KilnView -

Operational Views

The View menu allows the user to display several windows for data monitoring.

The "Kiln Detail View" which includes multiple Kiln faceplates/operational screens, is described in its' own page - KilnView - Kiln Detail View.htm:

This page describes the remaining menu items: Digital Values, Alarm Log, Control Trends, Bar Graphs, Data File Viewer and Audit Trail Viewer.

Options are:

Kiln Detail View:      Displays Kiln faceplate with all Kiln data.
Digital Values:         Displays digital values for all kiln controls connected.
Alarm Log:               Displays system alarm log.
Control Trends:        Menu to select up to 8 configurable trend windows.
Bar Graphs:              Bargraph views for backup controllers.
Data File Viewer:      Displays historical data file viewer.

Audit Trail Viewer:  Displays audit trail viewer.

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Digital Values View

The digital values window displays all controllers activated in the system. Current process value. setpoint and % output (if configured) are displayed.  The digital values window can be printed on demand by clicking on the "Print" icon on the windows upper toolbar:

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System Alarm Log

The system alarm log keeps track of all alarms in the system.  If alarm 1 or alarm 2 is programmed in a 300 Series Single Loop Controller, activation of either of these alarms will be displayed in the alarm log. When the FDC kiln controller is attached to the system, the alarm window will display all analog and digital alarms at kiln controller.  The alarm log window will automatically maximize itself upon any new system alarm (even if the window is minimized).  Double clicking on any alarm will display a dialog confirming if the user want's to acknowledge the alarm.

System Alarm LogToolbar

The toolbar at the top of the trend screen provides the following functions (left to right) - same graphic as above, System Alarm Log.

Open Alarm Log Viewer:  Opens the alarm log viewer.  The alarm log viewer allows the user to view daily system alarm logs in a grid type format.  This data can then be printed or exported to a .csv file.

Clear Single Alarm:  Allows the user to clear the alarm selected in the alarm log.  The user will be prompted before the alarm is cleared.

Clear All Alarms:  Allows the user to clear the complete alarm log grid.  The user will be prompted before the alarm grid is cleared.

Export Alarm Log:  Allows the user to export the alarm log to a .csv file.  Csv files can be read by Excel or any program capable of reading a comma-separated file.

Print Alarm Log:  Allows the user to print the alarm log.  Standard print dialog is used.

Silence Alarm Beeper:  Allows the user to silence the alarm beeper.
When the open alarm log button is pressed, the alarm log viewer is displayed.

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Alarm Log File Viewer

The toolbar at the top of the trend screen provides the following functions (left to right):

Open Alarm Log:  Allows the user to open an alarm log file and view the data in the  "Alarm Log File Viewer".  Alarm logs are created and written to daily whenever  an alarm occurs.  To activate alarm logging, the user must click on the "Enable/disable alarm  logging" checkbox in the "Configure Users" section of the program.  When opening an alarm log file, the alarm log file is displayed in the alarm log viewer only with the real time system alarm data grid remaining untouched.

Export Alarm Log:  Allows the user to export the alarm log to a .csv file.  Csv files can be read by Excel or any program capable of reading a comma-separated file.

Print Alarm Log:  Allows the user to print the alarm log.  Standard print dialog is used.

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Control Trends

Up to 8 real time control trends can be active at any time.  Up to 12 channels can be assigned to any control trend.   Dragging on the trend scale (left side of trend) or trend time (bottom of trend) allows the user to interactively change the trend scale or move forward/backward in time to view trend data.

Real Time Trend Toolbar: The toolbar at the top of the trend screen provides the following functions (left to right):

Open Trend View:  Allows the user to open a trend setup previously saved for this trend.

Save Trend View:  Allows the user to save the current trend setup as a file that can be loaded into the trend by using the open button.  Trend View files save all information about the current trend included scale, grid lines, channels and colors.

Trend Setup:  Provides a dialog box to customize the trend appearance.  Trend Scale for X and Y, trend ticks, colors and channel assignment are all configurable by the user.

Data Cursor: This button turns the data cursor on/off.  The data cursor is a vertical line that can be  dragged across tend data.  When the vertical line is dragged across the trend data, the current value of  the point is digitally displayed next to the data cursor.  This is a useful tool when tracking actual values  across a trend line.  To change channels for the data cursor, first click on the data cursor and then on one of the channel names displayed to the right of the trend.  The data cursor line will change to the color of the channel selected.   Moving the data cursor to the left or right will display the actual value for the channel selected.

