MESA Cards to Panasonic MINAS A6 Driver Troubleshooting Help

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06 Jul 2022 22:15 #246761 by tommylight
In the hal file, change:
setp hm2_7i76.0.stepgen.00.step_type 0
to
setp hm2_7i76.0.stepgen.00.step_type 1
Do that for all the axis/joints.
The following user(s) said Thank You: ezpz13

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08 Jul 2022 00:23 #246846 by ezpz13
Hello tommylight and PCW,

Thank you for the information regarding the step_type, my x-axis and y-axis work perfectly now!

My z-axis (vertical) however, moves down when I jog in 1 direction and doesn't move back up when I jog in the opposite direction. It just stays at the same level (no movement). I don't think the wiring or the drive parameters are the issue, as I am able to jog the motor with Panaterm. I also made sure to power the brake. I'm not quite sure the cause of this issue.

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08 Jul 2022 00:45 #246848 by tommylight
Did you try homing the Z axis before jogging?

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08 Jul 2022 18:27 #246891 by ezpz13
Hello tommylight,

I have tried homing my Z-axis before jogging, but still getting the same result.

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08 Jul 2022 18:53 #246895 by tommylight
Try setting step type for the Z axis to 0, or that did not work either?
Check the wiring first, then check the drive configuration for the control type.

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08 Jul 2022 20:00 #246904 by ezpz13
Hello tommylight,

I tried changing the step type back to 0, but that didn't work either.
I double-checked the wiring as well, and all the connections are solid.

For the drive configuration control type, do you mean setting the parameter to be in position control mode?

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08 Jul 2022 20:12 #246905 by tommylight
Yes, also notice and/change the control type to step/dir or up/down, might want to set it to up/down to match the rest of the drives.
These settings are to be set on the drive itself.

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08 Jul 2022 20:14 #246906 by tommylight
It would be nice to have a look at your hal file, maybe there is something there causing the stepgen to change, i did make that mistake once, banged my head a lot till PCW told me to double check the hal file.

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09 Jul 2022 15:32 #246948 by ezpz13
Hello tommylight,

I checked the parameters on the drives, and made sure to match the x-axis parameters to the z-axis parameters.

I'm not sure how to attach files in a quick reply, but below is copy/paste of my .hal file:
_______________________________________________________________
# Generated by PNCconf at Fri Jun 24 19:18:19 2022
# Using LinuxCNC version: 2.8
# If you make changes to this file, they will be
# overwritten when you run PNCconf again

loadrt [KINS]KINEMATICS
loadrt [EMCMOT]EMCMOT servo_period_nsec=[EMCMOT]SERVO_PERIOD num_joints=[KINS]JOINTS
loadrt hostmot2
loadrt hm2_pci config=" num_encoders=1 num_pwmgens=0 num_stepgens=5 sserial_port_0=00xxxx"
setp hm2_5i25.0.watchdog.timeout_ns 5000000
loadrt pid names=pid.x,pid.y,pid.z,pid.s

addf hm2_5i25.0.read servo-thread
addf motion-command-handler servo-thread
addf motion-controller servo-thread
addf pid.x.do-pid-calcs servo-thread
addf pid.y.do-pid-calcs servo-thread
addf pid.z.do-pid-calcs servo-thread
addf pid.s.do-pid-calcs servo-thread
addf hm2_5i25.0.write servo-thread

# external output signals


# external input signals


#*******************
# AXIS X JOINT 0
#*******************

setp pid.x.Pgain [JOINT_0]P
setp pid.x.Igain [JOINT_0]I
setp pid.x.Dgain [JOINT_0]D
setp pid.x.bias [JOINT_0]BIAS
setp pid.x.FF0 [JOINT_0]FF0
setp pid.x.FF1 [JOINT_0]FF1
setp pid.x.FF2 [JOINT_0]FF2
setp pid.x.deadband [JOINT_0]DEADBAND
setp pid.x.maxoutput [JOINT_0]MAX_OUTPUT
setp pid.x.error-previous-target true
# This setting is to limit bogus stepgen
# velocity corrections caused by position
# feedback sample time jitter.
setp pid.x.maxerror 0.012700

net x-index-enable <=> pid.x.index-enable
net x-enable => pid.x.enable
net x-pos-cmd => pid.x.command
net x-pos-fb => pid.x.feedback
net x-output <= pid.x.output

