A bit worried about the missing pneumatic bits. Other thing that concerns me, how the heck do I move it?
Engine hoist or pump/pallet truck, tho you could just use steel bars and roll it on those into place, will need to of you to do it safely.
I can get to most of the bits now for fixing but it will need to be moved once working - its currently literally just in the middle of a double garage, not ideal.
Ill look at a hoist, but didnt see a lifting nut on the machine although the docs show this. Does it normally come with the machine or do you need to buy this separately?
For a pallet truck, would need to find a 'gap' under the machine to lift with or am I missing something?
Last edited by Chaz; 17-06-2015 at 09:39 AM.
Have a look at this video my friend adam did on moving a mill...
Yea I noticed your garage was far to clean and tidy, time for some rearranging and much needed workshop space ?
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OK, up early, cant sleep. Some of many questions:-
Current plan is to use the CS Labs IP-A controller. Gary from Zapp (and JazzCNC) seem happy that this should work based on the info shared. Let's assume it does but I may have a drive or motor faulty (I cant test them at present), what do I do then? These motors / controllers look to be too pricy to replace like for like. If I get something that uses Step / Direction, I need a different controller? Also, if I am looking at 4th axis for later, how do I plan to take that into account? I dont want to buy and IP-A and S model, the costs are too high and I dont know if you can use both together.
In terms of other considerations:-
Convert to single phase. The coolant motor can be wired for this, problem solved. It looks like someone has fit a newer 24V PSU as per the pic below. Will use this for 24V logic.
I need 110V, not for a lot though, if needed, can fit a transformer for that. There is also a 15Volt feed that comes from the 110V line to supply power for the Axis Drive Logic, I assume I need this for the retrofit?
The remaining 110V items are a mix of relays and solenoids, mainly for the pneumatics for the ATC. I am missing all the solenoids and the pneumatic ram for the left/right of the ATC. i2i (thanks very much for your time yesterday), may be able to provide the details / measurements for a replacement.
There is a board where the X Y and X axis connect, do these breakout anywhere that allows for wiring to the new controller?
There is then the terminal strip however this doesnt seem to cover all connections, mainly power (wire 31 / 32 etc)?
In terms of connections needed to make this work, missing anything below?
X Y Z Axis input / feedback
X Y Z Limit Switches
Spindle input / feedback (forward and reverse)?
Coolant stop / start
ATC controls, carousel up/down (relays), Drawbar solenoid, Door open / closed (is this used?)
Do I need air pressure / lube float / guard contact (not sure if thats the main door or something else)?
Feedrate / Spindle override?
X Y Z Overlimit (wired via estop)
Carousel switches (in, out, up, down, sensor)
Phew, anything else?
In terms of things to get:-
PSU for 110V potentially, this is currently having 400V as its input, so need to replace this with 220V input
Missing actuator for Carousel left / right
Missing Solenoids (all)
PC - have a number of older machines, will make something from the bits
Monitor, want to use the existing arm / base if possible, ideally touchscreen
Mach 4 (possible?) or Mach 3
Possible buttons for common things (Stop / Start etc)
Anything Ive missed?
Is there any easy way to test the X Y Z drives / motors considering I have no real way to power anything on the 110V rail and 15V Axis PSU?
Thanks in advance.
I assume this is what I need for the missing solenoids?
110V, 5 way? If not that specific item, something similar? It looks like the previous ones were DIN rail mounted from the pics showing what might have been there before ...
Last edited by Chaz; 18-06-2015 at 06:15 AM.
Chaz i2i offered help I strongly advise you to take him up on his offer. You can't beat someone with actual experience of the machine your converting.
While Gary and Me have plenty of experience we don't have any on what's inside that exact machine. i2i Does and will know exactly what you can keep and what can be disguarded.
He's say's it's an easy enough conversion so I suspect he knows how to connect to any existing Motion controller built into the machine so you may not have to buy one at all.!!
Do your self a favor and speak to him before doing anything.!! (If you haven't all ready.)
Edit: Regards Moving it. !hink like an egyption.!!!. . . . They moved stones the size of your house with levers and logs.!!!
Last edited by JAZZCNC; 18-06-2015 at 08:47 AM.
His view was that the machine should be retrofitted and that the existing controller is a waste of time.
Where he does not have experience is in the area of the CS Labs IP-A / S systems. This is where you / Gary come into the picture :-)
Ill post some pics a bit later once I have drawn them of what I believe the connectivity might be between IP-A and the current wiring, but I am not sure on this and will ask for feedback / guidance.
Does this look like I can feed with 220V instead of 3 Phase to get 110V?
I suspect so but ideal to get some confirmation - saves me needing to get a 220 / 110V transformer.
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