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SAMPLING STATION – OPERATOR MANUAL
9/7/2011
Sampling Station Manual
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Version 1.0
September 2011
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Sampling Station Operator Manual
9/7/2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1
INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................... 3
1.1 LICENSE AGREEMENT ................................................................................................................. 3
1.2 PUBLISHING RIGHTS ................................................................................................................... 3
1.3 PUBLISHING DETAILS .................................................................................................................. 3
1.4 DEFINITIONS ............................................................................................................................... 4
1.5 FEATURES ................................................................................................................................... 4
1.6 HARWARE REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................... 5
1.6.1
Minimum Computer Hardware Requirements .................................................................. 5
1.6.2
Recommended Computer Hardware Requirements for Windows 7 .................................. 5
1.6.3
Other Hardware Requirements ......................................................................................... 6
2
SAMPLING STATION SOFTWARE ........................................................................................ 7
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
3
SETTINGS .................................................................................................................................. 17
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
3.10
4
LAUNCHING SAMPLING STATION ................................................................................................ 7
LOGGING IN ................................................................................................................................ 8
ACCESSING THE SETTINGS .......................................................................................................... 9
SIMPLE WEIGHT WIZARD.......................................................................................................... 10
CONFIGURATION OPTIONS ........................................................................................................ 17
DATABASE OPTIONS ................................................................................................................. 19
SCALE SETTINGS ....................................................................................................................... 21
SCALE STRING SETTINGS .......................................................................................................... 24
FILE OUTPUT SETTINGS ............................................................................................................ 28
EMAIL SETTINGS ....................................................................................................................... 29
WEIGHT HANDLING .................................................................................................................. 34
PRODUCTION SAMPLING ........................................................................................................... 35
STANDARD MASS VERIFICATION .............................................................................................. 39
COMPLIANCE SCREENING..................................................................................................... 42
ESTABLISHING SCALE COMMUNICATIONS .................................................................. 48
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Introduction
This document is the functional specification for the remote AxiBatch HMI for a front
end loader.
1.1 License Agreement
The MultiWeigher 7 Sampling and Screening Station software is licensed to the end
user to be installed on one computer per individual license. This software requires
registration whereby the installed computer ID is required.
1.2 Publishing Rights
Axion Control Systems Pty Ltd reserves the right to make periodic changes, revisions,
specification enhancements and alterations of any kind to the product and this manual
without obligation to notify any person(s), institution or organisation of such changes,
revisions, enhancements and alterations.
1.3 Publishing Details
Axion Control Systems authors have taken due care in the preparation of this
document and every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy and completeness.
In no event will Axion Control Systems be liable for damages of any kind, incidental
or consequential, in regards to or arising out of the performance or form of the
material presented in this document.
Axion Control Systems encourages feedback about this document. Please send any
written comments to the Technical Support Department.
© Trademarks
Windows 7, 2000, NT, XP and Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft ® are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corp. Axion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Axion Control
Systems, all other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.
© 2010 Axion Control Systems Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved
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No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, transmitted, transcribed,
plagiarised, or translated into any language in any form by any means without the
written permission of Axion Control Systems Pty. Ltd.
1.4 Definitions
SAMPLING STATION
Station that consists of a Computer running Sampling
Station Software that communicates to a Scale.
SCALE
Weighing device
SAMPLE SET
A weighment of X samples in a group.
1.5 Features
MultiWeigher 7 is designed to run on a Microsoft Windows operating
system. The MultiWeigher 7 software package was written using Microsoft
C# and requires Net Framework 4 to run. This software should run on
most Microsoft operating systems that use NetFramework 4, which
includes XP Service Pack3, Windows 7. The software was designed to
meet the growing needs and requirements for weight and data capture in
industry today.
The MultiWeigher 7 Sampling and Screening software is capable of taking
samples and storing the results into a database or scv file. It is capable of
connecting to most scales that have a serial or ethernet port.
Operating Systems
The MultiWeigher 7 software can run on any Microsoft Operating
Systems like: Windows 7, Windows 2000, NT, XP Professional SP3,
XP Home Edition SP3 and Vista.
