I know the machine - Have worked on Cadillacs with 5T's before - many years ago though. Probably still have a set of prints somewhere in cabinets. They are simple , turret setup leaves much to be desired all work off air valves that are prone to failure. The DAC board mounted on side of control cabinet has a meter on it right? Also look and see if there is a sticker on side of cabinet that says Machine sequence controller. The 5T has 2 transformers in it - one for control and one for servos, the servo transformer has seperate secondaries - one for each axis.
All I can say is, if you want me to help I can..
Arr5ow: got all the prints on pretty much EVERYTHING. I'd be dead without them. Thanks for the offer of help. Sadly, if Centroid gave their new hires OJT via answering Ajax calls, they lost themselves the sale of probably 3 systems....
Asside from a flakey BTR which I've recounted my escapades with and developed sollutions for, I'm in pretty good shape until the next time the darn things develop Alzheimers.
My "indexable turret" is a 4 position device made by a local guy in Jackson, MI - sort of a Dorian knock off. Simple and works. Nothing but a relay and an air solenoid. Give it filtered air and 24vdc - anybody who does air operated solenoids w/o filtered air deserves the grief.
Simple machine for simple tasks is all I need. Until I find a simple controller that doesn't need ME to program crap or dodge parts because of bogus machine control logic, runs generic G codes, I'll live with what I have.
i'm looking into some legacy stuff I stumbled upon but that's a spare time deal that can simply wait. It seems too simple for it not to work - so I suspect some corporate decision out there will prevent it from happening or make it financially impossible. Technically, it is readily doable.
Again, thanks for caring and trying. If you're in the market for Centroid, it's guys like this who you need to find and do busines with... Good luck in doing so...
I wonder if the machine tool ontrol guys even heard of FCC class B noise conformance. Probably not. This spec is why PC's work so well at home. Yet some retrofit guys kluge up the cabinets, run pulsed DC all over the place and don't even follow rudimentary practices with regard to noise containment.
Want to know why Fanuc stuff is SO expensive??? The cabinets are replete with MIL spec shielded connectors, grounds and all. Not a DB to be found at interconnection between machine and controller. And people wonder why DIY stuff goes nuts. Simple hodge podge kluge of home PC stuff grafted to noisely industrial hardware. A wonder it works at all!!!
What do you expect a 15 amp, 100 volt unshielded DC pulsed signal at 20 to 100Khz is going to a servo motor will to to unshielded 5 volt low current PC signales anywhere's nearby???
If you can't listen to a $3 transistor AM radio tuned for max noise across the band, don't expect your unshielded 5vdc computer signals to remain unaffected.
Don't tell me: the system vendor told you they never encountered THAT before??? Yeah, encounter this....