Resume Trending:  Any time the trend scale or time is dragged (up/down-left right) by the user, trending is stopped.  After dragging scale or time, press the "Resume Trending" button to resume trend operation.

Save as Jpeg: This button allows the user to save the current trend snapshot as a Jpeg file:

Print Trend: This button sends the current trend snapshot to a printer. The -100 to +100 scales at the bottom and to the right of the trend are for scale/time  compression/expansion.  This is an analysis tool to "zero" in or specific data on the trend.  It's basically a zoom in/out for the trend scale and time scale.

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Bargraphs - Series 300 Single Loop Controls

Up to 4 banks of bargraphs is available to the user. Each bar graph window will display up to 16 Series 300 Single Loop controllers.  Controllers are "auto-config" and will show up on the bargraph if the controller is turned on the "Control labels/Activation" screen.  Kiln controller variables will not be displayed on the bargraph screen.

Bargraph scale is adjustable by entering a zero and span for the bargraph in the fields at the top of the bargraph window.

Clicking on any bar will display the channel name and real time data for the controller selected. Data is displayed at the bottom of the bargraph window. Horizontal peak lines (in yellow) will indicate the max for each channel in the bargraph window. Click on the "Clear Sheet" icon (on the toolbar) to clear the peak values.

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Data Viewer

The historical data viewer provides the ability to view KilnView data files without leaving the application.  The data viewer is a spreadsheet type window that displays saved data in cells.  These cells can be selected for printing or plotting without additional setup.

Selecting Data Viewer from the views menu displays the following window.

The center of the data viewer is a spreadsheet that displays date, time and controller data. The header for each controller saved in a data file will be shown at the top of each column.  You can select (drag) any group of cells for printing or plotting by dragging across the data in the spreadsheet.

Select cells as you would in a normal spreadsheet. Clicking on the column header selects the whole column, dragging across cells selects only the cells that the mouse was dragged across.  You can select multiple columns by clicking on a column header and dragging to the right or left across other column headers. Discontinuous data can be selected by using the "Ctrl" key while selecting data. You must select at least 4 cells per column before a plot can be generated.

The Electronic signatures grid is below the data grid and is used to electronically sign data files. Electronic signatures eliminate the need for paper signatures. Files can only be signed by users with the proper login and user access. The KilnView  software can validate any electronic signature and verify if the original data file  (when signed) has been altered in any way.

Electronic signatures can only be assigned to files under the following:

a.) Security is enabled under the Users-Configure Users menu item.

b.) If security is active, authentic security access and login is required to electronically sign or verify a signature on a file

Data Viewer Toolbar:

Open File:  This button displays a standard open dialog box.  The default data path will be the "Log Files" directory.  Select a log file to open.  Data files that are active (being written to by the logger) can be opened by the data viewer.  Data files consist of 2 file types. The .mlg file is the data portion of the file and the .sif file is the signature portion of the file.  Both files are encrypted and tamperproof.  If these files are edited, they will be damaged and unreadable by KilnView.  Data files can be moved to other directories but both .mlg and .sif files must exist in the same directory or an error will occur when trying to read the data file.

Plot Data:  This button creates a history plot from cells selected in the data viewer.

Sign File:  This button requires that the user authenticate himself (herself) before signing the file.  The signer will be prompted to entered a user comment for the signature (pass-fail etc.) after login.  The new signature information will be displayed in the signature grid.

Verify Signature:  This button requires that the user authenticate himself (herself) before  signature verification of the file.  After user verification, KilnView will check the file to see if it has been altered in any way.  A pass-fail dialog will be displayed to the user after verification.

Export Data:  This button will export the current file to a .csv file that can be open by Excel or any program capable of editing a comma separated data file.  This is a copy only that can be used for reporting in custom formats.  The original data file is not altered in any way.

Search for batch#:  This button prompts the user to enter a batch or lot number to  search for.  The KilnView software will search all files in the "Log Files" directory to find a match.  If a match is found the data file is open for the user to view.

Print Data:  This button provides a text printout of the selected data in the spreadsheet

Cancel Trend:  This button provides the option of canceling the historical trend if selected. Trend plots with many data columns can take a while to complete so this option allows the user to stop the trend rather than wait for its completion.

