KilnView -
Operational Views

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

This Page described "Kiln Detail View" which includes multiple Kiln faceplates/operational screens.

The "KilnView Operational View" page describes the remaining menu items: Digital Values, Alarm Log, Control Trends, Bar Graphs for 300 Series Single Loop Controls, Data File Viewer and Plot and Audit Trail Viewer.

Options are:

Kiln Detail View:      Displays Kiln faceplate with all Kiln data.

The Remaining Menu Items are described at: "KilnView Operational View"
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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Kiln Detail View

The Kiln detail view provides the user with all data related to Kiln operations.  The multi-tab interface is broken up into 4 sections; Detail, Schedules, Core/Monitor Probes and Setup. An overview of the Detail, Schedule/ramping to Kiln Setpoint and Core/Monitor Probes is described in this section, with more information describing Schedule, Core/Monitor and Setup [alarm setpoints, control tuning & Output Monitoring] further down this page.

Note - these features are identical to how the FDC-2010-K5C operates as a stand alone device - KilnView allows the same control features operated from a supervisory PC, and as PC's have larger monitor offers a different operator views of the data and operation.

The Kiln Detail View Tab provides the user with all current kiln “run” data for a specific Kiln - up to 16 may be active at one time with selection of each on top right of View.

The control information includes data for dry bulbs (1 and 2), as well as manual and automated schedule operation control setpoints for dry bulb and wet bulb can be changed any time during schedule run. 

Schedule name, status and options active are also displayed.  While running the system in manual mode, all event outputs (manual options) can be accessed and operated by the user.  When running in automatic schedule mode, any setpoints or event options can be modified after the schedule is put into hold.  These changes will not affect the saved schedule, only the current stage running in the schedule.

The vent/fan status is displayed and can be changed during schedule run if analog type (not on-off relay) vents/dampers are used in the system.

Fan Direction is shown and with Fan in Auto, depressing the "hour glass" provides on-demand display of time remaining for the current Fan condition; Forward, Reverse or Dwell.

The schedule run, hold and stop buttons allow the operator to run the currently loaded schedule from the PC.   If a schedule is not loaded into the controller, the schedule will not be started.

The above screen displays the layout when variable type outputs (analog) are used for heat and spray control, the actual % control output will be displayed between the “Actual and Setpoint” values for dry bulb and wet bulb.

The actual % control outputs for heat and spray are displayed between the "Actual and Setpoint"  values for dry bulb and web bulb.

FDC-2010-K5C firmware version 2.x (April 2008) provides EMC & %RH on its’ main view; KilnView does NOT show these values.

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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 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.

Note: When running an automatic schedule, changes to dry bulb/wet bulb, manual events and add/remove time, can only be accessed when the schedule is put into hold.  The schedule can then be “continued” with manual changes remaining active until the next schedule stage is entered.

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Additional Moisture/Weight/Temp Probes: Up to 6 additional probes can be added to the kiln system.  The additional probes can be configured for moisture/weight or temperature probes (all must be configured for one type). When additional probes are configured, the values will dynamically be displayed on the “Core/Monitor Probes” screen.  The Orion Kiln system comes equipped with one extra RTD input that can be used for “core” operations (explanation below), if configured to be active in the factory setup.

FDC-2010-K5C version 1.x: When additional probes are configured for moisture/weight probes and a “Mon Probe” setpoint is programmed into an automatic schedule “, the Kiln detail screen will flash an “ =” icon any time the first probe (probes activated per stage are user selectable) drops below the “Mon Probe” setpoint (entered in the schedule).  The “equalize output (Q3)” will also be energized.  Press the “=” icon to de-energize the equalize output and the “=” icon will disappear.  This indication will alert the operator to make manual changes to the schedule once the first moisture/weight probe has fallen below the programmed moisture setpoint.

FDC-2010-K5C versions 1.x and 2.x: When additional probes are configured for temperature probes (temperature only with version 2.x and above) and a “core” setpoint is programmed into an automatic schedule, the schedule will automatically advance to the next “stage” when all probes (probes activated per stage are user selectable) are above the “core” setpoint programmed for the stage.  This is useful during “sterilization” processes that require that all temperature probes be above a specific temperature before sterilization “time down” is allowed to continue.  Probe usage combinations are selectable per stage when entering an automatic schedule.

When the "Cool Down" stage option is selected, and additional probes are configured for temperature
probes with a "core" setpoint programmed into an automatic schedule, the schedule will automatically advance to the next "stage" when all probes (probes activated per stage are user selectable) are <= the "core" setpoint programmed for the stage.  This is useful during processes that require that all temperature probes be below a specific temperature before the schedule automatically continues to the next stage.  Probe usage combinations are selectable per stage when entering an automatic schedule.

