electronics setting up thc up/down/ok with relay outputs

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25 Mar 2023 07:48 - 25 Mar 2023 07:54 #267456 by rodw
I don't see why yoiu are worried. pins 5 & 6 can accept 24 volts with  a max of 36 volts why would the isolated inputs accept less?
Its going to depend if you are using active high or active low inputs as to what you connect to common So using a mesa card pin 5 should be - field power and pin 6 should be + field power
the outputs should be connected to Mesa inputs.
Common should be  + field power for active high or - field power for active low inputs (like planet cnc)
What makes you think it can't handle 6-36 volts?
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25 Mar 2023 13:40 #267468 by santy
Tried 24v, the relay lets 24 v pass through all the time.
Will get a 5v relay board and try to do it
Any suggestions on how to do it using a resistance ?

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25 Mar 2023 16:07 - 25 Mar 2023 16:07 #267472 by snowgoer540
If it sticks on all the time, it's possible you wired it backwards, switch the wires for that SSR. The direction of current flow does matter.

I did look at the main CNC planet controller's manual. Their circuit board accepts a wide range of input voltages, and there's clearly a step-down circuit right after the input. All of their outputs are at 5v, for what that's worth.
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25 Mar 2023 22:07 #267505 by santy
I checked the cpc1002n 732t4309 relay and it seems to hold 60v...
Should i have wired it some other way? I wired field 24v+ to thc com and ok/up/down to mesa inputs 1,2,3 , and field v- to mesa input gnd. All 3 inputs light up just by powering the circuit on and dont change while testing up/down. Will try with 5v tomorrow

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25 Mar 2023 23:09 #267509 by tommylight

I wired field 24v+ to thc com and ok/up/down to mesa inputs 1,2,3 , and field v- to mesa input gnd. All 3 inputs light up just by powering the circuit on and dont change while testing up/down.

Snowwy meant to invert this so the V- goes to THC GND and +24V goes to Mesa common, but do check first if Mesa can accept that.
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26 Mar 2023 18:16 #267548 by santy
i ended up getting a thcad and using a divider and it works almost 100%. im just having trouble getting arc ok to trigger. using mode 0.

selling a planetcnc thc xD
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26 Mar 2023 23:59 #267571 by rodw
Using mode 0 is dependent on voltage thresholds to synthesise ans ArcOK signal.
I personally think this is a bad idea as it often does not operate as intended due to user config error or vagaries with the plasma cutter.
If your machine has an arcOK signal, use it. 
If not, there is a method described in the QTplasmac docs that uses a reed relay to create a physical arcok signal.

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27 Mar 2023 01:04 #267572 by tommylight
arc ok min 60
arc ok max 250
Those work for me on many machines with PlasmaC, although as Rod mentioned, some plasma sources will have so much fluctuations in voltage that can not be used with Mode 0.

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