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I’m going out to do my first Centinel install. What do I need to know? ..................................................................... 2
What Centinel Surface Electronics Panel (SEP) do I have?...................................................................................... 2
What’s with the Master / Slave jumper on the front label, it seems to be backwards?.............................................. 3
How do I configure a Centinel Interface Module (CIM) as a CITIBus Slave so it can be integrated with a Vortex or
Electrospeed GCS? ................................................................................................................................................... 3
How do I configure a Centinel Interface Module as a CITIBus Master so it can be operated independently, without
a Vortex or Electrospeed GCS?................................................................................................................................. 3
How do the Centinel Analog Outputs work? .............................................................................................................. 4
How do I configure Analog Outputs to track Centinel Module data if the Centinel is a CITIBus Module? ................ 4
How do I configure USER DEFINED ALARMS for Centinel Data? ........................................................................... 5
How Can I Simulate Changes in Centinel Channel Data to Test Analog Outputs or Setpoint Control (PID)............ 7
The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly and displays data but the Centinel output appears to be stuck at
approximately 15 mA. (Using an outside 4-20 mA source confirms that the ICS drive analog inputs seem to
function properly.) ...................................................................................................................................................... 7
The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly and displays data but the Centinel 4-20 mA outputs do not change
from 0 (3.5mA – 4 mA out)......................................................................................................................................... 8
The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly, displays data and the analog outputs from the expansion I/O module
track the Centinel data properly, but the ICS drive analog inputs read 0 or some very small number...................... 8
The Analog Outputs from the Centinel are not accurate. .......................................................................................... 9
When I enter values to calibrate the Expansion I/O module, the numbers revert back to the original or 0. Why
can’t I complete the calibration? ................................................................................................................................ 9
Setpoint Control from Centinel Inputs does not function properly ............................................................................. 9
When the drive is stopped, the Centinel Data transfers to the ICS properly. Once the drive is started, the GCS
Display updates are very slow and the ICS Analogs are not reading properly.......................................................... 9
My Centinel in Master mode boots up, I hear relays click 4 times but the power supply level never changes from
100%, then everything stops with no fault annunciation or a Centinel Short Circuit alarm. Any suggestions?...... 10
The Centinel in Master mode boots up and starts working but doesn’t seem to recognize the gauge. I hear relays
click 4 times and then everything stops with NO error annunciated. What now?................................................... 10
Why does my User Defined Alarm cause a low threshold shutdown on Centinel pressure even though the reading
is above the threshold? ............................................................................................................................................ 11
Is there any way to annunciate a high or low alarm using a digital output on a Centinel Stand-alone?.................. 11
My Centinel is communicating intermittently. Is there something I can try? ........................................................... 12
How do I check the calibration of my CIM?.............................................................................................................. 12
Is it possible to re-calibrate a CIM module as a stand-alone device: ...................................................................... 12
How can I configure my Centinel to cause a shutdown if the system detects a gauge problem?........................... 13
My Centinel gauge is communicating intermittently, but I want to keep running the well. How do I prevent the
system from shutting down if communication to the gauge is lost?......................................................................... 13
My Centinel temperature is displaying as expected but the pressure is reading 0. What’s the problem? ............. 13
Is it possible to view the results of the auto-ranging process? ................................................................................ 14
We have a GCS Electrospeed that shows invalid input voltage values but only when the Centinel is connected as
a slave GCS device. What is wrong?...................................................................................................................... 14
We’ve upgraded a Centinel Interface Module with the new software revision 2.40 and now the Centinel Intake
Pressure displayed 358 bar, while it has to be 35.8 bar. What should we do? ...................................................... 15

