Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base of MachMotion Controls and Components


Mitsubishi VFD IO Cable

  D-Series: The IO cable for a Mitsubishi VFD should be pre-configured in the software and con...


Mitsubishi VFD All Clear Factory Reset

Description of the problem: If you are trying to get your spindle to run and have changed a bunc...


Removing the Computer from a X15-250 Control

  Description of the problem: It may be necessary for you to remove the PC from the control fo...


Setting Debounce Level

Description of the problem: Debounce is the number of pulses that a switch must be stable for it...


How to Use Documentation Library

Welcome to the MachMotion Support Documentation Library. Here is a quick overview of certain scr...


Hardware Check Hanging in Ultimate Screen

Description of the problem: When starting Mach3, the Ultimate screen may get hung up on hardware...


Reversing an Axis

Description of the problem: When you try to jog, it moves in the opposite direction that you com...


Apollo III Not Communicating

Description of the problem: The Apollo III motion controller is not communicating, but all the s...


Water Jet or Oxy Z Jogging-Mach3

Description of the problem: On a water jet or oxy control, you may want to adjust the Z (or A) a...


MachMotion Standard Operating Conditions

STANDARD OPERATING CONDITIONS FOR ELECTRICAL AND CONTROL EQUIPMENT This document specifies condi...


How to Properly Shut Down Control

If not properly shut down, the parameters/settings may become corrupted and the control software...


Can the system run on 230VAC

All MachMotion controls (X15-110, X15-250 and X15-200) as well as the Interpreter 1000 motion c...


Clearing Mach3 Spindle Callibration Parameters

Description of the problem: The 0-10VDC spindle speed signal is not linear. It doesn't change co...


Connecting 2 Hard Drives on CNC Control Hard Drive Not Recognized

  Description of the problem: When plugging in a replacement hard drive from MachMotion the ne...


Control Beeping

Description of the problem: Control is beeping.   Solution: If a control is beeping it is pr...


Control Internal 24VDC Power Supply

Description of the problem: What is the maximum power output of the 24VDC power supply in th...


Corner Freeze - Mach3 Plasma

Description of the problem: Do MachMotion plasma controls have corner freeze? How does it work? ...


Step and Continuous Jog Both Selected - Mach3

Description of the problem: Step and Continuous mode are illuminated and the system won't jog. ...


Drive Fault Always On - Apollo III

Description of the problem: On Apollo series boards the X0 (Drive Fault) is always on whether th...


Drive Fault Setup-Mach3

Description of the problem: When a drive faults the control doesn't stop.   Solution: Our sy...


Feed Hold Malfunction-Mach3

Description of the problem: Control running away when cycle start is pressed following a fee...


Feed Hold Not Working-Mach3

Description of the problem: Pressing [Feed Hold] does not stop motion.   Solution: Feed ...


How to Reset the PC Power Supply

Description of the problem: The PC fan isn't running, all power appears to be off (even though...


Kernel Speed Error

Description of the problem: You have a HiCON/Apollo III system that is getting a error message c...


Apollo Board Power Issues

24V Dropping Out (power light flashing/dim) Typically related to a "short" in limit switch....so...


Pendant is Jogging Roughly - Mach3

Description of the problem: The pendant is not jogging smoothly.    Solution: Four possible...


Spindle Pulley Setup

Description of the problem: You're trying to setup the spindle and the speed isn't correct.   ...


G73 Peck Drilling Pullback-Mach3

Description of the problem: The pull back distance on G73 is wrong.   Solution: For the ...


HiCON Motor Drive Graph Blank

Description of the problem: The Motor/Drive Response graph is blank when motion is commanded...


Homing Limits Window-Mach3

  Reversed Checking this option on an axis will change the direction the machine moves. S...


Interpreter 1000 Encoder Noise Issues

Description of the problem: Unacceptable noise levels in the encoder signals coming into the I...


Interpreter 1000 Random Movement While Loading File

Description of the problem: Random movements while programs are loading.   Solution: If ...


Inverse Feed Rate G93 in Mach3

Description of the problem: Confusion on how to use inverse feed rate.   Solution: Inver...


