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    Hi,

    I work for an Italian chain of restaurants based in South West London.
    We happen to have a Zenbot machine apparently purchased in Texas a few years ago. We never managed to make it work properly.

    We managed to use the designing software but the machine wasn't following our instructions correctly. And at the moment it's not even moving.

    We are looking for someone that can advise us or even come and have a look at it.

    If you need any further information to understand our problem better please do not hesitate to ask.

    Thank you,

    Valeria

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    Daft question maybe but have you contacted Zenbot about it ? Zenbot CNC Routers
    Last edited by EddyCurrent; 09-10-2013 at 03:16 PM.

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    Problem with Zenbot, esp in the early days, was they were often sold in kit form with no Control Box and the User built there own.
    If they did provide control box it would more than likely had Gecko drives inside and depending on how old could be G540 4 axis board.

    I'm too far away to help with a visit but if you can provide GOOD pictures of inside the box and better description of exactly what's happening or not happening. IE: which lights come on etc or any noises or movement etc when switched on. Then I'm sure will be able to identify any problems.

    The control software will almost certainly be Mach3 and it could be something very simple why it's not moving, such has loose or broken wire causing an e-stop condition. Any incorrect movement will probably be just a setup issue regards motors.

    Give good clear description and we should have working in no time if it's not broken or identify what's wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAZZCNC View Post
    Problem with Zenbot, esp in the early days, was they were often sold in kit form with no Control Box and the User built there own.
    If they did provide control box it would more than likely had Gecko drives inside and depending on how old could be G540 4 axis board.

    I'm too far away to help with a visit but if you can provide GOOD pictures of inside the box and better description of exactly what's happening or not happening. IE: which lights come on etc or any noises or movement etc when switched on. Then I'm sure will be able to identify any problems.

    The control software will almost certainly be Mach3 and it could be something very simple why it's not moving, such has loose or broken wire causing an e-stop condition. Any incorrect movement will probably be just a setup issue regards motors.

    Give good clear description and we should have working in no time if it's not broken or identify what's wrong.
    Hi JazzCNC,

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I know that we managed to use the software and make the machine move but it wasn't following our instructions properly. And recently it's not moving at all.

    We used Mach3 as you already guessed but we had problems with it. Maybe you could advise us on where to find it? Maybe more recent version of it?

    I will attach the pictures of the control box. If they are not enough I can send more.

    Thank you for your help,

    Valeria
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    Hi EddyCurrent,

    I think we did contact them, but I can try again!

    Thanks!

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    I'm quite familiar with that particular mechatronics board (it was my main board until recently)

    A couple of obvious questions....

    1. The DC plug needs 24V ....you do have a 24V PSU don't you?

    2. Also, do you have a 25 way ribbon cable & a PC with a parallel port to connect it to?


    If so, then this will be surely mach3 config that's the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HankMcSpank View Post
    I'm quite familiar with that particular mechatronics board (it was my main board until recently)

    If so, then this will be surely mach3 config that's the problem.
    Ermmm. . with all the troubles you had with these allegro chips I'm surprised at you saying that Hank. . Lol

    That said one of the beauty's of this board is the important bits that blow are easy replaced.

    Valeria,
    First you need to confirm the board is alive so plug it in and see what happens.? Watch for lights and listen carefully if motors make any noises or if they go stiff or twitch.

    I don't see any other wires or sockets for external connections going to the Boards inputs so thinking there must not be any E-stop buttons or Limit switches etc on the machine.
    This could actually be the cause because if the Control Software(Mach3) is set to watch a certain pin on the board then it won't allow Mach to restart.
    So provided the board is still alive, which would imagine it will have some Led or light to show(Hank should know where to look) So Does Mach3 Restart.?
    If yes to Board working and Mach3 restarting then like Hank says chances are it's a Setup problem if no movement.
    So if you have no idea how to set Mach3 Motor inputs etc then best option would be for you to post Mach 3 file you use and we can check it out for you.

    To find this file go to the Mach3 folder and look for file ending XML and with the Same name has the Profile you click on when starting Mach3 IE Mach3Mill.XML

    Then you may need to ZIP it up to post. With this we can see how it's set and make any changes and post back for you.

    Provided the boards not fried then we should have you moving easy enough.
    Last edited by JAZZCNC; 10-10-2013 at 06:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAZZCNC View Post
    Ermmm. . with all the troubles you had with these allegro chips I'm surprised at you saying that Hank. . Lol
    Lol, well during the time I owned it..I never has all three ICs blow at once (they blew in staggered formation - to cause the most inconvenience!). To be fair 50% of the IC blow outs were my fault (ignorance/sloppiness) ....but that particular board is not a great design because the IC holder contacts get dirty over time, leading to poor pin contact (result = no workeee as you'd want)


    Quote Originally Posted by JAZZCNC View Post
    That said one of the beauty's of this board is the important bits that blow are easy replaced.
    which is a blessing but also a curse because like I say, I don't think the IC holders are up to it. So it's sort of circular problem ...i.e. the board doesn't work well because of the design, but you can change the ICs out easily because of the board design!

    I still think (assuming 24V is plugged in to the board & a 25w ribbon connecting the control box back to the PC is in place) that if *none* of the axises are working, then it's likely to be a Mach 3 config problem (cos from recollection it wasn't that simple to configure the mechatronics board as a n00b in MAch 3)
    Last edited by HankMcSpank; 10-10-2013 at 07:44 PM.

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    Anyone electrically trained would start at the power supply, it may be a good idea therefore to enlist a local electrician who could follow the advice from members of this forum to eliminate that side of the hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddyCurrent View Post
    Anyone electrically trained would start at the power supply, it may be a good idea therefore to enlist a local electrician who could follow the advice from members of this forum to eliminate that side of the hardware.
    You raise a valid point, so for the removal of all doubt, I'll change my earlier post from...

    Quote Originally Posted by HankMcSpank View Post

    1. The DC plug needs 24V ....you do have a 24V PSU don't you?
    to...

    1. The DC plug needs 24V ....you do have a known working 24V PSU don't you?

    !!!!

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