Tajima TMFX Electronics

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TMFX Electronics

Tajima TMFX Power Box.
Tajima TMFX Power Box

The Tajima TMFX machine electronics consist of the main power box, control panel and various other small boards such as head cards and joint cards.

List of boards generally found on the Tajima TMFX models:

Power Box

Shown in picture. The TMFX Power Box houses the Tajima TMFX's main power boards which include the 2 x DU-A, the S-card, and the Main card. All four boards are attached to the large heatsink chassis with screws and can be removed with T-handle 3.0mm hex keys. There is a large amount of heat sink compound normally on each board. There is an optional fan on the underside, generally on the four head and up. It is preferred that the entire power box is shipped when undergoing repairs.

X-DUA TMFX Card
X-DUA TMFX Card
X-Power TMFX Card
X-Power TMFX Card

DU-A

Power and control of the X/Y motors. Successor to the DU-10 XY card used in earlier Tajima DC/HC models. There are two per machine. They have front switches to turn them on and off, there are LED colors in the front (behind a shaded screen) and will be green or orange. The control panel will automatically turn off some of the cards, temporarily, in a few situations such as a floppy read command. When a warning is triggered on any of the XY board sensors it will turn the light red and not allow any commands from there. On power up, the cards remain orange until the control panel activates them.

S-Card

Power and control of the main shaft motor. This is the largest motor on the machine. This is the only card that has an optional plug in the back, which are labeled 100V and 200V. If you have 110V power then either plug works but it is not recommended to mismatch; although the 200V only slightly leeches off of the main card's ability to provide power to the rest of the system, if anything happens to the S-card then the main card will also be damaged. If you have 200V or more from your wall power, then you have no choice but to use the 200V plug; using the 100V plug with 200V wall input may damage the S-card.

Color change card

Power to the color change motor. Also reads the color change potentiometer and some solenoids.

Head card

One card per head. Detects thread break signals from the head assembly, and powers some solenoids. If one is bad, it can interfere with signals of all, including the color change card. When configuring the control panel, it also asks to pick a head card type 1 or type 2, and if the choice is wrong then all thread break signals will be wrong and erratic.

Control Panel

Tajima TMEX-C / TMFX Control Panel with optional FloppyToUSB installed
Tajima TMEX-C / TMFX Control Panel with optional FloppyToUSB installed

The TMFX Control Panel houses the Tajima TMFX's main computer boards which include the control panel, LCD screen and Floppy Drive or FloppyToUSB unit. The Control Panel can be opened by hand from the back with the 2 flat head hand screws. It is preferred that the control panel when undergoing repairs on any of the Control Panel component.

