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Installing software on your PC isn’t hard. You click the .exe file and the software does its thing… right? Not always.
When it comes to Honeywell’s Trendview suite software, I’ve found that if you don’t take the extra step of running the install As Administrator, it produces faults in the software functionality after the install is complete. This holds true even if the user doing the install has administrative rights on the PC.
So, to help ensure a fault-free installation, make sure you do this:
Instead of double-clicking to launch the installer file, right-click on it.
Select Run as Administrator from the menu and follow the instructions.
Depending on your network setup, you may need to have an IT professional standing by to provide the administrator password.
As we’ve learned through trial and error, this is no longer an option to get the Trendview software to install properly: It’s mandatory to ensure a successful installation.
Lesman Instrument Company is the authorized Honeywell stocking distributor in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Paducah KY, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you are located outside that area, you can find your local sales office or get technical assistance by visiting Honeywell’s contact page.
Dan Weise, Lesman product specialist, is an instructor for training classes on process instrumentation hardware, software, and technology.
Dan has been involved in all facets of data acquisition and process instrumentation since 1978, from sales and commissioning to service and support. He’s a long-time member of ISA, and has been with Lesman since 1988.
In his words, Dan’s the guy “who reads all the manuals nobody else reads”. In Lesman customers’ words, he’s the trainer to call if you want to “cut to the SO WHAT of instrumentation”, so it’s easy to understand.
Written by: Dan Weise
The installed base of Honeywell Trendview X series paperless recorders is approaching an in-service period of a decade (introduced mid-2006). Given that kind of service time, you need to be aware of the issues involved in changing the clock battery.
The replaceable clock battery serves as a backup for the on board real-time clock chip as well as the internal battery-backed static RAM. If your paperless recorder is getting old, the battery may ready for a swap-out. If so, you may need a one-day-use access code that only Honeywell can provide, so plan ahead. You don’t want to get locked out of your recorder!
Written by: Dan Weise
One of the strongest attractions of the Trendview paperless recorders has been the ability to check the recorder screen from a desktop without having to be in front of the recorder, what Honeywell calls ‘Remote View’.
For over a decade, users have been able to use their company’s installed network infrastructure to view data on one or more recorders from their desktop using Internet Explorer (IE). That worked great until Internet Explorer 11 abandoned ‘Active-X’, the component used to update the browser display.
For anyone using Internet Explorer 11, the alternative is a free Windows software application, Remote View Windows, that does exactly the same thing as IE did – it displays a Trendview recorder screen and keeps it updated. It replaces the remote view function formerly done with the Internet Explorer browser and the now unsupported Active-X in IE 11.
Written by: Dan Weise
It’s surprising to me how many Honeywell Trendview recorders are used primarily for alarming. People tell us that they like the alarm screens on the old-style annunciation panels. On a digital recorder, they look like this:
Users say “It’s easy to tell at a glance, which points are in alarm because the red really stands out. And the process values show up right there under the tag. Everything we need is in one place”
When their Remote View option is turned on, Trendview paperless recorders display recorder screens in Internet Explorer as shown here:
Getting a printout was not as easy as using file > print, because the technology uses Active-X components in Windows, so the result is a blank screen; something to do with Active X and printing.
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.