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Avoiding the Obstacles of Tending an 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 summarized the top 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.

Before you start, make sure you have a printed record of your paperless recorder’s custom configurations in case you need to restore them to your unit.

1. Changing the Clock Battery

If 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 haven’t enabled security, you can just login and change the time. But, 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.

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Why Disable a Channel on a Honeywell Paperless Recorder?

Written by: Dan Weise

Over time, changes in your process needs occur, and a sensor you’ve connected to a Honeywell paperless recorder channel may be taken out of service. When this happens, I suggest that both the analog input and the pen be disabled. Here’s why:

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Changing the Clock Battery on a Honeywell Paperless Recorder

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!

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Download Remote Viewer Windows Application for Honeywell Trendview Paperless Recorders

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’.

 

QX Recorder Screen in the Remote Viewer Window.jpg

QX recorder screen in the Remote Viewer window.

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.

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Using a Honeywell Paperless Recorder as an Alarm Annunciation Panel

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:

Paperless Recorder as an Alarm Annunciation Panel

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”

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Marking Charts on Honeywell Paperless Process Recorders

Back in the day of paper charts, it was simple to mark a recorder chart – the operator pulled a pen out of his pocket and wrote on the chart, or the quality person rubber-stamped the chart.

Even with “paperless” charts on Honeywell’s Trendview, X-Series and G-Series digital recorders, it’s still easy to annotate.

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What’s the Backdoor Password for Honeywell X-Series Paperless Recorders?

Honeywell Minitrend QX X-Series Paperless RecorderOne of the strengths of Honeywell’s X-series paperless recorders is password security. You can configure it to keep operators from making configuration changes, and it’s a necessary part of being able to view a recorder’s data using a web browser.

One of the weaknesses of Honeywell’s X-series paperless recorders is password security. And by that, I don’t mean it’s bad. I just mean it can cause problems if a user fails to enter their username and password right, and ends up locked out of the recorder.

So I’m guessing if you searched for the backdoor password, you’re in that situation. You’re locked out of your recorder and can’t figure out how to get back in.

First, I apologize for luring you into reading this. There is NO backdoor password for an X-series recorder.  But don’t give up hope: There is an answer.

(What’s a back door? Watch and learn.)

Hopefully, there’s a user at your location with administrator level access, who can reset a locked-out user. But if that’s not the case, what do you do when everyone is locked out of an X-series recorder?

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