# Step Gen signals/setup

setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.dirsetup [JOINT_0]DIRSETUP
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.dirhold [JOINT_0]DIRHOLD
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.steplen [JOINT_0]STEPLEN
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.stepspace [JOINT_0]STEPSPACE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.position-scale [JOINT_0]STEP_SCALE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.step_type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.control-type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.maxaccel [JOINT_0]STEPGEN_MAXACCEL
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.maxvel [JOINT_0]STEPGEN_MAXVEL

# ---closedloop stepper signals---

net x-pos-cmd <= joint.0.motor-pos-cmd
net x-vel-cmd <= joint.0.vel-cmd
net x-output <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.velocity-cmd
net x-pos-fb <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.position-fb
net x-pos-fb => joint.0.motor-pos-fb
net x-enable <= joint.0.amp-enable-out
net x-enable => hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.enable

# ---setup home / limit switch signals---

net x-home-sw => joint.0.home-sw-in
net x-neg-limit => joint.0.neg-lim-sw-in
net x-pos-limit => joint.0.pos-lim-sw-in

#*******************
# AXIS Y JOINT 1
#*******************

setp pid.y.Pgain [JOINT_1]P
setp pid.y.Igain [JOINT_1]I
setp pid.y.Dgain [JOINT_1]D
setp pid.y.bias [JOINT_1]BIAS
setp pid.y.FF0 [JOINT_1]FF0
setp pid.y.FF1 [JOINT_1]FF1
setp pid.y.FF2 [JOINT_1]FF2
setp pid.y.deadband [JOINT_1]DEADBAND
setp pid.y.maxoutput [JOINT_1]MAX_OUTPUT
setp pid.y.error-previous-target true
# This setting is to limit bogus stepgen
# velocity corrections caused by position
# feedback sample time jitter.
setp pid.y.maxerror 0.012700

net y-index-enable <=> pid.y.index-enable
net y-enable => pid.y.enable
net y-pos-cmd => pid.y.command
net y-pos-fb => pid.y.feedback
net y-output <= pid.y.output

# Step Gen signals/setup

setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.dirsetup [JOINT_1]DIRSETUP
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.dirhold [JOINT_1]DIRHOLD
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.steplen [JOINT_1]STEPLEN
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.stepspace [JOINT_1]STEPSPACE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.position-scale [JOINT_1]STEP_SCALE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.step_type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.control-type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.maxaccel [JOINT_1]STEPGEN_MAXACCEL
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.maxvel [JOINT_1]STEPGEN_MAXVEL

# ---closedloop stepper signals---

net y-pos-cmd <= joint.1.motor-pos-cmd
net y-vel-cmd <= joint.1.vel-cmd
net y-output <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.velocity-cmd
net y-pos-fb <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.position-fb
net y-pos-fb => joint.1.motor-pos-fb
net y-enable <= joint.1.amp-enable-out
net y-enable => hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.01.enable

# ---setup home / limit switch signals---

net y-home-sw => joint.1.home-sw-in
net y-neg-limit => joint.1.neg-lim-sw-in
net y-pos-limit => joint.1.pos-lim-sw-in

#*******************
# AXIS Z JOINT 2
#*******************

setp pid.z.Pgain [JOINT_2]P
setp pid.z.Igain [JOINT_2]I
setp pid.z.Dgain [JOINT_2]D
setp pid.z.bias [JOINT_2]BIAS
setp pid.z.FF0 [JOINT_2]FF0
setp pid.z.FF1 [JOINT_2]FF1
setp pid.z.FF2 [JOINT_2]FF2
setp pid.z.deadband [JOINT_2]DEADBAND
setp pid.z.maxoutput [JOINT_2]MAX_OUTPUT
setp pid.z.error-previous-target true
# This setting is to limit bogus stepgen
# velocity corrections caused by position
# feedback sample time jitter.
setp pid.z.maxerror 0.012700

net z-index-enable <=> pid.z.index-enable
net z-enable => pid.z.enable
net z-pos-cmd => pid.z.command
net z-pos-fb => pid.z.feedback
net z-output <= pid.z.output

# Step Gen signals/setup

setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.dirsetup [JOINT_2]DIRSETUP
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.dirhold [JOINT_2]DIRHOLD
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.steplen [JOINT_2]STEPLEN
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.stepspace [JOINT_2]STEPSPACE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.position-scale [JOINT_2]STEP_SCALE
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.step_type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.control-type 1
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.maxaccel [JOINT_2]STEPGEN_MAXACCEL
setp hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.maxvel [JOINT_2]STEPGEN_MAXVEL

