There are two ways of commanding the plasma cutting sequence. You could command all the actions using gcode commands (M62/M63 as torch on/off, G31 for probing, and G4 for piercing delays) or you could set all the operating parameters and just command the plasma using the M2003/M2005 macros. These instructions will configure the system to use it both ways.
M2003 Macro performs the following actions:
M2005 Macro performs the following actions:
Used software: Mach4 22.214.171.12407.
ESS Plugin Mach4: ESS v298.
Start by making a backup of the existing installation:
Make a backup of the configuration and file installation, we recommend creating a backup of the current installation by right-clicking in the current installation folder and zipping it.
Download and install the new screen and macro files: Download the compressed file containing the macros and screen that work with the macros:https://www.cnc4pc.com/pub/media/productattachments/files/M4_CNC4PC_Plasma_V2.zipYou will need to install the screen found in the download folder and place the macro in the macros directory for the profile folder.
Make a backup of the original M2003 and M2005 macros by zipping them into the same folder, just so you may have access to the original macros if you need to revert the installation later:
STEP 3: CONFIGURE THE NEW SCREEN
Apply Changes, Save Settings, and Restart MACH4 for all the changes to take effect.
On the Main Screen, you need to set the piercing parameters:
Probe pin configuration. This is the pin used to sense the probing action. This pin will go high when the probe touches the plate. If using a floating head where the z-axis will need to travel to the switch position, you need to set the Z offset.