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A CNC Retrofit Could Be Just What You Need to Save Your Old Gerber Router

Like many models of cnc routers out there, Gerber’s line of cnc routers (which includes the System 48, System 48 Plus, the GerberRouter, Advantage Router AR600 and AR400) are getting older every day. Many of them are still running with the old controller and Gerber’s ArtPath software. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, they still get the job done.

However, the software that’s on the market now has advanced a lot further than ArtPath. Wouldn’t you like to have automatic nesting so that you can get the most usage out of your material and not have to manually nest parts on each sheet of material? How about machining 3D? Those are just a couple of capabilities that you’re missing if you haven’t upgraded your Gerber yet.

Gerber is a fantastic, innovative company. But they don’t service these old machines anymore. If something goes wrong, who do you call?

I started using Gerber routers in 1989. And, in the last few years, we here at CNC Experts have upgraded more than a few of these old workhorses to run like new machines. We can help you with yours as well. Even if you are a great distance away from us, we can send you an cnc retrofit kit with all the things you need and easy-to-follow instructions and technical support so you can get your machine ship-shape in no time.

Give us a call at (615) 378-7625 or request a FREE Quotation on a cnc retrofit so you can upgrade your Gerber router.

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How To Install WinCNC Touch for Android

  1. Order the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server.
  2. Backup your Wincnc Configuration
  3. Ensure your version of Wincnc supports WinCNCTouch
  4. Modify your Wincnc.ini file according to the instructions you received when you ordered the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server.
  5. Download and Install the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server on your cnc machine’s Control Computer
  6. Install the Wincnc Touch App on your Mobile Device
  7. Configure Your Wi-Fi Network and Configuration Settings

Order the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server

Firstly, in order for Wincnc Touch to be able to communicate with WinCnc, you must first purchase the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server. Further instructions and a link to download the server will be sent to you when your order is completed.

Backup Your Current WinCnc Configuration

Before you go any further, it is imperative that you backup your WinCNC Configuration. This will allow you to get things back to square one if something goes wrong further in this installation process.

Neither CNC Experts nor Microsystems assumes any liability resulting from any failure to do so on your part.

Ensure Your Version of WinCnc Supports WinCNCTouch

Next, you need to make sure your version of Wincnc supports WinCNCTouch. If you have version 2.6 or higher, your version definitely supports WinCNCTouch. Also most 2.5.x versions support it as well. If you are unsure, or for details on how to do this, please contact CNC Experts technical support.

Modify your Wincnc.ini file

add the following line to your wincnc.ini file:

mobiledll=c:\wincnc\wincnc.dll

Save changes to the wincnc.ini file and exit notepad. Close WinCnc, then restart Wincnc.

Download the Wincnc Wi-Fi Server Application

In order for WinCnc Touch to work, the WinCnc Wi-Fi Server must be running on the computer that runs your cnc machine using WinCnc. Download it using the download link sent to you after you placed your order, unzip it, and install it from the link provided you when you ordered the Wincnc Wi-Fi server.

Install the App On Your Mobile Device

To install the app on your Android, go to the Android Market on your mobile device, search for WinCNC Touch then install the app from there. WinCNC Touch on the Android Marketplace

If you are using iOS on an iPhone or iPad, please visit the iTunes App Store on your mobile device to install WinCNCTouch.

Configure Your Wireless Network and Configuration Settings

In order for the Wincnc Touch to work, you must set things up as follows:

  • Your mobile device must be connected to a network via Wi-fi.
  • Your control computer that is running Wincnc must be connected to the same network as that of your mobile device. It doesn’t have to be connected wirelessly, but it does have to be connected to the same network as the device. (For example, in my office network there are two computers connected wirelessly, one computer connected wired, and three mobile devices that connect wirelessly… all on the same network, and all on the same subnet.)
  • The Wincnc computer and your mobile device must be connected on the same subnet as that of your mobile device.
  • TCP ports 2030 and 2031 should be open on any software firewalls on your Wincnc computer. It should not be necessary to set up any NAT traversal or port forwarding on your router, as all the traffic will take place on the internal network.
  • You must tell the Wincnc Touch Mobile App the IP address of the computer that is running the server.

