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NUFLOTM
MC-III™ EXP
Flow Analyzer
User Manual
Manual No. 9A-50165003, Rev. 05
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Manual No. 9A-50165003, Rev. 05
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MC-III™ EXP Flow Analyzer
Table of Contents
Contents
Important Safety Information................................................................................................................................ii
Section 1—Introduction.................................................................................................................................... 7
Operation............................................................................................................................................................. 7
Product Identification........................................................................................................................................... 8
Key Product Features . ......................................................................................................................................11
LCD Display.................................................................................................................................................11
Keypad........................................................................................................................................................ 12
Interface Software....................................................................................................................................... 12
Power Supply—CSA-Approved Units......................................................................................................... 13
Power Supply—ATEX-Approved Units....................................................................................................... 13
Multipoint Linearization............................................................................................................................... 14
Gas Volume Correction............................................................................................................................... 14
Input Options............................................................................................................................................... 14
Output Options............................................................................................................................................ 14
Flow Log Archival . ..................................................................................................................................... 14
Event Log Archival ..................................................................................................................................... 14
Password-Protected Security...................................................................................................................... 14
Optional Features.............................................................................................................................................. 15
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch........................................................................................................ 15
RS-485 Communications Adapter............................................................................................................... 15
USB Communications Adapter (CSA-Approved Units Only)...................................................................... 15
RS-485 IS Barrier (CSA-Approved Units Only)........................................................................................... 16
Commonly Used Functions............................................................................................................................... 16
Reading Totals............................................................................................................................................ 16
Saving Totals to Memory............................................................................................................................. 16
Resetting the Total...................................................................................................................................... 16
Viewing Daily and Hourly Logs................................................................................................................... 17
Saving and Uploading Configuration Files.................................................................................................. 17
Exporting Log Data..................................................................................................................................... 17
Saving Log Data in a Report....................................................................................................................... 17
Section 2—Installation.................................................................................................................................... 19
Hazardous Area Installations (ATEX)................................................................................................................ 19
Conditions for Safe Use (ATEX)................................................................................................................. 20
Mounting Options (ATEX)........................................................................................................................... 20
Hazardous Area Installations (CSA).................................................................................................................. 22
Conditions for Safe Use (CSA)................................................................................................................... 22
Mounting Options (CSA)............................................................................................................................. 23
Installing the MC-III EXP................................................................................................................................... 25
Field Wiring....................................................................................................................................................... 26
Internal Power Supply................................................................................................................................. 27
External Power Supply................................................................................................................................ 27
Turbine Flowmeter (TFM) Input.................................................................................................................. 28
Pulse Input.................................................................................................................................................. 28
Remote Reset Input.................................................................................................................................... 29
Pulse Output .............................................................................................................................................. 30
Analog (4-20 mA) Rate Output .................................................................................................................. 31
Flowmeter Frequency Output..................................................................................................................... 32
RS-485 Output............................................................................................................................................ 33
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Section 3—Configuration and Operation via Keypad.................................................................................. 35
Entering a Calibration Factor . .......................................................................................................................... 36
Entering a Calculated Divisor............................................................................................................................ 37
Setting Input Type and Sensitivity..................................................................................................................... 38
Configuring the Total Display............................................................................................................................. 39
Configuring the Rate Display............................................................................................................................. 40
Configuring the 4-20 mA Rate Output............................................................................................................... 41
Configuring the Pulse Output............................................................................................................................ 43
Entering the Slave Address............................................................................................................................... 44
Entering the Baud Rate..................................................................................................................................... 44
Section 4—Configuration and Operation via Software................................................................................ 45
Installing the Software....................................................................................................................................... 45
User Documentation................................................................................................................................... 45
Connecting the MC-III to a Computer................................................................................................................ 46
Running the Software........................................................................................................................................ 46
Automating Functions on Software Startup................................................................................................ 47
Changing Autorun Settings......................................................................................................................... 48
Express Connect Option............................................................................................................................. 48
Changing the Communications Port........................................................................................................... 49
Software Connection in Multi-Device Network............................................................................................ 49
