Retrofitting a 1986 Maho MH400E
With regards to e102, I just connected the MESA 7i77 analog outputs into the same terminals as the Phillips was connected to. Didn't even realise there was that option.
Yesterday I started to wire up my second 602D EXE, only to find that it's output cable has different wire colors to the one I already have.
Mccartymachine1 wrote: Does anyone know what the difference is between the e102 and the e102 desired value inputs are on the 3trm2 driver? The manual says it is selected internally. Not sure which one you guys are connecting to the 7i77. The other thing I have noticed is that with nothing connected the servos stay still but when the 7i77 is connected in open loop all axis drift. I have to set each to about -0.0112v to stay still. Signal wires are short and shielded and referanced to ov terminal. Any input is appreciated.
Analog drives will always drift to some extent.
This should never happen in a working system since the drives should be disabled unless the PID loop is closed
You can null significant offsets via the PID components offset pin
Its important that LinuxCNC control the drive enables so it can disable the drives in case of a following error.
This is a safety issue so its suggested that drive enable control is implemented before you try any tuning or tests with
While in closed loop it doesn't drift. I just didn't want the offset to make tuning harder.
the luby.py (Centralized Lubricater) didn't want to get loaded.
The error was "no such file or directory". For hours I messed around with $PATH, bash_profile, relative paths, absolute paths until I finally noticed that there were the characters "^M" at the end of each code line in lube.py. Somewhere in the process of downloading and copying the file over to the LinuxCNC-PC, editing with different editors vi, mousepad and kate they must have been automatically added. Nevertheless, it works as expected.
I ran Mark's clover-leaf code and I'm glad to see no drift after 1 hour (4 passes):
@Mark: How is the change to the new 602-EXE going ?
Swapped the axis labels:
Here they are.
The wiring is almost complete.
Made a ground rail where I will mount an additional piece of sheet-metal against EMI over both MESA-cards when the 4th axis is wired up.
Almost everything nice and clean.
I "organized" two DIN PSUs with 1% voltage tolerance.
The difference to the ATX-PSU is only..... it looks better:
Great to see your progress on the machine! I love how you managed to fit that sawn-off chassis in place of the original computer. I also want to repurpose my old desktop PC for the retrofit, even if it seems a bit wasteful (an i7 processor seems like overkill for the low speeds of the Maho); it seems like a move that ensures high quality components with long operating life where it really matters. It's already a PITA to troubleshoot a PC when something goes wrong, it would be even worse when the computer is a part of a complex assembly.
Mark, reading about your EXE problem it's even more impressive that you managed to do that retrofit! Thinking about it, your machine didn't work to begin with but you replaced the computer, interfaced everything and now you're successfully troubleshooting problems with faulty hardware. Your background as an aircraft service engineer must really be helpful to keep a cool head and proceed to methodically test everything. This shows especially in how you measured the axis drift. I guess that particular problem also helps to explain some of the problems you've had with machining in this thread. It would easily ruin my work to have that happen.
concerning the position of the PC I would do it differently.
In my kiosk-control-panel there is a lot of unused space and there actually was a pc in the back. I now had to draw 5 cables through the conduit. 2xUSB, DisplayPort, Serial4pendant and 3,5mm Audio. If you use/place the PC inside the control housing you'd only have to draw the 2 D-SUB cables when using the 7i74, in Mark's case only one D-SUB.
Beside the logical separation, I think this would be much better due to EMI.
The MH400C indeed had the Philips controller located inside the control panel.
That wiring looks as if you prefer to do it correctly the first time, verses poking around later trying to find what wire isn't making contact. Good job, and thanks for the photos.
Just below the ground rail is a red wire and three small pink wires going into some type of block having three orange stripes on the outside. What is that --- a wire junction block?
Sorry I can't offer you anything more than warm wishes for getting the 602D EXE problem sorted. Who would have thunk ---Heidenhain going to chick designer wire colors . Has to have been a marketing department decision.
" the low speeds of the Maho " Granted a MAHO CNC mill may not be as fast as a SR 71 Blackbird , but what is / would be a fair comparison to machines built before -say year 2000 ?
Just wondering -- and No I don't how they compare to other similar CNC mills Just interested in what your thoughts are..