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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:25:21 PM »
So, this is where I am with it....the spindle will not turn on when the program starts, but if I start the program, then switch my speed control to manual and start the spindle, then switch it back to program mode the spindle will then turn on with the program for that particular program. Kind of a pain but I gave up working on this...I just deal with it now. Note it does shut off at the end...

Paul

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Not Responding & how to recover
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:55:18 PM »
Set to 1KHZ, is that correct? I have no idea....

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General Mach Discussion / Mach Not Responding & how to recover
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:19:39 PM »
Brand newbie here making my first parts.
Running on XP SP3 on a stripped down machine(not a laptop) no internet, no updates, etc...
 Controller is The Soigeneris STDR-4C with Smooth stepper

Using OneCNC XR3 for CAM.

Aircuts run fine and so far out of 6 parts I have had Mach just stop in the middle of the program 3 times. No crash, just stop. Clicking on anything, Stop, Feed Hold, etc, brings up "Program Not responding" The next restart brings up "No USB Device found...try unplugging the USB cable and restarting" The next restart its fine.

I realize this could be a large number of things...but is there something I can try?

Also, so it just happened again and I made note of all the X,Y,Z locations, and shut down Mach restarted and then moved from that location back to 0,0,0 and reset my zeros. I then picked a spot about 10 lines earlier in the code and choose Run From Here.

The tool plunged straight down into my hold down bolt, a spot it never went to before.

So what happened and what is the best way to recover when the software stops responding?

Thanks for any help,

Paul

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OK, it seems like I am close but not there yet!

Working with Jeff I sent him my G540 and he tested it and found that there were some settings in spindle motor tuning that were wrong with the combination of the G540 and Smoothstepper.

THe correct settings are:

set the steps/unit = 1000

set the velocity = 60

set the acceleration = 1000

With this my spindle does now run, but not correctly.
First I have lost the ability to run it in local, manual mode. Not sure why nothing has changed from my older setup, where it would ONLY run that way.
Mach now does turn on the spindle but it will only run very slowly, maybe 100 rpm or less.
I have spindle pulleys set up with min being zero and max 10,000(the max speed for the Dyna)

Here is one odd behavior I don't understand, and I have seen this from the get go:

I enter a spindle speed, say 1000, and click the LED, or hit F5 and the field where the speed is entered will count down from that speed to zero, rapidly, like in 1/10th of a second.
Is this how its supposed to perform?

Any other ideas would be appreciated.

I have also contacted Jeff in a private email about this as well.

THanks all,

Paul

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:56:29 PM »
Hooked up like this.

Paul

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:41:40 PM »
I could not get the whole setup in the picture, I needed another hand

One meter probe hooked to a wire on terminal position 8 on the G540
Other probe to a wire from terminal position 7 on the G540

Correct?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:20:55 PM »
Note: you will no doubt notice the meter says "O AC"
This meter does not have a dedicated DC setting, it auto detects when it is set to a a AC/DC setting, the default display is AC unless DC is detected, then it changes to DC.

I tested it on the battery just to be sure. Also it has been reading the 5V DC on the VFD

Just want to avoid confusion.
:)

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:16:50 PM »
OK, redid the test. I didn't know you had to pop the connector off the board ;)

Same result, relay clicks, entered speed, clicked DRO button(also did with s5000, m3 in MDI) 0 volts shown.
Hard to capture it as it happened but you can see the setup

Thanks,

Paul






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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:33:49 PM »
How do you remove the wires from the G540 connectors?

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Can't get spindle to turn on, for 2 years!
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:15:06 PM »
OK, made the test. I used an old 9 pin connector and plugged it in to the VFD out with alligators to my meter rather than opening up the case again.

Spindle relay clicks but 0 volts are shown between 7 and 8.  9V is read between 8 and 9.

So is it the G540?

Paul

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