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General Mach Discussion / Re: Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 21, 2011, 02:48:54 PM »
Yes, I am interfacing to the old Boss Stepper Drives which are quadrature.

Here is something interesting I tried, to determine if it is noise or Mach actually sending a signal to the parallel port:

1) I disconnected all connections out of my BOB, so the BOB was only attached to the PC.
2) From the Diagnostics page I ref X, ref Y, and ref Z and record what each of the LED's for each axis are.
3) I then jogged each axis .002" (obviously this was only the screen DRO's that i jogged since the BOB was not connected to the machine) once again i record what each of the LED's states is.  
4) I then disconnected the BOB from the PC.
5) Clicked Ref X, Ref Y, and Ref Z.
6) Reconnected the BOB and the LED's have Changed state to the same state they where in after step 2.
So I am positive Mach is sending signals to the Axis even though homing is disabled on these axis.
I can bring an Oscillascope home from work and connect directly to the parrallel port pins and verify this but I am positive I will see the same result, that for some reason mach sends a signal to the axis port pins when ref'd even when homing is disabled.  If it is noise then it would have to be internal to the PC, there is no chance I could fix that!! :(  Although a new PC would be nice!! :)

I am running mach3 2.0 version R2.63

I am going to install the latest version and see what happens.

Thanks again,

General Mach Discussion / Re: Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 21, 2011, 01:07:05 PM »
Russ and Hood I really appreciate your time/help,

I will try disabling the plugins, brains and macro pumps and see what happens.
I don't know if it matters but I have Mach set to Max CL Mode in order to work with the Bridgeport stepper motors.
I was also thinking of loading the latest version of Mach 3; Can I just install it over the top of the version that is already installed? Or should I rename the current Mach folder and install it then copy my XML file over to the new install??

General Mach Discussion / Re: Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:55:05 PM »
Hood Thanks again for replying.
I would agree that Mach SHOULD just set the axis to zero if home switches are disabled, but if this was true then there would be no signals going out/in to the parallel port and hence noise could not be the issue.  But if you assume noise is the problem then you would have to assume Mach is sending signals out of the parallel port for some reason.

Another reason I am having a hard time believing it is noise is because even if no axis are moving and while on the Diagnostics page I click on only REF Y the Y axis will move .002 I can see the DRO number actually change then set itself to Zero, also the LED's on the BOB flash for that axis.
I have now found out it will also do it if I click on only REF X the X axis will move .002".
Interestingly once it moves the .002 and you click ref again it does not move, but if I jog the axis and then re-click the ref button it moves .002 again.

Also if it was noise wouldn't it show up as lost or extra steps while running a program with all the axis moving, changing direction, stopping etc.? I have not seen it loose any steps while running a program. 

I tried making a VB button to set the machine coords to zero, as you suggested and unfortunately the same thing happens when I click the button the axis moves and the dro resets to zero.  Once again I do not understand why Mach would output any signals to the parallel port during this command?!?

I think you may have mis-understood my previous post, it does not happen when I Press reset, I was just saying that when you enable or disable a motor on the motor input screen when you ok out of this screen Mach goes into a reset condition, the axis moved while mach was exiting the motor input screen.

I will try disabling ALL axis homing tomorrow I spent enough time on the machine today/tonight.

Thanks again for the help,

General Mach Discussion / Re: Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 20, 2011, 06:48:47 PM »
Is there any way to zero the machine coordinates without using the ref command?  At least this would get me by until I figure out the noise issue.
I am not sure were to start with the noise issue, since it makes no sense to me that mach should do anything if I have home disabled on X and Y it should just zero the DRO when ref is clicked, which would all be in software there should be no signals going to any hardware if there is no home switches on those axis.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:28:16 AM »
Thanks for the reply Hood,
Attached is my XML file.
I tried disabling the Y axis and this is what happens:
config ports pins - motor output
click check mark to disable
click apply
click ok
the reset button on screen flashes for a reset and the Y axis moves .002"
if I then re-enable the axis, apply, ok
the reset button on the screen flashes (just like the first time) but this time the axis does not move,
I jog the axis back to the same start point and do the same thing, disable, apply, ok
and the reset button flashes and the y axis has moved .002"
So leaving the Motor Output settings page causes the same type of motor movement problem as the Ref Y button.

So I think you may be right with the noise idea, I think the stepper motor is happier at certain positions and that if it is in between a little noise makes it jump to the next pole.

Now my question is why does Mach do anything at all if I click Ref Y if I do not have homing enabled on that axis?
Do you know what logic is followed when you ref an axis? If so maybe that would help me to determine where the noise is being interjected.
I really do not want to go thru all the wiring to figure this out since I am using all the original Bridgeport wiring from my BOB to the machine.
Additionally I noticed that if I am on the Diagnostics page and click ref X or ref Z they do not cause the Y axis to move, it is only if I click ref Y or ref all that the Y axis will move. So that has me a little confused as to where the noise is coming from, I would have thought the noise would be coming from the Z axis motor moving, (since it is the only thing moving when I do a ref all)  but that is not the case.  So what the heck does Mach do when you click REF Y if homing is not enabled on that axis that would cause noise in the circuit???

Is there some other way to "zero" the machine coordinates without using the ref button?
Since I do not use Homing on the x and Y I do not need to ref x and y but i would like to be able to zero them.
Because the Bridgeport has very accurate mechanical counters on the X and Y axis, what I like to do is jog the x and y to some position on the counters and then zero the machine coordinates.  this way I can check during tool changes if the steppers have lost any steps.

Thanks again for the help,

General Mach Discussion / Ref Z axis & The Y axis moves Also!!
« on: February 19, 2011, 11:15:17 PM »
Okay this is driving me crazy.  I do not have home switches on the X or Y axis, I only have a home switch on the Z axis.
But when I "ref all" the Z-axis Homes correctly but the Y axis moves .002".
This is the steps I have followed:
The mill is a Bridgeport Boss 5 converted to Mach3 Control, it has mechanical counters on the X and Y axis.
I jog the table to some position which I can read on the mechanical counters, say 6.000" Y axis and 9.000" X axis (this is the middle of the table), I then zero all the DRO's.  Then I switch to Mach Coordinates and click Ref All, the Z-axis moves as expected and zeroes but what is interesting is that the Y axis number changes and then zeroes the mach dro.  If I look at the mechanical counters the Y axis has moved .002" this is also verified by the Part DRO for the Y axis reads .002.  So it seems Mach is telling the Y to move even though it should not be.
If I hit ref all again only Z moves.
If I move the Y axis then ref all it moves .002" again.
Under Config Home/Limits X and Y are disabled.
If I go to the diagnostic page and click on Ref X it does not move as expected
If I click on Ref Y it moves the axis .002"
If I click on Ref Z it homes as expected and neither X or Y move.
So it seems for some reason Mach is commanding the Y axis to move even though it should not be.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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