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FluidLab® PA for Compact Workstation and EduKit® PA Manual

Process Control System EN 12/08

Intended use

This software has been developed and produced solely for vocational and further training purposes in the field of automation and communication. The company undertaking the training and / or the instructors is / are to ensure that trainees observe the safety precautions described in the manuals provided. Festo Didactic herewith excludes any liability for damage or injury caused to trainees, the training company and / or any third party, which may occur if the system is in use for purposes other than purely for training, unless the said damage / injury has been caused by Festo Didactic deliberately or through gross negligence.

Order No.: Description: Designation: Status: Authors: Graphics: Layout: Manual Fluid Lab®-PA Software 12/2008 Jürgen Helmich, Adiro Automatisierungstechnik GmbH Thomas Schwab, Adiro Automatisierungstechnik GmbH Jürgen Helmich, Adiro Automatisierungstechnik GmbH

© Festo Didactic GmbH & Co., D-73770 Denkendorf, 2004 Internet: www.festo.com/didactic http://www.festo.com/didactic/de/ProcessAutomation e-mail: did@festo.com The copying, distribution and utilisation of this document as well as the communication of its contents to others without express authorisation of is prohibited. Offenders will be held liable for the payment of damages. All rights reserved, in particular the right to carry out patent, utility model or ornamental design registration.

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Introduction ____________________________________________________ 5 Compact Workstation _____________________________________________ 7 Training contents ________________________________________________ 7 Important notes _________________________________________________ 8 Duty of the operating authority _____________________________________ 8 Duty of trainees__________________________________________________ 8 Risks involved in dealing with Process Lab ___________________________ 9 Warranty and liability _____________________________________________ 9 Use for intended purpose_________________________________________ 10 Notes on safety_________________________________________________ 11 Technical data _________________________________________________ 13 Transport / Unpacking / Scope of delivery__________________________ 15 Installation ____________________________________________________ 17 Package design _________________________________________________ 17 FluidLab® PA program files _______________________________________ 17 EzOCX driver ___________________________________________________ 18 © LabVIEW runtime engine 8.2.1 ___________________________________ 18 Hardware ______________________________________________________ 18 Cable connections_______________________________________________ 19 Starting installation _____________________________________________ 19 Selecting the set-up language _____________________________________ 19 Welcome window _______________________________________________ 20 License agreement ______________________________________________ 21 Licence data____________________________________________________ 22 Destination location _____________________________________________ 23 Components ___________________________________________________ 24 Start menu folder _______________________________________________ 26 Additional tasks ________________________________________________ 27 Ready to Install _________________________________________________ 28 The installation process __________________________________________ 29 Installation Active-X _____________________________________________ 30 Installation Run-Time Engine 8.2.1 ________________________________ 39 Uninstall the FluidLab® PA _______________________________________ 44

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Design and function _____________________________________________ 45 Start up window ________________________________________________ 45 Information ____________________________________________________ 47 Software setup _________________________________________________ 48 Changing texts__________________________________________________ 53 Window texts___________________________________________________ 53 Pop up’s _______________________________________________________ 55 Graph adjustment _______________________________________________ 56 Measuring and Control ___________________________________________ 57 Example of how to measure a system response ______________________ 59 Characteristics__________________________________________________ 60 Closed loop – 2 point ____________________________________________ 62 Procedure using EasyPort and Simulation ___________________________ 63 Closed loop - Continuous _________________________________________ 64 Procedure using EasyPort and Simulation ___________________________ 66 Saving results as ASCII files _______________________________________ 66 Trouble shooting _______________________________________________ 69 Measured values________________________________________________ 69 User interface __________________________________________________ 70 Appendix ______________________________________________________ 71 Examples for system responses ___________________________________ 71 Examples for closed loop controls__________________________________ 76 Controller parameters ___________________________________________ 80 Empty I/O assignment list ________________________________________ 81

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1 Introduction FluidLab®-PA start up window The FluidLab® PA software in combination with the EasyPort USB offers you the possibility to measure and analyze the signals of 8 digital/4 analog inputs. • FluidLab-PA Software 5 . Three main functions are integrated in Process Lab: M C R as in measurement. free selectable closed-loop control elements for 2-point. for signal detection and analysis of 8 digital/4 analog input signals as in open loop control. for binary or continuous control of 8 digital/2 analog outputs as in regulate a closed-loop system. The electrical control interface (E/A Syslink and analog terminal) is the same like MPS. PI and PID © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. P. I.