FDC-2010-K5C version 1.x: A unique feature is the ability to use the standard “core” RTD input along with up to 6 additional moisture/weight probes.  This gives the operator the flexibility of monitoring when the first moisture probe drops below the programmed “Mon Probe” setpoint, and also not continue to the next automated stage until the “core” probe is above the programmed “core” setpoint.

EMC and %RH: FDC-2010-K5C firmware version 2.x (April 2008)
The EMC display and control logic described below are NOT available in KilnView.

FDC-2010-K5C firmware version 2.x, if so configured, an EMC setpoint is programmed into an automatic schedule, the schedule will automatically advance to the next “stage” when the EMC value is achieved. Instead of a Stage Advance a relay output may be configured when a Stage achieves the EMC setpoint.

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Manual Options - Output/Events View

The manual options view allows the user to enable or disable control/event outputs in the system while the kiln controller is being operated in manual or automatic schedule mode.

Note - Essentially the same screen depicted below is shown for each Stage when creating/editing Schedules - hit the Option button.

Any manual event (or combination of events) in the system can be enabled or disabled by clicking the checkbox next to the event tagname.  Up to 7 customer events allows the user to wire to any type of custom external device required for kiln operation.  This section of the system is used to setup the initial drying process for heat, spray, fan position as well as custom outputs required.

When a schedule is running in automatic schedule mode, the manual events screen can be accessed for “view only” status. The manual event screen will display the current status of all events active in the stage, but the events cannot be edited or changed.  When a running schedule is put into hold, any of the manual events in the system can be enabled/disabled.  When the schedule is continued, the status of the events will remain “as set” by the user for the rest of the stage.  These changes will not affect the saved schedule, only the stage running after the manual event changes are made.  This provides the user with the flexibility to make stage changes “on the fly” without changing the saved schedule running.

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Kiln Schedule - Open, Edit, etc. View

The Kiln schedule view allows an operator to open, save, create and edit schedules from the PC interface as well as download created schedule to the controller.

Options Button: When the "Options" button is depressed the "Output/Events" screen will be shown to allows the user to enable or disable control/event outputs for a specific Stage within the Schedule. To view a screen depiction see Manual Options View above.

The toolbar icons for schedule edit are as follows (order from left to right):

Create New Schedule:   Clear and create a new schedule.
Open Schedule:             Open a schedule previously saved.
Save Schedule:              Save current schedule.
Save Schedule as:          Save current schedule with different name.
Copy Stage:                   Copy current stage.
Paste Stage:                   Paste current stage.
Insert Stage:                  Insert a new stage a current point.
Delete Stage:                 Delete stage at current point.
Toggle Grid:                   Toggles between spreadsheet and schedule trend mode.
Export Schedules:           Displays export dialog for export of schedules to "I-Stick" data device.
Download Schedule:        Download current schedule to controller.
Print Schedule:               Print current schedule.

Operators can create and edit schedules at any time during Kiln operation.  Clicking in the stage fields allows the user to enter data for each stage.  The “tab” key will also cycle operators through each field.

The “spreadsheet” on the screen will automatically update when stage data is entered.  Clicking on the spreadsheet for any stage will set all fields to the stage that the user selected in the spreadsheet.  This feature allows the operator to quickly navigate through stages without pressing the “previous/next” stage buttons.  If additional “Core” or “MC/Weight” probes are configured for the system, fields for “Core” and
“Mon Probe” will dynamically be displayed for schedule entry.

Stages can be inserted or deleted from a schedule by pressing the insert or delete icons on the toolbar.  Copy and paste commands will work on any stage active when using these functions.

The number of schedules that can be saved to disk is limited only by the size of the hard disk on the computer used.

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Schedule Trend View

Clicking on the “toggle spreadsheet/trend” icon in the toolbar accesses the schedule graph view.
This view allows the operator to display the schedule in "Trend" mode rather than spreadsheet mode.
Any time a stage is updated, the trend will automatically update with the newest entered data. Clicking on the “toggle spreadsheet/trend” icon will switch between spreadsheet and graph view modes.

In the schedule graph area there are two icons:

Data Cursor Icon: 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.

Print Icon: Pressing this icon will print the current schedule in graph format.