Visually Appealing
The software utilises soft Pascal colors in bold text for the identity of the
target, under, over and erroneous weights. OK weights in olive, Under
in orange, Over in red and Errors are inverse solid red blocks.
Various Products
The MultiWeigher 7 software can be used to collect weight data from
any scale that can print weight data via a serial or ethernet port.
Various Protocols
The data string input to the computer from the weight scale can be
modified to suit any piece of weighing equipment, from any scale
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manufacturer as long as the scale is fitted with a serial interface. The
serial interface can be any one of the following:
A)
B)
C)
D)
RS232 Serial Output and Serial I/O.
RS485 Serial Output and Serial I/O.
RS422 Serial Output and Serial I/O.
Ethernet TCP/IP, Modbus and Port Address.
Data Bases
The MultiWeigher software package stores its data in a comma delimited
text format which can be easily read by products like MS Excel. The data
recorded is: Weight, Time, Date, Product, Operator, Station and Errors.
These records can either be printed or viewed on the monitor screen.
Reports
Reports can be viewed, printed and sorted by Date, Month, Operator,
Product, Table, Station, Transaction, Transaction summary or Custom
Extra data fields.
1.6 Harware Requirements
1.6.1 Minimum Computer Hardware Requirements
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Intel Pentium® 2.2GHz or AMD equivalent Processor
17” TFT Colour Monitor
50 MB Free (minimum install) Hard Drive Space
256 MB Scratch "Temp" space
512 MB RAM
512 MB Virtual Memory Space
32+ MB Graphics Card
10/100 MB Ethernet
Multiple USB ports
CD/DVD ROM Drive
1.6.2 Recommended Computer Hardware Requirements for Windows 7
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Intel Core i7 chip (4 Core)
19” TFT Colour Monitor
250GB (100 MB Free Hard Drive Space)
4GB RAM
10/100/1000 Ethernet
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Multiple USB ports
CD/DVD ROM Drive
1.6.3 Other Hardware Requirements
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Weight Scale/s with Serial RS232/RS485/RS422 Option Fitted
Multi-port Serial to Ethernet Device Server (i.e. Sena, Moxa, Lantronix)
Serial to Ethernet data cables for each Weight Scale/s.
Personal Computer with a running Windows Operating System
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Sampling Station Software
2.1 Launching Sampling Station
Double Clicking the Multiweigher Sampling Station icon on the desktop will launch
the Multiweigher 7 Sampling and Screening software package. The screen below will
be displayed
MultiWeigher 7 Sampling Station Licenses
FULL > this allows Sampling Station to connect to the Multiweigher 3000
Server and Database Engine remotely. Data will be stored in the Database
Server which can be accessed by Multiweigher softwares.
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CSV > basic stand alone Sampling Station allows the user to store the data in
CSV files. Email feature is also enabled.
DEMO > this is the mode which the software will go into when first installed
and not registered. It will allow the features as CSV but limited. However the
weight logging function is enabled to sample weights continuously and store
them in a CSV file.
2.2 Logging In
MultiWeigher 7 Sampling Station software identifies three user levels and their
passwords for authentication and protection.
Level 1
Operator user name only gains access to performing
the samplinga nd screening functions and some very
basic settings.
Level 2
Administrator user name has access to the same
functions as the operator plus access to most of the
settings.
Level 3
Technician user name gains full access..
Level 1 - Operator
Level 2 - Administrator
Level 3 - Technician
Password Required
The MultiWeigher 7 Sampling software will automatically come with 3 user
names. They are Operator, Administrator and Technician.
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You can add additional Level 1 and 2 users using the Multiweigher Server
Software if you use the full license.
When the login button has been pressed the MultiWeigher 7 Sampling
software will identify which version has been installed and acknowledges the
user and their level of access.
2.3 Accessing the Settings
To setup MultiWeigher 7 Sampling Station you will need to login to gain
access to the "Settings" page. The following sections summarises each
setting with access level shown.
To gain access to the settings screen click on Settings->Settings.
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2.4 Simple Weight Wizard
This allows the function of basic sampling and allowing you to record
individual weights to a comma delimited file or commonly know as a csv file.
