How to Connect a PC to a Heidenhain Control via Serial Cable
If you have a Heidenhain control and want to transfer programs to and from a PC, you will need a serial cable and some software. In this article, we will explain how to set up the connection and what software options are available.
A serial cable is a type of data cable that uses a standard interface called RS-232. It has a connector with pins at each end that plug into the serial ports of the devices. The serial cable for Heidenhain controls has a 9-pin connector for the PC and a 14-pin connector for the control. You can buy one online or make one yourself by following the wiring diagram in the manual of your control.
Once you have the cable, you need to configure the communication parameters on both the PC and the control. These parameters include baud rate, data bits, parity, stop bits, and flow control. They must match on both devices for the communication to work. The recommended settings for Heidenhain controls are:
Baud rate: 2400
Data bits: 7
Stop bits: 2
Flow control: None
You can change these settings on the PC using a terminal program such as HyperTerminal or PuTTY. On the control, you can access them through the SETUP menu.
After setting up the parameters, you need to choose a software that can send and receive programs between the PC and the control. There are several options available, such as:
TNCserver: This is a free software from Heidenhain that runs on Windows and allows you to transfer programs using drag-and-drop or keyboard commands. You can download it from Heidenhain's website.
DNCnet Lite: This is another free software from Heidenhain that runs on Windows and allows you to transfer programs using a graphical interface or keyboard commands. You can also monitor the status of multiple controls and edit programs on the PC. You can download it from Heidenhain's website.
Other third-party software: There are many other software products that can communicate with Heidenhain controls via serial cable, such as CIMCO Edit, Predator DNC, NCnet Lite, etc. You can find them online or ask your local dealer for recommendations.
To use any of these software, you need to install them on your PC and select the correct serial port and communication parameters. Then you can start transferring programs by following the instructions of each software.
We hope this article has helped you understand how to connect a PC to a Heidenhain control via serial cable. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Heidenhain's technical support or your local dealer for assistance.
Benefits of Using Serial Cable for Heidenhain Controls
Using a serial cable to connect a PC to a Heidenhain control has several benefits, such as:
It is simple and reliable. You only need a cable and a software to transfer programs without any network or wireless issues.
It is compatible with most Heidenhain controls. You can use the same cable and software for different models and generations of Heidenhain controls.
It is cost-effective. You don't need to buy any expensive hardware or software to use the serial cable. Some software are even free to download from Heidenhain's website.
However, using a serial cable also has some limitations, such as:
It is slow. The maximum baud rate for Heidenhain controls is 2400, which means the data transfer rate is very low compared to modern standards. This can be a problem if you have large or complex programs to transfer.
It is not secure. The data transmitted over the serial cable is not encrypted or protected in any way. Anyone with access to the cable can intercept or modify the data.
It is not convenient. You have to physically connect and disconnect the cable every time you want to transfer programs. You also have to make sure the cable is not damaged or tangled.
Alternatives to Using Serial Cable for Heidenhain Controls
If you want to avoid the limitations of using a serial cable, you can consider some alternatives, such as:
Using a USB-to-serial adapter: This is a device that converts the USB port of your PC into a serial port. You can then use a standard serial cable to connect your PC to your Heidenhain control. This can improve the speed and convenience of the data transfer, but it still has the same security and compatibility issues as using a serial cable directly.
Using an Ethernet connection: This is a type of network connection that uses an Ethernet cable and an Ethernet interface card on your PC and your Heidenhain control. You can then use a network protocol such as FTP or TCP/IP to transfer programs over the network. This can improve the speed, security, and convenience of the data transfer, but it requires some additional hardware and software installation and configuration on both devices.
Using a wireless connection: This is a type of network connection that uses a wireless router and a wireless interface card on your PC and your Heidenhain control. You can then use a network protocol such as FTP or TCP/IP to transfer programs over the wireless network. This can improve the speed, security, and convenience of the data transfer, but it also requires some additional hardware and software installation and configuration on both devices. It also depends on the quality and availability of the wireless signal.
You can find more information about these alternatives on Heidenhain's website or contact their technical support or your local dealer for advice. a474f39169