Introduction With the Compact Workstation of the learning system for process automation you have the possibility to work with the following systems: • • • • level controlled system flow rate controlled system pressure controlled system temperature controlled system It is possible to work with the following functions by using the 4 closed-loop systems: • two point control of a level control system with a analog standard signal • continuous control of a level control system with a analog standard signal • continuous control of a flow rate control system with a pump as controlled system and with a analog standard signal • continuous control of a flow rate control system with a proportional valve as controlled system and with a analog standard signal • continuous control of a pressure control system with a pump as controlled system and with a analog standard signal • continuous control of a pressure control system with a proportional valve as controlled system and with a analog standard signal • two point control of a temperature control system with a analog standard signal Alternatively you are able to work with a simulation environment. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . with which you can simulate the systems of a Compact Workstation. By using the simulation environment with the continuous loop control you can simulate the following functions: • level controlled system • flow rate controlled system • temperature controlled system By using the simulation environment with the continuous loop control you can simulate the following functions: • level controlled system • flow rate controlled system • temperature controlled system 6 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

training can be provided to instill team spirit. Assembly.2 Training contents Training contents covering the following subjects can be taught: • Process Engineering – Reading and drawing flow charts and documentation • Electrical technology – Correct wiring of electrical components • Sensors – Correct use of sensors – Measuring of non-electrical. The Compact Workstation of the learning system for process automation provides you with an appropriate system for practice-orientated tuition of the following key qualifications • Social competence. 1. • Technical competence and • Methodological competence Moreover. Actual project phases can be taught by means of training projects. willingness to cooperate and organisational skills.Introduction 1.1 Compact Workstation The Festo Didactic learning system for process automation is designed to meet a number of different training and vocational requirements. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 7 . process and control variables • Closed-loop control technology – basics of closed-loop control technology – Extension of measuring chains into closed control loops – Analyze a closed-loop system – P. Programming. Operation. such as: • • • • • • • Planning. D-control – Optimize a closed-loop system • Closed-loop controller © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. The systems and stations of the learning system for process automation facilitate industry-orientated vocational and further training and the hardware consists of didactically suitable industrial components. Commissioning. I. Maintenance and Fault finding.

Introduction

– Configuration, assigning operation parameters and optimization of a closed-loop controller • Commissioning – Commissioning of a closed-loop system – Commissioning of a process engineering system • Fault finding – Systematic fault finding on a process engineering system – Examination and maintenance of a process engineering system – Operation and observation of a process

1.3 Important notes

The basic requirement for safe use and trouble-free operation of FluidLab® PA is to observe the fundamental safety recommendations and regulations. These operating instructions contain important notes concerning the safe operation of FluidLab® PA. The safety recommendations in particular must be observed by anyone working on FluidLab® PA as well as for the used hardware. Furthermore, the rules and regulations for the prevention of accidents applicable to the place of use must be observed.

1.4 Duty of the operating authority

The operating authority undertakes to ensure that FluidLab® PA is used only by persons who: • are familiar with the basic regulations regarding operational safety and accident prevention and who have received instructions in the handling of Process Lab, • have read and understood the chapter on safety and the cautionary notes in these operating instructions and confirmed this by signing, • are regularly vetted to ensure safe working.

1.5 Duty of trainees

Prior to commencing work, all persons assigned to working on FluidLab® PA have a duty to: • observe the basic regulations regarding operational safety and the prevention of accidents, • read the chapter on safety and the cautionary notes in these operating instructions and to confirm that they have understood these by signing.

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1.6 Risks involved in dealing with Process Lab

The Fluid Lab®-PA software is designed according to state of the art technology and in compliance with recognised safety regulations. However when using the system there is nevertheless a risk of physical or fatal injury to the user or third parties or of damage being caused to the machinery or other material assets. Fluid Lab®-PA is to be used only: • for its intended purpose and • in an absolutely safe conditions.

Faults impairing safety must be rectified immediately!

1.7 Warranty and liability

In principle all of our „Terms and Conditions of Sale“ apply. These are available to the operating authority upon conclusion of the contract at the latest. Warranty and liability claims for persons or material damage are excluded if these can be traced back to one or several of the following causes • Use of the machine not in accordance with its intended purpose • Incorrect assembly, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the machine • Operation of the machine using faulty safety equipment or incorrectly fitted or non operational safety or protective devices • Non observance of notes in the operating instructions regarding transport, storage, assembly, commissioning, operation, maintenance and setting up of the machine • Unlawful constructional modifications on the machine • Inadequate monitoring of machine components subject to wear • Incorrectly carried out repairs • Catastrophes as a result of foreign objects and acts of force major. Festo Didactic herewith rules out any liability for damage or injury to trainees, the training company and /or other third parties which may occur during the use / operation of the system other than purely in a training situation, unless such damage has been caused intentionally or due to gross negligence by Festo Didactic.

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1.8 Use for intended purpose

This system has been developed and produced exclusively for vocational and further training in the field of automation and communication. The training authority and / or the instructors is / are to ensure that trainees observe the safety precautions described in the manual provided. The use of the system for its intended purpose also includes: • following all advice in the operating instructions and • carrying out inspection and maintenance work.