This function is available in Demo, CSV and Full modes.
Before using this function the following areas may need to be setup ...
1. Settings ->Scale and String Format (This is to enable communications to
the Scale if required)
2. Settings->Database (To setup either Database or CSV file for retrieving
product codes and logins)
Please refer to the Settings section for more details.
To Access this function
Press Actions->Start Weight Logging
The following screen appears
To exit this operation press the "Cancel" button.
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To continue press "Next"
the following screen appears
either type in your name or use the login function to retrieve you name.
when using the login function it will retrieve your user name from the
following ...
1. Internal memory (Administrator, Operator or Technician)
2. Database (from the Multiweigher Database if the full version is purchased)
Press "Next" to continue
Either manually enter your product code or press the Select button.
Pressing the Select button will either access the
1. Products in a CSV file that you have already created.
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2. Products in the Multiweigher Database.
In order to access products from a CSV file, it needs to be enabled in
settings and correctly mapped and you must have at least the CSV or FULL
versions of this software.
In order to access products from the Multiweigher Database, it needs to be
enabled in settings and you must have at the FULL version of this software.
Press "Next" to continue.
Here enter your line number. This is optional.
Press the "Next" button to continue.
Here enter your Batch Number. This is optional.
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Press the "Next" button to continue.
The following screens appears
Either type the full path and file name where these weights will be stored or
use the Browse button to assist. You must have the csv extension.
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Press the "Next" button
The following screen appears ...
From here you can either type in your weights manually and press the "Next"
button to add the next weight or you can get the Scale to automatically send
the weight.
Once all your weights have been captured, press the "Finish" button to
complete the process.
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The following shows a weight that was sent by the Scale.
It was added to Sample 1.
Sample 2 is now being requested.
the following shows when finished
Press "Exit" to exit this screen.
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The following is the excel file that was created ...
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Settings
3.1 Configuration Options
Configuration
Options
Description
Type
Level
License
Station Name
Version
1.0
Configuration
Options
Description
Type
Level
License
Scale Name
Version
1.0
Configuration
Options
Description
Type
Level
License
Scale Serial Number
Version
1.0
Configuration
Options
Description
Type
Level
License
Enable Weight Simulation
Version
1.0
Used to identify the Sampling Station
Text Box
3
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Used to identify the Scale Used
Text Box
3
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
The serial number on the Scale. Use to track the scale.
Text Box
3
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Enables weight simulation for demonstration purposes
Check Box
3
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
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Configuration
Options
Description
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Enable Alert Sound to Start Sampling / Screening
Type
Level
License
Enables a sound to be heard when Sampling or Screening
is required from a cycle request
Check Box
1
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Version
1.0
Configuration
Options
Description
Warning Sound File Location
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Configuration
Options
Description
The location of the sound alert file. Use the ellipsis button
to help locate the filename. Must be a WAV file
Full Path and Filename required with "wav" extension
1
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Alert Sound ... " CheckBox
1.0
Operator to be Logged in for Sampling / Screening to Start
Type
Level
License
Check this if you require a login at the start of every
Sample or Screening Test.
Check Box
2
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Version
1.0
Configuration
Options
Description
Auto Log Off Operator at End of Sampling / Screening
Type
Level
License
Check this if you want the system to automatically logout
at the end of the Sampling or Screening.
Check Box
2
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Version
1.0
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Configuration
Options
Description
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Log off Operator after X minutes of Idle Time
Type
Level
License
Check this if you want the system to automatically logout
at the end of X minutes of idle time
Check Box and Time Entry in minutes
2
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Version
1.0
3.2 Database Options
Database
Description
Type
Level
License
Interlocks
Version
Database
Description
Use Remote Database
Check this if you want to connect to the Multiweigher 3000
Database Server. Must have Multiweigher 3000 installed.
