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Introduction
to the

ProfiSignal Basic
Software
May 2010
Version V3.0

Discover Basic
Measurement data acquisition and evaluation
Process visualization
Trend, characteristic curve and logic diagrams
Report generation
Measurement data export to external software

Table of Contents
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Introduction to ProfiSignal Basic

1.1

Dear Reader

1.2

The ProfiSignal family............................................................................2

ProfiSignal Basic set up

2.1

ProfiSignal activation ............................................................................5

2.2

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Access via desktop symbols

2.3

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ProfiSignal in networks

2.4

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Information on hardware
manuals

A tour through ProfiSignal Basic

3.1

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DataService and Basic
applications

3.2

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ProfiSignal Basic software
components

3.3

Online Analysis

3.4

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Measurement data analysis

3.5

Process visualization............................................................................21

3.6

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The visualization trend
diagram

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Introduction to ProfiSignal Basic

1.1

Dear Reader

This "Introduction to ProfiSignal Basic" is an extract from the "ProfiSignal


Basic" user manual.
The following sections are almost identical to those of the manual:

ProfiSignal set up
A tour through ProfiSignal Basic
The following "Introduction to ProfiSignal Basic" will help you gain a quick
understanding of ProfiSignal Basic and enable you to begin using it
immediately.
The detailed user manual is then intended as a reference source.
"Learning by Doing" is known to be the simplest method to familiarize
yourself with a new system.
The complete
"ProfiSignal Basic Manual"
is available as a PDF file on the ProfiSignal Basic software CD.

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1.2

The ProfiSignal family


This section provides an overview of products from the ProfiSignal
family.

Overview
ProfiSignal Go is the entry-level software for measurement data
acquisition and evaluation.
ProfiSignal Basic includes ProfiSignal Go and provides operating and
monitoring objects as well as trend diagram and characteristic curve
functions.
ProfiSignal Klicks includes ProfiSignal Go and ProfiSignal Basic and enables
automation of processes via the Klicks language for technicians.
ProfiSignal Go can be upgraded to ProfiSignal Basic or ProfiSignal Klicks.
ProfiSignal Basic can be upgraded to ProfiSignal Klicks.

ProfiSignal Go (Online Analysis)


Online Analysis is unique as being the fastest known method of visualizing
measurement data on the screen and as being the simplest method to
analyse measurement data.
Online Analysis is therefore ideal for servicing, mobile applications, fault
diagnostics, start-ups etc.
Online Analysis can run parallel to other system operations without
affecting their functioning.

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ProfiSignal Basic
Process visualization (also known as ProzessVisu or Visu) is software for
process operation, observation and monitoring.
Users can generate their own visualization views that use operating and
monitoring objects as well as trend diagrams and characteristic curves.
Visualization is especially suited to experiments, testing procedures, test
stands and production processes.
Quantitative / consumption data can then be acquired and evaluated.

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ProfiSignal Klicks
ProfiSignal Klicks includes ProfiSignal Go and ProfiSignal Basic.
Klicks enables automation of experiments, testing procedures, test stands
and production processes.
Klicks is a language designed for technicians engineers and scientists.
Users are then no longer dependent on IT specialists.
Tests / experiments
Measurement data acquisition and evaluation
Automated measurement procedures
Test stand automation
Process visualization and automation

Automation takes place by users selecting programming instructions from


context menus. The typing in of programming code or the learning of a
programming language then becomes unnecessary. This represents a
major difference to conventional programming languages.
Klicks is then a method for configuring rather than writing programs.

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ProfiSignal Basic set up

2.1

ProfiSignal activation

Following ProfiSignal installation and its first start, you will be prompted to
activate the ProfiSignal licences.

Activation enables permanent and full utilization of the licensed software. If


users ignore the activation procedure, the system will issue regular
reminders. For security reasons, the system has activation deadlines. We
therefore recommend users carry out immediate activation.
The activation code required for the procedure is available online via the
internet, by email, fax or by post .

