Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

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Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by rogue » Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:08 pm

I purchased a Hypertherm xp45 with machine torch and the interface cable. I am hooking it up to my 5'x5' table that uses a g540 controller. I have been using it as a router table, but now switching it to plasma. When I first built it, I purchased a LCTHC from candCNC. Since I always used it as a router table, I never installed it.

Is it possible to hook the xp45 directly to the g540 controller? I am using MACH3 if that makes any difference. I would like to get something other than the LCTHC since it is not supported but would like to do some cutting without THC. I do have a floating head installed.

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Re: Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by weldguy » Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:22 am

I have not used that controller but was interested so checked it out. Looks like it could be easily done with terminal 5 or 6 from looking at the pics below.
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Found the manual here https://www.geckodrive.com/amfile/file/ ... uct_id/14/ if that helps any.

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Re: Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by rogue » Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:10 pm

Thanks weldguy. That is the solution I found last night also. I am going to wire in a 12v relay to trigger the torch wires on the machine cable and it looks like I will be good to go. I will post up results and how I wired it for anyone looking in the future.

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Re: Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by Blackslacks » Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:38 pm

I'm running the same setup as you. I used one of these since I was powering the Gecko with a 48V ps. I just ran the relay off the same ps
https://www.amazon.com/Potter-Brumfield ... B00B888BZ4

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Re: Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by rogue » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:41 pm

Just to update for anyone looking to do this in the future.

I used the g540 breakout card from candcnc that came with the LCTHC and utilized the built in relay to trigger the torch, it has been working great. I went ahead and ordered a PROMA150 to handle THC.

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Re: Powermax xp45 to g540 controller

Post by acourtjester » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:00 pm

Be sure you get the Proma 150 and not the SD (bad news)
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