KilnView -

Setup

Setup Menu Options

Controller Labels/Activation: Menu under the "Setup menu allows the user the enable/disable any controller attached to the PC.  This can be done in any order (Controller addresses do not have to be in sequence for the system to work properly)

Data Logging: Configuring the Data Logging dialog window can save data from any controller. The data save dialog window will only allow the user to save controllers that are activated in the system (turned on).

Loop Tuning: The loop-tuning window provides the user with an interface to access controller auto-tune as well as manual tune parameters.  Tuning is available for FDC-300 single setpoint controllers only.  Control tuning for the digital Kiln systems is accomplished via the color touch screen supplied with each FDC Kiln system.

Alarm Setpoint: The alarm setpoint dialog allows a user to read or write alarm setpoint data to 300 series single loop controllers only.  Kiln controller alarms are adjusted via the color touch interface supplied with the kiln control system

Although all of the above are described below Data Logging is also described in another section combining viewing of Historical Data Log files: KilnView Data Logging and Historical Data Views.htm:

Information on the Series 300 Single Loop Controls can be found at: Series 300 Single Loop Controls.htm

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Controller Labels and Activation

The "Controller Labels/Activation" menu under the "Setup menu allows the user the enable/disable any controller attached to the PC.  This can be done in any order (Controller addresses do not have to be in sequence for the system to work properly)

The following activation dialog will be shown when the "Controller Labels/Activation" menu item is selected.

Turning on a controller is as easy as a click of a button.  Double click in the grid to enter a tagname for controller process value, setpoint and percent output (DB temp, DB SP and DB % Out when using FDC Kiln controller).

Enable/disable the controller by clicking on the checkbox in the  "Status” cells. Select the type of controller with the drop down box in each row. 

When selecting FDC-2010-K5C Kiln Controller(s) [up to 16 Kiln Controls], an additional 12 tagnames will appear for each device. These additional tagnames are used for Wet bulb, core probe and extra probes attached to the system (extra probe types are dependent upon FDC-2010-K5C version 1.x or 2.x). Only enter tagnames for the probes that are equipped on the system. If you leave a tagname blank, it will not be included in the tag database for data save, trending, etc.

Controller types supported: [Combined total of 64 controllers with maximum of 16 Kiln Controls]

  1. FDC-2010-K5C Kiln Controller [16 Kiln Controls maximum] FDC-2010-K5C configured as a “Kiln only” or “Combination Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat controller”. KilnView use with the FDC-2010-K5C while in the Pallet Heat-Treat mode is prohibited; KilnView does not communicate with the FDC-2010-K5C hardware while in the Pallet Heat-Treat control mode.
  1. FDC 300 Series Single Loop Controllers

The "Enable-disable beep on comm error" allows an operator to  select if a computer generated "beep" should occur during a communications error with a controller.  The logger will store all data related to communication errors.

The "Enable-disable alarm logging" checkbox allows an operator to enable or disable the alarm-logging feature.  Real time alarms will still be printed to the system alarm log, but disk based historical recording of alarms will be turned off if this feature is disabled.  If enabled, the alarm log will be written each time an alarm occurs or when a user deletes, acknowledges or clears an alarm(s).  An new alarm log is created every day.

The "Enable single beep on new alarm" checkbox allows an operator to enable a single computer beep
whenever a new controller alarm is activated.

The "Beep until any alarm is acknowledged" checkbox allows an operator to enable a continuous computer beep on new alarm, until the alarm is silenced using the "alarm silence" icon located on the toolbar of the alarm window.

The "Dec position For Kiln/300 series profiler" field allows an operator to set the decimal position for viewing on the kiln detail monitor view.  Field is adjustable for a value of 0 or 1.

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Data Logging - Configure & Start/Stop Data Logging

Configuring the data logging dialog window can save data from the FDC-2010-K5C Kiln Control as well as any 300 Series Single Loop Controller. The data save dialog window will only allow the user to save controllers that are activated in the system (turned on).