Activation set up:

Start ProfiSignal
Select "Help" from the main menu
Select "Activate licence from the submenu
(following successful activation the menu option will change to "Edit
licence")

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The main dialogue opens to enter the activation code

A. Online registration
This activation procedure runs automatically.
Select "Online activation" from the main dialogue.
Then select "Activate now".

B. Phone registration
Select "Phone activation" from the main dialogue.
Call the displayed telephone number to request code.
Enter the code/key provided in the activation key field (main dialogue).
Confirm "Enter Activation Code".

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C. Mail activation
Select "Mail activation" from the main dialogue.
Enter the registration data.
Select "OK".
The sending of the activation code is then undertaken by Delphin
Technology AG.
Enter the code/key provided in the activation key field (main dialogue).
Confirm "Enter Activation Code".

D. Fax activation
Select "Fax activation" from the main dialogue.
Enter the registration data.
Select"OK" a fax will be generated automatically.
Send the fax to + 49 2204 85-85 (Delphin Technology AG).
The sending of the activation code is then undertaken by Delphin
Technology AG.
Enter the code/key provided in the activation key field (main dialogue).
Confirm "Enter Activation Code".

Licence extension
There is always the option to extend an existing ProfiSignal licence to
include more functions (refer to section 2).
Delphin will then provide new codes/keys for any additional modules.
Entering the key via the apply activation key field and clicking "Enter
Activation Code" writes the key to the licence file.
The new functions can then used following ProfiSignal restart.

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2.2

Access via desktop symbols

ProfiSignal comprises the DataService and one or more Basic applications.

Desktop symbols for ProfiSignal

ProfiSignal
Clicking the ProfiSignal icon starts ProfiSignal. The DataService then runs
automatically as a background service and requires no manual start up.
DataService/ Configurator
The DataService / Configurator runs as a background service. Users need
to manually start it only for hardware configuration or database set up.

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ProfiSignal in networks
Note:
Information on using ProfiSignal within company networks is available in
the networks section of the ProfiSignal manual.

A range of options are available for connecting measurement hardware to


ProfiSignal.
Expert devices are equipped with USB and LAN interfaces.
Message devices are equipped with LAN interfaces.

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2.4

Information on hardware manuals

This manual is based on the hardware manuals.


The hardware manuals describe:
Hardware operation
DataService installation
USB or LAN connections
Hardware configuration
Configuration data is permanently stored within the devices and therefore
always available at each restart.

The documentation is available under:


Start/Programme/ProfiSignal/Documentation ProfiSignal/... and
Start/Programme/ProfiSignal/Documentation Message devices/..

Overview of Delphin hardware


Refer to hardware manuals for details

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A tour through ProfiSignal Basic

After working through this section you can then begin using your system.

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3.1

DataService and Basic applications

ProfiSignal Basic includes two independent software systems. These are:

The DataService/ Configurator


The Basic application

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The DataService
This manual deals almost exclusively with Basic applications. Reference is
made to the DataService only in respect of test channels installed within
the DataService, and measurement databases used for long-term data
storage.
The DataService is an independent program that communicates with
measurement hardware and Basic applications.
The DataService / Configurator runs as a background service. Users
require the DataService only to configure hardware channels or to set up
databases for continuous data storage.
Note:
Explanations for hardware configuration are available in the hardware
manuals.

The DataService/Configurator performs the following tasks:


Hardware configuration
Management of archived data
Data access to connected Basic applications.

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3.2

ProfiSignal Basic software components

ProfiSignal Basic is made up three independent software components.


These are:
Online Analysis
Process visualization (also known as Visu)
Measurement data analysis
Online Analyses can run in parallel, i.e. during the background running of a
visualization, Online Analyses can be performed in the foreground.
Note:
Measurement data analysis is available to the trend diagrams from Online
Analyses and visualizations

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Online Analysis

Online Analysis is unique as the fastest known method to visualize


measurement data on the screen and as the simplest method to analyse
measurement data.
Online Analysis is therefore ideal for servicing, mobile applications, fault
diagnostics, start-ups etc.
Online Analysis can run parallel to other system operations without
affecting their functioning.
"Online Analysis" and "measurement data analysis" are independent
components.

