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Manuals, Documents and Downloads

 

A number of Power Automation manuals, applications and programs are available for viewing or download.

 

Here are several shortcuts to the section of interest:

 

Manuals

 

Documents

 

PLC Application Templates

 

PLC Printer Configuration Files

 

Visual Basic Example

 

 

Adobe Document Information

 

All of the .pdf documents are presented in the Adobe pdf file format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the software is free to download at www.adobe.com.

 

For each document, it is advised that you right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ so that the file is downloaded to your PC for more convenient access. An approximate size (rounded up to nearest 10 KB) is included for each file to allow an estimate of the download time (that will depend on the speed of your internet connection).

 


 

Manuals

 

The following list is the set of manuals for the control that is available on-line. A printed copy of each is also available for purchase from Power Automation America, Inc. A complete set is also available as a package, either as printed documents or on a CD (which includes a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader).

 

·        Hardware manual (6.9MB)

·        Machine Parameter manual (1.1MB)

·        NC Programming manual (3.2MB)

·        Operator manual (3.1MB)

·        Software manual – PLC interfaces (1.4MB)

·        Software manual – PLC programming tool (1.1MB)

·        Software manual – Visualizer (400KB) (this small manual when printed is included within the bound PLC Programming manual)

·        Start up manual (4.0MB)

These documents are available electronically to current integrators or to qualified potential customers. They are the same as the printed documents – but by having the pdf copy you have immediate access to the information you need and, at your convenience, you may print the number that your company requires. Power Automation America, Inc. wants to provide efficient support for its customers – not to depend on the printing and delivery of its documents. The bound documents can be purchased but there is no restriction for a customer to print their own copies.

 

To obtain access to these documents, please provide the necessary company and contact information.

  •      If you use Microsoft Outlook, a template is provided to expedite the information request. Click on the link to start the email in Outlook. After the form is completed, click on the Send button in Outlook.

  •      If Microsoft Outlook is not your email package, then please copy the text template information into your email package before sending it. If you click on the text link, you should get a window with the text file contents (probably your browser but it could be Notepad). The suggested next step is to select all the text (Ctrl-A in IE or Notepad), copy it to the clipboard (usually Ctrl-C) and then paste it into the body of your email (usually Ctrl-V) in another window. If your internet browser does not immediately provide a viewer for the text file, then please copy the text file to your PC (right click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ so that the file is downloaded to a directory that you select. After the download is done, double-clicking on the file should bring up the contents (probably Notepad; if you get a dialog to assign a program to the .txt extension, specify Notepad from the list) and proceed as directed above.

  •       If you do not use Outlook this procedure is awkward. This site will be upgraded soon to handle an online form with a ‘submit’ button to handle this process more efficiently.

 

Upon the reception of the completed form via email, the access to the set of on-line documents will be returned to you. If you wish to purchase a printed copy of a manual, please contact us at the number at the bottom of this web page.


 

Documents

 

An installation checklist document (in pdf), that relates the individual manuals to the respective tasks for an installation and startup, is available to read or download.

 

 

A document that describes the mechanical details for the Windows 2000 models (eCNC, L2, LW) is also available in the pdf format. This 20-page document contains the dimensions and weights for the respective CNC models (both their front panel and industrial PC) as well as the dimensions for the IO modules and the main accessories (MTBP, Auxiliary Panel, MPG pendant).

 

 

Several other documents that are also presented as links on the home page are provided in the pdf format.

 

The single sheet (ledger size) five-panel color brochure of the main Power Automation America, Inc. products is also available to read or download.

 

The older single sheet (legal size) four-panel color brochure of the main Power Automation America, Inc. products is also available to read or download.

 

The 72-page product guide (670KB), for the L2 and eCNC models, is available to read or download.

 

           The two-page overviews of the basic controls are also available to read or download.

 

The six-page brochure of all the Power Automation America, Inc. products is also available to read or download.

 

Brochures for the Power Automation America, Inc. accessories are also available to read or download.

The INFOMATE newsletters are also available to read or download. Please go to the list of newsletters with links to the individual newsletters.