If these connections are reversed the panel may appear to function properly until an external ground is introduced to the panel (Connecting the GCS Programmer kit or a laptop serial port). CAUTION: When working with the Centinel with Datalogging Option (see What Centinel Do I Have below) ensure that that the terminal marked ‘Neutral’ on the Vortex GCS is the return connection and that 120VAC on the Vortex is Hot. at a minimum. Centinel Interface Module (CIM) as a CITIBus Module. Do this before the panel gets to the field if possible. What do I need to know? 1. analog configuration etc) What Centinel Surface Electronics Panel (SEP) do I have? Any Centinel Surface Electronics Panel (SEP) contains.Stand -Alone SEP with Centinel 3.40 • Vortex GCS (Datalogging Option): 8. and most likely the computer or GCS programmer. 2. 2. where all CITIBus transmissions are initiated by the CIM. where the CIM responds to requests for data from some other CITIBus Controller but is not in charge of the CITIBus traffic.I’m going out to do my first Centinel install. then the CIM will be configured as a CITIBus Controller (MR/SL Jumper OUT).30 • GCS Display: 6.Stand -Alone SEP with analog output 902822 . . The latest versions as of this publication are listed below. The Block Control Schematic in Appendix B of the manual contains details about other modules in each panel. Review this FAQ. 1. In general there are two basic flavors of SEP. Read the Manual. it contains information we have learned to help you deal with application specific issues.GCS Retrofit Kit To make a stand-alone SEP Dataloggable or give it SCADA capabilities. Analog Output 902637 .Stand-Alone Dataloggable SEP with Centinel 3. analog output The CIM is a CITIBus Module in the following part numbers: 902536 . As per Appendix B of the Manual. Centinel Interface Module (CIM) as a Controller of the CITIBus. a Vortex GCS controller is added to the SEP to act as the CITIBus Controller.Stand-Alone Dataloggable SEP with Analog 902537 . This will result in a direct short from hot to ground and will damage the Vortex. alarm setup. • If there is no Vortex or Electrospeed to take control of the CITIBus.Stand -Alone Surface Electronics Panel 902534 . How do you tell the difference? • If there is a GCS Vortex or a GCS Electrospeed on the CITIBus that device will be the CITIBus Controller and therefore the CIM will be a CITIBus Module (MR/SL Jumper IN). a Centinel Interface Module (CIM) and a Centinel Power Supply (CPS 902260). (ICS drive interface.20 4. 3.40 • Expansion I/O: 1. thus the CIM becomes a CITIBus Module and the MR/SL jumper is inserted. • CIM: 2. Ensure that the Centinel surface panel is loaded with the latest matching software versions. the CIM is a CITIBus Controller in the following part numbers: 902533 .Stand-Alone Dataloggable SEP with Enhanced SCADA (VCI-142) 902823 .

Again consider the circles to be visible pins NOT covered by a jumper. Consider that the small circles in both drawings are the jumper PINS visible through the opening when no jumper is installed. 3. complete the following steps (Refer to pictures above and below): 1. Insert the End Of Line (EOL) shunts on the front panel. This clearly illustrates that the jumper should be IN to set the Centinel Interface Module as a Slave.What’s with the Master / Slave jumper on the front label. NOTE: This same issue applies to the CPS config Jumpers. Check and remove the ‘fail-safe biasing’ shunts directly behind the CITIBus connector INSIDE the CIM module (requires removing the 2 screws on the lid and sliding the CIM circuit board out of it’s enclosure) How do I configure a Centinel Interface Module as a CITIBus Master so it can be operated independently. How do I configure a Centinel Interface Module (CIM) as a CITIBus Slave so it can be integrated with a Vortex or Electrospeed GCS? To set the CIM as a GCS Slave device. consider installing the ‘fail-safe biasing’ shunts directly behind the CITIBus connector INSIDE the CIM module (requires removing the 2 screws on the lid and removing the CIM from it’s enclosure) . Insert the Master / Slave shunt on the front panel. When the production label was made. it seems to be backwards? The original drawing for the CIM label was Black on White (Left Below). 2. Remove the Master / Slave shunt on the front panel. 2. the colors were reversed (right below) and as a result the meaning of the jumper gets confusing. complete the following steps (Refer to pictures above and right): 1. Remove the End Of Line (EOL) shunts on the front panel. 3. without a Vortex or Electrospeed GCS? To set the CIM as a GCS Slave device. If operating in electrically noisy environments.

