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Mach Screens / Re: A redo of scott's Back In Black screen
« on: November 30, 2011, 08:05:28 PM »

I sure don't.

These screens are really nice, though.


Got it figured out. ;)

When  I was trying to get the pendant to work a while back, it had a interface board that came with the pendant.

It had a sample .XML file and brains & settings.

The pendant never would work with the board.

I bypassed the board and used the pendant directly with the 2nd parallel port.

After looking through the input pins , the E-stop was set for a different pin and checked as " Emulated".

Now all is good.

That is another reason  like buying all of my stuff from the same supplier.

JAckal :)

I've got everything working, but when I  hit the E-stop.

The movement stops. No charge pump running, and the E-stop lights on the B_o_B indicate E-stop.

Mach keeps running??? The readouts count along just like nothing happened.

It used to be that when I hit E-stop, Mach went into Reset Mode and you had to clear the switch, and reset Mach.

When  I was trying to get  that pendant board to work a few weeks ago, is when it changed.

What should the inputs really be for the E-stop & Reset mode?

Right now it shows to be an emulated input.


JAckal :)

General Mach Discussion / Re: question about limit travels
« on: November 26, 2011, 10:04:06 AM »
Thanks Hood,

As long as the Z is first, the rest will be ok with me. :)

I'm gonna leave the screens and these type settings  " stock" factory settings until I learn more about  Mach.

It will be easier for people to help me when I get in trouble.  ::)

Thanks again,


General Mach Discussion / Re: question about limit travels
« on: November 25, 2011, 07:11:07 PM »
Thanks guys,

That explained it better than anywhere I've looked.

JAckal :)

General Mach Discussion / question about limit travels
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:37:42 PM »
I am setting up my limit switch travel limits.

Here is a pic  to help explain:

The machine is jogged into the home/limit switch, then backed off until the switch is cleared of error.

The digital readout is zeroed.

The machine is jogged in the opposite direction until the limit is tripped,  then backed off until the  switch is clear of error. <  ( It now reads 13.070 inches.)

I want  to set the machine: HOME= .100" off of the trigger, and soft limit .500 off of trigger.
    Opposite  soft limit is .500 from the other trigger.

How do I put this info in  the  following configuration  box:

Would this work:

Home offset .100"

Slow Zone  1.00"

Soft min   .500"

Soft max 12.500"

I'll have to mess with the Home neg and reversed to see which direction I need, and the speed will be 10% for the slow zone.

Are there any recommendations for Auto Zero ?

I would like for the Z axis to home before the X & Y home out.

If this is confusing let me know.

Thanks in advance.

JAckal :)

General Mach Discussion / Re: Ordered 3 Dugong drives for my Hurco
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:26:41 AM »

That sounds pretty good, but  the machine is already built . Right now the wiring is being cleaned up and all of the conduit straightened out.

The factory Hurco motors were used ( DC servos).

I'll check into those other drives and motors they sound interesting.

JAckal :)

General Mach Discussion / Re: Ordered 3 Dugong drives for my Hurco
« on: November 07, 2011, 11:11:27 PM »

It ended up with Gecko drives.

After paying for the Dugongs, it took about 8 or 10 weeks to realize they weren't coming.

I got a refund after week 10. :(

The Geckos are easy to get, and you can have a new one in your hands within 24 hours almost anywhere in the world.

After my mill is running good, a spare Gecko 320x ,amt-103 encoder + a few other goodies will be in my spare box.

It scares me to think about taking jobs in and have a Servo Drive go out. Then hear it will be 12 weeks until you can get a new one.

I know, I know, a spare Dugong would help that. ::)

But if something was wrong with my machine/wiring and the spare Dugong blew out before  the problem was found?????

I'll get all of my stuff together and post some pics and a build-up of it.

By waiting until it is finished, it won't be a blow-by-blow showing all of the mistakes and questions, etc.< ( I don't like reality shows because of this. What I had for dinner the night the X-axis servo was installed is irrelevant). ;D ;) :-X 8)

If I do another mill, it will be the same set-up so that parts will interchange.

 (1) spare Gecko will fit either machine, or lets take this off of mill #2 and see if it  fixes the problem on mill #1.

I know, I'm cheap and try to keep things simple. :D

Thanks for all of the help and interest along the way,

Everyone has been great!!!!

JAckal :)

Mach Screens / Re: A redo of scott's Back In Black screen
« on: November 05, 2011, 01:21:39 PM »
Dave, if you find out let me know.

Once I get familiar with Mach so that people won't have to help me constantly, I want a basic screen with   few colors on it.

JAckal :)

Mach Screens / Re: A redo of scott's Back In Black screen
« on: November 04, 2011, 07:07:58 PM »

Those are very nice screens. The black back ground is easy for me to see, with no glare. ;)

JAckal :)

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