Data Source User Guide

Posted by: Rowan Easter-Robinson

2024-07-10

So your Data Source’s just arrived, how do you get it up and running?

Add a machine to your TrackMyMachines account

You should have an account set up at my-machine.shop (if not get in touch with support at support@trackmymachines.com)

  1. Go to Manage -> Machines
  2. Click “New Machine”
  3. Fill in the name of the machine
  4. Where it says “Data Source” fill in the code in bold on the front of your device
  5. Click “Create Machine”

Add the Data Source to your WiFi network

This is only supported on Chrome browsers
  1. Go to Manage -> Machines
  2. Click Provision a DataSource
  3. Connect your DataSource to your computer with a USB-C Cable
  4. Click “Click to connect”
  5. You should be able to pick a device called “DataSource” in the menu dialogue
  6. Enter your WiFi credentials password
  7. Click “Update WiFi details”
  8. Wait for the Data Source to receive your WiFi credentials
  9. Once the Data Source has your credentials and is connected to the WiFi, there should be one LED on and the other should be flashing
  10. Once the Data Source connects to our server, the second LED should be on
  11. You can confirm the Data Source is working when both LEDs are on and not flashing

Install the Data Source into your CNC Machine

WARNING: All installation tasks must be completed by an authorized, properly qualified and skilled person who:
  • Has read and understood the information presented here
  • Is aware of the possible dangers and acts accordingly
  • Is familiar with electrical machinery
  • Is trained and authorized to work on electrical machinery
  1. Check the Data Source for any damage, if it is damaged contact support

  2. Isolate CNC Machine

  3. Screw the antenna onto the Data Source

  4. Plug the bootlace ferrule of the positive side of the DC cable into the 24v supply in the back of your machine cabinet, there should be many available sockets.

Wondering which side is the positive terminal?
The positive cable will have a red terminal and is also marked with a dashed white line.
DC Cable
DC Cable showing dashed line on the positive cable
  1. Plug the other terminal into the 0v or ground supply

  2. Plug the DC Jack into the Data Source

  3. Attach the Current Transducer around a single phase of your 3-phase spindle power supply

    Current Transducer
    Current Transducer
Wondering where your spindle power supply is?
In the back of the machine cabinet, there will be a set of axis amplifiers for all the axes in the machine. The spindle amplifier is often labelled "SP" or "SP1"
  1. Plug the Current Transducer into your Data Source into the 3.5mm jack that’s labelled “1”

    Sensor box front
    Plug the current transducer into the front of your Data Source
  2. Peel the backing off the velcro, attach it to the back of your Data Retriever and attach the Data Source somewhere the WiFi signals should get out (most likely near the fan outlets).

  3. Close the machine cabinet

  4. Turn the machine on

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