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Export Schedules

Schedules created in KilnView are compatible with schedules created at the Orion Kiln control interface.  All schedules created in KilnView can be exported to the "I-Stick" data storage device for import by any Orion kiln controller device. This allows the operator to create schedules at the PC (using KilnView) and then quickly import a single schedule or a batch of schedules into the Orion kiln interface.  This saves time when using multiple Orion kiln controllers since the operator does not have to enter each schedule at the Orion kiln interface.

The buttons at the bottom of the dialog allow the user to import all schedules or a single schedule. If "All Schedules" is selected, all schedules stored at the PC will be copied to the destination drive selected from the drop down "drive" list.  If  "Cur Schedule" is selected, then the current schedule being edited (must be saved to disk) will be saved to the destination drive selected from the drop down "drive" list box.

The drop down "drive" list box will display all current drives connected to the PC. Make sure you know which drive letter the "I-Stick" storage device is before exporting schedules to make sure they are copied to the correct drive.  A directory will be created each time schedules are exported.  The directory name format is  "PcSched_Date_Time".

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Core/Monitor Probes View & Logic Description

The core/monitor probes view will display all core/monitor probes configured in the system. 

FDC-2010-K5C version 1.x: The system will accept up to 1 core probe and 6-monitor probes total (moisture/weight sensors or temperature probes using temperature transmitters).

FDC-2010-K5C version 2.x: The system will accept up to 1 core probe and 6-monitor probes (direct input RTD or Type J Thermocouple based upon global input type configuration).

Schedule operations based on core probe/moisture probe use are selectable per stage for each schedule.  If a core probe is not enabled in the system, its value will read “^^^^^” so the operator will know the core probe is not in use.

Core probes are used to monitor the internal temperature of a piece of lumber whereas the main dry bulb and wet bulb probes are monitoring kiln temperature.  Core probes can be used to continue a schedule based on the temperature of the internal lumber (or multiple temperature probes for sterilization usage) instead of the actual air temperature in the Kiln.  If additional MC/Weight/Core probes are not configure for the system, the display monitors will read  “^^^^^” so the operator will know the probes are not in use.

FDC-2010-K5C version 1.x: Moisture/weight probes are used to monitor the % moisture of the lumber.  When and automatic schedule is run, the user can select any of the probes equipped on the system, in any stage of an automatic schedule.  When the first probe (out of all moisture probes selected for the stage) falls below the moisture setpoint entered for the stage, the main detail screen will display an “Equalize” message to the user. A control output will also be energized and can be wired to a light or buzzer to alert the user.  Pressing the “Equalize” button will de-energize the control output and the “Equalize” button will disappear.  At this time the user can put the kiln controller into hold, take the appropriate steps to equalize the system as well as add/subtract segment time or continue to the next stage if required.

Note: Probe description names are configurable using the KilnView configuration program.

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Kiln Setup (Alarm Settings)

The Kiln Setup tab provides the user with the ability to adjust alarm setpoints, kiln control tuning as well as an IO monitor for trouble shooting or monitoring kiln control outputs (relay and analog).

The kiln alarms setting allow the operator to adjust the alarm setpoints for dry bulb and wet bulb. Process high, deviation high and deviation low settings are provides for each probe.  Click the alarm value to change the value of the alarm and press the enter key.  An alarm deadband is provided to prevent "chatter" around alarm setpoints.

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Kiln Setup (Control Tuning)

Control tuning values for temperature, vents and spray is displayed.  Depending on the kiln setup, the kiln control can be equipped to control each of these process using relay or analog outputs.  If the kiln is setup for relay outputs, the PID values for temperature and spray should not be adjusted and left at values of "0".  The vent setpoints (1 through 3) can be adjusted as a deviation from wet bulb value.  As the wet bulb temperature increase above each of the 3 setpoints, relay outputs for vent 1, 2 and 3 will be energized.

If the kiln system is configured for analog operation (non-relay control), PID tuning values for temperature, vents and spray can be adjusted.  Consult with the factory or Kiln manufacturer for additional information on kiln tuning.

For more information on Control Tuning download the FDC-2010-K5C Manual from the FDC-2010-K5C site and/or link to the following FDC-2010-K5C Control Tuning page.

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Kiln Setup (IO Monitor)

The kiln IO monitor is a useful tool to monitor all relay and analog output status during kiln operation. The kiln IO monitor displays the status of DB/WB temperatures as well as the analog output values for vents, fans and spray (if configured for analog output types).  The right side of the IO monitor displays all relay outputs available on the kiln system.  If the LED next to description is bright green, the output is energized.  If the LED is not bright green, the output is de-energized.

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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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