Retrofit MAHO MH700c with Philips 432 control
In the case of Mesa Boards the best way, were the scales with TTL-Output.
I used those www.ateksensor.com/PDF_files/ENG/ALS4_Datasheet_ENG.pdf
They fit well into original places on machine.
I'm assuming you got the TTL output versions as they interface directly to the Mesa cards. But they have an option for 1Vpp output. With that you would be able to interpolate far better resolution. And that would be a good thing. I found my Maho MH600E behaves better and smoother when I use interpolators on my scales to increase resolution to 0,1um.
This was not to get better accuracy, but simply to get smoother movement.
The big question is where to get them, and what do they cost? If they are reasonably priced I'm assuming others here (me included) might be interested in getting some.
In the info they state there is an index pulse every 50 mm. That means you need to ensure it is within a certain position when starting a home search. Or else you might end up with a reference point that is a random multiple of 50 mm offset.
An alternative is to set up an extra sensor to tell it is within the correct range and can use the index pulse.
How are you solving this issue?
I know that interpolated version could be better, maybe I'll do this next time.
As for homing I've used home switch that was mounted on machine,
akb1212 wrote: In the info they state there is an index pulse every 50 mm. That means you need to ensure it is within a certain position when starting a home search. Or else you might end up with a reference point that is a random multiple of 50 mm offset.
Are the indexes all identical? I have heard of systems where the indexes are a variable number of counts apart, so after seeing two indexes you know where you are. Possibly also systems with indexes of different lengths.
You are right Andy, it would be a good idea to have some form of pattern in the index pulses to allow for absolute address (kind of). It would take some logic in the homing sequence, but I guess that's no problem in LinuxCNC. But the datasheets are quite clear it's with 50 mm intervals.
So you do need extra hardware on a Maho. I've been able to keep my original (analogue) scales with index pulses only at the end, and therefore don't need to add home switches or any other hardware to make the homing work. The only danger with that is if you are beyond the index point in the other end you end up with a totally offset coordinate system. But you will be able to reset it simply in LinuxCNC. With the original 432 controller it wasn't so easy, in particular on the Y-axis where it was impossible to move the screw by hand as it has a brake to keep the table from sliding down when shut off. You had to do all kinds of trickery to get it to move past that index pulse.....
But the question still stands, how much do they cost? And where can I buy them?
installed passive parts. The price is much lower than the Exes. But you need a good soldering iron and can use it,
The main problem ist, the chips are birdsfeed, TSSOP 20 are really tiny chips.
The MG have software selectable interpolation, with a 20µm scale youcan select 5 for 1µm, 10 for 0,5µm, 25 for 0,2µm or 50 for 0,1µm.
The NV is a simpler Chip in the same small package, with it they are only hardware selectable interpolation factors from
1,2,5,10 all times 4 to have the resolution. The other possible factors 3,4,8,12,16 are not really meaningful.