Hey Guys while loading the software and after restarting computer I keep getting a error "ATC not found, retry usb connection". Tryed multiple usb ports, multiple restarts, with usb cable unplugged, plugged in all of the above, pulled control pack out of Z column to check usb connection there. Confirmed all power connection points on board with techs friday then came up with this error. xyz axis jogs fine, estops are fine, PDB is held in its fail safe,normal position, acts almost if it has no power to it. But Im at a guess right this second. Also in the directory of the ATC software it had to versions I installed both versions to make sure. Any one else had in similar issues with the ATC install.
There are two fuses for the ATC on the DC fuse board in the main mill cabinet, one for the draw bar and the other for the ATC controller. Check that fuses are present and have good connection. Can you check the power leads to the draw bar and ATC controller with a meter? If not - if the PDB pendant works the draw bar has power. There's are also LEDs that light on the ATC control board if the ATC board has power. You might also try a different USB cable.
Havnt tried this yet, but do you have to have the spindle switch in the on position to fire up the PDB/ATC? I know the RJ11 black cord with the black and red terminates on the terminal strip with a T- tap comming off the T1 and B(what ever it was) from the VFD, in which this ties the spindle meter together with the RJ11 cord. The spindle meter will not function unless you have the spindle swith turned to on and the spindle running. Im still thinking its a electrical issue, instead of software. I also did the BIOS version 16 update friday, Becasue my BIOS version was 18,
The spindle and the draw bar have an interlock to prevent you from firing the draw bar while the spindle is running and vice versa. Put the spindle switch on the front panel to AUTO. When the spindle is not actually running, you should be able to fire and release the PDB with the bottom button on the pendant, which will function as a momentary switch. As I mentioned earlier, if the draw bar pendant works, you've got power to the PDB board. Removing the cover from the ATC control board enclosure on the column cover plate will reveal if any of the LEDs are glowing while the machine is powered up. I know this is obvious, but if you are new to the PCNC1100, remember to hit the START button on the front of the machine after powering up, or the ATC board and the rest of the machine won't come up.
Alright what Ive found, so far. The green led on the board is lit. There is a total of 8 fuse holders. I have 6 fuses in the 8 so I am missing two if the board needs all 8 total fuses installed. I'm missing the fuses in the aera's of the ATC 8 amp fuse holder next to wires ATC503+ and ATC503-/, and the other 8 amp fuse is missing right where the Cap -300 and Cap +300 is located. I think this is the over sight and where the error might be comming from. Could someone check on there board to see if all 8 fuse holders has all 8 fuse's installed. And if so this is where the problem lies. Thanks Byellin for your suggestions the led was a big help into how to check for power on the board. Yep to answer I did hit the start button. Thanks for confirmming thou.
I'm not sure if you are referring to the green led on the fuse board, or the ATC control board (inside the plastic enclosure), but the ATC board needs to be powered for the USB to find it. All fuses are labeled in silkscreen on the fuse board. You need to have fuses in the ATC, and Draw Bar holders for things to work. Look closely and you will see the labels on the circuit board. If you don't have a rotary table or 4th axis installed, you don't need the fuse in the A axis holder. But is sounds like you're missing at least one fuse and may have the problem solved.
just a recap and this may be helpful to some. The new board that comes with the ATC has metric size fuse holders. The original board, you could pick up fuses from an auto parts store. My new board had 5mm x 20mm fuse's. Not sure if you have a radio shack in your aera but if you do they have the correct size. They had a pretty good selection, just may want to make sure they have in stock the 8amp before you go. Thanks to all. See ya on the next thread.