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BA Tilting Head Setup

An-102e, Copyright © by Gil Hagiz
Last updated Nov-23-2005
For version 6.01 and later


This application note describes the setup of BA tilting head for 5-axis machining.
The TCP capability is provided by a separate BIN file. Without this file the machine can work as a regular 5-axis non TCP machine.



This set up can be performed by a superuser only.
To avoid unintentional set up, the superuser has to change the security level in plc#50 to 0.
Line numbers for setup data relate to the machine.cnx file, in the machine data area after line n30000.
Before you start:

Setup general

To set the machine zero for an axis proceed as follows (B is used as an example):


Setup BA-zero


X and Y offsets can compensate for misalignment between the spindle axis and the BA-axes.
To measure the offsets B and A should be turned to +90 and -90 deg. Since many machines don't have that travel +30 and -30 can be used instead.



Tool Length

Tool length is measured from A-pivot. However, tools can be measured from a more convenient place, like the spindle face, while the distance of this place from A-pivot is entered under Z in line n13.

N13 x_ y_ z43.12 r_

To measure the distance on the machine:

Final test