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Amateur question - mach3 with plc
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:24:45 AM »
Hey guys.

Curious to hear how you incorporate a plc into a mach3 setup. Would be wanting to have the plc look after all inputs and outputs (where possible) also tool changes. I get the plc programming side of things but how does the plc tell mach3 what is going on.
Do you use something like Ethernet connection between pc and mach3

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Re: Amateur question - mach3 with plc
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 11:10:37 AM »
Hello DeanoM,
        You would communicate with the PLC via modbus. You would pass information to and from the PLC with macros, the macro pump, brains or a combination of those. We have tutor videos in our help and learning section and you can find lots of examples here on the forum. I'm not a big fan of brains myself and try to stick to macros/macro pump. I would also read the Mach3 programmers reference manual. It can be found in the manuals section of the help and learning page.

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Re: Amateur question - mach3 with plc
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2014, 08:37:02 AM »
Thanks. Off to do more reading