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  1. I was going to say I never had any major E-Stop issues with my Denford Cyclone lathe (from what I've seen, Denford used a pretty standard E-stop setup across most of their machines), but then the KFlop allowed me a lot more flexibility in handling E-stops, and I added extra relays so the servo fault outputs triggered an E-stop. However to achieve clearing a drive fault situation, I had to use a custom program in the KFlop that clears the E-stop signal, then waits for all the drives to exit fault status before resuming normal business.
    I used Kinco servos from Zapp, which allowed me to configure inputs/outputs how I wanted them to work, but I'm not sure what drives you're using, or what timing sequence they need.
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    I'm guessing your problem is the Drive Enable/Drive Fault timing once you're into an e-stop?
    Your DER should be connected to a Drive Enable output from Mach3, so unless Mach is active, nothing should move. Simplest option may be to add an override push button to disconnect the drive fault input and/or trigger the drive reset so you can fool Mach into exiting an e-stop, and get the drives back online/out of fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    I was going to say I never had any major E-Stop issues with my Denford Cyclone lathe (from what I've seen, Denford used a pretty standard E-stop setup across most of their machines), but then the KFlop allowed me a lot more flexibility in handling E-stops, and I added extra relays so the servo fault outputs triggered an E-stop. However to achieve clearing a drive fault situation, I had to use a custom program in the KFlop that clears the E-stop signal, then waits for all the drives to exit fault status before resuming normal business.
    I used Kinco servos from Zapp, which allowed me to configure inputs/outputs how I wanted them to work, but I'm not sure what drives you're using, or what timing sequence they need.
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    I'm guessing your problem is the Drive Enable/Drive Fault timing once you're into an e-stop?
    Your DER should be connected to a Drive Enable output from Mach3, so unless Mach is active, nothing should move. Simplest option may be to add an override push button to disconnect the drive fault input and/or trigger the drive reset so you can fool Mach into exiting an e-stop, and get the drives back online/out of fault.
    Yep, spot on. Mine is about DER timing I feel. As the Denford uses inverse logic, its been a bit more painful as the CS Labs unit cannot provide 'switch on this 0V option' from what I can see. I also dont understand why, when Mach3 goes into 'reset mode' that the machine moves itself in X and Y positive direction. I think disabling the drives will help here, currently the DER relay is kept powered (well, zeroed, 24V is permanent) via hardwiring. Ill swap the logic and then use one of the enable outputs, like what I am doing with the new Kinco drive that replaced a damaged IRT drive.

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    Thoughts on this to drive Mach3?

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/comput...ml#srcid=11026

    Pros:-

    Touchscreen
    Fairly Cheap
    Windows copy is legal

    Cons:-

    Not massively powerful, but its not a Pentium 4 either
    Not a lot of upgrade options.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Chaz View Post
    Yep, spot on. Mine is about DER timing I feel. As the Denford uses inverse logic, its been a bit more painful as the CS Labs unit cannot provide 'switch on this 0V option' from what I can see.
    Just swap the relay wiring. Instead of having the relay having a permanent 24V with switched 0V, swap it so it's got a permanent 0V with the 24V coming via the CS.
    also dont understand why, when Mach3 goes into 'reset mode' that the machine moves itself in X and Y positive direction. I think disabling the drives will help here, currently the DER relay is kept powered (well, zeroed, 24V is permanent) via hardwiring.
    That's the way analogue drives work. When the controller is active and running closed loop, it's continually adjusting the supplied voltage to hold the servo stationary, remove the closed loop or disconnect the control wire, and most servos will move, due to the internal circuit design and/or even interference/noise generate in the wiring. That's why the drive should be disabled when the controller isn't active. Most modern servo drives do let you program in a 'deadband' zone, which allows you to create a voltage range where the drive will not move, but it's not something that's needed when a CNC controller is involved. It's a feature more aimed at where servos are being manually controlled via something like a speed pot, where you need a stationery position from a basic voltage control.

    Ill swap the logic and then use one of the enable outputs, like what I am doing with the new Kinco drive that replaced a damaged IRT drive.
    One thing to note with the Kinco drives (certainly the CD4x2 ones I used), is you can invert the input/output logic via the software. IIRC by default, things like fault outputs are only activated on a fault (bad choice from a failsafe point of view, as it means any fault in the fault circuit could cause the fault signal to go unnoticed), but can be swapped by clicking the suitable button on the input/output config screen (that's not the correct name, but I've not got the software installed to check just now!)
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by Chaz View Post
    Thoughts on this to drive Mach3?

