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Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby eMTea » Wed Jun 29, 2022 9:12 pm

Hi!

Is it possible to use 2 controllers on one machine?
A UC300ETH as main controller in the controller cabinet, and a UC400 in the operator panel, to recieve input from switches, and switch on indicator and such?
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby cncdrive » Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:00 pm

Hi,

No it is not possible, but the UC300ETH-5LPT has 85 digital I/Os which is probably more than enough for all the tasks you want to achive.
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby eMTea » Thu Jun 30, 2022 4:57 am

Yeah it is enough, but the distance from the operator panel to the control cabinet is 4m of wiring, so if I could replace 25wires with a LAN cable, it would be great. I'll figure something out :)
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby cncdrive » Thu Jun 30, 2022 5:29 am

You could use an ethernet Modbus slave module and use the modbus master plugin in the UCCNC, but you will have to write some macroloops or plugin to handle the data from and to the device.
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby eMTea » Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:11 am

Thanks for the suggestion cncdrive, but I think I'll start simple.

I'm going to connect the buttons to arduino as a hid device and emulate keyboard buttons.
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby Battwell » Sat Jul 23, 2022 1:18 pm

a very cheap modbus io board does work well.
this one is under £20 from aliexpress.
gives 16 extra outputs via on board 2803a chip darlingtons (up to 500ma per channel)
16 inputs which are npn only.
seems to work well even with multiple boards i have on test. :-)

https://youtu.be/Pz3R7jXr-1g
Uc300eth on router and mill.
UK uccnc powered machine sales. https://cncrouter.uk/atc-cnc-routers.htm
Automateanything/duzzit cnc
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Re: Multiple controllers on one machine possible?

Postby eMTea » Sat Jul 23, 2022 8:37 pm

Definitely seems like a good option.
Just have to figure out the programming side of things.
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