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ATC in HiCON Integra 7866?
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:56:14 PM »

I'm making a CNC machine
The motor will use a clearpass servo motor.

I started making a new CNC machine to make ATC (automatic tool change).
At first, I decided to upgrade my Chinese 6040 CNC to ATC.
In the end, I decided to make everything new.

We are planning to manufacture 3-axis milling type CNC.
I will be using the HiCON Integra 7866.

As I build my system, I have the most questions.
CNC thinks that it is not difficult to prepare motors and hardware.

I want to implement ATC, but I want to know the overall layout of it.

Method 1
Using HiCON Integra 7866, after the spindle moves to the tool change position, it receives the relay output, operates my motor, moves the tool to the required position, controls the air cylinder, and notifies Mach 4 of the success of tool change and tool change.
(No separate hardware and equipment required, necessary motor control, relay output can be received from HiCON Integra 7866)

Method 2
With HiCON Integra 7866 and the spindle moves to the tool change position, relay output. Perform the necessary operation on my separate hardware (Raspberry Pi, etc.) (relay control, motor control, air cylinder control)
When finished, relay output is passed back to Mach 4

How do I make the easiest and fastest way to implement ATC?
I want to make it as simple as possible
I can develop and make a simple embedded board,
Can I implement the functionality for ATC in HiCON Integra 7866?
Is the required hardware sold separately? (Software license, etc?)

Or do I need a separate system? (Modbus connection etc?)

Please tell me how to implement it easily with HiCON Integra 7866 so I can envision an ATC system.
Re: ATC in HiCON Integra 7866?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2020, 08:00:53 AM »
You will get more responses if  you put this request in the Mach4 General Discussion. 
But, I can let you know what we do.  We use the HiCON to control all functions that need to be controlled by the motion controller, Homing, Probing, and for us the Spindle control.
Everything else we run the a PLC.  You can use the HiCON to control everything, Vital Systems sells additional hardware to have more IO. 
It all comes down on how you want to run and program your machine to work.  We use TCP Modbus between Mach4 and the PLC we use.  You can send and receive information between both mach4 and the plc. 

You have to buy a Mach4 license.  They are About $200.00 for the hobby version.
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