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Plasma Arc Timer?
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:04:23 AM »
I don't think this is already featured in Mach but is it possible to add a cumulative Arc-On timer plus maybe a pierce counter??

Both would be reasonably easy to add as external units but that would not show on the screen.

Needs to be cumulative and have a reset button.

It would aid greatly in tracking consumable life for job pricing etc.
Bridgeport Mill, Mach3 V062, CSMIO-IP/A controller, AC Servo Drives

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Re: Plasma Arc Timer?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2014, 09:03:18 AM »
This has now been made possible :)

I asked on another forum (plasmaspider) and a kind member stepped in and fixed it.

I now have two more DRO's on my screen - "Seconds" and "Pierce Count" plus two reset buttons and a "timer running" LED.

A quick modification to the M03 and M05 macro and that was it, works perfectly, exactly what was needed.

I have asked the guy that sorted it to do a write up as I am unsure if there was any code written behind the scenes.
Bridgeport Mill, Mach3 V062, CSMIO-IP/A controller, AC Servo Drives