Ajax CNC Controller

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02 Nov 2011 15:59 #14519 by toyota_400
Can EMC2 be configured to run a machine that has been retro fitted with ajax CNC drivers?

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02 Nov 2011 16:39 #14521 by BigJohnT
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What kind of input does the drive take and what kind of feedback does the machine have?

John

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02 Nov 2011 16:40 #14522 by toyota_400
Can EMC2 be configured to run a machine that has been retro fitted with an ajax controller? From my experience the parallel port on the motherboard is the out\input for the motor drivers, however the machine i am currently thinking of installing emc2 on to run is set up with ajax controlls which actually plug into a card slot on the mother board.

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02 Nov 2011 17:51 #14523 by toyota_400
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the drive connects to the cnc controller with wires, however the cnc controller is a card that plugs into the motherboard just like a graphics card would

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02 Nov 2011 20:05 #14527 by BigJohnT
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That's not much information to go on... do you have a link to the controller card? Is it a stepper system? Is the controller card plugged into an ISA slot or a PCI slot?

John

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02 Nov 2011 22:19 #14532 by andypugh
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toyota_400 wrote:

the drive connects to the cnc controller with wires, however the cnc controller is a card that plugs into the motherboard just like a graphics card would


All the cards I see on their site are connected via Ethernet. (Or so it appears).

Anyway, if it plugs into the motherboard then you will need a driver. Whether that is easy or hard to write depends partly on the complexity of the system, and partly on how open the company is with their documentation.

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03 Nov 2011 16:15 #14553 by doug6949
It may be possible, but you would have to know the Ajax card's command structure and write a driver. Ajax/Centroid may not be willing to share the necessary information.

Doug

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