Setting Log Download Preferences................................................................................................................... 51
Configuring the MC-III EXP............................................................................................................................... 52
Configuration Wizard.................................................................................................................................. 54
MC-III Main Screen..................................................................................................................................... 56
Buttons and Tools....................................................................................................................................... 57
System Setup.................................................................................................................................................... 60
Time/Date Synchronization ........................................................................................................................ 60
Contract Hour.............................................................................................................................................. 60
LCD Contrast Adjustment........................................................................................................................... 60
Security Setup............................................................................................................................................. 61
Firmware Version Number.......................................................................................................................... 61
Serial Number............................................................................................................................................. 61
Communications Port........................................................................................................................................ 61
Slave Address............................................................................................................................................. 61
Baud Rate .................................................................................................................................................. 62
Bus Delay.................................................................................................................................................... 63
Bus Timeout................................................................................................................................................ 63
Software Communication Options.............................................................................................................. 63
Wellsite Information........................................................................................................................................... 63
Turbine Input..................................................................................................................................................... 64
Volume Display........................................................................................................................................... 64
Rate Display................................................................................................................................................ 65
Input Type and Sensitivity Configuration..................................................................................................... 65
Cut-Off Thresholds...................................................................................................................................... 65
Calculation Period....................................................................................................................................... 65
K-Factor Entry................................................................................................................................................... 66
K-Factor Units............................................................................................................................................. 66
K-Factor Type............................................................................................................................................. 66
K-Factor Backup......................................................................................................................................... 67
Gas Volume Correction (Supercompressibility Calculation)....................................................................... 68
4-20 mA Output................................................................................................................................................. 70
Enabling 4-20 mA Output . ......................................................................................................................... 71
4-20 mA Output Testing.............................................................................................................................. 71
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Pulse Output...................................................................................................................................................... 73
Configuring Pulse Output............................................................................................................................ 73
Pulse Output Testing................................................................................................................................... 74
Saving and Uploading Configuration Files........................................................................................................ 75
Saving a Configuration File......................................................................................................................... 75
Uploading a Configuration File.................................................................................................................... 76
Advanced Access ............................................................................................................................................. 78
Section 5—Flow Logs and Event Logs......................................................................................................... 79
Auto-Save Log Formats.................................................................................................................................... 79
Log Directory and Filenames............................................................................................................................ 80
Flow Archive...................................................................................................................................................... 80
Downloading Flow Logs.............................................................................................................................. 81
Viewing Trend Charts.................................................................................................................................. 82
Printing/Saving a Report............................................................................................................................. 83
Viewing a Saved Report............................................................................................................................. 85
Exporting Flow Logs .................................................................................................................................. 86
Event Archive.................................................................................................................................................... 87
Downloading Event Logs............................................................................................................................ 88
Printing/Saving a Report............................................................................................................................. 89
Exporting Event Logs . ............................................................................................................................... 89
Section 6 - MC-III EXP Maintenance............................................................................................................... 91
Lithium Battery Replacement............................................................................................................................ 91
Alkaline Battery Replacement........................................................................................................................... 93
Circuit Assembly Replacement.......................................................................................................................... 95
Keypad Replacement........................................................................................................................................ 97
Firmware Update............................................................................................................................................... 98
MC-III Parts List (CSA)...................................................................................................................................... 99
MC-III Parts List (ATEX).................................................................................................................................. 100
Appendix A—MC-III EXP Hardware Options................................................................................................A-1
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch.............................................................................................................A-1
Installation..................................................................................................................................................A-1
Operation...................................................................................................................................................A-2
Explosion-Proof Communications Adapter.......................................................................................................A-3
Assembly of the Plug Connector................................................................................................................A-3
Connecting to the Communications Adapter..............................................................................................A-4
Disconnecting the Communications Adapter ............................................................................................A-5
Installation of Adapter (when purchased separately from an MC-III EXP).................................................A-5
