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HiCON Motion Controller / HiCON ports and pins
« on: June 26, 2021, 11:38:44 PM »
Hi all-

Can someone explained how I can turn an output pin on/off of my HiCON?

I have my solenoid valves connected to the board, and I can force them on, but I am trying to figure out how to get sheetcam to turn them on.

Any help would be appreciated


HiCON Motion Controller / Following error
« on: February 22, 2021, 09:12:21 PM »
Hi all

I was able to work on my flame/plasma table some this weekend, and I ran into a problem.

I do not know if this is a HiCON problem, or a Mach 4 problem.

When I use either the mpg hand pendant, or write a few lines of Goode using the MDI command, everything moves correctly.   I can get all three axis moving at the same time with zero issues.

When I use sheetcam to generate Gcode, and I run this code. When I get to the line that detects the top of the part with a g31, I start getting following error

“ Error:  following error limit exceeded on Motor 0.  Servo disarmed.

Do you have any ideas?



Mach4 General Discussion / Can’t get macros to work
« on: April 26, 2020, 01:34:00 PM »
Hi all-

I am rebuilding my CNC flame cutter.   I switched from Mach3 to Mach4.   

I am needing help with the macros to turn the solenoids on and off.

I found an example in the macro section and modified it to work.

When I use the macro editor and press the play button, it works as it should .   The solenoid turns and off .

When I save the file in my macro folder, and try to run a m201 nothing happens.   If I use m7 or m8 then it turns on the M7 an M8 indicator in mach4.

So I am doing something wrong.

Can someone help?


HiCON Motion Controller / Re: I/o question
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:58:38 PM »
Vital System Support-

Thanks for the help-

I am not trying to get a plasma to fire, but I am trying to get a solenoid to turn on for a flame table.

I am needing M100 to turn on output #0 (which is plug12, pin 0 ).

If I can figure out how to do it once, I can repeat it for the other 3 solenoids and just change the Mxx and the output *********.



HiCON Motion Controller / I/o question
« on: April 19, 2020, 10:38:02 PM »
Hi all-

I have my hicon integra connected to my clear path servos.   I have everything working so far.

I also have the pnp version of the I/O card.

I have my solenoid valves connected to output #1,#2, and #3.   When I go to the HiCON diagnostic screen, I can turn the outputs on and off.

How do I turn output #1 to M code *********. Can some one point me in the right direction?


HiCON Motion Controller / Re: trying to tune my motors
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:14:06 PM »
Thanks, I did not know that.    I have to wait for warmer weather so I can open the shop doors and get my internet connection.

HiCON Motion Controller / trying to tune my motors
« on: March 19, 2020, 06:20:14 PM »
Hi all-

My plasma table has not worked in years, so I decided it was time for a rebuild.

I ordered a HiCON integra from Vital systems, and switched from Mach 3 to Mach 4

I have to table moving in all directions, but it is choppy at best for the y and Z.

Can someone explain how to tune the motors in both Mach 4 and the Hicon configuration page?

they are 850 IN oz  motors with a 5 to 1 gear box



General Mach Discussion / Is this possible?
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:04:24 PM »
I am trying to convert an old Amada NC ironworker over to newer controls.   My old controller died a few years ago, but I was able to get it repaired.   It died again, and the company that repaired it has gone out of business.

For the most part the controller is simple.   The hydraulic pump, and a cylinder that goes up and down, a turntable, and the NC locator that moves back and forth.

Is it possible to have a Mach screen that I can enter a length--- say 4 inches, then have the locator move 4 inches, the ironworker punches, then repeat ********* number of times?

What type of controller do I need?   



General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 starts on its own
« on: June 29, 2015, 10:23:48 PM »

Good guess!  I unplugged the pendant and the movement stopped.

When I plugged the pendant back in, it started to move again.

I use the probing routine to find the top of the plate.   This is not working now either.

When the program runs, it goes to the first top of the plate z move, then scrolls to the end of the program fast.

the x and y axis move on their own very slowly.

could the plug in be corrupted ?


General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 starts on its own
« on: June 29, 2015, 01:42:30 PM »
I turned on my flame table today, powered everything up, and pressed the red RESET button and the Y axis started to move on its own.   I have not made any changes, or added any updates.

I am using Toms CandCNC BOB, and it has a LED for each axis and it flashes when Mach3 tells the axis to move.   This LED for the Y axis is flashing, so Mach is telling the axis to move.

any idea where to start?


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