self-sticking, vinyl window decals can be placed on a storefront window or other smooth surface to increase customer interest.
For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Ilco, P.O. Box 2627, Rocky Mount, NC 27802. Telephone: 800-404-4526. Fax: 252-446-4702. Web Site: www.kaba-ilco.com.