Check Box
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
Interlocked with "Use Local Database" and "Use File to
extract Product Information" checkboxes
1.0
Dependencies
Version
Server Path
Full pathname of the Server Database. Must include the
Computer Name or IP Address. Eg ComputerName:C:\Program
Files\AxionCS\Multiweigher
Text Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
Remote Database Checkbox
1.0
Database
Automatically Send Data to Multiweigher Server via
Type
Level
License
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Description
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Database
Description
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Database
Description
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Database
Description
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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TCP/IP
Check this if you want to connect to the Multiweigher 3000
Database Server. Must have Multiweigher 3000 installed.
This will send the Sampled data to the Data Table in the
Multiweigher DataCapture Database.
Check Box
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
None.
1.0
Multiweigher IP Address
This will contain the IP address of the computer where
Multiweigher 3000 Software is installed
Text Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
"Automatically Send Data to Multiweigher Server via
TCP/IP" must be checked
1.0
Multiweigher Port Number
This will contain the Port Number that is configured in the
Multiweigher 3000 software for this Sampling Station. The
driver used for this is called "Miniview", and it will have an
associated port number.
Text Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
"Automatically Send Data to Multiweigher Server via
TCP/IP" must be checked
1.0
Use a File to extract Product Information
Check this if you are not using the Multiweigher 3000
Database to extract the Product Data and you wish to
extract it from a CSV File.
Check Box
2
Available in all modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL) Limited
functionality in DEMO.
None.
1.0
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Database
Description
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
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CSV File Path
Enter the full path and filename where the product csv file
is stored. Use the ellipsis button to locate the file. Use the
"Mapping Wizard" button the map the csv columns
Text Entry (Full Path and File Name with extension .csv
required)
2
Available in modes (DEMO and FULL) Limited functionality
in DEMO.
"Use a File to extract Product Information" must be
checked
1.0
3.3 Scale Settings
Scale
Description
Type
Level
License
Interlocks
Version
Scale
Description
Type
Level
License
Interlocks
Version
No Communications
Check this if the Sampling Software is not connected to a
scale. This will enable you to type in the weights.
Check Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Interlocked with "Use Ethernet Port"
1.0
Use Serial Port
Check this if the Sampling Software will communicate to
the scale via a Serial Port. This also includes a
Ethernet/Serial server set to REAL COM mode.
Check Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Interlocked with "Use Ethernet Port"
1.0
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Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Com Port
COM Port used to communicate with the Scale. Currently
limited to COM20.
COM1
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Serial Port" must be selected
1.0
Parity
Parity used for the communications with the Scale. Valid
values are None, Odd, Even, Mark and Space
Even
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Serial Port" must be selected
1.0
Data Bits
Data Bits used for the communications with the Scale.
Valid values are 7 or 8.
8
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Serial Port" must be selected
1.0
Stop Bits
Stop Bits used for the communications with the Scale.
Valid values are 0, 1 or 2
1
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Serial Port" must be selected
1.0
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Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Scale
Description
Type
Level
License
Interlocks
Version
Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Baud Rate
Baud Rate used for the communications with the Scale.
Valid values are 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600 or 19200
9600
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Serial Port" must be selected
1.0
Use Ethernet Port
Check this if the Sampling Software will communicate to
the scale via the Computer's Ethernet Port.
Check Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Interlocked with "Use Serial Port"
1.0
Type
Method of communications.
Valid values are "TCP Client" or "TCP Server"
TCP Server
Selection Box
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Ethernet Port" must be selected
1.0
IPAddress
IP Address of the Scale. Not required if set to TCP Server.
Text Entry
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Ethernet Port" must be selected
1.0
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Scale
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Port
Port Number Scale uses for communications. Required.
Text Entry
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Use Ethernet Port" must be selected
1.0
3.4 Scale String Settings
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Terminator
Termination character used in scale protocol data format.
Required.
CRLF
Selection or Text Entry if not found in the selection
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required for communications to scale
1.0
Stable Character
Character(s) that indicates that the weight in the packet
sent is a stable weight and maybe used as weight data.
Optional. If set to "None" the stable character function will
be ignored.
Typical values are None, ST, Blank
None
Selection or Text Entry if not found in the selection
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Stable Character Position
This is the start position of the stable Character(s). The
first position of packet is always 0.
0
Text Entry. Must be an integer value.
