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torch controll manual operation
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:58:34 PM »
ok for some time now  I been asking.   I need to fire the torch and be able jog the machine  I get told m3 fires the torch  well it does not on my system
if I put m3 in the mdi the only thing that happens is the torch lowers about a 1/4 inch every medi start push . history says no reference found  keep pushing it keeps going down once the digital in switch hits nothing works
then I cant move the jog button  I have to disable then enable to clear what ever gets stuck  

I do have a torch on button when I push that torch lowers then digital input triggers torch fires . but the jog buttons do not work till torch turns off

what am I doing wrong  or is there some thing wrong  this has never worked since day 1  being able to manualy move the torch would realy help me to make small cuts
im getting tired of making lines in cad and cam posting them its getting old
I know there is a firmware update and a new arch pro screen update I did not load  . I did  not want to make things worse  

also I have a thc down light on all the time once you enable this is a mach diag light  not a screen thc light
this is something in the soft ware it self its not a wire there are no led on in the controller
changing input status in mach does nothing  I  loaded mach 4 demo in another computer and installed the arch pro screen
not hooked to the controller it does the same thing  ....   the thc up down does work the lights on the screen go on and off test the proma and using it and the z goes up down

I spoke with someone on the phone several weeks ago.  about all of the above was told I get an email you look in to this  I never got an answer

would loading the new arch pro screen fix this   please let me know  

thanks jeff coldon    
Re: torch controll manual operation
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 10:26:43 PM »
op date I loaded a fresh demo of mach 4  installed the new arch pro screen

I see the same green light on for thc down in the mach diag screen

and if I use m3 and cycle start the mdi  the jog buttons do not work till you push stop
this is not hooked to the controller with this test 
so how does one fire the torch and jog the software 

thanks jeff coldon

Re: torch controll manual operation
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 10:06:11 AM »

We recommend you use the latest ArcPro screen for Mach4, available for download from the Vital Systems website.

If you want to turn on the torch and jog the machine using this screen you will need to disable the THC Mode. There is a button on the screen for THC Mode. The LED next to the button should not be on. Once you disable the THC Mode you can fire the torch using the M3 command in MDI and you can then jog the machine. If you would like, you can contact us via email or call our office directly. We can also help you by connecting to the machine remotely if you would prefer.
Re: torch controll manual operation
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 11:55:06 AM »
ok thanks I will try I have some time to day to check  I don't think I tried with the thc off that might be the problem 
then ill do screen shots and do the upgrade  I upgrade the firmware also
if I have trouble ill give you guys a call