Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

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Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

Post by Denford Admin » Mon 27 Mar , 2006 8:59 am

Please see this document for help identifying your older machine:
http://www.denfordata.com/projectimages ... _guide.pdf

See this document for the benefits of upgrading one of our older machines:
http://www.denfordata.com/projectimages ... lling5.pdf

For example, if you have say a Triac with a euro-card rack control system, upgrading the controller card will enable the machine to create 3D rapid prototypes without any of the old problems like not enough memory to hold large programs, axes stalling, taking hours to machine a 3D part, not being able to network.

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Post by Steve » Mon 27 Mar , 2006 13:38 pm

The cost of upgrading a machine depends on your location and the model and age of your machine.

While the upgrade is quite a simple procedure we have had several instances when customers have tried to carry out the upgrade themselves and have damaged equipment by installing incorrectly.

As a result the upgrades will have to be carried out by a Denford Agent or Engineer.

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Re: Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

Post by Steve » Wed 09 Dec , 2009 10:38 am

What Control Should I Expect in My Machine.

SMARTSTEP
(Red 7 Segment Display)

Fitted From 1993 to 1999

DENSTEP
(Red 7 Segment Display)

Fitted from 1999 to 2002

NEXTMOVE ST RS232
(Green 7 Segment Display)

Fitted from 2002 to 2004

NEXTMOVE ST RS232 & USB
(Green 7 Segment Display)

Fitted from 2004 to Jan 2008

NEXTMOVE ST RS232 & USB
(Yellow 7 Segment Display) Black Connectors

Fitted from Jan 2008 to CURRENT

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Re: Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

Post by Denford Admin » Wed 19 Jan , 2011 14:39 pm

Just to add, any controls older than the above, that is not a Baldor, cannot be upgraded by Denford.
eg, these would be GSM controls, North East PNC x and possibly others

Search for systems like these as a start to finding suitable software and hardware for retrofitting to your older machine:
EMC (Linux)
Mach3 from Artsoft (Windows)
DeskCNC (Windows)

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Re: Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

Post by Denford Admin » Thu 16 Jun , 2011 14:27 pm

About Triac VMC upgrades UGR0007

Apart from fitting the new Baldor eurocard and USB bulkhead you need to rewire the supply to the machine's feed and speed pots (potentiometers)
This diagram shows what you need to do:
TriacVMCFeedSpeedPotUpgrade.pdf
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[edit: 11th June 2012]
You may also need to adjust the MINimum speed on the baldor analogue card in the rack, see this post:
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=3765

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Re: Machine Control Identification and Upgrades?

Post by taurusactinium » Wed 17 Oct , 2018 17:27 pm

Thanks for the links admin.

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