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Stable Character" is NOT selected to "None"
1.0
Weight Length
This is how many characters does the weight value have
inside the packet of data. It must include the sign and the
decimal point. Blanks will be stripped.
9
Selection or Text Entry. Must be an integer value.
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required
1.0
Weight Start Position from Terminator
This is how many characters from the terminator is the
start of the weight part of the packet.
12
Selection or Text Entry. Must be an integer value.
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required
1.0
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ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Scale Name
This is a selection of stored settings for scales. Use this to
select a scale if your scale is in the list. It will set the fields
in "Scale String Format" page with suitable settings for that
scale. Otherwise you can type in the name of your scale if
doesn't exist and save it with your settings. You can also
use the Generic driver, this will cover 80% of the scales.
GENERIC
Selection or Text Entry.
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Optional
1.0
Floating Point
This sets the floating point position if it is not included in
the packet. If the floating point is included in the packet
then select "Inherent in String"
Inherent in String
Selection Only
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required
1.0
Decimal Places
This sets the Decimal Places for the weight value. If 'Use
String ' is selected the decimal places used will be
determined from the data string from the scale itself.
Use String
Selection Only
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required
1.0
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ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
ScaleString
Format
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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Units
This sets the units of the weight. if the units are included in
the packet then select "determined from the Data String"
grams
Selection Only
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Required
1.0
Unit Characters Found in the String
This identifies the exact characters that represent the
different units that can appear in the packet. Use the
wizard to formulate the string that will be used to identify
which units are found in the packet.
Text Entry (Wise to use the Wizard)
3
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Must use if " determined from the Data String" is selected
for Units
1.0
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3.5 File Output Settings
File
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
File
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
File
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Directory to Save CSV Data File
Full directory of where the CSV Data File created by
Sampling Station will be stored. The filename itself will be
created as YYYYMMDD_HHMM where YYYY = Year, MM
= Month, DD = Day, HH = Hour, MM = Minute. If no valid
directory is entered, then the CSV file will not be created.
Text Entry (Wise to use the ellipsis button to find the
correct directory)
2
Available in modes (CSV and FULL)
1.0
Add Batch Code to End of Filename
This is associated with the above filename. If this is
checked the Batch Number is added to the end of the
Date/Time filename and before the csv extension.
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (CSV and FULL)
Works with "Directory to Save CSV File" to add the Batch
Code to the Filename
1.0
Append Individual Weights to CSV File
When this is checked the Sampling Station will add
individual weighments to a CSV file denoted below this
checkbox.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (CSV and FULL)
1.0
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File
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
File
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
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File Path and Filename
Full file path and name where the individual weights will be
stored.
Textbox entry
2
Available in modes (CSV and FULL)
Append Individual Weights to CSV File must be checked
1.0
Prefix Filename with
This will prefix the above filename with Year, and or Month
and or Day.
Selection
2
Available in modes (CSV and FULL)
Append Individual Weights to CSV File must be checked
1.0
3.6 Email Settings
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Outgoing Mail Server (SMPT)
This is your ISP outgoing Mail Server. Contact your IT
administrator for this. This is your route to send emails at
the end of sampling that will include sampling data.
mail.isp,com
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Account Name
This is your email Account Name.
Sample Station
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
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Version
1.0
Email Setup
Description
Account User Name
This is your email Account User Name. Typically the
account email address. Contact your IT administrator if you
are not sure.
[email protected]
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Account Password
This is your email Account Password. Contact your IT
administrator if you don't know this.
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
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Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
From Address
This is your computer's email address. The receiver will
see this address in the From field in his/her email software.
[email protected]
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
From Name
This is your computer's email name. The receiver will see
this name in the From field in his/her email software.
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Master Email Address
Sampling Station will always send an email to this Master
Email Address. This email address is added to the "To:"
section of the email.
[email protected]
Text Box Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
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Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Email Setup
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
EmailData
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Email List
Sampling Station will always send an email to any email
addresses in this list. Use the "Add" button to add an email
address in the adjacent text box into the list. Use the
"Remove Selected Email Address" to remove the selected
email from that list. A maximum of 10 emails can be
added. These email addresses are added to the "Cc:"
section of the email.