USB Communications Adapter.........................................................................................................................A-6
User-Supplied Hardware............................................................................................................................A-7
Using the Adapter......................................................................................................................................A-7
Covering the Adapter.................................................................................................................................A-7
Adapter Kit Installation...............................................................................................................................A-7
Appendix B—Software Program Options....................................................................................................B-1
General Options...............................................................................................................................................B-1
Autorun Options...............................................................................................................................................B-2
Communications Options.................................................................................................................................B-3
Express Connect Option............................................................................................................................B-4
Auto-Negotiate Option...............................................................................................................................B-4
Enable Auto-Negotiated Baud Rate Option...............................................................................................B-4
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Toggle RTS Line Option.............................................................................................................................B-4
Enable Modbus Address Support for Firmware Versions 1.06 through 1.08.............................................B-4
Timing Parameters.....................................................................................................................................B-4
Downloading Options.......................................................................................................................................B-5
Advanced Options............................................................................................................................................B-6
Clear EEPROM..........................................................................................................................................B-6
Automatic Data Logging.............................................................................................................................B-6
Appendix C—Lithium Battery Information...................................................................................................C-1
Lithium Battery Disposal . ................................................................................................................................C-1
Transportation Information...............................................................................................................................C-1
Material Safety Data Sheet..............................................................................................................................C-1
Appendix D—Communications Protocol.....................................................................................................D-1
Introduction.......................................................................................................................................................D-1
Supported Commands.....................................................................................................................................D-1
Data Types.......................................................................................................................................................D-1
Registers .........................................................................................................................................................D-2
System Configuration.................................................................................................................................D-3
Product Code (register 1000).....................................................................................................................D-4
Firmware/Register Table Version Numbers (registers 1001, 1002)...........................................................D-4
Manufacture Date/Sales Date (registers 1003, 1004)................................................................................D-4
Slave Address (register 1009)....................................................................................................................D-4
Baud Rate (register 1010)..........................................................................................................................D-4
Real Time...................................................................................................................................................D-5
Input Configuration.....................................................................................................................................D-5
Output Configuration..................................................................................................................................D-8
Holding Registers (16-bit Mode)................................................................................................................D-9
Holding Registers (16-bit Mode)—Least Significant Word First...............................................................D-11
Base Units/Configured Units....................................................................................................................D-11
Conversion Factors..................................................................................................................................D-11
Polling Registers......................................................................................................................................D-12
Pointer/Daily/Event Pointer (registers 17001 through 17006)..................................................................D-12
Real Date (registers 17007, 17008).........................................................................................................D-12
Real Time (registers 17009, 17010).........................................................................................................D-12
Totals . .....................................................................................................................................................D-12
Pulse Output Pulses (register 17077)......................................................................................................D-12
Analog Output Current (register 17079)...................................................................................................D-12
Calculated K-Factor (register 17081).......................................................................................................D-12
Control Register.......................................................................................................................................D-15
Wellsite Parameters.................................................................................................................................D-15
Log Data.........................................................................................................................................................D-15
Enron Registers.......................................................................................................................................D-16
Enron Hourly/Daily Record Format..........................................................................................................D-16
Enron Event Record Format....................................................................................................................D-17
Reset Status............................................................................................................................................D-17
Log Capacity............................................................................................................................................D-17
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Section 1—Introduction
The NuFlo™ MC-III™ EXP Flow Analyzer (Figure 1.1) packs a full spectrum of gas and liquid measurement
functionality, high-speed performance, and log archive and retrieval capabilities in an easy-to-use, explosionproof totalizer. Commonly used operations can be accessed from the six-button keypad on the front of the
instrument or from the dynamic interface software, allowing you to calibrate and configure the unit quickly
and easily.
When the MC-III EXP is installed in accordance with the provisions in this manual (Section 2, page 19), it is
approved by CSA for use in hazardous areas in Canada and the United States, and meets the ATEX/IECEx
standards for use in hazardous areas worldwide.
Operation
The MC-III EXP calculates and displays instantaneous flow rates and accumulated totals based on a turbine
flowmeter input signal. The MC-III’s microprocessor circuitry counts the pulses generated by a companion
flowmeter, converts that data into volume and rate values in accordance with calibration settings, and displays
the totalized data on a two-line liquid crystal display (LCD). The eight-digit top readout indicates total flow
volume; the six-digit bottom readout indicates flow rate.
Figure 1.1—MC-III EXP flow analyzer (shown with CSA-approved pipe reducer/union, left, and the ATEX/
IECEx-approved tube adapter, right)
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With the press of a single key, totals are saved to nonvolatile memory, minimizing the risk of data loss even if
a power outage occurs.
Up to 384 daily logs, 768 hourly logs, and 345 event logs can be archived and accessed quickly on demand.
Offering a variety of user-configurable display options, input and output options, RS-485 Modbus®
compatibility, flow logging, and turbine flowmeter linearization, the MC-III EXP is one of the most versatile
totalizers on the market. For specifications, see Table 1.1, page 9.
An optional explosion-proof reset switch further expands the unit’s versatility, making it possible to reset the
total and view daily flow logs without opening the enclosure.