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Notes on safety

General • Trainees must only work on the station under the supervision of an instructor. • Observe the data in the data sheets for the individual components, in particular all notes on safety! Electrics • Electrical connections are to be wired up or disconnected only when power is disconnected! • Use only low voltages of up to 24 V DC. Pneumatics • Do not exceed the permissible pressure of 8 bar (800 kPA). • Do not switch on compressed air until you have established and secured all tubing connections. • Do not disconnect air lines under pressure. • Particular care is to be taken when switching on the compressed air. Cylinders may advance or retract as soon as the compressed air is switched on. Mechanics • Securely mount all components on the plate. • No manual intervention unless the machine is at rest. • The pump can be mounted horizontally or vertically. If mounted, the output of the pump must point upwards. The pump must be mounted so that is flooded (see also data sheet).

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5 bar. • Do not operate the pump without fluid. close valves) before you make changes at the piping system.Notes on safety Process engineering • Before filling the tanks with water switch of power supply! Switch of power supply 24 VDC and 230 VAC (110 VAC)! • The use of tap water in quality of drinking water (recommended). • It is possible to drain the fluids inside the FluidLab® PA by opening hand valve V105 12 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Please empty fluids from the system (tanks. running dry or used for sea water or contaminated fluids. • The maximum operating temperature of the tanks must not exceed +65 °C. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . • Do not operate the heating unit unless the heating element is fully immersed in fluid. ensures a prolonged maintenance-free operation of the system (proportional valve and pump). • Do not operate the piping system with a system pressure higher than 0. piping.

3 Technical data Parameter Digital Inputs Digital outputs Analog inputs Analog outputs Voltage range analog input voltage analog output voltage Value 8 8 4 2 0…10VDC 0…10VDC Use only voltage signals with EasyPort DA! © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • FluidLab-PA Software 13 .

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Scope of delivery Check the scope of delivery against the delivery note and the order. Unpacking When unpacking. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.4 Transport / Unpacking / Scope of delivery Transport FluidLab® PA is delivered on CD in a systainer. The carrier and Festo Didactic are to be notified immediately of any damage caused during transport. Check the CD for any possible damaged once unpacked. make sure that the CD has not been damaged. Festo Didactic must be notified immediately of any discrepancies. • FluidLab-PA Software 15 . The carrier and Festo Didactic are to be notified immediately of any damage.

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5 Installation Note The installation routine described applies to the FluidLab PA version for the ® MPS PA Stations. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.1 Package design (Third party distributor files) (Third party distributor files) (Third party distributor files) 5. Files for the Chinese language version of Process Lab. Files for the German version of Process Lab Files for the English language version of Process Lab. Files for the Spanish language version of Process Lab Files for the French language version of Process Lab. etc.1) optional • EasyPortUSB driver ® 5. • FluidLab-PA Software 17 . internet links. It comes packed in a setup. To start the installation process just launch the executable file out of the Windows® Explorer. Files for the Swedish language version of Process Lab. as well as to the version for the Compact Workstation and EduKit PA. It is possible that files from third party distributors are copied to other folders. Driver for the connection with the EasyPor digital.exe. Folder where pre-settings are stored in. The basic components of the software package are: • FluidLab® PA program files • EzOCX driver © • LabVIEW Runtime environment (Version 8. analog. FluidLab® PA needs several components of third party distributors to work successfully. The FluidLab® PA software is delivered on CD. Runtime for FluidLab-PA Note A main folder is defined in the setup routine where the folders specified above are copied to. See the description below for details.2 FluidLab® PA program files Table of the sub-folders created on your local system after the installation process has been finished successfully: Folder name addFiles Settings German English Spanish French Swedish Chinese EzOCX National Instruments Description Folder for additional components like icons.2.

15-PIN. © © Required hardware: • PC (min.Installation 5. parallel Power supply 24 V DC.1 5.4 © LabVIEW runtime engine 8. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .5 Hardware The EcOCX driver is needed for communication between FluidLab® PA software and EasyPort USB via USB cable. 4.5 A Labor cable with Safty plug(red/blue) USB Cable oder PC data cable RS 232 18 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. 128MB RAM.3 EzOCX driver 5.32 XMA1 2 4 1 3 Hardware connections Compact Workstation – EasyPort USB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 EasyPort USB I/O terminal Syslink SysLink cable Analog terminal Analogue cable.2.: Pentium II 450MHz. Because FluidLab® PA is developed with LabVIEW of National Instruments the software uses a runtime environment to be executed on your system. 100MB free memory) • MPS® PA Compact Workstation or EduKit® PA with I/O-board 6 7 8 5 X2 2.

