PowerLogic ION Setup 2.2
Meter Configuration Software
User Guide
70002-0292-03
12/2010
Conventions Used in this Guide
This section describes the symbols and terminology used in this guide.
Symbols
DANGER
This alerts you to things that may cause serious injury to a person. Only qualified, properly trained
personnel should perform these procedures.
CAUTION
This alerts you to things that may cause loss of data, damage to your computer or your devices.
NOTE
A note provides you with additional information that you might want to consider.
TIP
This draws your attention to information that will help you perform a task more quickly or easily.
Terminology
Clear
Place the mouse cursor over the check box option, then click the mouse button
so that the check mark is removed from the check box.
Click
Place the mouse cursor over the specified option or button, then press and
release the mouse button.
Double-click
Place the mouse cursor over the specified option or button, then press and
release the mouse button twice.
Drag
Hold down the mouse button while moving the mouse cursor to the appropriate
location, then release the button.
Enter
Type the information, then press the ENTER or RETURN key.
Point
Position the mouse pointer over a submenu or menu command. For example,
point to the File menu.
Press
Press the specified key or key combination on your keyboard, for example,
press CTRL+ALT+DEL.
Right-click
Place the mouse cursor over the button or item, then press and release the
right mouse button.1
Select
Type
1
Place the mouse pointer over the specified option or check box, then click the
mouse button. A selected check box receives a check mark; a selected radio
button is marked with a dot.
Type the information, but DO NOT press the ENTER or RETURN key.
“Mouse button” means the primary mouse button (left, by default), while “right mouse button” means
the secondary mouse button. This configuration might be switched for accessibility.
Contents
Chapter 1
Introduction ................................................................... 7
Chapter 2
Configuring ION Setup ............................................... 21
Chapter 3
Adding and Configuring Devices .............................. 41
Chapter 4
Using the Setup Assistant ......................................... 73
Chapter 5
Monitoring Your Network ......................................... 109
Chapter 6
Troubleshooting ....................................................... 117
Chapter 1
Introduction
PowerLogic™ ION™ Setup is a user friendly configuration tool that provides an
intuitive environment for setting up and verifying settings on PowerLogic meters
and other devices. Devices can be configured over communications links whether
they are locally or remotely located. Hard drive footprint and memory requirements
for ION Setup are minimal, so it is easy to install and use.
Typically, you can perform basic setup through the meter’s front panel or remote
display. ION Setup is mainly used for configuring advanced features of the meter,
or for setting up a meter that does not have a front panel or remote display.
In this chapter
ION
Setup Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Overview
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Assumptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Where to Learn More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Getting More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Installing
ION Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Communicating
with Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Serial Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Modem Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Ethernet Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Ethernet Gateways or Modbus Gateways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
List
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ION Setup Features
ION Setup software provides configuration support for a variety of devices:
Basic Configuration Method
Devices
Setup Screens
Setup Assistant
Real-time
Data Display
Branch Circuit Power Meter (BCPM
and BCPMSC)
yes1
Enercept
yes1
yes
E5600
yes1
yes
ION6200
yes1
yes
ION7300 / ION7330 / ION7350
yes
yes
ION7550 / ION7650 /
ION7550 RTU
yes
yes
ION8600
yes
yes
ION8800
yes
yes
PM700 series
yes1
PM800 series
yes1
Legacy Devices
3000 series
1
yes
yes
ION7700
yes
yes
ION7500 / ION7600 / ION7500 RTU
yes
yes
ION8300 / ION8400 / ION8500
yes
yes
For instructions on configuring these devices, refer to the ION Setup Device Configuration Guide.
In addition, ION Setup provides an environment for historical trending, disturbance
and harmonics display, as well as remote control capabilities (if the device supports
those features).
ION Setup also features on-screen plotting of waveforms, time of use (TOU)
functionality, communications diagnostics, and support for up to 255 sites with up
to 128 devices in each site.
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System Requirements

Minimum: Pentium 90 or compatible processor
Recommended: Pentium 133 or faster processor

Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000 or Windows 98

Mouse or pointing device

VGA display

16 MB RAM (32 MB or greater recommended)

30 MB free hard-drive space
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Overview
This ION Setup User Guide is designed to introduce you to ION Setup software
and quickly get the system up and running.
You should use this guide:

To learn about the main features of ION Setup.

To view the main windows of ION Setup and find out how each is used.

To read an overview of the ION Setup workflow and tasks.
Assumptions
This guide assumes that:

You have a working knowledge of electrical systems.

You are familiar with your Windows operating systems and the devices in your
system.

You have a working knowledge of networked environments, including client/
server systems.

You have read and understood the installation, basic setup and all other
procedures and warnings in the documentation for the devices in your system.

All hardware, software, and network components of your computer system have
been installed, configured, and are operating correctly.
Where to Learn More
This section describes additional resources for learning ION Setup.
Online help
The ION Setup online help is your primary source of information. Use the online
help to:

Read step-by-step procedures for all ION Setup tasks.

Find out how the options in any ION Setup window will affect your software.

Search for information about a topic or keyword.
To access online help:

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Select Contents from the Help menu in any ION Setup window, or click the help
icon in the toolbar or the help button in any dialog box to display help
information.
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To search for a topic in the online help index:
1. Click the Search tab on the left side of the help index window.
2. In the box at the top of the Search tab, type a keyword and click List Topics.
3. Double-click on a topic to display it, or select the topic and click Display. The
topic is displayed and the search word or phrase is highlighted.
Web links
ION Setup also provides links to the PowerLogic website. These links require your
computer to be connected to the Internet and have an up-to-date web browser.
Web links contains links to:

Our Home Page

Technical Support

News

ION Setup Home

FAQs

Downloads
To access web links:
From the Help menu in ION Setup, select Web Links. A submenu appears, with
links to important PowerLogic web pages.
Getting More Information
Documentation for other Schneider Electric products is available at
www.powerlogic.com.
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Installing ION Setup
To install ION Setup:
1. Download IONSetup.exe from the PowerLogic website and double-click to
begin the installation.
2. Run IONSetup.exe and enter the appropriate serial number. If you want a
shortcut to ION Setup on your desktop, select Yes when prompted.
Upgrading from previous versions of ION Setup
When upgrading ION Setup, the installer asks if you want to overwrite your existing
Setup Assistant configuration:

Select Yes to make use of the upgraded functionality of the Setup Assistants.
However, if you have created custom Setup Assistant configurations, it is
recommended that you save your Setup Assistant configuration files to another
location before upgrading.

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Select No to retain any previously-created custom Setup Assistants after
upgrading.
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Communicating with Devices
ION Setup uses one or more ports to communicate with the devices at each site in
the system. Each port of the workstation running ION Setup can connect to one or
more remote sites using a variety of communications hardware options. The next
sections discuss general considerations when using different communications
hardware options, including:

Serial communications:

direct connection to a single device using RS-232

direct connection to multiple devices using RS-485

direct connection to a single device using an optical probe

Ethernet and Ethernet gateway communications

Modem communications to remote sites (through telephone lines, radio links,
fibre optic cables, microwave links, etc.)
For detailed information on configuring devices with these communications
options, see “Adding and Configuring Devices” on page 41. For details on
configuring devices using offline programming, see “Using Offline Programming”
on page 46.
Using Serial Communications
ION Setup supports the RS-485 and RS-232 communications standards. If the
device is equipped with an RS-232 port, you can use an RS-232 cable to directly
connect the device to an available serial port on the computer.
To connect to more than one serial device, you can use an RS-232 to RS-485
communications converter. The RS-232 port on the converter connects to the
computer’s serial port, and the RS-485 port connects to up to 32 RS-485 devices.
RS-485 devices
(maximum 32)
RS-232 to RS-485
converter
Workstation
Make sure the serial communications parameters are set correctly for each device
(for example, protocol, baud rate, parity and unique device address/unit ID). For
serial communications at 9600 baud, ION Setup polls at roughly one device per
second.
For instructions on communicating with serial devices, see “Adding and
Configuring Devices” on page 41.
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Connecting to serial devices
If you want to connect your computer to a single meter, you can use either RS-232
or RS-485:

If the computer is less than 50 ft (15 m) from the meter, use either RS-232 or RS485.

If the computer is more than 50 ft (15 m) from the meter, but less than 4000 ft
(1200 m), use RS-485.
To connect your computer to more than one meter, you must use RS-485. In this
case, you need either:

an RS-485 communications port on the computer, OR

an RS-232 communications port and an RS-232 to RS-485 converter.
Communications converters such as the COM32 or COM128 (legacy products)
can support up to 32 and 128 devices, respectively.
CAUTION
Never connect the RS-232 terminals with the RS-485 terminals of any device. Doing so will damage the
RS-485 driver circuits of every device at the site.
Directly connecting a single device using RS-232
Use a suitable RS-232 cable to connect your workstation directly to a single
ION meter. Both the workstation and the meter must have RS-232 communications
ports. With a direct RS-232 link, only one meter can be connected to each serial
port of the workstation. Refer to the meter’s installation manual for details on RS232 communications connections.
Directly connecting multiple devices using RS-485
An RS-485 communications link allows you to connect your workstation to up to
thirty-two devices using shielded twisted-pair wire. If your workstation is not
equipped with an internal RS-485 communications card, you can connect an
external RS-232 to RS-485 converter to the computer’s RS-232 serial port.
NOTE
Before connecting any communications cables, confirm that each device's communication port has
been correctly configured. Refer to the meter’s technical documentation for instructions on checking
and changing the communications configuration.
COM128 (legacy device) considerations
Below are the suggested DIP switch settings for the COM128 RS-232 to RS-485
communications converter (refer to the installation and operation manual for a
complete list of mode settings):
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Mode
Port
Baud
SW1
SW2
SW3
SW4
SW5
SW6
RS-485 Flow Control with
Auto Baud Rate Detect
(Modem)
DCE
N/A
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
ON
OFF
RS-485 Flow Control with
Hardware RTS (Serial)
DCE
N/A
ON
OFF
ON
ON
ON
OFF
Optical probes
ION Setup supports optical probe communications for meters equipped with
compatible optical IR ports. Refer to “Optical probe communications” on page 45
for details.
Using Modem Communications
Modem communications requires two or more compatible modems: one modem is
located at each remote site (connected to one or more serial devices) and one is
located at the workstation (connected to the computer’s serial port). ION Setup
uses the local modem to dial the remote modem’s telephone number and establish
communications.
Workstation
telephone line
local
modem
RS-232 to RS-485
converter
RS-485
devices
remote
modem
The modems can connect via any communication channel, including the public
switched telephone network (PSTN), a dedicated or leased telephone line, a fiberoptic link, a radio modem, and so on.
Each remote site may contain one or more meters, with appropriate
communication connections (RS-485 for multiple devices at a single site and
RS-485 or RS-232 for a single device). Any site using an RS-485 communication
link also requires an RS-232 to RS-485 converter to connect to the modem.
NOTE
RS-232 permits only one device to be connected to a modem. Use an RS-232 to RS-485 converter if
more than one device will be installed at the remote site.
For instructions on communicating with devices using modem communications,
see “Adding and Configuring Devices” on page 41.
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ModemGate feature
Some ION meters are equipped with an internal modem that you can set up as a
communications gateway to connect to multiple RS-485 devices (e.g., on a remote
site). For more information, refer to the technical note The ION meter as a
ModemGate.
Manually operating modems
NOTE
To stop modem communications (for example, if the remote modem is not responding), press the ESC
key on your keyboard. When you do this, ION Setup attempts to stop modem communication.
ION Setup automatically dials a modem site when you view information from a
meter at that site, but it does not automatically disconnect until requested to do so.
To manually control a modem connection:
1. Select Tools > Modem Control (or click
on the toolbar).
2. All the sites that are currently connected via modem are listed in the Modem
Sites box.


If you want to connect to a site, select the site you want to connect to and
click Dial. (If this button is unavailable, it means the site is already
connected.)
If you want to terminate a connection and hang up the modem, click
Hang Up.
3. Click Close to close the dialog box.
Using Ethernet Communications
If the device is equipped with Ethernet communications, you can use an Ethernet
cable to connect it to your local or wide area network (LAN/WAN).
Make sure the Ethernet communications parameters are set correctly for each
device (for example, IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, media type).
Refer to your device’s installation manual for details on Ethernet connections.
Ethernet
devices
LAN / WAN
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For instructions on communicating with Ethernet devices, see “Adding and
Configuring Devices” on page 41.
Using Ethernet Gateways or Modbus Gateways
Some Ethernet-capable devices can also serve as communications gateways. An
Ethernet gateway device provides a communications link between its Ethernet port
and its serial port. The gateway device receives TCP data on its Ethernet port,
converts the data to RTU and sends the converted data to its serial port(s) and vice
versa. This allows communication with the serial devices over Ethernet.
For example, a Modbus Ethernet gateway receives Modbus TCP data on its
Ethernet port, converts the data to Modbus RTU and sends the converted data to
devices connected to its serial port(s).
Ethernet
gateway
device
LAN / WAN
RS-485
devices
Ethernet
serial RS-485
Some devices can function as both metering points and gateways. This type of
communications topology is typically used in applications where you have a highend meter monitoring the incoming supply at the service entrance and mid-range
meters monitoring the feeders.
For instructions on communicating with devices using an Ethernet or Modbus
gateway, see “Adding and Configuring Devices” on page 41.
General Ethernet gateway considerations
Before adding an Ethernet gateway to ION Setup, make sure that your gateway
meter is connected to the Ethernet, your serial network of meters are wired to the
gateway meter and basic setup has been performed on each device, including the
gateway meter). Refer to the device documentation for detailed instructions.
Typical parameters that you need to configure are:

Ethernet gateway device: IP address, subnet mask, the TCP/IP port number
used to communicate with the serial port, and (depending on the gateway
device) the protocol of the serial communications port to which the serial devices
are connected.

Serial devices: baud rate, unit ID, protocol and parity.
Additional settings may need to be configured — refer to the documentation that
came with your Ethernet gateway device.
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In order to avoid communications issues:

Baud rate, protocol and data format settings need to be the same for all the
connected serial devices.

Each serial device must have a unique Unit ID.

