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General Mach Discussion / Re: Which breakout board are you running?
« on: May 07, 2011, 12:47:55 PM »
Thanks Hood,

I just ordered a PMDX 126, a 107 spindle to VFD controller, and (3) Gecko 320x drives.

The Dugong saga continues. My full refund is on the way.

 I really need supplies that can be sent to me   quickly. This machine will be a money making machine, not a hobby.

There will be a spare drive, encoder, etc, on the shelf in case it quits in the middle of a job.

That is the reason behind the parts chosen above.

Availability from 2 weeks out to 3 months  is something that makes me uneasy.

Some suppliers have assured me that they had a product in stock, and would ship it out the same day.

A week later, no parts.

I paid for the other stuff way back in March, still no parts.


General Mach Discussion / Which breakout board are you running?
« on: May 07, 2011, 08:54:38 AM »
I'm having to select a different board.

The PMDX-122  looks really good. How do you hook up a controller for a VFD?

They have a PMDX-106 for interface with the PMDX 122. It is a VFD control board.

Do some of you have any other suggestions?   

How easy was your board to connect and get running?  Any glitches with Mach3?



General Mach Discussion / Re: Mounting a transformer
« on: May 04, 2011, 05:15:58 PM »
Thanks Hood,

I really wanted to leave it where it is. This being new to me, I'll need all of the room I can get in the servo cabinet. ;D

I'll get some pics up soon.



General Mach Discussion / Mounting a transformer
« on: May 04, 2011, 02:38:32 PM »
I was wondering if I need to move my power supply transformer closer to the servo drives? Right now it is in the factory Hurco position, which is in the power cabinet with all of the contactors & other stuff.

Hurco had it this way & ran the supply wires to the servo drive side. Then they put the Capacitor/Rectifier right next to the drives.

Some of the power supply plans and servo manufacturers say to keep the lines short as possible going from the capacitor to the drives.

They never say anything about from the transformer to the caps.

It is already mounted all neat and clean in the factory position.

Let me know some ideas on this. The wires now are about 6ft ( 1.5 meters) long from the transformer to the capacitor.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Power supply question
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:37:50 PM »
Good News!

I contacted Hungary ( CNC drives  webshop) about shipping, Duty taxes, VAT, etc.

The owner of Dugong contacted me and said:

Thank you for your e-mail and for your interest in our products.
We have a US distributor ( http://www.cnc4pc.com ), I think that it could be faster and more cost effective for you if you order drives from CNC4PC shop.
Currenty they are out of stock from the dugong drives as I know, but we will ship an express package the coming week and then they could fullfill your needs.
Best Regards,
Balazs Klincsik
50 Kozepdeindoli ut, Pecs, 7635 Hungary

I'm gonna wait on the Dugongs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Power supply question
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:47:49 PM »
Went through the CNC4PC site. He didn't have any of the parts in stock, or the  breakout boards & connectors for making the Dugongs easy to connect. I paid back in March and they kept saying next week, next week. I have already asked for a refund.

According to sources, it will be the middle of May before any are ready. ::)

Thanks for checking into that, Hood.

I will go directly to the source of the Dugongs.

The shipping may be a little more, but I will get what was  originally wanted.

Sometimes in aggravation, I go blind and miss the obvious.

Thanks a lot , Hood.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Power supply question
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:16:15 PM »
I have checked with Rutex, Granite,  They won't return e-mails or answer the phone. Gecko hasn't replied back yet on the email.

Viper finally got back with me today.

 Are people really that busy and can't return calls or e-mails concerning sales?

It seems that you save up your money & do a lot of research for a retro, and nobody wants your business. ??? ???

I hope the rest of my retro goes easier. ;D

Thanks to Hood, Ostie and many others on here for help.

If I can just find someone to take my money ( and give me some parts), it will get started.

Just ranting a bit ;)


General Mach Discussion / Re: Hood.....where is he?
« on: April 29, 2011, 12:35:18 PM »
Good luck on the surgery, Hood.

Hope you get better real quick.

I posted a few questions, and others answered.  I really appreciate  EVERYONES advice to me .

It seemed strange though, that Hood wasn't the first to answer. ???

Get it over with and get well fast.

This board is empty without you. ;D



I dont know a lot about DC servos but that all sounds like crap to me

That's what  I was thinking.  But, with my lack of experience, and being new to this stuff, anything is possible. This could have been one of those weird exceptions that just didn't make sense.

 I agree with tweakie on the flywheel effect and inertia. My concern was how they told me  physical size  was more critical than what the ratings that are  on the motor tag.

Thanks a lot guys,


General Mach Discussion / Re: Power supply question
« on: April 29, 2011, 07:52:19 AM »

I haven't looked at them. I keep forgetting about that drive.


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