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ToolboxST™ Guide
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Contents
Chapter 1 About ToolboxST 1-1

System Requirements ................................................................................................................................1-1 Installation.................................................................................................................................................1-2 Command Line Arguments .......................................................................................................................1-5 Licensing ...................................................................................................................................................1-9 Installing the UPD..........................................................................................................................1-9 Reinstalling UPD ...........................................................................................................................1-9 Acronyms and Abbreviations ..................................................................................................................1-10

Chapter 2 System Configuration

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System Editor ............................................................................................................................................2-1 Opening and Creating Systems ......................................................................................................2-1 Components ...................................................................................................................................2-3 Grouping Components ...................................................................................................................2-4 Moving and Copying Components ................................................................................................2-4 Configuring External Devices........................................................................................................2-5 Saving Systems ..............................................................................................................................2-5 Configuration Files ........................................................................................................................2-6 Menu Reference .............................................................................................................................2-8 System Information Editor ......................................................................................................................2-10 Alarm Classes ..............................................................................................................................2-10 Format Specifications...................................................................................................................2-12 Measurement Systems..................................................................................................................2-14 HMI Resources ............................................................................................................................2-14 System Database (SDB) ..........................................................................................................................2-15 EGD Configuration Server......................................................................................................................2-16 Working Online with the EGD Configuration Server..................................................................2-17 ToolboxST/EGD Configuration Server Interaction .....................................................................2-17 Viewing Differences ....................................................................................................................2-18 Configuring an External EGD Device .........................................................................................2-19

Chapter 3 Software

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Software Configuration Hierarchy .................................................................................................3-1 Variables ........................................................................................................................................3-2 Function Blocks .............................................................................................................................3-2 User Block Libraries ......................................................................................................................3-3 Instancing.......................................................................................................................................3-3 Unlink Property..............................................................................................................................3-4 User Block Definitions...................................................................................................................3-6 Library Container Editor ...........................................................................................................................3-8 Library Container Editor/Libraries...............................................................................................3-11 Property Editor.............................................................................................................................3-14 Exporting a Table Definition .......................................................................................................3-15 Online Display and Changes........................................................................................................3-16 Using Table Definitions in Software Application Code...............................................................3-17 Adding a User Block Definition...................................................................................................3-18 Sorting User Block Definitions ....................................................................................................3-19 User Block Variables ...................................................................................................................3-19

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Summary Tab ..........................................................................................................................................3-23 Block Diagram Editor..............................................................................................................................3-24 Diagram Shortcut Menu ...............................................................................................................3-25 Layout Modes...............................................................................................................................3-25 Managing Blocks .........................................................................................................................3-26 Wiring Block Pins ........................................................................................................................3-27 Block Shape Shortcut Menu.........................................................................................................3-28 Connecting Pins ...........................................................................................................................3-29 Modifying Live Values ................................................................................................................3-30 Shape Drawing Tools ...................................................................................................................3-32 Additional Toolbar Buttons..........................................................................................................3-35 Diagram Settings..........................................................................................................................3-35 Rung Editor ..................................................................................................................................3-37 Application Documentation .........................................................................................................3-40 Application Software Examples...................................................................................................3-40

Chapter 4 Mark VIe Component Editor

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Summary View..........................................................................................................................................4-2 Property Editor ..........................................................................................................................................4-2 Component InfoView ................................................................................................................................4-3 Security......................................................................................................................................................4-4 Passwords.......................................................................................................................................4-4 Password Caching ..........................................................................................................................4-5 Viewing Protection Status ..............................................................................................................4-6 Protected Objects ...........................................................................................................................4-7 Data Grids..................................................................................................................................................4-8 Editing Data ...................................................................................................................................4-8 Organizing Columns ......................................................................................................................4-9 Copying and Moving Data ...........................................................................................................4-10 General Tab .............................................................................................................................................4-11 Attributes......................................................................................................................................4-13 Attribute Value Editor..................................................................................................................4-14 Network Adapters ........................................................................................................................4-15 Hardware Tab ..........................................................................................................................................4-16 Network Redundancy...................................................................................................................4-17 Adding Modules...........................................................................................................................4-18 Organizing Modules.....................................................................................................................4-21 Modifying Modules......................................................................................................................4-22 Special Modules ...........................................................................................................................4-22 Viewing Modules .........................................................................................................................4-41 Inputs/Outputs Tabs .....................................................................................................................4-43 ExtraCircuits Tab .........................................................................................................................4-43 Reporting Module Data................................................................................................................4-45 Upgrading Modules......................................................................................................................4-47 Working Online............................................................................................................................4-47 Diagnosing Modules ....................................................................................................................4-49 Software Tab ...........................................................................................................................................4-52 Programs Item ..............................................................................................................................4-52 Adding a Program ........................................................................................................................4-55 Adding a Task ..............................................................................................................................4-56 Adding a User Block ....................................................................................................................4-57 Table Definitions..........................................................................................................................4-57 User Block....................................................................................................................................4-61 Editing Variables..........................................................................................................................4-66 Dynamic Data Recorder (DDR) Tab .......................................................................................................4-69 Configuring DDR.........................................................................................................................4-69 Status Variables............................................................................................................................4-71 Adding Variables .........................................................................................................................4-72 Updating DDR .............................................................................................................................4-73

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Importing and Exporting DDR.....................................................................................................4-73 DDR Setup ...................................................................................................................................4-74 Ethernet Global Data (EGD) Tab ............................................................................................................4-78 EGD Configuration ......................................................................................................................4-79 Produced Pages ............................................................................................................................4-79 Editing Produced Pages................................................................................................................4-80 Page Compression........................................................................................................................4-81 Variables ......................................................................................................................................4-82 Editing Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time ................................................................4-83 EGD Diagnostics..........................................................................................................................4-85 EGD Configuration Server Tab....................................................................................................4-87 EGD Configuration Server Reports .............................................................................................4-88 Referenced Devices......................................................................................................................4-88 Modbus Slave Tab...................................................................................................................................4-90 Configuring Modbus Slave ..........................................................................................................4-91 Ethernet ........................................................................................................................................4-91 Interface .......................................................................................................................................4-91 Serial Settings ..............................................................................................................................4-92 Additional Settings.......................................................................................................................4-92 Mark VIe Tools .......................................................................................................................................4-94 Reports .........................................................................................................................................4-94 Forced Variables ........................................................................................................................4-102 Global Variables ........................................................................................................................4-103 Watch Windows.........................................................................................................................4-104 Control Constants.......................................................................................................................4-105 Importing and Exporting Control Constants ..............................................................................4-107

Chapter 5 Working Online With a Mark VIe Component

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Connecting to a Controller ........................................................................................................................5-1 Status Tab..................................................................................................................................................5-2 Controller Attributes ......................................................................................................................5-3 Downloading to a Controller .....................................................................................................................5-5 Download Command .....................................................................................................................5-5 Controller Initial Setup...................................................................................................................5-6 Download Wizard ..........................................................................................................................5-7 Upload Wizard ...............................................................................................................................5-9 Diagnostics Views...................................................................................................................................5-11 Controller Diagnostics View........................................................................................................5-11 I/O Diagnostic View ....................................................................................................................5-12 Administer Totalizers ..............................................................................................................................5-12 Totalizer Passwords .....................................................................................................................5-14 Modifying Totalizer Values ....................................................................................................................5-16

Chapter 6 Finder

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Find Methods.............................................................................................................................................6-2 Replace Options ........................................................................................................................................6-4

Chapter 7 Trender

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Accessing a Trender Window ...................................................................................................................7-1 Trender Window Features .........................................................................................................................7-2 Trender Toolbar .............................................................................................................................7-3 Data Toolbar ..................................................................................................................................7-3 Working in Trender ...................................................................................................................................7-3 Acquiring Data...............................................................................................................................7-3 Adding Traces ................................................................................................................................7-3 Live Trends ....................................................................................................................................7-4

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Capture Buffer Trends....................................................................................................................7-4 Static File Trends ...........................................................................................................................7-5 Obtaining Data ...............................................................................................................................7-6 Trender Concepts.......................................................................................................................................7-6 Chapters .........................................................................................................................................7-6 Cursors ...........................................................................................................................................7-7 Value ScreenTips ...........................................................................................................................7-7 Events.............................................................................................................................................7-8 Working With Trender Data......................................................................................................................7-9 Graph View Options.......................................................................................................................7-9 Grid Lines.......................................................................................................................................7-9 Sample Markers ...........................................................................................................................7-10 Time Axis.....................................................................................................................................7-11 Traces ...........................................................................................................................................7-11 Auto-Range Trace ........................................................................................................................7-11 Manual Range Adjustment...........................................................................................................7-12 Trace Colors .................................................................................................................................7-12 Hiding Traces ...............................................................................................................................7-12 Statistical Calculations .................................................................................................................7-13 Exchanging Trender Data........................................................................................................................7-13 Exporting to a File........................................................................................................................7-13 Printing Graphs ............................................................................................................................7-14

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Network Adapters......................................................................................................................................8-1 EGD Configuration ...................................................................................................................................8-2 Produced Pages..........................................................................................................................................8-3 Editing Produced Pages.............................................................................................................................8-4 Page Compression .....................................................................................................................................8-5 Variables....................................................................................................................................................8-5 Editing Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time .............................................................................8-6 Referenced Devices ...................................................................................................................................8-7 Implementation Profile..............................................................................................................................8-8 Viewing Live Data Values ......................................................................................................................8-10 EGD Diagnostics..........................................................................................................................8-11 EGD Configuration Server Tab...............................................................................................................8-12 Menus ......................................................................................................................................................8-13 File Menu .....................................................................................................................................8-13 Edit Menu.....................................................................................................................................8-13 View Menu...................................................................................................................................8-13 Device Menu ................................................................................................................................8-14 Help Menu....................................................................................................................................8-14

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Accessing the CMS Administrator Tool....................................................................................................9-1 Repository Menu .......................................................................................................................................9-4 Selecting a Repository....................................................................................................................9-5 Creating a Repository.....................................................................................................................9-6 Deleting a Repository.....................................................................................................................9-6 Backing Up a Repository ...............................................................................................................9-7 Restoring a Repository ...................................................................................................................9-7 Users Menu................................................................................................................................................9-8 Adding a User ................................................................................................................................9-8 Deleting a User...............................................................................................................................9-9 Editing a User.................................................................................................................................9-9 Tools Menu..............................................................................................................................................9-10 Starting the Server........................................................................................................................9-10 Stopping the Server ......................................................................................................................9-10

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Adjusting the Settings ..................................................................................................................9-11 CMS Client Interface...............................................................................................................................9-12 File Menu ................................................................................................................................................9-14 Connecting to the Server..............................................................................................................9-14 Adding a System ..........................................................................................................................9-14 Deleting a System ........................................................................................................................9-14 Setting Working Folder................................................................................................................9-14 View Menu..............................................................................................................................................9-15 Refreshing System View..............................................................................................................9-15 Clearing Status Window ..............................................................................................................9-15 Source Menu ...........................................................................................................................................9-15 Retrieving a Configuration...........................................................................................................9-15 Modifying a Configuration ..........................................................................................................9-16 Labeling a Configuration .............................................................................................................9-16 Tools Menu .............................................................................................................................................9-17

Chapter 10 Tree File Importer

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Running the Tree File Importer...............................................................................................................10-1

Chapter 11 Reference

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Menus......................................................................................................................................................11-1 Edit Menu.....................................................................................................................................11-1 View Menu...................................................................................................................................11-2 Device Menu ................................................................................................................................11-2 Options Menu...............................................................................................................................11-3 Help Menu ...................................................................................................................................11-3

Glossary of Terms Index

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Chapter 1 About ToolboxST
The ControlST CD includes the ToolboxST application and support packages for the various components. Before you install the software: • • It is recommended that you exit all Windows programs. All products are installed under a common folder on your hard disk. You can define this location the first time you install the CD, but any subsequent releases will be installed to the previously defined location. No license key is required to install this product, but to run the ToolboxST application after installation, a valid hardware key (dongle) plugged into any Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is required. Refer to the section, Licensing.
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System Requirements
The following are minimum hardware and operating system requirements needed to run the ToolboxST application.
Processor Operating System Memory Hard drive Monitor Drive Network 1 GHz Pentium III Microsoft Windows 2000 1024 megabytes (MB) RAM 20 gigabytes (GB) XGA display (1024 x 768 x 64K colors) CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Ethernet network adapter
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Installation
To install the software 1 Place the CD in the CD-ROM drive. The installation starts automatically. Note If the installation does not start automatically, use Windows Explorer to navigate to your CD-ROM drive and run GEControlST Install.exe. 2 3 4 5 The Welcome dialog box displays. Click Next. The License Agreement dialog box displays. To continue the installation, you must accept this agreement. Select Agree. Click Next. The User Information dialog box displays. Enter information for this dialog box as appropriate. Click Next. The Destination Folder dialog box displays. If this is the first time the ToolboxST application has been installed on this computer, the browse button allows you to change the default install location (C:\Program Files\GE Energy\). If this is a subsequent installation, this dialog box displays where this version of the product will be installed. Click Next. The Select Features dialog box displays and allows you to select which features to install or not install. All components will be installed by default.

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To select components not to install, click the icon to the left of the component name and select the red X.

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Once your selections are made, click the Next button until the installation starts. Click the Finish button when the installation has completed successfully.

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To remove or change the ToolboxST application From the Start menu, select Settings, Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs.

Use the scroll bar to find GE ControlST-Vxx.xx.xx, where Vxx.xx.xx is the component version.

Click Change to and or Remove to uninstall features from the installation.

You can install multiple versions of the ToolboxST application. If a new version is included, the desktop and Start menu update to reflect the most recently installed version. The Add/Remove Programs option lists all installed versions. Once you install a newer version, you can remove previous versions of the product from your computer unless you need to retain them for compatibility. Note Always install new versions of the ToolboxST application before removing older versions to preserve your personal settings. To upgrade the ToolboxST application Install the new version. Refer to the section, Installation. The icons on your desktop and in your Start menu will be updated to start the most recently installed version. GE ControlST software supports a variety of controllable equipment. This support software contains updated firmware for the equipment and configuration tools that are available as component editors inside a GE ControlST system. When you install a new version of the application, newer versions of some components may be installed as well. To use the new versions in an existing system, you must upgrade each component separately.

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To upgrade a component 1 2 3 Install new software for the component type that you want to upgrade by installing the latest version of the ToolboxST application. Start the ToolboxST application and open the system file. Double-click a component to open its Component Editor. From the File menu, select Upgrade. The Product Upgrade Wizard displays.

Click Next.

Select the new version, and then click Finish to upgrade the component.

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Command Line Arguments
ToolboxST contains the following command line arguments: • EGD Management Tool (EMT) arguments, including /EGDAction:ADD /EGDDevice: /EGDAction:MODIFY /EGDDevice: • • • • • Go To Variable Go To Hardware Diagnostic Go To Locator -NoSplash Archive a ToolboxST System

Note If ToolboxST is already opened, starting it again with the /variable option sends a message to the already running ToolboxST to cause it to navigate to the appropriate location.

EMT
The EMT opens a ToolboxST system and navigates to the EGD configuration tab of a component. It can also add a device with a specified producer ID. Note If EMT command line arguments are used, the /Variable, /VariableDevice, /Hardware Diagnostic, and /Navigate to Locator arguments are ignored. Standard Action Arguments /EGDAction:ADD /EGDDevice allows a device to be added. Note Using /EGDAction:ADD requires no /EGDDevice identifier. The application started determines the ProducerID(s) and device names(s) to be used. /EGDAction:MODIFY /EGDDevice:<producer ID> allows the device-assigned Producer ID to be modified. /EGDCollection:<collection name> is defined for tools that can manage collections of device configurations. Collection names are defined in the GuiDevice.xml file. EMT Argument Rules The following rules apply to EMT arguments: • • The /EGDAction must be the first argument, followed by the /EGDDevice argument. Only one set of //EGDAction and /EGDDevice pairs should be defined.

The ProducerID value must be represented as a four-byte unsigned integer. An IP address in dotted-quad format must be converted to the unsigned decimal equivalent before it can be used in the argument (for example: the IP address 1.2.3.4 converts to the value 67305985). To provide consistency, a common set of command arguments are defined for each application. The standard format is /<keyword>:<value>

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where / (slash) is a required delimiter start of an argument. <keyword> defines the operation or action (the <, > are not used). : (colon) is a required delimiter that separates the keyword and value. <value> defines the value to be used in the operation or action (the <, > are not used).

Formatting Command Line Arguments
The following rules apply to all command line arguments: • • • • • • Process keywords, ignoring case. Process values, ignoring case. Do not use spaces around colons (:) and after slashes (/). A space is required between keyword-value pairs (Example: after MODIFY and before /EGDDevice). The /EGDAction must be the first argument, followed by the /EGDDevice argument. Define only one set of //EGDAction and /EGDDevice pairs.

Go To Variable
/Variable:<variableName> [/VariableDevice:<deviceName>] searches a ToolboxST control for the first write occurrence of the specified variable. If never written, the first read-only location is used. If the variable is not found, a message box displays. If the first command line argument is a valid path to a .tcw file, that system file is used for the variable search. Otherwise, the first file in the most recently started ToolboxST system is opened. Note If the EMT command line arguments are used, the /Variable and /VariableDevice arguments are ignored. Opening a ToolboxST System If the first command line argument is a valid path to a .tcw file, that system file is used for the variable search. Otherwise, the first file in the most recently started ToolboxST system is opened. Opening a ToolboxST Component and Navigating to a Variable The format for ToolboxST variable names is <deviceName>.<variableName> The search for the variable uses the deviceName component of the system. The /VariableDevice keyword can also be used to specify a particular device to search. This is useful for third-party interfaces where you may want to control the device that is searched (see the third example below). A message displays if nothing is found in the component.

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Examples ToolboxST /Variable: G1.Var - the G1 component of the most recently loaded ToolboxST system will be searched. ToolboxST c:\site\mySystem\mySystem.tcw /Variable: G1.Var - the G1 component of the c:\site\mySystem\MySystem.tcw system will be searched. ToolboxST /Variable:ext1.myPermissive /VariableDevice: G2 - the G2 component of the most recently loaded ToolboxST system will be searched. In this example, G2 references an external EGD device variable. Use the /VariableDevice option to open the G2 component.

Go To Hardware Diagnostic
/HardwareDiagnostic:<devName> [.HardwareGroup] - navigates to either the Device Diagnostics window or the Hardware Module Group. If the first command line argument is a valid path to a .tcw file, that system file is used for the variable search. Otherwise, the first file in the most recently started ToolboxST system is opened. Examples /HardwareDiagnostic:Marky This causes the last opened system to be opened, the Marky controller to be opened, and the Device Diagnostic window to display (View/Diagnostics/Controller Diagnostics item). /HardwareDiagnostic:Marky.23GROUP This causes the last opened system to be opened, the Marky controller to be opened, and the Hardware tab 23GROUP hardware group to be selected.

Go To Locator
This argument opens any locator string displayed in the Find Results tab. /NavigateToLocator:<locator string shown in Find results> If the first command line argument is a valid path to a .tcw file, that system file is used for the variable search. Otherwise, the first file in the most recently started ToolboxST system is opened. To open a ToolboxST component and navigate to a desired point, use the Finder to search for a string in a component. Then, from the Find Results tab, select one of the locator text strings, as shown in the window below.

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Copy the selected find results to the clipboard to use as a locator command argument. ToolboxST will open the Mark VIe component, then navigate to the specified CALC block in the software.

-NoSplash
If the text –NoSplash is contained in an argument, the splash screen will not display when the ToolboxST application starts.

Archive a ToolboxST System
This argument opens the most recent ToolboxST system, creates a system archive, then exits the system. Archiving the most recent ToolboxST can be overridden by using the first argument to specify the path to the desired system. The target file name is optional. If not specified, the file name is the ToolboxST system name plus the creation date and time. If the target file name is a directory, the archive file is placed in that directory with the file name of the ToolboxST system name plus the creation date and time. Examples ToolboxST /Archive The most recent system is opened. An archive.zip file, with the opened system name and date/time, is created. The archive is placed in the parent folder for the ToolboxST system. If the parent folder cannot be opened, the archive is placed in the ToolboxST system’s working folder. ToolboxST c:\MySystem.tcw /archive The system c:\MySystem.tcw is opened. An archive.zip file, with the opened system name and date/time, is created. The archive is placed in the parent folder for the ToolboxST system. If the parent folder cannot be opened, the archive is placed in the ToolboxST system’s working folder. ToolboxST c:\MySystem.tcw /archive:c:\MyArchiveFolder\MySystemArchive.zip The system c:\MySystem.tcw is opened. An archive.zip file, with the specified archive name, is created. ToolboxST c:\MySystem.tcw /archive:c:\MyArchiveFolder

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The system c:\MySystem.tcw is opened. An archive.zip file, with the opened system name and date/time, is created. The archive is placed in the specified folder.

Licensing
To use the GE ControlST system software, you must purchase a license. The license includes a hardware key, called a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Protection Device (UPD). Hardware keys are also known as dongles.

USB Protection Device (UPD or dongle)

The UPD must be installed in an empty USB port on your computer. Each UPD is programmed at the factory with one or more application keys that control access to software products produced by GE. The ToolboxST application will only function if your UPD contains a valid ToolboxST application key.

Installing the UPD
It is very important to NOT plug the UPD into your computer until after you have installed the ToolboxST application.

To install the UPD 1 2 Install the ToolboxST application (refer to the section, Installation). Plug the UPD into any empty USB port on your computer.

Only one UPD may be installed at a time. If you have valid licenses for more than one product, your UPD must contain a valid application key for each product. Note If you install the UPD before installing the ToolboxST application, the device may appear to be installed, but it will not be associated with the correct drivers.You can correct this after the application is installed with the Reinstalling UPD procedure.

Reinstalling UPD
To reinstall the UPD 1 2 3 4 5 Save and close any open applications/systems. Unplug the UPD. From Windows, click Start, Settings, and then select Control Panel. From the Control Panel, select Administrative Tools and Computer Management and use the Device Manager to reinstall the UPD. Reinstall the UPD. Windows should now detect the UPD and reinstall it with the correct drivers.

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To make sure that the UPD is correctly installed and your ToolboxST installation is correctly licensed, start the application. If the installation is not correct, the following dialog box displays.

Check that you have installed the proper UPD correctly and click Retry.

Acronyms and Abbreviations
EGD EU HMI NVRAM OPC SDB SOE TMR UDH UDP UPD USB xml
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Ethernet Global Data, a control network and communication protocol Engineering Units Human-Machine Interface, usually a computer with CIMPLICITY software Non-volatile Random Access Memory OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) process control server System Database Sequence of Events, a record of high-speed contact closures Triple modular redundant, uses three sets of controllers and I/O Unit Data Highway, links the controllers to the HMI servers User Datagram Protocol, a connectionless protocol that runs on top of IP networks USB Protective Device Universal Serial Bus, connections for computer and peripherals eXtensible Markup Language (a file format)
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Chapter 2 System Configuration
System Editor
When you start the ToolboxST application, the first window that displays is an empty System Editor.

Before you can begin using the ToolboxST application, you must create or open a system. Systems contain components, which are the basic unit representing devices or tools in the system. A system is stored in its own folder on disk, which contains both a .tcw configuration file and a collection of supporting files and folders representing the system components. Refer to the section, Configuration Files.

Opening and Creating Systems
To create a new system 1 From the File menu, select New System to display the New System dialog box.

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Specify the working directory to contain the new system by typing in a path or by clicking the Browse button. (If you enter a path that does not exist, the ToolboxST application creates it for you.) Enter a name for the system. Some characters are prohibited; if you enter an invalid character, a small red exclamation mark displays. Click OK to create the new system. The new system is created, and opens in the System Editor.

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To open an existing system 1 2 From the File menu, select Open System. Locate the .tcw configuration file for the system and select Open. The system displays in the System Editor.

When a system is open, the System Editor displays overview information about the components in the system. The window consists of three major areas as displayed.
The Summary View displays a graphic representation of all system components and their network connectivity.

The Tree View displays a list of all components in the system.

The Property Editor allows you to edit the selected component.

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Components
Systems consist of multiple components. Components display in both the Tree View and the Summary View of the System Editor. Since the System Editor serves as a navigation tool to open more detailed Component Editors for editing or viewing system components, you can double-click most components to edit them. A list of common components and the icon that represents them in the Tree View is as follows: Icon Component
System Group of Components Printer Library Container Network Trender Window External Device (not associated with an application)

You can add components to the root component of a system (represented by the icon) or a group (represented by a icon). Some components display a wizard or dialog box that prompts you for additional information when you add them to the system. To add a component In the Tree View, right-click a parent component (either a system or a group), select Insert New, then select the desired component type. Existing components can also be imported from a file. To import an existing component In the Tree View, right-click a parent component (either a system or a group), select Insert Existing, then select Device. Select the Device .xml file for the component to be imported and click Open. To open the editor for a component In the Tree View, select a component. Then, from the Edit menu, select Selected Component. Or, In the Tree View or Summary View, double-click a component. To import an existing library container In the Tree View, right-click a parent component (either a system or a group), select Insert Existing, then select Library Container. Select the Library .xml file for the component to be imported and click Open.

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Grouping Components
The ToolboxST application provides a special component called group to help you organize system components. Groups are similar to file folders in that they can contain one or more other components (including additional groups). You can use groups to create any organizational system that you like, including division by physical component location and a variety of logical divisions.

Groups

Moving and Copying Components
Components can be moved within a ToolboxST application using a drag-and drop operation. Drag-and-drop editing is only available if the System Editor is in View By Group mode, as the components are automatically organized when View By Type mode is selected. The default drag-and-drop operation for most components is move. Some components support a secondary drag-and-drop operation (usually copy) that can be accessed by holding down the CTRL key while dragging. The cursor changes to one of the following cursors during a drag-and-drop operation to indicate the predicted outcome of the operation: • • indicates that the item being dragged cannot be dropped at the location currently beneath the cursor. indicates that the item being dragged will be moved to the location beneath the cursor. indicates that the item being dragged will be copied and the copy will be placed at the location beneath the cursor

Most components can be moved and copied in the Tree View, with a few exceptions: • • • Library Containers cannot be contained inside groups, so they can only be copied to the system item and never moved. When a group is copied, a new group is created. The contents of the old group remain in place and are not copied to the new group. No drag-and-drop operations are supported for networks.

Tip You can import components and Library Containers from either another copy of the ToolboxST application or from the Windows file system using drag-and-drop operations. (To import from the file system, drag the Device.xml or Library.xml file that represents the component.)

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Configuring External Devices
When you add an External Device to the system, you must configure the component with information about both the external application and the configuration file connected to the device. When an External Device is properly configured, the external application starts and opens the configuration device when the component is double-clicked in the ToolboxST application. If the configuration for the external device is stored in a file with a special extension, you can specify the path to the configuration file and omit the path to the external application. The ToolboxST application will automatically open the application associated with the configuration file. In all other cases, you must specify the exact application to be run for the external device. To configure an external device 1 From the Tree View, select an External Device to configure. (External devices that have not been configured are represented by a question mark icon.) In the Property Editor, select the App Path item. Click the ellipsis at the right side of the text field to display the Open dialog box. button

2 3

Locate the application executable file used to configure the device, and then click Open. The App Path property is updated to reflect the new path.

Optional procedures: • • If the External Device requires a specific configuration file, select the Doc Path item and provide the location of the file. If the External Device application requires switches (provided for the external application on the command line before the contents of Doc Path), configure the Switches property. If the External Device application requires a specific working directory (which is the folder assumed when no path is specified), configure the Start Directory property. If the External Device supports Ethernet Global Data (EGD), set the Enable EGD Editor property to True. If the external component does not have a configuration file that is associated with a particular application, select the App Path item. Click the ellipsis button to display the Open dialog box.