Troubleshooting and Error Messages

The Tajima TMFX machine can produce the following error messages

Tajima Error 211
Main shaft not at fixed position. Spin manually or use the ATH function.
Tajima Error 225
Stitching outside of cap frame space.
Tajima Error 281
Color change cannot reach needle position. Check for bind. Check potentiometer.
Tajima Error 291
Thread break.
Tajima Error 2B1
Tape reader error. No reader is detected.
Tajima Error 2B2
Tape reader error. Data is corrupted.
Tajima Error 2B3
Tape reader error. End code data is incorrect.
Tajima Error 2B4
Tape reader error. Data is out of order. Please reset all units.
Tajima Error 2B5
Sequin data has an error.
Tajima Error 2B6
Tape reader error. No data coming in.
Tajima Error 2B7
Please load data first.
Tajima Error 2B8
Trying to run machine while data is still loading.
Tajima Error 2B9
Memory writing error. Try erasing all memory.
Tajima Error 2BA
Memory full. Erase designs.
Tajima Error 2BB
Cannot frame back any more.
Tajima Error 2BC
No data in memory here.
Tajima Error 2C2
Incorrect option, please change.
Tajima Error 2CE
Beam sensor is tripped, make sure both mirrors are aligned.
Tajima Error 311
Main motor not spinning. Check the S-card if it is active. Check main shaft if it is bound. This error generally requires circuit board repair of the S-Card, contact PLRElectronics for repair information
Tajima Error 312
Main shaft encoder giving incorrect signal. Check connections.
Tajima Error 316
The S-card is giving an error signal. Check card.
Tajima Error 322
The X-card is giving an error signal. Check card. This error generally requires circuit board repair of the X-Card, contact PLRElectronics for repair information
Tajima Error 323
The Y-card is giving an error signal. Check card. This error generally requires circuit board repair of the Y-Card, contact PLRElectronics for repair information
Tajima Error 382
Color change motor is not moving. Check for binds. Check connections.
Tajima Error 383
The color change location is not valid for running the head. Please check or re-center.
Tajima Error 3D1
Battery error. This error generally requires circuit board repair of the Control Panel, contact PLRElectronics for repair information
Tajima Error 3D6
CPU card detects problem with main program. Reinstall.
Tajima Error B01
Floppy disk format is not correct. Is the disk bad, or the floppy drive configured correctly?
Tajima Error B02
Floppy file system is not correct. Is the disk bad, or the floppy drive configured correctly?
Tajima Error B03
Floppy is marked as read-only.
Tajima Error B04
Floppy drive says no disk is inserted. Check drive configuration.
Tajima Error BC1
No Tajima designs found.
Tajima Error BC2
Cannot overwrite same name design.
Tajima Error BC4
Floppy write failed. Re-try.
Tajima Error BC5
Floppy disk is full.
Tajima Error C01
No response to floppy drive activation signal. Check drive configuration.
Tajima Error 1B1
Stop due to frame stepping.
Tajima Error 1B2
Stop due to stop code.
Tajima Error 1B3
Stop due to end of design.
Tajima Error 1B4
Stop due to thread trim.
Tajima Error 1B5
Stop due to sequin code.
Tajima Error 1C1
Stop due to stop button.

Tajima TMFX Card Identification

The following was taken from http://www.plrelectronics.com/lab/Tajima/Repair/index.php

Tajima part number for the main TMFX power supply card, marked X-POWER card; Sticker varies: CX5601, CX5601000000, CX560101, CX5601010000, CX560102, CX5601020000, CX560103, CX5601030000, CX560104, CX5601040000, etc. Also marked MP138, or MP138-1, MP138-1-A, etc. This card will have two very large black capacitors on it, along with three colored transformers, and two thick cables soldered directly to the board, and usually a green colored large socket.

Tajima part number for the TMFX main shaft, main motor driver card, marked X-DUB, referred to as the S-card; Sticker varies: CX5602, CX5602000000, CX560201, CX5602010000, CX560202, CX5602020000, CX560207, CX5602070000, etc. Also marked MP137, or MP137-1, or MP137-2, or MP137-1-A, etc. This card will resemble the XY boards, but will have a large colored socket, usually RED.

Tajima part number for the TMFX XY driver boards (quantity 2), marked X-DUA (in the spirit of their older DU-8, DU-10 driver series, DU-A would the TMFX version.) Sticker varies: CX5603, CX5603000000, CX5603010000, CX5603020000, CX5603030000, CX5603040000, etc. Also marked MP136, or MP136-1, or MP136-2. There is another version of the card labeled CX5607, CX5607000000, CX5607020000, etc, and it is marked MP136-3. Each card is usually tuned for power output for either the X or Y motor; the X-motors are usually run with a lot less power than the Y motor, and adjustments are not only the external dial switch for users, but settings and components on the circuit board itself.

NOTE: the XY cards for the TMFX2, TMFX-II type of machines use a different connector and circuit board design for their XY cards.

TMFX Electronics Repairs

PLRElectronics specialized in repair of all the Tajima TMFX electronics. Generally it is much cheaper to have the Tajima electronics repaired rather than buying very expensive new boards.

USB Upgrade

Pair of Floppy To USB drives
Pair of Floppy To USB drives
External USB Embroidery Reader, Embroidery Black Box]
External USB Embroidery Reader, Embroidery Black Box

The USB Upgrade for the TMFX can be found at:

External Reader

The TMFX External Reader (Embroidery Black Box) can be purchased at: USB Flash Reader Embroidery Machine Transfer System

Internal Reader (Floppy to USB)

The TMFX (Floppy To USB) can be purchased at: Floppy To USB Upgrade

See also

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