The gateway device must have the same baud rate and data format settings as
the connected serial devices, if these can be configured.
EGX series considerations
The PowerLogic™ EGX series Ethernet gateway can provide Ethernet access to
multiple RS-485 devices that are connected to the EGX’s RS-485 port. After wiring
the RS-485 devices to the EGX, use a web browser to log in to the EGX. Browse
to the device list page and enter each device that is connected to the EGX’s
RS-485 port. Set the appropriate device address and device type for each device.
Refer to the EGX Series Installation Guide.
After you add the devices to the EGX’s web page, you must add an Ethernet
gateway site to ION Setup and then add those devices to the gateway site. See
“Adding and Configuring Devices” on page 41 for more information.
PM8ECC considerations
Similar to the EGX series gateway, the PM8ECC Ethernet communications card
provides Ethernet access to multiple RS-485 devices that are connected to the
PM8ECC’s RS-485 port. After wiring the RS-485 devices to the PM8ECC, use a
web browser to log in to the PM8ECC. Browse to the device list page and enter
each device that is connected to the PM8ECC’s RS-485 port. Set the appropriate
device address and device type for each device. Refer to the PM8ECC Installation
Guide.
After you add the devices to the web page, you must add an Ethernet gateway site
to ION Setup and then add those devices to the gateway site. See “Adding and
Configuring Devices” on page 41 for more information.
ION meter EtherGate considerations
When an Ethernet-capable ION meter has EtherGate enabled, a workstation using
ION Setup software can communicate through the meter to a serial device (or
devices) wired to the appropriate serial communications port of the EtherGateenabled meter.
When you configure the EtherGate-enabled meter (in addition to the general
settings listed above), the protocol for the serial communications port must be set
to EtherGate
For more information on using your meter as an EtherGate, refer to the gateway
meter’s documentation and the technical note The ION Meter as an Ethernet
Gateway.
NOTE
To connect to and read data from your EtherGate meter, in addition to the serial devices, add it as a
stand-alone Ethernet meter in ION Setup. See “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.
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ION7550 / ION7650 Modbus gateway
ION7550 / ION7650 meters (firmware v350 or later) also support Modbus gateway
communications. This allows you to use the meter to provide Modbus RTU
communications support for up to 16 downstream Modbus RTU devices on the
same serial communications loop.
When you configure the meter as a Modbus gateway (in addition to the general
settings listed above), the protocol for the serial communications port must be set
to Modbus Master. You do not need to set the TCP/IP port; for Modbus TCP
communications, the Ethernet IP port is hard-coded to port 502 on ION7550/
ION7650 meters.
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List of Common Procedures
This section lists procedures commonly performed in ION Setup:
How do I...?

Add a new meter: See “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.

Add a new site: See “Adding and Configuring Sites” on page 49.

Apply TOU profiles: See “Time of Use (TOU) Screen” on page 93.


Clone a meter configuration: See “ACCESS Meter Cloning” on page 72.

Configure interval/depth: See “Configuring Interval/Depth” on page 91.

Create new ION modules: See “Creating new ION modules” on page 67.


Delete links between modules: See “Deleting links between ION modules”
on page 70.
Create or edit custom register labels: See “Customizing ION module output
register labels” on page 70.

Edit site properties: See “Editing Site Properties” on page 55.

Find exceptions to cloning: See “ACCESS Meter Cloning” on page 72.

Log off: See “Logging Off or Shutting Down ION Setup” on page 25.

Log on: See “Starting, Logging On and Logging Off” on page 22.





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Assign a device to a group: See “Assigning a Device to a Group” on
page 55.
Open multiple data screens: See “Opening multiple data screens at the
same time” on page 111.
Plot historical data: See “Chart Plotting” on page 113.
Remove or edit network items: See “Removing Items from the Network” on
page 55.
Select output registers: See “Editing Meter Properties” on page 58.
View ION module output registers: See “Viewing ION module output
registers” on page 70.
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Chapter 2
Configuring ION Setup
This section describes ION Setup logon and logoff procedures, how to establish
user accounts, and how to implement security features.
In this chapter

Starting, Logging On and Logging Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Starting ION Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Logging Off or Shutting Down ION Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Using
the Network Viewer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
ION Setup Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Viewing
Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
View Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Viewing by Site, Group or Both . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Basic versus Advanced Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Setting
Up Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Applying
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Starting, Logging On and Logging Off
The following sections outline the initial start up of ION Setup, logon options and
procedures and how to exit and log off.
Starting ION Setup
The following sections outline the startup modes for ION Setup and the procedures
for initial and subsequent ION Setup startup.
Startup and View Modes
The following table outlines the ION Setup startup modes. You can configure these
startup modes by:

Selecting the option in the User Profiler dialog box that appears when you first
run an installation of ION Setup. See “Starting an ION Setup Installation for the
First Time” on page 23.

Selecting the option from the Startup Mode list on the View tab of the Options
dialog box (Tools > Options).
The startup mode that ION Setup is using determines the mode of operation
(Network mode, Single Device mode, or a choice) and whether or not a username
and password are required. For more information on the modes of operation, see
“Single Device Mode and Network Mode” on page 42.
NOTE
You can only configure non-default users when in Power User Mode, and you cannot switch to other
modes with non-default users configured without first deleting those users. If you configure users while
in other modes, ION Setup switches to Power User mode.
Startup Mode
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Username /
Password
Required?
Description
Mode of
Operation
First Time User /
Network Mode
This option launches ION Setup in
Network Mode. If you select this mode the
first time you launch ION Setup, the
Network Builder Wizard appears; when
you subsequently launch ION Setup, it
opens in Network Mode.
No
Network
Metershop
Technician Mode
This option launches ION Setup in Single
Device mode, displaying the Connection
Type dialog box.
No
Single Device
Power User Mode
This option prompts you for a username
and password. You can choose to launch
ION Setup in Network Mode or you can
select the check box to launch in Single
Device Mode.
Yes
Login dialog
box allows you
to select the
view mode.
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Configuring ION Setup
Starting an ION Setup Installation for the First Time
NOTE
If ION Setup does not appear on your Programs menu or one of its submenus, use the Find or Search
feature from the Start menu to locate the program file (i.e., IONSetup.exe).
1. Click the ION Setup shortcut on your desktop (or click Start > Programs, point
to the folder that contains ION Setup, then select ION Setup).
The User Profiler dialog box appears.
2. Select the type of user that best fits your situation: First Time User, Metershop
Technician, or Power User. See “Startup and View Modes” on page 22 for a
description of these options.
3. Click OK.

If you selected First Time User, the Network Builder Wizard appears.

If you selected Metershop Technician, the Connection Type dialog box
appears.

If you selected Power User, the ION Setup System Log On dialog box
appears. Select or clear the checkbox to run ION Setup in single device
mode (selected) or network mode (cleared). Enter the default password of 0
(zero) and click OK. The Network Viewer appears if you are running
ION Setup in network mode; the Connection Type dialog box appears if you
are running ION Setup in single device mode.
Starting ION Setup after the Initial Startup
The procedure for starting ION Setup varies depending on the Startup Mode. If you
are logging in with non-default username and password, you must start ION Setup
in Power User Mode.
Starting ION Setup (Network Mode)
Double-click the ION Setup shortcut on your desktop (or click Start > Programs,
point to the folder that contains ION Setup, then select ION Setup). ION Setup
opens to the Network Viewer.
Starting ION Setup (Metershop Technician Mode)
Double-click the ION Setup shortcut on your desktop (or click Start > Programs,
point to the folder that contains ION Setup, then select ION Setup). The
Connection Type dialog box appears. See “Working in Single Device Mode” on
page 44 for more information on using the Connection Type dialog box.
Starting ION Setup (Power User Mode)
1. Click the ION Setup shortcut on your desktop (or click Start > Programs, point
to the folder that contains ION Setup, then select ION Setup).
The ION Setup System Log On dialog box appears.
2. Type your username and password.
3. Select or clear the Single ION device configuration mode checkbox to launch
ION Setup in Network mode or Single Device mode.
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Selecting or clearing this box
determines whether you connect to a
single device or a network of devices
4. Click OK.
Either the Connection Type dialog box or the Network Viewer appears. See
“Single Device Mode and Network Mode” on page 42 for more information on
the modes of operation.
Switching between startup modes
The following sections provide instructions on how to switch from your current
startup mode.
Switching from Power User Mode
To switch from Power User mode to another startup mode:
1. Ensure that there are no non-default users are configured in ION Setup. To do
this, click Tools > Options and select the Security tab. Ensure there are no
users in any of the user groups other than the default supervisor user in the
Supervisor group.
2. Click on the View tab in the same dialog box and select the mode you want to
switch to from the Startup Mode list.
3. Click OK. The next time you launch ION Setup, it will use the selected startup
mode.
Switching from First Time User / Network Mode
To switch from First Time User / Network mode to another startup mode:
1. Click Tools > Options and select the View tab.
2. Select the mode you want to switch to from the Startup Mode list.
3. Click OK. The next time you launch ION Setup, it will use the selected startup
mode.
Switching from Metershop Technician Mode
To switch from Metershop Technician mode to another startup mode:
1. Launch ION Setup. In the Connection Type dialog box, connect to a device
or select Off-Line then select a firmware from the list (it does not matter which
one).
2. Click Exit on the Setup Assistant dialog box (if it appears) then click No when
prompted about saving your offline configuration or connecting to another
device.
3. Click Tools > Options and select the View tab.
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4. Select the mode you want to switch to from the Startup Mode list.
5. Click OK. The next time you launch ION Setup, it will use the selected startup
mode.
Temporarily switching to Power User mode
To temporarily switch to Power User mode from Metershop Technician or Network
mode:
1. Select File > Exit. The Exit Options dialog box appears.
2. Select User Logoff and click OK. The log on dialog box appears.
3. Select or clear the checkbox to open ION Setup in single device mode (selected)
or network mode (cleared).
The next time you start ION Setup, it reverts back to the original mode.
Logging Off or Shutting Down ION Setup
Logging off from ION Setup exits your session and displays the ION Setup Logon
screen. Shutting down ION Setup exits the application completely.
To log off from or shut down ION Setup:
1. Select Exit from the File menu.
If you have made any network configuration changes, you are prompted to save
the network configuration file (IONSetup.dat).
2. Click OK to save your changes or No to discard your changes. The Exit Options
dialog box appears. Select User Logoff or Shutdown Program, then click OK.
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Using the Network Viewer
Menu Bar
Tool Bar
Left Pane (Network Viewer)
Right Pane (Content Viewer)
Status Bar
Menu bar
Selecting a heading on the menu displays a list of available commands. Use the
mouse or keyboard to select a command from the menu bar.
To select a command from the menu bar:
1. Click on a menu (or press ALT and then type the underlined letter in the menu
name). A list of commands appears.
2. Select the desired command (or type the underlined letter in the command).
Some commands carry out an action immediately; commands followed by an
ellipsis (...) display a dialog box where you can specify additional options.
In some cases, you can choose commands by typing a shortcut key combination
(for example, pressing ALT+ ENTER on your keyboard activates the Properties
command from the Item menu). When available, the shortcut key combination is
displayed on the menu beside the command.
For a complete list of menu commands, refer to the topic “ION Setup Commands”
on page 28.
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Toolbar
The toolbar consists of a row of buttons offering quick access to the commands that
are used most frequently. Commands on the toolbar are also available from the
menu bar. Note that depending on your selection and the view mode you are in,
some toolbar buttons might be disabled.
Display Data Information
Display Setup Information
Insert Item
View Groups
Insert ION Module
View Sites
Chart
View Sites and Groups
Broadcast Time
Edit Device Properties
Modem Options
Copy
Diagnostics
Print
Change Options
Save
Help
For descriptions of the above, refer to “ION Setup Commands” on page 28.
Left and right panes
Below the toolbar is the main window split into two panes; the Network Viewer (left
pane) and the Content Viewer (right pane).
Network Viewer (left pane)
The Network Viewer displays all the items in the ION Setup network configuration
file in a Microsoft Explorer-type hierarchy. The Network Viewer displays your
workstation and the sites and devices connected to it. The devices can be viewed
by physical groupings (by site), by logical groupings (by groups) or both, depending
on which view option is selected. Each item in the hierarchy is represented by an
icon.

To select an item, click the icon.

To see what is beneath an item in the hierarchy, click the “+” beside the icon or
double-click the item.

