FDC-2010-K5C -

File Utilities


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FDC-2010-K5C (Main View) Runtime Menus:

The FDC-2010-K5C runtime menu system provides a familiar, easy to use interface while reducing screen “clutter” by eliminating extra buttons required for navigation.  Each series of interface screens will have their own series of menus specifically focused on the tasks for the specific screen.

Shown above are the “top” level menus when the FDC-2010-K5C runtime first loads.  A Help menu exist for every screen but is not shown in the menu items above. Note: The View above is for a combination Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat configuration. If Pallet or Kiln only the View would have fewer choices; i.e. Kiln only would not have "Pallet View" while a Pallet only would not show "Kiln View", "Drying Schedule View", "Set Manual Outputs" or "Trending" prompts. The Pallet only would also not have the Schedule Menu Item.

Log Menu: The log menu provides access to data log functions and the historical data viewer including the File Utilities sub-menu.

The remaining Menu items, View/Main View, Schedule, Setup, Log & Security are described in their own sections.

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The “Log” menu from FDC-2010-K5C main menu structure provides access to the Data Logging section of the FDC-2010-K5C -

File Utilities is accessed through the Edit Menu Drop Down Menu

The Datalog  “Edit” menu provides the following functions:

Open History File:          Open a history file for review.
Delete History File:         Allows the user to delete the currently loaded history file.
File Utilities:               Allows the user to access file utility functions (copy, erase files).

This page is focused on the "File Utilities" portion of these menus. For more information on Data Logging menu prompts click here - “DataLogging & Historical Viewer"

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File Utilities Description - Copy/Delete Schedules, Alarms, Data Files, Audit Trails and Import Schedule Files

Data and setup files (Schedules, Alarm History and Audit files) need some maintenance every now and then.  After a period of time, storage devices fill up and files require backup or file deletion when no longer needed.   The “File Utilities” section of the FDC-2010-K5C interface provides all the functionality required for maintaining the internal compact flash card.  The internal compact flash card should not be removed from the FDC-2010-K5C interface.  Any change to compact flash directory structure (moving or deleting files with a PC) will cause the FDC-2010-K5C interface to stop operating and a new compact flash card will need to be ordered.  Never move or delete the directories unless using the internal FDC-2010-K5C file utilities.

The Schedules, Alarm History and Audit directories are saved to the internal compact flash card (not the USB I-Stick device) plugged into the back of the FDC-2010-K5C interface. Never unplug the compact flash card when the FDC-2010-K5C is powered up.

The “File Utilities” screen allows the user to copy or erase files from the internal compact flash card.  Complete file directories for all FDC-2010-K5C file types can be copied to the USB “I-Stick” or erased from the internal compact flash card.  Complete status for file functions as well as progress bar status is displayed for the operator during copy/erase operations.  The FDC-2010-K5C also allows schedules to be imported from the “I-Stick” device.  Schedules must be exported from an FDC-2010-K5C device to I-stick first, before this function can be used.  The software will look for “Schedule” directories for import and alert the user if none exist on the “I-Stick” inserted into the FDC-2010-K5C.

Note: “File Utilities” should not be accessed while the data logger is running due to the large number of files that could exist on the compact flash card.  Transferring large numbers of data files while data logging is active could affect the rate at which data is stored to the internal flash memory.

Note: FDC-2010-K5C configuration as Pallet Heat-Treat only does not offer Schedules with the File Utilities view as shown below.

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How to Copy, Erase & Import Files

To copy files to the USB I-Stick:

  • Check the checkbox next to “Copy To I-Stick”.
  • Press the specific button that represents the file type to copy (Schedules, etc.).
  • All files from directory will be copied with progress status displayed to user.

To erase files from internal compact flash:

  • Check the checkbox next to “Delete From Internal Storage”.
  • Press the specific button that represents the file type to erase (Schedules, etc.).
  • All files from directory will be erased with progress status displayed to us

To copy files to I-Stick and then erase files from internal compact flash:

  • Check “Delete From Internal Storage” and “Copy To I-Stick” checkboxes.
  • Press the specific button that represents the file type to copy/erase (Schedules, etc.).
  • All files from directory will be copied and then erased with progress status displayed to user.

To import schedules from the USB I-Stick:

  • Press the “Import Schedules” button
  • The user will be prompted for schedule transfer and then a dialog box will appear listing the schedule directories for transfer.  If no schedule directories exist, the user will be alerted that the I-Stick does not contain schedule directories with an “empty” dialog box.  If the user selects a directory that does not contain schedules, the user will be prompted that the directory does not contain schedules.  Schedule directory names exported from the FDC-2010-K5C are in the format  “Schedules_mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss”.  Schedules exported from the KilnView PC software are in the format “PcSched_ mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss”
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File Structure of Files Copied to I-Stick Flash Memory

When files are being copied to the I-Stick storage device, a directory for each file type will be created to store the copied files.  The directory structure is as follows:

  • Schedule files directory:    Schedules_mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss
  • Alarm files directory:        Alarm Files_mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss
  • Audit files directory:         Audit Files_mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss
  • Data files directory            Data Files_mm_dd_yyyy-hh_mm_ss

The reason for using the date and time as part of the directory name is to make sure the user can track the date and time of the file transfer.  If a user transfers a file type more than once in a single day the files will be grouped logically by time.

