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Galil / Re: Please help me. mach3 + galil + cincinati + analog drive
« on: July 17, 2011, 11:59:24 PM »
What Galil controller?

Galil / Re: DMC-41x3 supported?
« on: July 17, 2011, 11:58:24 PM »
Just register it as a 21x3 in the Smart Term.  It's an Ethernet controller and it will work.  Don't attempt to load 21x3 firmware on your controller.  You may have to manually assign an IP address to your controller.


Galil / Re: what galil card works best
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:43:51 PM »
I like the Econo Ethernet controllers.  21x3 and 41x3.


Galil / Re: Retrofitting big router
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:37:05 PM »
1.  4143 will do fine.  The 4040 will be overkill, but they are nice!
2.  If you have never tuned a servo PID loop, then I would suggest you buy the Galil Tools software.
3.  I like Ethernet.  1 wire to the Mach computer instead of many.  The Galil can sit in the control cabinet and make your retro-fitting life a lot easier.

BTW, you will need a Galil axis to control your spindle.  So take your total servos and add one axis for the spindle to come up with the total number of axes you need on the Galil.


Contec / Re: Which Contec cards work with the plugin and which don't
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:00:25 AM »
No, it is for I/O only.  :(

For people who wish to use (or keep using) the printer port, it will be around as long as Win7 32bit is.  What's that?, 5 to 8 years?  So the basics can still be had.  It's not going away anytime soon.  It's just you can have the basics and Win 7 64bit.


Galil / Re: Mach3 with a DMC-2162 (Aero)
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:14:07 AM »
Backlash is not handled for external motion controllers.  Only the printer port.  Contact Galil for a firmware upgrade that will handle backlash and screw compensation.  (They may charge for it, as it is an option when purchasing a controller from them.) 


Galil / Re: limits not being disabled
« on: February 19, 2011, 04:20:07 PM »
Yes, you will get an error 22 if both limits are active at the same time.  We do not use the LD command, as it is specific to the Accelera controllers only.  :(

What you could do it use the Notify commands from the RefAll button script to send your disable LD commands to the controller when the home operation starts and the re-enable LD commands when the home operation stops. 

Change the script to something like this:

Notify( 3000 ) ' disable limits for the X, Y and Z axes.
DoButton( 24 )
DoButton( 23 )
DoButton( 22 )
DoButton( 25 )
Notify( 3001 ) ' enable limits for the X, Y and Z axes.


Then in the plugin config Notify tab, add some Galil commands to ID 3000 and 3001

3000: LD 3,3,3
3001: LD 0,0,0

But...  you will still have problems jogging off a limit switch if you hit one during normal operation.  So you may want to add a button to your screen (using screen4) and do a similar disable limits Notify call so that you can move off the switch.


Galil / Re: limits not being disabled
« on: February 18, 2011, 06:29:33 PM »
BTW, thanks for posting your GalilDebug.txt file.  It really helps us answer questions. 


Galil / Re: limits not being disabled
« on: February 18, 2011, 06:26:58 PM »
You have your + and - limits swapped.  When a limit is triggered, you can only move the axis AWAY from the switch.  Otherwise, you will get error 22. 

In your case, when the axis hit the limit, the homing routines reverse the motion.  But the the Galil thinks that the reversed motion is toward the switch!

Just re-wire to swap the limits.