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Historical Trend Plot

This historical trend plot provides of graphic view for historical data.  Data selected in the data viewer will be plotted on the trend.  The only limit to the number of channels is the size of the window to view the data and computer memory.  Dragging on the trend scale (left side of trend)  or trend time (bottom of trend) allows the user to interactively change the trend scale or move  forward/backward in time to view trend data.

The -100 to +100 scales at the bottom and to the right of the trend are for scale/time  compression/expansion.  This is an analysis tool to "zero" in on specific data on the trend.   It's basically a zoom in/out for the trend scale and time scale.  In the historical plot, these scales are real time so the data will move as you adjust the zoom amount.

History Plot Toolbar:

Trend Setup:  Provides a dialog box to customize the trend appearance.  Trend Scale for X and Y, trend ticks, colors are all configurable by the user.  Channels are automatically assigned by the data viewer so the section of the trend setup regarding channel assignment is grayed out and cannot be selected by the user.

Data Cursor: This button turns the data cursor on/off.  The data cursor is a vertical line that can be dragged across tend data.  When the vertical line is dragged across the trend data, the current value of the point is digitally displayed next to the data cursor.  This is a useful tool when tracking actual values across a trend line.  To change channels for the data cursor, first click on the data cursor and then on one of the channel names displayed to the right of the trend.  The data cursor line will change to the color of the channel selected.   Moving the data cursor to the left or right will display the actual value for the channel selected.

Save as Jpeg: This button allows the user to save the current trend snapshot as a Jpeg file:

Print Trend: This button sends the current trend snapshot to a printer.

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Audit Trail Viewer

The Audit Trail Viewer provides the operator with a grid type view of all entries made to the daily audit log.

Date, Time, UserID, User Full Name, User Comment and User Action are provided.  If security is enabled and the audit trail is turned on, the audit log is written to by the system during any operator event that changes a parameter in the control system.  Any actions that involve data files as well as the clearing or acknowledgment of alarms is also written to the audit trail.  Like data files, the audit trail is encrypted and read only. 

Audit Trail Toolbar:

The toolbar at the top of the audit trail window provides the following functions (left to right):

Open Audit Trail File:  Allows the user to open an audit trail file and view the data in a grid type format.  Audit trail logs are created and written to daily.  To activate the audit trail, the user must click on the "Enable Security" checkbox in the "Configure Users"  section of the program.

Export Audit Trail:  Allows the user to export the audit trail file to a .csv file.  Csv files can be read by Excel or any program capable of reading a comma-separated file.

Print Audit Trail:  Allows the user to print the Audit Trail Log.  Standard print dialog is used.

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Return to: Main KilnView Page

Additional Kiln Information Links below:

Registering KilnView Software & Obtaining Unlock Code: KilnView Software must be registered and an Unlock Code obtained to communicate with FDC-2010-K5C Kiln Control(s) and/or Series 300 Single Loop Controls.

 

KilnView Kiln Detail View.htm: Main Kiln Data View, Schedule Entry/Edit/Run/Stop View, Schedule Trend View, Export Schedules, Core/Monitor Probe View, Setup - Alarm Setpoints, Control Tuning/Vent Setpoint and IO Monitor

 

KilnView Kiln Views.htm: Digital Values View, System Alarm Log, Alarm Log Viewer, Control Trends, Bargraphs, Historical Data Viewer [view data log files], Historical Trend Plot [plot data log files] and Audit Trail Viewer.

 

KilnView Data Logging and Historical Data Views.htm: Configure, Start, Stop Data Logging, View Historical Data Log Files.

 

KilnView Setup: Configure FDC-2010-K5C & 300 Series DIN Control for KilnView, Data Logging, 300 Series PID Loop Tuning and 300 Series Alarm Setpoints.

 

KilnView Series 300 Single Loop Controls.htm: Series 300 Single Loop Control description, links, Views, etc.

 

KilnView Security Overview.htm: Logon, Log Off, Security Configuration, Operator Messages, Audit Trail, CFR21 Security Overview and sample screens & descriptions.

 

KilnView Alarm File Viewer.htm: View, Acknowledge, Silence, Print, Export, etc.

 

KilnView - Run Real Time or Simulation.htm: Run KilnView Real Time [default] or for Training in Simulation.

 

KilnView Project Based Software.htm: Menu System to Open, Close and Save KilnView Configuration as a Project.

 

KilnView Help Screens.htm: Screen Shot of Help Screens

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