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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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Changing the COM port for a USB HART modem in Pactware

Written by: Dan Weise

I couldn’t communicate with a HART device. The configuration software I was using, Pactware, thought the USB HART modem was on COM 3, while Windows’ Device Manager showed it was actually on COM 6.

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To change the COM port in Pactware to COM 6, I right clicked COM 3 and selected Parameter:

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Why won’t Pactware work with the Siemens LUT 400?

Written by: Dan Weise

I’ve used Pactware for a couple years now, so I was surprised when I couldn’t get the Siemens LUT400 to work with the software. The LUT400 ultrasonic level and flow controller comes with a DTM file that I installed before opening the Pactware software.

The DTM file can be downloaded from this link: http://tinyurl.com/cqk2cky

Once it had been installed, I opened Pactware and updated the device catalog, as seen in the picture below:

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But when I attempted to establish a HART connection to the LUT400, I got an error message:

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How to install magnetic flowmeters in less than optimum conditions

Not all processes have optimal piping configurations. Learn how to identify alternative solutions for processes inhibited by piping constraints.

Siemens is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, October 21 at 2pm EST.

In this 1-hour webinar, Siemens specialists will show you how the flowmeter can be installed and how this versatile instrument can be used to meet your application needs. They will be discussing the installation guidelines for process piping that can enhance your flowmeters’ performance.

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How far does playback go on a Honeywell paperless recorder?

The two most common questions I get about paperless recorders are:

  • How far back in time can I scroll back or playback the chart?
  • How many days/weeks/months of data does the recorder save?

What people don’t realize is that the answers to these questions vary according to how the recorder’s memory is allocated.

To help you understand how the recorder’s memory works, let me explain how data is viewed and saved on a paperless recorder.

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Making a Siemens clamp-on flowmeter setup record easy to read

Everyone agrees that it’s good practice to keep a record of configurations and setups for any field instrument. I’m constantly recommending it to our customers for their transmitters, controllers, recorders, and other complex configurable devices.

Siemens clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters even have a system in place to make this process easy. By connecting the meter to a PC through the RS-232 serial port, you can use a terminal program and the SITE command to fetch a data file that holds all the instrument’s configuration data.

The terminal program can also be used — with a set of instructions specific to the flowmeter — for viewing real-time operational data, performing device setup, uploading logger data, or uploading configurations known as SITE setups.

Recently, I was called to visit a plant and look at a misbehaving flowmeter. From previous discussions with the operator, I knew he’d saved SITE setup files for every flowmeter installed in the plant.

I asked if the customer would e-mail me the setup file before my visit, so I could check out how the flowmeter was set up. My request was met with a chuckle and “Well, if you really think it’s worth it…”

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How to pick a setpoint profile program on a Honeywell UDC3500 controller

Honeywell UDC3500 universal digital controllerYou’ve heard this phrase before: “It’s simple. But nobody said it would be easy.”

And this is exactly one of those cases.

The Honeywell UDC3500 digital controller can support up to four setpoint programs, the ramp/soak profiles used in batch control operations. But after configuring all four profiles, I was stuck on how to select the one I wanted the controller to use.

There’s no “Program Select” button on the keypad. So I was mystified on how I was going to select my setpoint profile program #3.

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