Four Obstacles You May Face When Tending to Your Aging Paperless Recorder

Written by: Dan Weise

It’s been about a decade since the Honeywell Trendview X-Series paperless recorders were first introduced. And as with any product, you can expect some routine maintenance and service requirements that come with age.

We’ve put together four obstacles you may face when tending to your aging paperless recorder, and how you can overcome them to further maximize the lifespan and functionality of your device.

1. Changing the Clock Battery

Clock Battery.jpgIf your paperless recorder is getting old, the battery may be ready to be swapped out. Your recorder uses a standard CR2032 lithium battery that is both inexpensive and readily available at most drug stores.

Although this appears to be a simple solution,  I’ve noticed when I change out the battery, the system resets the clock to January 1, 2003.

If you have standard, or no security enabled, you can simply login and change the time. However, this can pose a problem if your recorder uses the ESS extended security (usually a pharmaceutical requirement). When an ESS-enabled recorder resets back to Jan 1, 2003, no user, not even an administrator, can get access to the setup because the valid period for all passwords appears to have expired.

In order to avoid this problem, it is best to plan ahead before attempting to replace the clock battery.

Honeywell can generate a one-day-use access code for January 1, 2003, and another code for the actual date you plan on changing the battery. This will give you access to the passwords section, so an administrative user’s password can be reset, or an additional administrative user can be created.  (I prefer to create an additional administrative user.)

Once an administrator has access, the clock can be reset.   Of course, that locks out the newly created administrator, but the regular administrator should have access at that point.

(Read More: Changing the Clock Battery on a Honeywell Paperless Recorder)

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How to Avoid Honeywell Process Instrument Explorer (PIE) Software Communication Errors

Honeywell’s Process Instrument Explorer (PIE) configuration software used for configuring UDC controllers and the UDA analytical controller communicates with the instruments via RS-485, Ethernet, or Infrared (IR).

Since most newer PCs don’t ship with built-in serial ports to connect an IR adapter, you can use a USB-to-RS-232 converter, and then connect using the Actisys serial-to-infrared adapter (ACT-IR220L+). The USB converter will plug directly into your PC’s USB port, but install on a virtual COM port.

Here’s where it gets tricky: That COM port has to match the COM port used in PIE, and PIE doesn’t support ports above COM8.

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Chemical Seal Assemblies Available from Lesman Stock

Chemical seals and fills are often necessary to protect your process instrumentation from harm. But the wait for a custom gauge-and-seal, switch-and-seal, or transmitter-and-seal combination could be an issue, keeping your process offline for longer than necessary, or costing a premium for quick delivery.

We’ve removed the potential for downtime and rush charges with our WIKA-certified assembly station, and improved stock of most popular transmitters, switches, gauges, diaphragm seals, and fill fluids. Lesman customers can experience next-day delivery on custom assemblies from in-stock instrumentation.

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Get More Combustion System Data into your PLC

Written by: A.J. Piskor

Traditionally, combustion control panels have been living in a hard-wired world. More often than not, the status of a burner system is communicated by indicator lights on a Flame Safeguard (FSG) terminal.

With the increased use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) controlling all aspects of a combustion system, customers are demanding more information from the FSG, as many operators manage their systems from a centralized control room.

While some customers have traded in their indicator lights for relays with dry contacts that feed back into their PLC, other customers are looking to simplify the communication between the FSG and PLC, while extracting more information on the operation of their burner system.

Here, we will go over some examples of technologies that are available today, and how you can get the information you need to where you need it.

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Webinar Recap: Load Cell Basics

In case you missed May’s webinar with Sartorius Intec on load cells, we’ve put together some of the key points:

Let’s start with the most common weighing element: the strain gauge load cell.

Strain Gauge.pngA strain gauge load cell can be found in bench platforms, floor scales, and in some cases, tank and hopper systems. It is the most common load cell used in the weighing industry.

The most common electrical strain gauges are thin, rectangular strips of foil with maze-like wiring patterns on them, leading to a couple of electrical cables. You stick the foil onto the material you are measuring and wire the cables up to your computer or monitoring circuit.

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NEW! Quick Start Guide for Precision Digital PD6000 Process Indicator

Written by: Dan Weise

In the past decade or so, there’s been a trend towards putting a Quick Start Guide in the product box, probably in response to some bureaucratic requirement for a piece of paper in an era when manuals, references and user guides are generally pdfs on-line or on CD.

I’m the guy who reads that documentation, so I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly.   Most Quick Starts are so scant, they offer very limited value.  But, I’ve just read one that rates fabulous in a world of paper documents that rarely warrant anything but a yawn.

PD6000.jpgWhat a delightful surprise to open up a Precision Digital PD 6000 process indicator box and find their new Quick Start Guide.  A quick flip through the 12 pages revealed it was exactly what I believe a Quick Start should be (and what most aren’t).

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Siemens SITRANS FC430 Coriolis Flowmeter Now NTEP-Approved for Custody Transfer

Custody transfer flow meters are used to determine how much of a commodity changes hands in exchange for some monetary, financial or other recognized trade consideration.

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All custody transfer applications involve at least one buyer and one seller. During custody transfer, accuracy is of great importance to both the company delivering the material and the recipient.

In order to ensure reliable and accurate measurement, devices are certified for custody transfer by a nationally recognized body. For Coriolis flow sensors, custody transfer approvals are mandated by the US National Conference on Weights and Measures office.

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