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HiCON Motion Controller / 7736 and Mach 4
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:43:14 PM »
I am upgrading my Mach 3 (originally installed in 2014) with an Integra to Mach 4 and so far no joy on spindle and axis. I have the limit switches and outputs for coolant, etc working fine. In the diagnostics I do see the motors are enabled when the drives are. But there is no movement.

I have downloaded and installed the latest plugin & firmware (2.03.07)

The current Integra manual shows a 7737 encoder board and I have a 7736. Is this going to work for me? If so what is the mapping as to the drives and encoders?


HiCON Motion Controller / No motion after Hicon Integra update - Mach3
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:58:35 AM »
In the process of chasing down a problem with interpolating a circle I updated the firmware to 3.26b and .xsvf to IntegraFPGA_7E7B

Integra 7766 & 7737 ,  Maxsine drives & motors

Aside from the circle error everything was fine before the updates. I am embarrassed to say that I didn't make a record of the motor settings in the Hicon plug in and I am pretty sure that is where my problem is. What should the index & output be for 3 axis?

I just need to get pointed in the right direction -

I have a Bridgeport Series 2 with air assist on Z axis. If we turn the air off over night and forget to lock the knee the Z will wind up at the bottom of it's travel below the limit and homing switches.

So I want to have the homing routine look at the current position variable, add to it and make a small move to get it above the switches.


HiCON Motion Controller / Motors won't sit still
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:51:47 AM »
I have been running my Mach3/Intergra (closed loop option) machine for a few years no problem with Maxsine drives & servos. A drive recently failed and I changed drives to the next larger model (TL10F to TL15F) which required setting parameters and  re-tuning the drives. So I got that all done and everything mostly works.

However when Mach is running the DRO's for X & Y are bouncing around by .0001 or so. There is a monitor utility in the Maxsine software that confirms the motors are actually moving. If I kill Mach the movement stops. I'm trying to figure out what I missed.

Thanks for any input!

General Mach Discussion / Machine loses position on first load of Mach3
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:23:47 AM »
Not sure exactly how to describe the subject

We just completed a refit of our Series 2 Bridgeport using a Hicon motion controller, servos and drivers. All that stuff works great.

We are not homing the machine currently or using any offsets currently, we just move the machine to where we want X, Y & Z 0 then click the Zero x, y & z buttons.

Next we load a program and run it.

We found out the hard way that the first time the program is run the axis 0 positions have somehow changed. If we re-zero it and run again it is fine. It's also fine if we load and run a different program. It is fine all day, the only time it does this is if we close Mach and restart it.

Something tells me it is related to not homing the machine.

Brains Development / Just a little beginners help with brains
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:20:12 PM »
New to brains, just need a little push to get started.

I want to set the pulley from an input. I currently have

Input3 - compare=0 - formula = 1 - dro current pulley
Input3 - compare=1 - formula = 2 - dro current pulley

I change the input and nothing happens. Is this the right approach? I swear just point me in the right direction and I will figure it out from there!

HiCON Motion Controller / Charge pump
« on: August 11, 2014, 05:20:55 PM »
How can I implement the charge pump or watch dog?

Galil / Help with general inputs
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:38:24 PM »
I currently have a number of switches hooked to my Galil DMC 1850 inputs 5,6,7 & 8 on the second ICM.  There is a pendant that I got with my Camsoft that is hooked to the first ICM and for now I want to leave it there.
So I want to hook the switched to the Mach inputs 1-4.  It looks like the terminals on the Galil board ICM1900 are 61-64, but this is board/connector #2. So I am thinking that is actually inputs 9-16, yes?  What do I use for the pins in Mach?

I had everything working nicely with the demo, so I purchased the license. After adding the license now I get a time out error on the controller. Any ideas?

Galil / Camsoft - Galil DMC-1850 - stuck
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:35:25 PM »
Making the move from Camsoft to Mach3. I have a Bridgeport Series 2 that has been running since 2003 with the Camsoft, however I need a change :)  for all the reasons others have posted.

Current setup is a DMC1850 with 2 ICM-1900, the Camsoft pendant and steppers. The machine is completely wired and for the most part runs fine. So the motor drivers, limits, etc are all hooked up. For now all I want to do is use the encoder on the pendant for testing. It is hooked up to aux 4 on the Galil.

I have SmartTerm, the Galil plugin and Mach3 installed. The plug in recognizes the board. I think I  remember that Camsoft had installed a driver for the board. Does it cause a conflict?

I have followed the docs in the plugin as far as mapping the axis and the connections for the limit switches. Now I am stuck, nothing moves. Any quick pointers? What do most people miss? Even though the hardware was working should I test for movement in Smart Term?


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