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HiCON Motion Controller / Re: PWM output in the HIcon 7766
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:45:38 AM »
It's possible to implement a PWM output on the board but would require some time and development fees.

One of our customers uses the SPINDLE_FW/REV signals that each drive a separate spindle. The spindles will only move in one direction with that setup though.

If you would like custom software or firmware modifications you can email with your request. 

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: PWM output in the HIcon 7766
« on: February 05, 2019, 05:02:39 PM »

The user manual of the C41S describes that it converts a PWM input signal and outputs 0-10VDC.

The HiCON Integra has an onboard 0-10V digital to analog output for controlling a spindle.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: 7766 and Gecko GR214V Feedback?
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:11:58 PM »
According to the manual for your Gecko drive, the outputs are open drain collector type.

So, you do not need to level-shift the outputs to 3.3V.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: 7766 and Gecko GR214V Feedback?
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:38:11 PM »
The outputs on the Gecko drive look like they are open drain collector type.

With these outputs it should be possible to just connect them to the 3.3V TTL inputs at the DB15 port connection on the Integra (J10).

The inputs you can use on the DB15 port are at pins 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15.

Those input pins map to the P14 inputs in Mach4.

9  -  P14 IN6
10 - P14 IN7
12 - P14 IN14
13 - P14 IN5
14 - P14 IN3
15 - P14 IN1

You can connect the GND from CN2 connector to pin 11 on the DB15 port.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: 7766 and Gecko GR214V Feedback?
« on: December 28, 2018, 03:48:55 PM »
The I/O on the Integra is +24V PNP. You will need to convert the +5V to +24V to use those signals.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: Spindle Not Turning Clockwise - Mach4 & HiCon
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:18:55 PM »

The ViperXP machine is sold by CNC Factory. Although we have sold them the motion controller for the machine, we do not provide support directly for that product. We recommend you contact the tech support team at CNC Factory for support.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: torch controll manual operation
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:06:11 AM »

We recommend you use the latest ArcPro screen for Mach4, available for download from the Vital Systems website.

If you want to turn on the torch and jog the machine using this screen you will need to disable the THC Mode. There is a button on the screen for THC Mode. The LED next to the button should not be on. Once you disable the THC Mode you can fire the torch using the M3 command in MDI and you can then jog the machine. If you would like, you can contact us via email or call our office directly. We can also help you by connecting to the machine remotely if you would prefer.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: Torch hight controller
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:22:38 AM »

The THC slider sensitivity was fixed in a recent profile update. If you don't want torch height control you can turn off THC mode and use the M3/M5 scripts to turn on/off the plasma. It should also be possible to map the THC up/down to some inputs that will not receive any data. In other words, don't connect them to the THC, then the torch height motion won't happen while in THC mode. This will not work though if your material is uneven and it has to move up/down. The Proma THC150 works directly with the HiCON Integra controller to control the up/down motion of the Z axis height while in THC mode. Mach4 is not controlling the height. 

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: plasma screen questions
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:18:27 AM »

We updated the plugin with less sensitive slider. We did remove the Torch On button but you can turn torch on with M3. M5 will turn off the torch. We were able to turn on torch with M3 and jog the machine with no problems here. We are not seeing any issues with the torch up/down signals from the Proma 150. You can try setting the THC Max/Min input labels on the screen to values that allow a larger range of motion.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: digital input for plasma
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:56:52 PM »
The digitize input should only be triggered during the initial probing process which turns the torch on and pierces the material at ignition height.  When digitize is detected during a cut, the controller will detect the signal and stop motion. We have not tested the THC feature with the specific hardware configuration you currently have installed. It may take some extra scripting in Mach4 to get that to work.

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