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General Mach Discussion / Re: Macro Question
« on: November 20, 2007, 12:13:45 PM »
Ok, For example You have a JIg on Your CNC bed which is configured for a job automatically via macros. When you Load the Program it configures your jig. All my Macro does it set three outputs in the appropriate state. I double checked my program and have made sure that it is NOT resetting because of something In the program. It Does RUN the macro when it loads the program, but it seems to also RESET the outputs that the macro sets upon loading. If I run the Macro by Itself it sets the outputs and they stay on. If I run the macro via loading it in a program (Loading NOt Running) it will set the outputs and then reset them. I dont think there is anything that can be done within my screen or in my macros to "fix" this.....

General Mach Discussion / Re: Macro Question
« on: November 14, 2007, 04:51:25 PM »
Thats just it, I WANT to PRE-RUN them on File LOAD and they dont seem to be doing what they should. All of the other Macros used have Code to prevent them from running, but I need these two macros to configure the system properly so that when the cycle start is pressed everything for that file is ready to go.

General Mach Discussion / Macro Question
« on: November 14, 2007, 04:03:38 PM »
Some of you might know I am working on a pretty weird machine, We have been doing some testing and I have come across an issue that I am not sure if its a BUG on my part or if its just sometrhing I overlooked until now. When I load my Program (which consists mainly of a bunch of MACRO calls ) There is a particular macro I WANT to run during program LOAD to SET some configuration info before the cycle start is pressed. On Most of my Macros I have a If ISLOADING() THEN statement which wont run them if the system is loading a file. I have 2 config macros which I want to setup some systems settings when the file is loaded, I though they were working but I may have just had the settings correct to begin with. When I load my FILE I SEE the LED's for the required settings come on, but they go off again almost immediately. None of my other macros are re-setting these LED's. Is there ANY way to make this Macro Set those settings when the file is loaded?

Thats a good idea! I could use that as there is very little call for it otherwise with this setup. Thanks!

Hello all, I am NOT a G-Code Guru so I am a little vague on how to set this one up so I thought I would ask the smart people :) If I have an LED on my Mach control which signifies that I want the Program  to Stop at a certain point so the operator can verify that something very critical has occured. I would like the program to STOP at a certain point only if this SCREEN LED is active... anyone have any suggestions?

Mach3 under Vista / Re: Your opinion of Vista ?
« on: October 14, 2007, 01:09:02 PM »
I have recently discovered that Vista doesnt have native COM support. I am not sure I understand it exactly but it sounded like com support in Vista is only supported by third party drivers as in a sweeping statement along the same lines as "Nobody would even need more than 640K of Memory" Serial ports are not used by any devices any more. I have had a great deal of difficulty getting my new laptop which came with Vista to talk properly to a Servo Drive unit using a USB to Serial Adapter. I have tried several they all seem to want to use the Prolific Com driver but my info gets all garbled. Does anyone have any experience with Vista and a USB to Serial Device that works reliably? Any Tips/tricks to getting it to function? My Searches have shown a remarkable number of bad experiences with Vista and USB to Serial does anyone have some good ones?

Mach3 under Vista / Re: Your opinion of Vista ?
« on: August 31, 2007, 12:25:00 AM »
Its one thing to re-vamp the inside of an OS, and I agree 100% with everything you have said, but if you had 20K worth of software that you need to do you job which doesnt like to run on Vista I am sure you would be reluctant to switch as well. Granted anyone with a subscription or who is willing to "update" thier software suites will probably be happier for it, in the interm, in this instance (First time ever I might add) I am holding back. I DO have a quation for those who are using vista in a mixed environment, are there any issues with Win XP Pro and Vista getting along on the same network shaing files?


Feature Requests / Feature Request
« on: August 28, 2007, 12:13:03 PM »
Hello all, I have been working on a strange machine but it has involved some in depth design and programming using Mach 3. One of the things Inoticed is the Inputs and Outputs Screens under the Ports and Pins. It would be great it there was a COMMENT Field in that Area which you could put a user comment indication what the pin is connected to, also perhaps a print config button which would print out a simple table of the settings.



General Mach Discussion / Re: Loadfile problems/questions
« on: August 28, 2007, 02:02:08 AM »
O, Well Thats something I havent heard before.... makes sense. Thanks Graham, I will put that in and see if that fixes it up. Thanks a great deal.


General Mach Discussion / Loadfile problems/questions
« on: August 27, 2007, 08:41:08 PM »
Hello All, hopefully Brian and or Art. I have this screen which has a button which loads a small file. (please bear in mind this is in the beginiing stages of testing)
The file is as follows:

;PROGRAM NAME -  SBABS5-30C Center Beam
;SPRUNG Control System G-CODE File
; **************  Do NOT ********************
; Run this G-CODE on a Normal CNC Machine
;   Damage will Alomost Certainly occur
; Verify Beam is LOADED & Ready Move M5 Module
;       and GRAB Beam From Staging Clamp
;                     Stage 1
G04 P5
; Move Beam to Position (Usually Drill Hole 1) Do not release
G01 Y150 F300
; Activate Drill Station
; Move Beam to Position (Usually Drill Hole 2) Do Not Release
G01 Y140 F300
; Activate Drill Station
; Set DONE Drill Sequence
; Move Beam to Macining Position - Clamp beam - Release M5 And move away 24 Inches
G01 Y100 F300
; Set Beam to Tilt 2 Position
; Wait for Haas to Finish
; Reset TILT to Zero
; Wait for Haas to Finish
; Perform Tilt 1
; Peform WB1 Tilt1 Capture
; Wait for Haas to Finish
; WB1 Tilt 1 Release
; Reset WB2 to Nuetral Position
; Wait for Haas to Finish
; Use WB1 M5 Module to Push Beam Out
; Finish Cycle

This program loads when I click the button but seems to want to "run" the program as soon as it is loaded and it causes Mach to Crash. Now it may be that some of the macros have errors in them and I am tracking those down but I am a bit concerned over the program running through any suggestions? pointers?


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