What is Pncconf all about?

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24 Jul 2010 19:54 #3477 by cmorley
Pncconf is a graphical configuration wizard for servo and stepper machines using Mesa I/O cards.

It is in the 'Alpha' stage of development. meaning it still has a few bugs.
Reporting of bugs and/or suggestions of improvement is important.
I do not have all the hardware or had the time for testing every feature completely.

Pncconf was based on Jeff Eppler's stepconf so should be fairly familiar to users of stepconf.
Pncconf has a help button that (hopefully) will give clear clues of how to fill out each page.
It also shows a diagram to show how limits and homing may be laid out.

Anyone who could offer improvements to these pages or a better diagram / picture that
would be very welcome.

Pncconf was built with HAL customization in mind, allowing loading of extra components without
hand editing.

Still a few things missing.
closed loop servo testing does not function yet.
A graphical test page for testing the mesa board's I/O has been disabled because it sometimes crashes.
The 'Touchy' front end is not supported yet.
there are only a few firmwares for each board supported.
No USB joystick support
more external connections to feed override etc.

Pncconf should be pretty good now at building mesa stepper machines.
I have not heard of anyone using it for servos yet. and this is the least tested by me.
Pncconf could help by making a configuration that can be a base for an oddball machine.

Pncconf was included in EMC 2.4
Pncconf needs to be launched from a terminal - type pncconf <return>

Chris M

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14 Aug 2010 17:10 #3740 by Dave_Dyke
Chris
I am trying pncconf, it generates the files but when I try to launch emc it fails.
I have put the error message,ini and hal files here

pastebin.ca/1916973

I have tried various edits to the ini file with no success, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dave

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14 Aug 2010 17:49 #3741 by cmorley
Can't see anything obvious - sems to happen when AXIS is loaded..
please post your config files and you pncconf file. both are in emc2/configs

That looks like a pretty complicated machine your running :)

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14 Aug 2010 18:30 #3745 by Dave_Dyke
I have put the files here
pastebin.ca/1917019

The shutdown.hal and the custom.hal files are empty.
This is our first mill with an atc, yes it is quite complex, hence the use of pncconf, it saves a lot of effort.

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14 Aug 2010 19:59 #3747 by cmorley
please put them in a folder create an archive (right click create archive)
and post that on filebin.ca
copy and paste is easy to screwup :) Thanks

Chris M

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14 Aug 2010 22:06 #3748 by Dave_Dyke
here are the files, thanks

filebin.ca/arewnp/wasino.tar.gz

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14 Aug 2010 23:18 #3750 by cmorley
it's the random tool changer flag. remove it and the config loads.
I am trying to find info why that is screwing it up....

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15 Aug 2010 00:11 - 15 Aug 2010 00:22 #3751 by cmorley
ok it's Pncconf's tool table.
I need to update to the new tool table for random toolchanger
if you copy the tool table from emc2/sim/simpockets.tbl ( and rename it tool.tbl ) ato your config folder emc should start.
or you could completely erase the tool table, start emc and then enter tool info from AXIS
if you get an error about a pyvcp pin missing reload the config in pncconf and select spindle display again for the pyvcp panel
Last edit: 15 Aug 2010 00:22 by cmorley.

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15 Aug 2010 04:00 #3752 by Dave_Dyke
Many thanks Chris, emc now loads so now it's back to work on that atc. :woohoo:

Dave

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