Text Box List Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Send email automatically after sampling is finished
If this is checked, Sampling Station will send an email with
sampling data to the email addresses configured after
sampling is finished.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
1.0
Include in Email - Weight Data
If this is checked, Sampling Station will include all the
sampled data in the body of the email.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
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EmailData
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
EmailData
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
EmailData
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Include in Email - Compliance Screen Test Data
If this is checked, Sampling Station will include all the
Compliance Screen test information in the body of the
email.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Include in Email - Statistical Data
If this is checked, Sampling Station will include all the
statistical data in the body of the email.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
Include in Email - Weight Data as CSV File Attachment
If this is checked, Sampling Station will attach the CSV file
created to the email
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Send email automatically after sampling is finished" must
be checked
1.0
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3.7 Weight Handling
Weight
Handling
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Weight
Handling
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Weight
Handling
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
To accept weight value must be above X % of Target
Value
Used to filter out low weight values. If target is 100gm and
X = 10%, then the weight value must be greater than
10gm to be accepted.
0
Entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Enable Color Coding for Weight Values
This will enable the use of color coding to display the
weight value.
0
Entry
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Back and Fore Colors for Low, Low Low, High and High
High Setpoints
This sets the color code that will be used for the main
weight display on the front screen based on weight value
being compared to its limit setpoints
Click on Color
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Enable Color Coding for Weight Values must be checked
for these color codes to work
1.0
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3.8 Production Sampling
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Combine with Compliance Screening
When enabled this will perform a compliance test on every
sample lot that is completed.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
1.0
Sample Size
The number of samples to be taken in a Sample Set.
12
Drop Down Selection Box - Typed
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
If Compliance Screening is enabled then the sample size
will be taken from the Compliance Page depending on
whether AQS (20 Samples) or Non AQS (12 Samples) is
selected
1.0
Sample Cycle
This will automatically request a Sample every X minutes.
If 0 is used then there will be no cycle, and you must
manually request a sample
30 minutes
Text Box - Free Form
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Minimum Time Between Samples (Sec)
This is the minimum time that must elapse before another
sample can be taken.
1 Second
Text Box - Free Form
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Request for Tare Test
Checking this will prompt the operator for a Tare Validation
sequence.
Not Checked
Check Box
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Product Code and Associated Information
When this is checked you must have the Product Code
selected before Sampling can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Batch Number
When this is checked you must have the Batch Number
entered before Sampling can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Line Number
When this is checked you must have the Line Number
entered before Sampling can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Fill Number
When this is checked you must have the Fill Number
entered before Sampling can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Product Code and Name
When this is checked the it will clear the Product Code and
Product Name before Sampling starts. This can be used to
force the operator to select a product code before
commencement of Sampling.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Batch Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Batch Number before
Sampling starts. This can be used to force the operator to
enter a new Batch Number before commencement of
Sampling.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Sampling
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Line Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Line Number before
Sampling starts. This can be used to force the operator to
enter a new Line Number before commencement of
Sampling.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Fill Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Weighing Stage entry
before Sampling starts. This can be used to force the
operator to enter a new weighing stage before
commencement of Sampling.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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3.9 Standard Mass Verification
Standard Mass Enable Standard Mass Verification for Compliance
Verification
Screening
Description
When this is checked, this will enable the Mass Verification
process at the start of Compliance Screening.
Default Value
Disabled
Type
Checkbox
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
None
Version
1.0
Standard Mass Enable Standard Mass Verification for Production
Verification
Sampling
Description
When this is checked, this will enable the Mass Verification
process at the start of Production Sampling.
Default Value
Disabled
Type
Checkbox
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
None
Version
1.0
Standard Mass On Standard Mass Error Disable Sampling
Verification
Description
When this is checked, and the Standard Mass is out of
range, then sampling will not continue.
Default Value
Disabled
Type
Checkbox
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
Dependant on Standard Mass Tolerances if Sampling
Station is connected to Multiweigher Database and "Use
Database Standard Mass Tolerances" is checked or will
use the tolerance values as set in the Standard Mass
Verification screen.