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/comput...ml#srcid=11026

    Pros:-

    Touchscreen
    Fairly Cheap
    Windows copy is legal

    Cons:-

    Not massively powerful, but its not a Pentium 4 either
    Not a lot of upgrade options.
    Capacitive or Resistive touchscreen?
    Capacitive is useless in a workshop environment, as it doesn't like gloves, or oily/wet fingers (just try a touchscreen phone with wet/cold/oily fingers to get a good example of just how poor they are!)
    Resistive isn't quite as accurate, but doesn't care what you use to touch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    Just swap the relay wiring. Instead of having the relay having a permanent 24V with switched 0V, swap it so it's got a permanent 0V with the 24V coming via the CS.

    That's the way analogue drives work. When the controller is active and running closed loop, it's continually adjusting the supplied voltage to hold the servo stationary, remove the closed loop or disconnect the control wire, and most servos will move, due to the internal circuit design and/or even interference/noise generate in the wiring. That's why the drive should be disabled when the controller isn't active. Most modern servo drives do let you program in a 'deadband' zone, which allows you to create a voltage range where the drive will not move, but it's not something that's needed when a CNC controller is involved. It's a feature more aimed at where servos are being manually controlled via something like a speed pot, where you need a stationery position from a basic voltage control.


    One thing to note with the Kinco drives (certainly the CD4x2 ones I used), is you can invert the input/output logic via the software. IIRC by default, things like fault outputs are only activated on a fault (bad choice from a failsafe point of view, as it means any fault in the fault circuit could cause the fault signal to go unnoticed), but can be swapped by clicking the suitable button on the input/output config screen (that's not the correct name, but I've not got the software installed to check just now!)
    Thanks, agreed on swapping polarity, done that with the Spindle Relay already.

    On the Kinco, I cant get my Serial / USB cable to work, so its all been done by hand. Sometimes the drive doesnt like being reset and I need to fiddle a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    Capacitive or Resistive touchscreen?
    Capacitive is useless in a workshop environment, as it doesn't like gloves, or oily/wet fingers (just try a touchscreen phone with wet/cold/oily fingers to get a good example of just how poor they are!)
    Resistive isn't quite as accurate, but doesn't care what you use to touch it.
    Oh, I dont know actually. I dont think the PC World lads will know either. Any way to know / check based on anything visible? In the same breath, if you said '99.9% of all screens are capacitive', then that answers it. Suppose Ill take my biking gloves and see if it works on a demo unit. If it does, it must be resistive.

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    Slightly off topic.

    Suggested vendors for:-

    Alu, Brass - Clickmetal?
    Decent Quality endmills / engraving bits / etc ?
    T Nuts (I got some with the machine, but not enough) - 10mm.
    Parallel bars etc (the items you put under material in a vice to ensure its flat)
    General holding kit - ebay has loads, what is the quality like?

    Thanks

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    The CS Labs unit actually has something called 'HV Enable'. Its for enabling drives, just wired it, works well. It will stop within 1ms if there is a fault or anything that it is not happy with.

  10. What USB/Serial lead have you got?
    There was an issue recently with FTDI clones, and FTDI releasing a windows driver that bricked them.
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    I'd guess the screen will be capacitive, but the quick check is to try working it with something like the blunt end/top of a pen.
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    Alu/brass, figure out what you need and do some searching. If you'll be buying full lengths/sheets, it's often worth trying your local metal suppliers. Personally, I use a mix of local for full size bits, metalsandplastics for cut alu/brass bars, and ebay for odds and ends for one off projects.
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    Endmills I mostly use APT (shop-apt.co.uk IIRC), as I know I'm getting decent cutters. Ebay is cheaper, but I've found quality can vary. Before you buy anything, run some figures through FS Wizard / G-Wizard (I personally prefer FS Wizard/HSM Advisor as HSMA I think is easier to use/configure) and try out different speeds/sizes/flutes and compare to what power/feedrates you have available. On a Triac, I'd guess you'll be wanting 2 flute to keep a decent chipload for the given RPM/feedrates, but run the figures and see.
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    Holding Kits, you can't really go wrong with the generic T-slot kits from ebay as a starting point. Once you get going and have some experience, you'll probably find you'll want to invest in other mounting methods depending on what you're doing. I'm just in the process (was, I'm currently waiting for a helicoil kit after I picked up a 4.8mm drill instead of the 4.2 to make a couple M5 threads) of making up a work plate that'll use Mitee bite clamps to hold flat bar in place, as I'm fed up with clamps being in the way and needing extra material to clamp.
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    For other bits, ArcEuroTrade is good. Not the cheapest, but they're stuff is always good quality, unlike some of the ebay offerings. They also dispatch quickly. Personally, just buy what you need when you need it. I've got stuff I bought years ago that I thought would be handy, but has never been used. On the other hand, it can be annoying not being able to get a quick job done because you've not got that couple pound widget that would make it so much easier!
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