Thread: What have I done!
I have a Heiz High Z 1000T which I use daily and it has proved as solid as a rock for the last 6 years. I was getting fed up replacing the Kress spindle every year so I have started to convert over to a water cooled VFD. Wanted to add a no voltage contacts for switching the VFD (DCM+FOR) so I thought the neatest way would be to add a 12v relay with volt-free contacts inside the controller and piggy back the 12v relay that switches the existing 240VAC supply to the Kress, which would then be left redundant but still there if I needed it. Simples, I thought & now the trouble has started
I have now removed my additional relay to try and get the machine to work again, though I think something else must have been upset. Is was the PSU board that I had removed and took lots of photos to ensure that the leads were reconnected correctly. What is happening now is when the controller is connected to the steppers and powered up, everything seems normal and the steppers are holding. When I connect the 25pin PP cable to the PC port and powered up, the steppers all make a horrible noise and are creeping slightly. It does this only when connected to the port of the PC (any PC in fact as I tested it with my backup PC) but it is fine when the 25pin cable is just connected at the controller end. Does anyone have any ideas please as this is now way beyond me.
The rough rectifier mod at the top of the photo was made years ago, after the solder kept melting on the diodes of the rectifier OP, but that has been faultless since.
Many thanks in advance,
My first thought is that electrical noise from the VFD is triggering false stepper pulses. Earthing and shielding should be checked.It takes all sorts to make a world, I am just glad I am not one of them.
Ahh yes, I know what you mean and I have planned ahead for that, but I still have the Kress installed. It happens when the 25pin cable is connected to the PC (at the PC end) whether or not the PC is on. I also tried it in the standard printer port & same thing happens. Also happens with my spare PC.
It does look like electrical noise and it's on all axis. I just can't see what has changed.
Have you got a spare printer cable to try ?It takes all sorts to make a world, I am just glad I am not one of them.
I did have a rummage for another to test it, but I'll have to dig deeper.
Unfortunately it's not the cable. I just managed to fit the ribbon on the control board straight into the back of the parallel port and it's still doing the same.
Is there anybody in the UK who takes this kind of repair job on or is it better to ditch it and build a new controller with bits from Zapp? I was just very happy with how stable the system was. I could throw half a million lines of code at it and it would take it in it's stride.
I could give you the details of a company we have used for 20 years that do repairs down to component level and hvae made boards etc for us, not sure on how it stands of advertising tho as i cant pm you
Sounds as if somethings not connected right with the power supply, check with a volt meter and then check again!
I have found the controller schematics here: http://www.cnc-router-store.com/wp-c...trolhy_eng.pdf
The voltages all seem good at the 5V 12V +37V outputs, though the 37V is reading 33.5V
What I have discovered is if I shake the PC end of the PP cable in the air, some of the axis move. When plugged into the computer (off & on) the motors are squealing and the controller relays for the spindle & coolant are buzzing, sometimes. When I remove the jumper wire from the controller back to the relays on the power board they stop okay so seem to be getting a pulsing signal from the computer end. When the PP cable is disconnected from the computer the motors are fine.
I delved into the PC and I couldn't find the PP card in the device manager and pulling it out & replacing it with a boot in between, it's not recognising it. So I plugged into the onboard PP and changed the port address and the motors at least appeared to be responding to the jog controls, though not moving (pitch can in the sound). The sleep function appears to be working too.
I swapped over to my spare pc which only has an onboard PP and I could get the axes to move roughly in the right direction, but with lots of noise & judder. They motors still squeal when stationary whether or not the PC is powered up.
I have just ordered a new 25pin card & cable as a starting point. Does this sound like an issue with the PC now or do you still think that it could be controller related. I have checked for anything that could short out the control boards and all look clear. I gave it a light blast with the airline too.