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Saving Systems
When you make changes to a system, the changes are stored in memory. If you do not save your work your changes will be lost. In the ToolboxST application, Save commands affect only the data in the current editor. As such, the Save command in the System Editor only saves changes to the system itself. If you have made changes in any other component editors (like a controller or a library container), you must select the Save command in each of those editors as well. To save changes to the current system From the File menu, select Save System. (Or, click the toolbar.) button on the

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Configuration Files
Folder Structure
Each system is saved in its own folder. Inside the main system folder is a set of subfolders and configuration files. The folder structure depends on the components in the currently opened system. A typical system and its associated file structure is as follows:

System Editor Tree View

Windows Explorer Folder View

System Folder is the top-level folder that contains all others. It always has the same name as the system. (In the example for this section, the system folder is named System1.) Files in the folder include: • • • System1.tcw, containing top-level information for each component in the system. FormatSpecifications.xml, containing format specifications that define units and scaling information for data display. SystemDiagram.xml, containing information about the system block diagram including both the basic diagram structure and additional drawing shapes that have been added.

Component Folders contain configuration files for each component in the system. In the example system, the G1 folder corresponds to a controller named G1. The exact structure of each component folder varies with the type of component, but all component folders have a Device.xml file that contains basic information about the component. Tools Folder contains definitions for all tool components in a system. A folder for each type of tool is contained inside the tools folder. In the example, the system contains a Trender window, so a TrendRecorder folder is stored inside the tools folder. Inside the folders for each tool type are additional folders for each instance of the tool. Since the example system has one Trender window named Trender1, a single Trender1 folder is stored inside the TrendRecorder folder. Library Container Folders are created for each library container in the system. In the example system, the library container named Libraries is stored in a folder correspondingly named Libraries. Objects in this folder include: • • Library.xml, containing attributes of the Library Container and a listing of all libraries. _Mylibname.xml, a file created for each library in the Container (where Mylibname is the name of the library).

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BlockwareDiagrams, a folder containing the diagrams for user blocks defined in each library.

File Formats
All configuration data for the ToolboxST application is stored in eXtensible Markup Language (.xml) format.

While .xml files can be opened and read in a text editor, do not modify them. The .xml files modified using a text editor do not work with the ToolboxST application.

Configuration files can be both compressed and encrypted. If you select the Compress When Saving option in the System Options dialog box, the configuration data is stored in a compressed format that is not readable with a text editor but occupies much less disk space. Some portions of .xml configuration files may be also stored in encrypted format to prevent unauthorized users from viewing the design of password-protected system components. Some controller components offer a Build command that produces files to be downloaded directly to the controller. These files, which are stored in the Output folder of a component, are in a binary format, and are not human-readable.

System Options
The ToolboxST application provides a variety of settings that change the way various functions operate. While you can also configure settings from inside the component that they affect, settings for all available components display when the Settings dialog box is opened from the System Editor. To open the Settings dialog box From the System Editor, select the Options menu, and then select Settings to display the Settings dialog box. In the Settings dialog box, categories are listed in a Tree View on the left side of the dialog box. Each category contains one or more settings that display in the Property Editor on the right side of the dialog box.

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The System Options category includes options that affect the system as a whole. It is available in addition to any other component settings that may display in the Tree View. AutoBackup, when set to True, makes a backup copy of all configuration (.xml) files when configuration changes are saved. The backup files are automatically named using the format Backup of (original name).xml and are stored in the same location as the original file. Compress When Saving, when set to True, compresses most configuration (.xml) files to save space. Device.xml files are not compressed even if this option is set to True. Maximum Build Errors helps to trace certain configuration problems, which can cause a very large number of error messages to be generated during a build operation. This option controls how many such errors can occur before the build operation is stopped.

Menu Reference
File Menu
New System creates a new system. Open System opens a previously created system. Close System closes the current system. Save System saves changes to the current system (but not to any other
component editors).

Save System As saves the current system to a new location or name. Archive System opens the Archive System dialog box. Recent Files lists the eight most recently accessed systems. Exit closes the ToolboxST application and all component editors.

Edit Menu
Delete removes the item currently selected in the Tree View. Insert New adds a new component to the system. Cut cuts the selected item in the Tree View. Copy copies the selected item in the Tree View. Paste pastes the selected item in the Tree View into the Summary View. Insert Existing adds an existing component from a folder on disk. System Information displays the System Information Editor. Selected Component displays the Component Editor for the item currently
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View Menu
By Type automatically organizes the Tree View by component type. By Group enables manual organization of the Tree View with group
components.

Track keeps selections in the Tree View and Summary View synchronized. Memory Usage displays the total allocated memory. EGD Diagnostics provides access to several Ethernet Global Data
(EGD) diagnostic tools.

EGD Management Tool opens the Ethernet Global Data (EGD)
Management Tool (EMT).

View Online Statistics provides a view of EGD exchange status from
the selected device. Only EGD Class 2 or higher devices that respond to EGD Command Message Protocol (CMP) will have this diagnostic window.

WorkstationST

Capture Live UDP Packets provides an EGD window that is only enabled when you select a WorkstationST component with an OPC DA Server configured. The feature allows the WorkstationST Runtime to capture up to 10,000 EGD UDP messages, then upload them for display, printing, and exporting to csv format. View Differences opens a configuration view window. Work Offline allows you to work offline.

EGD Configuration Server

Options Menu
Settings displays a dialog box with system settings.

Window Menu
Cascade arranges open Component Editor windows in a layered style. Tile arranges open Component Editor windows in a grid style. Close All closes all open Component Editor windows.

Help Menu
Contents displays the online product documentation. Release Notes displays up-to-date information about your version of the
ToolboxST application.

Other Documents displays a list of related documents. Send Problem Report lets you send problems and suggestions to the
ToolboxST team.

About displays version and copyright information.

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System Information Editor
The System Information Editor edits alarm classes and format specifications available to all components in the system. If access to a System Database (SDB) is enabled, the contents of the System Information Editor can be stored to the SDB. To open the System Information Editor From the System Editor, select System Information from the Edit menu. Or, From the System Editor, double-click the System View. item in the Tree

Alarm Classes
Alarm classes are groups or collections of related alarms that share a common priority and color scheme. To edit Alarm Classes 1 2 Open the System Editor. From the Edit menu, select System Information. From the Tree View, select Alarm Classes. A data grid with the existing Alarm Classes displays in the Summary View.

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The following properties are available in the Property Editor when an Alarm Class is selected: Name displays the name of the Alarm Class. Limited to five characters if using an SDB. Description displays the Alarm Classes description. Only the first 50 characters are stored in an SDB. Priority shows alarm class priority (0 to 99 where 0 is the highest priority). Ack Foreground Color shows foreground color for an alarm in the Acknowledged state. Ack Background Color shows background color for an alarm in the Acknowledged state. Alarm Foreground Color displays the foreground color for an alarm in the Alarm state. Alarm Background Color displays the background color for an alarm in the Alarm state. Normal Foreground Color displays the foreground color for an alarm in the Normal state. Normal Background Color displays the background color for an alarm in the Normal state. Active Severity is required by OPC AE clients (1 to 1000 where 1000 is the highest severity). Normal Severity is required by OPC AE clients (1 to 1000 where 1000 is the highest severity).

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Format Specifications
Format specifications control how variables are presented in an HMI. Format specifications are grouped into sets, which establish a relationship between different measurement systems for a particular type of data. For example, a Format Specification Set for temperature could contain two specifications for temperature – one for degrees Fahrenheit in the U.S. measurement system and one for degrees Celsius in the International System of Units (commonly referred to as the Metric system). The Engineering Min and Max values for both format specifications control the conversions that take place when a measurement system is selected at an HMI. For example, if a temperature variable is assigned to the Celsius format specification and the measurement system in use on the HMI is Metric, no conversion is performed on the HMI displayed value. If the HMI’s measurement system is changed to U.S., the value of the variable is converted from Celsius to Fahrenheit using the linear equation defined by the Engineering Min and Max of the Celsius and Fahrenheit format specifications. Variables are scaled as follows by the HMI:

Val

fs 2

=

(val fs1 − fs1min ) ∗ ( fs 2 max − fs 2 min ) ( fs1max − fs1min )

+ fs 2 min

Val

fs 2

: The converted value, in Format Specification 2 : The initial value, in Format Specification 1 : The engineering max for Format Specification 1 : The engineering min for Format Specification 1

Val fs1 fs1max fs 1min

fs 2 max : The engineering max for Format Specification 2 fs 2 min
: The engineering min for Format Specification 2

Using this formula, a conversion from Celsius to Fahrenheit would be calculated by the HMI as follows:

Val οF =

(val οc − fs οCmin ) ∗ ( fs οFmax − fs οFmin ) + fs οFmin ο ο ( fs Cmax − fs Cmin )
Val οF = (val ο c − 0) ∗ ( 212 − 32) + 32 (100 − 0)

Within a Format Specification Set, all Engineering Min values must represent the same physical value and all Engineering Max values must represent the same physical value. Note In the previous example, the minimum value for Fahrenheit (32) and the minimum value for Celsius (0) represent the same temperature, the freezing point of water.

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To create a Format Specification Set 1 2 3 1 2 From the System Editor Edit menu, select System Information. In the System Information Editor, right-click the Format Specification Sets item in the Tree View and select Add Format Specification Set. Enter a name for the new set and click OK. To add format specifications to a Format Specification Set From the System Editor Edit Menu, select System Information. In the System Information Editor Tree View, click a Format Specification Set. A grid of format specifications displays in the Summary View.
Click the Name box in the append row, then enter a new name to add a new format specification.

The properties from the Summary View also display in the Property Editor for the currently selected row(s).

Click in a grid cell to edit its contents.

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The following properties are available in the Property Editor when a Format Specification Set is selected: Format Spec Set displays the Format Specification Set that contains the selected format specification. Precision displays the number of digits to display to the right of the decimal point (for example, a precision of two displays the fraction 1/3 as .33). Engineering Max displays the maximum value of the range used for unit conversions. Engineering Min displays the minimum value of the range used for unit conversions. Units displays the text that identifies the format specification unit. Measurement System displays the measurement system (for example, Metric or U.S.) to which the unit belongs. (Refer to the section, Measurement Systems) Name displays a unique name for the format specification. If the system data is Put to an SDB, a limit of 12 characters is enforced for the Name.

Measurement Systems
Each format specification is assigned to a measurement system. Within a format set, which represents a particular type of measurement (like temperature), only one unit per measurement system can be created. (For example, you could not add both Celsius and Kelvin within the Metric system as units of temperature.) You can select the two measurement systems that are stored in the SDB in the System Information Editor. To select the measurement systems used by the SDB 1 2 In the System Information Editor Tree View, select Format Specification Sets. Click SDB Meas Sys 1 or SDB Meas Sys 2 in the Property Editor, then select a measurement system from the drop-down list.

HMI Resources
A resource is a way for an HMI (Human-Machine Interface), to organize and tailor access to alarms and live data. Variables have an HMI resource property that can be set to one of the HMI resources defined here. Each resource has a name and an optional description.

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System Database (SDB)
The ToolboxST application can interface with an SDB from the System Editor.

Click the System item in the Tree View to access SDB properties.

This property must be set to True before other SDB properties can be configured. The host name where the SDB is located. The path where the SDB is located.

The ToolboxST configuration for alarm classes and format specifications can be stored, or put, to an SDB from the System Information Editor. To put the system configuration to an SDB 1 2 Open the System Information Editor. From the System menu, select Put System to SDB. (Refer to the section, System Information Editor.) A dialog box displays confirming the destination SDB Host and Path. Click OK. When it is complete, the results display on the Log tab of the InfoView.

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EGD Configuration Server
The EGD Configuration Server is a repository for EGD device and system configurations. Like the SDB, the EGD Configuration Server allows configuration information to be available to multiple tools or runtime platforms. The EGD Configuration Server maintains a group of .xml files for each EGD producer device. The EGD Configuration Server also maintains a MasterSymbolTable.xml file that contains format specifications, alarm classes, and other system-level information. The .xml files are stored in folders for each producer ID. The protocol used to get and put these .xml files to and from the EGD Configuration Server is a published HTTP protocol. This protocol is available for other tools, and is currently used by GE Fanuc’s CIMPLICITY ME. ToolboxST uses the EGD Configuration Server if it has been enabled in the System Editor.

The EGD Configuration Server properties are as follows: Base Path is the URL on the EGD Configuration Server where EGD files reside. This is normally /EGD.

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Enable, if set to True, enables the interface to the EGD Configuration Server. If this is enabled, the EGD configuration is sent to the server when a device is saved. An EGD configuration for referenced devices is obtained from the EGD Configuration Server if the configuration time is newer in the server than in the ToolboxST system's local directory for that referenced device. For example, if your ToolboxST system was located at C:\MySystem and a device was referencing a device Dev1, the EGD configuration for Dev1 would be obtained from the EGD Configuration Server if that configuration had a newer timestamp than the configuration at c:\MySystem\Dev1. Otherwise the local c:\MySystem\Dev1 configuration would be used. Host Name is the Host Name or IP address of the host running the EGD Configuration Server. Port is the server port value. The default is 7938. Timeout is the server connection timeout in milliseconds. Use IE Proxy selects the Internet Explorer proxy settings, if set to True. If set to False, no proxy is used. The default is false and it is recommended not to use a proxy.

Working Online with the EGD Configuration Server
Work Online with the EGD Configuration Server is the ToolboxST default to open, build, or save components. You can select Work Offline from the View menu.

When the EGD Configuration Server is enabled, a status bar indicates the Online/Offline status. Right-click the status bar to obtain a shortcut menu, which allows you to toggle between the two modes. If Work Offline is selected, the server is bypassed when components are opened, built, or saved. This means any component saved when offline, will result in a difference between the EGD Configuration server and the ToolboxST system.

ToolboxST/EGD Configuration Server Interaction
When ToolboxST is online, and the EGD Configuration Server is enabled, ToolboxST reads any new EGD Configuration Server data. It then saves or builds to the EGD Configuration Server. When a component is opened, the configuration of any EGD referenced device is read from the local file location (in that referenced device’s ToolboxST device folder for the opened system). It is then requested from the server if the server has a newer version. When a component is saved, the EGD configuration is saved to the EGD Configuration Server. If communication with the EGD Configuration Server fails during an open, build, or save procedure, a dialog box to select Work Offline or Retry displays.

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Viewing Differences
Use the System Editor View menu or right-click the status bar shortcut menu to compare the local configuration to the server configuration.

The following options are available:

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View Differences displays a difference report for any consumed or produced data file that exists in both the server and the local system. View Server File allows you to view the server version of a selected document. View Local File allows you to view the local version of a selected document. Send Local To Server sends a local copy of a selected document to the EGD Configuration Server. If the device’s tree node is selected, all documents under the device are sent to the server. Delete in Server allows you to delete a selected device in the server. Refresh Display compares the local system to the EGD Configuration Server and updates the display.

Configuring an External EGD Device
The EGD configuration for a device in the SDB can be retrieved for use in a ToolboxST system. Before you can reference an external device in the SDB, the SDB Enable property of the system must be set to True. Refer to the section, System Database (SDB). To get an external device?s EGD configuration from the SDB 1 If the external device does not already exist as a ToolboxST component, create an External Device component to represent it. Refer to the section, Components. 2 3 4 5 Select the external device in the System Editor Tree View. The component properties display in the Property Editor. Set the Enable Get from SDB property to True. Right-click the external device in the Tree View and select Get EGD from SDB. A dialog box displays confirming the destination SDB Host and Path. Click OK to proceed with the Get EGD from SDB operation. When it is complete, the results display on the Log tab of the InfoView.

Note If the EGD Configuration Server option is enabled for the system, the EGD configuration will also be put to the EGD Configuration server.

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Chapter 3 Software
There are two system components for creating downloadable application software, controllers, and library containers. Controller components contain the application software that is downloaded to a particular controller. Library containers contain user block libraries of reusable blocks that can be referenced and used by controller components. Controller application software consists of function blocks that perform logical and mathematical operations on the block variables. This network of blocks and connected variables controls a particular machine through physical inputs and outputs. Function blocks arranged and connected within a software element called a Task. Tasks are grouped into other software elements called Programs. User-defined blocks called user blocks are created using existing function blocks, as well as other user blocks. These user blocks can be used in a task in the same manner as function blocks.

Software Configuration Hierarchy
Programs and tasks are required elements of software configuration, resulting in at least two levels of hierarchy as shown in this example:

Program groups can be used to add a level above programs; and together with user blocks, the levels of hierarchy can be four or more as shown here:

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Variables
Variables can be defined within programs, tasks, and user blocks. Task and user block variables can be either global or local, but all program variables are global. A variable must be global to be connected to either Turbine I/O or Ethernet Global Data (EGD). A local variable is restricted in scope to its task or user block, meaning it cannot be accessed from other locations. Global variables are referenced through their Global Name Prefix property.

The levels of programs and user blocks that are downloaded to the controller are all shown as items in the Tree View of the Software Tab of the Component Editor.

Selecting items in the Tree View displays the properties of that item in the Property Editor as well as pertinent information in the Summary View. The item selected in the Tree View can be edited in the Property Editor and Summary View provided the password protection is unlocked and the item is not in a linked user block.

Function Blocks
The basic unit of application software in the controller is the function block. Each function block corresponds to software on the controller and is represented in the ToolboxST application by block libraries. These libraries are part of the installation of a particular type of controller. Blocks have input and output variables, which can be connected to other variables, Turbine I/O, or EGD variables. Each instance of a block has a name that is unique in that block’s context. The combination of the variable name with the block’s name and context give each variable a unique name within the controller. Blocks in the same user block can reference each other’s variables using the block name and variable name separated by a period. Blocks are typically added to a user block in either a controller component or a user block library by dragging them from the library palette to the user block’s block diagram. For more information about editing blocks, refer to the section, Block Diagram Editor.

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User Block Libraries
User block libraries exist within a system component called a library container. These allow you to create reusable software elements. Programs, tasks, and user blocks can be designed in these libraries, then used multiple times in different places. A user block library is a collection of user block definitions and task definitions. User block definitions can be used as templates for programs, tasks, or user blocks, while task definitions can only be used as templates for tasks. Task and user block definitions can contain tasks and/or user blocks created from other definitions within the same library container. When a task or user block definition is being created or edited in the library container, the User Blocks tab on the right side of the block diagram shows all task and user block definitions that exist in the library container. Programs, tasks, and user blocks in a controller component can be created from library definitions. Once the controller component has referenced one or more user block libraries, the Add Program, Add Task, and Add User Block dialog boxes allow selection from the library definitions.

Instancing
If a library definition is changed, programs, tasks, or user blocks associated with the definition are NOT automatically updated. This is true within a library container as well as in a controller component. The process of updating programs, tasks, or user blocks with current library definitions is called Instancing. To instance a single item From the Software tab Tree View, right-click on a program, then select Instance to update all software within that program. To instance an entire system component From the Software tab Tree View, right-click on the Programs item, then select Instance All. Note Definitions can contain user blocks or tasks that were created from other definitions in a library. To be certain that ALL current definitions have propagated to all necessary places in a controller component: • • Perform an Instance All command in the library container, and Perform an Instance All command in the controller component.

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Unlink Property
All programs, tasks, and user blocks generated from a library definition have a Boolean property called Unlink, which is False by default. In this state, they are called linked. Linked programs, tasks, and user blocks, with very few exceptions, cannot be changed. They are updated with the current library definition when the Instance command is performed. Unlinked programs, tasks, and user blocks are disassociated from the library definition, and can be modified. They are NOT updated with the current library definition when the Instance command is performed. Note Programs, tasks, and user blocks that do not come from a library definition are called Embedded, and they do not have the Unlinked property. To create and use a linked user block 1 2 3 From the System Editor, open a library container. Right-click the User Block Libraries item and add a library. Right-click the library and add a user block definition.

4 5 6

Save the library by clicking the Save

button on the toolbar.

From the System Editor, open a controller. Select the Software tab.

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Make sure the new library displays in the Summary View. If not, right-click the Programs node in the Tree View, and then select Library References.

Select the new library checkbox. Click OK. The new library displays in the Summary View.

8 9

From the Tree View tab, select a Program or right-click to add a new Program. Right-click the program and add a task.

10 In the Add Task dialog box, select the Select Library Block checkbox to show library blocks. 11 Insert a linked user block by selecting the user block definition from the dialog that displays. - or Insert an embedded user block, then drag the linked user block from the library palette onto the block diagram for that embedded user block. To update a linked user block in either a library or controller component 1 2 3 From the System Editor, open a library component. From the Tree View, navigate to the user block to update. Edit the user block using the Summary View or the Property Editor.

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Save and close the library. From the System Editor, open a library or controller component. From the Tree View, right-click the user block to be updated, then select the Instance command from the shortcut menu.

User Block Definitions
User block definitions consist primarily of function blocks, user blocks, and variables. The user block definition variables, which can be either local or global, act as the parameters. User block definitions with global variables can only be used once in a given controller unless the variable name contains a text substitution or the variable's Global Name Prefix property is set to Full, Block, or Program. User block definitions are the origin of both linked and unlinked user blocks. Each user block has a version and description to help manage reusable application software. Instance scripts and text substitution allow user blocks to use a set of code in multiple situations. These two constructs work with the ToolboxST automation interface and the user attributes that belong to either the user block or the controller component.

User Attributes
User Attributes are named values that allow you to specialize user block definitions. They consist of a name, a data type, a description, a value, and a PromptforInput property. The PromptforInput property displays a dialog box that allows you to verify the attribute value when the user block that owns the user attributes is inserted. Named attributes can be used to change the variable names and connections by substituting strings specified in user block attributes. User Attributes for a user block can be changed at the Instance command. Refer to the section, Working with User Blocks.

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Device Attributes
Device attributes are similar to user attributes. They are named values that consist of a name, a data type, a description, and a value. However, device attributes are defined within a device configuration, and can be referenced by any application software within the device. Device attributes do not have a PromptforInput property. Refer to the section, Application Software Examples.

Instance Scripts
Instance scripts run when a user block is either inserted or instanced. Their primary purpose is to exclude particular blocks or user blocks from a user block definition.

Text Substitution
Certain text fields such as variable names, descriptions, and block connections can have some portion of the text replaced when the user block is inserted or instanced. To use substitution within a text field, embed a pair of braces {} within the text and enclose the name of an attribute within the braces. For user attributes, the syntax is attributeName and for device attributes, the syntax is device.attributeName. Refer to the section, Application Software Examples.

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Library Container Editor
The Library Container Editor is used to create reusable application software that can be included in other controller components. Library containers are added to a system as a separate component. Double-click the component icon in the Tree View to display the editor as a separate window. Each library container can contain one or more libraries, which in turn contain user block definitions. A user block definition is a collection of function blocks and user blocks with input and output pins. Refer to the section, Software Tab. The following window displays the major parts of the Library Container Editor and the terminology used when referring to the editor.
The Validate command checks the The Finder is used to configuration for errors, connection compatibility, data types, and equations. find and replace items.

The Tree View lists all items in the Library Container Editor . It is also used for adding or deleting libraries. The Property Editor is used to edit the currently selected item in the Tree View .

The Component InfoView displays information about the currently selected tab.

The Summary View is used for editing the user block selected in the Tree View.

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To add a Library Container to a system From the System View, right-click the system name and select Insert New, Library Container as shown below to display the Library Container Creation Wizard.

Enter the new name and select the Type of library. Click Next to display the Product Version page.

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Select the Version and then check the Optional Libraries to include. Click Finish to create the Library Container .

From the Tree View , double-click the new Library Container to display the Editor window.

Tip Different versions of the controller component can be used as the basis for a library component. A software block library is always included that contains basic function blocks, such as Move and Average. There are also optional libraries, which contain more specialized blocks that can be included in the library container. When new versions of the controller software are installed, library containers continue to use their current configuration until they are upgraded. (If the old version is uninstalled, the library container must be upgraded before it can be opened.)

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To upgrade a Library Container 1 2 3 From the Tree View, select any Library Container item. From the File menu, select Upgrade to display the Upgrade Wizard. When the introduction page displays, click Next.

Select the desired version and click Finish. Verify that the upgrade completed successfully by viewing the Log tab in the Component InfoView. You will be informed if new versions are unavailable.

Library Container Editor/Libraries
From the System Editor, double-click the Library Containers item to display the editor window. Multiple libraries can be added to a library container to break up the application software into separate pieces. These can be referenced individually in the controller component. To add a new library to a library container 1 From the Tree View, right-click the Libraries item, then select Add Library to display the Add New Library dialog box.

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Enter a name for the new library and click OK.

Note Each library is contained in an .xml file, and can be imported into other library containers. To add an existing library to the library container 1 From the Tree View, right-click the Libraries item, then select Add Existing Library to display the Select Existing User Block Library dialog box.

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Select the desired library (.xml file) and click Open.

Tip The Summary View for the Libraries item displays names and locations of all the function block and user block libraries defined in this library container. The version of the function block library used by this library container can be determined by looking at the Directory field and observing the path to the library.

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Library Property Editor
When a library is selected, the following properties are available.

Description is the description for this library. Name is a unique name for this library. Protection properties control the right to View, Modify Data, or Modify Design of this library. Refer to the section, Security.

Library Summary View
The Summary View shows the name, version, category, and description of all User Blocks in the currently selected Library.

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Property Editor

Property Editor allows you to edit all properties of the table definition selected in the Tree View . The properties are defined below.

Name is the name of the Table Definition. Adjust determines whether the table's Z values and limits can be adjusted both in configurations and online. The Adjust flag is read on import; if it is false, the table data cannot be changed without another import. Description is the description of the Table Definition. Identification is the identification text for the Table Definition. Revision is the revision text for the Table Definition. Maximum Z value is the Maximum Z value used to limit the values that can be entered in the live or initial values. Minimum Z value is the Minimum Z value used to limit the values that can be entered in the live or initial values. Engineering Y Units provides an engineering Y unit's description. Engineering X Unit provides an engineering X unit's description. Engineering Z Units provides an engineering Z unit's description.

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Exporting a Table Definition
To export a table definition (.csv) 1 2 From the Component Editor, click the Software tab. Expand the Table Definitions item and select the table definition to be exported, such as below.

Right-click the table definition and select Export Table .CSV File from the shortcut menu.

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Select the .csv table definition file (.csv) from the browser window and click Save.

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Online Display and Changes
Table definition data values can be changed when connected to the controller, if the table has the Adjust property set to True. When online, the live data values display in green to indicate that there are no differences between the ToolboxST values and the controller values.
Double-click a value in the Data Grid Editor.

Change the value and click Send & Close.

The Data Grid displays the differences.

This feature allows you to tune up the table data values in the controller. Once the table data values are correct, click to capture the values in the ToolboxST configuration. at the bottom of the Editor

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Using Table Definitions in Software Application Code
To add a 2D (Univariant) Linear Interpolator block The following table definition is used:

1 2 3

Connect the Table2D pin to the Table\T_ESPBSJ table. Set the XInput to 40. Build and download the application code. The output of the block is as follows.

To Add a 3D (Bivariant) Linear Interpolator block The following table definition is used:

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Connect the Table3D pin to the Table\T_DSPNAJ table. Set the XInput to –30.

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Set the Yinput to 4. Build and download the application code. The output of the block is as follows:

Adding a User Block Definition
Each library can contain many user block definitions. To add a user block definition to a system 1 From the Tree View, right-click the library item and select User Block Definition to display the Add New User Block Definition dialog box.

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Enter a new name for the library. Click OK.

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Sorting User Block Definitions
User block definitions can be sorted alphabetically. If additional user block definitions are added, repeat the sort. To sort user block definitions alphabetically Right-click the library item and select Sort Definitions.

User Block Variables
The variables of a user block definition act as its parameters, and can be either local or global. The following commands are available when a variable item is rightclicked in the Tree View.

Add Variable allows a variable to be added to the selected User Block. Once the new variable is added, properties become available in the Summary View. Refer to the section, Property Editor. Add Undefined Variables allows you to add all undefined variables in the User Block Definition to the variables of the User Block Definition. Undefined variables are variables that have been referenced in a User Block Definition but have not yet been defined as part of the user block variables or user block.

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Working with User Blocks
User Attributes are named values that allow specialization of User Block Definitions. They consist of a name, a data type, a description, a value and a PromptforInput property. The PromptforInput property causes a dialog box to display so that you can verify the attribute value when the user block that owns the user attributes is inserted. Named attributes can be used to change the variable names and connections by substituting strings specified in user block attributes. User Attributes for a user block can be changed at the instance. Refer to the section, Application Software Examples for examples on how to use attributes. To add a user attribute to a user block definition 1 From the Tree View, right-click the User Block Definition and select Add User Attribute to display the Add User Attribute dialog box.

