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    On my 12x36 Enco lathe, I recently had to replace the X axis scale on the Anilam Wizard 411 DRO, and the replacement works fine except for one small detail: as the crossfeed is moved toward the turned piece center (axis of rotation of the lathe), the units increase. Probably some small setup detail I forgot to do. The manual is not really much help, although in fairness to them I suppose it would be a thick manual if they had to cover every single issue that could possibly occur.

    Anyone ever run into this?

    Thanks,

    Dan L
    Salem, Oregon

  • #2
    I assume you are measuring the diameter with a mike when your toolbit is engaged with the work?
    Just enter the number as a negative instead of a positive

    Rich
    Green Bay, WI

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    • #3
      Encoder setup -> count direction.

      Rob

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      • #4
        There is a setup parameter for that. It's been a while, but I believe there is a password protected menu that allows you to enter the resolution and count direction for your scales. The password is a four digit number that is standard and is in the installation manual for the particular readout.

        I don't know if this is your exact unit, but look here and see page 43 of the pdf. It is page 29 of section 2 in the print version. It tells how to change count direction for the scale.

        http://www.acu-rite.com/pdf/anilam/A...lish_Dec09.pdf


        I found that manual here:
        http://www.acu-rite.com/anilam-user_support.html
        Last edited by alanganes; 07-19-2014, 08:46 PM.

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        • #5
          Looks like Rich came up with the answer, just put in a negative value.

          Even though the manual discusses changing the count direction in the sixth bullet on the page Alan pointed me to, I still see no field labeled as such, on the screen or in the manual. I know I did not need to put a negative value in with the old encoder, but something has sure changed.

          Thanks guys, for your input. I've got a work around now. Saves a lot of time consuming calculations.

          Dan L
          Salem, Oregon

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          • #6
            Interesting that you seem to not have that menu. It is not typically in the regular menus, you have to push a "setup" menu and one of the choices is something like "installer setup" or something like that. it will then ask for a password that is a 4 digit number. The password is standard for all of them and is in the install manual.

            Page 5 of the pdf has it as 8891 and says how to get to the menu. The Wizards I installed in the past were all configurable for almost any type of scale resolution, direction, home pulses, etc. Maybe your unit is a slightly different that what is described in this manual or is a particular variant.

            So long as you have a way that works, that's what matters!

            I added an old very basic DRO to my old mill and it made it so much easier to use. I have one for my lathe but have yet to get it installed. Need to get to that...

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            • #7
              Thanks for your persistence, Alan. I finally got it configured.

              What the manual does NOT say is that you can only change the count direction and error monitoring features IF you have it set to P-Trac for the reference mark. At least I think that's how I finally got to see those two final fields the manual discusses. Theoretically it may be possible to see those in the None or Single reference mark setups, but I couldn't get to them until I set the mark to P-Trac.

              Dan L
              Salem, Oregon

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Danl View Post
                Thanks for your persistence, Alan. I finally got it configured.

                What the manual does NOT say is that you can only change the count direction and error monitoring features IF you have it set to P-Trac for the reference mark. At least I think that's how I finally got to see those two final fields the manual discusses. Theoretically it may be possible to see those in the None or Single reference mark setups, but I couldn't get to them until I set the mark to P-Trac.

                Dan L
                I went through the exact same thing with the Anilam VUE on my mill. The bolt circle function had ME going in circles until I figured out I had to set it to P-Trac to reverse the count direction.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Danl View Post
                  Thanks for your persistence, Alan. I finally got it configured.

                  What the manual does NOT say is that you can only change the count direction and error monitoring features IF you have it set to P-Trac for the reference mark. At least I think that's how I finally got to see those two final fields the manual discusses. Theoretically it may be possible to see those in the None or Single reference mark setups, but I couldn't get to them until I set the mark to P-Trac.

                  Dan L
                  Great! Glad that helped some, though it was your persistence that found that. I don't recall that P-trac setting, but it has been a few years. I do recall that setting these up was not really that complex, but was not entirely intuitive, either. Nice to have things working as they "should be" working.

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