2012-03-11 18:47:46 (CET)

Operate Page

  Operate page introduction
  From this screen all machine operation like jogging running etc can be executed. The Operate screen is designed such that it is mouse, mouse-less and touch-screen friendly.
  In the middle we see the graphics showing the tool path. Blue/Red when loaded and rendered. Yellow/Green when actually running. So it shows the tool path real-time.

At the left side there are buttons for common used IO:

  • Spindle on-off,
  • Flood
  • Mist Coolant on-off, and
  • AUX on-off (e.g. for the machine light).
  • MACHINE ON Button (Below Home C led)

This one has a few colors with different meaning:

    • Grey means machine is off, drives switched off.
    • Green flashing, machine is on but not all axes are homed, homing required.
    • Green, machine ON
    • Red flashing, E-Stop button on machine is active.
    • Red, E-Stop button released but reset, home required.
    • Pressing the button switches off the drives.
  The right part of the screen shows the axes positions, when homing you use the machine coordinates and for all other operations the work coordinates.
  The buttons beside the axes positions are for zeroing the work position, on the background a G92 command is executed to perform this. The zero buttons can also be found in the zero submenu, especially for people who do not like using the mouse at the machine.
  below the machine positions we see the general status window: You can select FS (Feed Speed), GMT (G-Code, M-Code, Tool) and T (time estimation for running job). There is a shortcut key: ctrl-v to change the selection here.
  Feed/Speed You see the actual value, set value and percentage. If you do a G1 in this example, the feed will be 60. If you switch on the spindle with M3, the spindle speed will be set to 100 rev/minute.
  Pressing control-v will give:
  This shows the actual G code and M code status as well as the actual tool number and the machine state, READY, RUNNING etc.
  control-v again gives
  Here you see the actual running time of a job and also the estimated TOTAL time.


Reset Button F1

  This button has to be used after starting the software  to enable the drives. The amplifiers are switched on when pressing the reset button. Try this, you can feel at the motor shaft if the amplifier is on. if you can still turn the motor by hand, you probably need to reverse the amplifier enable polarity in the setup.

But the reset button does more:

  • Enable the amplifier
  • Recover from Error after you get one
  • Stop a running program


Escape Button

  This button pauses the current job execution if running. This is just there for convenience, not for safety emergency stop. For safety use a real  E-STOP button!