French or Swedish.24V +) to a 24VDC voltage supply 5. An installation routine should start automatically and assists you throughout the installation process. Spanish. • EasyPort USB – station: connect the Port 3 (Analog I/O) of the EasyPort with the X2 socket of the analog terminal(4) of the PCS Compact-Workstation with a analog cable (5). Then click the “setup. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 19 .8 Selecting the set-up language Various languages can be selected for the installation routine including German. • EasyPort USB – PC: connect USB port of the EasyPort with PC with a USB cable (8). Insert the installation CD into the CD drive. English. Select language © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.7 Starting installation It is advisable to exit all other programmes before you start installing FluidLab PA. ® 5. • EasyPort USB – Power supply: connect the EasyPort power socket (.exe” file. If the installation routine does not start automatically.Installation 5. The language selection takes place in the first dialog box. open Windows Explorer and click the icon of the CD drive into which the CD has been inserted.6 Cable connections All cable connections are described as an example for a Compact-Workstation with EasyPort USB • EasyPort USB – station: connect the Port 1 (Digital I/O) of the EasyPort with the XMA1 socket of the I/O terminal (2) of the Compact-Workstation with a SysLink cable (3).

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software . you can click the “Back” button to return to the previous window. Click the “Next” button in order to continue to the next window. 20 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. Click the Cancel button in order to abort the installation process. In the windows that follow. ® Welcome window All of the subsequent windows included in the installation routine have the same layout.Installation 5.9 Welcome window The FluidLab PA version and the installer version are displayed in the welcome window.

® License agreement Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.10 License agreement In order to install FluidLab PA software. If you accept the agreement. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 21 . select the “I accept the agreement” option. you must accept the licence agreement.Installation 5. Read the licence agreement carefully.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software . click the “Next” button.g.ini” file manually with Notepad.exe e. Also for demo mode or false input the license can be changed in the information window. This file can be found in the main installation. lower case letters and blanks must be entered as seen below! If any entries are incorrect. you’ll need to enter your licence data during the installation process. Be sure to enter these fields correctly. The needed information can be found on the back site of your CD-ROM cover (fields labelled “User Name” and “Serial number”). Note You are able to change the license status by editing the “FGB. Upper case letters.11 Licence data In order to ensure that you are authorised to use the full version of FluidLab PA software. The file has to be layouted as follows: First line: License name + carriage return + line feed Second line: License key 22 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. after the successful installation of FluidLab® PA. ® Licence data After completing your entries. it will only be ® possible to use the demo version of FluidLab PA which has limited functionality.Installation 5.

® Destination location Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation.12 Destination location Select a destination folder to which all of the files for FluidLab PA software are to be copied.Installation 5. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 23 .

13 Components Select the components that you would like to install. 8. Components After selecting the desired components.Installation 5.Manuals Compact Workstation ® Description All required program files (without required files from other manufacturers) All required program files (without required files from other manufacturers) Runtime for Fluid Lab®-PA optional Yes Yes Yes Driver for data communication via RS 232 Manuals for MPS PA in English and German Manuals for Compact Workstation in English and German ® Yes Yes Yes 24 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.2.1 EzOCX Manuals MPS PA . click the “Next” button List of components Parameter Fluid Lab®-PA for CWS/EduKit PA Fluid Lab®-PA für MPS® PA LabView Runtime Environment. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 25 .1 MPS PA EzOCX Manuals ® Compact Workstation Manuals FluidLab® PA for MPS PA FluidLab PA for Compact Workstation User defined installation Full installation ® ® Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes X Yes © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation Component selection Parameter Components FluidLab® PA for MPS PA ® FluidLab PA for Compact Workstation ® LabView Runtime Env. 7.

where the shortcuts required for FluidLab PA will be created. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .14 Start menu folder Select the folder in the start menu. Note: You need an active Internet connection to use the Internet shortcuts. ® Select start menu folder Created shortcuts inside the start menu folder: • “Fluid Lab®-PA (CWS or EduKit PA)” – to start the software for Compact Workstation • “Fluid Lab®-PA (MPS-PA)” – to start the software for MPS®-PA • “Uninstall Fluid Lab®-PA” – to uninstall the FluidLab® PA software • Internet sub folder with: – Link to Festo Didactic home page – Link to Adiro home page • “Manuals” –Sub folder with links to the installed manuals • Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. 26 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation 5.

15 Additional tasks You can choose whether or not a desktop icon will be created for FluidLab PA. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation 5. ® Create a desktop icon Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 27 .

Ready to install Click the “Install” button in order to start the installation. Note The appearance of this window may vary depending upon the components to be installed.Installation 5. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .16 Ready to Install This window displays a summary of all of the selections you have made so far. 28 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Installation process © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. The length of time required for installation depends upon the PC specification. Please wait until the installation process has been completed. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 29 .17 The installation process The window shown below appears during installation. A progress bar shows the current status of the installation process. All required files are copied to the hard disk.Installation 5.