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Enter a name for the new attribute, then click OK.

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Click the Attributes item in the Tree View to display properties in the Summary View. The properties can be modified.

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Instance Scripts
Instance scripts run when a user block is either inserted or instanced. Their primary purpose is to exclude blocks from a user block definition based on user attributes defined in the controller component. Refer to the section, Application Software Examples. To add an Instance Script From the Tree View, right-click the User Block Definition and select Add Instance Script.

Instance
Select this command to get a new copy of the User Block Definition from the library. In addition to updating the user blocks, this command causes the instance scripts and text substitutions for all of the top-level user blocks to run. It is not possible to undo this command. To instance a User Block Definition From the Tree View, right-click the User Block Definition and select Instance.

Validate
This command checks the selected User Block Definition for errors. Validate checks connection compatibility, data types, and equations. Validation status displays in the Log tab. Double-click the error in the Log tab to locate the application software that caused the problem. To check a User Block Definition for errors From the Tree View, right-click the User Block Definition and select Validate.

Property Editor

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Description is the description of this user block. Name is the unique name of this user block. Instance Script runs when the block is instanced. Protection properties control the View, Modify Data, or Modify Design permissions for this library (refer to the section, Security.) Version is the user-defined version of a user block. Category is the name of a category to which this block belongs.

Summary View
Most of the work in creating a User Block Definition involves inserting different types of blocks and connecting them together to perform a function using the Block Diagram Editor. Refer to the section, Block Diagram Editor.

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Summary Tab

The following are Summary tab diagnostic symbols:
Inactive Alarm(s) Active Alarm(s) I/O pack version unequal I/O pack version status indeterminate Link broken Link error Link warning Link information

Note Place the mouse over the icon to display detailed messages regarding the problem.

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Block Diagram Editor
Application software in the controller consists of blocks that perform control logic functions. The controller run time provides a library of standard blocks that can be combined to form user blocks. The Block Diagram Editor allows you to create and edit user blocks using a visual interface and drag-and-drop tools. The Block Diagram Editor displays in the Summary View when a user block is selected in the Tree View.
The Library View is divided into multiple categories, each containing one or more Click for a Click for shape- Click to zoom Click to display blocks that perform similar wiring tool. drawing tools. in and out. Detached View . functions. Select a user block in the Tree View. The Block Diagram Editor displays in the Summary View.

Additional editing tools display on the toolbar, and a sidebar called the Library View displays on the right side of the Summary View to allow you to make changes to a user block. Note If the user block is read-only or linked, an error message displays. (Refer to the section, User Blocks) If the user block is protected, you are prompted to enter the appropriate password.

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Diagram Shortcut Menu
When you right-click an empty portion of the diagram, the Diagram shortcut menu displays.

Auto-Layout Mode controls how the blocks on the diagram are arranged. Refer to the section, Layout Modes. Diagram Settings displays the Diagram Settings. Append Sheet adds a new drawing sheet at the end of the drawing. Insert Sheet inserts a sheet immediately before the current sheet in manual mode. Delete Sheet deletes the current sheet in manual mode. Print Sheet prints the current sheet. Zoom adjusts the zoom level to either a preset zoom level or a custom value. View Settings contains options to toggle the rulers, library view, and print border. Paste inserts the contents of the clipboard at the selected location.

Layout Modes
When blocks and wires are added to a diagram, they are arranged according to the rules of the current layout mode. By default, diagrams are created in Classic Layout mode, where the blocks are arranged by execution order with a focus on optimal use of space. Toolbox Classic Layout mode automatically places wires and creates new sheets as necessary, making it appropriate for small-to-medium sized diagrams. List Layout mode arranges blocks in execution order in one column, with inputs and outputs lined up on the edges of the sheet. All Rung blocks appear as Rung diagrams instead of as blocks. This mode is ideally suited for sequencing and can be used to simplify very large diagrams where wiring becomes confusing. Manual Layout mode does not arrange blocks or wires, but leaves all layout tasks to the user. It is ideal for users familiar with a sheet-oriented approach to design or for applications where very specific documentation standards must be met.

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Managing Blocks
To add a block from the Library View Select the category in the Library View that contains the desired block, then drag the block to the Edit View. The block displays on the Block Diagram. Or, Press the Insert key to display the Pick Block to Insert dialog box. Select the desired block and click OK to add it to the Block Diagram.

To edit the properties of a block Click a block in the Edit View. The block is selected and its properties display in the Property Editor. The following properties are available in the Property Editor when a block is selected: Instance Name displays a unique identifier that allows the block (as well as its attributes and pins) to be referenced from other places in the ToolboxST application. Selected Pin displays the pin currently highlighted in the Edit View. Block Type displays the name of the library block that this block was created from read-only. Block Data Type displays the name data type for variant pins on the currently selected block. Execution Order determines when the block is executed. Setting this property automatically renumbers other blocks in this User Block. (Execution begins with block zero and proceeds in increasing order.) Instance Script are scripts that runs when the block is instanced. Description is text describing the selected block. Show Description, when set to True, displays the description text for this block on the diagram.

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Top displays the location of the top of the block in the diagram. Left displays the location of the left of the block in the diagram. Height displays the height of the block in the diagram. Width displays the width of the block in the diagram. Version displays the version number of the source for this block instance read-only.

Wiring Block Pins
Block pins are wired together to direct the flow of data through the software. You can form a connection by using the pointer tool to drag one pin to another pin. The destination pin’s Connection property is set to the block that was the source of the to form pin drag-and-drop operation. You can also use the Wiring Tool connections, which forms connections to both normal blocks and to blocks with a configurable number of inputs (called Rubber Pins).

Source of the Wiring Tool drag-and-drop operation.

Destination, a new Rubber pin

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Block Shape Shortcut Menu
When you right-click a block, a shortcut menu displays:

Block Help shows reference documentation on the selected block type in a help window. Show Description on Diagram toggles the display of description text for the block. This text is the most effective way to document a block, as the text stays attached to the block when the diagram is rearranged. Edit Block Pins displays the Edit Block Connections dialog box. Add Pin Group adds the next group of pins in a block with a configurable number of inputs. For example, on a rung block, this would add the next available pin unless all 16 are in use. Remove Empty Pin Groups removes empty pins from the end of a rubber block. This command does not remove empty pin groups in the middle of the block (for example, pins A through D cannot be removed if Pin E is used). Show Boolean Logic as Rung toggles the display of a rung block between a rung diagram alone and a block containing a rung graphic. Edit Ladder Logic displays the Rung Editor for a rung block. Send to Front and Send to Back reorder blocks, causing them to appear above or below all other blocks and shapes on the diagram when overlap occurs.

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Connecting Pins
To connect a single pin From the Block Diagram Editor, double-click a pin. The Connect Pin dialog box displays.
This tab is a quick reference showing the variables connected to the selected pin. Click to access local variables and enumeration values.

Connect a pin to any variable or immediate value by typing the name of the variable or the value.

Creates a new variable in the user block.

Browse buttons display the Variable Browser.

Option buttons specify the type of connection.

To connect multiple pins Double-click a block in the Block Diagram Editor. The Edit Block Connections dialog box displays.

Click a pin to select it for editing.

This box displays the currently selected pin.

Browse buttons display the Variable Browser.

Type the name of a variable or an intermediate value to connect to the selected pin.

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Tip Pressing Enter while entering text will select the next pin on the block, allowing rapid entry of connections. In the Edit Block Connection dialog box, a prefix letter and a colon indicate the type of connection. These prefixes allow the connection type to be specified just like the option buttons on the Connect Pin dialog box, except prefixes can be typed quickly and pasted from the clipboard. The following are valid prefixes:
Prefix Type

N: E: L: G:

Number or Boolean value Enumeration value Local variable Global variable

Modifying Live Values
While you are connected online to a controller, and the controller is not in Locked mode, you can change the current value stored in a variable. Optionally, you can also force the new value, which prevents programs defined in block diagrams from overwriting your choices. To change the value of a variable while online From anywhere variables are used in the Software tab, double-click a variable value to display the Send Value dialog box. A dialog box displays that is appropriate to the data type of the variable as described below: Note When the controller is in Locked mode , double-clicking on a variable value would bring up the following message.

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Boolean Values

Displays the current value of the variable.

Select an option to select a True or False value for the variable.

Check this box to prevent programs from overwriting your selected value.

Click here to send the Next Value to the controller and close the dialog box.

Click here to invert the current value and immediately send it to the controller without closing the dialog box.

Numerical Values
Displays the current value of the variable. Enter a new value for the variable. Enter a value to be added to or subtracted from the variable. Check this box to prevent programs from overwriting your selected value. Click here to send the Click to increase or decrease the variable by the Next Value to the controller and close the delta value and send the dialog box. result to the controller. Click here to send the Next Value to the controller without closing the dialog box.

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Array Values
When you are finished changing values, click here to close the dialog box.

Double-click an element of the array to display the associated Send Value dialog box.

Shape Drawing Tools
Several drawing tools allow customization of the Block Diagram. These drawing tools create shapes, which are elements of graphics or text that provide additional visual information on a drawing sheet. They are accessed from the Edit View toolbar. is only useful in Manual Layout mode as a way to clarify a The Variable Tool variable connection. It inserts a variable reference that can be wired to a block pin and moved around freely. It is useful for creating diagrams that conform to specific design standards. For example, all input and output variables could be drawn on the left and right side of the diagram sheet, clarifying data flow for the user block. The shape created by the variable tool has the following properties: Variable displays the variable represented by the shape. Top displays the top location of the variable shape. Left displays the left location of the variable shape. Width displays the width of the variable shape. The Text Tool allows you to enter text anywhere on the diagram. While this tool is useful in Manual Layout mode, the Description property of each block may be a more appropriate way to add text when working in one of the two automatic layout modes.

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To use the Text Tool Click at the desired upper left corner of the text field, drag to the desired lower right corner and release the mouse button. Enter the text in the dialog box that displays and click OK. The new shape is added to the drawing. The shape created by the text tool has the following properties: Text displays the text displayed by the text shape. Text Font displays the font used to display the text. Foreground Color displays the color of the text. Filled, if set to True, causes the text shape to use the Fill Color as a background color. Fill Color displays the background color shown behind the text if Filled is set to True. Top displays the top location of the text shape. Left displays the left location of the text shape. Height displays the height of the text shape. Width displays the width of the text shape. The Rectangle and Ellipse Tools draw simple geometric shapes with configurable line and fill colors.

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To use the Rectangle or Ellipse Tool Click the desired upper left corner of the shape, drag to the desired lower right corner and release the mouse button. The new shape is added to the drawing. The Rectangle and Ellipse shapes have the following properties: Line Color displays the color of the shape's line. Line Thickness displays the thickness of the shape's line. Filled when set to True, causes the shape to be filled with the color specified in the Fill Color property. Fill Color displays the color the shape is filled with when Filled is set to True. Top displays the top location of the shape. Left displays the left location of the shape. Height displays the height of the shape. The Image Tool inserts a Windows Metafile (.wmf) or Enhanced Metafile (.emf) into the diagram. To use the Image Tool Click the desired upper left corner of the shape, drag to the desired lower right corner, and release the mouse button.Then, in the Browse for Image dialog box, provide the path to the .wmf or .emf file that contains the image and click OK. The image is added as a shape to the drawing. Note The image file is not embedded in the diagram. All images must be distributed separately from the .xml files for the diagram. Image shapes have the following properties: Metafile Path displays the path to the .wmf or .emf file containing the image that is displayed. Left displays the left location of the shape. Top displays the top location of the shape. Width displays the width of the shape. Height displays the height of the shape. Tip To ensure that images can be found when the diagram is moved on the hard disk, avoid hard-coded path names or mapped drive names. Relative names, such as ..\Metafiles\bom1.wmf are best.

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Additional Toolbar Buttons
Full Screen Editing toggles the Library View, InfoView, and TreeView on and off. When in full screen mode, more space is devoted to the Edit view for working with large drawings. Detached View Window displays a new window containing a Block Diagram Editor by itself (without the TreeView or InfoView). The new window displays the same diagram as the main view, but can be scrolled and zoomed independently. Tip You can have as many detached views as desired, which can be convenient for dragging pins from one drawing to another drawing. Alignment Tools are available when multiple drawing shapes are selected (either by drawing a selection rectangle around multiple shapes using the Pointer tool or by holding the CTRL key while selecting additional shapes). The tool modifies the location, width, or height of each shape to match the selected aspect of the primary selected object (denoted with green selection handles). The Top, Bottom, Left, and Right alignment tools affect location, while Width and Height adjust size. Arrange Horizontal and Arrange Vertical equally space all of the selected shapes along the Horizontal or Vertical axis.

Diagram Settings
The Diagram Settings dialog box contains options that change how the diagram editor operates, as well as style options such as paper size. In most situations, these settings are consistent across all diagrams in a system, but occasionally a particular drawing may need custom settings. The diagram settings are arranged hierarchically with system level settings in effect unless other settings are configured. These settings can be overridden by the device or library settings, which take effect at the Component Editor level. The user settings, saved on a per user basis, override the device or library settings, and finally the diagram settings are saved per diagram and override all other settings.

Diagram

User Device or Library

System
For example, if the system settings specify the paper size as Letter, the library and user settings specify Use Parent Setting, and the diagram settings set the paper size to Legal, that diagram would be shown on legal-size paper while all other diagrams would be shown on letter-size paper.

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To configure diagram settings 1 Right-click an open area of a diagram while in Edit mode and select Diagram Settings. A dialog box displays with the available scopes.

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Select a scope to edit – System, Device or Library, User, or Diagram – and click OK. The Edit Dialog Settings dialog box displays.

The Edit Diagram Settings dialog box allows you to edit the following options: Size selects the paper size. Landscape, when checked, makes the longest dimension of the paper, the horizontal dimension, creating a drawing that is wider than it is tall. Font Sizes controls the font sizes in the diagram. Hide Unused Pins, when checked, hides unconnected pins. Show Block Drawings, when checked, graphically displays block operation whenever possible. Show Wired Pin Connection Text, when unchecked, hides the connection text for wired pins, reducing clutter on the drawing. Tip Selecting Default to parent setting or a gray check box indicates that you have no preference at the current level. The diagram will use the settings from the next level down in the hierarchy.

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Rung Editor
Boolean logic functions are added to a block diagram inside special blocks called rung blocks. Rung blocks are named after a component of a Relay Ladder Diagram. In a Relay Ladder Diagram, one or more contacts (which function similarly to a mechanical relay switch) are connected as a control network for a single coil, or output. As the diagram is formed with two vertical buses, one representing power and one representing ground, the completed diagram resembles a ladder, with each coil and associated contacts resembling a ladder rung. Rung blocks, like the rungs in a relay ladder diagram, control a single output.

The Rung block controls variable values using Boolean logic equations. While you can specify a Boolean logic equation directly by connecting it to the EQN pin of the rung block, a graphical relay ladder diagram editor is also available to simplify the process. To open the RLD Editor From a Block Diagram, double-click a Rung Block. or, Right-click a Rung Block. From the shortcut menu, select Edit Ladder Logic. The RLD Editor window consists of both a 16x16 or smaller grid of cells that can contain contacts or wires and a set of tools used to edit the contents of the cells.
Wiring Tools Drag separators to add or remove columns. Click OK to save or cancel to discard changes .

Drag separators to add or remove rows .

Displays the current equation or error message

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Contacts
Each contact represents a virtual relay switch that is controlled by a Boolean variable. Contacts that either represent a variable directly or of the variable are added to a ladder diagram using the contact tools. To add a contact the negation

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Select the contact tool to add. The mouse cursor

that matches the type of contact you want changes to reflect the selected contact type.

2 3

Click a cell to add a new contact. Double-click inside the cell above the newly inserted contact to open the Connect Contact dialog box.

Check this box to change all references to the listed variable in the rung.

Enter or select a variable to connect to the contact.

Wires
Wires are used to connect contacts to the coil and to each other. To add a wire

Select the Wire tool

, and then click a location on the grid.

Wires can only be drawn vertically or horizontally, as demonstrated below:

A good wire

A bad wire

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Coils
The diagram always has one coil. To connect the coil to a variable Double-click the coil to open the Connect Contact dialog box. (Refer to the section, Contacts.)

Adding Rows and Columns
Up to 16 rows or columns can be added to the grid to provide enough space for large logic diagrams. To add or remove rows or columns Drag the boundary between any row or column. Blue text will display indicating the result of the action.

Errors
You can create rung diagrams in the RLD Editor that do not convert to compatible Boolean logic functions. Typical errors include not connecting a contact to a variable, creating a wire or contact that is not connected to power and ground, or creating a short circuit. If you make one of these mistakes, text will display on the status bar to help you resolve the error. (When the output equation is displayed on the status bar, the diagram is correctly drawn and no errors are detected.)

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Application Documentation
For documentation purposes, the ToolboxST application can print detailed information about a component's entire configuration. However, if you select a Program or User Block in the Software tab, only the selected item is printed. Note In some locations, including Reports and the Block Diagram Editor, shortcut menus contain commands that allow single pages or reports to be printed. To print a component configuration Open the Component Editor for the component to be printed. From the File menu, select Print to display the Print Options dialog box.
Page Options tab allows you to change the paper size, margins, and orientation. Print Settings tab allows you to change the destination printer and its associated settings. Print Profile tab manages saved print settings. It stores all the settings from both the Options and Page Option tabs.

Prints a summary of configuration settings for the component.

Includes a list of sections and page numbers. Includes a symbol quick reference guide. Prints all software programs in the component. Prints a reference to all variables in the component. Displays a Print Preview window with the document exactly as it will appear on paper.

Page Numbering options control page number assignment. Linear pages number sequentially start with page one. Hierarchical page numbers are same as linear pages but also numbers each section and sub-sections, such as 1., 1.1, 1.2.1 and so on.

Click this button to print the document.

Application Software Examples
Five separate, but associated procedures related to application software design are described below. These procedures build on each other to create a system, so you must complete them in the order given. They describe how to: • • • • • Add a user block definition to a library Insert a linked user block in a controller Add a device attribute Exclude a block from a user block with an instance script Substitute text into a user block with an attribute

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To add a user block definition to a library 1 2 Open ToolboxST. From the File menu, select New System to display the New System dialog box. Enter a name for the new system, then click OK to display the System Editor.

In the Tree View, right-click the system item.

Click Insert New, then select Library Container from the drop-down list.

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The Library Container Creation Wizard opens.
Enter Libraries in the Name box and click Next .

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On the Product Version page, click Finish to accept the default library version and optional libraries. A new library container is added to the system and the Tree View updates to reflect the change.

4

From the Tree View, double-click the Libraries item to open the Library Editor.

Open the Library Editor by doubleclicking the Libraries item in the Tree View.

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Right-click the User Block Libraries item and select Add Library . The Add New Library dialog box displays.

Right-click the new library item and select Add User Block Definition. The Add New User Block Definition dialog box displays.

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Click OK to accept the default user block name. The user block definition is created and the Tree View is again updated to reflect the changes.

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With the Lib1Usb1 item highlighted in the Tree View, click the Edit button on the Block Diagram Editor toolbar. The Block Diagram Editor switches to Edit mode and Libraries tab displays on the right side of the block diagram.

From the Libraries tab, scroll to select the Memory Move category.

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Drag a MOVE block from the Memory Move category to the Block Diagram Editor to add it to the user block. Repeat this process two more times until three MOVE blocks display on the block diagram.

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To insert a linked user block in a controller 1 2 Open the System Editor for the test system created in the previous procedure. From the Tree View, right-click the system shortcut menu. item to display the system

From the shortcut menu, click Insert New.

Then click Controller, and Mark VIe Controller . The Mark VIe Creation Wizard opens.

Enter a name for the new controller.

Click Next to continue.

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Click Finish to accept the default libraries. A new controller component is added to the system and the System Editor updates to reflect the changes.

Open the controller Component Editor by double-clicking it in the Tree View or Summary View.

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Click the Software tab, then right-click the Programs item in the Tree View to display the Programs shortcut menu.

Select Library References to display the Library References dialog box.

Click the check box to the left of library Lib 1, and then click OK to add a reference to the library.

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Right-click the Programs item again and select Add Program from the shortcut menu. The Add New Program dialog box displays.
Click OK to accept the default name.

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Right-click the Prog1 item in the Tree View to display the Program shortcut menu.
Click Add Task to display the Add Taskdialog box.

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Click the User Block category. The Lib1Usb1 user block will automatically be selected, as it is the first block in the library.

Select the Select Library Blockcheck box

Click OK to accept the default name. The user block Lib1Usb1 is added to Prog1 and displays on both theTree View and the Summary View .

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Save the changes by clicking the Save Configuration button toolbar and close the editor by clicking the Exit button .

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To add a device attribute 1 2 Open the System Editor for the test system created in the previous examples. From the System Editor, open the Controller Component Editor by double-clicking the controller in either the Tree View or the Summary View.

From the Component Editor , click the General tab. Click the Attributes item on the Tree View to display the attribute data grid in the Summary View .

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Click the Name cell on the append row (indicated by an asterisk *) and type Attr1 to name the new attribute.

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Change the data type to BOOL by clicking the Type cell on the Attr1 row and then selecting BOOL from the drop-down list.

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Change the initial value to False by clicking the Value field of the Attr1 row, then clicking the ellipsis button to display the Modify Value dialog box.

Select False from the drop-down list.

Click OK to accept the new value.

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Save the changes by clicking the Save Configuration button toolbar, then close the editor by clicking the Exit button .

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To exclude a function block from a user block with an instance script 1 2 Open the System Editor for the test system created in the previous examples. From the System Editor, open the Library Container Editor by doubleclicking the Libraries item in the Tree View.

Click the plus symbol to expand the items Lib1 and Lib1Usb1 and display a list of blocks. Right-click the MOVE_2 block item to display the block shortcut menu and select Add Instance Script. The block icon changes to display a blue S, indicating that a script has been added.

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Repeat these steps for the MOVE_3 block item. In the Block Diagram Editor, click the Edit button to switch to Edit mode, then select the MOVE_3 block item in the Tree View. In the Property Editor, select the Instance Script field and click the ellipsis button . The script Edit Text dialog box displays with the default Instance Script: Block.Include = Device.Attribute("Attr1").BoolValue Add the text NOT between the equal sign and the word Device in the script to negate the expression as follows: Block.Include = NOT Device.Attribute("Attr1").BoolValue Save the library container by clicking the Save Configuration button the toolbar, then close the editor by clicking the Exit button . Open the controller component by double-clicking it in the system editor. Click the General tab. From the Tree View, select the Attributes item. From the Summary View, click the Value cell of the Attr1 row, then click the ellipsis button to display the Modify Value dialog box. Change the value to True using the drop-down box,then click OK. on

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10 Click the Software tab. From the Tree View, locate the Prog1 item. If it is collapsed, click the plus symbol to expand it.

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11 From the Tree View, right-click the user block Lib1Usb1, then select Instance from the shortcut menu to update the user block. The user block contents display in the Summary View with MOVE_1 and MOVE_2 blocks. MOVE_3 was excluded by the instance script created in step 8 because Attr1 is set to True. 12 Click the General tab. From the Tree View, select Attributes. As before, click the Value cell in the Attr1 row, then click the ellipsis button. In the Modify Value dialog box, set the attribute value to False and click OK. 13 Return to the Software tab. Right-click the Lib1Usb1 user block and select Instance from the shortcut menu. This is the same operation that was performed before, but since Attr1 is now set to false, the instance scripts will cause the block MOVE_2 to disappear and the block MOVE_3 to display on the diagram instead. 14 Save the component by clicking the Save Configuration button toolbar, then close the editor by clicking the Exit button . To substitute text into a user block with an attribute 1 2 3 Open the System Editor for the test system created in the previous examples. From the System Editor, open the Library Container Editor by doubleclicking the Libraries item in the Tree View. From the Tree View, expand Lib1 and right-click the user block Lib1Usb1 to display the shortcut menu. on the

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From the shortcut menu, select Add User Attribute to display the Add New User Attribute dialog box.

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Change the attribute name to Attr1_u to differentiate it from the previously created Attr1 and click OK. A new Attributes item will display in the Tree View under the Lib1Usb1 user block definition.

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From the Tree View, select the Attributes item. The Summary View displays a list of attributes.

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Change the Attr1_u data type to STRING by clicking the Type cell (which currently contains UNDEFINED), then selecting STRING from the drop-down list.

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Change the PromptForInput cell of Attr1_u to True. (You may have to scroll right in the Summary View to locate the PromptForInput column.) Now that the attribute has been created, create a user block variable with text substitution in its name. From the Tree View, click Variables.

10 From the Summary View, click the Name cell in the Append row (indicated by an asterisk *) and {Attr1_u}_thing as shown below. Leave the data type set to the default value, BOOL.

11 Text substitution can also be used in variable connections. To connect the variable that was just created, click the MOVE_1 block in the Tree View to display the Block Diagram Editor.

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12 Click the Edit toggle button in the Summary View, then double-click the enable pin of the MOVE_1 block. The Connect Pin dialog box displays.

13 Click the Local Variable option button. Then, enter the variable name {Attr1_u}_thing in the text box and click OK. The block diagram updates to reflect the new connection.

14 Save the library container by clicking the Save Configuration button the toolbar, then close the editor by clicking the Exit button . 15 To see the text substitution in action, open the Component Editor for the controller by double-clicking G1 in the System Editor. 16 Click the Software tab. From the Tree View, locate the Prog1 item. If it is collapsed, click the plus symbol expand it.

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20 From the Tree View, right-click the Lib1Usb1 item, then select Instance. The value entered for Attr1_u will be substituted into the variable {Attr1_u}_thing and into the MOVE_1 ENABLE pin connection, creating a variable named ABCDEFG_thing.

21 To verify that the variable name substitution has occurred, click the Variables item under Lib1Usb1. The ABCDEFG_thing variable will display in the Summary View.

22 Save the component by clicking the Save Configuration button toolbar, then close the editor by clicking the Exit button .

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Chapter 4 Mark VIe Component Editor
To open a Mark VIe

Component Editor

From the Tree View, double-click a component.
The Summary View provides an overview of the item selected in the Tree View. It can be used to monitor or edit an item. Tabbed pages organize the different elements of the component’s configuration. The Tree View lists all major component items. The list changes when a different tab is selected. The Property Editor allow you to edit the item selected in the Tree or Summary View.

The Component InfoView displays feedback information on the currently selected tab.

To edit the component From the Component Editor, click an item in the Tree View. The configuration information for that item displays in the Summary View and Property Editor.

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Summary View
The information displayed in the Summary View depends on the item selected in the Tree View. There are many types of summary views ranging from the block diagram, which is specialized to edit application software, to simple lists of referenced files where no editing is possible.

Property Editor
The Property Editor allows you to view and edit the properties of the selected item. Properties are named values associated with the selected item. The configuration item displays in the left field and the value displays in the right field.
The Min-Max button allows you to quickly resize the Tree View and Property Editor within their shared view. The List by Category button allows you to view the list of properties organized by category.

Double-click on the double bar to view the Property Editor in a separate detached window. The Alphabetical List button allows you to view the list of properties arranged alphabetically by name.

To edit a property in the Property Editor From the Property Editor, select an item by clicking its value field. The field can display several options: Click the Ellipsis Click the button to change the value from a dialog box.

drop-down list button to change the value from a drop-down list.

If no button displays, edit the value directly in the corresponding text box on the right side of the Property Editor.

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Component InfoView
The color on the Status tab indicates the overall state of the controller.

The Component InfoView contains several tabs that provide status information. (Depending on the open component type, additional tabs may also be available.) Log tab displays messages related to user commands or system events issued in the ToolboxST configuration. Tip If there is a build problem, the error is listed on the Log tab. Double-click the error. The input focus goes to the location in the component configuration where the error occured. Status tab displays operating state and equality information about the Mark VIe component. History tab keeps a navigation history for each user session and allows you to return to different places in the editor. Each time an item is selected in the Tree View or Summary View, the name of that item is added to the top of this list. Where Used tab tracks variables in the Tree View or Summary View and displays all other places in the controller where they are used. Tip From the Where Used tab, double-click the desired item. The input focus goes to the view represented by that line and the item is selected. The write icon that displays at the beginning of some lines indicates that the variable is being written at that location. Find Results tab displays the results of the Finder. Info tab displays context-sensitive descriptions for the selected Tree View or Summary View item.