Measurement data analysis

Toolbar
Users can switch between online and measurement data analyses at a
click of the mouse.
Measurement data analysis is equipped with a wide range of evaluation
functions.
These functions are operated via toolbar buttons.
Note:
Measurement data analysis can be run from any trend diagram.

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Process visualization

Process visualization (also known as ProzessVisu or Visu) is the software


component for process operation, observation and monitoring.
Users can generate their own visualization views that use operating and
monitoring objects as well as trend diagrams and characteristic curves.
Visualization is especially suited to experiments, testing procedures, test
stands and production processes.
Quantitative / consumption data can be acquired and evaluated.

3.3

Online Analysis
Online Analysis provides functions for measurement data acquisition,
monitoring and online evaluation.
Online Analysis is the quickest known path from sensor connection to
trend portrayal.
Users can set up any number of Online Analyses. A diagram is established
for each Online Analysis.
This can be a trend (Yt diagram), a characteristic curve (YX diagram) or a
logic diagram.
A trend can process large numbers of channels. Specific channels can be
accessed using a hide/show function.
Up to four axes can be used. Channels are assigned to the individual axes.
Axes can be extended and compressed.
The image below shows multiple Online Analyses that can be displayed as
required.

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Each Online Analysis is automatically assigned a user-defined


configuration.
Multiple Online Analyses can run simultaneously.
Users open each Online Analysis when required. The configuration can then
be amended and measurement data evaluated.
Each Online Analysis is assigned an individual name.

Storing measurement data


Data storage can be performed either as a continuous or batch process.
Continuous data storage can be performed as a background service while
batch measurement data files (records) are being assigned start/stop
settings.

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Continuous data recording


This is important for plant and machinery monitoring, for continuous
production processes, for the acquisition of quantities, and for endurance
testing etc.
Note:
DataService measurement databases are for continuous measurement
data recording.
Measurement databases are set up within the DataService. Channels are
then assigned to the databases.
Continuous measurement data can be portrayed and evaluated both
online and offline.

Batch data recording (recorder files)


This is important for applications in experimental trials, fault data
acquisition, fault detection, the monitoring of plant and machinery,
production processes etc.
Recorder objects are used to store measurement data to *.hds files.

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Measurement data analysis


Users can switch between online and measurement data analyses at a
click of the mouse.
Online Analysis enables monitoring of current measurement data.
Measurement data analysis enables access to data from any time period.
Toolbar
Hide/Show

Graph area

Channel table

Toolbar
Click the toolbar icon to hide/show the toolbar.

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The toolbar provides a wide range of evaluation functions.

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Process visualization

Switching between edit / runtime modes


Visualization applications are configured in edit mode and performed in
runtime mode.
Clicking the "Runtime" mode on the main menu switches the system to
runtime mode.
Switching to runtime mode

Clicking the "Edit" mode on the main menu switches the system to edit
mode.
Switching to edit mode

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Main screen
The main screen appears when ProfiSignal is started.
Toolbar Management tree

Object selection

Visualization

Object

The main screen contains the following components:

Management tree
This is the main hub. Clicking on the management tree's symbols gives
access to the visualization's various functions.
Toolbar
This is a Windows-style menu enabling the selection of specific functions.
Object selection
Is used in edit mode to select and place objects onto the visualization.
Visualization
Clicking an object group in the management tree displays the object group
within the visualization.
Visualization objects (Visu-objects)
These are positioned and configured within the visualization.

Visualization
Any number of visualizations can be set up and assigned individual names.

