Operator Main Views

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

Below is typical menu system drop down from any screen view with detail on menus below.

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.

Shown below are each Main View for Kiln only, Pallet Heat-Treat and repeat above the Combination Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat configuration Main View

View Menu: The “Views” menu provides navigation to all standard view screens.  Depending upon unit configuration these may include Main Kiln view, drying schedules, monitor probes, trends, alarm and audit trail information.

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

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Main Views

Main View for Kiln Operation

The Kiln View displays all important kiln information.  (although the View menu above is for a Kiln only configuration the Views described here are identical (for Kiln function) as the combination configuration; the combination configuration includes a "Pallet View" which is described in next section below.)

Dry Bulbs & Wet Bulb Data: Actual values for both dry bulbs and wet bulb are displayed as well as the setpoints for each of these variables.  Pressing the dry bulb or wet bulb setpoint fields will allow the user to change the current setpoint during manual or automated schedule operations. 

EMC and %RH Values: The calculated EMC and %RH are shown on the main view. These values are calculated from the active Dry Bulb and Wet Bulb temperature values.

Schedule Running Information & Active options/Events: Information for schedule running, stage time information as well as options/events active will be listed at the bottom of the display screen. The descriptions for the active options/events scroll by on the display.

Add Time to a Stage in an active Schedule: Pressing the text line to the right of the “Stage” field will allow the user to add time to a current schedule if the schedule is running and in hold.

Vent & Fan Outputs and Fan Direction: Vent and fans positions are displayed. Text color for the fans will match the color of the current dry bulb active (fans fwd/rev). Depressing the Test "Fans" will pop a dialog box showing time remaining in minutes of the current Fan condition - Forward, Reverse or Dwell. If the system is setup for analog vent and/or fan operation, pressing the fields allows the user to change the values during manual or automated schedule operations.

System Alarms: During an alarm condition the screen background will turn red to indicate to the user that an alarm exists in the system.

Dry Bulb & Wet Bulb Control Outputs: The output values to the right of the setpoint fields are variable based on the percent output of heat or spray.  When the system configured for on/off control, these values will read 0 or 100% and correspond to the output relays being energized or de-energized. When the system is configured for time proportioning or analog output control, these fields will read the variable %output for both heat and spray control.

Ramping Setpoint Control:

  • When running in automatic schedule mode, the kiln controller will “ramp” dry bulb and wet bulb temperatures to the target setpoints entered in the automatic schedule. 
  • During automatic schedule run, pressing the dry bulb and wet bulb setpoint fields will display the existing Stage target setpoint for the user. 
  • Whenever the automatic schedule is put into hold, new target setpoints can be entered by pressing the dry bulb/wet bulb setpoint fields and entering a new setpoint for each.  The system will recalculate the new ramp rate based on time remaining in the stage. 
  • Any time schedule time is added or subtracted (while the schedule is in hold), new ramp rates will also be calculated based on the time adjustments made to the stage.If the automated schedule is in a “soak” stage (current stage setpoints  = last stage setpoints), changing the setpoints for dry bulb and wet bulb will result in an immediate setpoint change (no ramp to setpoint).  This is done so “soak” stages can be modified without waiting for the complete stage to “ time out” before reaching the final setpoint.  This offers maximum flexibility for an operator since soak stages can be “long” and require several setpoint changes to maintain kiln “load” requirements.

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Main Pallet View

The Pallet View displays all important Heat-Treat chamber & Sterilize information.  (although the View menu above is for a Pallet Heat-Treat only configuration the Views described here are identical (for Pallet function) as the combination configuration; the combination configuration includes additional Kiln information described in previous section above.)

The main sterilizer view provides the user with all data regarding each sterilization cycle. 

Chamber temperature set point, sterilize temperature setpoint, sterilize time and cool time are all adjustable before the sterilization cycle is started.  By pressing any of these fields, a numeric keypad will be displayed to allow the user to enter the appropriate set point. 

Start/Stop buttons are used to start or stop the sterilization cycle.  Sterilizer status and time remaining for sterilization and cool are also displayed during the cycle.  Sterilize and Cool time may be set from 0-999 minutes.

