ServoCam® Notes and Useful Information


Note #112

Using ServoCam® Designer Help on newer Windows versions

To use the Help facility in ServoCam® Designer on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, install WinHlp32.exe from Microsoft (see
Microsoft WinHlp32.exe).
Note #111

ServoCam® Designer Timeline Operation Tick-Mark Descriptions

Operation First tick mark Second tick mark Usage
Position Time position is reached (none) The slide is still moving before this point. For UltraTurn&trade Spindle indexing, use this to know when it is ok to start the cross tool operation.
Clear
(two lower tick marks)
Time tools first become clear Time tools will no longer be clear The first tick shows the time where the tools are first clear of the workpiece. Use this time to know when it is ok to either index tooling, or index the workpiece. The second tick shows the time when the tooling will start to re-engage the workpiece, so be sure that all indexing is complete before this second tick mark.
Clear
(two upper tick marks)
Time tools first reach most-retracted position Time tools leave most-retracted position The first tick shows the time where the tools first reach the most-retracted position (either fully-retracted if that option was checked, or the retract position which is required for the specified clear behavior). Use this time to carefully coordinate non-interfering motions with other slides. The second tick shows the time where the tools leave the most-retracted position.

Note #110

Avoiding Shared-axis Conflict Warnings/Errors

Minimum separation time between Cross and Vertical operations on shared axes:
Front 0.97 seconds
Rear 1.74 seconds
These times are worst-case (based on traverse from fully extended on one axis to fully extended on the other axis). Shorter traverses would require somewhat less time.
Note #109

Collet Actuator Mode Consistency with Controller Software (UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX)

Feeder/Collet faults will occur if the Controller Software sees behavior that's not consistent with the expected mode of collet actuator operation. Since the controller cannot "see" the mechanical adjustment which selects feeder mode vs. chucker mode, it infers the mode from bar feeder type and part cycle, as follows:
Note #108

Controller Menu Navigation Keys

In addition to the standard menu keys, there are twelve additional menu-navigation keys, that are primarily used to support a large number of menu items when using the DNC option, but work anywhere a menu appears.

Standard menu keys

Key Function
Escape Exit menu (return to previous menu)
Enter Choose selected menu item
Up Arrow Move up one menu item
Down Arrow Move down one menu item

Additional menu keys

Key Function
0 Move to the topmost menu item (even if not visible)
1 Move to the menu item near 11% (even if not visible)
2 Move to the menu item near 22% (even if not visible)
3 Move to the menu item near 33% (even if not visible)
4 Move to the menu item near 44% (even if not visible)
5 Move to the menu item near 55% (even if not visible)
6 Move to the menu item near 66% (even if not visible)
7 Move to the menu item near 77% (even if not visible)
8 Move to the menu item near 88% (even if not visible)
9 Move to the bottommost menu item (even if not visible)
Minus Move down one menu page (DownArrow x NumberOfVisibleItems)
Backspace Move up one menu page (UpArrow x NumberOfVisibleItems)

As a memory aid, you can use the following:

  1. the minus (down-a-page) is located below the down-arrow (down-an-item),
  2. the backspace goes "back" a page,
  3. the 0 (the smallest number on the keypad) goes to the beginning, and
  4. the 9 (the largest number on the keypad) goes to the end.


Note #107

Operator Alert Documentation (UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX)

UltraTurnTM XL/DL/DLX/US2000 Operator Alerts (pdf)
Note #106

General Travel Ranges (2U UltraSlide™, UltraTurn™ CL and UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX)

Turret slide 0.174695 m (6.877742 in)
Front cross slide 0.044450 m (1.750 in)
Front vertical slide 0.076200 m (3.000 in)
Rear cross slide 0.044450 m (1.750 in)
Rear vertical slide 0.076200 m (3.000 in)
Note: Only the Turret Slide values apply to the 2U UltraSlide™.
For details, see the document
[Historic] Software Release Notes - RN0038 (pdf) , page 11.
Note #105

General Travel Limits (2U UltraSlide™, UltraTurn™ CL and UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX)

For the specific coordinates (screen readout) at travel limits, see the document
[Historic] Software Release Notes - RN0038 (pdf) , page 11.
Note: Only the Turret Slide values apply to the 2U UltraSlide™.
Note #104

2U Travel Reduced To Allow Actuator Offset (2U UltraSlide™)

Starting in version 5.10c, total travel for 2U turret slides was reduced slightly to allow an actuator offset to compensate for small physical installation differences.
     UltraSlide 2U travel was reduced
                from 0.179695 m  (7.074592 in)
                to   0.174695 m  (6.877742 in)
                ----------------
     a difference of 0.005 m     (0.196850 in)
   
When using a new version of ServoCam® Designer in conjunction with a new version of controller software, the new limits will automatically be accounted for. Some slight changes in tool lengths or workpiece offset in existing part cycles may be necessary to keep the turret slide within range. Of course, if the part cycle actually requires more than 0.174695 m (6.877742 in) of travel, you cannot use version 5.10c or newer software.

When using an old version of ServoCam® Designer in conjunction with a new version of controller software, the reduced travel can be enforced as follows:

  1. open the part cycle
  2. increase the max auto-adjust on the Turret axis (Tools | Turret: Edit | Maximum Tool Auto-Adjust) by
    0.0025 m (0.098425 inch)
    (typically from 0.100 inch to 0.200 inch)
  3. revise the part cycle as needed to be valid
  4. decrease the max auto-adjust on the Turret axis (Tools | Turret: Edit | Maximum Tool Auto-Adjust) to its previous value (typically back to 0.100 inch)
  5. save the part cycle
To take advantage of the actuator offset capability, you need to measure the actual offset between the collet and the tool turret using 1-2-3 blocks compared to the number shown on the screen, then set the offset (Advanced menu | Service menu | Set actuator offset).
Note #103

How The Machine Name Is Determined (UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX)


Note #102

UltraTurn™ CL Node IDs

Master/turret slide 0x010
Front cross slide 0x030
Rear cross slide 0x031
Spindle controller 0x050
Note: The "0x" may not be displayed.
Note #101

UltraTurn™ XL/DL/DLX Node IDs

HMI (touchscreen) 0x005
Master (electrical box) 0x010
Turret slide 0x020
Front cross slide 0x030
Rear cross slide 0x031
Spindle controller 0x050
Subspindle controller 0x051
Auxspindle controller 0x052
Turret indexer controller 0x070
I/O server 0x080
Note: Not all nodes are present in all systems.
Note: The "0x" may not be displayed.
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