Version
1.0
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Standard Mass Use Database Standard Mass Tolerances
Verification
Description
When this is checked, Sampling Station will attempt to use
the Mass tolerances that come from the Multiweigher
Database.
Default Value
Disabled
Type
Checkbox
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
Version
1.0
Standard Mass Apply Standard Mass Tolerances (+/-%)
Verification
Description
When this is checked, Sampling Station will use the Mass
Tolerance values that are set in the Standard Mass
Verification page, regardless
Default Value
Disabled
Type
Checkbox
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
Version
1.0
Standard Mass + % Tolerance
Verification
Description
Upper Tolerance Factor. Hence with the default value and
with a Mass 100 gram the upper tolerance will be 100.5.
Hence if the Mass is above 100.5 the verification will fail.
Default Value
1.005
Type
Text Box Entry
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
Version
1.0
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Standard Mass - % Tolerance
Verification
Description
Lower Tolerance Factor. Hence with the default value and
with a Mass of 100 gram the lower tolerance will be 99.5.
Hence if the Mass is below 99.5 the verification will fail.
Default Value
0.995
Type
Text Box Entry
Level
2
License
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
Dependencies
Version
1.0
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3.10 Compliance Screening
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Enable Compliance Screening
When checked this will enable Compliance Screening
tests to be performed.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
1.0
Screening Cycle
This value in minutes is how often a Compliance test will
be requested to run. A warning sound can be used as the
request signal. If set to 0 then the operator must manually
start his/her own Compliance Screening Test and the
request will not cycle.
0
Textbox Entry
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
If No Nominal Weight use Target Weight
When this is checked, the software will use the Target
Weight if the Nominal Weight is not found. If not checked
and no nominal weight is found then Compliance
Screening will not run.
False
Checkbox
1
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
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Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Select Compliance Screening Method
Select either the AQS method ot the non AQS method (I.e.
UTML).
Non AQS
Radio Buttons
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
Screening Sample Size
Sample Size for Compliance Screening Test. If AQS is
selected it will default to 20. If NON-AQS is selected it will
default to 12. If Compliance Screening is included in the
Sampling then the Sample Size will follow the Compliance
Screening Sample Size.
12
Text Box Entry (Read Only) - Cannot be altered
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
Store Screening Results into CSV File
When this is checked, this will store the Compliance
Screening Test results into a CSV file.
False
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
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Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Compliance
Screening
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
File directory Location
This is the full file pathname of where the Compliance
Screening test results will be stored. The extension should
be ".csv".
Textbox entry
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
Create new file
This will add to the front of the filename the
"year_month_day" if "Daily" is selected, or "Year_Month" if
monthly is selected, or "Year" if yearly is selected, or
nothing if "Never" is selected. Hence this will created one
file per year or month or day depending on what is
selected.
Never
Selection
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
Request for Tare Test
When checked it will prompt the operator to take a Tare
Validation test before the Compliance Screening test will
take place.
Not Checked
Check Box
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
"Enable Compliance Screening" must be checked
1.0
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Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Product Code and Associated Information
When this is checked you must have the Product Code
selected before Compliance Screening can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Batch Number
When this is checked you must have the Batch Number
entered before Compliance Screening can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Line Number
When this is checked you must have the Line Number
entered before Compliance Screening can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that Must be Selected or Entered before Sampling Fill Number
When this is checked you must have the Fill Number
entered before Compliance Screening can take place.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Product Code and Name
When this is checked the it will clear the Product Code and
Product Name before Compliance Screening starts. This
can be used to force the operator to select a product code
before commencement of Compliance Screening.
Enabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Batch Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Batch Number before
Compliance Screening starts. This can be used to force
the operator to enter a new Batch Number before
commencement of Compliance Screening.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Line Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Line Number before
Compliance Screening starts. This can be used to force
the operator to enter a new Line Number before
commencement of Compliance Screening.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Screening
Options
Description
Default Value
Type
Level
License
Dependencies
Version
9/7/2011
Items that will be Automatically Cleared at the Start of the
next Sampling - Fill Number
When this is checked, it will clear the Weighing Stage entry
before Compliance Screening starts. This can be used to
force the operator to enter a new weighing stage before
commencement of Compliance Screening.
