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    Good Morning,

    I'm wondering how one would set up*LEDs to indicate the status of the Shopbot?* I would like to set up*some type of LED Andon Stack Light on production machines.* Has anyone already tried this?* I know that I can turn on/off the LEDs via the relay board, but how do I determine the different modes of operation. For example, Red = Stopped, Green = Running, Yellow = operating but stopped. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Rich

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    Normally this is a built in feature of the controller. Red = Alarm or prior to homing, Yellow = Idle, Green = executing (running) commands

    You will have to use a relay board and place the appropriate commands in the your macros (C# files) to toggle the lights as desired.

    Here is one on my ATC-40 tool bridge mill

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    As another option, the HandiBot uses a system with lights that are programmable based on the state of output switches to change color and flash different patterns. It uses a small Arduino microcontroller and individually-addressable leds for custom lighting colors and patterns. It gets the status signal by tapping into the output switch signal in the ribbon cable that connects the control card to the board.

    We currently have new prototype accessory boards being produced that will make it easier to do the same on our other tools, using the existing ribbon cable connection. The estimate is that the boards are currently a couple of weeks out and then have to go to testing, but they will allow you to do things like put an led strip on the underside your gantry that will change color and behavior based on the status of the tool. In addition to strips the addressable LEDs are available in a lot of different formats..rings, grids, individual lights...so it will be a pretty customizable solution.

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    Bill, no disrespect here but SB has always been on the verge of releasing a new this or that and it just never comes to be. How about something other than vaporware?
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    John,

    It's certainly hard to argue with that and we do try not to talk about things too much until they are a done deal. We're always working on new things though, and the majority of them either don't pan out or take way longer than we want.

    This one however has been used on the Handibot since it started as a Kickstarter project. The Arduino code is on Github and could be setup by anyone that wants to DIY it...some already have. Even if you didn't want to use an arduino and the individually addressable leds, reading the code tells you how it works and what output switches control which behavior

    https://github.com/wlyoung/Adafruit_NeoPixel

    The new board will just make it easier to get set up without having to solder and program and make connections. While there's no guarantee that the new board will work correctly in this first batch, we're guardedly optimistic :^)

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