The primary purpose of the Configurator Software is to permit users to quickly and easily create the SPS6000 configurations required for particular real-world applications. This Windows-based software is to be run on an external PC that communicates with the SPS6000 system through a special serial interface. General requirements for the “setup PC” are as follows:

  • IBM or compatible PC, with VGA display • Windows version and DOS version available
  • 10 Mbytes of hard-drive memory for the application; saved configurations require additional memory
  • 16 Mbytes of RAM recommended for Windows 95; 32 Mbytes recommended for Windows NT 4.0
  • one (1) available RS-232 port (USB require the use of a USB to serial converter)
  • mouse operation required

A “configuration” is a full set of parameters that instruct the SPS6000 system precisely how it is to collect and process sensor-based data. In addition to general system communications protocols and security provisions, a configuration includes

  • specific input-channel setup information such as slot “location,” filter characteristics (if applicable), and calibration values
  • tag-name specification of all analog outputs and logic I/O to be handled by each Analog Signal Processor Card
  • tag-name specification of all active function module inputs and outputs (analog and logic), plus specification of any other applicable function module operating parameters

Once a specific configuration has been created and saved to the setup PC’s hard disk via the Configuration Software, it can be downloaded to the SPS6000 for immediate implementation, or it can be kept on the hard disk for later use and/or revision. Any configuration can be printed out for hard-copy storage. If desired, the user can at any time upload the existing configuration of a connected SPS6000 system for viewing and/or editing. Two new features of the Configurator Software simplify the process of creating complete signal paths: AUTOCONNECT (“A/C”) buttons and POPUP TAG-NAME LISTS. Pressing the “A/C” button of an ASP analog input or function module analog output automatically connects that input or output to the next available ASP analog output, while pressing a function module logic output’s “A/C” button automatically connects that output to the next available ASP control output. For each tag-name entry field,* the user can invoke a popup list containing any and all tag names previously entered into this configuration which may be legitimately entered in that field. Thus, for example, the popup list for an ASP analog input channel will contain any and all existing tag names that are allowed to serve as a terminating point for that input—that is, all previously entered ASP analog outputs and function module analog inputs not already connected to a source.


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