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Security
The security provided in the ToolboxST application is based on passwords entered by the user. Passwords ensure that only authorized persons can view or make changes to system components. The three different kinds of protection available are called Access Rights. • Modify Data allows you to make changes to data values associated with an object without changing how it works. For example, it protects the initial value of a variable defined in a controller. The purpose of this right is generally to keep unauthorized persons from making unsafe changes to settings. View Design allows you to view the internal design of a protected object. For example, this protects the internal design of a library block. The purpose of this right is to protect intellectual property from unauthorized persons. Modify Design allows you to change the way a protected object works. For example, this protects block creation and editing of connections within a library block diagram. The purpose of this right is to limit the ability to change how the system works to authorized persons.

A protected object can have one or more of these access rights (refer to the section Protected Objects). Each right can have a different password set on it. Some objects can be protected if they are contained in another parent object, which is protected by its own password(s).

Passwords
Whenever you attempt to perform an operation on a protected object, the Enter Password dialog box displays.
The title bar indicates which access right is protected.

Protected Location indicates which object is protected within the system. Although some object(s) may not be protected, the object can be contained within another protected object. It is important to know which object is asking you to enter a password.

Enter the password, then click OK.

Note Passwords are case-sensitive – secret and Secret are not considered to be the same password.

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To change an existing password 1 2 From the Property Editor, expand the Protection item. Select the desired access right, such as Modify Design, and then click the Ellipsis button. If there is already a password on that access right and it has not yet been entered, you are first asked for the password before being allowed to change it. The Change Modify Design Password dialog opens.

The title bar indicates which access right the change will apply to, for example, Modify Design. Enter the new password twice. A valid password consists of six or more characters, letters, or numbers, and is case-sensitive.

Click OK to apply the change.

Password Caching
The security system caches passwords that were previously entered so that once you enter a unique password, you don’t have to enter that password again. Separate caches are maintained for the system and each major component (such as a Library Container or a Device). A cached password remains until the component is closed. Tip If you have performed an operation in the ToolboxST application that requires entering a password, it is recommended to close the protected component when you are done so that an unauthorized user does not gain inappropriate access.

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Viewing Protection Status
The protection status for an object displays in the Property Editor for that object. The following example shows the protection for a user block library.

From the Property Editor, expand the Protection item to display that all three access rights are available for Libraries Lib1.

To view the design of blocks in this library, you must know the View Design password.

There are four possible status indications for each access right:
No password has been set on this object and none is required A password has been set on this object and has not been entered A password has been set on this object, but has already been entered A password has been set on this object’s parent, but has not been entered

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Protected Objects
Specific actions governed by each access right depend on the specific component type. Examples of protected objects are: System can only have a Modify Design password. If present, it prevents you from adding or deleting system components. Device can have Modify Data and Modify Design passwords. Modify Data prevents you from saving changes or changing initial values for variables defined in the component's application software. Modify Design prevents you from modifying any aspect of the hardware or software configuration for the component. User Block Library can have passwords for all three-access rights. They have no direct effect on the block library, but are inherited by all block definitions within that library. User Block Definition can have passwords for all three-access rights. If block passwords are not applied, the passwords on the library container will apply to the definition. User Block Instanced in a program can be given its own passwords for Modify Data, Modify Design, or View Design. If none are assigned, it takes on the Modify Data and Modify Design protection for the parent component. The passwords assigned to an instance of some block in a user block library will initially be set to the passwords that were in force in the definition of that block. Once instanced though, any changes to the protection on the block definition will not propagate to instances of that block.

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Data Grids
Data Grids are used to view or edit many of the configuration properties available in ToolboxST component editors. While each Data Grid contains different columns and properties, several features are common to all Data Grids, including column resizing, clipboard operations, and multi-row editing. Note Some Data Grids, especially those without an Append Row, may not support all features described in this chapter.
Drag borders to resize columns Column headers

Click to select entire grid.

Sort indicator

Row headers Currently selected row Append row

Selected cell

Editing Data
To...
Edit a text or numeric value Left-click inside the cell to be modified. The cell changes into a text box. Edit the contents of the cell as desired, and then press Enter to save your changes. Edit an enumerated value Left-click inside the cell to be modified. The cell changes into a drop-down list. Click the down arrow and select the desired value for the cell. Edit a complex value Left-click inside the cell to be modified. The cell changes into a text box with an ellipsis button, indicating that a dialog box is available to change the ellipsis cell contents. To display the dialog box, click the button. Quickly set a property to the same value for multiple rows Left-click the row header for the first row to be edited. Then, while pressing the CTRL key, left-click added row headers. After selecting all desired rows, use the Property Editor to change properties for all selected rows. (Some properties are omitted when a group of rows is selected, and properties with conflicting values will display no value in the property editor.)

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Organizing Columns
The columns of a data grid can be customized. You can select the columns that display, their order from left to right, their width and the sort criteria. To...
Resize a column Quickly remove a single column Move a column to a different location Sort by a column

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Drag the vertical bar on the right of the column header to a new location. Right-click the column header and select Hide Column. Drag the column header to a new location. Click a column header. The column will sort in ascending order. To sort in descending order, click the column header again. Right-click any column header and select Default Column Organization. Right-click any column header and select Organize Columns to display the Organize Columns dialog box.

Reset columns to the original configuration Add or remove columns

Add all available columns to the data grid. Add selected column to the data grid.

Move the selected column up or down in the column order.

Remove selected columns from the data grid.

Remove all columns from the data grid.

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Copying and Moving Data
To…
Copy and paste a single row

Do this:
Right-click the header for the source row and select Copy Selected/Current Rows to place the source row on the clipboard. Then, right-click the header for the append row in the destination grid and select Paste Row(s) to insert the row into its new location.

Copy and paste multiple rows

Left-click the row header for the first source row. Then, while pressing the CTRL key, left-click added row headers. After selecting all desired rows, continue to hold down the CTRL key and right-click any selected header. From the shortcut menu, select Copy Selected/Current Rows to place the rows on the clipboard. Then, in the destination right-click the header for the append row grid and select Paste Row(s) to insert the rows into their new location.

Copy and paste a range of two or more cells

Click the top left cell of the desired range and drag to the bottom right cell. Right-click the selected region and select Copy Selected/Current Rows to place the cells on the clipboard. Then, click the top left cell of the destination range and drag to select the same number of columns and rows that were copied to the clipboard. Right-click inside the destination region and select Paste Row(s). Arrange windows on screen so both the source and destination grid are visible. (An entry in a Tree View is acceptable as a destination) Left click the row header for the first row. Then, while pressing CTRL, click any added row headers to be moved. Release the CTRL key and drag a row header to the new data grid. Arrange windows on screen so both the source grid and a destination block diagram, Trender window or watch window are visible. Then, drag the row header for the variable to the destination window.

Move rows between data grids

Add a variable to a block diagram, Trender window or Watch Window from a data grid

Tip You can copy and paste rows between different data grids if the columns match by following the above procedures and navigating to a different data grid before pasting the data. Tip Cells in a data grid can also be copied to and pasted from Microsoft Excel. The copied data is stored in .csv format, which contains no information about column names. To make sure pasted data is placed into the proper columns, do not change column ordering and always select the exact destination range in the ToolboxST configuration before pasting data from Excel.

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General Tab
The General tab allows you to configure general properties and attributes of a Mark VIe controller, including redundancy (simplex, dual, or Triple Modular Redundant (TMR)) and frame rate (its basic scheduling rate). To configure Mark VIe general features From the System Editor, double-click the Mark VIe Component to display the Mark VIe Component Editor. The General tab is selected by default.
Tree View lists the items that can be configured on the General Tab . The list of items changes when a different tab is selected.

Property Editor provides a consistent way to edit the item currently selected in the Tree View .

Component InfoView displays feedback information about the currently selected item.

Summary View provides an overview of the controller.

The following properties are available in the Property Editor when the General item is selected in the Tree View: Description is a freeform field to store comments about the current controller. Frame Period determines the frame period in milliseconds. A frame is the basis for MarkVI scheduling; the frame period determines the fastest scan time, the rate at which first class I/O is scanned, and the fundamental frequency for the scheduling of all tasks. Major Revision is the time of the build performed after the most recent major change. (Major changes require the controller to be restarted after download.) Minor Revision is the time of the build performed after the most recent minor change (minor change do not require a controller restart). Name reflects the name of the current controller as set in the System Editor. It is read-only in the Mark VIe Component Editor and must be changed from the System Editor.

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NTP Configuration Mode determines how the Network Time Protocol client synchronizes the controller time. Valid options are: • • • Disabled – The controller does not perform any time synchronization. Broadcast – The client listens for NTP broadcasts on the network. Unicast – The client uses the specified servers to obtain the time.

NTP Configuration Primary Server is the IP address of the primary server used when unicast mode is selected. NTP Configuration Secondary Server is the optional IP address of a secondary (backup) server used when unicast mode is selected. Platform is the type of hardware on which the Mark VIe control code is executed. Product Version is a read-only property that reflects the version of the Mark VIe product associated with the selected component. The version number is set when the configuration is first created and is updated with each Upgrade operation. Profiler Enabled determines if the controller load profiler is enabled. This feature is not yet implemented. Protection provides the following two access rights: Modify Data permits modification of data values and the forcing of variables. Modify Design permits modification of the design of the controller. Redundancy determines the level of redundancy of the controller. The following choices are available: • • Simplex – a single non-redundant controller. Dual – a two-controller configuration where one controller provides backup for the other.

TMR – a triple module redundant configuration where there are three controllers that vote on decisions for reliability.

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Attributes
Attributes are device-level values that affect how the configuration is generated. When the Attributes item is selected in the Tree View, a grid displays in the Summary View to view and edit controller attributes.

The following columns are available: Name is a unique identifier for the attribute. Description stores added comments about the attribute. Type sets the data type of the attribute. Value displays and modifies the current attribute value. Array Length determines the number of elements in the array the attribute represents if set to a number greater than zero. (A value of zero indicates that the attribute is not an array.) Prompt determines if the user is asked for values when the attribute is used in instance scripts. Additionally, when the Attributes item is selected in the Tree View, the property editor displays the protection passwords for the attributes. The following protection options are available: Modify Data permits the modification of the values of device attributes. Modify Design permits the modification, addition and removal of device attributes. View Design permits the user to view the device attributes.

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Attribute Value Editor
The Attribute Value Editor provides a way to enter values for a wide variety of data types. To open the Attribute Value Editor From an attribute Data Grid, click a Value Cell, and then click the ellipsis button. The Modify Value dialog box displays.

Name of the attribute being edited. Value of the attribute. If the attribute uses an enumeration, use this drop-down box to select a predefined value.

Added boxes are used when an attribute is an array.

If checked, attribute values are restricted to an enumeration (a predefined set of allowable values.)

Sets the data type of the attribute.

To add a value to the enumeration, fill in the Name, Value and (optionally) Description boxes, and then click the Add button.

The values currently in the enumeration.

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Network Adapters
The network adapters that are present in the controller display as items in the Tree View. The number of adapters depends on the controller’s hardware type and configuration. In most applications, Mark VIe controllers have four network adapters. The first adapter provides connectivity to the Unit Data Highway (UDH), and any additional adapters are used for I/O networks. Some adapter properties may be disabled in certain configurations.

When a Network Adapter item is selected in the Tree View, the following properties display in the Property Editor: Enabled disables the selected network adapter if set to False. (This property is usually unavailable.) Host Name is the Internet Protocol (IP) host name for the selected network adapter. IP Address is the IP Address for the selected network adapter. Wire Speed is the speed of the network to which the selected adapter is connected. Network sets the network connected to the selected adapter. (Available networks are determined in the System Editor.) Subnet Mask controls which portions of the IP address are deemed significant. (This property is usually unavailable; for I/O networks, the subnet mask is always a fixed value, and for other networks defined at the system level, the subnet mask is configured in the System Editor.)

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Hardware Tab
The ToolboxST application manages I/O packs and terminal boards through a logical unit called an I/O module. An I/O module consists of up to three I/O packs connected to a main terminal board and (optionally) one or more auxiliary terminal boards. The configuration is known as a simplex configuration when one I/O pack is present, dual if two I/O packs are present, and TMR if three I/O packs are present. (The configuration of module redundancy is independent of the network redundancy and controller redundancy settings.) To help with identification and version management, each I/O pack has an I/O compatibility code and a configuration compatibility code. These codes identify the I/O map layout and the configuration area for a pack. For each compatibility code set, there are multiple hardware forms used to identify physical characteristics of the pack. Each I/O pack module that can be added to a Mark VIe controller is identified by both its hardware form factor and its compatibility codes. For example, PDOA_2_2 represents the discrete output module with I/O compatibility code 2 and configuration code 2.

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Network Redundancy
A controller can have one, two or three I/O networks in a simplex, dual or TMR configuration. The configuration of network redundancy is separate from controller redundancy and module redundancy. To change the network redundancy From the Hardware tab Tree View, select the Distributed I/O item.

Select the Network Redundancy item in the Property Editor, then select Simplex, Dual, or TMR from the drop-down list.

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Adding Modules
To add a module to a component configuration From the Hardware tab, right-click the Distributed I/O item in the Tree View and select Add Module to display the Insert Module Wizard.

Select an I/O pack redundancy type

Select a module type. (The types of available modules vary based on I/O pack redundancy.

Click Next.

Note If the module being added does not have an auxiliary terminal board, the window shown below will not display.

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Click the view information about the currently selected module version. Use the drop-down list to select a module version. Listed module versions depend on the available compatibility codes. If this check box is selected, the module must be present and functioning for the controller to go online.

Click Next.

The Cabinet and TB Location display in these fields. Select the hardware from the drop-down list in the HW Form field. Select the terminal board type from the drop-down list in the Type field. To add auxillary terminal boards, click in the Phys Pos field. A drop-down list display if more than one is available.
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Review the configuration summary, and then click Finish to add the new module.

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Organizing Modules
Modules can be organized into groups. To create a group From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click the Distributed I/O item and select Add Group from the menu. Type a name and a description for the group. Also select the type and icon for the group and then click OK.

To add modules to a group From the Hardware tab Tree View, drag a module to the desired group. When the mouse pointer changes to a the module. symbol, release the mouse button to move

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Modifying Modules
To modify an existing module From the Tree View, right-click the module to modify, then select Modify Module from the shortcut menu to display the Modify: [module name] dialog box.

Special Modules
Calibrating PSVO Valve Circuits
PSVO valve calibration allows you to configure the valve circuits of the PSVO module I/O pack. The Calibrate Valve dialog box provides an automated sequence as well as a verification mechanism to configure and maintain PSVO values for each valve circuit. Note Only one valve can be calibrated at one time. To open the Calibrate Valve dialog box 1 2 3 From the Component Editor, click the Hardware tab. From the Tree View, select the desired PSVO module. From the Summary View, select the Module Variables tab, and then click the On/offline button on the taskbar to go online.

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In the Summary View, scroll to CalibEnab1, and then double-click it in the row header.

Note Only enabled regulators can be calibrated. 5 6 7 From the Summary View, click the Regulators tab. From the Regulators drop-down list, select the desired regulator. Click the Calibrate button. The Calibrate Valve dialog box displays.

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Click the Calibration Mode button to enable all command buttons and to start the calibration command in each I/O pack. A Trender window displays dynamic signals.

Note Do not make any changes to the regulator configuration during valve calibration. Each calibration command is monitored by the ToolboxST application to verify performance. 9 To exit calibration mode, click the Calibration Mode button again.

Auto Calibrate Commands
Auto Calibrate commands occur in the following sequence: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Click Minimum End to stroke the actuator to the minimum end position. Click Fix Minimum End to read the voltage at the minimum end position. Click Maximum End to stroke the actuator to the maximum end position. Click Fix Maximum End to read the voltage at the maximum end position. Click Calibrate to use the calculated values. Click Save to save the calculated values.

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Note Only one command state can be active at any one time. The calculated values are saved to the application code area of each I/O pack, and to the current configuration loaded in the ToolboxST application.

Verification Commands
Verification commands, which are not performed in any sequence, are as follows: • • • • • Click Position to step and monitor the position. Click Current to step and monitor the current. Click Manual to enable manual movement of the actuator (used in conjunction with the Send button). Click Send to send the value in the SetPoint textbox to the I/O pack. Click OFF to exit verification mode.

Note LVDT Voltages are the values that represent the minimum and maximum actuator positions stored in the I/O pack. These values are not live data. They display after the Save button is selected. The ToolboxST application monitors the calibration permissive and calibration command. If the permissive is lost, all calibration and verification buttons on the dialog box are disabled. If the calibration command cannot be activated or is lost, all calibration and verification buttons, with the exception of the Calibration Mode button, are disabled.

Configuring a HART I/O Device
To add HART I/O devices to a component configuration, a PHRA module must be added in a cabinet group.

To configure PHRA module for HART Devices 1 2 3 4 From the Component Editor, click the Hardware tab. From the Tree View, select the PHRA I/O module. From the Summary View, click the Parameters to configure PHRA module for an Asset Management System (AMS), if applicable. From the Summary View, click the Inputs and Outputs tabs. Enable and configure each input and/or output needed for the HART devices.

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Note I/O Input Type must be configured for 0-20ma.

To upload HART device IDs 1 2 3 From the Component Editor, click the Hardware tab. From the Tree View, select the PHRA I/O module. Right-click module and click Upload Hart IDs.

PROFIBUS
The PROFIBUS master gateway (PPRF) is a PROFIBUS DPV0, Class 1 master that maps I/O from PROFIBUS slave devices to Mark VIe controllers on the I/O Ethernet. There are two redundancy options: • • Simplex provides a single I/O pack gateway to the PROFIBUS network. HotBackup provides dual I/O packs, with one active gateway and one backup.

Note Only one I/O pack can be actively communicating with its associated PROFIBUS network.

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To add a PPRF module 1 2 From the Component Editor, click the Hardware tab. From the Tree View, right-click the Distributed I/O item and select Add Module. The Insert Module Wizard dialog box displays.

Select an I/O pack redundancy type.

Select the module type.

Click Next .

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Click to view information about the currently selected module version.

Click Next .

Click Finish to add the new module.

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To add a PROFIBUS slave device 1 From the Component Editor Tree View, right-click the Distributed I/O item, then select GSD Manager.

Note The GSD Manager is not available until a PPRF module has been added.

The GSD Manager dialog box displays.

The Add File button adds selected PROFIBUS device file(s) to the configuration.

The Remove File button removes selected PROFIBUS device file(s) from the configuration.

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Select a file(s), then click the Add File button.

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From the Hardware tab, Tree View, highlight the PPRF module, then click the PROFIBUS Network tab in the Summary View to configure the network.

PROFIBUS Network view

Slave device

Slave Device view

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From the Device view, insert the slave device into the network by selecting and dragging the device to the purple-colored line in the PROFIBUS Network view.

The slave device displays as a graphic. Double-click on the device to begin configuration.

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Note Any changes made in the PROFIBUS Network tab cannot be undone through the ToolboxST Undo option under Edit. The slave device opens with the Modules view displayed.
From the Available Modules list, select the desired module. Then either double-click the module name or click the Append button to add this module to the Configured Modules list. You can also click the Insert button to add the module before the selected configured module. Click the Remove button to remove a selected module from the Configured Modules list.
If a change is made, click the Apply button, then click OK to return to the Hardware tab.

Click the pushpin icon to expand and collapse the Tree View.

Note If any changes are made to the slave device configuration and the OK button is clicked, the pack must be restarted after the controller and pack are downloaded.

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Click the General item to display the General View.

The Station Address, which is read-only from this view, displays the device address.

Click to enable Watchdog Control, which allows this device to enter fail-safe mode if an error occurs. The Interval is the time period that elapses before failsafe mode. The default time interval is 200 ms.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

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From the Tree View, click the Parameters item to configure parameters for this module.

Select a parameter, then use the drop-down list to set the value.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

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From the Tree View, click the Groups item to add the slave device to an I/O group.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

For detailed information about groups, click the Help button.

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From the Tree View, click the Extensions item to configure advanced values for this device.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

For descriptions of values, click the Help button.

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From the Tree View, click the DPV1 item to display the screen below.

Note This screen is only active if DPV1 is supported by this device.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

For detailed information, click the Help button.

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From the Tree View, Device Description, click the Device or the GSD items to display information about the slave device.

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

10 From the Tree View, click the GSD item to display the contents of the GSD file(s).

Click the OK button to return to the Hardware tab.

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To configure the master device

In the Hardware tab Summary View, PROFIBUS Network tab, double-click on the PPRF device.

The netDevice window for configuring the master device displays.
Select a master device profile from the drop-down list.

Bus Parameters displays PROFIBUS network properties.

Bus Monitoring displays how the PROFIBUS network will be monitored by the gateway.

Note If any changes are made to the master device configuration and the OK button is clicked, the pack must be restarted after the controller and the pack are downloaded.

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To enable the slave device From the Tree View, click Station Table to display the window below.

Click Activate to enable the slave device on the PROFIBUS network, then click OK .

To display the PROFIBUS network overview From the Tree View, click the Address Table item. The Address View displays.

PROFIBUS slave addresses are changed here.

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To configure I/O variables

From the Hardware tab, Tree View , select a slave device.

The following information displays in the Summary View.
Click in the columns to change values.

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The Variables data grid displays the PROFIBUS configuration, which is defined as a number of module input and output bytes or words. By default, slave inputs are followed by slave outputs. Successive rows may be grouped as necessary to create actual point values that span multiple rows. Packed Boolean values are expanded into a separate data grid as shown so that Boolean MarkVIe variables can be attached to the individual bits.The Variables tab contains the following columns. Connected Variable displays the connection to other defined variables in the ToolboxST application. VarDataType displays the data type of the variable configured in the MarkVIe component. Space can be reserved for unused inputs and outputs, enabling subsequent online loads when variables are added. Fieldbus Point Data Type displays the data type of the slave device I/O point. If the size of the point spans multiple rows of input or output bytes or words, subsequent rows display Continued. The default byte data type for rows associated with configuration bytes must be changed to a supported data type shown in the table below. Note The Direction, Module, and Fieldbus Point Offset columns are read-only.
PROFIBUS Point Data Type Boolean Integer16 Mark VIe Variable Data Type Boolean Integer Float Integer32 Double integer Float Unsigned16 Unsigned integer Float Unsigned32 Unsigned double integer Float Floating point (32 bits) Float Scaling

Note Only certain point-to-variable data transfer conversions are supported. Raw Min, Raw Max, Eng Min, and Eng Max are values used to calculate scaling from raw units (the PROFIBUS point) to engineering units (the MarkVIe variable). Boolean transfers are expanded into individual bits, and displayed in the Booleans tab below the Variables tab. Input Event Enabled, if set to True, enables input event scanning on a Boolean transfer. Note An input events is similar to an SOE, but has a 10ms resolution.

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HotBackUp Redundancy

When HotBackup is selected as the redundancy type, the PROFI_BACKUP_PPRF_R and the PROFI_BACKUP_PPRF_S variables indicate the active and backup pack. The variable set to False is the active pack; the variable set to True is the backup.

PROFIBUS Diagnostics
To display diagnostics
From the Hardware tab, Tree View, click the PPRF, then click the PROFIBUS Diagnostics tab.

If any PROFIBUS device causes a diagnostic, the ProfibusDiag variable will have a value of True. For applications that require diagnostic support, attach a defined variable to the ProfibusDiag. To display advanced diagnostics From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click the PPRF, then select Troubleshoot Module and Advanced. The Advanced Diagnostics Commands window displays. Note The system must be running, and the ToolboxST application must be able to connect to the Mark VIe component. The Advanced Diagnostics window below displays no diagnostics.

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The Advanced Diagnostics window below displays an example of a PROFIBUS diagnostic.

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Viewing Modules
Group Layout

Click the folder icon to select group layout.

Network Layout
Click the folder icon to select network layout.

When you select a module from the Tree View, several tabs display in the Summary View. Each module contains four common tabs (Summary, Parameters, Variables, and Diagnostics). Many modules also contain custom tabs that configure available I/O capabilities. For information about the settings configured by I/O pack-specific tabs, refer to the I/O pack documentation. For example, the following set of tabs (taken from a PDOA module) contains the base set, as well as two other tabs, Inputs and Outputs.

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Summary Tab
The Summary tab displays a graphical overview of the selected module.

Parameters Tab
The Parameters tab allows you to configure all module-specific parameters. After a parameter is changed, updated psuedocode files must be downloaded to the I/O packs, but the download operation is done online and does not require a reboot of either the controller or the I/O packs. Note Some infrequently used parameters are classified as Advanced and are hidden by default. To display Advanced parameters, click the Show/Hide Advanced button on the toolbar.

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Variables Tab
The Variables tab displays available variables from the module that have no physical endpoint. These variables exist only internally in the module, and can be connected to another variable for use in code.

Inputs/Outputs Tabs
This tab contains I/O points (with associated screws in sub-tabs) that have no meaning to software or firmware, such as those used for excitation.

ExtraCircuits Tab
This tab contains input/output variables found on the module terminal boards, which can be associated with the application software. For some modules, these tabs are split into more module-specific input/output tabs that better define their function.

Diagnostics Tab
The Diagnostics tab allows you to check the I/O pack alarms and errors that exist on I/O packs. Each pack has a unique set of diagnostic signals that can be monitored. For more information about the fault codes used in an I/O pack, refer to the Diagnostics section of the I/O pack documentation.
The state of the fault.

Information about icons:
Inactive Alarm(s) Active Alarm(s)

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Status Tab
The Status tab allows you to check the I/O pack version and network communication status.

Prod ID Exch ID Health Period Size Port Recv Cnt Late Cnt

EGD producer ID of this exchange EGD exchange ID EGD health status The cyclic period (ms) in which this exchange is transmitted The size of the exchange in bytes Port connectivity (IONet connection) The number of times the exchange was received

Missed Cnt The number of times the exchange was not received
The number of times the exchange was later than expected I/O pack version equal I/O pack version unequal

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Reporting Module Data
Reporting
The ToolboxST application can generate different types of reports. The I/O related reports are: • • • I/O pack Fault Report I/O pack Revision Report I/O pack Communication Report

Each report contains configuration or diagnostic details about the I/O hardware in a component. To view or print an I/O report From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click Distributed I/O and select Create I/O Report.

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The I/O report for the component displays.

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Upgrading Modules
Modules can be upgraded to a different compatibility code set if one is available. To upgrade a module From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click the module to be upgraded and select Upgrade Module. The Upgrade Wizard displays. For the example module shown below, there are two module versions available: a PEFV with compatibility code set 2,1 and a PEFV with compatibility code set 3,1.

Click a new module version to upgrade the module.

Working Online
Downloading Parameters
After modifying parameters in a module, you must download to the module before the new settings take effect. Downloads to a module are separate from downloads to a controller. To download parameters to a module From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click the module to be downloaded and select Download Parameters.

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Comparing Parameters
While making changes to a module’s configuration, it is often useful to compare the downloadable configuration items currently stored in the pack with the current configuration of the same items in the ToolboxST application.

As module parameters directly affect the operation of the controller and associated I/O packs, always check the Compare Parameters dialog box before downloading new parameter values to a component to reduce the risk of improper operation or damage to the unit. To open the Compare Parameters dialog box From the Hardware tab Tree View, right-click a module to compare and select Compare Parameters. The Differences dialog box displays.
The differences between the controller and the ToolboxST configuration are displayed in a hierarchical tree view.

Click OK to upload the selected values from the controller into ToolboxST, replacing your changes.

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Diagnosing Modules
When a problem with a module is detected, symbols display in the Summary tab. All symbols provide ToolTips. The I/O Diagnostic viewer provides a utility to interrogate I/O pack faults, version, and diagnostic communication data. Diagnostic I/O pack reports can be generated on a pack, module, or component level. Note You must be online to view diagnostics (except for reports).

Click this button to display detailed diagnostic information in the Summary tab.