Right-click an item to display the shortcut menu.
When you click an icon, ION Setup retrieves the necessary information from the
selected device. This may take some time depending on the amount of data that
must be retrieved and the speed of the connection. To abort the retrieval, press the
ESC key on your keyboard.
Content Viewer (right pane)
The Content Viewer displays the contents of the item that is currently selected in
the Network Viewer pane. For example, if you click on a site icon, the right pane
displays all the devices in that site. If you select a group icon, it displays all the
devices in that group. If you select a device, the right pane displays a collection of
icons that represent either setup screens or data display screens (depending on
which view option is selected).
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The first time you run ION Setup, the right-hand side of the screen displays icons
representing the different component of the item currently selected in the Network
Viewer.
Status bar
The status bar displays the status of the application or a brief description of the
currently selected command or toolbar button.
ION Setup Commands
Below is a complete list of commands available from the menu bar. Note that some
commands are disabled (grayed out), depending on your selection and the current
view mode.
Menu
File
Edit
Command
Effect
Save
Saves the network configuration file (ionsetup.dat)
Page Setup
Determines the paper size and orientation for printing
Print
Prints the active document
Exit
Exits the ION Setup program
Copy
Copies the selection to the clipboard
Delete
Removes the selected item
Properties
Displays the properties of the selected item
The View menu consist of two selection sets. The first set allows you to display sites
only, groups only or both.The second selection set allows you to set the display mode
for configuring (setup screens) or viewing (data screens).
View
Both Sites and
Groups
Displays both site information and group information
Sites
Displays only site information
Groups
Displays only group information
Setup Screens
Sets the screen for configuration only
Data Screens
Sets the screen for displaying data only
Item
Displays the New Network Item dialog box, where you can
add new groups, sites or meters
Module
Creates a new ION module in the selected ION module folder
(in Advanced mode only)
Insert
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Menu
Command
Chart Data
Displays the Chart Properties dialog box, where you can
select the data you want to plot and determine the
appearance of the chart
Broadcast Time
Displays the Broadcast Time dialog box, where you can
broadcast the present PC time to all the devices in one or
more sites
Modem Control
Displays the Modem Control dialog box, where you can select
which modem site you want to dial
Diagnostics
Displays diagnostics data for the selected item
Options
Displays the Options dialog box, where you can set the
directory location for ION Setup, view, confirmation, security,
alarming and convention options
Tile
Displays all open windows, arranged in non-overlapping tiles
Cascade
Displays all open windows, arranged in an overlapping
fashion (cascaded)
Arrange Icons
Arranges the minimized window icons
Close All Tables
Closes all open windows except the Network Viewer window
Tools
Window
Help
Effect
You can also use the Window menu to select from multiple open windows. A list of
open windows appears, with a check mark beside the active window. Select another
window to change the active window.
Contents
Displays the contents of ION Setup Help
Web Links
Provides links to additional information. These links require
your computer to be connected to the Internet and have an
up-to-date web browser. For a list of the available links, see
“Web links” on page 11.
About ION Setup
Displays the version, build and copyright information for
ION Setup
Shortcut Menus
Shortcut menus are available in the left and right panes of ION Setup. To display
the shortcut menu, right-click an item. The choices available in the shortcut menu
are determined by the type of item selected. For example, if you select the External
Boolean Modules folder, available commands are Insert Item and Insert Module. If
you select a device icon, commands are Insert Item, Delete and Properties.
Module
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Network and Content Viewer icons
The icons below represent the items in the Network and Content Viewers. All icons,
except the system icon and workstation icon, can be added or deleted.
This is the system icon. It represents the entire network, including the workstation
running ION Setup and all connected devices. It is the top level of the Network
Viewer; it cannot be deleted or changed.
This represents the workstation that is running ION Setup. It cannot be deleted or
changed.
This represents a serial site (RS-232 or RS-485 connection).
This represents a modem site.
This represents a radio modem site.
This represents an Ethernet site.
This represents a logical group. Groups can have descriptive labels.
This represents an ION meter or other device. ION Setup can support up to 128
devices per site.
These icons appear on the right pane and represent groups of setup or display
parameters, or ION modules.
These icons represent ION modules that have gone off-line due to setup or
connection (e.g. circular links) errors.
These icons contain ION modules in ION-compliant devices. They are also used to
organize data display screens.
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Viewing Options
The ION Setup Content Viewer can display either setup screens or data screens.
The selected view mode determines which type of screens ION Setup displays.
Setup screens are displayed the first time ION Setup is started. Once you have
finished configuring the devices on your network, you can switch to data display
mode. The options available are View Setup Screens or View Data Screens.
View Modes
To change between Setup and Data display modes, select either Data Screens or
Setup Screens from the View menu (or click the appropriate button on the toolbar).
View Setup Screens
Select the View Setup Screens mode if you want to configure the setup registers
or edit ION module links in a device.
View Data Screens
Select the View Data Screens mode if you want to display data. ION Setup can
display real-time data for ION meters and other supported devices.
Displaying data screens
1. Click the View Data Screens button
.
2. Select the meter icon, then double-click the data screen you want to display.
Examples of data screens
Real-Time screen
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Energy and Demand screen
Viewing by Site, Group or Both
See “Working in Network Mode” on page 48 for detailed information on sites and
groups.
You can display network items by site or by group, or you can display both sites
and groups. Select the option you want under the View menu (or click the
appropriate button on the toolbar).
Displays both site and group information.
Displays site information only.
Displays group information only.
Viewing the unassigned group
ION Setup requires all meters to be part of a group. When you add a new meter to
a site, ION Setup automatically assigns it to a default group called “Group 1”. If you
delete a meter from a group, ION Setup moves that meter to the Unassigned
group. To view the Unassigned group:
1. Select Tools > Options (or click
on the toolbar).
2. Select the View tab.
3. Select the Unassigned Group box.
4. Click OK.
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Basic versus Advanced Mode
ION Setup displays setup screens either in Basic Configuration or Advanced
Configuration mode.
Basic Configuration mode is available for all supported devices. For details, see
“Working in Basic Configuration Mode” on page 60.
Advanced Configuration mode is only available on meters that are designed and
built using the ION architecture. For details, see “Working in Advanced
Configuration Mode” on page 65.
If your meter supports Advanced Configuration mode, you can switch to that mode
by right-clicking the meter icon and selecting Properties. Click the Tools tab, then
select Show Advanced ION Setup from the Device Setup box.
TIP
For devices that support Advanced Configuration mode, hold down CTRL and click the meter icon to
switch between Basic Configuration mode and Advanced Configuration mode.
Related topics

“Grouping Devices” on page 54

“Assigning a Device to a Group” on page 55

“Adding and Configuring Sites” on page 49
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Setting Up Options
After you have installed ION Setup and connected your ION meters and
communication hardware, you are ready to use the software. Initially you are the
administrator for ION Setup; you should set up your desired options before
granting access to other users.
NOTE
Some of the options are available only at the supervisor security level. See “Applying Security” on
page 38 for more detailed information on the security systems in ION Setup.
Select Tools > Options (or click
on the toolbar). The Options dialog box
appears. It contains five tabs, as follows:

Directories

View

Confirmation

Security

HHF (hand-held format)

Conventions
Directories tab
The Directories tab specifies the path where ION Setup is installed. This option is
available to Supervisor-level personnel only. Moving the ION Setup program
(IONSetup.exe) or renaming the directory where it resides is not recommended.
However, if you do, specify the new name or location for the ION Setup program
(IONSetup.exe) and its network configuration file (ionsetup.dat).
NetInfo directory: Specifies the location for the ION Setup network configuration
file, ionsetup.dat. Changes made in ION Setup are stored in this file. If you move
ionsetup.dat or rename its directory, enter the new location/name here.
Program directory: Specifies the location for the ION Setup program,
IONSetup.exe. Enter the new directory location or name here if you move the
ION Setup program or rename its directory.
View tab
The View tab lets you select whether to display the Unassigned group or not. It is
available only to Supervisor-level personnel.
Unassigned group: If you select this check box, ION Setup displays the
Unassigned group, which contains all the meters that you have not yet assigned to
any group. Note that if you delete a device in a defined group, that device is moved
to the Unassigned group.
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Connect on selection: If you select this check box, ION Setup automatically
attempts to connect with a device when you click on that device’s icon in the
Network Viewer. If this option is not selected, a prompt appears when you click on
a device icon, giving you the option to connect.
Startup Mode: This option allows you to select how ION Setup starts. Select the
mode you want to use from the list. See “Startup and View Modes” on page 22 for
a description of the startup modes.
Confirmation tab
The Confirmation tab lets you configure ION Setup to prompt you with a
confirmation dialog before executing the selected command. This option is
available only to Supervisor-level personnel.
By default, all check boxes in the Confirmation tab are selected.

Confirm Deletes: Displays a Yes/No prompt before deleting the selected item.

Confirm Copies: Displays a Yes/No prompt before copying (cloning) a certain
meter’s configuration onto another.

Confirm Moves: Displays a Yes/No prompt before moving a meter to a different
group.

Confirm Triggers with Password: Displays an OK/Cancel prompt along with a
password field before executing external pulse commands (such as triggering a
waveform or resetting/clearing a register).
Security tab
The Security tab allows users to change their logon password for ION Setup. It also
allows Supervisor-level personnel to add or delete users and edit their passwords.
See “Applying Security” on page 38 for more information.
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Group: This box is usable by Supervisor-level personnel only. It is used to select
the group/security level (see above) for a new or existing user.
Users: This box displays the user names that belong to the selected group/security
level. The options in this box are available to Supervisor-level personnel only.
HHF tab
The HHF tab is where you can enter MV-90 .hhf (hand-held format) file
configuration details through ION Setup. The HHF information must be entered if
you are doing revenue log data collection using .hhf files. Refer to “Reports Screen”
on page 104 and MV90 and ION Technology technical note.
Device ID Type: This field allows you to specify the HHF file Device ID Type so
that it matches the Device ID field in your MV-90 system.
Hemisphere: Specifies the hemisphere in which the meter resides (i.e. Northern
or Southern).
TIM Number: Enter the number you mapped to your TIM_ION module in your MV90 system.
File Format: Specify E-File (engineering unit) or P-File (pulse unit) MV-90 data
format.
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Conventions tab
Phasor Rotation: This option lets you select the phasor rotation for real-time
phasor display. You can set the display to rotate clockwise (90 degrees at the 6
o’clock position) or counterclockwise (90 degrees at the 12 o’clock position).
This allows you to alter the phasor display angle so indicators are visible. (See
“Phasor Viewer” on page 103.)
Clockwise
Counterclockwise
Delta Vector Display: This lets you select how vector diagrams are displayed in
ION Setup for meters in Delta mode:

Instrument: Vectors appear 60 degrees apart, showing the actual voltage and
current values that the meter is measuring.

System: Vectors appear 120 degrees apart, showing true system operation
even though IB and VCA are calculated values.
PF Convention: This sets the power factor sign convention.

IEEE (Lead+/Lag-/0 to 100%: Use for IEEE meters. The sign of the power
factor is converted to lead or lag, and the power factor value is expressed as a
percentage.

IEC (+/-/0 to 1.000): Use for IEC meters. The power factor sign is not
interpreted, and the power factor value is expressed as a decimal fraction of
one.
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Applying Security
NOTE
You can only create users in Power User startup mode and cannot switch to other modes if non-default
users exist in ION Setup. If you create a user in another mode, ION Setup switches to Power User
mode. The default user is supervisor (username) and 0 (password). See “Starting ION Setup” on
page 22 for information startup modes.
ION Setup software provides a four-level security access system. Supervisor-level
personnel can control access and define which functions are available to each user
by grouping the users according to security level, as follows:

Supervisor: This level is for management or supervisory personnel. It permits
access to all device configuration functions, including the security list, system/
network configuration, and data display functions.

Operator: This level is for high level system operators. This permits access to
system configuration and data display functions. Operators should be well
trained in operating ION Setup.

Controller: This level allows a controller to display data but not to change
configuration of ION Setup or of meters. This level also allows a controller to
operate triggers.

Users: This is suitable for personnel that use ION Setup on a regular basis and
who inform Supervisors or Operators of alarm conditions.
NOTE
ION Setup supports a maximum of 50 users.
For meter-specific security information, see the description of the Setup Assistant’s
“Security Screen” on page 78. For detailed information, see the ION System
Security technical note available from the website.
Creating or modifying ION Setup user accounts
This function is only available to Supervisor-level personnel.
1. In the Network Viewer, select Tools > Options (or click
).
The options dialog box appears.
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2. Select the Security tab and use the available buttons to add new accounts,
delete existing accounts or edit existing accounts (for example, to change
password information). Both user names and passwords are case sensitive.
Creating new user accounts:
Only Supervisor-level users can create new user accounts.
1. From the Group box, select the new users security level then click Add.
2. Type the new user name in the Log On field. The name you enter must be
unique.
3. Type the new password in the New Password field then re-type the password in
the Confirm Password field.
4. Click OK. The new user is added.
Editing existing user accounts:
Supervisor-level users can edit any account; users with security levels can edit
their own accounts.
1. From the Group box, select the security level of the user account you want to
change then select the user name from the Users list and click Edit.

To change a user name, type the new user name in the Log On field and
type the current password in the New Password and Confirm Password
fields.

To change a password, type the new password in the New Password field
then re-type it in the Confirm Password field.
2. Click OK.
Deleting user accounts:
Only Supervisor-level users can delete user accounts.
1. From the Group box, select the security level of the user account you want to
delete then select the user name from the Users list.
2. Click Delete. The user account is deleted.
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Chapter 3
Adding and Configuring Devices
This section describes the difference between Single Device mode and Network
mode. It outlines Network mode procedures for adding sites, groups and devices.
This section also explains how to configure devices in Basic Configuration mode
and Advanced Configuration mode.
Additional topics explain how to use your meter as an Ethernet Gateway
(EtherGate) or Modbus Gateway, how to perform time synchronization, and how to
copy a meter’s setup configuration onto another meter of the same type.
NOTE
Some devices require additional configuration in order to access and modify certain setup parameters.
For example, a revenue-class or hardware locked meter must be unlocked before you can configure it.
Refer to the device’s documentation for unlocking and basic setup procedures.
In this chapter
Single
Device Mode and Network Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Working
in Single Device Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
45
45
46
46
Using Serial Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Modem Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Ethernet Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Offline Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working
in Network Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
49
49
53
54
55
55
55
58
58
Setting Up a Network in ION Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding and Configuring Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding a New Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Grouping Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Assigning a Device to a Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing Items from the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing Site Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing Group Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editing Meter Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working
in Basic Configuration Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
60
62
63
64
Editing in Basic Configuration mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setup Screen Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Typical Meter Setup Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working
in Advanced Configuration Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Synchronizing
ION
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the Time across Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Meter Cloning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
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Single Device Mode and Network Mode
ION Setup provides two modes of operation: Single Device mode and Network
mode. As the name indicates, Single Device mode allows you to communicate with
and quickly configure one device. The Network mode allows you to configure
multiple devices, sites, and groups, and is especially useful if you require frequent
communications with multiple devices. For details on communicating with and
configuring a device in Single Device mode, see “Working in Single Device Mode”
on page 44. For details on using Network mode, see “Working in Network Mode”
on page 48.
Single Device mode
Network mode
In Network mode you
can see all the
devices that are part
of your network.
In Single Device mode, you
can only view the device to
which you are connected
When in Power User startup mode, ION Setup remembers the settings (Network
or Single Device Mode) from its last session and by default selects or clears the
Single Device Mode option in the login screen. For Network and Metershop
Technician startup modes, ION Setup automatically bypasses the login screen and
goes directly into either Network mode or Single Device mode. Refer to “Startup
and View Modes” on page 22 for more information.
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NOTE
While in Single Device mode, the Network Viewer only displays the meter to which you are connected.
To view other meters on your network, you must be logged on in Network mode.
Logging on in a different mode
The instructions for logging on in a different mode of operation depend on the
startup mode you are currently using for ION Setup.
Switching modes when in Power User startup mode
1. Click File > Exit or click the Windows exit icon. The Exit Options window
appears (the Shutdown Program option is selected by default). Select User
Logoff and click OK.
2. You are now at the ION Setup System Logon screen. Check or clear the Single
ION device configuration mode check box.
3. Click OK and log on again.
Switching modes when in Network or Metershop Technician startup mode
If you are in Network or Metershop Technician startup mode, you must change
your startup mode by going to Tools > Options > View. Refer to “Switching
between startup modes” on page 24 for more information.
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Working in Single Device Mode
When you log on in Single Device mode, the Connection Type dialog box appears.
Select your desired connection type and enter the required information in the fields
provided.
Once you have entered the connection information and configured your site
properties using the Settings button, click OK. The ION Setup Network Viewer
opens. The device you are connected to appears in the left pane of the Network
Viewer.
TIP
You can configure ION Setup to skip the login dialog box and always open in Single Device
configuration mode. See “Starting ION Setup” on page 22 for more information.
Using the Settings button
The Settings button lets you configure additional communications settings for the
connection you are using. Some settings are not configurable (or do not apply to
the selected connection type) — these are disabled (grayed out).
Click Settings to access the Site Properties dialog box, containing two tabs:
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
General: allows connection changes (e.g. Comm Link, Link Type, Link Speed)

