To install DNC-Max v6 follow the instructions below.

1. Locate installation files

If you received DNC-Max v6 on a CR-ROM, open the DNC-Max v6 directory on the CD. If you received DNC-Max via e-mail, save the DNC-Max v6 file in a temporary directory.

2. Run installation program

Start the installation program by clicking on DNC-Max v6 setup program:

DNC-Max v6 setup program.

3. Select components

Now follow the instructions on the screen. If this is your first installation, you should select the server installation.

If you have purchased a license for CIMCO Edit, or wish to install an evaluation version of CIMCO Edit, you should also select CIMCO Edit from the list.

4. Copying your keyfile

If you do not have a keyfile and wish to install an evaluation version, just proceed to the next step.

If you have received a keyfile, it should be copied to the DNCMax6 directory after the installation is completed.

If you have installed both DNC-Max and CIMCO Edit, the keyfile must be copied to the CIMCOEdit6 directory too.

5. Starting the server for the first time

When the installation is completed, and you have copied your keyfile, you are ready to start DNC-Max for the first time. Click on the DNCMax server icon on you desktop, this will bring up the server console.

DNC-Max v6 Server.

When the server is started, verify that your company name is shown in the Licensed to field on the server console, if not, you forgot to copy the keyfile to the DNC-Max directory.

If you are running an evaluation version, the license name is Demo version.

6. Server setup

To configure the server, select Setup / Configure Server from the server console menu.

On the Server configuration tab, enter a name for this server. Choose a name that describes the function and/or location of this server, i.e. Shop Floor West.

On the Directories tab, select the root directory for this server. The root directory is the base directory for all log files, NC programs etc. If you have all your NC programs on a singe disk or network drive, choose this drive as the root directory. If you have NC programs on multiple drives just choose one of the drives for now.

Check the Auto create directories at the bottom of the dialog.

Close the configuration by clicking OK.

For further information about server configuring, please refer to the Reference Manual.

7. Starting the administrator client

The next step is to configure the server to communicate with your CNC's. This is done from the administrator client. To start the administrator client, click on the Client button on the server console.

For further information about the administration client, please refer to DNC-Max Client.

8. Setting up the first machine

If this is your first installation, two ports Machine A and Machine B will be listed in the administrator port list. These are the default configurations installed by DNC-Max.

If want to configure a machine that uses the standard protocol, you can rename the first port. You should choose a name that uniquely identifies the CNC, i.e. the location of the CNC or the name of the operator.

To rename a port, select Port / Rename Port from the menu.

If you want to configure a machine that requires a special protocol like Heidenhain or Mazak, delete the two ports shown in the list. To delete a port, select Port / Delete Port from the menu. Then add a new port by selecting Port / Add Port. For further information on how to add new ports, please refer to Add a New Port.

You are now ready to configure the machine.

If your license only allows one port only, a single machine is shown.

9. Opening the configuration dialog

To configure a port, select the port in the port list by clicking the left mouse button. Then select Port / Configure Port from the menu. This will open the configuration dialog.

10. Basic port settings

For now, just select the correct serial port settings for this machine.

When you are done, press OK at the bottom of the dialog.

For further information on protocol configuration, please refer to the Reference Manual.

11. Testing the configuration

You are now ready to start transferring data between the DNC server and the CNC.

Depending on the type of protocol selected, you can either send a file to the CNC from the administrator program using the Send/Receive menu, or request a program from the CNC.

Many CNC's requires special settings to function correctly. If you are unable to send and/or receive data, it is probably because additional configuration is needed. For further information on protocol configuration, please refer to the Reference Manual.