The following are Tree View Symbols:
Error (ex.link unhealthy) Warning (ex. active alarm) Informational (ex. inactive alarm) Normal

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The Summary tab, with diagnostic information displayed, is shown below.

The following are Summary tab diagnostic symbols:
Inactive Alarm(s) Active Alarm(s) I/O pack version unequal I/O pack version status indeterminate Link broken Link error Link warning Link information

Note Place the mouse over the icon to display detailed messages regarding the problem.

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I/O Diagnostic Viewer
To start an I/O diagnostic viewer From the Summary tab, left-click an I/O pack or terminal board, then select Troubleshoot and General from the context menu to display the viewer.

Note For more information, refer to the section, Diagnostics Tab.

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I/O Diagnostics Report
To create an I/O diagnostic report Left-click an I/O pack or terminal board in the Summary tab, then select Create pack Report. The desired I/O pack report is created.

Software Tab
The Software tab in the Component Editor contains all application software downloaded to that controller.

The Tree View displays an outline of the application software. When Programs is expanded, all programs in the controller display. Under the Programs item are tasks, which can be scheduled. Each user block contains variables, attributes, and blocks. The Summary View displays all software files associated with this controller, including function block library DLLs, user block libraries and program files.

Programs Item
The Programs item holds all programs in the controller. Its shortcut menu contains actions that affect all programs, such as changing library references and instancing all linked user blocks. The shortcut menu also contains commands to add a new or existing program to the controller. Refer to the section, Adding a Program.

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Library References
A controller has two types of libraries: • • 1 2 Function block libraries that describe software that comes as part of the controller firmware User block libraries that combine these function blocks into user blocks To reference a user block library From the Component Editor window, select the Software tab. From the Tree View, right-click the Programs item, then select Library References. The Library References dialog box displays all block libraries in two tabs. From the User Block Libraries tab, select the check box next to libraries that you want to reference in this controller. Clear check boxes for libraries that should not be referenced.

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If all system libraries are included, select the toplevel check box. If all the blocks of a Library Container are included, select the check box for an item at the third level.

To reference a function block library 1 2 From the Component Editor window, select the Software tab. From the Tree View, right-click the Programs item, then select Library References. The Library References dialog displays all available user block libraries.

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From the Optional Libraries tab, select the check box next to libraries that you want to reference this controller. Clear check boxes for libraries that should not be referenced.

Click the Add Library button to add an external function block library. A Browser window displays the available .dll files. This command is a special case where the .dll file contains controller firmware and is not covered in this document.

Instance All
The Instance All command creates a new copy of all linked user blocks from the referenced user block libraries. In addition to updating the user blocks, this command causes the instance scripts and text substitutions to run. Note It is not possible to undo this command.

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Property Editor
The Programs Property Editor has two properties that control how instancing works: Preserve control constant initial values, if set to True, allows the Initial Value property of a variable that is a control constant to be modified at the instance and not overwritten when re-instanced. Remove Unused Variables removes the unused variables for all linked user blocks in this device when the user block is instanced.

Use the drop-down list to select.

Adding a Program
The Programs item allows you to add programs to a controller. To add a program 1 2 From the Component Editor window, select the Software tab. From the Tree View, right-click the Programs item to display the Programs shortcut menu.

Note The Add Existing Program command reads an .xml file from another system or controller into the current controller.

Select Add program or Add Existing Program from the shortcut menu.

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Enter the new program name or select an existing .xml file from the Select Existing Program dialog box.

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Adding a Task
Tasks can be inserted within a program: To add a task From the Tree View, right-click on an embedded or unlinked program name to display the shortcut menu.

Right-click the program name, then select Add Task to display the Add Task dialog box.

Enter a name to insert an embedded block.

Click the Select Library Blocks check box to insert a linked block. Then select a category and a user block from that category. Enter a name for the linked block.

Click All to display all of the categories and Blocks. Click None to de-select all Categories .

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Adding a User Block
To add a user block

From the Tree View, right-click the task name to select Add User Block from the shortcut menu. The Add User Block dialog box displays.

Note The Add Task and the Add User Block dialog boxes are identical except for the title bar, which shows how the new user block will be used. A user block can either be linked from a user block library, or embedded, acting as a container for function and user blocks.

Table Definitions
Many complex mechanical interactions can be modeled using lookup tables. The controller implements these tables using table definitions. A table definition is similar to a signal definition, as both are similarly named and are used in instruction blocks. Table definitions are added under the Programs item in the Tree View. Refer to the section, Importing Table .csv Files. A table definition consists of a name, note, identification string, revision string, engineering units (EUs), data array dimensions, adjust flag, minimum and maximum Z values, and data. The data consists of one or two independent arrays (X and Y) and a dependent array (Z). Tables with a single independent array are sometimes called univariant tables and consist of X and Z linear arrays of the same length. Tables with two independent arrays are sometimes called bivariant tables and consist of X and Y linear arrays and a Z two-dimensional array. Bivariant table definitions display in the Summary View as follows:

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Importing Table .csv Files
Table definitions are multi-dimensional variables used on specific interpolator blocks. They have either one or two input arrays and a matching one or twodimensional output array. A block input is interpolated against the input array or arrays, and an output is interpolated from the corresponding output array. A single data-structure is provided for this function instead of a block so that it can be better identified, maintained, and tracked. Table definitions have special Version and ID text fields, and can be imported and exported to a .csv file. To add a table definition 1 2 3 From the Software tab, select a Program in the Tree View. Right-click the program name and select Import Table.csv file from the shortcut menu to display the Table Definition dialog box. Select the desired table definition file and click Open. The Table Definition file is inserted into the program.

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Program Variables
Program variables are global variables associated with a particular program. The variables display under the Programs item in the Tree View. Undefined variables for a program are global variables that have been referenced in a controller, but have not been defined as part of a program or user block. To add a variable to a program 1 From the Software tab, expand the Programs item.

Right-click the Variables item and select either Add Variable or Add Undefined Variables from the shortcut menu.

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Enter the new variable name in the Add New Variable dialog box and click OK. The new variable is added to the list in the Summary View.

Note Variables can also be added in the Summary View by directly editing the last row of the variable grid.

Property Editor
The Property Editor allows you to edit the name, description, and execution order of the program selected in the Tree View.

Description allows you to describe the program. Click Description and then click to enter text. Name allows you to name the program. Execution Order sets the order of execution of this program in the controller.

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Summary View
The Summary View displays all user blocks and associated scheduling information in that program. The Frame Multiplier and Schedule Offset fields can be changed from this view (see below). The available columns are as follows: Frame Multiplier is the number of frames at which the user block runs. Schedule Offset is the offset from beginning of frame at which the user block runs. Execution Order sets the order of execution in the program. User Block Name is the name of this user block. Period, in milliseconds, is the period at which this user block runs. Calculated by multiplying the frame multiplier by the controller’s frame period, which is set on the General tab. Description is the description of this user block.

To change the frame multiplier or the schedule offset
Click the Frame Multiplier or Schedule Offset cell for the user block row to be changed and select from the drop-down list box.

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Note Since the schedule offset depends on the frame multiplier, it is possible to select a frame multiplier for which the current schedule offset is invalid. This will cause a validation error when you build the application.

User Block
The user blocks of a controller program display in the Tree View below the Programs item under tasks, or other user blocks.

User Block User Block Variable

Instancing a user block updates it to the latest version from the user block library. Embedded and unlinked user blocks are disconnected from the library, so instancing goes through the blocks in that user block and instances the linked user blocks. To instance a user block

Right-click the user block to select Instance from the shortcut menu.

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User Block Variables
User block variables are considered local to a user block, and display under the associated user block item in the Tree View. The variables can only be modified if the user block is either embedded or unlinked, and not locked with password protection. Undefined variables for an embedded or unlinked user block are local variables that have been referenced in the user block. To add a variable to a user block 1 From the Software tab, expand the Programs item to display the Variables item.

Right-click the Variables item and select either Add Variable or Add Undefined Variables from the shortcut menu.

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Enter the new variable name in the Add New Variable dialog box and click OK. The new variable is added to the list in the Summary View.

Note Variables can also be added in the Summary View by directly editing the append row of the variable grid.

User Attributes
User block attributes only display on linked or unlinked user blocks whose user block definition contained attributes in the library. They can be modified so that when their parent user block is instanced, the modified attributes are used in the scripts and text substitutions that access them. Refer to the section, Working with User Blocks.

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User Block Properties
The Property Editor for a user block displays slightly different information depending on whether it is a task or just a user block inserted under another user block. Tasks contain scheduling information, but a user block contained within another user block does not.

Unlink unlinks the user block from the definition. BlockType is the name of the user block definition in the library from which this user block started. Description is the description of this user block. Name is the name of this user block. Protection expands to show the access rights for this user block definition. Version is the user-defined version of a user block. Execution Order sets the order of execution in the program. Frame Multiplier is the number of frames at which the user block runs. Schedule Offset is the offset from beginning of frame at which the user block runs.

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Summary View
The Summary View of a user block displays the block diagram for either the user block selected in the Tree View or its container.
If the task is selected, the block diagram displays the contents of the task, as follows.

If a user block is selected within a task, and the contents of the selected block are collapsed and not visible, the block diagram displays the contents of the task with the user block selected in the Summary View.

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If the selected block is a user block within a task, and the contents of the selected block are expanded and visible, the block diagram displays the content of the selected user block, as follows:

Finally, if the selected block is a function block, the block diagram displays the contents of the container user block with the function block selected in the Summary View, as follows:

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Editing Variables
Variables can be edited in the Data Grid and Property Editors. The Data Grid is used to view or edit variable definitions, and can be configured to display a subset of the variable properties. Refer to the section, Data Grids.
Click a program or user block variable to display and edit a list of variables and their properties in the Data Grid Editor.

The Property Editor allows you to edit properties of the variable you select from the Data Grid Editor.

Alarm, if set to True, enables the variable as an alarm. Alarms are used for problems that require the operator’s attention and acknowledgement. The alarm queue consists of a list of time-tagged alarm state transitions. Alarm Class selects a System Configured Alarm Class, used by the HMI to classify and colorize alarms. Alarm On Zero, if set to True, causes the alarm on a 1 to 0 transition. Requires Alarm=True. Event, if set to True, enables the variable as an Event. Events are stateless messages that are not queued within the controller. When an event occurs, a time-tagged transition message is sent to any HMIs that have signed up for events. Hold, if set to True, to enable the variable as a Hold which is similar to an alarm. The hold queue contains a list of time-tagged hold states in the turbine startup sequence.

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SOE Description cannot be modified. It is automatically entered from the hardware library if the hardware point is defined as a Sequence of Event (SOE). SOEs are similar to event messages except they are associated with I/O transitions, instead of application variable transitions. They are also typically time stamped to a much finer resolution (1ms) than alarms or events. Visibility determines when the pin is shown on the block diagram. Display High Limit is the default upper limit for displays on the HMI (for example, bar-graph or trending displays). If a Format Spec has been specified and this display high attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Engineering Max will be used. Display Low Limit is the default lower limit for displays on the HMI (for example, bar-graph or trending displays). If a Format Spec has been specified and this display low attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Engineering Min is used. Display Screen is the default HMI screen for this variable. Entry High Limit is the default upper limit for setpoint entry on HMI (for example, bar-graph or trending displays). If a Format Spec has been specified and this entry high attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Engineering Max is used. Entry Low Limit is the default lower limit for setpoint entry on HMI (for example, bar-graph or trending displays). If a Format Spec has been specified and this entry low attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Engineering Min is used. Format Spec can be assigned to a variable. These are system-owned format specifications unique for each measurement system and grouped into sets. (For example, a temperature set may contain a format specification for English in degrees Fahrenheit and one for metric in degrees Celsius. Precision determines the number of digits to show to the right of the decimal point. This is the default for precision when displaying the number on HMI. If a Format Spec has been specified and this precision attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Precision is used. Units are engineering units. If a Format Spec has been specified and this Units attribute is not specified, the Format Spec Units is used. If you are using the SDB version of the HMI device, this attribute is not used. Only the format specification's Units string is used. Array is the number of elements in this array variable. Connection allows a variable to be connected to another variable. Description is the description of the variable. Full Name is the fully qualified name of the variable. For example, a variable name gas_fuel_opt in a user block named Config under the Program CORE would have a full name of CORE.Config.gas_fuel_opt. Initial Value allows array length, data type, and enumeration editing. Name is the name of the variable. Nonvolatile indicates that the variable should be saved in non-volatile RAM. Type is the data type of the variable.

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Long Term Deadband allows this variable to be long-term data-collected. Sent as DeadBand to a Legacy SDB. Short Term Deadband allows this variable to be short-term data-collected. Access is used primarily for EGD. ReadOnly variable can be read on EGD. ReadWrite variable can be written to through EGD. NoAccess variable cannot be changed with the ToolboxST application. Control Constant allows a variable to be configured as a setting that is initialized at startup to its initial value. Control constants can be viewed from the toolbar by clicking View\Control Constant. EGD Page is used to assign the variable to an Ethernet Global Data Page. Enter the name of the EGD page to which this variable belongs. Global Name Prefix is the variable's global name prefix type (None, Full, Block, Program). This controls the form of the global name that displays on the EGD page. For example, the name for variable IGVA in user block VG_Health in program CORE would display depending on the Global Name Prefix as: None Program User Block Full IGVA CORE. IGVA VG_Health.IGVA CORE.VG_Health.IGVA

Scope is the variable's scope (Global, Local.) If a variable is local, it can only be used in the program or user block in which it is created. If it is global, it can be used in other programs and user blocks. A variable must be global to be used on EGD. Usage defines the behavior of pins on a user block. Input pins are shown on the left of the user block. Output pins are shown on the right side of the user block. State pins are shown on the right side of the user block. Constant entry is a number. No live data is provided for this pin.

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Dynamic Data Recorder (DDR) Tab
The Dynamic Data Recorder (DDR) feature collects data when specified trigger events occur. The advantage of using DDRs over capture blocks is that DDRs can be reconfigured without having to download application code to the controller. This enables changes to be made to the DDRs without disrupting the controller during runtime. Up to 12 DDRs can be configured for the controller.

Configuring DDR
To configure a DDR From the System Editor, double-click the Mark VIe Component. The Component Editor displays.
From the Component Editor, click the Dynamic Data Recorders tab.

Select the DDR that you want to configure.

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Specific DDR information displays in the Summary View. Edit this information in the Property Editor below.

The Property Editor displays specific information for the selected DDR. Click any item in the left column to display a description of that item. Click the item in the right column to edit. See below for descriptions of each item.

Appearance Name is the user-defined description for this DDR, which is used for the filename. DataRecorder Setup Auto Enable, if set automatically, enables the capture buffer, then re-enables it 60 seconds after it is uploaded. Buffer Control Normal causes the DDR to collect pre-samples before a trigger event and thereafter continue collecting until Enable transitions False or the collection fills the buffer. Circular causes the DDR to collect data indefinitely until Enable transitions False. The buffer will be filled with the newest samples. No trigger is used. Only causes the DDR to evaluate the trigger each execution and only collect data when the trigger condition is satisfied. Data will be collected until Enable transitions False or the collection fills the buffer.

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Frame Period Multiplier extends the sampling period by this multiple. The base sampling period is the frame period. Post Trigger Samples are the number of samples collected after the trigger including the trigger sample. Pre-trigger Samples are the number of samples collected before the trigger. Setup Variables Enable enables the DDR. Trigger triggers the DDR. Trigger Setup Trigger Comparison Type EQ is the value of the trigger variable, which must be equal to the trigger value. GT is the value of the trigger variable, which must be greater than the trigger value. GE is the value of the trigger variable, which must be greater than or equal to the trigger value. LT is the value of the trigger variable, which must be less than the trigger value. LE is the value of the trigger variable, which must be less than or equal to the trigger value. NE is the value of the trigger variable, which must not be equal to the trigger value. Trigger Comparison Value is the value compared to the value of the trigger variable to determine the presence of a trigger. For Boolean trigger variables, the only valid values for the trigger value are 1.0 for TRUE and 0.0 for FALSE. Note that if an analog trigger variable of a different data type is configured, it may be possible to specify a trigger value that cannot be exactly represented by the trigger variable. Users should be aware of this limitation when specifying the EQ trigger condition. Trigger Type Edge is triggered on the rising edge of the trigger variable. Level is triggered on the true condition of the trigger variable.

Status Variables
Status variables, which indicate the status of the associated DDR, are used to determine when to upload the data. Status variables are always integers, and are automatically defined and placed on the default EGD page.

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Adding Variables
Variables can be added to a DDR. When a trigger occurs, these variables are collected by the buffer and are subsequently uploaded by the Recorder and/or Trender. Each variable is sampled for the total number of samples configured. This means that if the DDR is set up to record 100,000 samples with three variables assigned, 300,000 items will be acquired. Up to 96 variables can be assigned to each DDR. Note There is a 12 MB size limit on the memory that can be allocated to the DDRs. If this memory allocation is exceeded, an error is reported during validation. To add a variable 1 From the Component Editor, select the Dynamic Data Recorders tab to display the DDR list.
Right-click the desired DDR and select Add Variable.

The Variable Browser dialog box displays.

2 Select the desired variables and click OK to insert the variables.

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Updating DDR
DDRs are updated separately from the application code download. To update a DDR 1 2 3 From the Component Editor, select the Dynamic Data Recorders tab and click the desired DDR. Click the Build button. From the Device menu, select Download, and then select Update Dynamic Data Recorder. Or, click the Update Dynamic Data Recorder button .

Importing and Exporting DDR
To import a DDR from a .tre file 1 From the Component Editor, select the desired DDR.

Right-click the DDR and select Import Configuration ..

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Note If the .xml file being imported contains the formatting flags %n, it will be replaced by the Mark VIe component Design Memo (DM) number. This is a GE Power Systems project number and can be edited by selecting the General tab and Requisition Info. To export a DDR to a .xml file 1 2 3 From the list of DDRs, select the DDR to be exported. From the File menu, select Export, and Selected Item. Or, right-click a DDR in the list and select Export Configuration from the shortcut menu. Select the desired file and click Save.

DDR Setup
This procedure explains how to set up a DDR to capture two variables. 1 2 3 4 Add a Program to the Software tab. Add a variable DDREnable (Boolean), which is used to enable the DDR. Add a variable DDRTrigger (Real), which is used to trigger the DDR. Add two variables TriangleOut and SineOut, which are connected to the output of the function blocks. These are the variables that will be added to the DDR variable collection.

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Create a User Block in the program, and add two FuncGen blocks. These are in the Data Collection section. Set up the pins on the two blocks as shown below. FuncGen1 is set up as a Sine wave generator and FuncGen2 is set up as a Triangle wave generator.

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Add the two variables SineOut and TriangleOut to the DDR. Set the Frame Period Multiplier to 3, which means a sample will be collected every 120 ms. The base frame period is typically 40 ms. Set the PreTrigger samples to 20 and the Post Trigger samples to 100, so that the entire capture takes 14.4 seconds. The DDR is enabled with the DDREnable variable and the Trigger uses the DDRTrigger variable. The DDR is triggered when the DDREnable is True and the DDRTrigger is greater than or equal to 5.

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10 Go Online to the controller. From Prog 1, select the Variables item. Doubleclick the green live data for the DDREnable variable. Set to True and send to the controller.

The status of the DDR can be checked on the EGD page. When the DDREnable is True and the DDR is not triggered, it is in the Waiting state, as shown below.

11 Set the value of the DDRTrigger variable equal to or greater than 5 and send to the controller.

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When the capture is complete, the status indicates Complete, and the DDR can be uploaded.

12 The Trender is used to upload the capture buffer. From the View menu, select Trenders to add a new trend. The Trender window displays.

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13 Select + and the Trender wizard displays. Select Capture Buffer to select the DDR to upload. The uploaded DDR variables are shown below.

Ethernet Global Data (EGD) Tab
The Ethernet Global Data (EGD) protocol allows you to share information globally between controller components (sometimes known as nodes) in a networked environment. EGD allows one controller component, referred to as the producer of the data, to simultaneously send information to any number of peer controller components (consumers) at a fixed periodic rate. This network supports a large number of controller components capable of both producing and consuming information.

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EGD Configuration
To configure EGD for a controller 1 2 3 From the System Editor, double-click on a Mark VIe component to display the Component Editor. From the Component Editor, select the EGD tab. In the Tree View, select Ethernet Global Data. The Ethernet Global Data properties display in the Property Editor.

The following properties display in the Property Editor when Ethernet Global Data is selected in the Tree View: Collection controls the Collection to which this EGD component belongs when viewed in the EGD management tool (EMT). This information is published to the EGD Configuration server in the GUI component document, GUIDevice.xml. Producer ID sets and displays the EGD Producer ID for this component. This is assigned when the component is created. The Property Editor displays the EGD Producer ID formatted as an unsigned integer, but dotted and hexadecimal representations are available by clicking the ellipsis button.

Produced Pages
Produced Pages are data samples configured to be available to other components on the network. To add a new Produced Page 1 2 From the Tree right-click the Produced Pages item, and then select Add Page. Enter a unique name for the new page in the Page Name dialog box and select OK.

Note When the first Produced Page is created, it automatically becomes the Default page. To select the default Produced Page for the standard signals 1 2 From the EGD tab, select Produced Pages in the Tree View. Select the Default Page Property from the Property Editor, and then select the desired page from the drop-down list.

Tip Any variable defined with $Default as the EGD page name will automatically be placed on the currently selected Default page. To delete a page From the Tree View, right-click the page you wish to delete and select Delete.

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Editing Produced Pages
To configure a Produced Page From the EGD tab Tree View, expand Ethernet Global Data.

Under Produced Pages, select the desired page.

The page properties display in the Property Editor.

The following properties are available for configuration when a Produced Page is selected in the Tree View: Ethernet 0, if selected, causes EGD to be broadcast on Ethernet Adapter 0. (If more than one Ethernet Adapter has been configured for EGD, additional Ethernet properties display.) Mode, when set to Broadcast, sends the page to all EGD nodes. When set to Unicast, the page is only sent to a single destination. Destination IP Address, when set to Unicast, controls the IP address that receives the exchanges. Exchanges indicates the number of exchanges in the selected page. It is updated after a build. Default Page can be set to True if the selected page is the Default Page. To change the default page, refer to the section, Produced Pages. Layout Mode, if set to Auto, automatically assigns exchange numbers and offsets assigned at build time. If set to Manual, exchange numbers and offsets can be entered manually. Minimum Length sets the minimum length of the exchanges on this page. Some components look only at the length of the exchange. This property can be set to a value larger than the current size of the exchange so that as variables are added, the component continues to receive the exchange.

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Name renames the selected page. Period indicates the transmission period of the page in milliseconds. Period Multiplier multiplies the value by the Controller frame period to obtain the EGD page period. (The results display in the Period property.) Skew is used to prevent exchanges with the same period from being produced at exactly the same instant. The skew for the first exchange in the page is set to this value, and each additional exchange skew differs from the previous exchange’s skew by exactly this value. For example, if you have three exchanges in a page and a skew value of 2, the first exchange’s skew is two, the second exchange’s skew is four and the third exchange’s skew is six. (The skew property is measured in nanoseconds.) Starting Exchange ID is used for the first exchange on this page. Each additional exchange will be incremented from this number. When this property is changed, all exchanges are renumbered.

Page Compression
When a page compression is performed, the variables are located in increasing size order, starting with Booleans, then Words, Double Words, and finally all other variables. To compress a single page From the Tree View, right-click the page to compress, and then select Compress.

To compress all Produced Pages in a component From the Tree View, right-click Produced Pages, and then select Compress All.

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Variables
To add a variable to an EGD page 1 2 From the Component Editor, select the EGD tab. From the Tree View, right-click the desired page, and then select Add Variable to display the Variable Browser.

Select one or more variables from the Variable Browser, then click OK.

The Summary View updates to display the new variables. The Exchange IDs and Locations are assigned during the build.

Tip If the variable to be added to the EGD page is already in use on the Software tab, you can add the variable without using the EGD tab. To add a variable from the Software tab, select the desired variable(s) in the Summary View, and then set the EGD Page property using either the Summary View or the Property Editor.

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To delete a variable from an EGD Page From the Summary View, right-click the variable to delete, and then select Delete Selected Row(s).

To copy variable information from an EGD Page to the clipboard From the Summary View, right-click a variable, and then select Copy Selection. The data is copied in Comma Separated Value (csv) format.

Editing Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time
Normally, the exchange signature is managed automatically. The major signature must be incremented when the exchange content changes in any way other than additions to the end. If you are using the EGD Device Editor to configure EGD for a device and the device signature changes only when the manufacturer updates the configuration, you may need to manually set the signature. Note To edit exchange signatures and configuration time, set Layout Mode to Manual. To edit exchange signatures and configuration time 1 2 From the EGD tab, select a Produced Page in the Tree View. Right-click an exchange in the Summary View, then select Edit Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time.

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Review the warning about manual Exchange Signature editing, then click OK.

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EGD Diagnostics
The EGD protocol includes a Command Message Protocol (CMP) to obtain the status of a Class 2 or higher EGD device. MarkVIe is a Class 3 EGD device. When any EGD tree node other than a referenced device is selected, the EGD Statistics from [Device] tab will display the statistics from the open component. When a Referenced Devices tree node is selected, the statistics are obtained from that referenced device, and the name of the tab page changes accordingly. Note You must be online to view diagnostic information.

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Status columns include the following: Exchange is the Exchange identifier <device name>.<exchange number> Configuration Time is the time that the exchange was configured Due Time is the time that a consumer data packet must be received for an exchange to remain valid Status is the health of the exchange Length is the value for a produced exchange. This length may be the highest variable offset in the exchange or the highest offset of a variable, which may have been removed. For a consumed exchange, the value may be the highest variable offset used or the length of the produced exchange, depending on the bind algorithm of the individual tool. Message Count is the number of data production packets produced or consumed since initialization Missed Count is the number of data production packets missed since initialization. A missed packet occurs when a data production message is received that has a request ID greater by more than one than the last message received (accounting for counter roll-over). Refresh Errors are the number of times a refreshment fault has occurred. A refreshment fault occurs when a subsequent data production packet (or initial packet at startup time) does not arrive at a consumer within a pre-defined update period.

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EGD Configuration Server Tab
The EGD Configuration Server tab allows you to view and delete EGD nodes currently residing in the configuration server. The configuration server used is the one defined in the System Editor under the root tree node. If the server is enabled, this tab displays information from that server. Note The EMT provides a detailed view of the configuration server contents.

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The tab control contains a toolbar with two buttons:

The Filter Toggle button defaults to a filtered state. It displays nodes that have the same name but have a different Producer ID as the open component.

The Delete button deletes the selected node or nodes. If the nodes were saved as part of the configuration, they can be added again. The EGD configuration server uses the producer ID to store all the documents for an EGD node. If you open two systems, then point to the same configuration server and save a device of the same name with two different producer IDs to that server, you can end up with two producer ID nodes with the same device name.

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EGD Configuration Server Reports
The EGD Configuration Server tab can be enabled on the System Editor with the root node selected. Refer to Chapter 2, System Configuration, the section System Editor. When enabled, the Produced Pages item will have two additional context menu items, Compare and UnConsumed Data.

The Compare command compares the component's EGD-produced data configuration with the EGD configuration server’s content. The UnConsumed Data command generates a report showing variables produced by this component that are not listed in any other device’s consumed data file. The Referenced Devices item on the EGD tab also has a Compare command that compares the consumed variable information for the open component against the EGD configuration server’s content.

Referenced Devices
The EGD variables defined in other components can be added to the current component’s variable list by adding a reference. References can only be created to EGD-capable devices that are producers of pages. To select referenced devices From the Tree View, right-click the Referenced Devices item, and then select Select Devices to display the Select Devices dialog box.

Select or clear the check boxes next to each component name, then click OK.

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The EGD configuration for the selected devices are loaded and the variables display in the Summary View.

Grayed Exchanges are not available to this component.

When EGD configurations are edited in remote devices, you must refresh the configuration to ensure that the latest variable information is used. To refresh the configuration of a referenced device In the Tree View, right-click the device to be refreshed, and select Refresh.