Timings: allows timing alterations (e.g. Response Delay, Transmit Delay, Byte
Timeout)
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Using Serial Communications
To connect using serial communications, click Serial in the Connection Type
dialog box and select the appropriate serial port. Click the Settings button to set
General and Timings configurations.
Optical probe communications
To communicate with a meter through an optical probe, follow the setup
instructions supplied by the optical probe manufacturer. Use the probe to connect
the meter to the laptop/computer running ION Setup.
NOTE
For self-powered optical probes, you can change the DTR setting to “Probe Ctrl” to turn on the probe
only when it is communicating with the meter. Refer to the section, “Timings” on page 57 for a
description of each setting.
Refer to the Optical Magnetic Couplers technical note for more information on
using optical probes with your device.
Using Modem Communications
To connect via modem, select Modem in the Connection Type dialog box, enter
the modem’s phone number. Click the Settings button and enter the modem
settings. Click the Modem Profile button and follow the instructions on the Modem
Profile Selection Wizard to configure the local and remote modem properties.
NOTE
To stop modem communications (for example, if the remote modem is not responding), press the ESC
key on your keyboard. When you do this, ION Setup attempts to stop modem communication.
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Using Ethernet Communications
If your device has Ethernet capability, connect by entering the IP address of the
device in the Ethernet box of the Connection Type dialog box. Your IT department
can supply IP address information.
Using Offline Programming
Offline programming allows you to create, edit and test your ION device template
files without being connected to a physical ION meter. Once your configuration and
testing are complete, you can save templates and upload them to other meters of
the same type.
NOTE
Make sure you have the desired .exe file stored in the Offline folder in your ION Setup directory.
To use Offline programming:
1. Select the Offline option and click Browse. You are prompted to select the
firmware file you want to work with.
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2. Browse to the .exe file that contains your desired meter type and firmware
version (for example, “8500 V231 9S.exe”). ION Setup takes a moment to load
the offline configuration file. This file exactly duplicates the function of a meter.
Once loaded, ION Setup defaults to the Setup Assistant for you to begin your
template configuration.
3. Make your configuration changes as required.
4. When you exit Offline mode, you are prompted to save your changes.
5. The device configuration file (.dcf) is saved to the TEMPLATE folder
(...\ION Setup\TEMPLATE) by default.
NOTE
Some modules are not copied during this procedure. See “Template Paste options” on page 76 for
details.
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Working in Network Mode
Unlike Single Device mode, Network mode allows you to add sites, groups and
multiple devices, and save your network configuration.
TIP
You can configure ION Setup to always open in Network configuration mode. See “Starting ION Setup”
on page 22 for more information.
To add network items, do one of the following:

Click the Insert an Item button

Select Insert > Item

Right-click anywhere on the screen to display the shortcut menu, then click
Insert Item
The New Network Item dialog box appears. Select the item that you want to add.
Items that can be added include Sites, Groups and Meters. Select where you want
to attach the new item in the “Attach To” list and click OK.
TIP
Right-click a specific item on the left pane that you want to add items to, and select Insert Item to
automatically set the “Attach To” option.
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Setting Up a Network in ION Setup
Ethernet site
Ethernet devices
Ethernet Gateway
Modem site
RS-485 devices
remote serial device
The following summarizes the process for setting up a network in ION Setup:
1. Install and wire your meters, following the instructions and warnings in the
meter-specific documents.
2. Follow the instructions in the meter installation manual to configure the basic
communications parameters for each meter (for example, protocol, baud rate,
parity and device address/unit ID).
NOTE
Make sure that all the devices on a single RS-485 loop are set to the same baud rate and data format,
and that no two devices use the same unit ID.
3. If using a communications converter or gateway, configure its communications
parameters, then install and wire it to the meter(s).
4. Start ION Setup in Network mode. See the “Starting, Logging On and Logging
Off” section of the ION Setup Help for more information on the operation modes,
and starting and logging onto ION Setup.
5. Add and configure your sites.
6. Add each meter to the appropriate site in ION Setup.
Adding and Configuring Sites
NOTE
If you cannot see the sites you are adding, click View on the menu bar and select Sites or Both Sites
and Groups.
What is a site?
A site is a group of devices that share a common communications link (for
example, devices that are using a single serial communications port on the
computer or share a single Ethernet gateway). A site can have one or more
connected devices. Sites are connected to the workstation.
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Adding a serial site in ION Setup
See “Using Serial Communications” on page 13 for general information on serial
communications and network setup.
1. Right-click the workstation icon and select Insert Item. The New Network
Item dialog box appears.
2. Select Site and click OK. The New Site dialog box appears. Select the General
tab.
3. Type a name identifying the site in the Name box.
4. Select Serial from the Comm Link options.
5. Select the serial port on the computer that you are using to communicate with
the meter(s) from the Comm Port list.
6. Select the baud rate and data format you want to use for the site from the Port
Settings lists. These need to be set to the same value as the device(s) connected
to the site.
7. Edit the values on the Timings and Polling, if needed. These tabs contain other
site communications parameters which, in most cases, do not need to be
modified from the default settings. See “Editing Site Properties” on page 55 for
information regarding the settings on these tabs.
8. Click OK. The site is added to the network viewer.
You can now add devices to your site; see “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.
Adding a new modem site in ION Setup
See “Using Modem Communications” on page 15 for general information on
modem communications and network setup.
1. Right-click the workstation icon and select Insert Item. The New Network
Item dialog box appears.
2. Select Site and click OK. The New Site dialog box appears. Select the General
tab.
3. Type a name identifying the site in the Name box.
4. Select Modem from the Comm Link options.
5. Click Modem configuration. The Modem settings dialog box appears.

Select the serial port on the computer that you are using to communicate
with the local modem from the Comm Port list.

Select the baud rate and data format you want to use for the site from the
Port Settings lists. These need to be set to the same value as the device(s)
connected to the site.

Click Modem Profile to access the Modem Profile Selection Wizard and
configure the modem profile for the local and remote modems. Click Finish
when you are done with the wizard.
Click OK when you are finished to return to the New Site dialog box.
6. Type the phone number of the remote modem in the Phone Number box.
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7. Edit the values on the Timings and Polling, if needed. These tabs contain other
site communications parameters which, in most cases, do not need to be
modified from the default settings. See “Editing Site Properties” on page 55 for
information regarding the settings on these tabs.
8. Click OK. The site is added to the network viewer.
You can now add devices to your site; see “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.
ModemGate feature
Some ION meters are equipped with an internal modem that you can set up as a
communications gateway to connect to multiple RS-485 devices (e.g., on a remote
site). For more information, refer to the technical note The ION meter as a
ModemGate.
Adding a new Ethernet site in ION Setup
1. Right-click the workstation icon and select Insert Item. The New Network
Item dialog box appears.
2. Select Site and click OK. The New Site dialog box appears. Select the General
tab.
3. Type a name identifying the site in the Name box.
4. Select Ethernet from the Comm Link options.
5. Edit the values on the Timings and Polling, if needed. These tabs contain other
site communications parameters which, in most cases, do not need to be
modified from the default settings. See “Editing Site Properties” on page 55 for
information regarding the settings on these tabs.
6. Click OK. The site is added to the network viewer.
You can now add devices to your site; see “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.
Adding a new Ethernet gateway or Modbus gateway
site in ION Setup
NOTE
If you are using an ION7550 / ION7650 as a Modbus gateway, see “Configuring the 9510 / 9610 meter
as a Modbus gateway” on page 52 for instructions rather than following the steps below.
Before adding an Ethernet gateway or Modbus gateway site, make sure your
gateway device is connected to the Ethernet and your serial network of meters are
wired to the gateway device (and basic setup has been performed on each device,
including the gateway meter).
See “Using Ethernet Gateways or Modbus Gateways” on page 17 for general
information on Ethernet gateway communications and network setup.
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1. Right-click the workstation icon and select Insert Item. The New Network
Item dialog box appears.
2. Select Site and click OK. The New Site dialog box appears. Select the General
tab.
3. Type a name identifying the site in the Name box.
4. Select Ethernet from the Comm Link options then select the Gateway
checkbox.
5. Type the IP address of the gateway device and select the port number from the
dropdown list in Gateway Info.
IP Port
Description
502
Modbus TCP
7800
EtherGate simultaneously though available COM ports of an ION meter
7801
EtherGate through COM1 of an ION meter
7802
EtherGate through COM2 or COM4 of an ION meter
7803
EtherGate through COM3 of an ION meter
6. Edit the values on the Timings and Polling, if needed. These tabs contain other
site communications parameters which, in most cases, do not need to be
modified from the default settings. See “Editing Site Properties” on page 55 for
information regarding the settings on these tabs.
7. Click OK. The site is added to the network viewer.
You can now add devices to your site; see “Adding a New Meter” on page 53.
If supported, you can connect to and read data from your gateway device by
adding it as a stand-alone Ethernet device in ION Setup; see “Adding a New
Meter” on page 53.
Configuring the ION7550 / ION7650 meter as a Modbus
gateway
Before configuring an ION7550 / ION7650 as a Modbus gateway, make sure the
ION7550 / ION7650 meter is connected to the Ethernet, your serial meters are
wired to the gateway meter, and basic setup has been performed on each device,
including the gateway meter.
See “Using Ethernet Gateways or Modbus Gateways” on page 17 for general
information on Ethernet gateway communications and network setup.
NOTE
For Modbus TCP communications, the Ethernet IP port is hard-coded to port 502 on ION7550/ION7650
meters. You do not need to set this in ION Setup.
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When using an ION7550 / ION7650 as a Modbus gateway, you do not need to add
it as a gateway site in ION Setup; simply configure the meter as follows:
1. Add the meter as an Ethernet meter in ION Setup. See “Adding a New Meter”
on page 53 for instructions.
2. Connect to the gateway meter in Basic Configuration mode.
3. Double-click the Setup Assistant icon to open it, then navigate to
Communications > Serial Settings.
4. Select the serial communications port that is connected to the downstream
Modbus devices. Set the Protocol to Modbus Master and verify that the baud
rate and other settings match with the downstream devices.
5. Navigate to Communications > Network Settings. On the TCP/IP tab, select
Modbus Gateway, and click Edit. From the Select Modbus Gateway screen,
select the serial communications port connected to your downstream Modbus
devices and click OK.
Adding a New Meter
1. Select Insert > Item (or click
). The New Network Item dialog appears.
2. Select Meter. Use the Attach To list to specify which site the meter belongs to
and click OK.
3. Fill in each field in the New Device dialog (see “Editing Meter Properties” on
page 58 for related information). The meter name must begin with a letter.
4. The meter icon appears under the site. Refer to “Working in Basic Configuration
Mode” on page 60 for details on setting up the meter.
NOTE
If you cannot see the new meter under the site you selected, click View on the menu bar and select
Sites or Both Sites and Groups.
Related Topics

“Assigning a Device to a Group” on page 55

“Editing Meter Properties” on page 58
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Grouping Devices
What is a group?
A group is a feature that lets you define a logical grouping of meters. For example,
you can have a group of meters dedicated to power quality monitoring or a group
of meters defined by location. Groups are always attached to the System icon.
Devices within each group are attached to both the group and the site.
All the meters in the site
Meters grouped by location or purpose
Creating a group
1. Select Insert > Item (or click
appears:
on the toolbar). The New Network Item dialog
2. Select Group and click OK.
3. Fill in each field in the New Group dialog box.
NOTE
If you cannot see the groups, click View on the menu bar and select Groups or Both Sites and
Groups.
Related topics
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
“Editing Group Properties” on page 58

“Viewing by Site, Group or Both” on page 32
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Assigning a Device to a Group
The ION Setup Network Viewer supports the same drag-and-drop feature
available in Windows Explorer. To assign a device to a group:
1. From the View menu, select Both Sites and Groups (or click
toolbar).
on the
2. If the group has not yet been created, create the group so you have a destination
for dragging. See “Creating a group” on page 54 for details.
3. In the Network Viewer, double-click the site icon that contains the target device
to display the target device in the Content Viewer.
4. Click the target device and drag it on top of the destination group icon. An icon
for that device appears under the group icon, as well as under the site it is
attached to.
To assign a device to a different group, drag its icon from one group to the other.
Removing Items from the Network
To remove a group, site or meter from the network, select the item in the Network
Viewer, then do one of the following:

Press the Delete key,

Select Delete from the Edit menu, or

Right-click the item, then select Delete.
NOTE
You cannot delete the System icon, the unassigned group icon (see “Viewing the unassigned group” on
page 32), the workstation icon, or the data display folders from the Network Viewer.
Editing Site Properties
Right-click the site you want to edit, then select Properties. The Site Properties
dialog box appears:
Not all properties can be configured for all site types. Properties that cannot be
configured appear as unavailable.
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NOTE
You cannot modify a site that has devices connected to it.
The Site Properties dialog box has the following tabs:
General

Name: Enter a unique name for the site in the Name box.

Comm Link: Select the appropriate communications type and fill in the required
information.


Serial: Select the appropriate Comm Port and Port Settings.
Modem: Enter the phone number and click the button beside Modem
Settings to configure your modem settings. Click the button beside Modem
Profile to access the Modem Profile Selection Wizard, which guides you
through a series of configuration screens to set up your local and remote
modem.
NOTE
To stop modem communications (for example, if the remote modem is not responding), press the ESC
key on your keyboard. When you do this, ION Setup attempts to stop modem communication.
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
Ethernet: Select the Gateway checkbox if the site is an Ethernet Gateway.
Refer to “Adding a new Ethernet gateway or Modbus gateway site in
ION Setup” on page 51 for more information.
Timings

Response Delay: Specify a Response Delay (in milliseconds).

Transmit Delay: Specify a Transmit Delay (in milliseconds).

Byte Timeout: Specify a Byte Timeout (in milliseconds).

RTS (Ready to Send) Control: Specify an RS232/RS485 software flow control.

Disabled: Software flow control is disabled.

Force Off: Software flow control is set to off (RS232/RS485 line held low).




Force On: Software flow control is active for the entire message string,
which holds the RS232/RS485 line high for the complete message
sequence. Use this setting for powering external devices from the RS232/
RS485 line.
Toggle: Toggles the line between receive/transmit. Use this setting for direct
connection to COM32/COM128 or similar.
Wait CTS: Waits for receipt of a Clear To Send message. Use this setting for
active flow control for reduced throughput devices (i.e. modems).
DTR (Data Terminal Ready): Specify a DTR line control.





Disabled: No software DTR line control.
Modem Ctrl: Forces the DTR line low upon “request communication end”
failure. Use this setting to force a modem disconnect.
Force Off: Sets the DTR line low. Use this setting for optical probes on IEEE
meters.
Force On: Sets the DTR line high. Use this setting for optical probes on IEC
meters.
Probe Ctrl: Use this custom setting for self-powered probes to mitigate
battery loss.
Polling

Polling Method: Specify the polling method for the selected site from the dropdown list. Supported options are Continuous, On Demand, or Scheduled.

Edit Schedule: Edit the polling schedule for the selected site (or view the
current schedule used to poll the meters in the selected site).
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
Next Connection: View when polling next occurs on the selected site.

Broadcast Interval: Specify hours and minutes between polling intervals.

Timezone: Specify local time zone.
Editing Group Properties
Right-click the group you want to edit, then select Properties. Type in a unique
name for the group and click OK.
Editing Meter Properties
Expand the site (by double-clicking the site icon) where your meter is located.
Right-click the meter icon, then select Properties.
The Device Properties dialog box contains the following tabs:
General
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
Name: Type in a unique name for the meter. The name must begin with a letter.

