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    PWD's Avatar
    Lives in Chester, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 26-09-2016 Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 20. Received thanks 1 times, giving thanks to others 1 times.
    Hi wonder if anyone can help. I bought a CNC router from a chap a while ago now (about 5 months ago). Anyway have just started to set it up...when I bought it the guy advised me the VFD should be mounted as far away from the router as possible as it causes interference. Anyway mounted it about 7ft away from the mill which isn't as far away as he had it but due to the cable length/run around my workshop walls this is as physically far as I can get it. OK now if I turn on the mill without the spindle/VHD on everything works fine...however turn on the VFD and things start going awry...the stepper motors start making a grinding noise and creep the whole rig around in small steps. So is this correct is the VFD causing interference and if so I need to move it further away, which means buying a new length of cable...so which cable do I buy, is this any use. Many Thanks in advance.
    *Audiophile Shielded Mains Cable 2.5mm X 3 Core - DIY* | eBay
    Last edited by PWD; 24-11-2012 at 10:10 PM.

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    Lives in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 23-12-2016 Has been a member for 7-8 years. Has a total post count of 693. Received thanks 30 times, giving thanks to others 0 times.
    I'm suprised you're getting that amount of interference from an inverter, what make, size, spec, of inverter is it. I've run inverters in the same enclosure as the control electronics with no interference whatsoever, in fact the mains lead tends to be the main offender.

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    Lives in Chester, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 26-09-2016 Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 20. Received thanks 1 times, giving thanks to others 1 times.
    Its 1.5 Kw ...the cable is supposed to be shielded...but noticed some electrical tape may be covering a joint/slice about 5ft from the router.

    Cheers

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    Lives in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 23-12-2016 Has been a member for 7-8 years. Has a total post count of 693. Received thanks 30 times, giving thanks to others 0 times.
    i quite often put an inverter, stepper drivers, power supply, relays, bob, isolated 0-10v board, in the same 600 x 400mm case, with no problems at all.

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    Lives in Chester, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 26-09-2016 Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 20. Received thanks 1 times, giving thanks to others 1 times.
    The cable I have connected is about 15ft ...but due to the way it has to route from the machine to the VFD the VFD is about 8ft away from the control box for the steppers ....very small filter on the incoming. Do you think the problem is the cable?

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    Lives in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 23-12-2016 Has been a member for 7-8 years. Has a total post count of 693. Received thanks 30 times, giving thanks to others 0 times.
    what stepper drivers are you using

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    if people are saying it is fine running them close, then you either have older spec to them or you have a dodgy component somewhere and the seller knew this but just blamed it on keeping the vfd distant from the rest to cover his back

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    Lives in Chester, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 26-09-2016 Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 20. Received thanks 1 times, giving thanks to others 1 times.
    Hi spec as I have it is
    NEMA23 motors 22kg
    micro stepper for 400 to 25000 spt
    4.2A Industrial Grade micro stepper drive

    Is this the info ?

    Guy did show me it working before collection..and it did cut some nice stuff well enough in fairness....just this is the first time it moved in 5 months

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    Lives in Chester, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 26-09-2016 Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 20. Received thanks 1 times, giving thanks to others 1 times.
    many thanks for that guys..especially Clanzer

    To belt and brace it I will replace the cable between the VFD and the spindle and fit some more EMI's whilst carefully planing the route ...question though...is this the correct cable required and what is the 4 pin connector plug called that connects to the spindle (looks like xlr )...will try and source a new one for a nice new solder fix.(if anyone knows from were that would help) also is there any limit to emi's fitted...have a few here so shall I stick em on adjacent equipment wires
    BELDEN 19364 SHIELDED MAINS POWER CABLE PER METRE | eBay

    If this is the correct cable I understand the drain wire should be earthed at the VFM end only..yes?

    Cheers again..very grateful
    Last edited by PWD; 25-11-2012 at 11:02 AM.

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