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Modbus Slave Tab
The Modbus slave feature allows a Modbus master to read and/or write data directly from the Mark VIe, using the Modbus protocol over Ethernet or serial ports. This feature can be implemented using the existing controller (referred to as Mark VIe integrated Modbus) or an additional controller (referred to as Mark VIe gateway Modbus). Using the existing controller allows for a direct Modbus interface, but would expose the controller to the extra loading and burden of serial interrupts when serial communication paths are needed. Because a serial interrupt is critical, the Modbus slave feature supports both serial and Ethernet/TCP capability on Mark VIe gateway Modbus, while only Ethernet/TCP capability is supported on Mark VIe integrated Modbus. Mark VIe gateway Modbus is always run in simplex controller mode without sequencing blocks.
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Configuring Modbus Slave
To configure Modbus slave for a device From a Component Editor, click the Modbus Slave tab.

Select the Modbus Slave option in the Tree View . Configuration properties display in the Property Editor .

Ethernet
Connection Timeout specifies the time in minutes that the slave will remain connected to the master over Ethernet when no requests are being received. The valid range is one to 10. Ethernet Port specifies the Ethernet port to be used for slave-Ethernet communication. The valid port choices are 502 and 503.

Interface
Interface sets the interface type: Serial is only supported on Mark VIe gateway Modbus. Ethernet is supported on both. Shared (both Ethernet and serial) is only supported on Mark VIe gateway Modbus None indicates that the slave feature is not available.

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Serial Settings
Baud Rate specifies serial communication rate (bits per second). The valid choices are 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, and 57600. Data Bits specifies number of bits per character. Only eight bits is supported. Inter-Character Timeout (ICT) specifies the timeout period expressed as character time X 10. For example, 35 represents 3.5 character times, or 0.0036 seconds at 9600 baud, 1 start bit, no parity, 1 stop bit. The valid range is 35 to 1000. Parity specifies check character. The choices areNone, Odd, Even, Mark, and Space. Port specifies the serial communication port (Com2). Response Delay is an additional delay time in milliseconds before the slave responds to a master request. The valid range is 0 to 999. Station specifies the slave address associated with the serial port. The valid range is 1 to 255. Stop Bits specifies serial stop-bits. The valid choices are 1 and 2.

Additional Settings
This section applies to both Ethernet and serial communications. Command Limit limits the number of commands processed per second. This is based on commands that have changed, not commands that are identical to previously received commands. The valid range is 0 to 25. Data Swapped changes the transmission order if the data is greater than 16 bits when set to True. Refer to the example below.
Data Swapped Examples

Settings If set to True

Example 32-bit example: 0x01234567 would be transmitted as 0x45 0x67 0x01 0x23 64-bit example: 0x0123456789ABCDEF would be transmitted as 0xCD 0xEF 0x89 0xAB 0x45 0x67 0x01 0x23

If set to False

32-bit example: 0x01234567 would be transmitted as 0x01 0x23 0x45 0x67 64-bit example: 0x0123456789ABCDEF would be transmitted as 0x01 0x23 0x45 0x67 0x89 0xAB 0xCD 0xEF

Mode is the mode for serial communication. Only Binary is supported. NAK Code specifies the Negative Acknowledge code to be used if data is requested from a controller that is incapable of receiving the Modbus request. Code options are 4, 6 or None. None is selected only if the master needs no reply when communication fails between the Mark VIe gateway Modbus and the target processor.

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Modbus Slave Register Pages
The Modbus Slave tab contains four pages that are used to exchange data with a Modbus Master. The pages differ by the access the master receives to the data (readonly or read/write) and the type of data (a Boolean or a 16-bit word) as follows:
Data Types

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Holding Register Coil Input Register Input

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Read/Write Read/Write Read-only Read-only

The ToolboxST application allows you to specify the variables on each page using a Data Grid. When you add a variable to a page, both the Modbus slave and the selected page are enabled on the controller. As you add and remove variables, the controller is updated so that only pages containing variables are enabled. To completely disable the Modbus slave, remove all variables on all pages or select None as the Interface in the Property Editor. When a variable is added, the following columns display: Connected Variable is the variable that is read or written from the device or the referenced device. A variable must be on an EGD page before it can be added to a Modbus slave page. A connected variable must be added before the other columns become active. Point Data Type determines the variable data type and the registers used to transmit the variable data over a Modbus connection as follows: • • • • • • • BOOL is one bit of a 16-bit word. (This is the only option if the connected variable is a BOOL.) INT is a signed 16-bit word that takes one register UINT is an unsigned 16-bit word that takes one register DINT is a signed 32-bit word that takes two registers UDINT is an unsigned 32-bit word that takes two registers REAL is a signed 32-bit float that takes two registers LREAL is a signed 64-bit float that takes four registers

Address specifies the register address. When a variable is created, the address is automatically set to a value adjacent to the highest address previously on the page, but the automatic value can be modified. Any data types that are 32 bits or more (DINT, UDINT, REAL, and LREAL) should be placed on odd addresses. The valid range for addresses is 1 to 65534. When specifying an address for a BOOL variable, the bit 0-15 within the 16-bit word is represented by a decimal. For example, 1.00 selects register address 1 and bit 0, and 10423.7 selects register address 10423 and bit 7.

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Raw Min, Raw Max, Eng Min, and Eng Max are columns that convert Modbus slave variable data into engineering units. The Raw Min and Raw Max columns control the minimum and maximum for the raw data. The Eng Min 0 and Eng Max columns control the minimum and maximum engineering units to which the raw data will be scaled. (The BOOL data type cannot be scaled.) Name is a read-only identifier automatically generated from the register page name, the address, and, if necessary, an added unique number. For more information, refer to the following links: For Modbus resources, go to: http://www.modbus.org For Modbus protocol, go to: http://www.modicon.com/techpubs/toc7.html

Mark VIe Tools
Reports
Reports provide a variety of controller information in a viewable format. Reports are displayed in a separate window and can be viewed, printed, and saved for later use. When viewing a report on screen, you can also sort, filter, and search the report to quickly locate information.

Variable Report
There are two types of variable reports: • The Variable Global report provides a list of all global variables in the controller. For every variable, the report lists the variable name, description, data type, alarm/hold/event status, initial value, and units. The Variable Configuration report provides a list of all signals and their configuration.

Block Pin Report
The Block Pin report provides a list of all block pins in the controller software. For every variable, the report lists the block pin name, block description, block execution number, connected variable name, data type of the block pin, the program in which block resides, pin description, user (macro) block name, block name, Program running number, and the pin usage description. Note For linked user blocks, internal block pins are not listed.

I/O Report
There are two types of I/O reports: • • I/O Variable report I/O Configuration report

The I/O Variable report provides a list of all hardware inputs and outputs points for the controller. For every I/O point, the following columns are available: IO Variable is the name of the point.

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Description is the description of the I/O point. Device Tag is the ID of the device attached to the screw. Screw Name is the name of the screw on the terminal board. Screw Number is the number of the screw on the terminal board. Cable Number is the ID of the cable attached to the screw. Wire Number is the ID of the wire attached to the screw. Interposing TB is the ID of the terminal board junction, if any, between the Mark VIe and the actual I/O. Wire Jumpers is the external wire jumper. Screw Note provides additional information about the screw on the terminal board. Jumpers provides a list of the module jumpers. Jumper Value is the position to which to set the module jumpers. Sense is used for relay and solenoid circuits only. Sense of relay is connected. TB Name is the name of the terminal board. TB Hardware Form is the module terminal board hardware form Group Name is the group name in the location where the module resides. TB Location is the module position inside the cabinet. Module Name is the name of the module. Bar Code is the terminal board barcode. Connected Variable is the name of the variable attached to the point. The I/O Configuration report provides a list of all IO points and their configuration.

Alarm Report
The Alarm report creates a spreadsheet displaying all the variables marked as alarms. For every variable, the report lists the variable name, description, alarm class, display screen, and a status if it alarms on a zero condition. Variables are marked as alarms in the variable Property Editor.

Hold Report
The Hold report creates a spreadsheet displaying all the variables marked as hold variables. This report lists the variable name, description, and the hold ID for each variable. Variables are marked as holds in the variable Property Editor.

Event Report
The Event report creates a spreadsheet displaying all the variables marked as events. This report lists the variable name, description, and the event ID for each variable. Variables are marked as events in the variable Property Editor.

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NovRam Report
The NovRam report creates a spreadsheet displaying all the variables marked as nonvolatile. This report lists the variable name and description for each variable. Variables are marked as NovRam in the variable Property Editor.

IONet EGD Report
The IONet EGD report provides network communication status values of all IONet communication viewed from the current connected controller. Some values included are the number produced exchanges, consumed exchanges, produced messages, consumed messages, missed messages, and late messages.

I/O Diagnostic Report
There are three types of I/O diagnostic reports: • • • The I/O Diagnostic Faults report provides a list of all alarms pertaining to the I/O. The I/O Diagnostic Revision report provides a list of I/O firmware revisions and expected ToolboxST revisions for quick compatibility comparison. The I/O Diagnostic Network report provides a list of the I/O network communication status values pertaining to each I/O module.

Creating Reports
To create a report Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the View menu, select Reports, then select the desired report type from the drop-down list. Refer to the section, Report Types. The I/O Report displays in a new window.

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Saving, Retrieving and Printing Reports
To save a report From the File menu, select Save Report. In the Save Report dialog box, enter a file name and click Save. To open a saved report From the File menu, select Open Report. In the Open Report dialog box, locate the report in .csv format and click Open. To print a report From the File menu, select Print. In the Print dialog box, verify that the settings are correct, then click OK.

Viewing Reports
To change the zoom level of a report From the Report View menu, select Zoom, then select the desired zoom value from the submenu.

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To sort a column From the Report window, click any column heading to apply a sort to the associated column. The first click will sort the column ascending; a second click will switch the column to a descending sort. To change report columns From the Report menu, select Change Columns to display the Select IO Report Columns dialog box.

Note Because the columns in blue are required, they cannot be moved or selected.

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Filtering Rows
The report filter feature applies rules to a report to display a specific subset of the original report. To apply a report filter From the Report window, select the Report menu, then click Apply Filter to open the Edit Report Filter dialog box.
Lists available comparison and Boolean operators. (Double-click an operator to add it to the equation)

Lists available columns. (Double-click a column to add it to the equation)

Click to add parentheses to your equation. Enter the filter equation to be used in this box. Erases the current filter equation. Click to accept the filter equation as shown. Cancels without changing the current filtering settings.

The following operators are available for use in a report:
< > <= >= <> = LIKE AND OR NOT Left expression must be less than the right expression. Left expression must be greater than the right expression. Left expression must be less than or equal to the right expression. Left expression must be greater than or equal to the right expression. Left expression must not equal the right expression. Left expression must be exactly equal to the right expression. Expression to the left of the operator must match the wildcard expression to the right of the operator. Expressions to the left and right of the AND operator must both be True. Either the expression to the left or to the right of the operator must be True. Expression to the right of the operator must be False.

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In addition, the following rules apply: • When using the LIKE operator, you must include a wildcard * at the beginning and/or end of the right-hand value. For example, [Day Name] LIKE ‘T*’ would select Tuesday and Thursday. You can use as many groups of parentheses as necessary to define an expression. Any string values must be enclosed in single quotes: 'string' To remove a report filter From the Report window, select the Report menu, then click Remove Filter. The filter will be removed and all available rows will display.

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To save a filtered report From the Report window, select the File menu, then click Save Filtered Report.

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Finding Data
The Find feature allows text searches within the report. To find text within the report From the Report window, select the Report menu, then click Find to display the Find dialog box.
Enter the search text. Click to locate and highlight the next instance of the search text in the report.

If selected, the capitalization in the report and the search string must exactly match.

If selected, the find string must be found as a whole (for example, ‘day’ would not match ‘Monday’)

Determines the direction in which the next search will proceed.

Importing an I/O Report from a .csv File
The Mark VIe component supports automated importing of data from a previously generated I/O report.

To avoid potential loss of data, save the Mark VIe component before attempting any import operation.

To import an I/O report 1 2 From the Hardware tab Tree View, select Distributed I/O. From the File menu, select Import, then select I/O Report to display the Open Report dialog box.

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In the Open Report dialog box, select a report, then click Open to import the data. Any data that cannot be imported will be highlighted when the imported report displays.

Forced Variables
Forced variables are variables whose value is permanently overridden with a specific value. They are managed using the Forced Variables window while connected to a controller. To open the Forced Variables window Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the View menu, select Forced Variables to display the Forced Variables window.

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To force a value or change a previously forced value From the Forced Variables window, double-click a value to display the Send Value dialog box. (For more information about the Send Value dialog box, refer to the section, Modifying Live Values.) To remove a single forced value Right-click a forced variable and select Remove Selected Forces. To remove all forced values Right-click anywhere inside the Forced Variables window and select Remove All Forces.

Global Variables
The Global Variables window displays all controller variables that have been configured as Global in one central location. To display the Global Variables window Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the View menu, select Global Variables.
The Property Editor displays properties for the currently selected row in the Data Grid. Click the Filter Toggle button to toggle between displays of modifiable global variables and all global variables.

The Global Variables window is particularly useful when you want to modify a property for multiple variables. For example, to move multiple variables onto an EGD page, select the rows for the desired variables and then change the EGD Page property in the Property Editor. Refer to the section, Data Grids. Because only existing global variables can be changed, new variables cannot be added from the Global Variables window. You cannot make any change that affects the name of the global variable (like Name or Global Name Prefix). Finally, variables from an instanced library user block can only be modified if the Merge Variables at Instance property of the Programs item on the Software tab is set to True.

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Watch Windows
The easiest way to view and organize live variables in a controller is through Watch Windows. Watch Windows are created and saved in a component. They can be exported to .xml and .csv files. To open the Watch Windows dialog box Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the View menu, select Watch Windows. The Watch Windows dialog box displays the windows that have been configured for the component.

Double-click a name in the list to open an existing Watch Window .

Click to access the selected Watch Window. Click to create a new Watch Window. Click to remove a Watch Window from the list. To allow the collection of variables to be used by other components, click to save the window to an .xml or .csv file.

Note If this is the first time the Watch Windows dialog box has been opened for the selected component, the list will be empty. Create or import a new Watch Window.

Managing Variables
Once a Watch Window is created, variables can be managed with the following commands.
Right-click anywhere inside the variable list to display the shortcut menu.

Insert Variable allows you to insert new variables from the Variable Browser. Remove Variable deletes the selected variable. Go to Definition navigates the Component Editor to the location where the variable is defined, such as a program variable grid. Copy Watch as Text copies the contents of a Watch Window (including live variables) to the clipboard as text. This data is in Comma Separated Value (.csv) format so it can be pasted into spreadsheets, text editors, and mail clients. Change Live Value displays the Change Live Value dialog box for the selected variable.

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Variables can be moved to other windows and editors using the drag-and-drop feature. For example, you can drag • • • A block pin from the Block Diagram Editor, and drop it into a Watch Window. A variable in the Watch Window to a block pin on the Block Diagram Editor, forming a connection. A variable from one Watch Window to another Watch Window, copying the selected variable into the target window.

Importing and Exporting
A Watch Window can be saved to an xml file, which can then be imported into another components. This allows you to use a previously selected collection of variables. To export a Watch Window to an .xml file 1 2 In the Watch Windows dialog, select the desired Watch Window, then click the Export button. The Export Watch Windows dialog displays. Select the desired destination, then click Save.

Control Constants
Control constants are special read-only variables that are important to key control algorithms. Control constants must always have a Global scope. To convert a variable to a control constant 1 2 3 4 From the Software tab, locate and select the variable to convert to a control constant. From the Property Editor, locate the Scope property and verify it is set to Global. From the Property Editor, change the value of the Control Constant property to True. From the Property Editor, assign an Initial Value and edit to Property Editor. (Optional)

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Control Constants Window
All control constants in a controller are displayed in the Control Constants window, where the constants can be reviewed and the Initial Values can be modified. To display the Control Constants window Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the View menu, select Control Constants.
Enter a new value into the Initial Value box. Initial Value is the only column that can be modified from the Control Constants window.

Click to display the Modify Value dialog box.

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Importing and Exporting Control Constants
The control constants for a controller can be exported to a comma separated value (.csv) file for external viewing and changes. Previously exported control constant files can be imported back into the controller, but if any fields other than the Value field have been modified, the control constants will not be updated. A sample .csv file is provided below to illustrate the output format: NAME,VALUE,TYPE,UNITS,DESCRIPTION,FORMAT SPECFICATION ControlConstant3,6.234,REAL,,, ControlConstant2,55,DINT,,, ControlConstant6[0],true,BOOL,,, ControlConstant6[1],false,BOOL,,, ControlConstant6[2],true,BOOL,,, ControlConstant6[3],false,BOOL,,, ControlConstant6[4],true,BOOL,,, ControlConstant4,8769.876,LREAL,,, ControlConstant5[0],20.1,REAL,,, ControlConstant5[1],23.2,REAL,,, ControlConstant5[2],34.5,REAL,,, ControlConstant5[3],40.6,REAL,,, ControlConstant5[4],55.5,REAL,,, ControlConstant1,1,BOOL,,, To export control constants to a .csv file Open the Control Constants window. From the File menu, select Export to csv. In the dialog box that displays, select a location for the exported data and click Save. To import control constants from a .csv file Open the Control Constants window. From the File menu, select Import from csv. In the dialog box that displays, select a location for the imported data and click Save.

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Chapter 5 Working Online With a Mark VIe Component
The Mark VIe component is used for control, protection, and monitoring of turbine and driven load equipment. Vital subsystems, such as servo control, vibration protection, and synchronization are embedded in the I/O with on-board processors to optimize performance. The ToolboxST configuration is the maintenance software tool for Mark VIe ™ components. The system has a CompactPCI controller with networked I/O. The I/O processors are located on the terminal boards instead of in centralized board racks. This configuration digitizes the signals on the terminal boards, which can be mounted local or remote, individually or in groups.

Connecting to a Controller
Many actions in the Mark VIe Component Editor require an active connection to a controller. To connect to a controller From the System Editor, open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the Device menu, select Online or from the System Editor, open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the toolbar, click the Online button.

If you are connecting to a simplex controller, a connection is automatically established with the R controller. In a dual or Triple Modular Redundant (TMR) configuration, a dialog box displays to select either a redundant controller (either R, S, or T) or the controller currently designated as the supplier of initialization data.

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Status Tab
When the ToolboxST application is connected to a Mark VIe component, operating state and equality information is available from the Status tab of the Component InfoView window. When used in a redundant controller configuration, the status is shown individually for each controller in the redundant set.
The color on the Status tab indicates the overall state of the controller.

Color
Green

Conditions
All controllers functioning normally. - Control state is controlling - Controller Equality equal - DDR Equality equal

Yellow

One or more of the following: - Control state not controlling - Controller equality not equal - DDR equality not equal - Frame Idle time < 20%

Red

One or more of the following: - Control state is failed - Controller equality has a major difference

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The following example displays the unequal state for a dual redundant control. The DDR Equality attribute text is orange to indicate that DDR Equality is not equal, and the Controller Equality attribute text is red to indicate that a major difference exists. Since the Controller Equality attribute takes precedence over the DDR Equality attribute as indicated in the above table, the Status tab is red.

Controller Attributes
Control State indicates the current state of the controller. When a controller is turned on, it transitions through several states before arriving at the normal controlling state. Valid Control States are as follows:
State
Powerup Master initialization Designated controller determination Data initialization Inputs enabled Input voting Exchange initialization Exchanging Sequencing Controlling Loading Load complete Fail

Description
Power up controller Initialize controller Determine which controller is designated in a redundant controller configuration Perform initialization of non-designated controllers with NVRAM, command variables, and constants Wait in this state for all required I/O packs to start transmitting inputs Check voting inputs prior to execution of application code Populate redundant controllers with dc state variables prior to voting Exchange state variables so that a controller joining a running system won’t have a step in its initial calculations Turn on the application code and execute each task at least once before driving outputs Turn on outputs Online load is in progress Online load has finished. Wait for re-synchronization of redundant controllers Failure has occurred.

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If the indicated Control State is not Controlling, the ToolboxST application can provide additional information as follows:
Move the mouse pointer over the Control State.

Information about the current state displays.

Or, double-click Control State to display the information in a separate window. Controller Equality indicates whether equality exists between the software configuration in the ToolboxST application and the configuration currently running in the controller. Valid states are Equal, Not Equal, and Major Difference. Refer to the section, Downloading to a Controller. DDR Equality indicates whether equality exists between the Dynamic Data Recorder configuration in the ToolboxST application and the configuration currently running in the controller. Valid states are Equal and Not Equal. Designated Controller indicates the controller that is designated as the supplier of initialization data to the other controllers. UDH Communicator indicates the controller responsible for communicating on the Unit Data Highway (UDH) for the Mark VIe component. The UDH Communicator performs tasks such as sending the EGD exchanges and alarms produced by the device. Frame Idle Time is the percentage of CPU time left in the controller after the critical control functions of input, compute, and output have been completed. If there is less than 20% idle time, the status is shown in yellow. System Idle is the percentage of CPU time left in the controller after all functions have been completed. It accounts for the critical control functions, as well as background processing and toolbox communication overhead. System Idle Time Shows: Number of Forced Variables displays the number of forced variables in the controller. Heart Beat indicates whether the controllers are exchanging the Control state variables. If the number shown is incrementing, the Control state variables are being exchanged. Controller Time shows the time that the controller is using.

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Downloading to a Controller
The ToolboxST application is used to configure both a Mark VIe component and its distributed I/O modules. Both the component and the I/O modules have four items of software that can be downloaded: Boot Loader is software that starts the operating system for the controller and modules, much like the BIOS on a desktop computer. Changes to the boot loader are very infrequent. Base Load is software that contains the operating system for the controller and I/O modules. While changes to the base load are more likely than changes to the boot loader, they still occur infrequently. Firmware is the software that provides the functionality of the controller and I/O modules. It can be updated over the lifetime of the controller to incorporate new features and bug fixes. Application Code contains the configuration of the controller as created in the ToolboxST application. Whenever a change is made to the configuration, the application code must be downloaded. There are two types of application code download, online and offline. An online download, which is common, changes the configuration without interrupting control; the new configuration will take effect between control frames. An offline download requires a controller restart and is much less frequent. The type of download needed is determined by the types of changes that have been made to the controller configuration. Boot loader, base load, firmware, and offline application code downloads all require the target device to be restarted. Before downloading new code to a controller, take necessary steps to secure the controlled equipment to prevent equipment damage and/or personal injury.

Download Command
The Download item in the Device menu displays a submenu of commands. Besides the Controller Initial Setup and Download Wizard commands, the following commands are available: Controller Flash Boot Loader is used to install the controller's boot loader on a CompactFlash™ memory card. To use this command, you must have a compatible CompactFlash reader attached to your computer. Update Dynamic Data Recorders updates the standalone data collectors that can be reconfigured without affecting any of the control code. View / Set Time is used to set the time on a controller.

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Controller Initial Setup
The Controller Initial Setup wizard prepares a controller for use by configuring its IP address and redundancy information. A controller cannot communicate on a network until these setup tasks are complete. To set up a controller using the Controller Initial Setup wizard 1 2 3 4 Connect a serial cable from the main board of the controller to a free serial port on your computer. Open the Mark VIe Component Editor for the controller to be configured. From the Device menu, select Download, and then Controller Initial Setup. From the first page of the wizard, click Next to display the second wizard page.

Select the COMM Port to which you connected the controller in step 1. (Refer to your computer manufacturer’s documentation to identify communication ports.) Assign the connected board to a specific redundant controller by clicking the appropriate option button. (If the controller is configured as a simplex or dual controller, some channels may not be available.)

Click Finish to connect to the controller and perform the initial setup. A progress dialog box displays the status of the setup process.

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Download Wizard
The Download Wizard is the primary method of transferring software to a Mark VIe component and its distributed I/O modules over an Ethernet connection. The wizard can automatically examine the configuration of the system to locate out-of-date software, or you can manually select individual items to download. Boot loader, base load, firmware, and offline application code downloads all require the target device to be restarted. Before downloading new software to a controller, take necessary steps to secure the controlled equipment to prevent equipment damage and/or personal injury. To download software to a controller 1 Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the Device menu, select Download, and then Download Wizard to display the Mark VIe Download Wizard. If you have changed configuration settings since the last Build operation, a message box displays indicating that the software is out of date. Click Yes to build the current configuration. The Mark VIe Download Wizard opens. Click the Next button to advance past the wizard’s introductory page.
Click the Scan button to examine the system configuration and locate outof-date software. The Scan operation automatically selects any software items that need to be downloaded. In this example, the G1 controller needs application code downloaded, but the I/O module is up to date.

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If checked, software that was identified as up-to-date by the scan operation is displayed. Reboot Required indicates that an offline download is required to update the application code. When the appropriate software is selected for download, click the Next button. Review the warning that displays, and then click Next again to display the Download page displays.

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Check this box to continue downloading if errors occur. (If an error occurs during the download of a particular target, no further downloads are attempted for that target.)

Click to begin the download process.

Displays the overall progress of the download.

Displays the progress of the current file download.

Click to stop the download process after the current file completes.

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When the download has completed, click Finish to close the wizard. In the Component InfoView, click the Log tab and review the status messages to check for potential warnings or errors that may have occurred during the download.

Upload Wizard
The ToolboxST application can retrieve existing configuration information from a Mark VIe component using the upload wizard. When a configuration is uploaded, it is stored as a new Mark VIe component in the currently open system. The uploaded configuration is useful as a reference for comparisons with other components and for retrieval of existing code. To upload the configuration from a Mark VIe component 1 2 Open a Mark VIe Component Editor. From the Device menu, select Upload to display the Mark VIe Upload Wizard. Click Next to advance past the introductory page of the Upload Wizard. If the Mark VIe is configured as a redundant component, the following page displays with an option button for each available redundant component.

Select a controller, and then click Next.

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(Optional) Enter the name of a group to hold the newly uploaded component.

Enter a name for the newly uploaded component. (It must be different than the current component name and be unique in the system.)

Click here to begin the upload process.

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When the upload completes, click Next to display the final page of the wizard.

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Diagnostics Views
Controller Diagnostics View
The Controller Diagnostics View displays diagnostic messages for a controller component. Diagnostic messages are errors or warnings that occur in the hardware component and could cause the component to function improperly. Retrieving these messages should be one of first steps in diagnosing any problems with hardware, communications, or other related ToolboxST subsystems. To open Controller Diagnostic View for Controller 1 2 From the Main menu, select View. From the View menu, select Controller Diagnostics.

The Controller Diagnostic dialog box displays.
Click this button to clear diagnostic messages with the status of 0. Only these inactive messages may be reset. Click this button to manually retrieve diagnostic messages. Select this check box to show diagnostic messages with status of 1 only. Clear this box to show all messages.

In a Duplex or TMR configuration, use this drop-down list to select the desired redundancy component for which to retrieve diagnostic messages. Displays the timestamp of the message.

The fault code of the message.

The status of the message (0-inactive, 1- active).

The human readable description of the message.

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I/O Diagnostic View
The I/O diagnostic view displays diagnostic messages for a component hardware I/O module. Retrieving these messages should also be one the first step in diagnosing any problems with hardware I/O. To open I/O diagnostic view 1 2 From the Main menu, select View. From the View menu, select Diagnostics and I/O Diagnostics. The I/O Diagnostic View displays.

For more information, refer to Chapter 4, the section Diagnostics Tab.

Administer Totalizers
Each Mark VIe controller maintains a set of 64 counters in non-volatile RAM (NOVRAM) known as Totalizers. Each Totalizer counts the number of times that a particular event has occurred. Events are assigned to Totalizers by configuring a Totalizer block. Only one Totalizer block is allowed per controller. Any user may view the current values of the Totalizers, but to protect data integrity, a special password from GE is required to change them. Note Before modifying Totalizer values in a redundant controller, connect to the R controller and make sure all other redundant controllers are healthy and communicating. To view Totalizer values 1 Establish a connection to the R controller. For more information, refer to the section, Connecting to a Controller.

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From the Device menu, select Administer Totalizers to open the View/Set Totalizers dialog box.

The name of the Totalizer block pin connected to the totalizer. (If blank, the Totalizer has not been configured.)

The name of the variable connected to a configured pin.

