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  • TP200 not triggering

    After experiencing previous crashes with TP200s and having them RBE, we're having a new problem.

    Usually when you crash a TP200, it remains triggered. One of ours has stopped triggering at all. One of the guys was qualifying a tip on the sphere. It checked A0B0 and A90B90. When it tried to do A90B-90, the probe touched the sphere, but didn't trigger. (No magnets present, and I believe the TP200 is relatively immune to magnet issues anyway) We swapped modules, and still no trigger. (In any direction) Swapped in our spare TP200, and it works.

    We then swapped the suspect TP200 back onto the CMM, and it worked. Tried measuring a part, it worked. Twice. The third time, it pushed the part (no trigger). Tried cleaning threads on the TP200 and looking for obvious debris, but have found nothing.

    Looks like we are resigned to another RBE, unless someone has any hints like "there's a recall for that" or "I fixed it with a paper clip, here's how".

    Anything similar happen to anyone?

    Side note: Has the forum been sluggish this week? Pages are taking a long time to load for me, but only this site. Other forums and webpages load with no issues.
    -Rick

    I bring nothing to the table.

  • #2
    I had that very same issue once. my probe just stopped after a crash and it was very hit and miss for about two days. it would work and then stop. after about two days it just decided to work for me and i haven't had any issues since. i did nothing to it except not use it for a while. maybe you will get lucky like that.

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    • #3
      ..they can wear out...you'll a Piezo Cyrstal Error..Error Code 0127...if that's no the case make sure the outer body "rim" is not grounding on the edge of the magnetic coupling...also, try switching the polarity on the TP200 interface...the "little" box...then switch it back...

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      • #4
        No errors come up.

        Doesn't look like the rim is grounding. When I move the two together, the probe triggers. I assume thats normal?

        By "switching polarity" do you mean reverse the two cables on the PI200? What will that do? How soon should I "switch it back"?
        -Rick

        I bring nothing to the table.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rsegriggy View Post
          No errors come up.

          Doesn't look like the rim is grounding. When I move the two together, the probe triggers. I assume thats normal?

          By "switching polarity" do you mean reverse the two cables on the PI200? What will that do? How soon should I "switch it back"?
          there should be a little dipswitch with a + / - on the back..it may be on the PH10 controller box...just switch it one way..then back to the original position...don't reverse any cables...it's pretty instantaneous...give it a few econds though..the body shouldn't ever be touching the magnetic coupling...yes it will trigger and it is normal...it's just wrong...

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          • #6
            I'll give it a try today when I get to the lab. When I switch polarity, exactly what polarity am I switching? (I assume something in the probe body itself, perhas going from a negative ground to a positive?) Should I move the probe at all while the switch is flipped?
            -Rick

            I bring nothing to the table.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rsegriggy View Post
              I'll give it a try today when I get to the lab. When I switch polarity, exactly what polarity am I switching? (I assume something in the probe body itself, perhas going from a negative ground to a positive?) Should I move the probe at all while the switch is flipped?
              ...not sure exactly what is changed in terms of the electronics..I think it has something to do with the current...I don't know really....

              ...i don't think it will matter if you move it...

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