Plugin and Firmware Versions and Update Instructions

Mach4: 10284 Mach4 Build: 3804MachMotion Build: 10400*May require new MachMotion license if upd...


Reversing Pendant Direction Mach3

Description of the problem: The axis is moving in the opposite direction that you are comman...


MachMotion Plugin Data Logging

Description of the problem: Instructions on how to enable data logging with the MachMotion plu...


Macropump Issues-mach3

Macropump is not working correctly.   - If the debounce is set too high...


Verify Homing

Description of the problem: The control won't run a program without homing, or it will run and y...


Persistent Tool Number-Mach3

Description of the problem: Every time Mach3 is restarted it forgets which tool is in the mach...


Program Safety Lockout-Mach3

Description of the problem: What is program safety lockout?   Solution: Program safety l...


Running a Mitsubishi VFD Directly

Description of the problem: It may be necessary to run a VFD manually from it's control inte...


Spindle Turning off Intermittently-Mach3

Description of the problem: The spindle is turning on/off intermittently    Solution: I...


SheetCAM Post Processor

Description of the problem: What are the correct post files for use with SheetCAM?   ...


Stepper Motor Reversing Direction

Description of the problem: My stepper motor is reversing direction randomly without changing ...


Rotational Axis Configuration-Mach3

Description of the problem: How do I set up a rotational axis?   Solution: Only axes A, ...


Wiring Up A VFD Alarm to E-Stop Mach3

Description of the problem: I would like for Mach3 to E-Stop when a VFD alarm occurs.   S...


Spindle Brake Setup-Mach3

Description of the problem: I'm trying to set up my spindle brake.   Solution: To ...


Tool Change Option-Mach3

Description of the problem: My setting for "Ignore Tool Change" keeps changing back to "Stop...


Soft Limit Warning

Description of the problem: I'm getting a "Soft Limit Warning" like this:     Solutio...


Ultimate Screen Not Loading

Description of the problem: The Ultimate screen does not load properly (gets stuck).   So...


Loading XML Profile

Description of the problem: The Ultimate screen gets hung up on "Loading XML Profile."   So...


White Lines in Part Display

Description of the problem: White lines are appearing in the part display (Tool Path Display...


Setting VFD Acceleration

Description of the problem: I'm trying to set up acceleration on my Mitsubishi VFD.   Sol...


Torch Crashing on Probe-Mach3

Description of the problem: My torch is crashing on the probe and I don't know why.   Sol...


Teco Motor Oscillations

Description of the problem: My Teco motor is oscillating back and forth (humming / screech...


External Divider Setup - Mach3

To setup mach3 plasma control unit with divided voltage:   On the square ~4x4 Sound Logic boar...


Latest Plugin and Firmware Versions and Update Instructions (Mach4)

HiCON Plugin: 2.01.46 Firmware: 3.45 FPGA: 8ACE   DSPMC (Tube Bender) Plugin: 2.01.46 Fi...


Yaskawa Auto Tuning

Watch Yaskawa tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TW9wodQ8M)   Prerequisites: hav...


Screw Mapping

Screw mapping is available in mach3 and mach4. See sections below for each. Mach3 Screw Mappin...


Terminal Block Usage How to connect wires

Use a small flat screwdriver to push back the metal clip. It will likely take a good bit of press...


Mitsubishi Drive Programming

Press Mode until it displays: P  00 (or some P range between 00-19) Press up/down arrow keys u...


Updating Yaskawa Parameters

To update drive parameters on a Yaskawa drive, follow these instructions.   From the display p...


Wiring your VFD not purchased from MachMotion

If you purchased a VFD from MachMotion, all labeling is done and you will not need this informati...


SheetCAM Training Information & Tutorials

Links to SheetCAM Resources:   Install: http://sheetcam.com/Downloads/akp3fldwqh/SheetCam%20T...


Bios Issue PC start up failure

A computer may have trouble starting up and loading into windows for a variety of reasons. Here a...


