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491  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 09:32:22 AM
Yes, it is, Wes. A Txxyy will call it. By default Mach3Turn executes the M6Start macro upon encountering a Txxyy command.

Dan
492  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 09:26:41 AM
Great, Wes. Would be nice if you could make the macro work.

Thanks,
Dan
493  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 09:11:34 AM
Wes,

Here is my macro:

Code:
numtools = 6 'this is the number of turret positions
newtool = GetSelectedTool( )

thistool = GetOEMDRO(1000) 'current tool DRO
While(thistool < 1 Or thistool > numtools)
thistool = question("Please enter the current tool")
Wend
SetOEMDRO 1000,newtool

If(newtool <> thistool And newtool > 0 And newtool <= numtools) Then
ActivateSignal( OUTPUT2)
While(IsMoving( ))
Sleep(40)
Wend
While(thistool <> newtool)
thistool = thistool +1
If (thistool > 6) Then thistool =1
While(Not IsActive(INPUT1) ) 'wait for switch to open
Wend
While(IsActive( INPUT1)) 'wait for switch to close
Wend
Wend
DeActivateSignal( OUTPUT2)
While(IsMoving( ))
Sleep(40)
Wend
End If
SetCurrentTool( newtool)

Sleep(13)


The turret rotates in one direction. The While loop counts the signals returned on INPUT1 and then OUTPUT2 deactivates and the turret reverses and locks.

Dan
494  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 07:22:29 AM
You can only use 99 tools in Mach3Turn. Well, unless it hasn't changed recently... Wink

Dan
495  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 06:59:07 AM
Sorry but I don't follow. Read the manual, section 7.5.3.

Dan
496  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 06:47:54 AM
T201 is still tool 1 with another set of offsets, (I have no reason to think this functional unless I have a third side to turn)

To me it looks like tool number 2 with offset number 1 Wink

Dan
497  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 09, 2011, 06:29:20 AM
Hi Wes,

Now this is how they handle offsets. Basically if you have say a 10 tool changer/ turret. To get to the 2nd set of tool offsets you start at tool 11 and go up to tool 20. Basically tool 11 = slot 1 and so on.

In this example it's very easy to figure what slot would be tool number 36 for instance. But what if your turret had 6 slots for instance (like in my case), it would make it fairly complex to figure what slot is tool number 15... well at least for me Wink Now it's true that normally you wouldn't care about the actual slot, but I am just throwing in a thought.

Only reason I can think of is the tool changer macro isn't smart enough to handle anything past its physical number of tool slots??

Exactly!!! This is the main reason! I don't know how to change my macro to do what you say. May be your way may be better than the way I currently work, but the macro needs to change and I will have to get used to it. And by the way, I've never seen an industrial machine that works like you describe. Those I've seen work in terms of tool slots and offset numbers.

I still think that if you make the tool description in the Tool Setup DRO tied to the offset number (OEM DRO 245) this would make both camps happy. It wouldn't interfere with the way you work since in your case the offset number is always identical to the tool number.

Dan, if you still wanna do some testing I will send ya a copy and let you play with it. I would love to get this offset issue straightened out.

Sure.

Dan
498  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 08, 2011, 03:17:07 AM
Wes,

It would be nice if the tool list took into account the tool offset as well for the displayed too name. Something like Hood did:

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,17093.msg116321.html#msg116321

But I don't know how to practically do this for all the combination possible. Instead I hope that in your Tool Setup DRO the displayed tool name is tied to the offset number and not the tool number.

By the way, I think that tool radius compensation doesn't work well in MachTurn. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Dan
499  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 06, 2011, 09:30:52 AM
Absolutely, Wes. Have been planning to replace mine with a touch screen for a l-o-o-n-g time. With your screen I will have a good reason to finally get one Smiley

Dan
500  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: New IPS (Interactive Programming System) Professional Screen for Turn on: September 05, 2011, 01:23:24 PM
Wes,

Just the way I like it - an MDI on the main screen. Again, it's just easier for me to use the keyboard than grabbing the mouse and looking for the button. I agree though that the screenset perfectly suits a touch-screen.

By the way, I don't switch G94/G95 from the MDI for the loaded program. I do so when I use the MDI for manual turning. And since with your screen, setting the tools seems to be done from the Cycle screen I figured I needed to set the feed mode before programming something like G1 Z-10.

Anyway, just my way of doing things.

Dan
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