Equipment: idle and busy states

While members use a machine, Fabman can distinguish between idle and busy states.

"Idle" usually means that the equipment is turned on but not performing any work. Examples include a laser cutter during job setup, a CNC router while the spindle is not running or a 3d printer that’s just completed a print run.

"Busy" is the fully-operational state, eg. a laser cutter with active laser tube, a CNC router cutting through material or a 3d printer that’s extruding filament.

To let Fabman know whether the equipment is currently busy or idle, you can configure one of the bridge’s inputs to "machine status".

Then connect you equipment to the bridge’s corresponding input pins – see the bridge schematics for details.

Alternatively, If your bridge is equipped with a power monitor, you can use it instead of a status input to detect whether the equipment is idle:

Once set up, you’ll be able to…

  • … distinguish between busy and idle usage in the activity log and bill your members differently:
  • … set different time periods before the equipment is turned off based on whether the equipment is busy or idle. This ensures maximum safety without interrupting members unnecessarily while they set up their work.

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