Training & Resources

Machine Link™

Configuring your first CNC Machine

  1. Run Machine Link™
  2. Click [SETUP CONTROL] and then [ADD CONTROL]
  3. Enter the name of your machine and click [SAVE]
  4. Enter configuration information for the machine (COM port, baud rate, data bits, stop bits, parity, etc.)
    If you are unsure of the machine settings, start with the default value(s)
  5. Click [SAVE] and then [EXIT]

Pro Tip: Machine Link™ has built-in help - turn it on by clicking [Help], [Show Context Help] from the top menu bar.

Receiving from your first CNC Machine

Important: It is recommended to successfully receive a file from the CNC machine tool before attempting to send a file to the CNC machine. Receiving a file will validate that the CNC machine's COM port and the computer's COM port are both operational and that the cable is, for the most part, configured correctly.

  1. Select the machine tool name you entered from the [Configured Machine Controls] list
  2. Click [RECEIVE] and then punch/output the file from the machine tool control
    Machine Link™ will continue to wait until activity is seen on the COM port. When data is seen, Machine Link™ will begin to flash, indicating that data is being received

Troubleshooting

  1. If Machine Link™ does not flash, insert a null modem adaptor and resend the file
    If Machine Link™ still does not flash, perform a COM Port/Cable Test
  2. If Machine Link™ flashes, but the file is garbled, adjust the communication parameters

Still having problems? Give us a call at (800) 838-3479. We are here and happy to help!

Sending to your first CNC Machine

  1. Once you have successfully received a file with Machine Link™, prepare the CNC machine tool control to receive a file
  2. Click [SEND] ‐ the contents of the Machine Link™ editor will be transferred to the CNC machine

Editing your first CNC program

  1. Click [OPEN FILE] to load a CNC program file into the Machine Link™ editor window. If a file is already loaded, Machine Link™ will prompt you to either [REPLACE], [MERGE], or [APPEND] the selected file
  2. Click [SAVE FILE] to save the contents of Machine Link's™ editor window to a file name and location of your choice. By default, Machine Link™ will write the entire CNC program to the file. However, if you select a block of text with the cursor prior to clicking [SAVE FILE], Machine Link™ will enable you to save only the selected block of text or the entire contents to a file name of your choice

Printing your first CNC program

  1. From the tool bar select [File], and then [Print CNC File]
    Machine Link™ will print the selected file to your default printer

Printing your first CNC program directory

  1. From the menu bar select [File], and then [List DIR Contents]
    Machine Link™ will sort and print the directory with the file name(s), file size, last modification date/time, and the last directory that the files were saved to or retrieved from

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Machine Link™
QUICK Serve

Configuring your first CNC Machine

  1. Run Machine Link™ QUICK Serve
  2. Click [CONFIGURE] and then select [Table], [Insert Row] from the top menu bar
  3. Press [CONFIGURE] and enter the name of your machine
  4. Enter configuration information for the machine (COM port, baud rate, data bits, stop bits, parity, etc.)
    If you are unsure of the machine settings, start with the default values by clicking [DEFAULTS]
  5. Check-mark [Active in Scan List]
  6. Click [ACCEPT] and then [SAVE]

Pro Tip: Machine Link™ QUICK Serve has built-in help - turn it on by clicking [Help], [Show Context Help] from the top menu bar.

Manually receiving from your first CNC Machine

Important: It is recommended to successfully manually receive a file from the CNC machine tool before attempting to send a file to the CNC machine. Receiving a file will validate that the CNC machine's COM port and the computer's COM port are both operational and that the cable is, for the most part, configured correctly.

  1. Select [File], [Receive from CNC] from the top menu bar
  2. Select the machine tool name you entered from the [Configured Machine Controls] list
  3. Click [RECEIVE] and then punch/output the file from the machine tool control
    Machine Link™ QUICK Serve will continue to wait until activity is seen on the COM port. When data is seen, Machine Link™ QUICK Serve will begin to flash, indicating that data is being received
  4. After successfully receiving a file, press [SAVE] and then [EXIT]

Troubleshooting

  1. If Machine Link™ QUICK Serve does not flash, insert a null modem adaptor and resend the file
    If Machine Link™ QUICK Serve still does not flash, perform a COM Port/Cable Test
  2. If Machine Link™ QUICK Serve flashes, but the file is garbled, adjust the communication parameters

Still having problems? Give us a call at (800) 838-3479. We are here and happy to help!

Manually sending to your first CNC Machine

  1. Once you have successfully received a file with Machine Link™ QUICK Serve, prepare the CNC machine tool control to receive a file
  2. Select [File], [Send to CNC] from the top menu bar
  3. Select the machine tool name you entered from the [Configured Machine Controls] list
  4. Click [SELECT FILE] and select the previously-saved CNC program file
  5. Click [SEND] ‐ the selected file will be transferred to the CNC machine

Initiating your first automated file request at the CNC Machine

  1. Click [CONFIGURE] and then select the machine tool name you entered
  2. Select the [Auto Send] tab and enter a SEND COMMAND, Trigger START, Trigger END, and SEND FROM FOLDER
    Tip: Context Help provides useful information on the fields, and easy-to-follow examples can be found in the Machine Link™ QUICK Serve manual!
  3. At the CNC machine tool control, create/load the CNC Request Program (O1111)
  4. Enter the desired CNC file name into the Request Line
  5. Punch/output the edited Request Program from the machine tool control
  6. Prepare the machine tool control to receive the requested CNC file
  7. After a short adjustable delay, Machine Link™ QUICK Serve will serve the requested CNC file back to the machine tool control

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