In addition to the known coordinate displays and the notification window this page also includes display about the status of the inlets and outlets. The status of the reference and (if available) limit switches are visible as signal lamps to the right of the coordinate display. To the left of the coordinate display are button to trigger a reference travel. Either the selected axis or all axes travel slowly to their reference switches, in order to find the position of the zero point.
Inlets and outlets
In the upper right is the list with the inlets and outlets. Only signals will be displayed which actually have a hardware pin assigned. A set check mark is equivalent to an “active” inlet and the for example an activated switch or a relevant statement (air pressure is OK, drive is ready, etc.).
“Active” is not necessarily related to the voltage level on the inlet as regardless of the switch type (Opener or Closer)may also be inverted. A check mark for the outlets on the other hand always means “activated” and “voltage available”, no check mark means “switched off” and “no voltage”. Outlets may not be inverted, because the secured status (switched off) cannot clearly be determined.
By clicking the check for the outlets, the can be partially switched on and off. Clicking logically has no effect on inlets. The PWM outlet can be tested by double clicking. A small dialogue box will then open with a slide control.
Please use the test functions carefully, switching the outlets can cause machine parts to move.
Look ahead display
The bar display on the look ahead buffer shows the level of the command buffer in the CncPod. The display allows for information about the quality of the network connection and the computing capacity of the PC.
When travelling longer stretches, the display should be in the upper fourth (i.e. bar almost completely to the right). Should the buffer empty because the connection is poor or the PC is slowed due to another high intensity computing task, the movement of the machine may then stutter.
Though this will not lead to a position loss, because the machine in such cases will start a normal braking and acceleration ramp and then continue normally. Regardless of the type of processing, undesired effects may occur such as chatter marks when milling or burn marks when laser or plasma cutting. In the event of intended waiting periods (G4) or transitions from rapid traverse (G0) to processing (G1 to G3), however, the buffer is briefly almost empty.
The hour counter and User clock display the time the machine has been running.
The piece counter displays the number of completed program runs. The user clock and the piece counter can be set to zero if needed the hour counter cannot.