In this case the Centinel data is equivalent to any analog in the GCS system. In this case the output signals will be as per the table on the Centinel Manual page 8. Configuring analog outputs and alarms follows the standard for any GCS analog. Analog Out 2 = Well Temp EIO2. We explain the process specific to Centinel below. and is documented in the GCS Operators Manual. Select Analog Output Control Select an analog output in the system to configure (X1 = Expansion I/O Module 1) . (See previous question) Centinel as a CITIBus Controller When the Centinel is a CITIBus Controller. How do I configure Analog Outputs to track Centinel Module data if the Centinel is a CITIBus Module? NOTE: This procedure requires 7.How do the Centinel Analog Outputs work? Centinel analog outputs are handled differently depending on whether your Centinel is a CITIBus Controller or CITIBus Module.22 of Graphic Display software. it is automatically programmed to send its internal Pressure and Temperatures to analog outputs IF GCS Expansion I/O modules are connected (as in 902534. EIO1.20 of System Controller and 5. Analog Out 1 = Well Pressure EIO1. Select Prog Logic Funct. A GCS Vortex or Electrospeed system allows any analog value to be sent to an analog output or configured to alarm on a user defined threshold. Analog Out 1 = Motor Temp (Centinel 3) Centinel as a CITIBus Module When the Centinel is a CITIBus Module the information from the Centinel is passed digitally to the GCS Vortex or GCS Electrospeed. 902822).

Scroll thru the list (left / right arrow keys) to select the specific Centinel Data for the Analog Output and press Enter Example configuration for Centinel 3. go to the bottom right hand corner of the main menu and enter the Prog Logic Funct. Then select “User Defined alarms” . How do I configure USER DEFINED ALARMS for Centinel Data? To setup a User alarm. screen.

Press ENTER while the cursor is on DATA SOURCE and you’ll get this next screen. At this point. Move the cursor to Cntl Mtr Tem and press ENTER to get the next screen. pick Alarm Type Hi Thld. and set the enable/disable and time delays the same as all other GCS alarms. you’ll see this screen for user alarm 1. inactive. then enter your “high threshold” value. .Once you press ENTER.

No Code Key Access Code Key Access To make a code key access card.How Can I Simulate Changes in Centinel Channel Data to Test Analog Outputs or Setpoint Control (PID) The minimum reading of a GCS analog must not be edited.7 and +3276. so you cannot simulate a full 5000 PSI if you have less than 1724 PSI downhole. The file need not contain any data. you’ll have to use an I/O module that is not slaved to the Centinel device so that you can manually adjust the output of the 4-20mA. Once the security card has been recognized. use the Pres Offset parameter to experiment with your pressure reading. but someone has modified the ‘minimum rdng’ or the ‘span and config’ of one of the analog output readings. Be aware that the offset values you enter into these parameters take effect only after the next full reading packet is received from down hole. so long as it is called code. This is a known software issue described in a recent tech brief (MATB 05-002) that can occur in the following cases: a. In either case the 4-20 mA output calculation is corrupted and the output value can get stuck at one specific value.8. . b. The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly and displays data but the Centinel output appears to be stuck at approximately 15 mA. The Centinel automatically configured the analog outputs at boot-up. Just be sure to reset those offsets to zero when you are finished testing.kee on a PC Card and the PC Card into the GDI. The best way to “simulate” a range of pressures or Temperatures from a Centinel to check the scaling of an external device (such as an ICS) is to use the offset parameters. Once you have these additional parameters available. Alternatively. the GCS Centinel setup screen will show additional parameters as illustrated by the before and after screen shots below. It can only be adjusted between -3276.) BOTTOM LINE: Don’t mess with the Max & Config or Min Reading parameters. (5000-3276 = 1724psi). simply create a file called code. A Stand-alone Centinel in Datalogging configuration (c/w a Vortex GCS) has had its Analog Output Source parameters set to Centinel channels and then at some time afterward the 'max and config' parameter OR the 'minimum reading' parameter has been changed. Since there is no jumper on the Centinel board. This is equivalent to inserting the code enable jumper on a system control board. (Using an outside 4-20 mA source confirms that the ICS drive analog inputs seem to function properly. That means it could take up to 20 seconds or so for the offset value to be added to the reading. These are only accessible when you have “Field Service Security”. you can use a commercially available current loop test box that both produces and measures a 4-20mA signal. you will need to create a field service security PC Card and insert that into the display unit. typically about 15 mA.kee. If you must simulate a full 5000 PSI reading.

