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HART communications without busting the budget

The HART communication protocol has been firmly established as the standard means of configuring field instruments for some years.   But talking to a field instrument needs a communicator.

There are the handheld communicators, Rosemount’s  x75s and the “budget-priced” Meriam MFC 4150, but at a cost that’s more a capital appropriation than an MRO expense.  Even the Meriam, with a 3-year field device description subscription starts at more than $4000.

People continue to ask me if there isn’t a more budget conscious approach to HART configuration.

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Troubleshooting FTP failures on Honeywell paperless process recorders

One of the great things about Honeywell Trendview X-Series paperless recorders is that they communication via Ethernet. It’s great, because you can get data from your recorder anywhere on your plant network. But, since they’re network devices, you now have to understand how to troubleshoot network failures, and not just fix “regular” recorder issues.

Trendview recorders frequently connect to a local area network (LAN), so the recorded data can be easily transferred to the historian database portion of the recorder’s Trendserver Pro software (TSP).  TrendServer pro uses a standard Internet file transfer protocol (FTP) to grab data from the recorder. And in a lot of cases, a software scheduler is used to grab data on a periodic basis.

So, you’re cranking along, and the recorder’s talking perfectly to the server, and then one day you see one of the dreaded FTP failure messages.

 FTP failure errors between Honeywell Trendview X-Series paperless recorders and TrendServer Pro software

So now, what do you do to diagnose and solve the problem?

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Honeywell Trendview Software Installs but Doesn’t Run in Windows 7… Why?

I’ve used Honeywell’s paperless recorder software for a decade now and didn’t expect a hiccup when I got a new laptop. Honeywell tells me the Trendview software suite is compatible with Windows 7.  

The Trendserver Pro software installation looked normal, but when I tried to import data from a recorder, the import locked up and never recovered.   Data would not transfer.   Read the rest of this entry »

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