The current value of the counter. The values displayed are retrieved live from the controller and are updated once per second as long as the dialog box is open.

Click here to close the dialog box.

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Totalizer Passwords
All users can view Totalizer values, but modifying the values requires a temporary password obtained from GE Energy. Note Totalizer passwords are specific to the connected redundant controller (R, S, or T) and cannot be used on other controllers. To request a Totalizer password 1 2 3 Establish a connection to the R controller. For more information, refer to the section, Connecting to a Controller. From the Device menu, select Administer, and then Totalizers to open the View/Set Totalizers dialog box. Under Totalizer Identifier and Password, click the Request button. A file named Totalizer_ID.txt is created in the same folder as the controller configuration files on your disk. Once the file has been created, it is opened in Notepad.

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Follow the directions at the top of the file to contact GE Energy with the information contained in the file. GE will reply with a new Totalizer_ID.txt that contains a password customized to your installation:

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Highlight the 28-character password and press CTRL+C to copy the password to the Windows clipboard, and then return to the View/Set Totalizers dialog box in ToolboxST. Right-click inside the Password box and select the Paste command to transfer the 28-character password from the clipboard. If the password is valid, a new countdown timer displays below the Password box indicating the time remaining before the password expires. (Totalizer passwords are usually valid for 24 hours from the time of creation.)

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Modifying Totalizer Values
Once you have entered a valid password, you can modify Totalizer values. (For assistance with Totalizer passwords, refer to the section, Totalizer Passwords.) To modify a Totalizer value Open the View/Set Totalizers dialog box and enter a valid password.

From the Totalizers list, click the Totalizer to change, and then click the Modify Selected button to display the Modify Totalizer Value dialog box.

Enter a new value for the Totalizer in the New Value box, and then click the OK button. The value is immediately sent to the controller.

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CHAPTER 6

Chapter 6 Finder
The Finder is a separate window in the toolbox, which contains several useful tools. It can help you find items, such as text, overrides, differences, and variable usage from the different types of components. To open the Finder From the toolbar, click the -orFrom the Edit menu, select Find.
Enter the text to search for in this box. Selects a type of search to perform. (Refer to the section, Find Methods ) Displays a shortcut menu of available wildcards.

Finder button.

Select this box to distinguish between upper and lower case characters while searching. Select to include variable descriptions in the search. Select to include libraries in the search if the scope is set to Entire system or Open Components and a library editor is open. Select to include items in block diagrams (the as text comments) in the search.

Click to begin the search process.

Click to display added options for replacing text. Searches every component from the System Editor, even those without open component editors. Searches all components from the System Editor with open component editors.

Select to keep Finder open between searches.

Searches inside the current component. (The name of the component will display next to the Option button.)

Searches inside the currently selected item (for example, a software program.) If no searchable item is selected when the Finder is opened, this option is disabled.

When a search is completed, the results display on the Find Results tab of the Component InfoView. To jump directly to a location, double-click it in the list.

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Find Methods
A variety of find methods are available that control how the text entered in the Find box is matched to text in the ToolboxST application. Anywhere finds the specified text anywhere within a searchable text string.
A search for
abc

matches
abc abcde xyzabc zabcz

but does not match:
abdc ab bc

Begins with finds the specified text only at the beginning of a searchable text string.
A search for
abc

matches
abc abcde

but does not match:
xyzabc abdc ab bc

Ends with finds the specified text only at the end of a searchable text string.
A search for
abc

matches
abc

but does not match:
abcde abdc

xyzabc

ab bc

Match Exactly finds the specified text only when it is exactly equal to an entire searchable text string.
A search for
abc

matches
abc

but does not match:
abcde xyzabc abdc ab bc abc cde

Match Whole Word finds the named text only when it is exactly equal to an entire word of a searchable text string, meaning it is surrounded on both sides by either punctuation or white space.
A search for
abc

matches
abc abc cde spell your abc's.

but does not match:
abcde xyzabc abdc ab bc spell your abcs.

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Wildcards is similar to Match Exactly, except any single letter can substitute for a ? character and any sequence of zero or more letters can substitute for a * character.
A search for
a?c

matches
abc adc

but does not match:
abdc bc abc cde abcde xyzabc

a*

abc adc abcde abdc ab abc cde

bc cde abc

Regular Expressions processes the text entered in the Find box as a regular expression (sometimes abbreviated regex). A regular expression is an advanced system of wildcards used to match a specific set of text. The ToolboxST configuration supports a standard set of regular expression commands similar to many popular third-party tools. While a detailed discussion of regular expression syntax is out of the scope of this document, there are many excellent books and online resources available with details about regular expressions.
A search for
[cvrm]at

matches
cat cats vat rat mat

but does not match:
sat bat

(Mon|Tues|Wednes|Thurs|Fri)day

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Fridays

Saturday Sunday Fries

var[0-9]+

var0 var9 var7 var48

varx var7a var

var[a-zA-Z]*

var variable varZZZZ

var5 var!

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Replace Options
Besides performing simple searches, the Finder also supports search-and-replace operations. To display the Replace options In the Finder window, click the Replace button. The window expands to include new options.
Enter the text to be substituted for the Find text in this box. Replaces the currently displayed occurrence of the Find text with the Replace With text. Navigate to the next occurrence of the Find text.

Select to keep Finder open between searches.

Replaces all occurrences of the Find text with the Replace With text automatically.

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CHAPTER 7

Chapter 7 Trender
The Trender is a tool used to capture and display trend graphs of variables in the system. It can collect and display values in real time from controllers and other sources, and can display data collected by high-speed coherent data collection systems, such as capture buffers and dynamic data recorders. The Trender also can display previously captured data from a saved data file.

Accessing a Trender Window
Before you can analyze data trends, you must first open a Trender window in the Trender. A Trender window is a collection of traces and data that is saved between uses. You can open a Trender window from inside the ToolboxST application or separately from the Start menu. If you open a Trender window from inside the ToolboxST application, the window is stored inside a component or the system, and you can create as many Trender windows as necessary. If you open the Trender from the Start menu, files are saved with a .trend file extension. To create a new Trender window or open an existing Trender window 1 2 If the Trender application is not already open, select the Windows Start button, Programs, GE ControlST, ToolboxST, and then select Trender. From the File menu, select New to create a new Trender window or select Open and locate an existing trend file. To create or open a Trender window from the System Editor 1 2 3 From ToolboxST, navigate to the System Editor. A list of available components displays in the Tree View. Double-click a Trender window to open it. To add a new Trender window, right-click a container (either the system item or a group) and select Insert New, Tool, Trender). To create or open a Trender window from a Component Editor 1 2 3 From ToolboxST, navigate to the Component Editor for the component that contains the variables you would like to monitor. From the View menu, select Trenders. A list of available Trender windows displays. Double-click an existing Trender window to open it or click Add, enter a name, and then click OK to create a new Trender window.

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To save a Trender window From the Trender toolbar, select the Save button. If you opened the current Trender window from within the ToolboxST application, the Trender window saves automatically. If you opened the Trender window from the Start menu, the Trender window saves to a file. Note While Trender windows opened from the Component Editor are associated with one particular component for storage purposes, they are not restricted to observing only that component and may be used to monitor any variables.

Trender Window Features
Trender Toolbar contains commands for commonly used tasks in the Trender window.

Graph View contains the trend graphs, which display the values represented by each trace. Property Editor allows you to change settings that affect the capture and display of data.

Data Toolbar contains commands that manipulate the current data.
Traces tab displays traces currently being monitored by the Trender window. Sources tab displays sources where data is collected. User Note tab allows you to save comments, instructions, and notes about the current Chapter.

Events tab lists all events that have occurred during the current Chapter.

Auxiliary View contains tabs that display information about the current data.

Mode Indicator displays the current mode (Live or Replay).

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Trender Toolbar
Note The Trender toolbar may have fewer buttons if the current Trender window was opened from the ToolboxST application.
Open existing Trender window Create new Trender Window Print Print Preview Go Online Save current Trender Undo Redo

Data Toolbar
Note The buttons available on the Data toolbar may vary according to the current trace source type.
Record data from live source Add traces Time Axis Reverse & Forward

Pause

Remove selected traces

Zoom In & Zoom Out

Auto-range selected traces

Working in Trender
Acquiring Data
Before you can analyze data, you must import it into a Trender window. Variables can be added to the Trender window live, from capture buffers or from static files. While you may add as many variables as you like to a given Trender window, all of them must come from the same type of data source. (For example, you cannot display both live and static file variables simultaneously.)

Adding Traces
The Trender represents each variable with a trace. (The term trace is used since the Trender works similarly to a digital storage oscilloscope, which displays data by tracing a line across the screen as values are acquired.) As you add traces to a Trender window, the new traces display in the Traces Tab. (Refer to the section, Traces.)

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Live Trends
When a Trender window contains live trends, it displays the incoming data onscreen in real time. Live trends are useful for monitoring systems in continuous operation. To add one or more traces from a live source 1 2 If the Trender window you would like to add the trace to is not already open, refer to the section, Accessing a Trender Window. From the Edit menu, select Add Traces. (or click the Add Traces button on the data toolbar). If there are already traces on the trender, the Variable Browser for the current data source will display, which you can then use to select the variables to monitor. If there are no traces on the trender, the Add Trace wizard displays. If there are traces and you would like to add traces for a different live data source, you may also invoke the Add Trace wizard by clicking the drop-down list attached to the Add Traces button. If this is the first trace added to the Trender window, the Add Trace wizard prompts you for the type of trend to configure. Select Live, then click Next. Select System Component, then click Next. If you did not open the current Trender window from the ToolboxST application, the Add Trace wizard prompts you for the name of the system file that contains the source component. Click the Browse button to locate the system file, then select Next. Select the component from which you wish to trend variables, then click Next. Select the sampling period you wish to use, then click Next. (The sample period represents the time in milliseconds between samples, so larger numbers result in fewer samples.) The Select Variables wizard page displays. Click the Add button to display the Variable Browser, then select one or more variables to monitor. When you are finished, click OK in the Variable Browser, then click Finish in the wizard. The newly created traces display in the Trace tab.

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Capture Buffer Trends
Many components feature different methods of high-speed synchronous data capture. While each method addresses different needs, all methods are accessed as capture buffers in the Trender because they have similar underlying data collection mechanisms. To add one or more traces from a capture buffer 1 2 3 If the Trender window to contain the new trace is not already open, refer to the section, Accessing a Trender Window. From the Edit menu, select Add Traces. The Add Trace wizard displays. If this is the first trace added to the Trender window, the Add Trace wizard prompts you for the type of trend to configure. Select Capture Buffer / Dynamic Data Recorder, and then click Next. Select the component from which to trend variables, then click Next. A list of all available capture buffers displays. Select one capture buffer, and then click Finish. All of the variables from the selected buffer convert into traces and the Trace tab is updated to reflect the changes.

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Static File Trends
In addition to acquiring data from a component, the Trender can also display data from a static file stored on a hard disk. Four formats: Data Collection and Analysis (.dcaST), Comma Separated Value (.csv), COMTRADE, and GE Control System Toolbox Trend (.trn) are currently supported as static file sources. While each of these formats is unique, the procedure to add a trace is identical for all. To add one or more traces from a static file 1 2 3 If the Trender window to contain the new trace is not already open, refer to the section, Accessing a Trender Window. From the Edit menu, select Add Traces. The Add Trace wizard displays. If this is the first trace added to the Trender window, the Add Trace wizard prompts you for the type of trend to configure. Select Static, and then click Next. Select the type of data source to import from and click Next to display an Open dialog box. Select the desired static file source, then click Open. The Select Variables wizard page displays. Click the Add button to display the Variable Browser. The ToolboxST application analyzes the selected file and displays a list of available variables. Select one or more variables to convert to traces. When you are finished, click OK in the Variable Browser, then click Finish in the wizard. The newly created traces display on the Trace tab.

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Obtaining Data
As they depend on the presence of a controller, live and capture buffer traces do not initially contain any data. (The data from static file traces is automatically imported and displays as soon as the trace is added.) Once connected to the controller, the procedure for obtaining data depends on the type of traces present. Data from live traces is captured in much the same way that a video recorder operates (with record and pause buttons), while data from a capture buffer is uploaded from the controller in a single operation. To connect to the controller button on the Trender toolbar. (If any of the source Select the Online controllers are redundant controllers, the Trender prompts you to select a redundant channel before opening the connection.) To begin capturing a trend from live traces button. The Trender On the Data toolbar, select the Record Data switches to Live mode, and the Graph View continuously scrolls the time axis to display the latest incoming data while recording. To freeze the display while capturing a trend from live traces button. Data continues to be On the Data toolbar, select the Pause collected but the Trender switches to Replay mode until the Pause button is selected again. To stop capturing a trend from live traces On the Data toolbar, select the Record Data returns to Replay mode. To retrieve data from a capture buffer On the Data toolbar, select the Upload button. button. The Trender

Trender Concepts
Chapters
When working with live, or capture buffer, or some historical sources, the Trender can record more than one set of data. The basic unit of data capture in the Trender is a chapter. A chapter represents one acquisition session, which is either a single upload for a capture buffer source or a single period between clicks of the Record Data button for a live source. Chapters are organized chronologically, so the first acquisition session is always the first chapter and the most recent session is always the last chapter. A Trender window only displays one chapter of information at a time. Each chapter maintains its own traces and events. The Events tab only displays events applicable to the currently displayed data. Similarly, the user data field is unique to each chapter, so comments about a data set are stored alongside each chapter. To navigate between Chapters or Next Chapter button on the Data Click the Previous Chapter toolbar. (If these options are disabled, there are no other chapters available.)

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Cursors
In Replay Mode in the Graph View, two cursors individually select values of time and together select ranges of time. The cursors are used by a number of functions in the Trender, such as trace statistics, user events, and data export. The time represented by each cursor is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the Trender.
Cursor Active cursor

To select a range of time 1 2 Place the mouse pointer over the diamond at the top of a cursor and drag the diamond to the desired left boundary location. Place the mouse pointer over the diamond at the top of the other cursor and drag the diamond to the desired right boundary location. To select a single time 1 2 Place the mouse pointer over the diamond at the top of a cursor and drag the diamond to the desired value. If the diamond for the cursor that represents the time value you wish to select is not colored white, click the diamond to select it as the active cursor.

Tip When selecting a range of values, there is no left or right cursor – you may arrange the cursors in whichever way is most convenient. The Trender automatically identifies the leftmost and right most cursors. Tip While there are always two cursors on the Graph View, it may appear that there is only one cursor on the Graph View if both cursors are set to the same time value.

Value ScreenTips
If you place the mouse pointer over an axis or a trace in the Graph View, the Trender displays the exact value in a ScreenTip. The ScreenTip remains as long as the pointer is over the selected item.

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Events
During real time monitoring of the controller, certain events may occur such as alarms and diagnostics. As these events occur, they display in the Trender as a small triangle on the time axis. All events in the current Chapter appear on the Events tab, which displays the time and description of each event.

Event Indicator

To jump to an event From the Event tab, double-click on the description of the desired event. In addition to events added by the controller, you can add your own User Events. If added during Live mode, the User Event is placed at the time of the most recently received sample at the instant the Add User Event command is selected. During Replay mode, new User Events are added at the time indicated by the active cursor. (Refer to the section, Cursors.) To add a user event 1 2 3 Select an active cursor. From the Edit menu, select Add User Event. (Or, press the shortcut keys CTRL+M.) Enter a name for the new event, and select OK.

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Working With Trender Data
Graph View Options
The Graph View can display data on either a single graph or a set of stacked graphs. Single Trace mode displays all traces on the same graph, while Stacked Trace mode displays each trace on an individual graph. In both modes, all traces share the same time axis, but each trace maintains its own vertical axis. (If there are too many traces to display stacked graphs effectively in the available space, the Trender may revert to Single Trace mode even if you have selected Stacked Trace mode.) Note In Single Graph mode, the vertical axis markings correspond to the trace listed first on the Trace Tab. Each trace is drawn according to its own scale and, as such, traces other than the first trace may not correspond to the displayed axis markings.

Stacked Trace Mode, Single Trace Mode

To turn Stacked Trace mode on or off From the View menu, select Stacked Traces.

Grid Lines
The Trender can display grid lines that correspond to major axis divisions on the Graph View. These lines, which only display when the Trender is in Replay mode, can be useful when the exact trace values are important.

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To enable or disable grid lines 1 2 3 From the Options menu, select Settings. The System Options dialog box displays with Trender selected in the Tree View. From the Property Editor, locate the category Grid Lines and set the values for Horizontal and Vertical to either True or False. Click OK to close the Settings dialog box.

Sample Markers
When exact values at each sample reading are important, the Trender can display Sample Markers at each sample collection point. By default, Sample Markers display when the current Graph View contains ten or fewer samples. If desired, you can change the Sample Marker threshold.

To set the Sample Marker threshold 1 2 3 From the Options menu, select Settings. The System Options dialog box displays with Trender selected in the Tree View. In the Property Editor, under the category General, enter a new value for Sample Markers. Click OK to close the Settings dialog box.

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Time Axis
The Time Axis controls the range of samples that display in the Graph View. All traces share a single Time Axis, even when Stacked Trace Mode is enabled. To change the range displayed on the Time Axis Click the Reverse or Forward buttons on the Data toolbar.

To display a shorter or longer period of time on the Time Axis (to reduce the duration) or Zoom Out (to Click the Zoom In increase the duration) buttons on the Data toolbar / Click on the time axis and edit the Duration property in the Property Editor. The Zoom In and Zoom Out commands behave differently depending on the current mode. In Live mode, the Zoom In command sets the duration to one third of the current value and the Zoom Out command sets the duration to three times the current value. In Replay mode, the Zoom Out command still sets the duration to three times the current value, but the Zoom In command sets the duration to the exact region selected by the two cursors. (For more information on selecting a range, refer to the section, Cursors.) Tip To quickly change the range of an axis, you can click any point on the axis and drag it to a new location. This operation works for both the value and time axes and is frequently the most effective way to change the displayed set of data.

Traces
The Trender window maintains separate settings for each trace. These settings, which include trace color, sample capacity, and pen width, are accessed through the Property Editor when a trace is selected on the Trace tab. In addition, Value (vertical) Axis settings managed through each trace allow an appropriate scale and range to be determined for each item.

Auto-Range Trace
To display a set of collected samples in the Graph View, an appropriate Value Axis scale and range must be selected. For most data sets, an optimal scale and range would display all collected samples in the selected time range with minimal wasted space. The Auto-Range Trace feature sets the range of the Value Axis for the currently selected trace(s) to the optimal values. Even if you decide to further refine the range of the trace, the Auto-Range Trace feature provides a convenient starting point. To auto-range a trace From the Traces tab, select one or more traces, then select the Auto-Range Selected Traces button on the Data toolbar.

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Manual Range Adjustment
When the Auto-Range Trace feature selects an inappropriate range, or if you want precise control over the range, you can provide a minimum and maximum value for the Value (vertical) Axis. To manually adjust the range for a trace From the Traces tab, select one or more traces, then adjust the Bottom Value and Top Value properties under Range in the Property Editor.

Trace Colors
The Trender assigns each new trace a color from a set of eight colors stored in the Settings window. After eight traces are created, these colors are reused. You may wish to change the color of a trace, especially when multiple traces display on a single graph. To change the color assigned to a trace 1 2 3 4 From the Traces tab, select a trace. In the Property Editor, locate the Pen category and select the Color property. Click the drop-down list and select the Custom (for a color palette) or Web (for a list of named colors) tab. Click the square that corresponds to the desired trace color. The trace updates automatically. To modify the default trace colors 1 2 3 4 5 6 From the Options menu, select Settings. Locate and select the Trender item in the Settings window. In the Property Editor, select the number of the trace (for example, 2nd Trace) to be changed. Click the drop-down list and select the Custom (for a color palette) or Web (for a list of named colors) tab. Click the square that corresponds to the desired trace color. When you have finished changing trace colors, click OK.

Hiding Traces
In some situations, especially with capture buffers, a Trender window contains more traces than you want to monitor at a particular time. Traces in a Trender window can be hidden. They still collect data, but they do not display in the Graph View or the Trace tab. To hide traces 1 2 From the Traces tab, select one or more traces. From the Edit menu, select Hide Selected Traces, or right-click on the selected traces and select Hide Selected from the context menu. To show or hide a trace From the Edit menu, select Show Traces. Select and clear the check boxes next to the trace names as desired, then click OK.

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Statistical Calculations
The Trender can calculate a set of basic one variable descriptive statistics for collected data while in the Replay mode. These statistics, which are calculated only on data in the time range selected by the two cursors, include average, standard deviation, minimum, maximum, and difference (calculated as final – initial). The calculated values display as columns on the Trend tab when enabled.

To display statistical calculations 1 2 3 From the Options menu, select Settings. Locate and expand the Trender item in the Settings window. Under the Trender item, select Replay Columns. In the Available list, select one or more columns to enable. (To make multiple selections, hold down the CTRL key while selecting additional items.) Click the Add button to move the statistics to the Selected list.

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Exchanging Trender Data
Exporting to a File
The Trender can export all traces contained in a Trender window to a file for external analysis. This file can be imported into third party applications or exchanged with other users. All traces, including ones, which are currently hidden, are exported. To export all traces to a file 1 2 From the File menu, select Export Data. In the Trender Export Data Options box, adjust options as desired to produce a file compatible with your desired format. The default options produce a standard .csv file. (See below for a description of each option.) Select OK when you have finished selecting options. A Save dialog box displays.

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Select a location for the exported file and click OK.
Controls the character used to separate values in the exported file.

Controls whether the first line of the exported file contains header information for each column.

Controls whether a column containing timestamps is added to the output. Controls whether a column containing increasing integers is added to the output. If selected, only the time range selected by the cursors is exported.

Controls the text exported when no data is available for a trace at a given point in time.

Selects the precision of the exported timestamp.

Printing Graphs
The Trender can print the currently displayed graph to any printer attached to the system. Printed graphs reflect the current appearance of the Graph View, including displayed traces, colors, and axis boundaries. To preview the results of a print command From the File menu, select Print Preview. To print the current Graph View From the File menu, select Print. Adjust printing options as desired and click OK.

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CHAPTER 8

Chapter 8 EGD Editor for External Devices
The EGD Component Editor for external devices allows you to configure Ethernet Global Data (EGD) for an external or third-party device. The EGD protocol allows controller components (sometimes known as nodes) to share information in a networked environment. EGD allows one controller device, referred to as the producer of the data, to simultaneously send information to any number of peer controller devices (consumers) at a fixed periodic rate. This network supports a large number of controller devices capable of both producing and consuming.
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Network Adapters
The General tab configures Ethernet adapters for an external EGD-capable device. One adapter is created by default, and up to four adapters can be added. To add a network adapter 1 From the System Editor, right-click an external device, then select Edit EGD. (If Edit EGD is not available, the EGD Editor Enable property of the component may be set to False. The EGD Component Editor opens.) From the Component Editor, select the General tab. From the Tree View, right-click the Network Adapters item, then select Add Adapter. To remove a network adapter 1 From the System Editor, right-click an external device, then select Edit EGD. (If Edit EGD is not available, the EGD Editor Enable property of the component may be set to False. The EGD Component Editor opens.) From the Component Editor, select the General tab. From the Tree View, right-click the network adapter to be removed, then select Delete Adapter.

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The following properties are available for configuration when a Network Adapter is selected in the Tree View:

Host Name is the Internet Protocol (IP) host name for the selected network adapter. IP Address is the IP address for the selected network adapter. Wire Speed is the speed of the connected network. Network Name is the name of the connected network. Subnet Mask is the subnet mask associated with the connected network.

EGD Configuration
To configure EGD for an external device 1 From the System Editor, right-click an external device component and select Edit EGD. (If Edit EGD is not available, the EGD Editor Enable property of the component may be set to False. The EGD Component Editor opens.) From the Component Editor, select the EGD tab. In the Tree View, select Ethernet Global Data. The Ethernet Global Data properties display in the Property Editor.

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These properties are available for configuration when Ethernet Global Data is selected in the Tree View: Collection controls the Collection to which this EGD component belongs when viewed in the EMT tool. This information is published to the EGD Configuration server in the GUI component document, GUIDevice.xml. Producer ID sets and displays the EGD Producer ID for this component. This is assigned when the component is created. The Property Editor displays the EGD Producer ID formatted as an unsigned integer, but dotted and hexadecimal representations are available by clicking the ellipsis button.

Produced Pages
Produced Pages are data sets configured to be available to other components on the network. To add a new Produced Page 1 2 From the Tree View, right-click the Produced Pages item, then select Add Page. Enter a unique name for the new page in the Page Name dialog box, then click OK. To delete a Produced Page From the Tree View, right-click the page you wish to delete, then select Delete.

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Editing Produced Pages
To configure a Produced Page From the Tree View, select the EGD tab, then expand the Produced Pages.

Under Produced Pages , select the desired page.

The page properties display in the Property Editor.

The following properties are available for configuration when a Produced Page is selected in the Tree View: Ethernet 0, if selected, broadcasts EGD on Ethernet 0. (If more than one Ethernet Adapter has been configured for EGD, additional Ethernet properties displays.) Mode can be set to Broadcast, Unicast, or Multicast, depending on the modes supported by the device's EGD implementation profile. Exchanges indicate the number of exchanges in the selected page. It is updated after selecting the Build command. Allow Editing when False, a variable's exchange ID and offset for variables on a manual page cannot be edited. A page compress will also be disabled. This prevents you from inadvertently editing a page with manual selected as Layout mode. Name uses this property to rename the selected page. Period indicates the transmission period of the page in milliseconds. Skew is used to prevent exchanges with the same period from being produced at exactly the same instant. The skew for the first exchange in the page is set to this value, and each additional exchange skew differs from the previous exchange’s skew by exactly this value. For example, if you have three exchanges in a page and a skew value of 2, the first exchange’s skew is two, the second exchange’s skew is four and the third exchange’s skew is six.

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Note The Skew property will not be visible if it is not supported in the implementation profile configuration. (The skew property is measured in nanoseconds.) Destination IP Address sets the IP address to which the exchanges on this page are unicast or multicast. (If the Mode property is set to Broadcast, this property is not available.)

Page Compression
When a page compression is performed, the variables are located in increasing size order, starting with Booleans, then Words, Double Words, and finally all other variables. To compress a single page From the Tree View, right-click the page to compress, and then select Compress.

To compress all Produced Pages in a component From the Tree View, right-click Produced Pages, and then select Compress All.

Variables
To add a variable to a produced page From the Tree View, select a Produced Page to display a Data Grid in the Summary View.

Click the Name cell in the Append row, type a variable name, and then click Enter . The variable will display in a new row, where you can change other properties.

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To delete a variable from an EGD Page From the Summary View, right-click the variable to delete, and then select Delete Selected Row(s).

To copy variable information from an EGD page to the clipboard From the Summary View, right-click a variable, and then select Copy Selection. The data is copied in .csv format.

Editing Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time
Normally, the exchange signature is managed automatically. The major signature must be incremented when the exchange content changes in any way other than additions to the end. If you are using the EGD Device Editor to configure EGD for a device and the device signature changes only when the manufacturer updates the configuration, you may need to manually set the signature. Note To edit exchange signatures and configuration time, set Layout Mode to Manual. To edit exchange signatures and configuration time 1 2 From the EGD tab, select a Produced Page in the Tree View. Right-click an exchange in the Summary View, then select Edit Exchange Signatures and Configuration Time.

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Make any desired changes to the signatures and configuration time, then click OK to close the dialog box.

Referenced Devices
The EGD variables defined in other components can be added to the current component’s variable list by adding a reference. References can only be created to EGD-capable devices that are consumers of Produced Pages, and as such only EGDcapable devices are available for referencing. To select referenced devices From the Tree View, right-click the Referenced Devices item, and then select Select Devices to display the Select Devices dialog box.

Select or clear the check boxes next to each component name. Click OK.

The EGD configuration for the selected devices is loaded and the variables display in the Summary View. When EGD configurations are edited in remote devices, you must refresh the configuration periodically to ensure that the latest variable information is used. This is automatically done during a Bind and Build operation as well as when a configuration is saved. To refresh the configuration of a referenced device In the Tree View, right-click the device to be refreshed, and then select Refresh.