suspect CITIBus problems or see # 6 below. in order. c) Enter the Contrast Adjust menu and note the CITIBus Rate. displays data and the analog outputs from the expansion I/O module track the Centinel data properly. e) If previous steps didn’t work: and IF you have a Centinel with the datalogging option. The right angle connector with pins off the side of the board is then connected to the DCB. (Future revisions of the Exp I/O modules will be immune to this kind of damage). If the CIM is a CITIBus Master. The connector with pins straight out the top of the board MUST be connected to the OIB. set this parameter to NO. resulting in readings of 0 or a few bits of noise. If you see a value below 10. but the ICS drive analog inputs read 0 or some very small number.If you find yourself with these symptoms I suggest you try each of the following. highlight the module and press the Enter key. Check the % error rate for communication to the IOM. but will not connect the analog inputs to the OIB. The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly. If not. b) Using a ‘Field Service Level’ PC Card (if available) press the right arrow from the GCS Modules Status menu to view the CITIBus diagnostics menu. . and then set each one back to the specific Centinel channel (see accompanying FAQ list for details) f) If you are still not seeing proper analog outputs. NOTE the CAUTION above however. Check the SYSTEM menu and ensure there is no option labelled ‘Factory Calibration Mode’ with a setting of YES. Check connections and refer to the document “Troubleshooting CITIBus Problems” on the Controls Support Web Site. High error rates could indicate CITIBus problems. See the previous question about configuring analog outputs. d) Re-boot the Centinel system (power down for 10 seconds). During our shop testing we found that the cabling between optional boards in the ICS must be connected as indicated on the boards to ensure the analog input signals lines get connected to the OIB. after which the menu option will disappear and the analog outputs should now track the proper Centinel values. testing to see if the issue is resolved after each step: a) Check the Modules Status submenu in GCS Modules to ensure the I/O module(s) are ‘enabled’. This seems to resolve the problem most of the time. If so. set the analog source parameters to a value of ‘<none>’. This could have resulted in damage to the analog outputs from the Expansion I/O Module. This can occur on a Centinel with datalogging option that has not had its analog output source parameters set properly. press the enter key. I suggest re-loading software in the Centinel Interface Module (CIM). For example the Analog Input board MUST be connected as indicated on the PCB.5mA – 4 mA out). it could be that the system is still in ‘Factory Calibration Mode’. Another possibility is that the leads from a meter set to milliamp mode were connected directly across the analog output terminals for testing or calibration purposes. This value should be 20 /s or greater. Reversing these connectors may allow the cables to fit neater. A final possibility is that the Expansion I/O Module is not functioning or connected properly. The Centinel stand-alone initializes properly and displays data but the Centinel 4-20 mA outputs do not change from 0 (3.

