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March 28th 2006: Stocks of ready built controllers are now exhausted.

The DivisionMaster controller is now available only from Model Engineers Digital Workshop (L.S. Caine Electronic Services). MEDW will also be able to undertake ongoing repair work for units that are outside their warranty, and firmware upgrades to the current V2.02 revision level.

January 31st 2006: Change of company structure and product marketing.

As from the end of January 2006, the company "Divisionmaster Ltd" will cease to trade. Existing stocks of ready built controllers and accessories will still be available from Tony Jeffree via the old Divisionmaster contact telephone number and email address (see Contact Details), and Tony will continue to support Divisionmaster's customers for repairs under warranty (up to 1 year from date of purchase). Once all stocks of ready built units is exhausted, the DivisionMaster controller will be available only in kit form, and in various levels of assembly/completeness, from Model Engineers Digital Workshop (L.S. Caine Electronic Services). LSCES will also be able to undertake ongoing repair work for units that are outside their warranty, and firmware upgrades to the current V2.02 revision level.

June 14th 2004: NEMA 34 mounts for Vertex HV8 rotary tables now available. These motor mounts allow a suitable size 34 stepper motor to be mounted on the Vertex HV8 rotary tables. Details are to be found on the Prices page.

February 11th 2004: Homge HHV150 rotary tables now available. We are now selling converted Homge 150mm (6") rotary tables instead of the Vertex equivalent. Externally, both tables are very similar, and the same motor/coupling hardware still works with both tables. However, the Homge version is a higher specification table; it uses a ball race for the bottom bearing of the table and a ball thrust race to control end float on the worm shaft, whereas the Vertex tables now use plain bearings throughout. This change does not affect the price of our converted 6" tables.

December 31st 2003: New stock now available. The temporary stock problems caused by "selling out" at the Donnington show are now resolved; we are now shipping from a new stock of controllers based on the V2.0 firmware.

November 26th 2003: V2.00 firmware released. DivisionMaster now has multiple personalities! Four different sets of configuration parameters can be stored, allowing rapid switching between different rotary devices, drive ratios, motor settings, speed setups, etc.

Upcoming exhibitions - Harrogate 2004: DivisionMaster will be demonstrated on stand 29 at the 11th Annual National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition, Harrogate, 7th-9th May 2004. Further show details from http://www.theeventsoffice.co.uk/

Upcoming exhibitions - Donnington 2004: DivisionMaster will be demonstrated on stand S4 at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, Donnington Park, 16th-21rd October 2004. Further show details from http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/

October 2003: A very successful visit to the 2003 Donnington model engineering exhibition means that we are temporarily out of stock of controllers. New stock should be available by mid-December.

July 30th 2003: Stocks of the original plastic case version of the controller have now been exhausted. All further sales from now on will be the new metal cased version (see below).

Upcoming exhibitions: DivisionMaster will be demonstrated on stand S4 at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, Donnington Park, 18th-23rd October 2003. Further show details from http://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/

July 11th 2003: Version 1.10 firmware released. Improvements over Version 1.9 are:

Maximum number of divisions available in Division mode increased from 999 to 9999. While 999 divisions was more than adequate for most applications, this extended range gives increased flexibility for more esoteric uses, such as accurately positioning the pins on musical box barrels.

"Absolute positioning" feature allows the operator to move directly from the current position to a specific division (in Division mode) or to a specific angle (in Degrees mode), in either direction, rather than having to use repeated position increments. This can particularly useful where a large number of divisions is needed, but machining is not necessarily performed at each division, as can be the case, for example, in some horological applications, such as calendar motion work.

Speed ranges are now defined in motor steps per second (sps), with a minimum speed of 3 sps, and a maximum of 9999 sps.

Separate ramp rates defined for each of the two (Fast and Slow) speed ranges.

Both Fast and Slow speed ranges are available in Division, Degrees, and Continuous modes.

Controllers with Version 1.8 or 1.9 firmware can be factory upgraded to Version 1.10 (see Prices page).

May 2003: Fully converted Vertex HV4 and HV6 rotary tables are now available to order (see Prices page).

February 2003: Metal case version of the DivisionMaster controller introduced (see Prices page); the metal case gives better protection to the controller in a workshop environment, and it has a more robust, locking plug/socket for the motor connection, but the control functions of both versions are identical. The original plastic case version of the controller will be discontinued once stocks are exhausted.

January 2003: DivisionMaster Press page added to the website, announcing the upcoming publication of "The Taig Lathe" book.

December 2002: Version 1.9 firmware released. Improvements over Version 1.8 are:

Controllers with Version 1.8 firmware can be factory upgraded to Version 1.9 (see Prices page).

May 2002: DivisionMaster initially released, with Version 1.8 firmware.


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