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    Default Re: Retrofit of an EMCO 120 CNC lathe

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    As has been said, scales only if you want. They won't actually get used for closing the loop, they will just provide feedback for out of position monitoring and errors. Does your control support them anyway? I thought the tdc had the feedback option and the tdb didn't.
    Hood, you may be right I'm not sure. Reading the "manual" it mentioned them and looking at the controller there looks to be a socket for scales.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_B View Post
    Hood, you may be right I'm not sure. Reading the "manual" it mentioned them and looking at the controller there looks to be a socket for scales.
    I am not sure either, there doesn't really seem to be much information on the actual differences between TDC and TDB controllers. I have the TDC and it has CN13 socket for feedback and I was lead to believe that the TDB did not have it but I also remembering seeing that it was an option.

    I do have a glass scale hooked up to mine on the X axis and I have my servo drives encoder output hooked up on the Z axis and thus both have feedback for out of position checking purposes

    The reason I put the scale on the X was because I was not getting tools in exactly the right position after switching on, once set up they would be spot on for the rest of the time the control was on but shut down and restart then home and call a tool to go to a set position and it would be slightly out and you had to adjust the offset again. I fitted the scale to see if I could work out why and it turned out I had a parameter for homing set wrong, it was not looking for the encoders Index pulse. Once I had that set correctly then even after a restart/home the tools are exactly where the are meant to be.

    Just for your or anyone else's information, when set correctly you will see the axis move to the home switch, it will back off slowly, it will then momentarily stop when it sees the switch close and then it will again start to move slowly until it sees the index pulse. If the last movement doesn't happen then the parameters for homing is not set correctly for Index homing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hood View Post
    I am not sure either, there doesn't really seem to be much information on the actual differences between TDC and TDB controllers. I have the TDC and it has CN13 socket for feedback and I was lead to believe that the TDB did not have it but I also remembering seeing that it was an option.

    I do have a glass scale hooked up to mine on the X axis and I have my servo drives encoder output hooked up on the Z axis and thus both have feedback for out of position checking purposes

    The reason I put the scale on the X was because I was not getting tools in exactly the right position after switching on, once set up they would be spot on for the rest of the time the control was on but shut down and restart then home and call a tool to go to a set position and it would be slightly out and you had to adjust the offset again. I fitted the scale to see if I could work out why and it turned out I had a parameter for homing set wrong, it was not looking for the encoders Index pulse. Once I had that set correctly then even after a restart/home the tools are exactly where the are meant to be.

    Just for your or anyone else's information, when set correctly you will see the axis move to the home switch, it will back off slowly, it will then momentarily stop when it sees the switch close and then it will again start to move slowly until it sees the index pulse. If the last movement doesn't happen then the parameters for homing is not set correctly for Index homing.
    I will have to have another look at my controller but I'm sure it has a CN13 plug. I do not know about the options, all I did was send SZGH what my current controller was as well as it's Chinese manual and they told me this is what I need.

    Hood, with your home switches, did you use 1 for your home switch and 1 for your limit switch? I was hoping I could get away with using the 1 for both as the machine already has X + & - and Y + & - limit switch fitted.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_B View Post
    I will have to have another look at my controller but I'm sure it has a CN13 plug. I do not know about the options, all I did was send SZGH what my current controller was as well as it's Chinese manual and they told me this is what I need.

    Hood, with your home switches, did you use 1 for your home switch and 1 for your limit switch? I was hoping I could get away with using the 1 for both as the machine already has X + & - and Y + & - limit switch fitted.

    Yes I have a separate home for each axis and a single limit for each axis.

    On mine the limits are triggered at either end so act as both positive and negative for that axis. The control knows which direction it is travelling so will stop with a limit error and only allow you to go the opposite direction.



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    Default Re: Retrofit of an EMCO 120 CNC lathe

    The current controller on my machine has it that, but it dose not have home switches which is a pain.



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    Default Re: Retrofit of an EMCO 120 CNC lathe

    Nice job... I've been thinking of doing this same thing! I've had a 120 for a while, and I've been repairing driver boards for people for years. But, to be honest, it is a pain in the rear. I did it because I could help people out, but I think it may be time for me to start seriously considering a retrofit too.



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