When the drive is stopped. the numbers revert back to the original or 0. the system is more susceptible to electrical noise. The Analog Outputs from the Centinel are not accurate. though we are working on a specific procedure. Make sure that the CITIBus controller has the shunt blocks in for the termination and failsafe bias resistors. For now. When I enter values to calibrate the Expansion I/O module. the Centinel Data transfers to the ICS properly. This could have occurred because the IOM was not calibrated before a software upgrade or when setpoints were not reloaded previously. consider the FAQ below that discusses improper operation while the ICS is running. . This was to compensate for PHDs that would have some dead spots in their operation caused by the wiper of the pot loosing contact. The CITIBus controller can be: a) a Vortex-GCS motor controller in a dataloggable stand-alone Centinel system (see Figure 1). The IOM calibration procedure with a CIM should be similar. The solution is to reload software in the IOM a second time and then proceed with the calibration procedure.If the ICS has a PHD Signal Conditioner installed. Most likely the expansion I/O module is not properly calibrated. (There are no shunt blocks for terminations on this board. We have a procedure for re-calibrating the IOM when it is attached to a Vortex GCS (Centinel Datalogging option) on the Controls Web Site on the GCS Software page. c) or a System Control board in a dataloggable Centinel system. b) a Centinel Interface module (CIM) in a non-dataloggable stand-alone Centinel system (see Figure 2). Alternately. This is likely caused by reloading software in the IOM before reloading software in the GCS Vortex.30 into the IOM. this board should be removed when an analog input board or CIB is installed so that the PHD board does not interfere with the analog signals from the Centinel I/O. please contact us. Once the drive is started. proper termination is required on both ends of the bus. Terminations are always present). This symptom was discovered in our testing but may be responsible for inaccurate readings on the ICS. it will lock the output frequency until the alarm goes away or the drive is stopped. Setpoint Control from Centinel Inputs does not function properly This is likely a result of one of the other symptoms listed in this FAQ. Since the CITIBus communication link is a high speed RS-485 system. When loading software version 1. the existing calibration information will be retained assuming it is valid. If the terminations are not present. • If the controller enters an alarm state. Why can’t I complete the calibration? We have had reports that after re-loading software calibration values entered would not stay or revert back to 0. call us if you have to do this and need help. If NOT. It has been discovered that the electrical harmonic noise from a VSD can greatly affect CITIBus communications under certain situations. Generally we would avoid calibrating IOM’s in the field unless you have the proper 4-20 mA meter or unless no spares modules are available. As a result the IOM factory calibration mode (wormhole) is closed. the GCS Display updates are very slow and the ICS Analogs are not reading properly. Try to determine if your symptoms are similar to any of the others. Note the following known issues with ICS software: • When “the lo alarm is set at or below the zero value” the drive will accelerate to the low speed clamp frequency and stay there.

thus no data. Any suggestions? Depending on the display software version. consider the circles in the label to be pins visible and not covered by a jumper. For systems without a permanent display. CITIBus communication with the CIM as the controller was solid with or without a display with just the two shunt blocks providing end-of-line terminations. In our test configuration using an ICS drive. Similar to the MR/SL jumper FAQ above. Note 2: By default. you may need to reboot the display (see next faq) Centinel Short Circuit alarm simply indicates that the CIM did not receive any change in signal from the down hole gauge. all six (6) shunt blocks are installed for the Vortex GCS motor controller. then everything stops with no fault annunciation or a Centinel Short Circuit alarm. just the two EOL shunt blocks are installed for the Centinel Interface module. . Next consult the troubleshooting steps found on page 28 of the Centinel Manual (Rev 1. I hear relays click 4 times but the power supply level never changes from 100%. My Centinel in Master mode boots up. Figure 1 – Vortex GCS Shunt Blocks Figure 2 – Centinel Interface Module Shunt Blocks On a typical CITIBus system with a display unit at the end of the line. In this case the alarm annunciation is only updated when the display is powered up and will not update after that time. If the Centinel does not appear to be working and there is no indication of what is wrong. try unplugging the display and plugging it back into the CITIBus. Note 1: By default. This will reboot the display without restarting the Centinel and should allow the Centinel alarm to annunciate properly. This could be caused by several factors. We also found that adding a ferrite core inductor similar to those used on other cables in the ICS cabinet improved the situation significantly. I hear relays click 4 times and then everything stops with NO error enunciated.39) The Centinel in Master mode boots up and starts working but doesn’t seem to recognize the gauge. What now? There is a known issue with Display software 5. Check the CPS Config jumpers on the CIM and ensure they are installed closest to the Bottom of the module. The inductor was added to the signal wires between the Exp I/O module analog output and the Analog Input board.22 when connected to a Centinel Master.The shunt block locations are circled in the diagrams below. the addition of just the two shunt blocks (termination resistors) provides acceptable communications. it is advisable to have all shunt blocks installed. This marked improvement was witnessed when the shunt blocks on the CITIBus controller boards were not installed.