30 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation 5.18 Installation Active-X The installation of the Active-X is automatically started. Select Language Select language and click on „OK“. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 31 .Installation EzOcx32 Click on the “Next” button in order to start the installation. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

32 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation In order to install EasyPort Active X Control. Read the licence agreement carefully. End User License Agreement Click on the “Next” button. If you accept the agreement. you must accept the licence agreement. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . select the “I accept the agreement” option.

Installation Select User Group Selec user groupe and click on the “Next” button. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 33 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software .Installation Select the destination folder to which the driver files will be copied Select Destination Folder Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. 34 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Installation Select Program Manager Group Click on the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 35 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Start Installation Click on the “Next” button in order to start the installation.Installation Acknowledge once again if you want to install the driver. 36 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .

Installation Completed Click on the “Finish” button in order to end the installation.Installation Driver installation has been successfully completed. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 37 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Installation complete 38 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation After a successful installation of the FluidLab® PA software program files a window will appear as shown below. Click the “Finish” –button to complete. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . This is the end of the FluidLab® PA installation routine.

19 Installation Run-Time Engine 8. Run-Time Engine Setup Click the “Next” button to start the installation.2. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 39 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.1 The following window appears when the driver installation process has been completed.Installation 5.

Licence Agreement Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. If you accept the agreement.1. Read the licence agreement carefully.Installation In order to install Runtime Engine 8. 40 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.2. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . you must accept the licence agreement. select the “I accept the licence agreement” option“.

Installation Select Features Click the “Next” button in order to continue the installation. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 41 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

42 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . Ready to Install the Application Click the “Next” button in order to start the installation.2.Installation Acknowledge once again if you want to install Runtime Engine 8.1.

Notice It is recommended to restart your system after installation. Installation complete Click the “Finish” button to exit installation. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 43 . © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation Driver installation has been successfully completed.

Please note that only FluidLab PA files are removed during the uninstall process. Click ® “Uninstall FluidLab PA” in the start menu folder.20 Uninstall the FluidLab® PA FluidLab PA software can be automatically removed from your PC. ® ® 44 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Installation 5. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . not files from other manufacturers.

• FluidLab-PA Software 45 . FluidLab -PA icon for Compact Workstation/EduKit PA ® 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Start up window © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.6 Design and function 6.1 Start up window After the software is launched either by double clicking the icon on the desktop or clicking the shortcut in the start menu folder or double clicking the executable in the Windows Explorer the following window will appear.

Number 1 Function Open the “Measurement and Control” window for analyzing the system (not available in simulation mode) 2 3 Open the “Characteristics” window (not available in simulation mode) Open the “Closed loop – 2 point” window for realizing a 2 point closed loop control for the level system e.continuous” window for realizing a continuous closed loop control 5 6 7 Open the “Setup” window for setting up the FluidLab® PA software.g. “Save” button to create a new FluidLab® PA setup file or overwrite an existing one. From here you have access to all functionality. Language settings “Demoversion” if there is no valid serial number or user name Version of FluidLab® PA Initialise communication to EasyPort Indication of conneted EasyPort License name 9 10 11 12 13 14 46 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . 4 Open the “Closed loop .Design and function This window is the central element of the software. “Open” button for loading existing FluidLab® PA setup files. 8 Show information about FluidLab® PA software and license input for false input or demo mode.

2 Information Click the “Information” button in the main window. Information window If running in demo mode or at false input of the license the button “Lizenz” is visible. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. On right input the window will automatically close. A window appears containing various information such as copyrights and system requirements. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 47 .Design and function 6. See backside of the Fluidlab-PA CD for license information. License input Please enter your license name and code again.

Analog outputs in the setup window 48 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. Setup window Note Please note that this software in combination with the EasyPort DA is only for measuring voltage signals from 0 to 10VDC.Design and function 6.3 Software setup Click at the setup button in the start up window. Digital inputs/outputs in the setup window Check functions of analog actuators. The following window will appear. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . Check all functions of each binary sensor and actuator.

. = measure value * factor + Offset © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. has to be calculated. so the physical value can be shown.Design and function Note Output channel 0 and 1 of the EasyPort DA are swapped according to the assignment of the analog interface of the station (EduTrainer)! Analog input channel 0 The analog signal of the sensor. normally 0. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 49 ..10V.

9 b = − X 0 .9 x 10 The offset is found by shifting of the line’s initial point to the origin. factor “a” is calculated as follows: a= y − b 9. b = Offset.9 } Bb 0 Graph of straight line equation X Y Y X A a 10 V 50 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.33 L/min 0.33 a 0 .3 − 0 = = 0.9 0.3 to 9.0 litres per minute. In this case. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . x = measure value and y = physical value Example: A flow sensor reads out a voltage signal within a range of 0 to 10 V for a measuring range of 0.Design and function This conversion is based on a straight line equation: Y =a ⋅x +b Where: a = factor. = −0.0 − 0 = = 0 . x= y − b 0 .