Selecting Data Logging will display the following dialog window:

Click on the checkbox next to a tagname to enable data save for that tagname. Enter a time for the data save interval.  You can save all points selected at a rate adjustable from 1 second to once every 12 hrs.  After the data file is started, data save points are locked and cannot be changed until data logging is stopped. This protects the file from additional data that might be added in the middle of a product run.

The "Generate log file using date-time:" checkbox allows the system to assign a data filename automatically using date and time stamps for the filename.  When this checkbox is enabled a new data file will be started at 12:00 midnight daily.

The "Initiate logging at startup:" checkbox allows the system start data logging (with date-time filename) when KilnView is first started.  The data file could have zeros for control values for the first few lines of the data file when this option is selected.  KilnView will scan controllers based on the scan rate entered in the "Configure Controls-Labels setup" section.  Process value and setpoint for each controller is zero until the scanner gets the actual value from each controller.  This will be evident in the data file since the value field will be empty.  This does not affect the integrity of the  data file, it just means there was not available data yet to stamp the file.

The "Batch and Lot#"  field data (if entered) will be written to the first section of data file.  The data file viewer has a "Search Batch#" function to allow the user to look for data that matches a specific batch number.

The "Current Filename Active" label will display the filename of the currently running data file. 
This label will be empty if no data file is active.

The "Select All" button allows the user to select all channels for data logging.

The "Deselect All" button allows the user to disable all channels for data logging.

The "Start Log" button will start the data logging process.  If the "Generate log file using date-time:"
checkbox is enabled, data logging will start using date and time as the file name.  Otherwise, a dialog
box will be shown to allow the user to name the data log file.

The "Stop Log" button will stop the data logging process.

Note: To View Data Log Historical Data Log Files - go to: KilnView Data Logging and Historical View.htm

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Loop Tuning - Series 300 Single Loop Controllers

The loop-tuning window provides the user with an interface to access controller auto-tune as well as manual tune parameters.  Tuning is available for FDC-300 Single Loop controllers only.  Control tuning for the digital Kiln systems is accomplished via the color touch screen supplied with each FDC Kiln system.  Loop tuning should only be used when the backup 300 series controller is set for PID analog (4-20mA) output control type.  Auto tuning "on/off" control type will have no effect on the system.

Selecting "Loop Tuning" from the setup menu displays the following dialog:

The loop-tuning window has fields for proportional band, auto reset, rate, cooling PB and deadband (gap between heat and cool control).

Use the drop down list box located at the top right of the loop-tuning window to select a control to work with.  Only controllers that are activated in the system will show up in the list box.

The Auto-Tune on/off radio button will display if auto-tune is active when the "Read Values” button is pressed or initiate or turn off auto-tuning when the "upload values" toolbar button is pressed.

The trend is provided to monitor PV, SP and %Out through the complete tuning cycle.

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

Open Tuning File:  Allows the user to open a tuning file previously saved.

Save Tuning File:  Allows the user to save the current tuning settings to the hard disk for latter retrieval.

Trend Setup:  Provides a dialog box to customize the trend appearance.  Trend Scale for X and Y, trend ticks and colors are configurable by the user.  Since the channels are preset to PV, SP and %Out, the channel assignment list boxes will be grayed out and not in use.

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.

Upload Tuning Values: This button uploads the current tuning values from the controller to the PC.

Download Tuning Values: This button downloads the current tuning values from the PC to the controller.

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Alarm Setpoints for Series 300 Single Loop Controllers

The alarm setpoint dialog allows a user to read or write alarm setpoint data to 300 Series Single Loop Controllers only.  Kiln controller alarms are adjusted via the color touch interface supplied with the kiln control system.  When this option is selected the following dialog box will appear.

Click on the "Read Values" button to get alarm setpoint data from a specific controller.  Use the drop down list box at the top right of the dialog box to select a controller to work with.  Only controllers activated in the system will be displayed in the drop down list.

Click on the "Write Values" button to write the field values to the controllers.

Click on the alarm fields and enter an alarm value to change the alarm setpoint for the controller. 

Alarms type must be programmed in the 300 series single loop controller (via the faceplate of controller) before and alarm can be activated at the controller level.

Information on how to View & Open Alarm Files go to: KilnView Alarm File Viewer.htm:

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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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