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Installation of the CncPod

In the following description of the installation process, the assumption is that the machine and the remaining electronics (PC and Zero3 controls for example) are already for operation.

Voltage supply

The CncPod requires a 5V power supply with USB connection. The connection of the power supply to the pod uses a USB cable with a miniature USB plug. Please always use an independent power supply, and do not connect the Pod to the PC with a USB cable.

While this also functions for test purposes, the galvanic separation of the network connections becomes ineffective and the controls then become unnecessarily exposed to electromagnetic disruptions. The USB connection only serves to provide a power supply. Data transfer with USB is not intended.

LPT Ports

A 25-pole SUBD cable is used to connect the CncPod with the control electronics (e.g. Zero3 or Raptor switch cabinet) in the machine. The step signals first 4 axes and the switch and relay signals are available on port 1. Port 2 can be used to connect expansions such as tool changers, frequency converters or a laser module.

LPT-Ports CncPod

Network connection

The network connection is used to link the CncPod to the PC for data transfer. In contrast to products from competitors, no dedicated connection on the PC is needed, so:

No second network card is needed

You do not need to install a second network card in the PC, but can use any available network infrastructure and can connect the pod to other devices on a network switch.

Note connection rules

Should a larger home or company network with multiple PCs be installed, the following should be noted in order to avoid any bottlenecks:

  • The connection to the PC should always have the fastest transfer rate in the network. If the PC has Gbit interface and DSL routers only offers 100 MBit, the switch should also have capacity for 1GBit and the Pod should be connected directly to this switch. Doing so helps prevent bottlenecks and the data transfer of other PCs from interfering with the communication to the CncPod.
  • No unmanaged switches can be used. Routers with intelligent functions (firewalls, proxy…) that filter protocols will not work. Of course this only applies on the link between the control PC and the CncPod. Outside of this route any number of PCs may be connected to the network.
  • Wireless connections shall not be supported nor modems which tunnel under other protocols and thus create delays. (Once again this only applies to the PC and Pod connection.

The second switch in the right of the image is thus allowed, because this is solely connected to CNC machine devices. Doing so helps prevent the connection between the two switches from being overloaded with third party traffic, thus creating a bottleneck.