Controller not Working

Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:07 pm

Tagwats1.

I am not sure where to make this post. So should it be in the wrong area, please place it where it can be read. I am looking for some help. I have not posted on this forum before and hope to gain some information and help. Thanks ahead of time if anyone can be of help. I have a CNC Piranha FX Router. I purchased it less than a year ago. It has worked well up till today. It has been a sharp learning curve for me. At my age, I think most people are not venturing into to new things. Now to the issue I have.

The Router has been great and fun to work with. Last night, I noticed, it seemed a bit slow to download from my Thumb Drive. I just thought it was because of a large amount of data for the project i was doing. It also seemed to slow the router itself down as it was making the cuts. I use a Bosch Router. It worked and I finished the project. To day I was going to start a new project. However, when I set up all the power there was no noise. There has always been a noise when I powered up. The sound is very soft. It sounds like a (Ker Thunk), Has any one else had this issue. I am hoping to find an easy cure for this. If you have suggestions, I am most assuredly willing to try them. The controller just seems to be totally dead.

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Re: Controller not Working

Postby highpockets » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:20 pm

Tagwats1,

The "ker thunk" you hear at startup are the stepper motors energizing. If you're not hearing the "ker thunk" the controller is not powering them up. Start with the controller.

Good luck.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:32 pm

Thank you, This is where I suspect the problem lies. I appreciate your willingness to help.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:36 pm

highpockets,
Do have any knowledge as to how to test the controller by itself?
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby armbrusterco » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:59 pm

Start with power to the controller. Check your outlet circuit breaker. Check the cord connections. Check for a fuse or reset button on the controller that may have tripped.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby highpockets » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:27 am

Bob is steering you in the right direction. Also contact the manufacturer or Rockler if you purchased it from them.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:16 am

I have not found any kind of a fuse. I checked if there were any kind of breakers that had to be reset. I could not find one. I am pretty sure the controller is bad.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby metalworkz » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:35 am

Do you have a Volt/ohm meter to use and check that you have power to the controller? If you have power to the controller then perhaps there is a fuse internally(inside the control box) If you are not familiar with electrical then you might be well advised to see if you have a friend that can help. I have seen boards with fuses and there could even be an inline fuse on the line coming from the power terminal. Always use caution when working with electrical circuits and make sure the power chord is not plugged into the machine/controller if opening the control box. Do not want to add to your problems so please be careful and perhaps research some info on working with electrical circuits prior to any work you are unfamiliar with.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:57 am

I do have a DVOM. I have power to the controller. I did not want to take the unit apart in case there is a warrant. I have had the machine less than a year. I went on line to try and find a schematic for the controller. I have not found one yet.
Again I appreciate all of the input that has come to me. I will let it known to all how this project turns out in the meantime I remain open To thoughts and suggestions.
Thanks Again,
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby 4DThinker » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:41 pm

Check under the plug socket for a pull out fuse. Controllers from nextwave automation for their CNC sharks have a fuse there.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:01 pm

Wes, Thanks, I did not look there, but I will. It is really neat to hear from so many with different Ideas. I do appreciate the help. This is all new to me.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby cnc4me » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:59 am

Tagatts1,
Have you tried calling the support desk at Nextwave? If it is less than a year old then your Pirranha should still be under warranty. They will walk you through problem determination.
Hope this helps.
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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:56 pm

I called a couple of days ago to talk the support desk. They gave me some input that I tied to do, no avail. I was told then that I would have to ship the controller to them for repairs. I have done this now. Mailed it yesterday with two days mail guaranteed. I hope this fixes the issue. I wonder now if others are having any of the same issues. I talked with a gentleman in Flagstaff, Arizona and he is having the same exact issue and problems. This kinda worries me as i have not used this machine all that much. If any one else has run up against this, I would like to know how you have handled it.

So far this support group and technical people have been Johnny on the Spot so to speak. They reply in a very timely manner and have been willing to do all that they can to create good customer relationships.

I will let you all know how this goes..

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Re: Controller not Working

Postby Tagatts1 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:14 pm

I have set the controller to the company a couple of days ago. I have heard nothing yet. Still in limbo and hoping for the best.
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