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Hi! Thank you for sharing this project with us!
Until now there's surprisingly few discussions about HiCON/Integra in here. Maybe most integrations have been as easy as ours (see our thread HiCON/Kuhlmann and some videos on Youtube).
After using Vital Systems dspMC/IP since 2008 and now the new HiCON I must highlight how reliable they are in production when comparing to the first Mach tweaks... We have now close to 4000 production hours with one of the very first dspMC/IP controllers here!!
Our next cas will be old CNC lathe where Bosch Alpha 2 was used to control 2 pcs 20 Nm DC servo's and sturdy 16 kW spindle motor (servo).
This is clearly a case for dspMC/IP as the control is classic +-10V.


General Mach Discussion / Re: M-command speed and delays
« on: August 31, 2013, 05:16:42 PM »
Answering to a question I sent long time ago. I just noticed I have not explained how the workaround was made to get rid of the Mach3 slow IO.

Finally I made a dsp-macro to the dspMC/IP board. I use axis commands G1B1 and G1B0 to trigger the dsp-macro that turns beam on/off. The same macro also gives out the real vector speed to be used in laser PWM control for corner slowdowns.

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: HiCON integration - Kuhlmann mill/engraver
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:55:33 PM »
OK. Bored with explanations and too large pictures...

You can skip to first raw video clip of how it works now:


HiCON Motion Controller / Re: HiCON integration - Kuhlmann mill/engraver
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:51:59 PM »
Modified control:

I took the easy way and kept the original 6A steppers after making short trials and finding out the machining speed can be at least 4 X higher with new microstepping RTA drivers. Other possibility was conversion to Yaskawa AC servo's.

In the old wire connection box lays now the whole new control.

HiCON Integra controller
4 x RTA 6A drivers (XYZ + R)
56 V 5A SM PSU for steppers
5 V PSU for logic
24 V PSU for IO

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: HiCON integration - Kuhlmann mill/engraver
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:32:08 PM »
Woops.. I need to get the size set but where's the edit button..

HiCON Motion Controller / Re: HiCON integration - Kuhlmann mill/engraver
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:47:47 PM »
Here's the firs impression of the machine.

Made in Germany year 1983.
19" Rack taller than me full of electronics to control 3-axises. 3PH 400V supply 16A.
Frame surprisingly made totally out of cast iron and steel. HEAVY!
Moved with stepper motors - full step if I understood right.
Max. machining speed 600 mm/min. Positioning ca. 5000 mm/min.
Precise 700W spindle with water cooling 10-35 k rpm.

Next task - stripping all electronics and most of the wiring and some cleaning.

HiCON Motion Controller / HiCON integration - Kuhlmann mill/engraver
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:31:01 PM »
Am I the early bird again as there seems to be not much discussion on HiCON board?
Maybe integration with HiCON has been so easy for other people too - there's not much to ask?

Anyhow I'll share a few words about this control upgrade case I made recently as it was the easiest case I've had thus the control was new to me. VitalSystems I've known for years and our first dspMC/IP has been running in production for several thousand of hours now.

In next to the case itself.

BR. Arto

General Mach Discussion / Re: Acceleration
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:48:10 PM »
For cutfront handling with different molten material viscosities.

So. No other ways than using macro to change tuning parameters?

dspMC/IP Motion Controller / Re: AxisWorks tuning
« on: September 15, 2010, 02:18:28 PM »

I'm not sure if there's one only way to do the adjusting but in the axis works I have not used the S-curve as you need to know how the motors work in step response ie. with sharp start and stop too.

I have done both servo amplifier adjustment and dspmc adjustment in Axisworks first and then used a simple G-code commands to check the combination finally with mach and recording the step response with servo driver adjustment program (Omron servo's).

If you use high speeds - remember to check that your system is making circular interpolations equally in all directions as different parameters in X and Y axises can lead to oval circles! If you keep it slow - you propably don't notice this.


General Mach Discussion / Acceleration
« on: September 14, 2010, 07:34:42 PM »
I need to use different accelerations during one work. Is the 'motor tuning' the only way?

I saw a macro made for setting motor tuning parameters in G-code. This is the 'state of the art' in setting acceleration?


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