The “Plug and Play” I-Stick USB memory device holds all of FDC-2010-K5C data files.  These data files are in a directory named “Data Files” and are in a “.csv” format.  These files can be opened directly with Microsoft Excel or any program that opens a comma separated file format. You can copy or empty the “Data Files” directory by simply plugging in the USB “I-Stick” in a PC’s USB host port.  This device then becomes like any removable disk attached to the computer and can be manipulated as once while plugged into the PC.  The I-Stick requires no drivers when using Windows XP operating system.  The FDC-2010-K5C Data Viewer program is a free Windows accessory program that allows users to view, plot and print data files and is available from Future Design or any manufacturer that markets the FDC-2010-K5C product.

Note: Alarm and Audit files are written in a “.csv” format and can be opened directly with excel after the “I-Stick” is inserted into the PC (after files are copied from internal compact flash to “I-Stick” memory device).  No additional software is required to view alarm or audit files.

Warning: Once files are deleted from FDC-2010-K5C storage devices, they are gone and cannot be retrieved.  Once again, do not edit, move or delete any other files from the internal compact flash card unless using the FDC-2010-K5C “File Utilities”.  The FDC-2010-K5C will not operate properly if you do so.

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Return to: Main Kiln FDC-2010-K5C Page

Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode Pallet_Heat-Treat.htm

Kiln Information Links below:

Kiln mode: Primary Operator Display Views.htm

Main Views, Monitor Probes, Set Manual Outputs, Trending, Alarm Monitor & History and Audit Trail

Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode - see Pallet_Heat-Treat.htm


Kiln mode: Main Schedule Views.htm

Drying Schedule View, Schedule Edit/Run, Schedule Run, Hold, Stop; Drying Schedule View, Schedule Entry, Plot Schedule, Edit Schedules, Run Schedule, Advance to Next or Previous Stage and Add Subtract Time.


Kiln mode: Additional Temperature Monitor Sensors.htm

Optional temperature Monitor sensors; monitor only or used as additional Core Temperatures for Kiln Heat-Treat/Sterilize.


Kiln mode: Kiln EMC Operation.htm:

Description of EMC calculated values shown on Kiln's Main View and control logic if so configured.


Kiln mode: PC based KilnView Software Package.htm:
KilnView PC Software Review - communicate with up to 16 FDC-2010-K5C Controls as well as up to 48 single loop controls (applies to FDC-2010-K5C Kiln operational mode only; KilnView may not be used in the Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode).


Pallet Heat-Treat Sterilization Mode.htm

Review of Pallet Heat-Treat Sterilization mode; available configurations, control logic, operation, etc.


Links below offer descriptions common to both the Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat operational modes and/or configuration


Data Logging & View Historical Data.htm:

System Data Logging Start: Kiln mode on start up, on Schedule Start or on Demand and in Pallet Heat-Treat mode on cycle start. History Data View and printing as graph or averages with High & Low values, etc. File Utilities to manually copy and/or delete Historical Data, Alarm, Audit and Schedule files and if connected to LAN, FTP Historical Data files to PC based FTP Server.


LAN Features.htm

Description of LAN standard features: Remote Access (embedded VNC Server), email/SMS text on alarm, FTP of Historical Data files (embedded FTP client), Web page (embedded web page server) & Atomic Clock time/date update


Printing Functions:

Print Data Views, Historical Data files including Data Log files, Alarm files, Audit Trail files, Recipe files, etc.


System Security & Audit Trail.htm:

Multi level Security & Audit Trail Setup.

File Utilities.htm:
Import/Export Data Log, Schedule, Alarm & Audit directories from Compact Flash Card to I-Stick Memory via USB port.

System User Settings.htm:

User Configurable FDC-2010-K5C Settings: Decimal Point, Control Tuning, LAN settings, Input Offsets, Temperature Alarm Setpoints, Remote I/O Monitor, Degrees C/F, Setpoint Limits, Force System outputs allowing easy testing of all outputs without running control system, Kiln mode Fan Direction & Dwell Times, Kiln mode Schedule Recovery [Power Loss] and more.


OEM System Configuration.htm:

OEM FDC-2010-K5C Control System Configuration as Kiln only, Pallet Heat-Treat only or Combination Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat control system. Configure control outputs as relay on/off or analog output; Configure Linear Outputs as either Control or Retransmission of Dry & Web Bulb setpoints or temperatures; Names for Digital Inputs, Control & Alarm Outputs, Event Outputs; Configure up to 7 DI that can disable Control outputs and logic [schedule hold, heat enable, Fans, Spray Auto, etc.]; Configure additional Monitor / Core Temperature inputs


On-Line Demo.htm

Information to schedule an on-line demonstration of the FDC-2010-K5C control system



Information on multi-language Help screens, Audio output and on-board tools to troubleshoot control system.


Energy Saving.htm

Review of features that if connected to 3rd party energy monitoring devices (Load Monitor / Shedding) to reduce energy costs by wiring digital inputs to start/stop/hold schedules and/or disable specific outputs until appropriate.


I-Stick Panel Mount Mounting Adapter.htm

Panel Mount USB Adapter, standard and Nema 4X, providing front panel access to USB port for memory I-Stick and/or printing direct from the FDC-2010-K5C interface.


FDC-2010-K5C Hardware Dimensions & Specifications.htm

Dimensional Drawings, mechanical specifications and sample wiring diagrams.


FDC-2010-K5C Contact Techncial Support and Touch Screen Software Updates.htm

Contact information & links to download touch screen software updates.


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