The controller consists of a main control box and optional operator control panel. In special purpose applications, custom firmware can be stored in Eprom or Flash memory. In profile cutting applications, the TekMOV firmware is used for control, and permits the operator to select jobs to cut, adjust speeds, jog the position of the machine, set origins etc. from the control panel on the machine.
The firmware has features to support the specific needs of each type of profile cutting machine. Click the links below to see details on features for each type of profile cutting machine.
Controller Hardware Features
|Large Graphic LCD Screen, Backlit for easy viewing in bad lighting conditions.
|Membrane Key Switches sealed from harsh environments
|5 Speed joystick for ease of positioning, gives much better controllability than push buttons.
|Firmware is stored in Flash Eprom, for easy updating.
|New versions of firmware can be sent via email, floppy diskette or retrieved from FTP site.
|5 User Defined Relays
|RS-232 Serial link between computer and machine eliminates need for special interface cards
|Graphics / DNC link Host Computer can be up to 200 meters from the machine with the use of inexpensive serial line driver / isolator cards
TekMOV Controller Firmware Features
|Easy to Learn
|Online Help gives the operators and technicians access to the entire Owners Manual on screen.
|Open Architecture system, using Industry Standard HPGL 2 and G Code Instruction Set
|2D, 21/2D, and 3D plot files fully supported
|3D Profiling Software allows both AutoCarve and sweep-pass style 3D profiling
|Interactive Plot Spooler (DNC Link) allows you to store as many cutting jobs as you like on your graphics computer, and sends them to the controller when needed
|100% error free DNC ( Direct Numerical Control ) style communications link
files saved on Disk. Plotting a file from the graphics program to the hard
saves download time, and frees up the program to continue working without delay
|Job Storage capacity limited only by hard disk space
the job is being cut, it is sent to the controller transparently in the
while other applications are running
|Multiple machines can be controlled from one host computer
|Units can be set up as mm or Inches
|Motion Error Detection stops motion when following error of servos exceeds user specified set point. This safeguards against troubles caused by dull toolbits, stalled spindles, crashing into clamps cutting too fast etc. Saves material
|Multiple Origins, up to 8 Origins can be stored on the system, allowing quick changeover to different jigs for production work
|Origin Lock prevents Operators inadvertently changing origin during operation
|Tool Offset Support so that pen and spindle or multiple spindles can cut from same origin
|Digitizing Support for tracing objects on the table
|Comprehensive On-Board-Diagnostics allows the encoders, amplifiers, overtravel switches and relays, serial communication, to be tested one at a time for easy machine commissioning and maintenance
Plot File Diagnosis. The plot file language is industry standard HPGL,
and can be imported to graphics programs such as Cadlink, and viewed
Machine Control Features
|Homing sequence during power-up establishes the reference origin of the machine
|Homing Sequence on Power up allows software squaring of dual drive gantry
|Crashproof System Can't jog out of bounds
|Jogging override during homing allows manual override to speed up initialization process
|Job Origin is stored on Hard disk, allowing job restart after power failure. Automatic Power Failure Recovery.
|Ultimate Jogging Control with user definable High and Low Speed ranges, 1/10 speed scaling function for accurate positioning
|X and Y Axis can be jogged together or one at a time
|X and Y Axis Job origin can be set together or one at a time
|Spindle Position Readout on Operator Console allows you to know where the spindle is during jogging
|2 decimal place position readout on Z axis for precise depth control
|User Defined Park Location allows gantry to be moved out of the way for loading and unloading with the press of one button
|On-The-Fly XY Cutting Speed can be adjusted while cutting.
|Speed can be locked after adjustment, or free to read next speed command
|Z Axis speed can be adjusted
|Rapid Plunge Z Axis above material
|Job can be paused and resumed during cutting
Searching within a Job
|Search Function allows re-cutting of shapes
|Simply push Search button, and move from shape to shape with the joystick
machine can search through a job so that when it is started,
it can continue from any desired point
- search by shape
- search by change of depth
- search by vector within a shape
- search by nearest point to spindle (Proximity Restart)
|Jobs are selected from Operator Interface, using Windows 95 Long Filename format
|Job files can be stored in sub directories on the hard disk, making it easy to keep them organized
|Jobs can be deleted from the Operator interface
|Scrolling Job List sorts jobs by name or date, making for fast selection
|Job elapsed time is displayed, allowing job chargable time to be calculated easily
|Spindle Operation Time is logged
|Minor and Major Service Interval warnings shown on Operator Interface panel when timed out
|User definable maintenance intervals - Operator is prompted to service machine