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Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: February 01, 2011, 05:40:05 AM »
the galil 2143 wont have enough i/o . it has a maximum of 56 all together

ideal control if your looking at older models are the 2160 on ebay or 22 series if you can find one. (i bought a new 2280 off ebay £300.)
then you have to add the breakout boards and cables. icm 1900 or 2900 are fine. (some cheap on ebay at the moment)
re your z axis? no motor at all just pneumatic? is pneumatic on/off or linearised by control?
send me some pictures to battwell at ukonline dot co dot uk

re my scripts etc. i did my conversion specifically with the intention of using only for refits of machinery for others. (i have 2 customers waiting for me to finish all testing etc to make sure everything is bomproof and safe before refitting their machines. i will be offering a totally assembled control customised to each machine. the biesse models like i have converted there are hundreds out in the world all with totally naf controls which you have to program by hand line by line. i will be mainly offering the conversion to them  . i have 2 years of research and investment in the project at the moment. i purchased the machine you see specifically for the conversion too.
it will have to be a fitted conversion , not supply only as each machine needs to be carefully set up and customised
most machine owners wouldnt have the patience to attempt or complete a conversion on this scale.
 i will be travelling! yes im in uk.

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: January 31, 2011, 03:36:47 PM »
i kept all original drives and safety relay circuitry
major hurdles were learning vb scripting to control everything! there is some better info on this now but you still have to know "exactly" what you want the machine to do!

my machine is 3 axis , z is on ballscrew with pneumatic assist for the weight. also has pneumatic up /down for each head in use.

its an ongoing project as you always find things you dont like and change them, but unlike manufacturer oem controls, this is easy to do once you understand it.
(as long as you can manage the vb scripting) see artsoft videos for an insight on this.

expect a month to get it programmed to do everything. if its just routing about a week to get it all under control.
depending how flexible your brain is!
the conversion was well worth it . cost approx £1000 for parts off ebay in total but £100000 in brain labour!
im going to convert a machine similar to mine for somebody else this week. but he has to pay!  i expect i can have his conversion done within 2-3 days start to finish

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:20:37 AM »
i have everything working
here is a video of its first borin (drilling in all directions) cut http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaj45i-FGnY
was taken in testing stages so everything is slowed down!

the conversion is pretty complex with a huge learning curve but well worth it. the machine has been running daily since september.
look through my other videos to see how it improved with accuracy etc

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:46:33 AM »
sorry i have only used the galil

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: September 03, 2010, 04:08:11 AM »
re 3 phase. what kw rating are your drives? do you need full drive output power?

re isa. you can still buy motherboards with isa slot. (i buy some from china when i need them)
(thats why the 1700 cards are so cheap, but they work just as good)

 however the galil can be stand alone ethernet controllere (models 2100, 2200)
pci bus (1800)
these are the older galil cards.
 they now sell the much faster accelera cards and stand alone controllers too.

Galil / Re: Galil 2280 issue
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:03:14 PM »
interesting fault!

that was an interesting read thanks.
il leave msm for a while until the bugs are ironed out then!
by the way. thanks smurph for sorting out the reversing of extended i/o on galil pluging (im the one using all 64!)

Galil / Re: galil thc
« on: August 16, 2010, 03:24:36 AM »
isteve p. here as well!
i was thinking about this yesterday, wondering if i could add plasma to my "duzzit"
i think it could be done quite easily using the plasma screen set with a few modifications, as just about everything is already there.
the only thing that puts me off doing it to mine is the machine has too high inertia so wouldnt accel/decelerate fast enough for plasma without overshooting position
im going to find some space to put the plasma table back together and do this with an old pc fitted with 1750. il use the voltage divider from toms thc as i have it here.
im sure kenny will help like he has so many times with the galil plugin lately.
im pretty sure the thc could be run easily in a seperate galil thread using the  notify plugin passthrough to send the settings from the screen to the thc thread variables

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: My Big Project am I crazy
« on: July 12, 2010, 06:28:59 AM »
how are you getting on with this?
im just converting a biesse 335.
3 heads, 24 v drills, 8 h drills.
had great fun writing the macros for its tool change!


running a 2280 ethernet controller on mach.
all seems sweet!
however. when i home the axis (any of them) i get error13 not in jog mode in the mach message box(but axis keeps moving fine and homes correctly)

another thing i have found is galil doesnt always pass mach the error message of hitting a limit switch? however this might be because i have  fwd and rev limits connected together as my machine has 1 limit per axis (same switch operated at both ends of travel)

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