Well ive finally bit the bullet and decided to get rid of the dynapath Delta 10 control on my Lagunmatic 110 cnc knee mill.
After looking around and comparing prices,my choice was to go with Dynomotion. There are quite a few different options out there, but for me it came down to the product support, which ithere seems to be plenty of.
My mill has baldor Dc servo's rated at 500oz/in, with what looks like Datametrics encoders and Sd 1525 amps, 4 horse spindle motor. The machine has been just sitting idle for many years and since i just sold my First manual mill, im in need of a running milling machine again.
Now the fun begins,lol
Ive read through some builds here and on other forums in trying to prepare myself for whats yet to come. Im a machinist by trade, have worked for five years as a 12 volt auto tech, now im a millwright apprentice at a company. I have reasonable knowlege of electronics but am no genius by any means.. My question to the more exoerienced on here is, what would the overal complexity of this project be on a scale of 1-10. Are there any builds on here similar to mine? Are there certain threads here i can focus on to help me along that are better to spend more time disecting than others?
My set up will more or less consist of reusing eveything from the mill that works (servos,amps, power supply, etc)and whatever
I need to keep in the cabinet, all else will be gone.
I hope to get this running well before spring time,provided things dont get sideways. Lol
Cheers for now
Overall complexity? That's a good question. It really depends on your experience, but I would give it about a 3 on the complexity scale. Having said that, I do this stuff for a living. The wiring is easy, setup and motor tuning can be somewhat trying, but not bad.
Make sure you power up the axis motors for the first time with the belts off. Do not replace the belts until you are sure you have the motors under control. Run away motors is a common thing to happen on initial setup. Then make sure the E-stop and travel limits are working correctly before replacing the belts.
The old Anilam controller on my 2 axis machine went down right in the middle of a production run and I did the complete controls upgrade, including new linear magnetic scales in 1.5 days, didn't even take the job off of the table. I was in a hurry because the customer was waiting for the parts. My machine has the same motors and drives as yours. Took about an hour to gut the control panel. Then just install the new controller breakouts and start wiring.
There is nothing wrong with the Kflop/Kanalog system, and it's a good choice for your application. I used a Galil DMC-1846 motion controller in mine because I work with those all the time, and already had the software written for both the controller and the operator interface..
I'm just getting ready to post a build thread on that upgrade.