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General Mach Discussion / Re: re: Whats happened to Mach.4 update
« on: October 13, 2009, 07:36:29 AM »
I am looking also for a great Mach4 with real (working) TCP Modbus support!
Can't get TCP Modbus to work with the PLC (tests are OK, brains execution fail)
4 years ago we spent over $3k on CamSoft licences and "support" - the machine is still not running properly, because of Galil DMC ETH controller communication problems.
I do hope to invest in a solid CNC software this fall, let it be Mach4 ;-)

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: October 08, 2009, 12:52:06 PM »
I think it's Windows registry problem, the "Setup TCP Modbus" > Test works OK, but Mach3 can't read the Modbus TCP registers data through brains.
Has anybody managed to run RIO through TCP Modbus? Which (older or future) version of Mach3 supports TCP Modbus?

Great Mach3 interface demistifying job, Ray!
Can't wait for the Modbus chapter, dreaming about a Brain one ;-)
Cheers and keep moving!

Galil / Re: Galil HELP DMC-1842
« on: September 27, 2009, 07:41:59 AM »
Dear MOTU,

I'm really happy to find that you have successfully implemented Mach3 as waterjet machine control!

We have a 4 axis servo motors cutting table setup, ready to be used as a Waterjet: Galil DMC2134 + RIO41700 PLC (controlling the water/ abrasive/ suplementary IOs).
After trying to tune Camsoft ($$$$) to deal with the hardware, we've reached nowhere.
A month ago Kenny Crouch suggested to try Mach3 + Galil plugin + RIO by ModBus support.
Unfortunately TCP Modbus setup strangely doesn't work in the demo version, so we're stuck again.

Could you please help us with sending the screen overlay + brain/ XML file, which you use for the waterjet?
Can we buy it as an addon? I suppose we need some M3/M5/ wiggle piercing / feedhold macros too.

It's strange how hard is to find any information. I really hope you can spread some light on that topic and help us.
Wish you a great weekend!

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:27:28 AM »
Kenny, I tried Mach3 R3.042.029 on a PC and on a laptop - no LPT driver installed, just Galil plugin, WINXP Pro.
After enabling Modbus (when it's not enabled a friendly alert pops out) and restart, the "Setup TCP Modbus" dialog doesn't pops out, only the "Setup Serial Modbus". I can't find what could be the reason. Demo restriction or should I set up both controllers for Modbus anyhow or burn some I/O logic first?

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: September 21, 2009, 05:26:43 PM »
Dear Kenny and Steve,
As you suggested, I've downloaded Mach3 to test if I can run Galil DMC2143 + RIO41700 simultaneously, connected through a hub.
PC is, RIO (with zeroed MV and enabled MI), DMC is

Mach3 finds "more than one control devices" and connects successfully with the DMC, jogging and contouring quite good!
The problem is that there is no way to Setup the TCP Modbus (dialog box doesn't pops up) and there is no connection with the RIO.

Please let me know what could be the reason. So far there is a light in the tunnel, that this configuration could run smoothly.
Thank you in advance!

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: September 18, 2009, 03:54:17 AM »
Thank you Kenny and smurph, I will definitely try it these days and give some feedback. Have a great one!

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:55:04 PM »
Yes, I'm slaving the RIO to the 2143. The thing is that I use only Galil Tools for now, downloading and executing simple .dmc files. No Mach3, just Camsoft, which can't handle both controllers. Hope to get things working on a lower level, before investing in any other software.
Thank you!

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:07:03 PM »
Dear Kenny,
Thank you very much for the great document and support!
Yesterday the CNC machine was ready to go and I've managed to run Galil DMC2143 with RIO41700 as slave over Ethernet on handle H.

I still have 2 problems:

1. From time to time the TCP connection is lost with a popping alert "Timeout while sending 470bytes of data..."
2. Still can't figure out how to address (read and set digital and analogue IOs)
SB8000 / CB8000 for DO0 is clear, but how can you read AI0 and set AO0, or read DI3 to switch DO3?

Would you be so kind to share some experience or a link where I can find the info?
I still work with Galil tools (no Mach3 yes), but hope to give it a try when everything is clear in my designer's head ;-)

Thank you in advance and have a great day,

Galil / Re: Mach3 + Galil
« on: May 09, 2009, 12:20:01 PM »
Thank you Velly much ;-)
It really looks light years ahead from my current slow and buggy setup.
Already curious how the DMC, RIO and net will operate in Modbus mode.

Have a great weekend!

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