If a job doesn’t engrave properly, data problems may occur on the path from the computer via the software package used to design and process a graphic, through the connection to the laser, into a data storage area, then through a device that communicates to a reader that orders the laser to operate. Anywhere along this path, there can be a data error that affects the final product. Keeping this pathway clean, both in the sense of contaminants and pathways, is important. “Clean your encoder strip,” is often the first comment heard when a job doesn’t engrave properly.
—Jim Puentes, COOLaserCraft