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Are you having CNC Electrical Noise problems?

 

If you suspect you are having interference noise, the first thing is to determine which element is affected and how the noise gets to it.

 

 

 

1. NETWORK CABLE

The network cable should not run too close to a plasma generator or its wires. To determine whether the issue is network transmission disturbance, you should watch the trajectory buffer level.

2. PC

PC interference is rare, but it happens. The noise goes through a 230V power supply to the inside of the computer, and it freezes temporarily or permanently.

3.  MOTION CONTROLLERS

In extreme conditions, a motion controller may be disturbed due to non-optoisolated signals of a plasma generator. Mainly the 0-10V analog signal. In case of strong interference, the controller may restart. It’s indicated by LEDs on its front panel.

You should not use CSMIO/IP controllers as well as other third-party motion controllers for huge plasma generators with not very sophisticated control systems of their power output. There should be specialized controllers using fiber optic solutions implemented instead.

In case of large, good-quality plasma generators, this problem does not exist because manufacturers take care of a low level of interference. Unfortunately, such generators are expensive, and not everyone can afford them.

26 February 2021

Connection of CSMIO/IP-A controller with CD1-A INFRANOR drive (simCNC, Mach4)

Connection diagram of CSMIO/IP-A controller with CD1-A INFRANOR drive with simCNC and Mach4 software

1. Connection diagram of CSMIO/IP-A controller with CD1-A INFRANOR drive with simCNC software

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2. Connection diagram of CSMIO/IP-A controller with CD1-A INFRANOR drive with Mach4 software

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[Source:] The diagram was created by CS-Lab’s Technical Support section for CSMIO/IP users.

7 January 2021

SimCNC for RaspberryPi 4 Model B

Description:

We are pleased to announce that the simCNC software has just arrived on a new, popular platform – RaspberryPi 4!

It is an experimental version that runs on RaspberryPi OS (beta) 64-bit system. However, this is not a limited version in any way, it is a fully functional simCNC software port, including the latest features such as the dynamic, fully editable user interface.

The work efficiency is surprisingly good for such a cheap and small computer, but also note that the advanced motion algorithms included in the simCNC software have their requirements. It is difficult to clearly define the applications for which the performance of the RaspberryPi will be sufficient, and where the processor power may already run out. Therefore, we encourage you to test so that you can check the capabilities and their limits yourself.

Installation:

Installation is very easy, it only takes 3 steps:

  1. Download the system image from http://soft.cs-lab.eu/rpios64_simcnc.img.gz
  2. Upload the image to the SD card, we recommend using the balenaEtcher software – https://www.balena.io/etcher/
  3. Insert the prepared SD card into the RaspberryPi and turn on the power.

That’s all, the operating system and simCNC software are already installed.

The first boot always takes a bit longer as the system creates partitions and completes the installation.

Username: pi
Password: simcnc

The simCNC software can be launched from the Start menu, the subdirectory Other. In the same place, there is also simCNC Maintenance, which can be used to update the software to the latest release.

 

Requirements:

The RaspberryPi 4 Model B board is absolutely required. Older products do not have adequate performance and memory.

RAM: minimum 4GB

You must use a wired connection to connect to the network. The WiFi network is not stable enough to communicate with CSMIO/IP motion controllers.

To improve mass storage, you can use a USB3 SSD (e.g. SanDisk Extreme) instead of an SD card. It is not necessary, but it enhances the comfort of work.

5 August 2020

CSMIO/IP-S to simDrive Servo 400W, 750W (Mach3, Mach4, simCNC). Connection and settings.

Connection drawings of the CSMIO/IP-S controller, simDrives Servo 400W, 750W (v2) and simCNC, Mach3, Mach4 software

1. CSMIO/IP-S controller, simDrives Servo and simCNC software – connection and settings

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2. CSMIO/IP-S controller, simDrives Servo and Mach3 software – connection and settings

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3. CSMIO/IP-S controller, simDrives Servo and Mach4 software – connection and settings

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[Source:] The diagram was created by CS-Lab’s Technical Support section for CSMIO/IP users.

6 June 2020

What causes network connection issues [simCNC, Mach4]?

In case of issues with the loss of network connection with a CSMIO/IP motion controller, follow the list below in the following order:

  • If you are using WiFi connection replace it with cable connection. The WiFi connection is not stable enough.
  • Disable power saving mode for your network card.
  • In your operating system settings, activate the power plan that guarantees the highest performance of a PC unit.
  • Check if the energy-saving management applications are running in the operating system, turn them off or set them so that they do not limit the performance of the PC unit
  • Disable or correctly set your anti-virus software not to block network connection.
  • Check if your network cable runs near the source of high interference, change the cable arrangement if necessary.
  • If necessary, replace the network cable with another one to test it.
  • Use a different 24V DC power supply unit (good quality) to test it.
  • If you are using a router or switch, opt-out of it as part of a test and use the direct connection (IP: 10.1.1.1 and Mask: 255.255.255.0)
  • Send the controller serial number to CS-LAB technical support to determine if your controller is up to date with the hardware.
  • As a last resort, change your computer to another computer as a part of a test.

All of the above are very important and directly affect the stability of the network connection. Most often, network connection problems are caused by laptop energy saving algorithms.

A useful tool to mention may be the network connection diagnostic window. This window contains all the necessary parameters to assess the quality of the network connection.

 

[Source:] The diagram was created by CS-Lab’s Technical Support section for CSMIO/IP users.

18 May 2020