2. Some parameters are spanned 0-9999. Configure the Digital Output Control for the desired digital output. Is there any way to annunciate a high or low alarm using a digital output on a Centinel Standalone? If the Centinel stand-alone product has the Datalogging option (comes with a GCS Vortex in the panel) it is possible to configure a contact closure to indicate a high or low alarm condition.Next consult the troubleshooting steps found on page 28 of the Centinel Manual (Rev 1. Problems can be encountered when combining older versions of system controller. . The shutdown and bypass delays on the user alarm configuration menu are not relevant because the GCS Vortex is not actually controlling a motor. some versions were spanned 32768 to +32767 and the latest versions span Centinel pressure 0 to 65535 for maximum resolution. Configure a User Alarm with the desired Centinel data as the data source. enable the Alarm and set the desired threshold. This is made possible by combining two GCS features: User Alarms. We recommend you upgrade all software to the latest available versions as per the first FAQ at the top of this document. Select the Alarms column and scroll down to User Alarm configured in #1 (approximately 7 right key presses). and Digital Output Control. Set the threshold as high or low. The system will change the state of the digital output as soon as the Centinel data exceeds the user alarm threshold. CIM and IOM software. GCS products support User Definable Alarms in latest software versions accessed via the User Prog Func menu. Note that the name of the user alarm in the list of alarms will have changed to the data source name.39) Why does my User Defined Alarm cause a low threshold shutdown on Centinel pressure even though the reading is above the threshold? During the development of the Centinel there were several changes mad to the spanning capabilities for parameters and alarm trip calculations. Two configuration steps are required assuming a working Centinel SEP: 1.

If we take a standard CITIBus cable and cut the wires to pins 1. the calibration has likely been corrupted. In certain applications this algorithm could select an output voltage that is right at the minimum level required for the gauge. How do I check the calibration of my CIM? 1. 2. Insert a Code Key PC Card. Configure the CIM as a Master (Master/Slave Jumper OUT) and supply it 24 volts. 3.2.My Centinel is communicating intermittently. If we take a standard CITIBus cable and cut the wires to pins 1.5 and 6 then there will not be any CITIBus conflicts. It is recommended that the calibration information on intermittent units be checked as per the FAQ below. The calibration values for AO1 are on line 4 in the 3rd (min) and 4th (max) columns. . Alternately it is possible to 'steal' power from a GCS Vortex or Electrospeed by making a special cable that only connects CITIBus power and ground from these units.5 and 6 then there will not be any CITIBus conflicts. Navigate to the System menu and select the Diagnostics sub-menu that now appears 5. The other values in this table are not used in the CIM. In this menu select DAC Lvl: 6. It is possible to adjust the power level to the gauge using the following procedure: 1. Connect a Graphic Display. • We can get 24 volts from a CIM Auxiliary Power supply (902455 & 902538). This results in the gauge dropping out on an underpower situation intermittently. +24 is on pins 7&8 of a CITIBus cable and ground is on Pins 3&4. Configure the CIM as a Master (Master/Slave Jumper OUT) and supply it 24 volts. 3.00 and previous use an auto-ranging algorithm to determine optimal voltage to the downhole tool. o We can get 24 volts from a CIM Auxiliary Power supply (902455 & 902538). +24 is on pins 7&8 of a CITIBus cable and ground is on Pins 3&4.2. If the max value is 255. increment the present value by a few percent monitoring the gauge operation. press the right arrow key 2 times to change to the Analog Output 1 menu. Is it possible to re-calibrate a CIM module as a stand-alone device: 1. 4. Is there something I can try? Centinel software versions 2. Alternately it is possible to 'steal' power from a GCS Vortex or Electrospeed by making a special cable that only connects CITIBus power and ground from these units. From the main Menu select GCS Modules then Onboard I/O. One other source of intermittent communication to a downhole tool is an improperly calibrated CIM module. 2.