Type: Select the appropriate meter type from this list.

Unit ID: Type in a unique, 4-digit Unit ID. The number you enter here must
match the number that has been programmed for the connected
communications port on the device.

IP Address: Enter the IP address if you are connecting using Ethernet.
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
IP Port: This contains the port number of the device to which you are connected.
The following table lists the ports used for Ethernet communications:
IP Port1
Description
502
Modbus TCP
7700
ION (direct)
7701
Modbus RTU over Ethernet
23
Telnet (used for meter diagnostics)
1 Some meters support email (SMTP through port 25) and webpages (HTTP through port 80).

Group: This box displays the name of the group that the meter belongs to.
Display

Template Type: This displays the type of template for the device.

Template Options: This lets you select which template ION Setup uses to
display data.
Tools

Poll Device: To enable polling of the device, make sure this box is ticked.

Device Setup: Choose whether to display basic ION Setup or advanced
ION Setup parameters.


Show Basic: Displays the available setup parameters you can configure for
the device. Some devices are configured using Setup Assistant — refer to
“Using the Setup Assistant” on page 73 for details.
Show Advanced: Displays all available modules in the selected ION
device. This option is only available on devices that are designed and built
using the ION architecture.
TIP
For devices that support Advanced Configuration mode, hold down CTRL and click the meter icon to
switch between Basic Configuration mode and Advanced Configuration mode.

Store to File: This lets you save the current device configuration to a .dcf file.

Restore from File: This lets you upload a different .dcf configuration file to the
device.

Firmware Upgrade: This lets you upgrade the device’s firmware.
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Working in Basic Configuration Mode
All meters supported by ION Setup can be edited in Basic Configuration mode.
Depending on the device type, ION Setup may display individual icons that
represent the setup parameter groups for that device, or the Setup Assistant icon.
Double-click these icons
to configure the device
parameters.
Double-click the icon to start
the Setup Assistant. See
“Using the Setup Assistant” on
page 73 for details.
Editing in Basic Configuration mode
1. Make sure View > Setup Screens is selected (or click the
button).
2. Select the device. For devices that display individual icons for the setup
parameters, double-click the icon to open the setup screen.
3. Select a setup parameter you want to change, then click Edit.
4. Make the changes to the setup register as appropriate. Most setup register types
are enumerated, numeric-bounded, elapsed interval or date/time:
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



Enumerated: Click the
button and select an option from the list.
Numeric bounded: Select Numeric Bounded Format from the list and enter
a numeric value in the box.
Elapsed Interval: Select Elapsed Interval Format from the list. Enter the
days, hours, minutes and seconds, and use the +/- drop down to indicate the
interval direction.
Date/Time: Select Date/Time Format from the list. Select the month, day
and year and enter the time.
5. Click OK.
6. Make changes to the other setup registers if required.
7. Click Send to save your changes to the meter.
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Setup Screen Examples
There are some setup register types that allow you to select one or more options,
as depicted below:
Example 1
Click to the checkbox to select
(check) or clear (uncheck) your
selection.
If there are additional setup
screens, click Next.
Configure the remaining setup
parameters, then, click Finish.
Example 2
Click an item to highlight it, then click
the
button to add it to the
list of selected items.
Click an item to highlight it, then click
the
button to remove it
from the list of selected items.
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Example 3
Use the controls on
these areas to define
and configure the
selected (i.e. highlighted)
parameter on the left.
Click the Add button to add a new parameter to the
above list. To remove an existing parameter, select
it first, then click Delete. Delete is typically used
when you want to make room for a new parameter
(after the maximum limit is reached).
Example 4
Click the + symbol to
expand the list to find
your desired parameter.
Enter the parameter name and
click Search. The parameter is
selected. The parameter’s location
is displayed beside Source:
Errors
If you try to enter a value that is outside the limits for the register, ION Setup
displays the error, either on the status bar (near the bottom left corner of the
window), or in a popup dialog.
Error displayed on
status bar
Error prompt
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Typical Meter Setup Parameters
Some setup parameter groups are common and available to all meter types (such
as Basic Setup, for configuring PT and CT ratios and other system parameters).
Other setup parameter groups are available only on meter types that support
certain features (such as Waveform Capture). Refer to your meter documentation
for information on how to set up the features supported by your meter. For
information on how to use ION Setup to configure devices that are not based upon
the ION protocol, refer to the ION Setup Device Configuration Guide.
Modbus protocol considerations
Serial communications (Modbus RTU): To avoid communications problems,
make sure all devices on the serial communications bus are set to the same data
format.
NOTE
8N1 (8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit) is the default serial communications port setting for most ION
meters.
Ethernet communications (Modbus TCP): For meters that use Modbus TCP to
communicate through Ethernet, enter “502” in the IP Port box when adding the
meter in ION Setup (port 502 is used for Modbus TCP communications).
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Working in Advanced Configuration Mode
Advanced Configuration mode is available on meters that are designed and built
using the ION architecture.
TIP
For devices that support Advanced Configuration mode, hold down CTRL and click the meter icon to
switch between Basic Configuration mode and Advanced Configuration mode.
For information on basic configuration using the Setup Assistant, see the topic
“Setup Assistant Overview” on page 74.
If you require advanced programming or configuration, it is recommended that you
use the Designer component of ION Enterprise software. Its graphical interface
lets you view links and modules, include descriptive text about the configuration,
and troubleshoot any frameworks you create.
To access Advanced Configuration mode
Access the ION modules on a meter and create new modules by following these
steps:
1. Go to the site, right-click on a meter and select Properties.
2. Click the Tools tab and select Advanced ION Setup from the Device Setup
drop-down menu.
It may take several seconds for the ION modules to load onto your screen.
3. Double-click on an ION module to view/edit the module’s configuration.
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NOTE
When working in Network mode, Advanced and Basic views are device-specific rather than global. This
allows you to view one meter in Advanced mode and another in Basic mode.
Overview of ION Architecture
ION architecture forms the basis of every component in the ION network. This
architecture defines the logical pathways used to control information and data
when moving between individual functional blocks within a meter, between meters,
or between meters and other parts in the power monitoring and control system.
ION architecture is object oriented, giving you exceptional system flexibility. ION
meters can be configured to dedicate their resources to suit your application.
The fundamental objects that comprise the ION architecture are ION modules and
ION registers.
For more information on ION architecture, refer to the ION Reference. For more
information on the modules available in your device, refer to the ION Device
Templates Reference.
ION modules
ION modules are building blocks of functionality that link together to change setup
as required. Each ION module is comparable to some part of a conventional power
monitoring system: the Power Meter module is similar in function to a digital
multimeter; the Thermal Demand module is similar to a conventional demand
meter; the Integrator module is similar to an energy meter.
Over 80 types of ION modules are defined in ION architecture. Their functions
range from basic real-time power measurements to comprehensive waveform data
logging and setpoint control.
Collectively, these ION modules cover the complete range of power monitoring and
control capabilities. Some examples of ION modules are:
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
The Power Meter module provides the functionality of a discrete power
measuring instrument, such as a conventional kW meter, or the basic
measurements provided by multifunctional meters like the ION6200.

The Maximum module is comparable to a peak register, which keeps track of
variables such as peak demand. A Maximum module in the ION architecture,
however, has the flexibility to keep track of the maximum value for any
programmed parameter.

The Data Recorder module models the behavior of a conventional strip chart
recorder, which may be used to track information such as variations in current
flow. This module stores values so that they can be displayed or printed for later
analysis. Furthermore, since the Data Recorder can sample at sub-millisecond
intervals, it can also be used as a very high-speed recorder for harmonics
analysis and fault detection.
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The types of modules available in an ION meter and the number of each type that
may be used depend on the kind of device. The ION7650, for example, has 50
Data Recorder modules. The ION6200, on the other hand, has none. Refer to the
ION Device Templates Reference, available from the website, for information on
the available modules for specific devices.
ION registers
ION modules can have a number of setup registers and output registers. ION
registers are data storage locations; the module reads data through its input(s),
manipulates the data according to its function and the values in the setup registers,
and writes the result to its output register(s). The output registers might contain
maximum RMS readings for three-phase current or describe the high-speed
digitized data points for 32 cycles of a single-voltage phase.
Module links
An ION meter is customized by linking ION modules. The output registers of a
module can be linked to the input registers of other modules. This allows data to
flow from one module to the next. The setup registers are internal to each module,
so they do not require linking.
Register classes
Not all output registers can serve as inputs for all modules. There are different
classes of registers, each capable of holding different types of information. For
example, numeric registers contain numbers, Boolean registers contain ON or
OFF information and waveform registers contain waveform data. These registers
are described in the ION Reference. To link two ION modules together, the output
registers of the first module must contain information the next module can use.
Creating new ION modules
1. From the left pane (Network Viewer), click the folder for the module type you
want to create.
2. Select Insert > Module (or click
on the toolbar).
If there are sufficient resources on the device and available modules of that type,
the new module appears on the right pane.
TIP
To determine the modules available on an ION device, refer to the ION Device Template Reference,
which can be downloaded from the website.
To determine the number of modules of a particular type that are in use, select the folder in the left pane
then hover over it. A message appears stating how many modules of that type are in use and how many
are available (for example, Modules used: 17 of 20 (3 available)).
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Creating custom module labels
ION Setup allows you to create custom labels for modules. To create a custom
label:
1. Right-click on the module icon you want to label.
2. Select Rename from the pop-up menu.
3. Type the new label into the Name box.
4. Click Send to send your changes to the device.
NOTE
The number of labels available on an ION meter is limited. You may want to restrict the use of custom
labels to output registers only (where they are typically more useful). See “Customizing ION module
output register labels” on page 70 for more information.
Resetting custom module labels to their default labels
To reset a custom module label to its default label (and allow other custom labels
to be created if you have run out of space):
1. Right-click on the icon of the module with the custom label you want to reset.
2. Select Rename from the pop-up menu.
3. Delete the custom label completely. You do not need to type the default label in
the field.
4. Click Send to send your changes to the device. The label is reset to the default.
Configuring an ION Module setup register
ION Setup lets you change the values for numeric bounded registers, enumerated
registers, and string setup registers. Setup registers that are not of these three
classes cannot be configured using ION Setup.
1. Double-click on the module you want to configure.
2. Select the Setup Registers tab.
3. The Parameters box lists all the setup registers of the selected module and their
settings. To change a setup register, select it and click Edit.



If the selected setup register is a numeric bounded register, type a value into
the provided box and click OK.
If the selected setup register is an enumerated register, select an option
from the list and click OK.
If the selected setup register is a string register, type the string in the
provided box and click OK.
4. Click Send to send your changes to the device.
Linking ION modules
ION Setup lets you link the output register of an ION module to the input register of
another ION module on the same device. This operation must be performed before
reconfiguring ION devices.
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To create a link between ION modules:
1. Double-click the module whose input you want to link.
2. Select the Inputs tab.
3. The Parameters box lists all the inputs of the selected module as well as the
labels of the output registers that are currently linked to each input. To create a
new link (or change an existing one), select the input and click the Edit button.
4. The ION Input Selection dialog box appears. Complete this dialog box (for more
detail, see the topic “ION Input selection dialog box” on page 69).
5. The label of the output register you selected appears beside the input in the
Parameters box.
6. Click Send to send your changes to the device.
ION Input selection dialog box
Like Windows Explorer, when you click on the “+” beside an item in the tree, it
expands to show all the items beneath it in the hierarchy. For example, if you click
on the Sliding Window Demand modules, all the available Sliding Window Demand
modules are displayed. If you click on a specific module, all the output registers of
that module are revealed.
As you are navigating the tree, ION Setup caches the branches you open. Thus, if
you open a branch of the tree that you already looked at, ION Setup can display it
immediately, without communications delays. The parts of the tree you have
opened are identified by a small box with a “+” or “–” sign beside them (the “+” sign
indicates that the item can be expanded further and the “-” sign indicates that the
branch has already been expanded).
NOTE
The cached tree is only maintained until you open the ION tree of another ION device; once you change
to another ION device, the cache is cleared.
There are several ways to select an output register:

You can use the tree to select the module type, module and register. At the top of
the dialog box, the full path of the register is shown as \\Device Name\ION
module type\ION module and the name of the register appears in the Parameter
box. Only those output registers of the class appropriate for the selected input
are displayed (for more information on registers, register classes and module
links, see “Overview of ION Architecture” on page 66).

If you already know the label of the register you want and you have already
opened that branch of the tree, you can simply type the label of the register you
want into the Parameter box and click the Search button. If the register is in the
ION Setup cache, the path of the register appears above the Parameter box and
the OK button becomes available. If the register is not in the cache or has been
typed incorrectly, the message “No match found in cache” is displayed.