. factor: Sensor: 0. offset: Sensor: 0..Design and function Example..10V so the factor has to be = 20 Example.10V. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 51 .100 bar Signal: 0.. for measurement 5 bar should be = 0V. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. 55 bar should be 5 Volt so the offset has to be = -5 Eventually the factor has to be adjusted.200 bar Signal: 0. too.

Standard value: 1 Offset Zero offset factor Standard value: 0 Filter For filtering the input signal (average value 0. Alternatively you have to load your preferred configuration every time you start Fluid Lab®-PA.Design and function Analog input channel description Component Channels Volts Factor Description Analog input channels 0…3 Input voltage of EasyPort Factor for multiplying the input voltage.txt” in the sub folder “Settings” is loaded.90 times). Standard value: The average value filter 0 physical value Einheitenfeld Max. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . It is possible to change the direction of the control ratio for 2-point and continous controllers. Note At the startup of Fluid Lab®-PA always the file “default. switch the button from “EASYPORT” to “Simulation” and close the setup window.. If you want to have the simulation mode selected every time you start Fluid Lab®-PA you should save the simulation settings in this file. Inverting control ratio 0 1 Inverting control ratio Description Positive control ratio Negative control ratio y-offset-pump For continous controller the pump can be set to an offset value of the controller ouput. physical value Indication of physical value Input field for physical unit Input field for maximum shown physical value for scale Simulation You can configure this software so you do not have to work with a Compact Workstation but in a simulation mode. 52 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. To do so.

\Chinese\ Regeln.1 The window texts in FluidLab® PA can be changed..\English\ Regeln..g..4..4 Changing texts FluidLab® PA is designed with multi language support.FRA . • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 53 ...SPA …\Swedish\Regeln. 6... The relevant files are located in subdirectories of the FluidLab® PA directory and differ by virtue of their suffix (file name extension): • • • • • • • German language text English language text French language text Spanish language text Swedish language text Chinese language text ..CHN © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.. .Design and function Note It is recommended to test every component before starting with FluidLab® PA to ensure that all hardware connections have been established successfully. Use an editor like Microsoft Editor e.SWE . The displayed window and popup texts are available in following languages: • • • • • • • German English French Spanish Swedish Chinese ..\French\ Regeln. other languages available upon request Window texts © 6.\Spanish\ Regeln...\German\ Regeln.GER ..ENG .

Only edit the text behind the colon! It is recommended to choose short texts for the window texts. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . Behind the colon the caption text begins. Note 54 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Design and function Microsoft Editor for editing window texts © Layout of the text file Every line starts with a number and a following colon. It is recommended not to change this layout.

which helps you to orientate with every single component on the window.\Chinese\ popup..SPA …\Swedish\popup.SWE .\Spanish\ popup. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 55 . The relevant files are located in subdirectories of the FluidLab® PA directory and differ by virtue of their suffix (file name extension): • • • • • • • German pop up texts English pop up texts French pop up texts Spanish pop up texts Swedish pop up texts Chinese pop up texts .ENG …\French\ popup.CHN Microsoft Editor for editing the pop up texts © Layout of the text file Every line starts with a number and a following colon. . Behind the colon the pop up text begins. Only edit the text behind the colon! © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.2 Pop up’s FluidLab® PA provides a “Pop up” function.4...Design and function 6.\German\ popup..FRA .. If you move the mouse over a component and leave it there for just a split second a text will come up to show you information about the component. It is recommended not to change this layout.GER …\English\ popup.. © The pop up’s are collected in a text file which can be opened with Microsoft Editor for example...

A submenu for setting will be opened. 6. Pop up for the proportional valve Note Please note that the length of the text must not exceed about 54 signs. position the mouse cursor on the displayed line and press the left mouse button.5 Graph adjustment The colors.Design and function To edit the text for the proportional valve for example (see picture below) edit line “21A4” in the text file. Graph adjustment 56 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. line styles. If the text is longer it will be cut off. To do this. of the single graphs in the diagram can be modified. Mulitline popup´s can be created with a spacer “#”. line width etc. All text files are prepared for the use of FluidLab® PA with the PCS Compact -Workstation. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Measuring and Control window Note This function is only available when used in combination with an EasyPort. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 57 . In the simulation mode this function is disabled. The “Measuring and Control” –function can be selected at the main window.Design and function 6. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.6 Measuring and Control The Measuring and Control window is to analyze your actual system and to control every single element of it.

