Factory Automation And Controls

HiCON Mini motion controller works with Mach4 software and Digital Drives (stepper or servo motors) using Ethernet communications. HiCON Mini provides excellent integration with Mach4 CNC software, proven by hundreds of end-users since 2011. The controller generates hardware synthesized motion pulse train using state-of-the-art FPGA devices that offers extremely smooth motion profies compared to the low cost controllers in the market. HiCON Mini is packed with a comprehensive set of features for your CNC application and provides an all-in-one solution of controller that greatly simplifies system integration and maintainence.

We have developed plugins for Mach3 and Mach4 software, working closely with Mach Software development team. Our Mach4 plugins are the top rated and most comprehensive plugins available.

The HiCON Mini controller can be used in a variety of applications, e.g.,

  1. CNC Routers
  2. PC Based or Standalone Motion and I/O Controller
  3. Storage and Retrieval Systems
  4. Milling / Lathe CNC Machines
  5. CNC Plasma Machines
  6. And many other apps....

Also check out the new ARCPRO v2 Plasma Controls for torch height control functionality with this controller.

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Product Highlights

Controller Features

  • 4 Step and Direction Channels. Up to 2MHz Step Frequencies
  • 6 Mhz Max Encoder frequency. Encoder resolution multiplied by 4 thru Hardware.
  • Optional 4 Quadrature Encoder Inputs
  • Optional 1 isolated analog input for Plasma applications, range 0-10 volts, 10-bit resolution
  • 6 digital NPN inputs
  • 4 digital NPN outputs
  • Ethernet 100Mb connectivity using TCP/IP interface.
  • Hardware configurable limit and estop inputs for ultra-fast system disarm
  • Modes of Motion: Point-to-Point, Linear and Circular interpolation, Jogging, Electronic Gearing, Feedrate Override
  • SDK Libraries available for Software Developers.
  • Optional Standalone Operation by programming the unit with BASIC or C programming language for high-speed I/O processing.
  • Hardware and firmware customization available for an additional cost
  • CNC Features

  • Probing.
  • Lathe Threading.
  • Rigid Tapping
  • Backlash compensation.
  • Manual Mode
  • Homing Using Home Sensor and/or Index Pulse.
  • Rotary Axis Homing with Index pulse.
  • Use One Home Sensor Input for all axis, or separate Home Sensors for each axis.
  • Use Limit switches as homing sensors.
  • Feedrate Override above 100%.
  • Instant FeedHold
  • Slave Axis Support.
  • PID Tuning Graph.
  • Spindle Orientation and Tool Change Support
  • GCode axis Spindle Spindle control (Allows easy integration of Tool Changer).
  • High Speed 3D machining support.
  • Basic and C Internal programming for fast I/O logic and Tool-Changer Applications
  • Customer Testimonials


    HiCON Mini Closed Loop Option

    This setup provides a great solution for applications that require accuracy and reliability. The closed loop feature accounts for any missing steps during transmission, and will automatically apply the necessary position correction at the start of the next move. This prevents following errors from accumulating. In addition, the DROs on Mach4 will show the actual machine position instead of just a step counter. Closed loop option also allows you to use the mill in manual mode where you manipulate the axis manually while seeing the actual positions in the DROs.

    Mach4 CNC Software

    Mach4 is an excellent PC-based software solution for CNC. When paired with a HiCON motion controller, it creates a state of the art CNC solution for machine-shops as well as industrial applications. Mach4 plus HiCON greatly simplifies retrofitting and increases operation reliability. For the latest software releases, please refer to the download section below



    Optional Components for HiCON Integra System

    Most CNC applications will only require the Integra base controller. However, advanced applications can benefit from these addons:

    HiCON-MACRO[1][2]: This software feature allows the user to write custom programs (in C and BASIC languages)which can be downloaded to the controller for fast execution. Advantages of HiCON-Macro Include:

    HiCON-ADC[1]: This software feature allows the use of the 0-10V analog input located on J7. The analog input is optically isolated which is specially developed for Plasma applications.

    INTG-CLOOP[1][2]: This software feature allows Closed-Loop operation and enables Encoder channels 0-3 on J5, J11, J14 and J16.


    [1] - These items may be purchased any time before or after shipping as they are software feature enablers
    [2] - Applicable for HiCON Mini 77E4 model only.

    Price List

    Part # Description Price Add to Order

    Controller

    77E4 HiCON Mini 4-Axis Motion Controller $375 Add to order
    77E4AN HiCON Mini with Isolated Plasma Analog Input Activation $575 Add to order

    Software and Add-ons

    MACH4-INDUSTRIAL Mach4-Industrial Software License $1295 Add to order
    Mach4-Hobby Mach4-Hobby Software License $200 Add to order
    HiCON-ADC HiCON Analog Input Feature Activation $200 Add to order
    MOTION_API Motion and I/O Control API from Windows PC $350 Add to order
    HiCON-MACRO HiCON Basic & C Programming Feature $475 Add to order
    INTG-CLOOP HiCON Integra Closed Loop Activation $595 Add to order
    RIGID_TAP Rigid Tap Feature Activation $175 Add to order

    Accessories

    PW50V24 Power Supply 24V 2.2A 50W $40 Add to order