2000 Series Lathe Operating Manual

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Introduction

This manual gives the process for basic operation of a using the Lathe MachMotion control. The screen is shown below, followed by a brief summary of the different features of the screen. The number shown in the screenshot refers to a brief description below the image. 

To open the control software double-click on the profile icon on the desktop.

Control Screen Overview:

GCode Page

  1. Status
    • Status - Displays any current messages (Home All Pressed, Cycle Start Pressed, etc.)
    • State - Displays the current state of the machine (Run, Feedhold, etc)
    • Cycle Time - Displays how long the GCode has been running
    • Date - Date and time of the timezone of the control
  2. Tool Path
    • Regen ToolPath - Refresh the toolpath of the GCode
    • View Top - Top view of the part
    • View ISO - Side view of the part
  3. File
    • Recent - Load a recently loaded GCode program
    • Load - Load a program from the computer or flash drive
    • Edit - Edit the code that is loaded into the software
    • Close - Close the GCode that is currently loaded in the software
  4. Control
    • Feed Hold - Pauses the GCode program and keeps the spindle running
    • Cycle Stop - Stops the GCode program from running
    • Reset - Resets the alarm and also enables the machine
  5. Tool Path Display
    • Show the X and Y path that the machine will follow when running the GCode program
  6. GCode Display
    • Part Counter
    • GCode Line
    • GCode Display
  7. Advanced - Expand or Collapse
    • Single Block - If active the software will go line by line through the GCode when you press the cycle start button
    • Block Delete - Deletes the block of GCode that is selected
    • Part Counter - Displays the number of parts that the machine has produced
    • M1 OPT Stop - If active the software will stop at any M1 commands in the GCode program and waits for cycle start
    • Alexsys - Opens up the conversational assistant Alexsys in another window
    • Dry Run - If active the software will ignore all mist or flood commands
    • M-S-T Lock - If active the software will ignore all Macro codes, Spindle codes and Tool commands
    • Run From Here\File Resume:

      1. Use the Up/Down arrows in the G-Code file window to select the line to start from 
      2. Press the [Run From Here] or [File Resume] button 
      3. Select the [Change to Needed Tool] button if applicable (See Image Below)
      4. Enter desired value in the Feed Rate field (See Image Below)
      5. Select axis to move and press [Move Selected] button (See Image Below) to move the axis into position
      6. Select desired Auxiliary Settings and press [Turn On Selected Auxiliaries] button 
      7. Press [Cycle Start] to begin the file at selected starting line File Resume - If selected this will start the program at the selected gcode line and resumes the file

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    • Collapse v - If selected this will minimize the Advanced buttons
  8. Position Display
    • Axis Positions - Large DROs
    • Distance To Go - Yellow DROs
    • Configurable Gauge - Axis Load or Velocity
  9. Position Display Dashboard
    • MDI - Opens up a window that allows for GCode commands
    • Viewing Part - Shows the part coordinates or machine coordinates of the machine
    • 5 Configurable Function Buttons
  10. Active Modals
    • Active Offset - Shows the current active fixture offset (G54, G55, etc)
  11. Tool Display
    • T - The current – the first two digits refer to the tool and the second two refer to the offset
    • Picture – shows the current tip direction of the tool
    • Tool Post – shows which tool post the tool is connected to – Primary, Secondary or not defined
    • Description of the current tool
  12. Feedrate Display
    • F - The current feedrate commanded
    • Feed OV - The current Feedrate Override utilizing the Feedrate Override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
    • Rapid OV - The current Rapid Override utilizing the Rapid Override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
  13. Spindle Display
    • S - The current spindle speed
    • Rpm - The current spindle speed feedback
    • FWD - Turns on if the spindle is moving Forward
    • REV - Turns on if the spindle is moving in Reverse
    • Spindle OV - The current spindle override utilizing the spindle override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
    • Spindle Load - The current spindle load utilizing the spindle speed feedback
    • Range - Displays the current spindle range (spindle pulley) 
    • G50 Speed Limit - Displays the current G50 limit and changes to yellow when a limit is active
  14. Dashboard
    • Configurable Dashboard
    • Add Widgets

Conversational Page

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  1. Conversational Programming
    • The Conversational page is used to quickly and easily create new turning and facing programs without manually writing gcode. A program consists of a set of cycles that are included in the job. The cycles can be added to the job in any order and rearranged or removed as needed. Adding a cycle is a matter of selecting the type of cycle, inputting the dimensional data, and pressing Add to Job. Once all cycles are correct, the Post button will load the job for running. 
    • For more info watch our videos on YouTube playlist Lathe Canned Cycles

Tools Page

  1. Edit
    • Edit Offsets - No offset changes can be made unless this button is yellow. It also displays the zero buttons near the DROs to the right. 
  2. Tools
    • Tool Table - View and edit tool table
  3. Control
    • Feed Hold - Pauses the GCode program and keeps the spindle running
    • Cycle Stop - Stops the GCode program from running
    • Reset - Resets the alarm and also enables the machine
  4. X and Z Calibration
    • Teach - Touch tool off on part and press teach
    • Measured DRO - Enter Diameter /  Position of the part where the Teach was pressed
    • Update - Calculate the new value for the tool offset and store it to the tool table
  5. X and Z Correction
    • Correction DRO - Enter the amount you want to adjust the tool offset
    • Update - Calculate the new value for the tool offset and store it to the tool table
  6. Tool Offsets
    • Displays all the values for the current tool
    • Update - Calculate the new value for the tool offset and store it to the tool table
  7. Jump to Tool Number or Tool Pocket
    • 1,2,3,4 etc. -  Tool number (Tool change). Just press the button and the tool will change. 