 

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PLC Application Templates

 

Start Up Applications – for a real machine

 

In the Start Up Manual, an example for the PLC application is provided, including a template for both the basic axis control (two axes are shown, for either analog drives or SERCOS drives) and the mechanism for handling the part program codes in the PLC (like the M-codes – which can vary based on the particular application). With just this simple application, the CNC will be able to home, jog, and run part programs. This application is saved as a .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The application is thoroughly described in the Start Up Manual.

 

·        PLC Start Up Application (ST) (.zip: 54KB)

 

The above project is done in Structured Text (one of the five IEC-1131 languages). Ladder Diagram (another IEC-1131 language) is the other standard language provided with the soft PLC. If Ladder Diagram is preferred for the project, then select the following package instead:

 

·        PLC Start Up Application (LD) (.zip: 54KB).

 

The other three IEC-1131 standard languages (Function Block, Instruction List and Sequential Flow Chart) are available as options for the soft PLC. The soft PLC can handle modules using any of the five different IEC-1131 programming languages.

 

These application templates were updated on April 16, 2003.

 

Start Up Applications – for simulation (e.g., Dry CNC on a lap top)

 

As mentioned above at Dry CNC, Power Automation America, Inc. can provide a version of the control software as a CNC simulation and the PLC development software package. The above PLC start up application, with a few simple modifications to run without the drives and I/O, can also be used to provide the template for the PLC in this simulation and development environment. With just this simple application, the CNC will be able to run part programs (in a test environment), enabling the development and test of the PLC application without the actual machine (i.e., at least the logic for the processing of the M-codes but without I/O activity). This application is saved as a .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The application is essentially the same as the one thoroughly described in the Start Up Manual. Projects are available for both the Structured Text and Ladder Diagram IEC-1131 languages.

 

·        PLC Start Up Application - Simulation/Development - ST (.zip: 54KB)

 

·        PLC Start Up Application - Simulation/Development - LD (.zip: 54KB).

 

These application templates were updated on April 16, 2003.

 

The above PLC start up application is rather simple (a template to build on). With a little additional PLC programming, tool management can be supported in the application also. The basic application (above) supports axis motions, spindle commands, tool diameter and tool length compensations and this one (below) also supports tool exchanges (M06) and tool management (i.e., tool movement in/out of spindle, tool wear, etc.). This application is saved as a .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The application is essentially the same as the one thoroughly described in the Start Up Manual with the additional program unit for tool management. Projects are available for both the ST and LD languages; each project includes a module for fixed location tooling (spindle tool is returned to its fixed pocket location) and a module for variable location tooling (spindle tool is swapped with next tool). Each zip also includes an example text file that can load a tool table with several tools. Note that this tool management module for simulation is a template that can be readily adapted to an actual machine application.

 

·        PLC Start Up Application with Tool Management - Simulation/Development - ST (.zip: 63KB)

 

·        PLC Start Up Application with Tool Management - Simulation/Development - LD (.zip: 72KB).

 

These application templates were updated on June 2, 2004.

 

MTBP and MPG Applications

 

Power Automation America, Inc. also sells a Machine Tool Builder’s Panel (MTBP) for an operator station and a Handheld Operator’s Station with a handwheel (otherwise called an MPG, manual pulse generator). The MTBP has a number of general purpose push buttons; each can be custom engraved to suit the application. The MPG has two general purpose push buttons; typically one is to enable the handwheel or they are the jog plus and jog minus functions. To make the implementation of these hardware items easier, an example PLC application has been prepared for the MTBP. Each application is saved as a .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. Projects are available for both the ST and LD languages.

 

·        PLC Start Up Application with MTBP - ST (.zip: 62KB)

 

·        PLC Start Up Application with MTBP - LD (.zip: 61KB)

 

These application templates were updated on April 16, 2003.

 

The following file has just the MTBP code modules (in ST and LD). The export module is provided that can be imported into another PLC application.

 

·        PLC MTBP Application - ST and LD (.zip: 5KB)

 

These application templates were updated on March 6, 2003.

