The Futura Auto is a multifunctional tool for cutting
numerous vehicle keys. You will find it’s a great multitasker for your shop,
especially if you work with multiple manufacturers. First, you need to set up
the Futura Auto machine safely following the instructions.
Setting Up the Futura Auto Machine
The machine comes with cutting tools, a tablet, key clamps,
and a mounting bracket. This is everything you will need to run the device
apart from the key material. The Futura Auto assembly also includes a detailed
series of instructions.
To begin, you will need to lift the machine shield and pull
out the quick start instructions. This sheet contains all the information you
need regarding setting up power cords for the machine and tablet, along with
how to initialize the software. It’s important to find the emergency stop on
the right side as well, and that raising the shield during a cut will stop the
You may want to store the cutting pieces inside the machine
slot holes. Additionally, the two clamps are for two different key styles. You
will need to install the 01VA when doing standard edge cut keys. The 01RA is
for track cut keys and comes installed in the Futura Auto assembly.
Once the parts are set up, you should be ready to initialize
the tablet and cut your first key.
About the Tablet
Before you can cut a key, you need to take care of the
Futura Auto tablet instructions. The tablet will need a full charge to operate
efficiently, so plug it in while you are working with the stand.
The tablet stand can be attached to the machine on the top
using the red knobs or placed beside the machine. The tablet stand uses the red
dial on the front of the Futura Auto assembly for attachment, while the dial on
the back adjusts the viewing angle.
The Futura Auto has a built-in wireless connection between
the tablet and the key cutting machine. This wireless connection will never
connect to another access point. The first time you boot up the tablet and
machine, it will take a few moments to establish. If any instructions appear on
the tablet, follow them.
Futura Auto Software Set Up Instructions
It is important to note that the Futura Auto machine stores
the software for key cutting, not the tablet. The tablet accesses the machine
software through a built-in application. It is also important to note that if
your application on the tablet appears to run slowly, the first solution is
plugging the tablet in.
The first time you open the software, check the options. You
want to confirm the measurement unit is thousandths of an inch, that all the
comparatives your company uses are enabled, and that the reference key
manufacturer is ILCO. You also want to make sure all the cross-checking
features are enabled in standard key preferences so that the keys are usable.