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receiving files from your cnc using our dnc communication software program

Receiving files from your CNC is extremely easy, all you have to do is click the large Receive icon or click F4 and select the name of the file you want to receive - dnc4U will then just sit there waiting for the file to come through. You then walk to your CNC and output the file.

 

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Receiving files from your CNC is always going to be much easier than sending files to it, simply because of the way CNC can be unforgiving about the format of the data it receives. However, thats not to say that its all plain sailing simply because the CNC may send out garbage which you have to strip out of the file and format the end-of-block so that its not double-spaced or one long continuous file string.

Our dnc4U dnc software has many tweaks to make the receiving of files a simple and painless procedure

 

Com Ports

dnc4U lets you set up as many as 64 CNC machines, with serial ports com1 to com128; more than adequate for the small to medium machine shop. This is a standard configuration, no messing about with upgrades like other DNC software packages that require more cash if you want to add more CNCs !

Because you can use a dedicated com port for each of your CNC machines you can easily use multi-port serial cards inside your computer thus eliminating those messy switch boxes ! dnc4U fully supports these type of cards, as well as "normal" serial ports and USB devices.

 

com port settings available in our dnc software

 

Baudrates from 150 to 460800 are supported, for the very fastest DNC transfer.

You can force the state of the CTS and/or DTR pins to go high as you open the com port - essential for many CNC that require a remote device to be online before it will open it own comms.

dnc4U uses the standard ISO/ASCII of nearly all modern CNC machines or EIA for some older controllers.

dnc4U supports XON/XOFF and RTS/CTS handshaking protocols with two different methodologies. You can use the CPU interrupt for the fastest response with a 16550 UART, or a polling method that looks for the state of the buffer or pins prior to sending, this has application if your computer cannot respond fast enough to XOFF characters, and so handshaking is ineffective.

 

Receive Parameters

These are the tweaks that allow you to receive your files back from your CNC. What seems like an essentially simple matter of just receiving a file from your CNC can in many cases turn you into a gibbering wreck and can be very frustrating, thats why we include these to make your life easier...

 

receive settings available in our dnc software

 

You can instruct dnc4U to strip all data before and up to the occurrence of a particular character so that any garbage code, such as nulls or DC codes are not saved in your received file before the main body of the code.

Similarly you can instruct dnc4U to strip all data after the occurrence of a particular character so that any garbage code, such as nulls or DC codes are not saved in your received file after the main body of the code.

You can choose to automatically discard all non-printable characters between 0 and 31 (except 13 and 10 carriage-return and line-feed) , and indeed there is no real reason not to do this. However, you will not be able to strip printables such as % or &HE: which you would do by choosing a strip before and after characters (as above) or a remove string (as below)

You can send out a sequence of characters, typically an XON character before receiving the file. Some CNC require this XON to initiate transfer back to your computer.

Although you won't lose any data, you can smooth out the receive display by decreasing the buffer refresh rate. The smaller the value, the faster the buffer is read and displayed, therefore giving a smoother scrolling display. However, on slower computers you may need to increase the value because of limited resources.

* Note * When receiving files back, there is no end-of-block setting because dnc4U automatically checks the file after it has been received and replaces the sequence with a carriage-return and line-feed. You can opt to autodetect the best end-of-block on the fly so that you can see data in whatever format your CNC outputs it at. However, you can also force the end-of-block to whatever you want. The end-of-block is important because that's how it is saved to disk. If it's wrong, then you will either see double spacing or one long continuous file where the blocks look like they are going diagonally across. It's simple to cure this, just force the end-of-block. Our debug window will easily show you what the correct end-of-block is!



You can audit trail all your received files, these are saved away with the date stamp as part of the extended filename.

You can "CNC Save All" so that you can automatically save all the programs in your CNC memory in one fell swoop, rather than have to save each file individually, one at a time. dnc4U looks for the Fanuc (or Haas, it works with other CNC too, Okuma & Heidenhain as well as many others) program number in the data stream from the CNC, and chops this up into filenames with the 4 digit CNC program number. Saves lots of time!

 

Example Setting

To get you started we have included a list of popular CNC machines and their settings. These are starting points, since many of the simple DNC parameters such as baudrate may have been altered, but will nontheless get you going. You should note that if your CNC is not in the list, its not that we can't communicate with it, its just that we may not have included it - it will almost certainly work, but it may need a bit more trial and error on your part

 

example dnc software settings for many popular CNC machines

 

Receiving Files

As soon as you press Receive and type in a filename, dnc4U goes into receive mode. You will see the data come scrolling into the receive window. dnc4U can automatically format the data on the fly so that it always looks correct, no matter what end-of-block your CNC uses.

In addition, dnc4U has the useful "CNC Save-All" feature. If you select this, then you can punch-all programs out of the Fanuc (and other makes too!) CNC memory and each program will automatically be stored in a separate file, using the Fanuc program number as the filename. This feature alone can save hours of typing and messing about!

 

Folders

Each CNC can, if you want to, have its own different send and receive folders so that you can keep files that are proven separate from files that have been received back from your CNC.

In addition you can set up to eight different file extensions for each folder. This is extremely useful if you want to differentiate between customers without having to setup different folders for each one.

 

you can have separate send and receive folders

 

Remove

As with most things, there are many ways to skin a cat, and removing unwanted characters is the same with dnc4U. The Fanuc CNC can output a string of characters &HE: that if sent back can cause an alarm at the CNC. To remove this you can setup the ASCII character as described above, but the easiest way is to just put this into one of eight remove strings. Then any ocurrence of the string is removed from your file.

 
 
 
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