If you know the handle of the register you want, you can bypass the ION tree
altogether and simply type in the handle. This is the fastest method of accessing
an ION register; however, it does not add the register to the cache.
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Once you have selected an output register, click the OK button to return to the
module’s configuration dialog box. When you are finished linking, click Send to
save your changes to the meter.
Deleting links between ION modules
To delete a link between two ION modules:
1. Double-click the module whose input you want to unlink.
2. Select the Inputs tab.
3. The Parameters box lists all the inputs of the selected module as well as the
labels of the output registers that are currently linked to each input.
4. Select the input, then click Delete.
5. Click Send to send your changes to the device.
Viewing ION module output registers
1. Double-click the module whose output registers you want to view.
2. Select the Output Registers tab.
3. The Parameters box list all the output registers of the selected module.
Customizing ION module output register labels
Most output register labels can be customized. To customize an output register
label:
1. Double-click the module whose output register you want to label.
2. Select the Output Registers tab.
3. The Parameters box lists all the output registers of the selected module. Select
the register you want to label, then click Edit (or double-click the register).
4. Type the custom label in the box, then click OK. Some ION devices limit the
number of characters a custom label can have.
5. Click Send to save your changes to the device.
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Synchronizing the Time across Devices
This section applies to the ION8800, ION8600, ION7550/ION7650 and
ION7300 series meters and certain legacy meters (ION8300/ION8400/ION8500,
ION7700, ION7500/ION7600 and 3000 series meters). To perform time
synchronization on devices not listed here, refer to the documentation for your
device.
To broadcast time from your computer’s internal clock to all devices in one or more
sites:
1. Select Tools > Broadcast Time (or click
on the toolbar).
2. Select the site or sites to which you want to send the current time. Note that only
sites that are presently connected appear in the list.
3. Click Broadcast.
All devices in the selected sites are updated with the current time from your
computer.
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ION Meter Cloning
You can clone (or copy) configurations from one meter to another meter of the
same model, with the following exceptions:

COM modules

Security Users modules

Security Options modules

Log Mail modules
For example, if you copy the setup configuration of ION meter A to ION meter B:
1. All modules in Meter B are erased, then
2. All the modules in Meter A are copied to Meter B (except those listed above).
To completely clone an ION meter:
1. Make sure the Display Setup Information button
is selected.
2. Expand the System tree so that the meter icons are displayed on both halves of
the screen.
3. From the left pane, drag the icon of the meter you want to clone onto the meter
you want to copy to.
To clone MeterA’s configuration to
MeterB, drag MeterA’s icon from the
left pane over MeterB on the right
4. ION Setup now clones the meter and displays the “Copying Device
Configuration” dialog box.
After all configuration parameters have been copied, the message “Cloning fully
successful” appears on the status bar at the bottom left corner of the ION Setup
screen.
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Using the Setup Assistant
The Setup Assistant is a series of dialogs and wizards with instructions for most
setup and configuration tasks that you need to perform. The available screens vary
depending upon the model and firmware of your connected device.
In this Chapter
Setup
Assistant Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Available
Setup Assistant Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Template Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Basic Setup Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Security Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Communications Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
3rd Party Protocols Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Clock Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Demand Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Input / Output Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
LED Pulsing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Energy Pulsing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
OnBoard Digital Inputs Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Analog Outputs Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Memory Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Load Profile/Revenue Log Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Event Log Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
EnergyDemand Log Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
PT/CT Correction Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Transformer Loss Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Time of Use (TOU) Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Alarming Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Power Quality Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Displays Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Verification Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Reports Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Writing to Multiple Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
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Setup Assistant Overview
The Setup Assistant guides you through common setup requirements for your ION
meter. Setup Assistant is available only to those devices that are designed and built
using the ION architecture (i.e., the ones that support Advanced Configuration
mode).
After you have connected to or added a device to your ION Setup network, the
Setup Assistant icon appears in the right-hand window of the Network Viewer.
Double-click the icon to open Setup Assistant.
This area lists the available
Setup Assistant screens.
Click the icons to access
the desired screen.
This area shows the
available setup tabs.
Click the folder icon to
open related Setup
Assistant screens.
Double-click to close the
folder.
Select a parameter and
click Edit to configure.
This area contains the
parameters available for
configuration.
NOTE
If you cannot see the Setup Assistant in the right window, go to the View menu and select Setup
Screens.
Each setup screen on the left gives you access to different setup tabs on the right.
Within the tabs you can set parameters and functions that are specific to each
setup screen. For example, in the figure above, the tabs allow you to select your
transformer loss configuration, enter transformer loss information using the Test
Sheet method and enter loss information using the %Loss constants method.
Setup Assistant icons
These icons are available in the left-hand screen of the Setup Assistant:
These icons indicate an available Setup Assistant screen, which might represent
groups of setup or display parameters for the device, or a particular ION module.
The folder icons organize Setup Assistant screens into logical groupings (for
example, revenue-related settings). Click the icon to open the folder; double-click to
close it.
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Available Setup Assistant Screens
NOTE
The setup screens and tabs available to you in the Setup Assistant vary depending upon the type of
device and its firmware version.
Template Screen
You can take advantage of new features for your meter by upgrading the meter’s
firmware. Alternatively, you can copy (Save to PC) a configuration from one meter
and paste (Send to Meter) it to another meter of the same type. In the Setup
Assistant, click the Template setup screen on the left as illustrated below.
This screen has four tabs:

Save to PC lets you save a device configuration file (.dcf) containing custom
configuration changes. You can make custom changes to one meter, upload the
configuration file onto a workstation, and then download this file onto one or
more other meters. You can only download the .dcf file to other meters of the
same type.
NOTE
Uploading or retrieving device configuration may take some time. If you abort the procedure, ION Setup
provides you with a list of the copy procedures that were successfully completed before they were
stopped.

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Send to Meter lets you download to other meters a configuration file you have
created or uploaded. The following formats are supported:

ION Setup device configuration file (.dcf)

ION Enterprise framework file (.fwn)
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NOTE
You can only load framework files containing the full meter configuration onto a meter using ION Setup.
To load partial framework files, you must use the Designer component of ION Enterprise.
Framework (.fwn) files created in PEGASYS software are not supported.

Firmware upgrade lets you upgrade the meter to gain access to new or
enhanced ION modules. When you perform a firmware upgrade, you are
prompted to download the configuration file onto the meter. See your device
documentation and the Upgrading PowerLogic ION Device Firmware technical
note for more information on upgrading your device’s firmware.

Register Edit lets you to view and modify energy register values.
Template Paste options
Some modules are not copied when upgrading firmware, saving to PC or sending
to a meter. The setup registers of the following modules remain intact and must be
configured manually:

Communications modules

Security Option modules

Security User modules

Log Mail modules
The Template Paste Options screen also allows you the option of retaining PT/CT,
Clock/Nameplate settings and Energy Readings.
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
PT/CT Settings retains your setup registers for Power Meter modules.

Clock Settings retains your setup registers for the clock module.

Nameplate Settings retains your Owner, Tag1 and Tag2 settings.

Energy Readings retains the integrator values from your energy registers.

ITC Settings retains your instrument transformer correction settings.
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Basic Setup Screen
The Basic Setup screen allows you to program the basic settings of your meter.

PT/CT Ratios lets you program your potential (voltage) transformer and current
transformer ratios. Select the desired parameter and click Edit to make
configuration changes.

Nameplate Info lets you edit your meter’s nameplate information. Select the
desired parameter and click Edit to make configuration changes.

Rollover lets you program energy rollover information.Select the desired
parameter and click Edit to make configuration changes.

Localization lets you configure information such as language, time format, date
format and digit grouping. Select the desired parameter and click Edit to make
configuration changes. Click IEEE/IEC to access the Metering Convention
Setup wizard.

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IEEE/IEC: Specify whether IEEE or IEC standards are used to display meter
data and perform harmonics calculations.
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
Custom: Select Custom to go through the entire configuration, selecting an
option from each format type, to create a custom metering convention.
.
Security Screen
In addition to ION Setup’s four-level security access system (see “Applying
Security” on page 38), the Security screen also configures Standard and, for some
ION meters, Advanced meter security.
NOTE
For more on software and meter security, see the ION System Security technical note available from
the website.
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NOTE
Depending on the device, the steps below may vary. For instructions specific to your device, refer to
your device documentation or contact Technical Support.
To configure Security features:
1. Select Security Mode and click Edit.
2. Open the Standard.scf or Advanced.scf file. The Security Wizard leads you
through the configuration process. Enter the meter password, if prompted.
3. Select your configuration options (meter password, web server programming
and front panel programming) and click Finish (or Next, if you selected
Advanced).
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CAUTION
Changing communications port settings with the Allow Front Panel Programming setting cleared
(unchecked) may cause loss of communications with your meter, and render it inoperable. In this case
a factory reconfiguration of your meter is required, which resets your meter to its factory defaults and
destroys all logged data.
4. If you selected Advanced, the Define individual users/passwords screen is
displayed. Select the check boxes of the users you want to configure (1 through
16). Expand the access section tree by clicking on the + and select the
appropriate check boxes to configure your user’s access levels.
5. Select a user, then click Password to set a password for that user. Click OK.
When you have assigned passwords to all the users, click Finish.
6. When prompted, you can choose to save your security settings in a file.
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
Click Yes, enter a name for your security file then click Save. If you want to
overwrite your default advanced security file, select Advanced.scf and click
Save.

Click No if you do not want to save your security settings in a file.
Communications Screens
The Communication screens let you configure your serial communications settings
(communications mode, protocol, unit ID and baud rate) and Ethernet settings
(TCP/IP communication, DNS, SMTP and NTP) according to the communications
capabilities of your device. Some devices have one Port Settings screen for serial
and Ethernet configuration. Others have separate Serial Settings and Network
Settings screens.
NOTE
Take careful note of your method of communication with your device. Making communications changes
to the port by which ION Setup is connected to your device may cause ION Setup to lose
communication with the device.
3rd Party Protocols Screen
The 3rd Party Protocols screen in the Communications folder allows you to make
real-time data available through Modbus, DNP and IEC 61850 protocols. Modbus
and DNP modules are factory-configured in ION meters and in most cases do not
require basic configuration changes. Changing the factory configuration is an
advanced setup procedure that requires an understanding of the protocol, as well
as an understanding of your meter’s internal operation.
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NOTE
If you have advanced security enabled, you must configure the Modbus Map Access register to allow
write access for specific users. See the Security Options module description in the online ION
Reference. If you have Standard or Advanced security enabled on the meter, you can only read Modbus
information from a slave module. You must disable Standard security to write data to a slave module.
This screen has three tabs:

Modbus Slave customizes the Modbus map that your third-party devices use to
communicate with the meter.

Modbus Master lets you program third-party device Modbus map information
for the meter to retrieve, if your meter is configured as a Modbus Master. Click
Connections to access the Modbus Master Connections configuration screens.
Click Add to add a new slave device.

DNP 3.0 customizes the DNP 3.0 map that your third-party devices use to
communicate with your meter. Click Edit to start the DNP 3.0 Port Setup wizard.
This leads you through the port setup configuration process.

IEC 61850 shows the meter’s status as an IEC 61850 server. To map additional
meter values into IEC 61850, select Custom Analog (for numeric values) or
Custom Digital (for digital values) and click Edit to access the configuration
screen.
See the documents DNP 3.0 and ION Technology, Modbus and ION Technology,
Modbus Protocol and Register Map for ION devices, and IEC 61850 and ION
Technology, available from the website, for more information about third party
protocols.
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Clock Screen
The Clock screen allows you to configure the internal clock of the meter, which
provides timestamps for data logged by the device. Set your Timezone, Time Sync
Type, Time Sync Source, DST Offset and Clock Source settings from this screen.
Start of the Week data applies to the Trending and Forecasting module (not
available on all meters).
Click the TimeSync button to perform a time synchronization with the Time Sync
Source. If the Time Sync Source is the same as your ION Setup connection port,
the meter will synchronize with your PC’s local time. The Clock Setup screen also
includes a timezone selection window. To configure your timezone settings, select
the Timezone tab, select Timezone and click Edit. Enter the meter password, if
requested. Then choose from the list to configure your timezone settings.
Check top box to
automatically adjust
for daylight savings
time. Check bottom
box to update your
available daylightsavings dates, then
select the year in
which the updates
begin.
The DST Settings tab lets you program your Daylight Savings periods for 20
years.
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Demand Screen
Demand is a measure of average power consumption over a fixed time interval.
Peak (or maximum) demand is the highest demand level recorded during a billing
period. From the Demand screen, you can configure Rolling Block (the interval
used to compute your values) and Demand Forgiveness (the time during power
restoration when demand is not calculated).
With Rolling Block (or Sliding Window) Demand, demand is measured based on
the average load level over the most recent set of sub-intervals. The Rolling Block
tab allows you to define the number and length of intervals used for demand
calculations.
Demand Forgiveness is the time, programmed in the meter, during which demand
(and therefore peak demand) will not be calculated following a total power outage.
During power-up following a complete power outage, customer equipment
consumes a higher-than-normal amount of power. The Demand Forgiveness
feature lets a utility forgive the customer for peak demand penalties that may arise
from power-up following a power outage.
Input / Output Screens
The following sections outline the screens available for I/O configuration.
NOTE
The available screens vary depending upon the model and firmware of your connected device. See your
device documentation for specific information on configuring inputs and outputs.
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LED Pulsing Screen
Some meters are preconfigured for LED pulsing. From the Energy Pulsing screen
in the Inputs/Outputs folder (or the Pulsing outputs folder, depending on the meter),
you can adjust LED pulse rates by modifying the Kt (pulse rate) registers. The Kt
value entered defines how much energy is accumulated before a pulse is sent.
Select the desired parameter and click Edit to set LED pulsing values.
NOTE
To configure the LED ports for a different pulsing application, you must re-link the Source input to the
output register of a different instantaneous power quantity in one of the Arithmetic modules. This is an
Advanced Configuration procedure. See “Working in Advanced Configuration Mode” on page 65.
Energy Pulsing Screen
If you want to use one of the digital outputs on your meter for energy pulsing
applications (Wh, kVAh, kVARh), configure it from the Energy Pulsing screen in the
Inputs/Outputs folder (or the Pulsing outputs folder, depending on your meter).
NOTE
If the ovld register is “Pulsing Suspended”, the energy is accumulating faster than the digital output can
pulse with the existing settings (the Calibration Pulser is in Overload State). Refer to the ION Reference,
Calibration Pulser Module, Detailed Module Operation section for details on how to configure the
Calibration Pulser Module’s settings.
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OnBoard Digital Inputs Screen
Digital inputs can be used for status monitoring or pulse counting applications. The
OnBoard Digital Inputs screen allows you to configure the input mode (Pulse or
KYZ) and the multiplier (the number to increment the counter for each detected
input pulse). It also allows you to view the counter and status for each digital input.
Analog Outputs Screen
An ION meter’s analog outputs act as transducers. The meter measures power and
energy, and then sends that information via the analog outputs to a remote terminal
unit (RTU). From the Analog Outputs screen in the Inputs/Outputs folder, you can
define the information source, set the full-scale and zero-scale values, and define
the ports that deliver and receive.
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The zero-scale value defines the source input value that creates the minimum
current output on the analog device. The full-scale value defines the source input
value that creates the maximum current output on the analog device.
For detailed information, see the Digital and Analog I/O technical note, available
from www.powerlogic.com.
Memory Screen
The Memory screen in the Logging folder allows you to configure the meter’s log
memory settings (for example Load Profile, Event Log, Waveforms, and System
Resource allocation).
CAUTION
Be aware that modifying some memory parameters can reset recorded data. Ensure that all necessary
information has been recorded before changing these memory settings.
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When editing the Load Profile, you can select the number of days (which calculates
the depth based on the current interval length).
Load Profile/Revenue Log Screen
The Load Profile/Revenue Log screen in the Logging folder allows you to specify
the load profile (the interval and duration of the revenue log). The Load Profile
contains information about the power usage in your system, by gathering detailed
energy usage patterns over a period of time.
In this screen, there are two tabs:

Channels allows you to program the load profile channels.

Interval/Depth allows you to program the interval and duration of the load profile
on a specific channel.
The channels you specify in this setup screen appear in a Load Profile Report that
you can generate in the Reports setup screen (see “Reports Screen” on page 104).
To specify Load Profile channels:
1. Click on the Load Profile channel that you want to specify and click Edit.
2. The Parameter Selection screen appears. The parameters are grouped by type.
Click on the + to expand the group (or click Show all available registers to see all
the registers you can select). Select the desired logging parameter and click OK.
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3. Repeat until you have completely specified your Load Profile channels.
NOTE
Use Energy - Pulses parameters to save Load Profile data in MV-90 P-File data format.
For more information on configuring Interval/Depth, see “Configuring Interval/
Depth” on page 91.
Event Log Screen
The Event Log screen allows you to configure the types of events that are recorded
in the Event Log.
Cutoff: This is the event priority cutoff value. Events with a priority below this value
are not recorded in the Event Log.
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SS EvPriority: This is the Sag/Swell event priority value. This value must be greater
than the Cutoff value for Sag/Swell events to be recorded in the Event Log.
TR EvPriority: This is the Transients event priority value. This value must be
greater than the Cutoff value for Transient events to be recorded in the Event Log.
PhaseLossEnable: This allows you to enable phase loss Event Log recording and
phase loss alarming. This information can be used by MV-90 to provide phase loss
reporting.
EnergyDemand Log Screen
The EnergyDemand Log screen allows you to specify the sources for and the
interval and duration of the EnergyDemand log.
In this screen, there are two tabs:

Channels allows you to program the EnergyDemand channels.

