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    Default Anilam Mini Wizard DRO - Scale not reading

    I have an Anilam Mini Wizard DRO on my Bridgeport and I am having trouble with the Y-axis readout. I fear I need to spend the money on new Acu-rite scales, but I am hoping this isn't the case.

    The Y-axis suddenly stopped counting. Running the Y-axis in/out, the DRO flickers. No counting, just sporadically jumping from .0000 to .0001, back and forth. I tore apart the scale and cleaned the glass with isopropyl alcohol, no signs of damage/scratches. I also cleaned the reader and checked alignment. Put everything back together and had the DRO working flawlessly.

    Today I went down to the shop and decided to flip the switch on the DRO just to make sure the Y-axis was still good and much to my disappointment, it seems to have the same issue. This is the 6 pin round plug for the Anilam scales.

    I did swap plugs on X/Y into the back of the DRO monitor and eliminated the idea of the display being the issue.

    Does anybody have any ideas or perhaps a connection for a new Anilam reader by chance?

    Thanks!

    -BT

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    Typically that is indicative of a bad reader head.

    What Anilam scale do you have?

    Jon

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    I believe this is an A10 system. I will grab some photos later today for clarification. The label on the scale reads "System A", the label on the readers are "A10". The DRO is a Miniwizard.

    Appreciate the help! Looking at new scales/readers for replacement. This might get pricey!

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    you can buy Sino and other import glass scales for $65-100 that will work just fine with anilam/acurite displays . just
    make sure to get the right config, as in 5v TTL square wave, etc. then you need a compatible connector - my anilam wizard 2
    uses DB-9 connectors, but some use a round amphenol plug.

    2Axis/3Axis Digital Readout DRO Display Linear Scale Encoder for Milling Lathe | eBay
    5.c100005.m1851

    the new scales are very good quality- no reason to pay 10x the price for new acurite scales for a 40 yr old dro


    edit:
    nothing coming from china these days. plenty of usa sellers to buy from.
    Last edited by tnmgcarbide; 02-08-2020 at 02:47 AM.


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