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HiCON Motion Controller / Re: Motors won't sit still
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:51:19 PM »
Yes I can understand that but this is a live machine. Did not have this problem with the previous drives. And does not do it unless Mach is running. See videos here


HiCON Motion Controller / Motors won't sit still
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:51:47 AM »
I have been running my Mach3/Intergra (closed loop option) machine for a few years no problem with Maxsine drives & servos. A drive recently failed and I changed drives to the next larger model (TL10F to TL15F) which required setting parameters and  re-tuning the drives. So I got that all done and everything mostly works.

However when Mach is running the DRO's for X & Y are bouncing around by .0001 or so. There is a monitor utility in the Maxsine software that confirms the motors are actually moving. If I kill Mach the movement stops. I'm trying to figure out what I missed.

Thanks for any input!

General Mach Discussion / Machine loses position on first load of Mach3
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:23:47 AM »
Not sure exactly how to describe the subject

We just completed a refit of our Series 2 Bridgeport using a Hicon motion controller, servos and drivers. All that stuff works great.

We are not homing the machine currently or using any offsets currently, we just move the machine to where we want X, Y & Z 0 then click the Zero x, y & z buttons.

Next we load a program and run it.

We found out the hard way that the first time the program is run the axis 0 positions have somehow changed. If we re-zero it and run again it is fine. It's also fine if we load and run a different program. It is fine all day, the only time it does this is if we close Mach and restart it.

Something tells me it is related to not homing the machine.

Brains Development / Just a little beginners help with brains
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:20:12 PM »
New to brains, just need a little push to get started.

I want to set the pulley from an input. I currently have

Input3 - compare=0 - formula = 1 - dro current pulley
Input3 - compare=1 - formula = 2 - dro current pulley

I change the input and nothing happens. Is this the right approach? I swear just point me in the right direction and I will figure it out from there!

HiCON Motion Controller / Charge pump
« on: August 11, 2014, 05:20:55 PM »
How can I implement the charge pump or watch dog?

Galil / Re: Help with general inputs
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:31:44 AM »
I think I finally have it straight as far as the pins/inputs.

I used pins 37-40 and hooked them to Inputs 1- 4, so I can use them at this point. Those are actually inputs 5-8 on my second board at Galil connections 61-64

Is there a chart anyplace showing the Mach pins and Galil pin assignments?  I suppose it would be different for the various Galil models.

Galil / Help with general inputs
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:38:24 PM »
I currently have a number of switches hooked to my Galil DMC 1850 inputs 5,6,7 & 8 on the second ICM.  There is a pendant that I got with my Camsoft that is hooked to the first ICM and for now I want to leave it there.
So I want to hook the switched to the Mach inputs 1-4.  It looks like the terminals on the Galil board ICM1900 are 61-64, but this is board/connector #2. So I am thinking that is actually inputs 9-16, yes?  What do I use for the pins in Mach?

 Bingo   :) - turns out I do have the opto, but in taking the cover off the ICM I realized I have all those outputs on the secondary one. So I swapped the pins for 1-8 and 9-16. Now I have coolant and spindle. I have a few more challenges and I think I am ready to make chips.

1) This machine was originally a varispeed. We took off the sheaves and put on a HTD belt & VFD. I have a micro switch on the hi/lo gear lever that I used in my old setup (camsoft) to change the drive direction automatically as needed. So that is a Brain thing, yes?

2) Then I need to figure the best way to set the spindle speed in the vfd. I see a lot of discussions so I will do some more reading. I do have modbus on the drive but that is another thing I would have to learn from scratch.

3) Then I need something that will turn on the way lube only when running a program

4) Last (at least for now) I need to add a button on the screen to hit one of the outputs for an air cylinder that is on the spindle brake. And make sure it releases when the spindle goes live.

I see,  kind of like "it hurts when I walk this way" then don't walk that way! lol
I did find a setting for the board in the comunication paramaters for "stall thread". It seems to have made a differance.

Now I am stuck on getting my relays to work. Should I start a new thread?

I have my ports & pins set up per the plug-in instructions, and the outputs set in the spindle setup to = the galil outputs = my relays for fwd, rev and coolant.

The correct outputs are hot in the diagnostic screen but the actual relays are not getting hit. I do have 2 ICM-1900 as this is a 5 axis card.   Am I correct that outputs 1-8 are on the first board and 9-16 are on the second?

There is something else going on. I cannot pin down what it is that causes the error. It appears to be completely random. Re-booting does not seem to make a difference.

There is only a problem if I try to configure the Galil plug in. Aside from getting my steppers dialed in the motion is fine.

I am going to re-seat all the boards in the PC,  just in case and the cables conecting the board to the ICM-1900's in the machine, it has been years since I did that.

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