View Full Version : Mach3 Showing Emergency Triggered

02-12-2017, 01:13 PM

I am suffering from an emergency being triggered in Mach3 for no apperent reason. The error is quite rare some sessions its not there other sessions its happens 10 - 20 times The error obviously stops the machine dead. I can reset and continue normal movements. Sometimes the machine will error and stop when using manual rapid travel to reposition the cutter. I have a latched relay on the Emergency/Limits circuit, if there is a true emergency then I need to push a button to re-latch that relay before being able to reset in Mach3. When this (fake) error is shown in Mach3 the emergency relay is not de-latched. I first thought is was the limit relays bouncing from cutter vibration and becuase it was a very short time period for the error the relay did not have time to de-latch but Mach3 caught it. I ruled this out becuase I shorted the emergency cicuit and it still occurs. Today the emergency was being triggered a lot, this followed me making a change in Fusion360 when post processing, I used smoothing which from what I can tell dramatically reduces G-Code line count by replacing point to point movements with fewer radius movements. The smoothed G-Code wont run but the normal will. The smoothed G-Code is around 9k lines the normal is 32k.
Can anyone suggest a reason or how and where to look first. Its running kit from CNC4YOU, HG08, CW-5045, SwitchMode PSU, WinXP 2.4MhZ

02-12-2017, 01:20 PM
It's likely to be electro-magnetic noise, have you tried setting the debounce timing to a much higher setting?

02-12-2017, 01:28 PM
It's likely to be electro-magnetic noise, have you tried setting the debounce timing to a much higher setting?Never set debounce Any suggestion on starting value? Cheers

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02-12-2017, 07:03 PM
Try 1000, if that's still problematic try 2000, then 3000 and 4000.
Something else worth trying is running the PC from a separate socket as far from the machine as possible via an extension lead, don't ask why but this does work, I swapped the mains feed to the 1hp VFD on my little CNC mill to a socket 5m away and it eliminated the noise issues,

03-12-2017, 06:59 PM
I had this, or a similar problem, where the Estop was triggered randomly with a 'Driver Watchdog' error. I found a setting in General Config which sorted it. To the best of my recollection it was 'Use Watchdogs', which when ticked cured the fault.

What error message do you get when the Estop is activated ?