40ms or higher) Digital input and outputs Pull-down menu fort he manipulated value. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .Design and function Tabelle der verfügbaren Funktionen im Messen und Steuern Fenster Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Function Switch on diagram zoom Switch off diagram zoom Select zoom zone Switch courser to basic form Select signals and colouor of the curves Select cycle time (min. can be switched ON/OFF by the button “control value ON/OFF” 9 10 11 12 13 14 Analogue outputs 0 … 10V Start/Stop reading of the values control value ON/OFF Cursor analysis fort he recorded curves Reset cursor to the left upper corner of the graph Print window (screenshot) Save window (screenshot) as JPG Save values to ASCII file 15 16 Auto scaling ON/OFF Start postion of curser 58 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Presetting: Click the “delete”-button to delete an old measurement. After you have done that do your measurement and solve the exercise. 8. 7. After that it will change to a “stop”-button with which you will have to stop the measurement again before proceeding. Use the “Cursor analysis” for analyzing the system response. Just start at the top of the tool bar at the right side of the window and move down step by step.und ausschalten um ein Signal auf die Pumpe zu geben.6. 3. © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. 6. Choose the digital outputs. (To work with the flow rate sensor choose channel 1) 2. Documentation: Save the window as a picture (JPG-file) on your system or print it to a connected printer. Set manipulated value to „DOUT3 pump“ 5. Press the “start”-button to start the measurement. Flow rate system: Ensure output bit 2 is disabled (digital control of the pump) 4. 1.Design and function 6. It is recommended to do this step before every new measurement exercise. Choose the analog input channel to display at the graph.1 Example of how to measure a system response This example describes how to measure a system response of the flow rate system for working with the PCS Compact-Workstation. Stellgröße ein. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 59 . The window is layouted to be able to work in the easiest way possible.

Design and function 6. • flow rate of the pump for the voltage 0 … 10V and 10V … 0V • pressure rate of the pump for the voltage 0 … 10V and 10V … 0V • coherence between flow rate and pressure for a specific voltage 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Window Characteristics 60 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .7 Characteristics Characteristic curves can be mearued in this menu.

Design and function Tabelle der verfügbaren Funktionen im KennlinieFenster Number 1 2 3 Function Curve Clear diagram or open a bmp file Selection of recording characteristic curve –experiment: 1. input slider for experiment 3. Indication of the voltage curve for experiment 1. flow rate of the pump for the voltage 0 … 10V and 10V … 0V pressure rate of the pump for the voltage 0 … 10V and 10V … 0V coherence between flow rate and pressure for a specific voltage 4 5 6 7 8 9 Digital inputs Analogue inputs Digital outputs Select analogue output Setting of the experiment time [s] for experiment 1. 3. 2.. or 2. or 2. 10 11 12 Start/Stopp experiment Cursor analysis Print window (screenshot) Save window (screenshot) as JPG Save values to ASCII file © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 61 .

point control for example for the level system. • FluidLab-PA Software 62 .6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Closed loop – 2 point control window in simulation mode © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.8 Closed loop – 2 point With the “Closed loop – 2 point”-function you are able to realize a closed loop 2.

8. • Stop the closed loop control with the “Stop”-button(10) • Documentation(13) © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.1 Procedure using EasyPort and Simulation • Select control system (3) • diagram and settings are set automatically • Set controller’s parameters (6) – Set point (7) and switching difference (8). • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 63 .Design and function Tabelle der verfügbaren Funktionen im Regeln Zweipunkt Fenster Nummer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Funktion Curve Clear diagram or open a bmp file Select control system Switch ON/OFF simulation window (only accessible if using Simulation mode) Digital inputs Select manipulated output Setting set point value SP Setting of switching distance Simulation window of the system Start/Stopp experiment Print window (screenshot) Save window (screenshot) as JPG Save values to ASCII file 12 Auto scaling ON/OFF 6. • For simulation additionally: select simulation switch ON(3) • Start the closed loop control with the “Start”-button(10).

Design and function 6. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .9 Closed loop . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Window of closed loop control (continuous) of the level system in simulation mode 64 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.Continuous With the “Closed loop – continuous”-function you are able to realize a continuous closed loop control for the pressure system for example.

Design and function Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Function Curve Clear diagram or open a bmp file Select Closed-Loop Switch ON/OFF simulation window (only accessible if using Simulation mode) Settings for process value will be automatically selected Setting setpoint Select manipulated output Setting set point value SP Simulation window of the system (only accessible if using Simulation mode) Setting of controller type and parameters Open controller block function diagram Start/Stopp experiment Print window (screenshot) Save window (screenshot) as JPG Save values to ASCII file 14 Auto scaling ON/OFF © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 65 .

