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HiCON Motion Controller / 7766 board support?
« on: May 03, 2021, 11:23:01 PM »
Hello HiCon Team
I have a mill and a lathe that use your 7766 blue controllers and with Mach 4 having a new production version released I thought I might update to that version. When I went to your web site to see if there was new firmware or or plugins available to go with the new version of Mach 4 I noticed you do not have any plugins or firmware for the 7766 boards in the Integra download area. Do you still support the blue 7766 boards? What plugins and firmware do you recommend to go with Mach 4 4612?

Mach4 General Discussion / G76 Lathe Threading?
« on: October 01, 2020, 08:08:49 PM »
Hi All
I have read on the Smooth Stepper forum that G76 lathe threading doesn't work with some of the development versions of Mach 4. Is this still correct or has it been fixed in the later development versions?

HiCON Motion Controller / FIFO Overflow Error
« on: September 28, 2020, 06:03:36 AM »
I have been getting an error - FIFO Overflow Error - Vector level : 316 Buffer size 1622 and another time with Vector level :365 Buffer size 1754.
This has caused the board to disconnect and the job to stop. Is this a Mach4 issue or something to do with my HiCON board settings? - I guess it's the HiCON as the board is disconnecting when it happens.
Any Clues please?

Mach4 General Discussion / PMC logic help please
« on: August 16, 2020, 07:25:17 PM »
Hello all

I have been using the PMC to get a control panel working on my mill - mostly successfully, I just need help with one item to get it 100% please.

I have a variable dial to set my spindle speed override, I read that with a Pokeys 56u and I can get it to work OK.

My trouble is that it works too good and it continually updates the spindle speed override dro every 10 milliseconds which is swamping the GUI and it locks up the screen especially if it is busy with other things going on. I have run a log to see what was causing the lock up and it just spins with the spindle speed override updates.

So I would like some help with the logic required to only update the spindle speed override if it changes by a 1/2 percent or so.

What I have so far:
- I read the register with the Pokeys info in it.
- Perform the maths required to to get that to output a value between 50% and 150%
- Write that to the Mach4 register for the Spindle Speed Override.

What I need please is how to:
- Read the Pokeys register and see if it has changed from the last cycle by more or less than 0.5 percent (both ways up and down) and only if it has changed carry on to the rest of the process and update the Mach4 register.

I am hoping by doing that the screen won't get swamped with updates.

Could some one please explain how to do this - which options to use in the PMC to perform the required logic to filter the changes in the Pokeys register - so if I don't move the dial it doesn't progress past that point to update the Mach4 register.

Thanks in advance

Mach4 General Discussion / External Control Panel Jog Buttons
« on: November 05, 2019, 04:34:59 AM »
Hi All

I am not a Lua programer - I'm a good copier of what people have done before. And so on my external control panel I have most of the buttons working great such as "cycle start, "feed hold" and "stop as I have been able to copy them from other peoples previous work.

So my last stage is to get my jog buttons to work - I have X plus, X minus, Y plus buttons and so on. I would like them to work as they do on the "jog tab"on the screen - pick up the increment setting, continuous or incremental jog type - basically mirror what happens when you press the button on the screen.

Is there a way to access the script that these screen buttons do when pressed? If not could someone who understands Lua write me one example of how to do this please so I can put it into my screen load script?

My thought so far are -
- read if the button is pressed (mc.ISIG_Input4 - or to suit the input set up for the button) function = (state)
  if (state == 1) then
 Button Down (help here please)
- read the increment setting (help here please)
- read incremental or continuous jog setting (help here please)
- start the jog for the correct axis and settings above - stop after 1 increment if set for incremental jog (help here please)
Button Up (help here please)
- stop the jog if set for continuous jog (help here please)

Any help would be appreciated - I am lost without you guys.

Thank you for your time.


Mach4 General Discussion / Windows 10?
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:40:50 PM »
Hi Guys
I have a mill and a lathe working very well with Mach 4 and Windows 7. I'm thinking of building a plasma cutter and would like to use a separate computer for it as sometimes I may have a job running on one of the machines that can take some time. All new computers seem to have Windows 10 on them - how does Mach 4 like Windows 10? I'm looking for people running Windows 10 to comment about their experience please.

Mach4 General Discussion / Mach 4 Lathe error on start up
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:09:53 AM »
I get this error when I start Mach 4 Lathe (as in the picture)
Any clues please?

HiCON Motion Controller / Plugin for Mach 4 Version 3804?
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:58:59 PM »
I see we have a new recommended version of Mach 4 to download - 3804 - Will the old plugins work OK or will you be producing a new plugin to go with this release?

Mach4 General Discussion / Jogging while doing a tool change?
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:12:11 AM »

I'm a very happy Mach 4 user, just tidying up the last part of my system.

I have one of these tool length setters as in the attached file - it works great and seems to be very repeatable. I use the DaztheGas M6 auto tool change script as to measure the tool length when I change tools - this works great on my smaller tools that hit the tool length setter OK - ones that are small enough to align with the probe as programmed in the script.

When I want to use a facing cutter or a fly cutter they are too big to hit the tool length setter and need alignment so a tooth will hit the setter this is where I need some help please. Ideally I would like to pause the the auto tool change, jog to adjust the position of the tool to be above the setter and then continue with the tool length probing. I have tried to do this but I can not take control of the machine to jog it around during the M6 command.

Is there any way to do this that you guys know of? Or any other suggestions - I could go back to the manual tool change if needed but I would like to probe the tool length during a manual change is that possible? 

Thanks for your help.


HiCON Motion Controller / Servo feedback for accurate homing?
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:06:21 AM »
Hello Guys
Could someone please let me know what add on's I need on top of a standard HiCON controller I would need to use servo index signals to home my machine.

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