Other Notes

After first setting the IP address of the server in the WinCNCTouch App settings on your mobile device, it may be necessary to close and re-open WinCNCTouch on your mobile device in order to accept the new settings. When you are connected successfully to Wincnc Wifi Server, you will see the coordinate display on the mobile device update to match the coordinates on the Wincnc screen.

Conclusion

If you have any questions on this, feel free to comment below. I will be working diligently to keep this documentation fresh as things change and update. Your feedback is much appreciated.

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How to prevent the scrollbar from disappearing when configuring input and output signals in Mach3

Mach3 is a powerful cnc control software that many people use today to control all kinds of cnc machines. However, it has its quirks. One of them will drive you crazy when you first start using Mach3 if you don’t know how to deal with the problem.

Problem: When you are configuring ports and pins for the Input signals or output signals, a double-click in a cell will cause the scrollbars to disappear. It will then cause the values you enter to be stored in the wrong place.

Solution: It would be nice if the developer would fix this problem. However, the solution for now is: Don’t double click in a cell. Click once in the cell you want to change, and enter the number you want to change the value to. (You will not see any visual indication that you have “entered” the cell and can edit the value. But you can, I promise!)

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A CNC Retrofit is an Economical Alternative to Replacing an Aging CNC Router

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2010

A CNC Retrofit Is an Economical Alternative to Replacing Aging CNC Routers

Many sign shops and small businesses with aging CNC routers find that a cnc retrofit saves them a considerable amount of money versus buying a new machine, enhances the performance of their machines and opens the door to the use of today’s latest and greatest software tools.

In this difficult economy, many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, let alone make a profit. So when the owner of a cnc router is told by the manufacturer that they need to replace their old cnc machine or mortgage their home to update the old one, it can be a hard pill to swallow. Many times, this problem can be summed up in two words: cnc retrofit.

A cnc retrofit removes the old controller, or “brain” of a cnc router an replaces it with a new one. Sometimes, the motors, or “muscles” of a machine are also replaced as needed. Done properly, the end result of this process is a machine that easier to learn, easier to use, and fully compatible with virtually every signmaking and computerized machining (CAD/CAM) software on the market today.

Many business owners have managed to avoid the hassle and large capital expenditure associated with the purchase of a new machine by taking advantage of the cnc retrofit services provided by CNC Experts. This was the case with Greg DeSanti, president of ABC Sign Corporation. He had not one, but two cnc routers that were getting older and nearing the end of their useful life in terms of their control system, but were mechanically sound. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

“I recently had both of my routers overhauled by Josh Glenn of CNC Experts. I was prepared to spend $100,000 on new routers. I ended up spending a small fraction of that cost on a complete retrofit. Josh is the best I’ve ever known when it comes to routers (and grew up in the sign business too).”

CNC Experts, a provider of global services relating to cnc equipment, has been offering cnc retrofit services since 2003. They also have extensive practical experience in the sign industry and can offer software support and training services specific to the needs of signmakers.

If you’d like more information about this topic, contact Joshua Glenn at (615) 378-7625 or visit www.cncexperts.com.

Contacts:
Joshua Glenn
(615) 378-7625

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Vytek CNC Router Retrofit

Vytek Rebel 2 cnc router in need of a cnc retrofit upgrade from cncexperts.com

Several VyTek cnc router owners have chosen to get a cnc retrofit from CNC Experts rather than replacing their old VyTek cnc router. Many of them have saved a considerable amount of money and now have a user interface for their machine that is extremely easy to use. Contact us today to inquire about a cnc retrofit for your VyTek cnc router.

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Upgrade Your Old Multicam CNC Router

Did you know that CNC Experts can upgrade your old Multicam to perform like a new machine? Even if your machine is five years old, ten years old or older, we can retrofit it with a new control system and have it running like new in no time. Call us at 615-378-7625 to get a free phone consultation and quotation.