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Objects
Objects are accessed via the object groups in the management tree /
visualization.
ProfiSignal Basic objects contain data. They can be switches, displays,
variable diagrams, and visualizations. They are positioned within
visualizations, assigned individual names and configured using dialogues.
The following images show objects from the visualization and trend
categories.

Visualization objects are positioned on the visualizations and assigned


settings. They are then incorporated into context menus making them
accessible from program commands.

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Main object types


Visualization objects
These can be operating or monitoring objects.
They are available to both visualization and parameter displays.
Diagram objects
These can be Yt or YX (chacacteristic curve) diagrams.
They are available to visualization displays.
Report objects
These contain report fields that together make up a report.
Channels
These are hardware and test channels provided by the the DataService
and configured within the DataService.
Hardware channels deliver measurement data coming from
hardware devices.
Virtual channels are computed channels with computation
having been performed within the measurement hardware.
Test channels can function as proxy channels, e.g. when an
application requires writing but no hardware is available.

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Positioning an object onto a visualization

The object selection from the main screen is required. This appears when
a visualization is activated from the management tree.
Left click the required symbol. This marks the symbol (see image). The
mouse cursor changes to cross-hairs.

Position the cross-hairs at the required location on the visualization.


Position the object.
The object size and position can be altered within the visualization
according to Windows conventions.
It is then assigned an individual name and settings.
The settings dialogue is opened by right clicking the object. Select the
settings option.

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Configuring an object using a button as an example


Access:
Edit/Main menu/Management tree/
Visualization/
The symbol for a button object

The symbol has a triangle in the lower right corner. This indicates that the
object has multiple versions.
Right clicking the symbol displays the available versions (see image). A
version can now be selected.

The symbol is selected by left clicking.


The object is now positioned within the visualization using the method
already described. The button's individual name (Test Button), also
inscribed on the button, can now be entered (image).

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Right clicking the button opens a menu. Select Settings.


This opens the Settings dialogue for button configuration.

The Button tab enables users to alter the button's appearance.

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Symbols belonging to an object family


Symbols that have a triangle on the lower right are part of an object
family.
Right clicking the symbol displays the available objects from the family.

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The visualization trend diagram


Trend diagrams are one of ProfiSignal's special features.

Toolbar
Hide/Show

Graph area

Channel table

Toolbar
The trend diagram is made up of three areas:
Graph area
Channel table
Toolbar for measurement data analysis

Descriptions on operating the tools are available in the


"Measurement data analysis"
section.

Trend diagrams for process visualization are identical to online analysis


apart from the configuration procedure.
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Trend diagram configuration takes place as part of the visualization


configuration mode.
(A specific configuration mode is not available for online analysis)
Trend diagrams are:
Configured in configuration mode
Operated in operation mode
Evaluated in analysis mode

The analysis mode is described in the Measurement data analysis


section.
Trend diagrams are able to process a multitude of channels
Channels can be displayed or hidden
Up to four measurement axes are available
Trend diagrams can be positioned an any visualization
Axes can be extended and compressed

Trend diagram access is via the "Diagram" tab on the object selection bar
Trend diagram

Configuration
Configuration takes place in edit mode.

Operation mode
Operation takes place online in runtime mode. The latest measurement
data is fed into the diagram to enable users to view current data.

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Analysis mode
Analysis of measurement data is described in the Measurement data
analysis section. Users can switch between online trend mode and
measurement data analysis at the click of the mouse.

Storing measurement data


Continuous and batch data storage can be combined within one diagram,
independently from one another.

Continuous data storage


Continuous data storage is distinguished by uninterrupted data
acquisition.
The data channels for continuous storage are assigned to a database
within the DataService. These channels are then available to any trend
diagram.

Batch data storage


Batch data acquisition is distinguished by start/stop settings and storage
to files with individual or automatically generated file names.
Recorder objects are used for batch data storage.
Recorder objects can be linked to trend objects to create a combined
display and storage visualization. Measurement data is saved to *.hds
files. These can then be accessed and evaluated at any time.

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