2. the system will annunciate the alarm condition in the alarm window but will not shut the well down or prevent it from being started. Once the 4 values are entered. How do I prevent the system from shutting down if communication to the gauge is lost? The parameter on the Centinel Setup menu labelled “Centinel Receiver Com Alarm” controls whether the system will cause a shutdown if the CIM looses communication with the downhole gauge. My Centinel temperature is displaying as expected but the pressure is reading 0. Re-load CIM software version 2.20. These steps should be repeated for analog output 2 (one right key press). Connect a Graphic Display. With power disconnected.20 or newer. Adjust the A01 Raw value again to produce a value of 20 mA output. Power up the system and use the standard Factory Calibration menu on the System menu to view the Analog Output 1 calibration menu Select Enter. How can I configure my Centinel to cause a shutdown if the system detects a gauge problem? My Centinel gauge is communicating intermittently. Typically in the range of 187 to 220. 7. 11. go back to the System menu and set Factory Calibration to NO. Enter the Raw value that produced 4 mA out into the Minimum Value parameter. NOTE: The CIM will not start it's auto-ranging algorithm unless the Enable Cal parameter is set to no. 5.7. 8. 10. Press right arrow twice 6.00 of Centinel software that occurs when the pressure reading is greater than 3276. 3. 4. Typically this is a value of 7 or 8. but I want to keep running the well. . What’s the problem? This is a known issue with version 2. If this parameter is set to NO. Set a value in the A01 Raw parameter that causes the output to read 4 mA. Enter the Raw value that produced 20 mA output into the Maximum Value parameter. connect a 4-20 mA measurement device or a 100 ohm resistor with a voltmeter to measure Analog output1. As a result the system forced the value to 0. In this case the data actually overflows a signed data type and is negative. This has been fixed in Centinel software version 2. 9.

the 40 is 25% etc up to 222 which represents 100% power supply output. Jumper OUT.Is it possible to view the results of the auto-ranging process? There is one CIM troubleshooting capability that may not be widely known. the system never detected any signal from the CIM and never even tried to auto-range. We have a GCS Electrospeed that shows invalid input voltage values but only when the Centinel is connected as a slave GCS device. The DAC level of 14 above represents and output of 12%.kee file on it) 3.5% increments and measuring the maximum and minimum signal at each output level. The CIM automatically ranges the output voltage to achieve the optimum signal strength from the downhole gauge. Position the cursor over the Intake Pressure parameter and press ENTER to display the calibration menu The calibration shows the min and max values read at the analog input (signal from Centinel gauge) for each output voltage level (DAC ranges from min calibration value to max calibration value. You may also notice that the system controller will report that an RDCM module has been noted on the CITIBus. thus 4-20 mA. select Status to view the Centinel Status menu. In the example above the table has been initialized to maximum and minimum values but since NO gauge was connected. 2. . If the gauge was ever detected. Then the level where the largest difference between max & min is noted selected for operation. From the main menu. 4. the values in this table should be in the range of 300 to 1000 counts. When the CIM is used as a CITIBus slave along with an I/O module in an Electrospeed or Electrostart switchboard the CIM responds with invalid data which overwrites analogs in the system controller. What is wrong? This is a known issue with CIM software version 2. It may also provide more clues to some of the non-working Centinels. It is possible to view the data collected for signal strength in the auto ranging process using the following steps: 1.20. The difference between the min an max values at each DAC Level (output voltage level) is the strength of the signal. This is completed by setting the output voltage in 12. Looking at this table may give us some additional information about why the re-initializers do what they do. Insert a Code Key PC Card (a PC Card with a code. (GCS Modules -> Modules Status). The CIM must be in MASTER mode.

while it has to be 35. What should we do? The work-around is to change the Centinel Unit setting (basic setup menu) from SI to IMP.The solution to this issue is to update to version 2.40 of CIM software. This should correct the decimal problem. Wait for a while and set it back to SI. unless there really is an RDCM in the system. We’ve upgraded a Centinel Interface Module with the new software revision 2.8 bar. navigate to the GCS Modules-> Modules Status menu and disable the RDCM so the system does not waste time trying to communicate with a module that is not in the system. . Also.40 and now the Centinel Intake Pressure displayed 358 bar.