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Implementation Profile
Each EGD node type has a set of supported EGD features. For example, a device might have an EGD implementation that only supports broadcast-produced data. The implementation profile contains details about the EGD implementation of a particular device.

The following properties are available when editing an Implementation Profile: Configuration Support configures the operations supported by the device. Accepts Deletes indicates device support for HTTP deletes. Multiple Producer IDs indicates device support for multiple producer IDs. Accepts Puts indicates device support for HTTP Put commands. Zip Content indicates device support for zipped transfers. Data Types allows you to configure supported data types. (Clicking the ellipsis button will open an editor window.) Double Word Alignment indicates that the offset of a DWORD length variable must be evenly divisible by this number. Word Alignment is set to True if the device requires that all WORD length variables be aligned on an even boundary. Broadcast is set to True if the device supports broadcast destinations for EGD data or command packets and False otherwise.

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Masked Write is set to True if the device supports the MaskedWrite command and False otherwise. Max Coherent Data returns the maximum size in bytes of a variable that still is guaranteed coherent transfer. If the attribute is not present then all data is guaranteed coherent transfer regardless of size. It is optional and is initialized to 0. Max Exchanges returns the maximum number of exchanges supported by the device. It is optional and is initialized to 0. Max String returns the maximum size string supported by the device. If the attribute is not present then the device has no set maximum size for strings. It is optional and is initialized to 0. Multicast is set to True if the device supports multicast destinations for EGD data or command packets and False otherwise. Skew is a Boolean value representing the capability of the producer to support the skewing of produced exchanges with respect to time. Unicast is a Boolean value that is set to True if the device supports unicast destinations for EGD data or command packets. Otherwise, it is set to False. Device Class is defined in the EGD Protocol Specification:
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Supports only the configuration port. Supports the data port and the Data Production PDU. Supports all class 1 services plus at least acts as a responder for the command port and the commands associated with that port. Supports all class 2 services plus the configuration port and the required commands associated with that port. Such devices support responding to configuration requests but do not dynamically bind their consumed variables. Supports all class 3 services plus dynamically binding consumed variables.

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Viewing Live Data Values
The EGD specification defines a Command Message Protocol (CMP), which allows for reading and writing values. It allows you to obtain statistical and configuration information from an EGD device. The EGD device must be Class 2 or greater for CMP support. The generic editor uses CMP to display live data values on a produced or referenced device summary grid view. The Connection Toolbar button sends the CMP message to the device to obtain the data.

Once connected, the Produced Pages or Referenced Devices option displays the values. Use the Refresh button in the column header to update the grid.

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EGD Diagnostics
A CMP can be used to obtain the status of a Class 2 or higher EGD device. When any EGD tree node other than a Referenced Device is selected, the EGD Statistics from [Device] tab displays the statistics from the open component. When a Referenced Device tree node is selected, statistics are obtained from that referenced device, and the name of the tab page changes accordingly.

Exchange is the Exchange identifier: <device name>.<exchange number> Configuration Time is the time that the exchange was configured. Due Time is the time that a consumer data packet must be received for an exchange to remain valid. Status is the health of the exchange Length is the value for a produced exchange. This length may be the highest variable offset in the exchange or the highest offset of a variable, which may have been removed. For a consumed exchange, the value may be the highest variable offset used or the length of the produced exchange, depending on the bind algorithm of the individual tool. Message Count is the number of data production packets produced or consumed since initialization Missed Count is the number of data production packets missed since initialization. A missed packet occurs when a data production message is received that has a request ID greater by more than one than the last message received (accounting for counter roll-over).

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Refresh Errors are the number of times a refreshment fault has occurred. A refreshment fault occurs when a subsequent data production packet (or initial packet at startup time) does not arrive at a consumer within a pre-defined update period.

EGD Configuration Server Tab
The EGD Configuration Server tab allows you to view and delete EGD nodes currently residing in the configuration server. The configuration server used is the one defined in the System Editor under the root tree node. If the server is enabled, this tab displays information from that server. Note The EMT provides a detailed view of the configuration server contents.

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The tab control contains a toolbar with two buttons:

The Filter Toggle button defaults to a filtered state. It displays nodes that have the same name but have a different Producer ID as the open component. The Delete button deletes the selected node or nodes. If the nodes were saved as part of the configuration, they can be added again. The EGD configuration server uses the producer ID to store all the documents for an EGD node. If you open two systems, then point to the same configuration server and save a device of the same name with two different producer IDs to that server, you can end up with two producer ID nodes with the same device name.

Menus
File Menu
Save updates the EGD configuration files, refreshes consumed exchanges
and variables, assigns produced variables to exchanges, and, if an EGD configuration server has been specified, publishes the configuration to the server.

Import and Export allows you to transfer produced data, consumed data, symbols, implementation profiles, and GUI device EGD configuration files to and from a variety of file formats. Print outputs the summary grid view with the column selection, order, and width currently visible in the view. Close closes the currently open device.

Edit Menu
Edit Menu Undo returns the editor to the state it was in before the last action was performed. Redo performs an action again after an undo command. Cut moves the currently selected portion of the data grid to the clipboard. Copy transfers a duplicate of the currently selected portion of the data grid to
the clipboard.

Paste transfers the contents of the clipboard into the data grid. Delete deletes the currently selected item. Find opens the Finder dialog box. For more information, refer to Chapter,
Finder.

View Menu
Go Back returns to the view that immediately precedes the current view in the history. Go Forward returns to the view that immediately follows the current view in the history.
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Device Menu
Bind and Build refreshes the consumed information for all referenced devices, automatically sets the layout of any unassigned produced variables, and, if no errors occur, publishes the configuration to the EGD configuration server. Put Device to SDB command stores the current EGD configuration to the System Database (SDB). It is only available if the system has an SDB enabled and configured. Online sends CMP messages to EGD Class 2 or higher devices to view live
values from the device.

Help Menu
Contents opens this help document. Release Notes opens the release notes for the current version of the application. About shows version and copyright information about the application.

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CHAPTER 9

Chapter 9 Configuration Management System (CMS)
The CMS Administrator tool allows you to perform the following administrator tasks on the CMS server: • • Create, backup, and restore repositories Add, edit, and delete users in a repository

To install the CMS Administrator Tool, select the CMS server option during installation.

Accessing the CMS Administrator Tool
To access the Administrator Tool From the Start menu, select All Programs, GE Control ST, and CMS Server. Click Administrator Tool.

Note To run the Administrator tool, you must have administrative permissions on your computer. To logon to the CMS server Enter your name and password, then click OK.

Enter a valid user name and password for the Domain/Workgroup that you have selected.

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The CMS Administrator window displays the selection window shown below.

You can either create a new repository or select an existing repository. To create a new repository, select the Create a new Repository option and click OK.

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Enter the folder and the name of the repository and click OK.

To select an existing repository, select the Select an existing Repository option.

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Select an existing repository and click Open.

Main menu

User List

Permissions

Repository Menu

Select displays the Select a Repository dialog box. Create allows a repository to be created. Delete displays the Delete a Repository dialog box. Backup allows a repository to be backed up. Restore ends the component editing session and returns to the main System Editor. The user who creates the repository becomes the default administrator.

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Selecting a Repository
To select a repository 1 From the Repository menu, click Select. The Select a Repository dialog box displays.

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From the drop-down list, select a repository, then click Open. The CMS Administrator window displays with all users.

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Creating a Repository
To create a repository From the Repository menu, click Create. The Create New Repository dialog box displays.

Enter the folder path and the name of the repository you would like to create and click OK.

Deleting a Repository
To delete a repository 1 From the Repository menu, click Delete. The Delete Repository dialog box displays.

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From the drop-down list, select the repository to be deleted, then click OK.

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Backing Up a Repository
To back up a repository 1 From the Repository menu, click Backup. The Repository Backup dialog box displays.

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From the drop-down list, select the repository to be backed up. Click the Browse button to specify the name of the backup file, then click OK.

Restoring a Repository
To restore a repository 1 From the Repository menu, click Restore. The Restore Repository dialog box displays.

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Click the first Browse button to navigate to the file in which the repository is backed up. Click the second Browse button to navigate to the destination of the restored repository, then click OK.

Users Menu

Add displays the Add User dialog box. Delete allows a user to be deleted. Edit allows user permissions to be changed.

Adding a User
To add a user 1 From the Users menu, select Add or right-click the User list and select Add User. The Add User dialog box displays.

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Enter the User ID. Select the User can modify systems check box, then click OK.

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To set the read-only permission In the Add User dialog box, clear the User can modify systems and User is an administrator for this repository check boxes, if selected, then click OK. The Delete option allows you to delete a user from a repository. Note You must be an administrator to open or delete a repository.

Deleting a User
To delete a user 1 2 Highlight the user to be deleted. From the Users menu, select Delete, or right-click the User list and select Delete. The CMS Administrator confirmation window displays.

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Click Yes to delete the user.

Editing a User
To edit a user's permissions 1 2 Highlight the user to be edited. From the Users menu, select Edit, or right-click the User list and select Edit. The Edit User dialog box displays.

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The following permissions are available: • • • Administrator allows you to modify systems, as well as perform operations on repositories such as delete, select, and backup. Modify systems allows full access to systems in the specified repository. Read-only allows you to view the system only.

Tools Menu
Starting the Server
To start the CMS server From the Tools menu, select Server. The CMS Server dialog box displays.

Click the Start Server button.

The status of the server changes to Running, and the button displays Stop Server.

Stopping the Server
To stop the CMS server Repeat Step 1 in Start CMS Server procedure.

Click the Stop Server button. The server status will change to Stopped and the button will display Start Server.

Note Stopping the server will disable all repository operations.

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Adjusting the Settings
To adjust the user settings 1 From the Tools menu, select Settings. The CMS Settings dialog box displays.

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Select the appropriate user type, then click OK.

If there are any existing repositories with current user types, use this dialog box to back up all existing repositories in the CMS server.

The list of repositories that would be backed up would be displayed in the list box.

Specify the backup location using the Browse button.

Click OK to back up the repositories.

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Once all the repositories have been backed up, the Administrator Tool must be restarted. The administrator who restores this repository becomes the default administrator.

CMS Client Interface
The CMS client interface allows you to check out a master ToolboxST configuration stored on a CMS server, make changes, then check the configuration back in. Each configuration change is saved. Changes can also be labelled for significant events, such as software releases, then retrieved using those labels. To use the CMS client interface 1 From the Start menu, select All Programs, GE ControlST, and ToolboxST. Click Configuration Management System.

2

When the Server Details dialog box displays, type the IP address of the machine on which the server is installed.

A LogIn window displays:

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Type your User Name, Password, and the name of the Repository, then click OK. A WorkingFolder dialog box displays:

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Type the name of the working folder, or click Browse… to locate and select the working folder. Click OK. The Configuration Management System window displays:

The System View displays the repository as an item that contains systems.

The Device View displays all devices within the system selected in the System View.

The Log View displays all messages, events, and errors associated with the selected device.

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File Menu
Connecting to the Server
To connect to the CMS server 1 From the File menu, click Connect To Server.

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The Server Details window displays again. Re-enter the IP address, then when the LogIn window displays, repeat the logon steps.

Adding a System
A system must be added to begin version control. The working folder must be set, and you must have modify permission. To add a system From the File menu, select Add System, or in the System View, right-click the repository, then select Add System.

Deleting a System
You must have modify permission to delete a system. This command deletes the system, but not the system folder. A system folder can only be deleted by an administrator. To delete a system From the File menu, select Delete System, or in the System View, rightclick the repository, then select Delete System.

Setting Working Folder
This menu option allows you to set or to change a working folder for the repository. To set the working folder From the File menu, select Set Working Folder or in the System View, right-click a repository, then select Set Working Folder.

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View Menu
Refreshing System View
When a system or device is selected, use this option to update the repository status and refresh the System View. To refresh the System View From the View menu, select To refresh the System ViewRefresh Tree. The System View refreshes.

Clearing Status Window
This menu option allows you to clear the Log View of all event/error information. To clear the status window From the View Menu, select Clear Status Window. The Log View becomes blank.

Source Menu
Retrieving a Configuration
To retrieve a system or device configuration 1 2 From the System View, select a system, or from the Device View, select a device. From the Source menu, select Get Latest Version, or from the selected system or device, right-click to select Get Latest Version.

The most recent configuration, in read-only mode, is placed in the working folder you specified.

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Modifying a Configuration
To modify a system or device configuration 1 From the Source menu, select Check Out. This removes the read-only mode from the configuration so changes can be made. When a device or system is checked out, your user ID displays in the device list in the User column:

2

From the Source menu, select Check In to save the changes. The CheckIn dialog box displays.

3

If desired, enter a comment in the Comments text field, then click OK. To revert your changes back to the previous version From the Source menu, select Undo Checkout.

Click Yes to revert back to the previous version.

Labeling a Configuration
You can mark a copy of the configuration being modified with a comment(s). To label a system or device configuration From the Source menu, select Label. This label can be used for retrieving the configuration at a later date.

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Tools Menu
A historical record of all system or device operations is available for viewing. To view CMS history From the Tools menu, select Show History. The History window displays.

This column displays the version number of the system or device.

This column displays the login name of the user who made the change. This column displays when the change was made. This column displays a comment entered when the system or device was checked in.

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Chapter 10 Tree File Importer
The Tree File Importer is a companion application that converts software tree files from the Control System Toolbox application to the new .xml file format used by the ToolboxST application. The Tree File Importer helps the conversion process by providing a baseline for further revision and refinement. As configuration files produced by the converter may contain errors and/or omissions, all converted components and library containers must be thoroughly reviewed and verified before use. A failure to thoroughly verify any software or configuration may result in equipment damage and/or malfunction and subsequent bodily harm or loss of life. To use the Tree File Importer 1 From the Control System Toolbox, export the tree files for a particular device using the Export All command on the File menu. Make sure the device is valid before proceeding. From ToolboxST, create a system, add a library container, and then add an empty component corresponding to the device type that you exported from the Control System Toolbox. (The ToolboxST application uses the term component in place of the older term device from the Control System Toolbox.) Run the Tree File Importer. Select the system and library container you created in Step 2, then select the project file from Step 1 to import the macro and module library tree files. Each use of the Tree File Importer imports a single file; importing a project file includes all tree files for a device and is the quickest way to perform a conversion. Refer to the section, Running the Tree File Importer. From ToolboxST, open the controller and add a reference to the libraries that were imported in Step 3. Exit ToolboxST and return to the Tree File Importer. Select the system and device you created in Step 2, then select the project file from Step 1 to import the function tree files.

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Running the Tree File Importer
Before beginning, make sure you have created a system to contain the imported configuration and that the system contains a component of the correct type. (For example, you would need a system with at least one Mark VIe component to import a Mark VIe controller configuration.) Also, make sure that the ToolboxST application is not running. To run the Tree File Importer 1 From the Start menu, select Programs, GE ToolboxST, ToolboxST, and then Tree File Importer to display the Tree File Importer wizard.

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Click the Browse button. From the Select Workplace window, locate and select the system .tcw file you created in Step 1, then click Open. Click Next to continue to Page 2. The ToolboxST application opens the system selected in Step 1 and displays a list of available controller and library container components.

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Select a component to receive the imported configuration, then click Next to continue to Page 3.

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Click the Browse button. From the Select Project or Tree File window, locate and select a source .prj or .tre file, and then click Open. When you have selected a source file, click Next to begin the import process.

By default, only .prj files are displayed. Click here and select Tree Files from the drop-down list to display .tre files.

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Unless you are certain another setting applies, select Straight variable name conversion, then click OK. The Application Code Conversion Type dialog box displays.

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When the import process is completed, Page 4 of the Tree File Importer wizard displays with a log of errors and warnings that occurred. Warnings are minor problems that do not prevent the import from being saved (for example, a function block that cannot be imported). Errors are major problems that prevent the import from completing (for example, a missing library reference.) Errors and Warnings displayed by the Tree File Importer are designed to provide helpful information about the import process. They are by no means complete, and the lack of any errors or warnings does not necessarily indicate that a fully functioning and correct component was created by the import. Before using any application code or settings imported by the wizard, thoroughly review every aspect of the system for errors, omissions and/or inconsistencies.

6 After reviewing the log, click Finish to save the updated system and complete the wizard.

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CHAPTER 11

Chapter 11 Reference
Menus
File Menu
Save
saves changes to the current component.

Print creates a paper copy of the entire component configuration. Compare Devices…opens the Pick Items to Compare dialog box. Upgrade changes the version of the component support software. Import I/O Report imports an I/O report from a .csv file. Close ends the component editing session and returns to the main System
Editor.

Edit Menu
Undo returns the component to the state it was in before the last action was performed. Redo performs an action again after an undo command. Cut moves the currently selected item to the clipboard. Copy places the currently selected item on the clipboard. Paste places the contents of the clipboard into the currently selected item. Delete removes the currently selected item. Find opens the Finder tool. Select All selects all available items. Insert opens the Insert Block dialog box while in the Block Diagram Editor. Bookmarks provides a mechanism to mark important locations in the configuration.

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View Menu
Go Back returns to the view that immediately preceded the current view in the
history.

Go Forward returns to the view that immediately follows the current view in
the history.

Forced Variables opens the Forced Variables dialog box. Global Variables opens the Global Variables dialog box. Trenders displays a list of Trender windows associated with the component. Watch Windows displays a list of Watch Windows associated with the
component.

Reports Variable creates a report of all global or configuration variables in the
controller.

Block Pin creates a report of all block pins in the controller software. I/O creates a report of all hardware input and output points. Alarm creates a report of all variables marked as alarms. Hold creates a report of all variables marked as hold variables. Event creates a report of all variables marked as events. NovRAM creates a report of all variables marked as non-volatile. IONet EGD provides network communication status values of all IONet
communication displayed in the currently configured controller.

I/O Diagnostics creates a report of all faults, revisions, communications
issues, and hardware issues.

Control Constants opens the Control Constants dialog box. Diagnostics allows you to view controller diagnostics, Controller advanced
diagnostics, or I/O diagnostics.

EGD Management Tool… opens the EGD Management Tool. I/O CheckOut opens the IO CheckOut window. Disagreements allows you to display state exchange voting and output
disagreements for the dual and TMR controllers.

Device Menu
Online connects to or disconnects from a controller. Build converts the current configuration into binary files that can be
downloaded to a controller.

Download Controller Initial Setup opens a wizard that performs basic configuration tasks on the controller. Controller Flash Boot Loader installs the controller bootloader onto
a CompactFlash card connected to your computer.

Download Wizard downloads base load, firmware and application code to the controller and Distributed I/O modules. Update Dynamic Data Recorder allows you to update the DDR. Update Dynamic Data Recorder exchanges updated information
with the DDRs in the controller.

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View/Set Time displays a dialog box that controls the controller time. Upload retrieves configuration information from the controller and uses it to create a new controller component in the system. Put Device to SDB stores the component configuration to a System
Database (SDB).

Compress Variables rearranges variables to minimize the amount of space
used.

Administer Totalizers opens the View/Set Totalizers dialog box. Lock switches the controller into locked mode. Unlock switches the controller into unlocked mode. Brand returns the current CRC of the application code files in the
controllers.This is used to verify if the application code loaded into the controllers and I/O packs is a previously certified version.

Options Menu
Settings displays a dialog box with controller settings.

Help Menu
Release Notes
The ToolboxST application displays up-to-date information about your version.

Mark VIe displays up-to-date information about your version of the Mark VIe support
software.

About displays version and copyright information.

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Glossary of Terms
application code
Software that controls specific machines or processes.

attributes
Information, such as location, visibility, and type of data that sets something apart from others. In signals, an attribute can be a field within a record.

baud
A unit of data transmission. Baud rate is the number of bits per second transmitted.

bit
Binary Digit. The smallest unit of memory used to store only one piece of information with two states, such as One/Zero or On/Off. Data requiring more than two states, such as numerical values 000 to 999, requires multiple bits (see Word).

block
Instruction blocks contain basic control functions, which are connected together during configuration to form the required machine or process control. Blocks can perform math computations, sequencing, or continuous control. The ToolboxST application receives a description of the blocks from the block libraries.

board
Printed wiring board.

Boolean
Digital statement that expresses a condition that is either True or False. In the ToolboxST application, it is a data type for logical signals.

bus
An electrical path for transmitting and receiving data.

byte
A group of eight binary digits (bits) operated on a single unit.

collection
A group of signals found on the same network. The Trend Recorder can be configured by adding collections.

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configure
To select specific options, either by setting the location of hardware jumpers or loading software parameters into memory.

Control Constant
Control Constant is a signal with an initial value that is read and never written.

device
A configurable component of a process control system.

Ethernet
LAN with a 10/100 MB baud collision avoidance/collision detection system used to link one or more computers together. Basis for TCP/IP and I/O services layers that conforms to the IEEE 802.3 standard, developed by Xerox, Digital, and Intel.

fault code
A message from the controller to the HMI indicating a controller warning or failure.

Finder
A subsystem of the ToolboxST application for searching and determining the usage of a particular item in a configuration.

firmware
The set of executable software that is stored in memory chips that hold their content without electrical power, such as flash memory.

flash
A non-volatile programmable memory device.

font
One complete collection of letters, punctuation marks, numbers, and special characters with a consistent and identifiable typeface, weight, posture, and size.

forcing
Setting a variable signal to a particular value, regardless of the value blockware or I/O is writing to that signal.

gateway
A device that connects two dissimilar LANs or connects a LAN to a wide-area network (WAN), PC, or a mainframe. A gateway can perform protocol and bandwidth conversion.

health
A term that defines whether a variable is functioning as expected.

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heartbeat
A signal emitted at regular intervals by software to demonstrate that it is still active.

hexadecimal (hex)
Base 16 numbering system using the digits 0-9 and letters A-F to represent the decimal numbers 0-15. Two hex digits represent 1 byte.

I/O
Input/output interfaces that allow the flow of data into and out of a device.

initialize
To set values (addresses, counters, registers, and such) to a beginning value prior to the rest of processing.

instance
Update an item with a new definition.

logical
A statement of a true sense, such as a Boolean.

node
In a local network, a component that is connected to other components and is capable of communicating with other network devices. In a tree structure, a location on the tree that can have links to one or more nodes below it.

non-volatile
The memory specially designed to store information even when the power is off.

online
Online mode provides full CPU communications, allowing data to be both read and written. It is the state of the ToolboxST application when it is communicating with the system for which it holds the configuration. Also, a download mode where the device is not stopped and then restarted.

physical
Refers to devices at the electronic or machine level in contrast with logical. Logical implies a higher view than the physical. Users relate to data logically by data element name; however, the actual fields of data are physically located in sectors on a disk.

reboot
To restart the controller.

register page
A form of shared memory that is updated over a network. Register pages can be created and instanced in the controller and posted to the SDB.

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relay ladder diagram (RLD)
A ladder diagram has a symbolic power source. Power is considered to flow from the left rail through a contact to the coil connected to the right.

Resources
Also known as groups. Resources are systems (devices, machines, or work stations where work is performed) or areas where several tasks are carried out. Resource configuration plays an important role in the CIMPLICITY system by routing alarms to specific users and filtering the data users receive.

runtime
See product code.

ToolboxST
A Windows-based software package used to configure controllers.

trend
A time-based plot to show the history of values.

Trender
A subsystem of the ToolboxST application that monitors and graphs signal values from a controller.

validate
Makes certain that items or devices do not contain errors and verifies that the configuration is ready to be built into pcode.

variable
The basic unit for variable information. Variables are the placeholders for memory locations in the toolbox’s different platforms.

word
A unit of information composed of characters, bits, or bytes. It is treated as an entity, and can be stored in one location. Also, a measurement of memory length, usually 32 bits in length, but can also be 4, 8, or 16 bits long.

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acronyms and abbreviations 1-10 alarm classes 2-10 application documentation 3-40 software examples 3-40 auto calibrate 4-23 attribute value 4-14 block diagram 3-24 library container 3-8 rung 3-37 system information 2-10 EGD configuration server reports 4-88 Ethernet 4-78, 4-91, 11-6 Ethernet Global Data Configuration server configuring an external EGD device 2-19 viewing differences 2-18 Ethernet Global Data tab editing Produced Pages 4-80 EGD configuration 4-79 page compression 4-81 produced pages 4-79 referenced devices 4-88 example setup of DDR 4-74

C
command download 5-5 command line arguments 1-5 Component Infoview 4-3 components grouping 2-4 moving and copying 2-4 configuration labeling 9-16 modifying 9-16 Configuration Management System administrator tool 9-1 client interface 9-12 Tools menu 9-10 User menu 9-8 configuring 4-91 Dynamic Data Recorder 4-69 HART I/O device 4-24 Modbus Slave 4-91

F
File menu adding 9-14 connecting 9-14 deleting 9-14 setting 9-14 find methods 6-2 forced variables 4-102 format specifications 2-12 function blocks 3-2

G
General tab 4-11 global variables 4-103 grid lines 7-9

D
data grids copying 4-10 editing 4-8 organizing 4-9 diagnostic views controller 5-11 I/O 5-12 download command 5-5 Dynamic Data Recorder tab configuring 4-69, 4-73 updating 4-73

H
Hardware tab 4-16 HMI resources 2-14

I
I/O diagnostic report 4-52 viewer 4-51 implementation profile 8-8 installation 1-2

E
editor

L
library container editor property editor 3-14 licensing 1-9

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Measurement systems 2-14 Menus Device 8-14, 11-2 Edit 2-8, 8-13, 11-1 File 2-8, 8-13, 9-14 Help 2-9, 8-14, 11-3 Options 2-9, 11-3 View 2-9, 8-13, 9-15, 11-2 Modbus Slave register pages 4-93 Modbus Slave tab configuring 4-91 mode layout 3-25 modifying totalizer values 5-16 modules adding 4-18 diagnosing 4-49 modifying 4-22 organizing 4-21 reporting 4-45 special 4-22 upgrading 4-47 viewing 4-41

S
security passwords 4-4 Viewing Protection Status 4-6 Software tab programs item 4-52 table definitions 4-57 variable editors 4-66 Source menu labeling 9-16 modifying 9-16 retrieving 9-15 special modules 4-22 Status tab 4-44, 5-2 summary view 4-2 system database 2-15 system editor components 2-3 configuration files 2-6 opening and creating systems 2-1 saving systems 2-5 system information editor alarm classes 2-10 format specifications 2-12 HMI resources 2-14 measurement systems 2-14 System Requirements 1-1

N
network adapters 4-15 redundancy 4-17

T
tab diagnostics 4-43 Dynamic Data Recoder 4-69 EGD configuration server 4-87 Ethernet Global Data 4-78 General 4-11 Hardware 4-16 Modbus Slave 4-90 Software 4-52 Summary 3-23, 4-42 variables 4-43 time axis 7-11 Tools menu adjusting 9-11 starting 9-10 stopping 9-10 Totalizers administer 5-12 passwords 5-14 Tree File Importer running the tree file importer 10-1

P
page compression 4-81 Parameters tab 4-42 passwords 4-4 pins connecting 3-29 wiring block 3-27 produced pages 4-79, 8-3 PROFIBUS 4-25 property editor 4-2 protected objects 4-7 additional 4-91 serial 4-91

R
reports creating 4-96 saving, retrieving and printing 4-97 viewing 4-97 Repository menu backing up 9-7 deleting 9-6 restoring 9-7 selecting 9-5 running the tree file importer 10-1

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Trender adding traces 7-3 capture buffer trends 7-4 concepts 7-6 cursors 7-7 events 7-8 exporting to a file 7-13 hiding traces 7-12 live trends 7-4 obtaining data 7-6 printing graphs 7-14 trace colors 7-12 Trender concepts 7-6 Trender window features data toolbar 7-3 Trender toolbar 7-3

U
UPD installing 1-9 reinstalling 1-9 user block definitions 3-6 libraries 3-3 user block definition adding 3-18 sorting 3-18 users menu adding 9-8 deleting 9-9 editing 9-9

V
variable editors 4-66 variables adding 4-72 forced 4-102 global 4-103 status 4-71 View menu clearing status window 9-15 refreshing system view 9-15

W
wizard download 5-7 upload 5-9

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GEH-6700C Revised 060920 Issued 040120