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CS-Lab / CSMIO/IP-A Error Connection failed
« on: February 26, 2016, 04:23:16 PM »
Hello everybody
Last April I bought a CSMIO/IP-A controller, with a view to replacing the proprietary GSK controller that is on my King Rich mill. One thing led to another and I didn't get around to installing it.
Yesterday, however, with the anniversary of the CSMIO/IP-A's purchase coming up, I decided to extract my digit and get things underway.
Unfortunately I am stuck at first base so to speak.
Here is what I have done and the results:

1/ Downloaded the latest non beta firmware from CS LABS website.
2/ Supplied 24v and an Ethernet connection to the IP-A
3/ Let it obtain an IP address on my sub net using DHCP
4/ Added a reservation using the IP-A's MAC address on my DHCP server
5/ Ensured that I could ping the IP-A on the IP that I had reserved ( from the PC that runs Mach3
6/ Checked that the reservation was "active" on the DHCP server
7/Used the firmware uploader to upload the latest non beta firmware (This was successful and it displayed the IP for the IP-A that I had reserved on the DHCP server).
8/ Ran Mach3 and selected the CSMIO/IP-A as the motion device
9/Got a communications error. The plugin is unable to communicate with the IPA.
Given that the PC that runs Mach3 is on the same switch as the IP-A, that the PC can ping the IP-A and update the firmware, and that the whole system works fine with a Smooth-stepper, I don't think there is an issue with the PC. I also tried updating to the beta release of the IP-A firmware to no avail.

As we say in the Australian bush "Bugger"

I have e-mailed the above to CS Labs, but have not yet gotten a reply. I hope the problem is caused by me, but I have had a lot of experience with computers over the years, and I am worried that the IP-A is faulty.

Just a couple of things:
My Mach3 Version is 3.043.067
My Stepper drivers are Leadshine EM503s
The Ess plugin is ver ESS_v10r2d1d

Any ideas?

Hi everybody
It's been a while since I have posted, but I need some help. I have built a router using bits and pieces that I had lying around, and everything works well. Peter Homann gave me some help getting the spindle to behave, but that's another story.
The router uses an Ethernet Smoothstepper, etc.
My issue is this, when I run a GCode program, say roadrunner.tap, the router goes through the motions of cutting it out, and when completed, it returns to whence it started from and the program rewinds as it should.
What's the problem? I imagine you thinking.
The problem is that if you try to run the same GCode program again, Mach3 thinks it is cutting, the tool path display shows the axis moving etc, the spindle even starts, but there is no motion from the steppers.
The problem can be easily resolved, by pressing the reset button twice at the end of a program and everything returns to normal until next time you run some code.
The router never stops movement 1/2 way through a program,
Any suggestions are more than  welcome

Thanks in advance


General Mach Discussion / Re: Servo Motor question
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:18:12 PM »
You need to provide a bit more detail here.
Tell us-
What type of motors
What type of servo controller
What type of BOB
How is the BOB connected to the computer
How is the BOB connected to the servo drive

General Mach Discussion / Re: ESS to GSK servos
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:23:14 PM »
Thanks for that Hood, You have given me a lot to ponder.
I will shortly attach some photos of my mill, as it is now and after the conversion.


General Mach Discussion / Re: ESS to GSK servos
« on: May 23, 2015, 07:38:19 PM »
Every thing is here now, I decided to spend the extra and get an MPG module and controller and a 24v power supply as well.
After all I spent a lot of money buying the mill in the first p[lace, so I might as well do it properly.
As soon as I finish my CNC router, which is nearly there, I will start the process.
I think I will aim to do it once and properly, so any recommendations as to how to lay out the control panel, and what to allow for would be most welcome.
Even suggestions as to what type of enclosure to to make would be good. I was thinking that since the mill already has an arm with various switches etc on it that this would be a good place to attach the entire shooting match.
I currently have the GSK 980mda on there.
I can post a photo of the mill as it is if you'd like.



General Mach Discussion / Re: ESS to GSK servos
« on: April 21, 2015, 04:43:05 PM »
Thanks Hood. I have paced an order for the CSMIO/IP-A as per your recommendation. Although I have a small amount of electronics know how, I think this would be easier. Quite expensive though - about $1000.00 au
Don't tell the wife :).
Thanks again for your help, I'll let you know how it goes when it arrives.

General Mach Discussion / Re: ESS to GSK servos
« on: April 19, 2015, 06:17:12 PM »
Oh and you did suggest the CSMIO range of controllers which seem like a good "out of the box" solution. I however already have 3 x Ess, 2 of which are not currently in use, so being a bit of a cheapskate  I am keen to use what I already have. If you think my solution will lead to issues, I am happy to just go ahead and buy The CSMIO.
Differential output sounds good too, but I do have some differential converters already, so I was going to use a few of those as well.


General Mach Discussion / Re: ESS to GSK servos
« on: April 19, 2015, 06:10:42 PM »
Hi Hood thanks for looking at the manual. I was thinking of using something like this to boot the output from the ESS from 5v to 24v


and a 7805 voltage regulator to switch the output from the Servo controller down to 5v for the ESS.

My question now is: Do you think this solution will switch fast enough, so that I don't have problems down the track with signal delays?

Thanks again


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 issues on Windows Xp! Please help!
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:49:54 PM »
I agree with geh7552 you need to determine that XP is running well on the PC before worrying about Mach3. Do a clean install of XP, don't add any other programs at all, and make sure windows XP works well. Once everything is Ok we can help you with any issues with the Mach3 software.
Good luck

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