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First Post - need some set-up guidance
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:39:56 PM »
Hi folks, this is my first Post. 

I'm hoping to get some guidance...  based on everything I've read here over the last few months, and the huge experience pool that clearly exists in this forum, I'm very confident that the answer will be obvious to most of you and perhaps be able to quickly point out what I've done wrong... 

Well,  I just recently finished building my machine, and started setting it up.... Everything seemed to be working, but then the motors stopped responding. I was trying to tune them at the time and must have dome something wrong.

My machine has one bipolar motor, and two 8 wire unipolar motors wired in bipolar parallel.

Drives = 3 Gecko 201's

All of my limit switches are all normally closed with an external 5 volt supply to pull high on pin 13.

EStop is wired similarly to pin 10.

Ground is pin 19
Ground Limit Pin 18
Z = Step Pin 7
Z = Dir Pin 6
Y = Step Pin 5
Y = Dir Pin 4
X = Step Pin 3
X Dir Pin 2

I have attached a word doc with a few screen shots...  Didn't know how to include the XML file ( or if I was looking in the right place)...


Thinking that someone else will see it right away....

Thanks in advance for your help.

Pete

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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2008, 09:43:32 PM »
Pete, you find your xml file in your C:\Mach3 folder. Will be Machmill.xml or whatever profile your using. If it is a default profile name, you will need to rename it before you can post it.  In your motor tuning page, set the step and direction times to 5 and see if that helps. Also make sure your not getting an e-stop signal and that jog is enabled.

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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2008, 11:36:22 PM »
Pete,

    I'm curious why you have the step signals set to active low in the pin config?  Also, I'd disable all the limits until you have the motors working right, just to eliminate a possible are of confusion.
    When you try to move, do the Mach DROs indicate Mach believes the axes are in motion?

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Ray L.
Regards,
Ray L.

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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 11:10:09 AM »
Ray, I am curious why you are curious why he has step pins set active low :)


Pete
 Do the DROs for X Y and Z move when you jog via keyboard?
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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 01:19:53 PM »
Hood,

    I'm curious why you're curious why I'm curious....  :-)

    Setting the step polarity wrong can cause lost steps on direction change with some controllers, depending on what the timing is, delays through the BOB, etc.

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Ray L.
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Ray L.

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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2008, 01:23:10 PM »
The reason I was curious why you were curious was I was curious as my G202's are set active low.
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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2008, 01:48:55 PM »
Hood,

    Yup, with drivers having opto inputs, active low is the way to go.   But for others....

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Ray L.
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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2008, 03:21:27 PM »
OK so as the OP has  G201's he is best active low as he has then?
Hood
Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2008, 06:34:49 PM »
Wow!

Thanks for all of the feedback!

Very much appreciated....

looks like I had two challenges... Almost hate to admit it....


1) As Brett suggested, I looked to see if Jog was on and in fact it had been turned off...

and 2)  One of the wires to one of my motors had become disconnected due to a poor solder joint.

Great Idea to disable the limit switches...

Everything seems to be working ok now except the Estop tends to get triggered too often......


Thanks again.

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Re: First Post - need some set-up guidance
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2008, 06:39:01 PM »
Sounds like noise on your limits, do you have shielded cables? If so do you have the shielding grounded at the control end only and all at the same point? Try setting the debounce to 2000 and see if that helps, if it does then lower a bit at a time until you hit the problems again.
 Having the debounce at zero is the ideal you should aim for so shielded wiring for limits is really a must but the debounce will let you know if its noise or not.
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