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Wireless Pendants

Wireless pendants are currently sold in three configurations in the myCNC Shop.

Setting up the wireless pendant

Upon opening Settings > Config > Panel/Pendant > Wireless Pendant/XHC, the user is presented with the following screen:

  • The indicators at the top of the page serve to visually point out the pendant button which is being pressed. There indicators will light up green when the corresponding button is pressed:

  • DSP style pendant should be disabled if the controller is used with a screen (enabled ONLY if the controller is using a PHB-04B pendant WITHOUT any monitor). This setting, when set to PHB-04B, disables a number of on-screen buttons as well as reassigns a number of the pendant button commands to a custom build. This allows for an emulation of a DSP style controller system, which eliminates the need for the monitor and is well suited for simple production runs which require limited settings changes or system configurations. It is recommended to keep this setting disabled unless strictly necessary, as it is designed for a purely pendant-oriented interface (on a system entirely without a monitor).
  • The Device List lists the available devices, while the libUSB Debug information lists the messages that the pendant sends to the computer:

  • It is possible to load the default button configurations from some of the popular wireless pendants available, as listed on the right side of the screen:

Assignable actions

If the pendant used is not listed in the defaults list, or the user wants to re-assign some of the button actions, the following options are available:

Option Description
CNC Action This brings up a preset action (listed in MyCNC Actions list). These are preset actions, and the majority of items further on the list can be done simply by inputting the relevant text into the CNC Action field. Whether to use CNC Actions or to simply choose one of the items below is left to the user.
CNC Variable: Switch This switches some global variable between set values. Example of syntax: 1000/33;22;11 where 1000 is the variable, and 33, 22, and 11 are the values the variable will switch between upon each button press or input
CNC Variable: Toggle This toggles the specified variable On and Off. Example of syntax: 1001
CNC Variable: Clear Clears a global variable
CNC Variable: Set Command to set the variable
CNC Variable: Assign Writes the variable from the Global Variables list. Example of syntax: /1001
File: Open Open a file from the host computer (brings up the dialog window)
File: Open DXF/HPGL Open a DXF/HPGL file from the folders specified in Preferences > Common
File: Refresh Refresh the program file
Hardware: Direct Binary Set Directly sets a binary to be ON
Hardware: Direct Binary Clear Sets a binary to be OFF. For example, upon inputting 15 into the field, the 15th binary will be flipped ON
Hardware: Direct DAC Set Sets the DAC. For example, input 0/160. Here, 0 is the channel number (always 0 for DAC), while 160 is the value in units. NOTE: The value displayed in the diagnostics panel in myCNC software displays the DAC value in volts, not units. Conversion is necessary based on the voltage of the power source used.
Hardware: Direct PWM Set Sets the Pulse Width Modulation. For example, 1/1600. Here, the 1 is the channel number for PWM, and 1600 is the value PWM is set to
Hide: Custom Widget by name Hide the custom widget
Job: Play 1 line Run through a single command line (next line)
Job: Play 1 line backwards Run through a single command line (previous line)
Job: Back to path Return back to the cutting path
Job: Skip forward Move forward in the command program
Job: Skip backward Move backward in the command program
Job: Skip forward 10 Skip 10 lines forward
Job: Skip backward 10 Skip 10 lines backward
Jog: X- Jog in the negative x-axis direction
Jog: X+ Jog in the positive x-axis direction
Jog: Stop X Stop the jog in the X-direction
Jog: X- Y- Jog in the negative x, negative y direction
Jog: X- Y+ Jog in the negative x, positive y direction
Jog: X+ Y- Jog in the positive x, negative y direction
Jog: X+ Y+ Jog in the positive x, positive y direction
Jog: All stop Stop jog for all axes
Jog: Shift Set Jog: Shift and Jog: Ctrl both refer to the settings window in Panel/Pendant > Hotkeys. The shift set indicates that the Shift button has been pressed, which will control the Jog Overspeed
Jog: Shift Clear Indicates that the shift button has been released
Jog: Shift Toggle Toggles the shift button on and off
Jog: Ctrl Set Indicates that the control button has been pressed
Jog: Ctrl Clear Indicates that the control button has been released
Jog: Ctrl Toggle Toggles the control button
Jog Override: inc Increase the jog override
Jog Override: dec Decrease the jog override
Key press Simulates a key press to be sent to the host computer
Key release Simulates a key release
(Dlg)Key Press Simulates a dialog key press, such as Shift, Enter, Delete, 0-9, etc