– Watch and work with the closed loop control. With this slide bar you are able to influence the set point.as the case may be you have to change the file filter in the appearing open dialog to “all files (*. This file can be imported in Microsoft Excel e.g.9. • Stop the closed loop control with the “Stop”-button (12) • Documentation(13) manual / automatic operation In the middle of the window you can find a switch(?).1 • • • • Procedure using EasyPort and Simulation Select control system (3) For simulation additionally: select switch ON(4) Choose the controller you prefer and set its parameters( 10).9. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . 6. Example how to import the data file into Microsoft Excel: 1 2 3 4 5 Record the measuring Click the button „ASCII“(13) to save the values to a file © Open Mircosoft Excel Open the saved file (Menu “File” Open . for further documentation. Start the closed loop control with the “Start”-button (12). You are able to choose between automatic or manual operation At manual operation activated a slide bar.Design and function 6.*)”) Follow the convert assistant as shown below © 66 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.2 Saving results as ASCII files Using this function (the button 13 _Excelbutton can be found in the lower right corner in the screenshot above) you are able to save the graph values in an ASCII © file.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 67 . Step 1 of 3 © Options to choose at Step 1 of 3: Original file type: separated Click on „Next >“ Microsoft Excel convert-assistant.Design and function Microsoft Excel convert-assistant. Step 2 of 3 © © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Step 3 of 3 © Options to choose at Step 3 of 3: Data format of columns: Click on „finish“ Standard The data will now be imported into Excel.Design and function Options to choose at Step 2 of 3: Use successive separators as one sign Separator: tabulator blank Sign to identify text: “ Click on „Next >“ Microsoft Excel convert-assistant. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . 68 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

© Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.7 Trouble shooting 7. then factor and offset must be set in the setup window (spanner icon). • FluidLab-PA Software 69 . Measured values are wrong! If the values do not correspond with the physical quantities. • The green connection status LED on the EasyPort must flash. on off t LED flashes with short pause and long pulse – connection active on off t LED flashes with same pause and pulse – connection inactive • Terminate the software after changing the value and save the data (diskette icon). then quit the menu and restart the software.1 Measured values No measured values appear • Check whether voltage is applied to the system • Check whether all cables are properly connected. • Check whether the mode dip switches of the EasyPort are correctly set.

Trouble shooting 7.2 User interface FluidLab® PA does not start • LabVIEW Runtime environment not installed Window image too small • The software is set to 800 x 600 pixels or higher. For online support please contact our competence center for process automation info@adiro. © Set your window to this resolution in Windows . You may have to set them to the momentary measured values. but there are no lines in the diagram • Check the minimum and maximum scale values. • Check the colors of the characteristic curves (white on white?) Measured values exhibit extreme oscillation • Change the default for filtering of the signals.com 70 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . Measured values appear.

8 Appendix 8. All results shown refer to the work with PCS Compact-Workstation. • FluidLab-PA Software 71 . System response flow rate system © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.1 Examples for system responses See screen shots below for detailed information of how to measure system responses with FluidLab-PA.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software .Appendix System response level system without compensation 72 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 73 .Appendix System response of level system with compensation © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software .Appendix System response pressure system 74 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

Appendix System response of temperature system © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 75 .

Closed loop control of level system 76 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.2 Examples for closed loop controls See screen shots below for detailed information of how to run closed loop controls with Process Lab.Appendix 8. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software . All results shown refer to the work with PCS Compact-Workstation.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 77 .Appendix Closed loop control of flow rate system with disturbances © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software .Appendix Closed loop control of pressure system via pump 78 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

• Fluid Lab®–PA Software 79 .Appendix Closed loop control of pressure system via proportional valve © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.

6 - PI (DIN) w = 0.3 w = 0. valve switching Pressure pump Pressure prop.6 w = 0.0 TN = 1. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .0 TN = 1. Controller Level Flow rate pump Flow rate prop.5 KP = 1.0 wmax= 1.0 w = 0.3 KP = 5.0 TV = 0.0 TN = 1.0 wmax= 0.5 wmax= 1.6 .0 TV = 1.0 wmax= 0.5 KP = 0.3 KP = 5.1 wmax= 1.0 - - I w = 0.3 TN = 2.0 wmax= 0.0 wmax= 0.5 KP = 1.0 better KP = 0.0 wmax= 0.3 Controller parameters The following table shows examples for controller parameters for the work with PCS Compact-Workstation.5 KP = 1.6 w = 0.0 wmax= 1.55 - w = 0.Appendix 8.6 - PI w = 0.0 w = 0.0 TN = 2.4 TN = 3. valve Temperature 2-point X - continuous - - X P w = 0.3 KP = 5.0 TN = 1.0 wmax= 0.3 KP = 1.0 wmax= 1.15 KP = 1.0 TN = 6.no oscillation w = 0.0 - PID - 80 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.5 KP = 1.

Appendix 8. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software 81 .and outputs Output Bit 0 Description 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Input Bit 0 Description 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.4 Empty I/O assignment list Digital in.

Appendix Analog in. • Fluid Lab®–PA Software .and outputs Output Channel 0 Description 1 2 3 Input Channel 0 Description 1 82 © Festo Didactic GmbH & Co.