Product Identification
Each device is labeled with a serial tag that identifies the product by part number and serial number and
identifies the device’s input power requirements and safety classification. The CSA-approved device is
marked as shown in Figure 1.2. The ATEX-approved device is marked as shown in Figure 1.3. A description
of the electrical protection afforded by SIRA certification and associated safety markings are also shown in
Figure 1.3.
PART
SERIAL
167018
Figure 1.2—Serial tag for CSA-approved device
CE marking and number of notified
body responsible for production
NUFLOTM MC-III EXP FLOW ANALYZER
PART
II 2 GD
SERIAL
INPUT POWER: 6 to 30V
@ 6 mA
AAAA
FOR INSTALLATION & OPERATION INFO,
Ex d IIC T6 Gb (-40°C to 70°C) or
SEE MANUAL PART NO. 9A-50165003.
WARNING: DO NOT OPEN WHEN
AN EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERE
MAY BE PRESENT.
Ex tD A21 IP66 T85°C (-40°C to 70°C)
Sira 10ATEX1264X
IECEx SIR10.0127X
LOCATION OF MANUFACTURER
Explosion-proof marking
Equipment Group II, Category 2 (hazardous conditions
are likely to occur in normal operation occasionally (>10<1000 hours/year)
Explosive Atmosphere: Gas, Dust
Flameproof for explosive gas environments other than
mines; temperature class
Temperature tested for dust and suitable for use in
Zone 21 area; ingress protection: dust-tight and protected against
the effects of low-pressure jets of water from all directions;
maximum surface temperature: 85°C
Certification numbers
Figure 1.3—Serial tag for ATEX-approved device
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Table 1.1—MC-III EXP Specifications
Electrical Safety
Classification
Approved by CSA for US and Canada
Class I, Div. 1, Groups B, C, D (explosion-proof)
Type 4 enclosure
T6 temperature class
Approved by SIRA to
ATEX 10ATEX 1264X
IECEx SIR10.0127X
II 2 GD
E
Ex d IIC T6 Gb (-40°C to 70°C) or Ex tD A21 IP66 T85°C (-40°C to 70°C)
System Power
Internal power supply
• 3.6 VDC, D-size lithium battery (2-year typical life)
• Alkaline battery pack containing 3 C-size industrial-grade batteries (CSA
only)
External power supply (6 to 30 VDC) with internal battery backup (reverse
polarity protected)
Loop-powered (4-20 mA) with internal battery backup
(reverse polarity protected)
Loop power: 8 to 30 VDC
Load resistance: 1100 ohms @ 30 VDC; 200 ohms @ 12 VDC
Operating Temperature
Lithium-Powered: -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Alkaline-Powered (CSA only): -18°C to 55°C (0°F to 130°F)
LCD contrast is reduced below -20°C (-4°F)
LCD Display
8-digit Total (volume) display (7-segment characters)
6-digit Rate display (11-segment characters for easy-to-read prompts)
0.3” character height
Adjustable contrast and update period
User-selectable units of measurement (Total):
• Preprogrammed units: BBL, GAL, LIT, M3, CF, SCF, any unit x 1000
• User-defined units
User-selectable units of measurement (Rate):
• Preprogrammed units: BBL, GAL, LIT, M3, CF, SCF (per DAY, HR,
MIN, SEC), any unit x 1000 (per DAY, HR, MIN, SEC)
• User-defined units
Keypad
6-key membrane switch
Communications/
Archive Retrieval
RS-485 Modbus® communications with transfer speeds up to 115.2K (allows
full download in less than 1 minute)
Logging
384 daily logs
768 hourly logs
345 event logs
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Table 1.1—MC-III EXP Specifications
Inputs
Turbine Meter Input
Configurable sensitivity adjustment via front panel
Sensitivity adjustment range: 20 mV P-P to 40 mV P-P
Frequency range: 0 to 3500 Hz
Remote Reset Input
Optically isolated
3.0 to 30 VDC
Pulse duration > 3 seconds to reset
Explosion-Proof Reset Switch (option)
Press and hold > 3 seconds, then release to reset total
Press and hold < 1 second, then release to view daily log data
Pulse Input
Optically isolated
3.0 to 30 VDC
Frequency range: 0 to 3500 Hz
Outputs
Analog Output
4-20 mA, loop-powered (two-wire)
16-bit resolution
Accuracy: 0.1% of full scale @ 25°C, 50 PPM/°C temperature drift
Loop power: 8.0 to 30 VDC
Zero and full-scale engineering values configurable from front panel
RS-485 Communications
Baud rates: 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600 and up
to 115.2K
Volumetric Pulse Output
Solid-state relay
Output rating: 60 mA max. @ 30 VDC, on-state drop = 1.4 VDC @ 50 mA,
0.25 VDC @ 10 mA
Configurable pulse width (duration): 10 to 60,000 ms
Amp & Square (Flowmeter Frequency) Output
Open-drain transistor output of turbine meter input signal
Output rating: 50 mA @ 30 VDC, on-state drop = 0.3 VDC @ 50 mA,
0.1 VDC @ 10 mA
(Analog output and amp & square outputs cannot be used simultaneously.)