Interval/Depth allows you to program the interval and duration of the
EnergyDemand on a specific channel.
The channels you specify in this setup screen appear in an EnergyDemand Report
that you can generate in the Reports setup screen (see “Reports Screen” on
page 104).
To specify EnergyDemand channels:
1. Click on the EnergyDemand channel that you want to specify and click Edit.
2. The Parameter Selection screen appears. The parameters are grouped by type.
Click on the + to expand the group (or click Show all available registers to see all
the registers you can select). Select the parameter and click OK.
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3. Repeat until you have completely specified your EnergyDemand channels.
For more information on configuring Interval/Depth, see “Configuring Interval/
Depth” on page 91.
Configuring Interval/Depth
You can use ION Setup to configure the interval length and depth of your meter’s
logs (i.e. Revenue Log, Energy Demand Log, Load Profile).
1. In the Setup Assistant, enter the Logging folder and navigate to the desired log.
2. Click the Interval/Depth tab. Edit the interval length (time) and depth (number of
records) as desired.
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CAUTION
Programming your meter to write any data recorder at continuous intervals lower than 60 seconds
(heavy logging configuration) may cause loss of data in the event of a power failure. Use of an
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is recommended for such heavy logging configurations if data
needs to be available after a power cycle.
Modifications to these parameters will reset your recorded data. Ensure that you
record all necessary information before writing your configuration changes to the
meter.
PT/CT Correction Screen
The PT/CT Correction screen in the Revenue folder allows you to configure any
transformer correction for voltage and current inputs. Select the parameter and
click Edit to configure either your voltage or current input correction details.
Transformer Loss Screen
Some PowerLogic ION revenue meters support loss compensation in their default
framework. For more information about Loss Compensation, see the Transformer/
Line Loss Calculations technical note or contact Technical Support.
Transformer loss occurs when power is dissipated by the core's magnetizing
inductance (iron loss) and/or impedance of the wiring (copper loss). ION Setup can
calculate these losses for any operating condition if certain parameters of the
power transformer are known.
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CAUTION
Due to variation in installations, advanced knowledge of power systems and connection methods is
required before transformer loss compensation can be properly implemented. Input parameters should
only be programmed by qualified personnel that have appropriate training and experience with
transformer loss compensation calculations.
The Transformer Loss screen has the following tabs:

Method Selection allows you to enable or disable loss compensation and select
the method: Method 1 (Test Sheet) or Method 2 (%Loss Constants).

Test Sheet lets you configure loss compensation using Method 1 (Test Sheet).

%Loss Constants lets you configure loss compensation using Method 2
(%Loss Constants).
Time of Use (TOU) Screen
The Time of Use (TOU) screen is not available for all meters. The information
specified in the TOU screen can be used with logged data to calculate system
energy and power costs. This information is important if you are using your meter
in a billing application. The Setup Assistant leads you through a series of steps to
create parameters for a TOU schedule, including daily, seasonal, holiday, and
special rate profiles.
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Enter the dates of your seasonal or other rate-profile period as prompted. If your
season comprises the same dates every year, you only need to enter a single
range of dates in the appropriate fields. If the active dates are different each year
(for example, Season 3 becomes active every first Monday in August), specify start
dates for each year.
Default Sample TOU Program
Depending on your meter configuration, a time of use program named “Sample
TOU” may exist on your device as part of its default framework. If this is the case,
choose a name other than “Sample TOU” for your time of use program. This is to
preserve the integrity of your meter's default framework.
Configuring Time of Use
1. Select Sample TOU and click Edit. The TOU Assistant loads a default TOU
program and holiday selection screen (not the “Sample TOU” program on the
device). Name the TOU program, enter the start year and click Next.
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2. Select the number of rates you want and enter a rate name in the field for each
rate selected, then click Next.
3. Select the number of seasons you want in your TOU program. Enter a name for
each season and click the buttons beside the seasons to set a start date for each
season selected.
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4. Set which days of the week are considered weekdays and weekends, then click
Next.
5. Select which days are considered holidays, then click OK. You are prompted to
set the holiday exceptions--what to do when a holiday falls on a Saturday or
Sunday--and click OK.
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6. Set alternate days, holidays (as per section 5) and self-read days.
7. Set the seasons, days and times that are on-peak or off-peak, then click Finish.
Editing TOU settings and holiday configurations
If you are not using the “Sample TOU” program, you can also edit, add and delete
TOU data via this setup screen.
NOTE
ION Setup (version 2.1 and later) supports user-configured holiday profiles. Holiday configurations are
specific to your particular PC, not to the meter.
Saving TOU Files
Once you have created the TOU file in the Setup Assistant, save the TOU as a .tcf
file (time of use configuration), and upload it to other meters as required.
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Alarming Screen
The Alarming screen allows you to manually configure or have the meter learn
what are the high and low limits for certain setpoints.
To manually edit a setpoint value, select the setpoint and click Edit.
You can also configure the meter to automatically learn setpoints by monitoring
normal operation over time to determine valid data ranges. Select any setpoint and
click Learn to access the Global Setpoint Learning screen. Click Setup to review
the Alarm Learning Setup parameters. Select Automatic to automatically load all
the learned setpoints at the end of the learning duration. Click Start All to start
learning for all setpoints. Click Install to implement the learned setpoints at the end
of the learning duration.
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Power Quality Screen
The Power Quality screen allows you to set parameters relating to transients,
sags/swells, harmonics, and other power-quality disturbances. If available, this is
also where you can enable COMTRADE-format sag/swell and transient waveform
records to be generated and stored on your meter’s internal FTP site. Refer to the
COMTRADE and ION Technology technical note for more information.
This screen has the following tabs:

Sag/Swell allows you to configure the sag/swell limits of your meter.

Waveforms allows you to configure the waveform recording format and depth.

Transient allows you to configure the transient settings of the meter.
NOTE
COMTRADE must be disabled in order to modify sag/swell or transients settings.
Not all tabs are available on all meters.
Displays Screen
ION meters ship with preconfigured display screens, and most users find that the
data displayed by the front panel meets their requirements. However, front panel
displays are easily customized on ION meters using the Displays Screen Setup
Assistant.
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1. In the Setup Assistant, select Displays on the Front Panel tab and click Edit.
The Display Editor appears.
2. From the Display Editor, you can add, delete, rename or reorder the screens by
clicking the New, Edit, Rename, and Move Up or Move Down buttons.
Select the mode (Normal, Test, Alternate), if applicable.
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3. Click New, or select a parameter and click Edit, to open the Display Setup
Wizard.
4. Select your screen type from the drop-down menu, select the available
parameters, and set the display properties as desired.
5. Once you have completed configuring your display settings, click Send to send
the changes to the meter.
Verification Screen
Select Normal Mode or Test Mode from the Verification tab and click Display to
view readings. They are displayed in real time.
NOTE
Test Mode parameters Test Mode Sub-intervals and Test Mode Sub-interval Length must be changed
in Normal mode under the Demand Setup screen (see “Demand Screen” on page 84). Loss Mode is
only available in Test Mode.
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The image below shows some of the tabs available; these vary depending on the
type of meter. Data in each of these tabs can be saved as a .txt file. You can also
perform a master reset from each screen.
CAUTION
Wait one (1) minute after initiating the master reset to let the meter completely reset its parameters. This
is important if you are powering down the meter after a master reset.
The figure below illustrates the Test Mode screen with its available tabs: Energy,
Rolling Demand, and Volts, Amps and Power. As in Normal Mode, data from each
of these tabs can be saved as a .txt file. You can perform a test reset from each tab.
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Phasor Viewer
From the Verification screen, you can check the wiring on some ION meters with
the real-time Phasor Viewer. The Phasor Viewer provides detailed harmonics
calculations for a voltage or current input on a meter. This information is valuable
for power quality analysis, selecting properly rated transformers, and fault
detection. For more information on meter wiring, refer to the technical note
Troubleshooting Meter Wiring.
NOTE
The Phasor Viewer is set up by default to display correctly for the meter installer. Users can change the
display to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise using the Phasor Rotation option in the View tab of the
Options dialog box (see “View tab” on page 34). Users who are not installing a meter should utilize the
Phasor Viewer’s Delta Vector Display mode (see ION Reference for details).
To access the Phasor Viewer:
1. Connect to your meter in ION Setup.
2. Open the Setup Assistant, go to the Verification screen and click the Wiring tab.
3. Select Phasor Viewer, then click Confirm.
The Phasor Viewer appears, containing both voltage and current phasors on the
Combined and Side by Side tabs. The combined view also contains power
readings.
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4. You can save the phasor data as a text (.txt) file by clicking Save As. The text
file contains the readings from the moment the file was saved.
Reports Screen
The reports screen allows you to save a meter’s data as content and let other users
access and interact with that content.
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Depending on your ION meter model, there are several available reports. Select
the desired report and click Display to view. You can choose the directory in which
you would like to save the file (the location defaults to the “Reports” folder in your
ION Setup directory).
Available reports vary depending on meter type:

Load Profile/Revenue Log generates a report showing values for the
parameters defined in the “Load Profile/Revenue Log Screen” on page 88.
Choose all available logs or query the meter by time, records, hours or days.
Click Save As to save your data in .hhf (hand-held format for MV-90), or select
one of the other available format types.
NOTE
Refer to “HHF tab” on page 36 for instructions on how to configure ION Setup to export HHF files.

EnergyDemand Log shows the meter’s energy/demand log configuration.
Choose all available logs or query the meter by time, records, hours, or days.
Click Save As and save your data in the format desired.

Event Log shows meter events, including cause, value, effect and date/time.
This data can be saved as a .csv or .txt file.
NOTE
The Event Log obtains its time records from the local time of the PC on which ION Setup is running, not
the meter’s local time.

Meter Configuration uploads the meter’s parameters and the set values of
those parameters. This report can be saved as a .txt file.

Configuration Comparison performs a text-based comparison between a
saved meter configuration and the connected meter and reports the differences.
Click Display, and browse to the saved meter configuration .txt file. In the
Comparison results screen click Details to display a full report which highlights
the differences in red.
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
Template Comparison reports if there is a difference between a stored template
and the meter template. Click Display, and browse to the stored template. A
pop-up window will indicate if there are differences between the stored template
and the meter template, which is useful to confirm that the meter’s template has
not been modified between configuration and deployment.
NOTE
Uploading or retrieving the device configuration or template may take a few minutes.

MV-90 Report is available for some meters, to automatically generate a master
file detailing the meter’s current MV-90 configuration. Click Display and the MV90 Master File Options dialog appears:
Enter the required information and click OK to generate the report. Once the
report is generated, you can save it by clicking Save As and saving it as a .dat
file. You can import this created file into your MV-90 system as the master file
for your meter. Refer to the MV-90 and ION Technology technical note for
details on incorporating your meter into an MV-90 system.
Saving reports in ION Setup
Load Profile, Revenue Log, EnergyDemand Log and Event Log reports are
organized in descending order according to date (the latest date is the top entry in
the report). You can save or print the entire report or only portions of the report.
Note that the log
obtains its time
from the PC, not
the meter.
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To save the entire report, click the Save As button without selecting any rows of
data.
To save a portion of the report, click the date you want your report to begin. Hold
down the SHIFT key and select the date you want your report to end. Click Save
As and ION Setup saves the portion of the report you selected.
To print the report, click the Print button. From the print dialog box, you can
choose to print the entire report or a selected portion (if you have selected a portion
of the data).
Writing to Multiple Registers
Some functions in the Setup Assistant let you change the value in more than one
register on the meter at the same time. For example, you can choose to change
the time interval of the calculated block period of multiple modules in the Demand
screen.
1. Select the parameter you want to change and click edit. A dialog appears with
the button Edit Register List.
2. Click Edit Register List to select which registers will have the new values.
As shown above, the list on the left contains available registers. The list on the
right contains registers that are currently selected to be written to. Click the arrow
buttons to move registers from Available to Selected, or vice versa. Select
multiple Available registers by holding down SHIFT or CTRL while selecting
registers.
3. Click OK when you are finished selecting registers to edit. Any change made to
the parameter being edited (for example, the block period) is made to all the
registers in the Selected column.
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Monitoring Your Network
ION Setup has the ability to display and perform control operations with real-time
and historical data. This section describes the ION Setup features that allow you to
monitor your device network, including data screens, alarms and chart-plotting
capabilities.
In this chapter
Displaying
Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Performing
Control Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Manually Operating Triggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Chart
Plotting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Displaying Event Log Reports in Microsoft Excel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
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Displaying Data
To view data in ION Setup, select View > Data Screens. This displays real-time
measurements and logged data for the device that is currently selected in the
network tree. These values are grouped into categories and displayed in easy-toread tables. Each category of data is displayed under a different tab so you can
easily switch back and forth between screens.
When you select a meter in the network tree, icons representing the data screens
for that device are displayed on the right pane. The icons available depend on the
type of ION meter. For example, all devices offer a RealTime icon that represents
real-time data screens; some devices, such as the ION7650, have additional
screens, such as Waveform and Harmonic screens.
If there are many screens of the same type, such as multiple Min/Max Logs or Data
Recorder Logs, ION Setup groups the icons under a folder in the network tree. To
open the folder and see the icons it contains, click on it in the network tree. The
icons appear in the right pane.
To see these data screens, double-click the icon in the right pane of the Network
Viewer. A new window opens displaying tables of data from the selected device.
These tables are organized under different tabs; to switch between tables, click on
the tab to bring its table to the front of the window.
Depending on the ION meter you selected and how it is configured, different tables
are available and different values are displayed in each table. Refer to the meter’s
documentation for a detailed list of the measurements available.
Copying from a data screen
ION Setup lets you copy data from a data screen so you can paste it into another
application, such as a spreadsheet or word processor. You cannot paste
information into a data screen.
Real-Time data
If you want to copy real-time data, you can copy all the data in the screen by
opening the data screen you want and selecting Copy from the Edit menu. This
copies data to the clipboard and delimits each column with a tab.
Logged data
If you want to copy logged data, you can select single records or a range of records
to copy. Hold down the CTRL key and click on each record you want to copy. If you
want to select a contiguous range of records, click on the beginning of the range,
hold down the SHIFT key, then select the end of the range. To copy your selection,
select Edit > Copy (or press CTRL+C).
NOTE
The entire row is copied. You cannot exclude individual columns from the selection.
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Chart data
Plotted data can be copied from the Waveform and Harmonics tabs. For
information on plotting data in a chart, see “Chart Plotting” on page 113.
Waveform: Only the entire plot data for a selected waveform can be copied. If you
have already plotted multiple waveforms on a single graph, you can copy the entire
plot data for any single waveform by clicking on the button that corresponds to it and
then clicking the Copy button.
For example, to copy the data for V2:
1. Click the V2 button.
2. Click the Copy button.
Harmonics: In the Harmonics screen, only one cycle of plot data for a selected
waveform can be copied. For multiple-cycle graphs, the start and end points for
one cycle are represented by a rectangle that you can drag along the graph. To
copy one cycle of plot data, click on the button that corresponds to the desired
waveform first. The rectangle is located at the far left of the graph by default. Drag
it over the area you want to copy. (The Distortion Info and Harmonics Spectrum
data change values as you drag the rectangle.) Click Copy to copy.
Opening multiple data screens at the same time
If you want to view additional data screens, either from the same device or from a
different one:
1. Switch to the Network Viewer using the Window menu.
2. Select a device and double-click on one of its data screen icons. The
corresponding data screen appears in a new window.
3. You can arrange the data screens by using the options under the Windows
menu (see “ION Setup Commands” on page 28) or you can resize and position
the windows manually.
Closing data screens
To close a single data screen, click the
screen is displayed.
button for the window in which the data
To close all data screens, select Close All Tables from the Window menu (see
“ION Setup Commands” on page 28).
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Performing Control Operations
For devices that have control capabilities, ION Setup offers buttons in the
appropriate data screens that let you manually trigger control operations. These
operations include:

operating and releasing relays.

