Zenford Zeigler Retrofit
I have recently purchased 1985 Zenford Zeigler CNC milling machine with 24 tool carousel changer. This machine is an Australian built machine, fitted with an early ANCA 2000 controller, also Oz made.
The Anca controller is well and truly past its used by date, But im hoping to bring the machine back to life with Linuxcnc.
After talking to another ozzy who was also retrofitting a zenford machine (Thanks for the advise Russell), he has recommended using mesa hardware with the original servo's, drives etc.
I have been looking through allot of forums here for the last month or so, trying to get a grasp of the hardware, testing, homework etc, i will need to do before tackling this retofit.
Im a machinist with some electrical experience, but this will be the first time tackling a cnc retrofit like this. (i do have a small hobby cnc router running GRBL, steppers etc that i enjoy tinkering with)
I do have allot of electrical info about this machine. Elec drawings, Owners manual, spindle drive manual and a printout of the original controllers plc ladder type program.
Im looking to use the original brushed DC servo's and drives (all axis's and spindle), these include tacho feedback to drive and resolver feedback to control. Drive inputs are analogue +/- 10v, Relays are 24v.
looking for recommendations on mesa cards for my build.
Was looking at 5i24, 7i49, 7i44, 7i84
was also looking at 2 x 7i29's servo drives (in case of the originals failing in the future). Would they be compatable with the other components in the system? As i would initially like to get the machine running as basic as possible (no tool change, original drives), then add tool change, install new drives when i get a bit more experience and confidence.
Im able to post drawings and collect info as required.
Any info, suggestions or advise would be much appreciated.
With the existing hardware that you have I think your choice of Mesa cards seems sensible. (it is pretty much identical to what I have on my own lathe and milling machine).
snoozer77 wrote: Just wondering if STMBL drives will become easier to get in the future? I see you have used them in the past. Would they be a bit beyond a relative novice to set up?
I didn't mention STMBL because your machine has DC servos and STMBL only works with three-phase motors (Of almost any type)
The intention seems to be that STMBL should be much easier to get hold of in the future, but at the moment one of the biggest components in the drive is end-of-line and unavailable so a redesign is under way.
For the moment I would suggest sticking with your existing motors and drives.
Well after a bit of tinkering, it looks like at least 1 one of my servo drives is no good . Do you know if i would be able to use the 7i29 with the 5i24 7i49 combo. My original servos use tacho inputs for velocity mode on the drive. From what i can see, the 7i29 doesnt have that available, but i dont know much about this drive. Do you have any thoughts on this? not sure if i should just bite the bullet and get new motors and drives with encoders etc. I would love to keep the motors and resolvers, as i already have the hardware to run it.
Tacho feedback to the drive is optional, you can run 2 axes in velocity mode and 1 in torque mode if necessary.
(The 7i29 runs in torque mode, with all feedback loops in LinuxCNC)
I really like resolvers, so would try to keep them. But I might be unusual in that respect.
What is the voltage / current rating of the servo drives? If you are replacing one it does seem like it would be sensible to go for a replacement that you will be able to get more of further down the line. (The 7i29 would already have a spare channel, of course)
which is a 150v 15 amp unit. For $250, it would be great, but the condition is unknown, and i dont really need a $250 pile of old parts.
i agree about the resolvers, especially as i already have 5i24, 7i49 ( and others) combo.
Will do a bit more investigating over the next week or so and see what i can work out.
If you can recommend any drives 150v 10A drives, im happy to take a look.
snoozer77 wrote: If you can recommend any drives 150v 10A drives, im happy to take a look.
I have never used brushed servos, so don't have any first-hand experience.
Might be an option.
I assume that the existing drives take 240V AC input? Either the Pico or the Mesa drive need a DC power source, which adds a bit of work.
You could cast your net a bit wider. Is this the drive?
Is there any indication what is wrong with the existing drive? They don't look super-complicated.
The Baldor drive you linked seems to be a 60v 12amp unit. Thats assuming the codes run the same as the 150-10-01 that i have.
I wanted to retain the motors power / speed, so i wanted to look for drives of similar specs. Am thinking to use the same DC power supply that i have, but remove the drives and patch in the new ones.
Looking at the ebay one i listed, it looks like there is a bar across the DC outputs to the drives. i was hoping to reconnect new drives up there.