Disabled
Checkbox
2
Available in modes (DEMO, CSV and FULL)
None
1.0
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Establishing Scale Communications
Setting up the main parameters.
Firstly you need to login as a Technician.
Press the Scale Icon.
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You will now go directly into the Scale Setup screen.
Check the "Use Serial Port"
and setup the Com Port of your computer that will be used to communicate
to the Scale.
Then setup the Parity, Data Bits, Stop Bits and Baud Rate to match that of
the Scale.
Use the "Open Port" button to open the com port. This does not necessarily
mean you will have communications to the scale.
If the Com Port does not open you may need to try another one.
To setup the communications protocol either press the "Configure and Test
String Format >> " button or just click on "String Format" on the explorer on
the left hand side of the screen.
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The following screen appears ...
Some scale settings are pre-stored. To see if your model is there select from
the drop down box on the top right called "Scale Name".
If it is there select that model and most of the settings will be populated
according to that model scale.
If it is not there then the following provides an insight into what the fields
mean and how they are used to extract the weight value from the Scale.
Before we go on, it is important to keep the string that the scale sends out as
basic as possible. Typically the string should include the weight and a
stability character with of course a terminator character. Scales are capable
of sending additional data like its model number, tare weight and other. It is
best to inhibit this.
Get the scale to send the weight data. The data should appear in the bottom
window with some recommendations for settings. Set the fields from the
recommendations if possible. Please read the meaning of these field settings
below.
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Terminator - Select from a list. If the terminator that your scale is using is not
in the list please notify Axion Control Systems for a possible update. The
most common terminator is the carriage return character (CR). Every string
of data sent by the scale must have a terminator character. This is used by
our software as starting reference point.
Stable Character - Select from a list or type your own character(s). This is
used with the next field called the "Stable Character Position". Select "None"
if there is no stability character. If there is a stability character, the software
will search the string to see if it can match the stability starting from the
position stated. If it cannot find it in the string at the position stated the weight
will not be accepted.
Weight Length - This is the length of the characters that form the weight. It
should include decimal points. It will not include the units.
Weight Start Position From Terminator - This is the start position where the
weight value starts from the Terminator position. If the position of the
Terminator is 15, and the weight value starts at position 3, then this value will
be 12. The reason why we use the terminator position as the reference is
that there might be some invalid characters at the start of the receive buffer.
Floating Point - Select "Inherent in String" if the string will contain the weight
value that will already include the decimal point. Select "Use Decimal Place"
if the string will not show the decimal point but has a fixed decimal place.
This must be used in conjunction with the "Decimal Places" field.
Decimal Places - If the "Floating Point" field = "Inherent in String" then you
can fix how many decimal places you want to show by selecting the number
or select "Use String" so that the decimal places are determined by the
string. If the "Floating Point" field = "Use Decimal Place" then you need to
select the number of decimal places you want.
Units - Select "determined form Data String" if the units appear in the string,
otherwise if they are not select the units that will be used from the Scale.
Unit Characters Found in String - This is used if in the Units field "determined
from the Data String" is selected. Here you need to exactly specify the
characters that will appear in the string that will identify the units. There are
five possible units that must be specified and they are separated by the
comma. They are in order, milligrams, grams, kilograms, ounzes and
pounds.
Example ... mg,g,kg,,
(if "mg" is found then that will be referred to as
milligrams. Notice that we will ignore ounzes and pounds as they are not
specified).
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You can use the wizard to help you create this string.
Once all the settings have been made, use the "Test Data" button to test the
data against the field settings.
Notice that string that the Scale sent was "ST,+00000013 g"
The software reported that a Terminator Carriage Return and Line Feed was
detected.
The + sign appears to be the start of the weight value and its position is 3.
Hence the "Weight Start Position from terminator" will be 15 -3 = 12 as
recommended in the last line.
The weight length, appears to be about 9 characters, and "g" is used for the
grams unit.
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Pressing the "Test Data" will show the following ...
see the bottom 2 lines.
"Units are in gm"
"Weight Accepted! 13.00 gm"
Hence we have successfully formulated the string.
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