Modbus®
RTU mode Modbus® supports 16-bit and 32-bit holding registers. For more
information, see Appendix D, page D-1.
Enron Modbus®
Flow log parameters (time stamp, period total, period run time, and supply
voltage) and download method are Enron-compatible.
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Table 1.1—MC-III EXP Specifications
System Requirements
Operating System - Windows XP, Windows Vista®, or Windows 7
Computer/Processor - 1 GHz or faster Pentium-compatible CPU
Memory - 128 MB of RAM
Hard Disk Space - 21 MB for program files, 30 MB for Adobe Reader,
adequate space for data files
Drive - CD-ROM for install
Display - 800 x 600 (SVGA), 16-bit (thousands of colors) color display or
greater
Browser - Internet Explorer 6 or later
Internet Connection - for web links, tech support
Communications Port - physical or virtual RS-232 compatible serial port
Key Product Features
This section presents an overview of key features of the MC-III EXP. Many of these features are discussed in
more detail in Section 3, page 35, and Section 4, page 45 (configuration procedures) and Section 5, page 79 (flow
log archival).
Key features discussed here include:
•
LCD display
•
keypad
•
interface software
•
power supply
•
calibration options
•
input options
•
output options
•
flow log archival
•
password-protected security
LCD Display
The liquid crystal display (Figure 1.4, page 12) provides a simultaneous indication of accumulated total (top
readout) and flow rate (bottom readout). The eight-digit total display uses 7-segment characters to form
numbers and letters, which results in a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters. The six-digit flow rate
display uses 11-segment characters to form numbers and letters for improved readability. When the keypad
is used to calibrate the MC-III EXP, the name of the menu option selected appears in the lower (rate) display,
and settings are entered in the top (total) display.
Flow volume can be measured in barrels, gallons, liters, cubic meters, cubic feet, standard cubic feet or other
user-defined units. A multiplication factor is also available for indicating flow volume in terms of 1,000 units.
The unit of measure for the Total readout and the decimal point position are selected by the operator during
calibration. If a user-defined unit is used, none of the preprogrammed volume units will be visible on the
display during operation.
Flow rate can be measured in a wide variety of preprogrammed units, or other user-defined units. The flow
rate unit of measure is selected in two steps: (1) a volume unit is chosen and (2) a time-base unit (per day, per
hour, per minute, or per second) is chosen. Users can choose any combination of preprogrammed volume and
time units in establishing the flow rate engineering unit (for example, gallons per hour, gallons per day, or
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gallons per minute). Also, the volume unit used for the flow rate can be different from the volume unit used to
read Total volume. The unit of measure for the Rate readout and the decimal point position are selected by the
operator during calibration.
The daily index (Day) display is a two-digit number for selecting a daily archive log for viewing. The
number shown here represents the number of days that have passed since the log was saved. For example, an
entry of 01 would yield yesterday’s log. An entry of 05 would yield the log generated 5 days prior. Up to 99
consecutive daily logs can be viewed using the keypad. In addition, up to 384 daily logs, 768 hourly logs, and
345 event logs can be viewed through the interface software.
The LCD contrast can be adjusted with the interface software (see Section 4, page 45).
00000000
Day
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
3
00
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
000000
M3
BBL
GAL
LIT
Total
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
Rate
Figure 1.4—LCD display showing location of the Total, Rate, and daily index (Day) displays. Only the units of
measurement selected for displaying total and rate will be visible during normal operation.
Keypad
The six-button keypad allows users to perform a basic configuration of the instrument. Figure 1.5, page
13, summarizes the functions that can be accessed with each button. Most parameters can be configured in
seconds by selecting one of the three menu keys (K-Factor, Output, or Display), navigating settings with the
arrow buttons, and saving the selections with the Enter key.
