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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #360 on: July 28, 2016, 02:55:20 PM »
What OS you running Hood?

I got a reply from that PC supplier and it won't run XP, Win7 is the oldest, but thats not easily available anymore or free either?
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #361 on: July 28, 2016, 05:18:23 PM »
I have xp on all my machines but on the desktop here and at the workshop I have Win7. You can get a genuine key on eBay, either with or without a disc. I think I paid about £15 for each of the Win7 Ultimates I have, one registered no probs automatically the other I had to use the automated phone service but again it was painless.

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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #362 on: July 29, 2016, 02:14:39 AM »
Ok, thanks

Back to the encoder errors - yes it occurs when the drives are powered up.

I have a feeling it would not do it id the drives were powered before the CSMIO/Mach but then that would go against my safety system where you cant power the drives until mach is running.

I think i'll ignore it ;)
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #363 on: July 29, 2016, 05:17:38 AM »
Yes, not good to have the power stage of the drives enabled when Mach/IP-A is not.


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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #364 on: July 31, 2016, 10:23:12 AM »
Got the cabinet built today, an absolute monster and takes two to lift as i only had 3mm sheet in stock ;)

Its now sitting in the garden in satin black finish.

Also sorted out the mounting bars on the mill, just have to clean the crap out of the corner and pull the rack out to fit it :(
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #365 on: August 01, 2016, 05:33:15 AM »
Front panel, physical buttons

Ok, just designing my floating pendant control station, so far i have this to go on...

stainless keyboard with trackball,
hand pendant with jog wheel, axis and multiplier switches
E-stop
reset for safety system
cycle-start
feed-hold
stop
coolant auto-off-manual
spindle motor toggle

am i missing some buttons??
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #366 on: August 01, 2016, 06:48:46 PM »
Spindle and feed override pots.

For Coolant I have two buttons, flood for normal and mist I use for the washdown hose.

Reference button is another I have.

I have a button for switching the computer on which in turn powers the 24v system etc.

Did have a few others but never used so I changed their functions, one was changed to Optional Stop, use that quite a bit on the lathe, not quite so much on the mill but still handy.

Have a drawbar release button but dont think you have a power  drawbar so....

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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #367 on: August 02, 2016, 02:26:16 AM »
Oh, course, forgot the pots, got them.

no flood on mill - makes way too much mess on an open machine.

PC is auto-boot when mains comes on.

I was going to fit ref button - z axis only, but can see use for separate X, Y, Z ref buttons now,

No power drawbar ;)
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #368 on: August 06, 2016, 12:11:25 PM »
Finally made some progress...

Got the cabinet mount on the mill, and the pendant station cut and welded, then mounted on a suspension arm, pictures below.

Started laying out the main panel now. :)

Not all the holes in the station will have buttons, thought it best to cut spares and fit blanks just in case.

Slightly concerned about the strain on the 10mm stud holding the arm on the rear of the ram but it seems ok.
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Re: Bridgeport Knee Mill Conversion?
« Reply #369 on: August 07, 2016, 09:58:59 AM »
Started panel wiring today, one of my favourite parts of a build :)

Got the grounds and most of the neutrals in, plus the motor supply from the VFD to the terminal bar.
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