Fixtures Page

  1. Edit
    • Edit Offsets - View and edit fixture offsets
  2. Fixtures
    • Fixtures Table - View and edit fixture table (G54, G55, G56, etc.)
  3. Control
    • Feed Hold - Pauses the GCode program and keeps the spindle running
    • Cycle Stop - Stops the GCode program from running
    • Reset - Resets the alarm and also enables the machine
  4. Current Fixture Offsets
  5. Current Work Shift Offsets
  6. Current G52 Offsets

 

Service Page

Maintenance

  1. Limits
    • Soft Limits - Toggles software limits on or off
    • Limit Override - Toggles to allow for the machine to move off a limit switch
  2. PLC
    • Reset Pocket - Only used for tool changers. 
    • PLC Sequence - 
  3. Enable
    • Disable - Toggles if the machine is enabled or disabled
  4. Settings
    • Interface Config - Opens the plugin with MachMotion Configuration
    • Motion Controller - Opens the plugin for the Motion Controller
    • Screen Config - Edit the screen layout
    • Industrial Theme - Applys Industrial Theme
    • Toggle Menu - Turns the top menu on or off 
    • Compile Scripts - Refreshes (recompiles) programming scripts
  5. System Information
  6. Support
    • Remote Support - Starts a remote support session with MachMotion Technical Support
    • Support - Opens up the online MachMotion Support Library
    • Updates - Checks for updates for MachMotion Software
    • History - Views status history and alarms
  7.  Homing
    • Home X - Homes the X axis
    • Home Z - Homes the Z axis
    • Home All - Homes all axes
  8. User
    • Logout - Logs out of the Windows username
    • Power - Turns off the computer
Dashboard

The Dashboard is used to make the control just the way you want it! For more information, see this link: Configure Dashboards . 

 

Machine I/O

This page is used for diagnostics and shows all your machine IO. 

Homing

To home the Machine, begin by click the [Reset] button and then the [Service] tab and click on [Home All].

Programmed Movement

MDI

To command a movement using the MDI feature, press the [MDI] button.

Enter the desired G-Code command into the field and press [Cycle Start] to execute the command(s). The up/down arrow buttons will scroll through the history of cycled commands. Click the Red [X] to close the MDI window.

Example MDI Command

G-Code

The primary method of commanding motion is using G-Code files. G-Code files can be hand written, generated by a wizard, or generated from CAD files using a CAM program.

Tool Path Screen

Below are the controls to manipulate the tool path screen:

  • Zoom – Right click with the mouse and move mouse up/down or using the scroll wheel on the mouse
  • Rotate – Left click with the mouse and rotate the part by moving the mouse
  • Pan – Press and hold [Ctrl] on the keyboard and left click with the mouse, then pan by moving the mouse (one-hand control option is to use left and right mouse click and move the mouse. No [Ctrl] press needed)

 

Tools and Tool Offsets

See the Offset tab above. 

Spindle Control

G-Code Spindle Control

The spindle is controlled through G-Code using the M-Codes M3 (Clockwise), M4 (Counterclockwise), and M5 (Off). To control the spindle speed in RPMs an S word is added.

For example, M3 S2000 would turn the spindle on in the clockwise direction at 2000 RPM.

Manual Spindle Control

To control the spindle separately from G-Code use the spindle control on the operating panel. The [Spindle FWD] turns the spindle on clockwise and the [Spindle REV] turns the spindle on counterclockwise.

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Spindle Display

The current spindle settings are shown in the main Spindle Display.

  1. S – Commanded Speed
  2. Spindle OV – Spindle Override Percentage
  3. Spindle Load – % of the load of the spindle
  4. G50 Speed Limit - Displays the current G50 limit and changes to yellow when a limit is active
  5. Range – Current Pulley Selected

Spindle Warm Up

Mach4 has the ability to setup a Spindle Warm Up procedure for machines.

To be able to configure this go to Control->Plugins->MachMotion and then search for Spindle Warm Up.

Below is an example screen for the Spindle Warm Up settings.

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Parameter  Description
Spindle Warm Up Off Time Trigger How long do want the spindle to be off before the spindle will need to do the Warm Up cycle
Spindle Warm Up Enabled Warm Up Cycle On or Off
Spindle Warm Up Idle Speed Speed at which the will be at Idle
Spindle War Up Max RPM Max speed of spindle when not needing to Warm Up
Spindle Warm Up Min RPM Minimum speed of spindle when not needing Warm Up
Spindle Warm Up Steps How many steps will it take to get the spindle up to Warmed Up
Spindle Warm Up Time Per Step How long it will stay in each Spindle Warm Up Step
Spindle Type VFD or Other Spindle Control Type

Machine Input / Output Control

For setting up machine specific IO, see this link: Configure I/O . 

Fixture Offsets

All G-Code files have their own coordinate system. In order to allow parts to be located on the table at any desired location, the part offset can be defined to adjust the actual location of the part on the table.

Part offsets can be defined and saved using G54-G59P120. The functionality is designed to allow different tooling setups to have predefined zero points to allow for streamlined setup.

You can view the fixture table and change the values directly by clicking the [Fixtures] tab. The values can also be set by using the MDI command to select the G-Code number for the fixture offsets to be stored in. Once the machine is at the desired zero position, zero Z by pressing the [Zero Z] button.

Appendix

Start-Up Procedure

Warranty Information

MachMotion warranty policy is subject to change. Updated information is available at our website:
https://machmotion.com/warranty

 

The MachMotion Team
http://www.machmotion.com
14518 County Road 7240, Newburg, MO 65550
(573) 368-7399 • Fax (573) 341-2672

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