# ---closedloop stepper signals---

net z-pos-cmd <= joint.2.motor-pos-cmd
net z-vel-cmd <= joint.2.vel-cmd
net z-output <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.velocity-cmd
net z-pos-fb <= hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.position-fb
net z-pos-fb => joint.2.motor-pos-fb
net z-enable <= joint.2.amp-enable-out
net z-enable => hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.02.enable

# ---setup home / limit switch signals---

net z-home-sw => joint.2.home-sw-in
net z-neg-limit => joint.2.neg-lim-sw-in
net z-pos-limit => joint.2.pos-lim-sw-in

#*******************
# SPINDLE
#*******************

setp pid.s.Pgain [SPINDLE_0]P
setp pid.s.Igain [SPINDLE_0]I
setp pid.s.Dgain [SPINDLE_0]D
setp pid.s.bias [SPINDLE_0]BIAS
setp pid.s.FF0 [SPINDLE_0]FF0
setp pid.s.FF1 [SPINDLE_0]FF1
setp pid.s.FF2 [SPINDLE_0]FF2
setp pid.s.deadband [SPINDLE_0]DEADBAND
setp pid.s.maxoutput [SPINDLE_0]MAX_OUTPUT
setp pid.s.error-previous-target true

net spindle-index-enable <=> pid.s.index-enable
net spindle-enable => pid.s.enable
net spindle-vel-cmd-rpm => pid.s.command
net spindle-vel-fb-rpm => pid.s.feedback
net spindle-output <= pid.s.output

# ---setup spindle control signals---

net spindle-vel-cmd-rps <= spindle.0.speed-out-rps
net spindle-vel-cmd-rps-abs <= spindle.0.speed-out-rps-abs
net spindle-vel-cmd-rpm <= spindle.0.speed-out
net spindle-vel-cmd-rpm-abs <= spindle.0.speed-out-abs
net spindle-enable <= spindle.0.on
net spindle-cw <= spindle.0.forward
net spindle-ccw <= spindle.0.reverse
net spindle-brake <= spindle.0.brake
net spindle-revs => spindle.0.revs
net spindle-at-speed => spindle.0.at-speed
net spindle-vel-fb-rps => spindle.0.speed-in
net spindle-index-enable <=> spindle.0.index-enable

# ---Setup spindle at speed signals---

sets spindle-at-speed true


#******************************
# connect miscellaneous signals
#******************************

# ---HALUI signals---

net axis-select-x halui.axis.x.select
net jog-x-pos halui.axis.x.plus
net jog-x-neg halui.axis.x.minus
net jog-x-analog halui.axis.x.analog
net x-is-homed halui.joint.0.is-homed
net axis-select-y halui.axis.y.select
net jog-y-pos halui.axis.y.plus
net jog-y-neg halui.axis.y.minus
net jog-y-analog halui.axis.y.analog
net y-is-homed halui.joint.1.is-homed
net axis-select-z halui.axis.z.select
net jog-z-pos halui.axis.z.plus
net jog-z-neg halui.axis.z.minus
net jog-z-analog halui.axis.z.analog
net z-is-homed halui.joint.2.is-homed
net jog-selected-pos halui.axis.selected.plus
net jog-selected-neg halui.axis.selected.minus
net spindle-manual-cw halui.spindle.0.forward
net spindle-manual-ccw halui.spindle.0.reverse
net spindle-manual-stop halui.spindle.0.stop
net machine-is-on halui.machine.is-on
net jog-speed halui.axis.jog-speed
net MDI-mode halui.mode.is-mdi

# ---coolant signals---

net coolant-mist <= iocontrol.0.coolant-mist
net coolant-flood <= iocontrol.0.coolant-flood

# ---probe signal---

net probe-in => motion.probe-input

# ---motion control signals---

net in-position <= motion.in-position
net machine-is-enabled <= motion.motion-enabled

# ---digital in / out signals---

# ---estop signals---

net estop-out <= iocontrol.0.user-enable-out
net estop-out => iocontrol.0.emc-enable-in

# ---toolchange signals for custom tool changer---

net tool-number <= iocontrol.0.tool-prep-number
net tool-change-request <= iocontrol.0.tool-change
net tool-change-confirmed => iocontrol.0.tool-changed
net tool-prepare-request <= iocontrol.0.tool-prepare
net tool-prepare-confirmed => iocontrol.0.tool-prepared

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09 Jul 2022 15:46 #246952 by tommylight
Seems ok from a very quick glance, moving on.
Power off everything, on the Mesa board unplug the connectors for X and Z axis, plug the Z drive connector into the X connector on the mesa board, and plug the X drive into the Z connector on the Mesa board.
Power on everything, do some tests and report back the findings.

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