Enable or Disable Mach4 PLC 1000 Series

To enable/disable the PLC in Mach4, follow the attached instructions.     10556


1000 Series Mach4 Aux Button Setup

On the 1000 Series control, there are six user auxiliary buttons that can be configured.   T...


gcEdit error in Mach4

Problem: When attempting to edit g-code, user receives a gcEdit error.   Solution: With the ...


Hide the Menu in Mach3 with Ultimate Screen

You can hide the Mach3 menu to prevent a user from changing system settings with the Ultimate scr...


Gcode Axis Spindle Setup - Mach3

Steps to setup a g-code axis spindle:   In HiCON plugin menu (Config --> Config Plugins --&...


Regenerative Resistors

For Teco: Most users will use the internal resistor; leave the jumper between PC-P1 Persisten...


Restoring XML Mach3 Restore

Problem: Mach3 is opening with a dialog box (example below), or to a different profile screen t...


Mach3 Spindle Pulley Setup for Use with Variable Speed Spindle

To continue to utilize the variable speed functionality of your spindle with a VFD, you can setup...


Parallel Port Connection

To properly attach the dual-parallel port, align the red stripe on the ribbon cable to the white ...


Cypress Enable Message - Mach3

The cypress enable warning mesage comes up when a program is stopped inside of a macro.  The mac...


Windows Memory Error -Advantech

Problem: Windows prompts user with a memory error. Solution: Windows setting on Advantech bran...


Spindle Speed Issues - Mach3

Always Max (10V) (or incorrect voltage on on the apollo board direction terminals): If the outp...


Mach3 Subroutine Example

Subroutines can contained in the gcode file being run, or in the c:\mach3\subroutines\ folder. E...


Mach3: Setting up a Rotary Axis

Rotary Axis setup in Mach3 Put a check mark in the Check box "axis is angular"  located in the...


Probing-Mach3

Probing: There are 3rd party applications that some people use with Mach3. Search online and the...


Solenoid or Pump Wiring

Outputs on the breakout board can be used for a variety of control functions. Often they are use...


Pendant Info-Mach4

Adjusting Pendant Acceleration You can adjust the pendant acceleration by going to the Settings ...


Wiggle Lead In (SheetCAM)

Here are a few screen shots of menus from sheetcam and an explanation of how to set up a wiggle/o...


Control On/Off Key Switch

If you do not have a key to turn the keyswitch for turning the computer on and off, there are so...


Setting Spindle RPM (Mach4)

Problem: Not going the correct RPM? Is the spindle encoder configured correctly? Option 1 Te...


Setup Gears in Mach4

Setup gears If you do not know the gear ratio on the spindle, setup the spindle as follows: Tu...


Helpful Parts & Software Links

  In an effort to help our customers, the following information is being provided. While we do ...


Servo Mismatch Yaskawa

Servo Mismatch Yaskawa Follow the steps below: 1. Pn102 (Position Loop Gain) a. Set this to ...


Siemens PLC - Wiring SM1234 Analog Card

This is how to wire to the standard ANALOG I/O SM 1234, 4AI/2AO, +/-10V, OR 0-20 MA analog card (...


G73 / G83 Peck Drilling Reposition Location - Mach4

Symptoms The control descends too far on a rapid reposition and breaks drill bits. High-speed ...


Grinder Reg Wheel Calculator

Reg Wheel Calculator (regwheel): See attachments on this page for how to calibrate the commande...


Global Messaging - Mach4

Global Messaging Version 3 1. Access Global Messaging To setup Global Messaging go to Configur...


Enable Slave Axis in Mach4

There are 2 configuration options: Homing with Home/Limit switch on the Master: First: In the M...


Drive Error List - Teco

*Alarms in table below noted with asterisk (*) have additional important info below the table ...


Parts not Round (TECO Drives)

When the X and Y on a machine are not round yet the units are correct and the axes are square, ma...


Freezing or Crashing when loading a program - Mach4

If you are loading a program and Mach4 crashes or fails to load the program than it may be an is...


Spindle turns off after program - Mach3

If the spindle turns off after a program (or the spindle output is controlling some other device)...


Screen Path Layout Opposite / Mirrored

If the toolpath is flipped, opposite, mirrored the following information and options may help: ...