resetting status counters and accumulating energy values (i.e. kWh, kVARh,
kVAh).

resetting Min/Max values.
Manually Operating Triggers
To manually operate triggers:
1. On the data screen, click the button if it is displayed, or go into the screen and
right-click to display the available trigger options.
2. Move your mouse to the trigger you want to operate, then click on it.
3. In the Confirm Trigger box, click Yes (or enter your password) to activate the
trigger.
NOTE
Depending on your confirmation setup (see “Confirmation tab” on page 35), you are prompted either for
confirmation or for your password.
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Chart Plotting
ION Setup features a plot button that lets you view a graphical representation of
selected parameters in the snapshot logs, data recorders or waveform recorders.
You can manually trigger waveforms inside the Waveform screen. Up to eight
Waveforms may be plotted at a time.
Manually triggering a waveform
1. Make sure you are in data display mode by clicking the View Data Display
button
.
2. Select the meter whose data you want to plot.
3. Double-click on the Waveform icon.
4. Right-click anywhere in the Waveform Log screen to display the available
triggers.
5. Click on the input you want to trigger.
6. Inside the confirmation box, click Yes to activate the trigger.
If Options are set to Confirm Triggers with Password (see “Confirmation tab” on
page 35), enter your ION Setup password then click OK to activate the trigger.
7. Repeat to trigger other inputs, if desired.
Plotting historical data
1. Make sure you are in data display mode by clicking the View Data Display
button
.
2. Select the meter whose data you want to plot.
3. Select and double-click on an icon that displays historical data (such as
Waveform or a Data Recorder module).
4. Select the data you want to plot.

For a contiguous selection of data, hold down the SHIFT key while selecting
the first and last entries you want to view.

For a non-contiguous selection of data, hold down the CTRL key while
selecting.
5. Click the Plot button
. The Chart Properties dialog box appears.
6. Select the parameters you want to plot, then click the Add button. The selected
parameters move to the right side of the dialog.

To remove parameters already selected, click on the items from the right
side of the dialog, then click the Delete button.
NOTE
Plotting manual triggers disables the Add and Delete buttons. To delete waveforms from the plotted
manual trigger chart, close the chart and re-select only the data you want to plot, then click Plot.
7. Click OK.
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Viewing phasor diagrams
1. Make sure you are in data display mode by clicking the View Data Display
button .
2. Select the meter for which you would like to view waveforms.
3. Double-click on the Waveform icon to upload the available records up to a
maximum of eight records.
4. Select the data you want to plot.

For a contiguous selection of data, hold down the SHIFT key while selecting
the first and last entries you want to view.

For a non-contiguous selection of data, hold down the CTRL key while
selecting.
NOTE
If no waveform data appears on your screen, you must manually trigger the request. See “Manually
triggering a waveform” on page 113 for this procedure.
5. Click the Plot button
. The Chart Properties dialog box appears.
6. Configure the chart as desired and click OK.
7. The Waveform Plot window appears. Click the Phasor Diagram tab to view the
phasor diagram of your ION meter.
If desired, right-click on the phasor diagram to lock V1 to zero degrees.
Editing chart properties
The Chart Properties dialog box contains three tabs (View, Scales, and Lines)
where you can edit parameters in order to change the way a particular input is
plotted. This dialog box appears when you first plot data and can be displayed by
right-clicking anywhere in the graph screen.
View tab

Input Selection displays the available inputs for plotting. The right side displays
the selected inputs that are plotted.

Chart Type allows you to select how the selected inputs appears on the chart,
as follows.

Smooth Sliders ensures smooth transition when moving the upper or lower
sliders. De-selecting this box causes the sliders to lock onto the plotted points on
the graph while moving the sliders.

Line Symbols displays a point-by-point representation of the graph.

Gridlines displays chart gridlines.

Center Axis displays the center axis.
Scales tab

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Input: This drop-down list lets you select the parameter you want to change
scales to.
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Scaling Information: Lets you change scaling information for the selected input,
as follows:




Vertical Axis: Lets you change the scaling information for the vertical axis
(e.g. Linear scaling, Power Factor scaling).
Maximum Scale: Specifies a different maximum scale for the selected input,
first clear (uncheck) the Auto Scaling box, then type your desired scale in
the Maximum Scale box.
Minimum Scale: Specifies a different minimum scale for the selected input,
first clear (uncheck) the Auto Scaling box, then type your desired scale in
the Minimum Scale box.
Auto Scaling: The chart is scaled automatically according to the
parameters selected.
Lines tab

Input: This dropdown list lets you select which plotted line you want to change
appearance of.

Line Information: Lets you change the appearance of the selected input, as
follows:

Line Color: Changes the line color of selected input.

Line Style: Changes the line style of the selected input.

Line Symbol: Changes the symbol used to plot the selected input. Note that
the “Line Symbols” box (under “View” tab) must be ticked first, before you
can select a different line symbol.
Displaying Event Log Reports in Microsoft Excel
When you display an Event Log report with the Setup Assistant, the time and date
values display correctly. When the report is saved to a .csv file and viewed in Excel,
only the time value may be displayed in the first column depending on how you
have Excel configured. This is a function of how Excel interprets a date/time field
when first loaded — only the time portion of a value is shown by default. (This also
occurs when cutting and pasting into Excel.)
NOTE
The Event Log obtains its time records from the local time of the PC on which ION Setup is running, not
the meter local time.
If necessary, follow these steps to properly display the date and time values in
Excel:
1. Open the .csv file in Excel and highlight the entire Date/Time column.
2. Click Format > Cells from the menu.
3. Select Date from the Category listbox and *3/14/2001 from the Type listbox.
4. Click OK. Both the date and time display properly.
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Chapter 6
Troubleshooting
This section describes some typical issues and the ION Setup tools used for
troubleshooting.
In this chapter
Troubleshooting
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Setup Diagnostics Tools
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Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting ION Setup
If you have trouble running ION Setup, check the following:

Does your workstation have the necessary hardware and software requirements
to support ION Setup? See “System Requirements” on page 9 for more details.

Does your workstation’s name contain a space? ION Setup does not operate
correctly if there is a space in the workstation name.

Do you have write access to the Microsoft Windows registry?
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If you install ION Setup on a Windows workstation, you must have write
access to the registry or the software cannot install correctly. If you require
registry write privileges, contact your network administrator.
Ensure you have the latest version of ION Setup. You can download the latest
version of ION Setup from www.powerlogic.com.
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ION Setup Diagnostics Tools
ION Setup provides diagnostics information for all items in the ION Setup network.
1. Select an item in the Network Viewer.
2. Click
on the toolbar (or select Tools > Diagnostics).
A diagnostics window appears with the following tabs: Communication and
General. When you select a site, only the Communication tab appears.
Communication
Communications status
The Present Status indicator shows whether the selected item is communicating
(in other words, whether it is online or offline):

A site or group only shows Offline if all devices in the site (or group) are offline.

The workstation and system icon only show Offline if all devices in all sites (or
groups) are offline.
The Number of Dropouts indicator shows how many times communications with
the selected item were temporarily lost:

If a site or group is selected, the indicator shows the number of times all devices
in the site (or group) lost communications.

If the workstation or system is selected, the indicator shows the number of times
all devices in all sites (or groups) lost communications.
The Time Connected indicator shows how long the selected item has been
connected (since ION Setup was started):

If a site or group is selected, this refers to the connection time of the device in the
site or group that has been connected the longest.

If the workstation or system is selected, this refers to the connection time of the
device that has been connected the longest among all devices in all sites (or
groups).
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Message Info
The Total Messages Sent indicator shows the total number of messages sent by
the selected item.
The Messages Received indicator shows the total number of messages received
by the selected item.
The Message Error Rate indicator shows what percentage of messages sent or
received by the selected item had an error.
Packet Frames
The No Responses indicator shows how many communication packets sent by
the selected item received no response.
The Incomplete Packets indicator shows how many communication packets sent
by the selected item received an incomplete packet in response.
The Invalid Packets indicator shows how many communication packets sent by
the selected item received an invalid packet in response.
Message Timing
The following diagnostic events are displayed:
The Min Response Time indicator shows the minimum amount of time it took the
selected item to respond to a message (in milliseconds).

If a site or group is selected, this is the minimum response time for any device in
the site or group.

If a workstation or system is selected, this is the minimum response time for any
device in any site or group.

If a device is selected, this is the minimum response time for the device.
The Max Response Time indicator shows the maximum amount of time it took the
selected item to respond to a message (in milliseconds).

If a site or group is selected, this is the maximum response time for any device in
the site or group.

If a workstation or system is selected, this is the maximum response time for any
device in any site or group.

If a device is selected, this is the maximum response time for the device.
The Avg Response Time indicator shows the average amount of time it took the
selected item to respond to a message (in milliseconds). For a site, group,
workstation or system, this is the average response time of all devices in that
category.
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Clearing diagnostic statistics
To clear the diagnostic statistics for the currently selected item, click the Reset
button. Note that this action also clears the diagnostic statistics for all items below
the selected item. For example, if you reset the statistics for a site, the statistics for
all devices in that site are cleared. Similarly, if you reset the statistics for the
workstation or the system icon, the statistics for all sites and devices are cleared.
General
If you display diagnostics data for a meter, the General tab also appears. This
contains basic information about the meter, including the model, firmware version,
serial number, options, etc.
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Troubleshooting Devices
When you are configuring a meter on the network, it is possible that the changes
you request will not be supported by the device.
For example, if you specify a value that is outside the supported range of the
device, ION Setup beeps when you enter the value and displays a message in the
status line indicating the configuration warning.
There are number of reasons why creating a new module can fail, for which you
will receive additional warnings:

The maximum number of modules of that type already exists.

Creating the module exceeds the limits of the device’s processing power.

The selected module is a core module; core modules cannot be created or
deleted.
Refer to the meter's technical documentation for details about supported ranges
and configurations.
Refer to the ION Device Template Reference for information on the number of
available modules of each type.
To view real-time phasor diagrams, see “Phasor Viewer” on page 103.
For information on troubleshooting meter wiring, refer to the technical note
Troubleshooting meter wiring.
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A
Alarm Setpoint Learning Setup 102
Alarming Screen 102
Basic Setup
IEEE/IEC Conventions 81
Basic Setup Screen 81
broadcasting time 74
Chart Plotting 117
chart plotting
editing chart properties 118
cloning meters 75
closing data screens 115
communication requirements
ethernet 12
modems 12
RS-232 12
RS-485 12
plotting harmonics 111
plotting historical data 113, 114
real-time 110
types of data screens 110
Daylight Savings Time Settings 83
device properties 58
display 59
tools 59
directories tab 34
DTR (Data Terminal Ready) 57
Modem Ctrl 57
Probe Ctrl 57
E
ethernet 13
G
A
grouping devices 54
Alarm Setpoint Learning Setup 98
Alarming Screen 98
H
HHF tab 36
B
Basic Setup
IEEE/IEC Conventions 77
Basic Setup Screen 77
broadcasting time 71
C
Chart Plotting 113
chart plotting
editing chart properties 114
cloning meters 72
closing data screens 111
communication requirements
ethernet 13
modems 13
RS-232 13
RS-485 13
configuring ION devices 65
confirmation tab 35
control operations 112
control functions 112
manual triggers 112
Conventions Tab 37
Custom module labels, resetting 68
D
data
chart 111
closing screens 111
editing chart properties 114
logged 110
opening multiple screens 111
I
ION devices
configuring 65
creating new modules 67
customizing output register labels 70
deleting links between modules 70
ION modules 66
ION registers 67
module links 67
overview of ION architecture 66
selecting output registers 69
viewing output registers 70
ION modules 66
ION registers 67
ION Setup
logging off 25
logging on 22
maximum users allowed 38
menu commands 28
netinfo directory 34
network viewer 26
program directory 34
Setup Assistant 73
system requirements 9
types of data screens 110
user accounts 34
L
logged data 110
Logging Off 25
M
modems 13, 15
communications 15
converters 15
using with RS-485 15
module links 67
multiple register write 107
N
network viewer
content viewer 27
icons 30
viewing options 31
O
Online Help
topic search 11
overview of ION architecture 66
P
Phasor Diagrams 114
Phasor Viewer 103
power factor sign convention 37
procedures
adding a new meter 53
adding a new site 49
assigning a device to a group 55
creating new ION modules 67
customizing register labels 70
deleting links between modules 70
editing site properties 55
logging off 25
logging on 22
opening multiple data screens 111
plotting historical data 113, 114
removing or editing network items 55
selecting output registers 69
viewing ION module output registers
70
R
real-time data 110
RS-232 13
connecting a single device using 14
RS-485 13
connecting multiple devices using 14
RTS (Ready to Send) 57
Wait CTS 57
S
security tab 35
selecting ION output registers 69
Setup Assistant 73
Starting ION Setup 22
Starting ION Setup, first time 23
Starting ION Setup, subsequent 23
Startup modes 22
Startup modes, switching between 24
synchronizing time across devices 71
T
time synchronizing across devices 71
TimeSync Button 83
trigger waveforms 113
V
view tab 34
W
writing to multiple registers 107
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