End Cycle Mode: In the Pallet Heat-Treat only configuration this field is not used and has a default of N/A.

The End Cycle Mode is used in the Combination Kiln and Pallet Heat-Treat configuration

For additional information unique to the pallet heat-treat control mode: Pallet_Heat-Treat.htm

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Drying Schedule View

The drying schedule view provides the operator with all current data related to the drying schedule that is currently running.  This is a view only screen and does not allow the operator to change parameters to the schedule that is running (setpoints, time etc.).  To change parameters for the currently running schedule , press the “views” menu and return to the main kiln screen. The schedule run info screen also displays the current schedule running as well as the schedule loaded into the controller.

Detail on Drying Schedule Views and other appropriate information is detailed in the "Main Schedule Views" and "Schedule Entry/Edit Views".

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Monitor Probes View

The monitor probes view allows the operator to view 1 core probe (standard with system) and up to 6 optional temperature probes attached to the FDC-2010-K5C system. TP# 1, 2, 3, etc. refers to Temperature Probe #1, etc and are provided as default descriptions. OEM configuration allows any 4-character description for TP#1 - TP#6.

Only probes configured will have data in the appropriate field.  Fields shown that do not have probes attached will read “N/A” to indicate “not available”.

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Set Manual Outputs

The Set Manual Outputs view allows an operator to manually control all system events/outputs while running in manual or automatic schedule mode.  Any combination of events can be selected as well as 7 customer designated event outputs for custom use.  Select the event to enable by checking the box and pressing the “Done Key” to enable the output. Output changes made while in automatic schedule mode will not change the original schedule programmed into the system

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Real Time Trend

The real time trend view displays dry bulb 1 and 2, wet bulb and set points for both.  Actual value and setpoint can be viewed on the trend screen depending on selections made by the user in the trend setup.  Trend zero, span and time are adjustable for each trend. Dragging across the trend provides real time “zoom in” capability with multiple zooms.  After zooming, clicking on the X or Y-axis will display a menu to zoom back to normal or zoom out one level at a time.

Note: The Real Time Trend is not available when the FDC-2010-K5C is configured as a Pallet Heat-Treat only control.

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Trend Setup

The real time trend is adjustable for zero, span and trend time in minutes.  Each trend stores up to 12 hours of data so trend times can range from 5 minutes to 12 hours. Each time a trend setup is changed, The FDC-2010-K5C will fill the trend with previous history and then operate in “real time” mode with the current time settings.  Specific process variables are also selectable for viewing by selecting the checkbox associated with the process variable.

Note: The Real Time Trend is not available when the FDC-2010-K5C is configured as a Pallet Heat-Treat only control.

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Alarm View

The Alarm view displays all current alarms.  Any time an alarm activates the background on all view screens will turn red until the alarm is acknowledged.  When an alarm is acknowledged, the backgrounds will return to their normal color but the alarm will stay in the alarm grid.  The alarm will only leave the grid when cleared by an operator.  Only alarms that are not currently active in the system can be cleared from the alarm grid.

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Alarm History

The Alarm history view displays all alarms for any daily period for a year or longer (time based on storage usage for data history).  Each time an alarm is active in FDC-2010-K5C system, the alarm is written to a history file.  History filenames are listed as month_day_year.  The history alarm grid displays alarm type, date and time for each alarm. The “Open File” button will display an “open” dialog box where the user can select any alarm history file to view.


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Audit Trail View

The Audit trail view allows the operator to view operator changes that have been made to the system. This function will only operate if the security for the FDC-2010-K5C is enabled properly with users and their appropriate rights assigned to the system.  Pressing the “Open” button allows an operator to select an audit trail file for viewing.

Audit trail filenames are listed as month_day_year and saved as .csv format; opens with Excel..

Clicking on the Envelope on the top of the Alarm History and Audit Trail Viewer opens the email address book allowing selection of up to 30 number of email addresses to send a copy of the opened Alarm or Audit file.

Shown below is a sample scan of a print out directly from the FDC-2010-K5C

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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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