 

To make an MPG implementation easier, an example PLC application has been prepared also for the MPG pendant. This application is saved as a .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The zip contains two files: one export file for the MPG code in each of the ST and LD languages.

 

·        PLC MPG Handwheel Application – both ST and LD (.zip: 5KB) (one push button enables the handwheel)

 

·        PLC MPG Jog Application – both ST and LD (.zip: 4KB) (the two push buttons are for jog plus and jog minus)

 

These application templates were updated on March 6, 2003.

 

The following file has all the MTBP and MPG code modules in one PLC project (in ST and LD). This one download gets a number of the separate examples (for the MTBP and MPG) just described.

 

·        PLC MTBP and MPG Application - ST and LD (.zip: 160KB)

 

These application templates were updated on September 12, 2006.

 

 

Miscellaneous Applications

 

To make some applications easier, several other templates have been created.

 

One PLC template has been prepared as a simple example for simple coolant control by M-codes. Another PLC template has been prepared as an example for remote program control, including 1) the PLC loading a part program from a disk file, 2) the PLC running a part program directly from a disk file and 3) the PLC changing operating modes between manual, automatic-sequential block and automatic-single block. Another PLC template has been prepared as a simple example for handling a rapid override switch (note: the MachineMate’s MTBP does not have this switch). These three templates are saved in a single .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The zip contains three files: 1) one export file for the coolant control code with one module in each of the ST and LD languages, 2) one export file for the remote program control code with one module in each of the ST and LD languages and 3) one export file for the rapid override switch code with one module in each of the ST and LD languages.

 

·        PLC Miscellaneous Applications – both ST and LD (.zip: 80KB)

 

These application templates were updated on April 16, 2003, but one of its readme.txt files was updated on November 17, 2004.

 

One PLC template has been prepared as a simple example for the PLC writing a disk file (actually a part program) and the PLC reading a fixed record text file. These modules are within one PLC project, in a single .zip file, so please right-click on the link and select ‘Save Target As…’ to save the file to an appropriate directory. The zip includes examples of the two files being processed. The project has the two examples in each of the ST and LD languages.

 

·        PLC File Example Applications – both ST and LD (.zip: 62KB)

 

These application templates were updated on April 16, 2003.

 

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PLC Printout Configuration Files

 

When printing projects in Ladder Diagram, the default printer configuration file might result in networks spanning two pages with the ‘portrait’ layout. Example printer configuration files for either the portrait or landscape layouts are available. Unzip the two files to the ‘iec1131\IEC1131 Engl’ folder in the ‘C:\Program Files’ path to the IEC programming tool. For the PLC project, select File, Printer Setup and Browse to navigate for the selection of the appropriate configuration file. By having both configuration files available, it is easy to alternate between the two layouts for any projects.

 

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Visual Basic Example

 

The CNC’s integrated soft PLC comes with a DDE Server among its standard features. This enables any third party software package that supports a DDE Client to exchange data with the CNC using this standard software interface technology. A number of GUI packages support this DDE interface. Microsoft Visual Basic 6 also supports this DDE software interface and VB has been used for developing an operator interface. A simple VB6 project can illustrate how VB code accesses read-only or read-write variables in the CNC. This VB example is available for reference as its single window is far too simple for a real application. No PLC code is provided with this VB example since nothing special is needed because the VB example can reference any variable in whatever PLC code is active.

 

Some PC-based CNCs on the market require the development of the operator interface, using tools such as Visual Basic. Our CNC is provided as a package, with the industrial PC and the operator front panel, complete with the CNC and the integrated soft PLC. This CNC package requires no screen development since the complete operator interface is already provided. If custom screen overlays are required, we offer an optional product called the MM Visualizer, which is a screen development package requiring no software programming, just drag/drop/select/enter activities with the tool’s various menus and lists. The MM Visualizer also uses the DDE technology for its interface to the CNC data.

 

This built-in interface using the DDE standard technology enables a number of options for a customer that requires special screens or overlays.

 

This example was updated on December 20, 2005.

 

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