Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sending designs to your embroidery machine has never been easier!

 

Do you work with a Barudan, Brother, Happy or RiCOMA embroidery machine? Good news! Our latest Update for Wilcom DecoStudio Lite e3, DecoStudio e3 and EmbroideryStudio e3 includes some enhancements to the Connection Manager for smoother workflows when sending designs to your machine. If you work with other embroidery machines we may still be able to help you set up these connection enhancements please contact us and let us know. 

Does your head spin trying to remember the different file formats for each different embroidery machine, and where to save designs on the network for those machines? Are you struggling to teach others this complicated process and therefore constantly following up on mistakes? 

Not anymore! We’ve been working with some select customers and embroidery machine brands to resolve this issue and make your life easier.

Wilcom’s Updated Connection Manager

Wilcom’s new Connection Manager:

  • Lets you set up connections for each embroidery machine you send designs to
  • In one click, saves the open file in the correct stitch file format, and
  • Places the stitch file in the network location read by the machine

What machines will this work for?

Wilcom’s flexible method of embroidery machine connection will work if:
  • Your machine appears as ‘Removable Media’ on your computer
  • You use a third-party application to connect to the machine and require files to be placed in a specific network location 

Basic workflow

The basic workflow is as follows:
1. Set up a machine connection.
  • Each machine has a unique name and ‘Quick Access’ button.
  • Each machine can have a unique folder to which designs can be sent so they can be accessed from the machine control panel or third-party machine connection software.

2. Create a design.
3. Click the Quick Access button for the specific machine.
4. The design is sent to the specified folder.
5. Using the machine controller or third-party connection software, access the design from the network or PC folder.
6. Load or send the design.
7. Stitch the design on the machine.


Sending a design for the first time

1. Click the Connection Manager icon on the Standard toolbar.


 
Alternatively, select Setup > Connection Manager Setup.
If no connections currently exist, the message appears:


 
2. Click Yes to start setting up your connections.
The Connection Settings dialog opens.


 
3. Select the connection type. Choose from:

  • Machine folder – e.g. Barudan DFS, HappyLink/LAN, Brother PR series and so on
  • Janome MB-4
  • CAMS (rhinestone placement machine)

4. Enter a unique machine name. This name identifies the Quick Access button.
5. Select the file type required by the machine.
6. Enter or browse to a file location on the network or the PC


 
7. Click OK when complete.
The new machine will appear as a Quick Access button on the Standard toolbar


 
8. Click Send to send the currently open design to the specified machine folder.
A confirmation message is displayed.


 

Setting up additional connections


1. Click the Connection Manager icon on the Standard toolbar.


 
Alternatively, select Setup > Connection Manager Setup.
If a connection already exists, the Send to Connection Manager dialog opens.


 
2. Select Setup Connections.
The Connection Manager Setup dialog opens.


 
3. Click Create.
The Connection Settings dialog opens.
 
4. Repeat steps outlined above to set up another machine connection.
As more machines are created, more quick access buttons are added with unique colours for each.


 

A single click on a machine quick access button will send the current design in the right file format to the predefined location for the selected machine. 

Sound good?

If you’re interested in improving your workflow with this great new enhancement, enquire here about updating your existing Wilcom software or purchasing a new software licence. 


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