GPSDO status monitoring

The goal of this project is to add a PLL lock detection feature to the original GPSDO design by G3RUH (http://www.jrmiller.demon.co.uk/projects/ministd/frqstd.htm).

 PHOTO - GPS 10 MHz STD

I have modified the PCB by adding a lock detection circuit based on the monitoring of the PWM signal used to drive the OCXO VTUNE. A spare XOR gate of the 74HCT86 is used to output this signal on the DB9 pin 9 without disturbing the analog loop.

The lock detection job is done by a PICAXE-18X MCU and a 1K/10µF RC filter connected to the analog input (0-5V range). The lock condition is detected by measuring the stability of this signal over 1 minute. Alternatively, one can measure directly the PWM duty cycle with the counting feature of an MCU. That is not the solution I have chosen because the PICAXE pulse width measurement feature does not provide enough resolution.

Additionally, the GPS NMEA output is monitored for satellite and GPS signal quality reporting.

Everything has been integrated in a nice aluminium enclosure with DIY face plate.

Here is the spectrogram of the 10 MHz output monitored with an ANAN-100D TRX and SpectrumLab. The GPSDO needs about 30 min for stabilization.

GPSDO Monitor schematic diagram

EATC-120 toolchanger driver

The EATC-120 module is almost finished !

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This is a driver for the EmcoTurn 120/220 original 8 positions ATC.
This design is derived from the excellent Toolerator 3000 USB controlled driver.
EATC-120 is adding MODBUS capabilities for easy integration with an industrial environment.
Single 24V power supply with embedded 5V DC/DC converter.
The “brain” of the module is an Arduino Micro.
The motor is driven by an LMD18245T providing current control.
The lock status is automatically detected by measuring the peak current when the motor stalls.
Everything is reported in MODBUS registers.
Integration with Machinekit/LinuxCNC is easy thanks to “mb2hal” HAL component.

I have found a nice empty DIN rail enclosure and designed a special PCB to fit with it.

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eatc-120-3d

eatc-120-pcb
I need to finalize integration and test with my Emco lathe before publishing.

Stay tuned !

Control panel bracket

Just built a strong bracket for the control panel.
The door can slide freely under the panel.
Nest step is electrical cabling of the link between the control panel and the motor controllers.Control panel installed 01 Control panel installed 02 Control panel installed 03

 

Motor drivers

VFD and stepper drivers installed in the electrical box.
Vexta driver autotest feature shows that motors are in good condition and 5 phases cabling is ok.
Need to integrate the control panel for further validation.
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