Move to toolpath Move back to the toolpath
Parking position: Save Save the current position as the parking position
Parking position: Move to Move to the parking position
Pendant: Axis (*) Switches through all the available axis values on repeat (continuously looping through the values as the button is pressed)
Pendant: Mul (*) Switches through all available step size values on repeat (continuously looping through the available step size values)
Pendant: Wheel CW Record the input as wheel moving clockwise
Pendant: Wheel CCW Record the input as wheel moving counter-clockwise
Pendant: Mul increment Designed for pendants which lack a dedicated step size switch. This will increase the step size.
Pendant: Mul decrement Designed for pendants which lack a dedicated step size switch. This will decrease the step size.
Pendant: Axis change + Changes the axis to the next axis available
Pendant: Axis change - Changes the axis to the previous axis available
Pendant0: x0.001-1 Sets the increment for the machine movements which is controlled by the software pendant (older versions of the software have a pendant widget which can be used as a substitute for a pendant control)
Pendant0: Axis off This turns off the selected axis in the software pendant widget (older version of the software)
Pendant0: Axis X-C Sets the axis that the software widget pendant will be sending commands to
Pendant: Work coordinate Half Takes the pendant work coordinate (in the axis specified on the pendant) and halves it
Pendant: Work coordinate Reset Resets the work coordinate specified in the pendant axis
PLC: Run procedure Run a PLC procedure (if multiple controllers are present, this defaults to the master controller)
PLC: Run external unit procedure Run a PLC procedure on a slave controller. The syntax for the command will be as follows: controller number / command / variable (for example, 0x01/M74/#7009)
Run Numpad This brings up a numpad for a specific variable/item into which the user can then type in a value. The user can set this to bring up the numpad for any device variable/gvariables/screen items. Example of syntax: cnc-gvariable-5522 - this will bring a numpad typing into which will change the value for the Global Variable #5522 (step size)
Show: Pendant control widget Brings up the pendant control widget in the myCNC software
Select axis Select the particular axis
Show: Widget Shows a particular widget, such as Library Shape, Diagnostics, Config, etc
Feed overdrive: inc Increase the feed overdrive
Feed overdrive: dec Decrease the feed overdrive
Feed overdrive: Set % Set the feed overdrive as a percentage of the default (100%)
Spindle Speed: inc Increase the current spindle speed
Spindle Speed: dec Decrease the current spindle speed
Spindle Speed: set Set the current spindle speed
Tie Toolpath Position to current work position Used on control programs with a large number of parts, this allows to tie the toolpath position to the current work position. Effectively, this allows to cut out a small part of the control program anywhere on the sheet, by simply specifying the position of the toolpath - extremely useful for small remainders of metal sheets which can still fit one of the parts of a larger control program file.
Toggle Machine/Work DRO (if applicable) A setting for pendants which only show one coordinate system at a time (machine or program coordinate). This allows to switch between the two coordinate systems - used only on select controllers.
Toggle Jog enable/disable Turn jog on and off
Toggle Jog mode unlimited/step Switch between the unlimited and a set step jog for machine movements
Toggle Soft Limits enable/disable Turn the soft limits (specified in Inputs/Outputs/Sensors > Limits) on and off
Toggle Flood on/off Turns the liquid cooling (flood) ON and OFF
Toggle Spindle on/off Toggle whether the spindle is currently ON or OFF
Toggle Spindle CCW on/off Toggle the spindles CCW rotation ON or OFF
Toggle Constant Velocity on/off CV (constant velocity) is described in MyCNC Constant Velocity Mode (CV) manual
Toggle Virtual Keyboard Brings up the virtual keyboard up on the screen, or hides it if already present.
Toggle: custom widget by name Specifies a custom widget to bring up on the screen (or close it if already displayed).
View: Zoom In Zoom in on the control program visualization
View: Zoom Out Zoom out on the control program visualization
View: Fit to window Fit the entire view into the visualization window
Work coordinate: Set Set the work coordinate (using the specified axis value from the user panel, NOT the typical pendant control)
Work coordinate: Reset Reset the work coordinate (from user panel)
Work Coordinate: 1/2 Half the work coordinate (from user panel)

These options allow the user to edit every button on their pendant control to their particular configuration if required. For simple pendants included in the defaults list, it is usually recommended to use the default settings.

mycnc/wireless_pendants.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/31 13:08 by ivan