Machsupport and Forums

We are a reseller of the mach software.  We support that software for those who purchase our con...


HiCON Board Not Found

The hicon board is the "daughter" board of the Apollo III motion controller. The ethernet cable f...


Update Mach4 without internet to control

To update Mach4 software without internet to the control you can do so by completing the followin...


Pendant going the same direction or the same speed - Mach4

Problem:  When moving the MPG Pendant really fast and it continues in the same direction or the...


MachMotion Warranty Policy

MachMotion warranty policy is subject to change. Updated information is available at our website:...


Open Gcode in Command Prompt - Mach4

Command Lines to Open and Close a Gcode File in Mach4: Open:C:\Mach4\tools\MachUtil\MachUtil.exe...


Repeatability Tests - Teco Drives

First, test for backlash. Section 2.4: https://machmotion.com/documentation/Motion%20Controllers...


Open Electrical Cabinet With Power ON

Here are the steps to open the electrical cabinet without having to shut down power: DANGER: Hig...


Machine Slams on Stop Command-Mach4

If you do a stop and it stops instantly and is hard on the machine, you can turn it into a contro...


Plasma Laser Alignment Offsets Mach4

The laser alignment is set by tool offsets. This is in the tool table and down at the bottom.  Y...


SigmaNEST Oxy or Plasma Process Selection

SigmaNEST is set to use tool 1 (plasma) as default process. You can change to OXY by the followin...


Constant Velocity-Mach3

Constant Velocity (CV) is more of a Theoretical calculation instead of an exact adjustment and wi...


Mach4 Plasma Target or Sampled

Getting torch height control (THC) to work properly in Mach4 Plasma screen: When running target ...


Dual Spindle Setup-Mach4

Tool Assignments Tool 100 is the secondary spindle. Pockets 1-20 are for the primary spindle. ...


Wiring Prox Switch Input

    PNP 3-wire example: (see attachment for photo) Brown to C0+ Blue to C0- Black to the ...


Manually Calculating Steps Per

If your motor tuning calibration (steps per) is set, but still slightly off, you can make adjustm...


Connecting PLC to Mach3

  File Type Document Name View / Download / Print Modbus Connection from a PLC to Mach...


SigmaNest Access Violation Message

This error message seems to happen when the same file is loaded into the Mach4 software. Recomme...


How to Turn Off Home In Place - Mach4

Home in place is a feature that allows axes to home in their current position. This is usually us...


Post Processors for CAM Software

Our Mach software runs gcode and can be in various file types such as .txt, .nc, and .tap. Our s...


Aligning Slave Axis Gantry - Mach4

To align the gantry, an offset move can be configured for the slave axis once homing has been com...


Alexsys Info

Here is some info to get started with:http://www.e-cam.it View the quickstart link and the docum...


Fault History Mitsubishi VFD

Mitsubishi D700 VFD has a feature to check past faults To view a past fault follow these steps: ...


Apollo III Network Connections

  Apollo III Network Connection The Apollo III can be connected directly to the control or via...


Mach3 Shutting Down PC on Launch

A recent windows update has caused a bug in some Mach 3 controls which causes them to shutdown wh...


Windows Stop Code 0x00000024 - Blue Screen

This error is generally related to the filesystem. Either the NTFS driver (ntfs.sys) is corrupt...


Documentation Archive

NOTE: The documentation page referenced below is no longer maintained. It is available for refere...


Motion Continues After Feedrate of 0%

Problem: Motion continues before stopping when setting feedrate to 0%. Issue: Motion is comman...


Delta VFD IO Cable

              Keywords: VFD spindle drive io inputs outputs cable pinout layout d...


Keyboard Inputs for Mach 4

    Mach4 has the ability to utilize inputs from the keyboard to jog the Machine.   First ...


SheetCAM Path Rules

SheetCAM path rules can be setup for things like turning off THC control on small parts and slowi...


Starting Mach4 With Command Line Parameters

Modifying the Mach4 shortcut Right click on the Icon used to open Mach4 and select Properties. ...


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