Section 3, page 35, contains procedures for configuring the MC-III EXP using the keypad. Icons of the six
buttons provide a pictorial reference to help guide users through each step of configuration.
Important: Some configuration parameters are accessible only through the interface software. See
Section 4, page 45, for instructions on configuring the instrument using the software.
Interface Software
Developed within the familiar Windows environment, the MC-III interface software is an intuitive and
easy-to-use application that provides access to all controls for setting up and operating the instrument. The
interface tailors the controls to the user’s needs, providing three options for configuring the instrument:
•
a “Configuration Wizard,” which steps through the most common configuration tasks
•
individual configuration menus for accessing specific settings
•
an advanced menu that gives host programmers access to Modbus® registers
For instructions on installing the interface software and entering configuration parameters via the interface
software, see Section 4, page 45.
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Enable/disable/set up 4-20 mA output
Enable/disable/set up pulse output
Enter slave address
Enter baud rate
Set engineering units for Total readout
Set engineering units for Rate readout
Set decimal placement for both readouts
Calibrate instrument
Set flowmeter input sensitivity
Select pulse input
K-FACTOR
MENU
OUTPUT
MENU
DISPLAY
MENU
Total
Day
Rate
ENTER
LOG
TEST
SAVE
RESET TOTAL
During calibration, navigates
between submenus and scrolls
through menu selections
During operation, accesses
daily volume archive
During calibration, saves
calibration settings
During calibration, incrementally
changes digits and decimal point
position, on/off settings
During operation, tests temperature
and system voltage
During operation, saves
Total to nonvolatile memory
Note: To zero the Total
readout, press the LOG (left
arrow) and SAVE (ENTER)
keys simultaneously.
Figure 1.5—MC-III EXP keypad functions
Power Supply—CSA-Approved Units
The CSA-approved MC-III EXP is shipped with either a lithium battery or an alkaline battery pack. Alternately, the MC-III EXP may be powered by an external power source; in this case, the lithium battery or alkaline battery pack provides a backup power supply, significantly extending battery service life. A low-power
microprocessor
enables the MC-III EXP to operate approximately 2 years on a single lithium battery.
K-FACTOR
MENU
Wiring diagrams for connecting an external power supply are provided in Section 2, page 19.
Power
OUTPUT
LOG
MENU
Supply—ATEX-Approved
ENTER
TEST
Units
SAVE
The ATEX-approved MC-III EXP is shipped with a lithium battery. Alternately, the MC-III EXP may be
DISPLAY
powered by an
external power source; in this case, the lithium battery provides a backup power supply,
MENU
significantly extending
battery service life. A low-power microprocessor enables the MC-III EXP to operate
approximately 2 years on a single lithium battery.
Wiring diagrams for connecting an external power supply are provided in Section 2, page 19.
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Multipoint Linearization
The MC-III interface software supports up to 12 calibration points in addition to single-point calibration based
on the K-factor provided with the turbine flowmeter. See K-Factor Type, page 66, for more information.
Gas Volume Correction
Gas turbine meters are calibrated in actual cubic feet (ACF), and measure gas in actual cubic feet. In some
applications, a user may benefit from referencing gas measurements back to standard conditions by measuring
in terms of standard cubic feet (SCF). The MC-III EXP makes this process quick and easy, by using fixed
average values for the flowing gas temperature and flowing gas pressure. See Gas Volume Correction, page 68,
for more information.
Input Options
The flowmeter signal can be obtained from a magnetic pickup or a pre-amplifier device. The sensitivity of the
flowmeter input may be adjusted with the instrument keypad or the interface software. See Section 2, page 19,
for wiring diagrams. See Section 3, page 35, and Section 4, page 45, for configuration procedures.
Output Options
The MC-III EXP standard circuitry provides:
•
a scaled pulse output representing an increment in volume for each pulse
•
a loop-powered 4-20 mA output representing the flow rate
•
a flowmeter frequency output for use with remote equipment to derive flow rate and volume
•
an RS-485 output for communication with interface software or other telemetry equipment
When the 4-20 mA rate output feature is used, the MC-III EXP is powered by the current loop, and the lithium
battery or alkaline battery pack is used as a backup supply.
The pulse output and 4-20 mA output features should be turned off when not required for reduced current
consumption. See Section 2, page 19, for wiring diagrams. See Section 3, page 35, and Section 4, page 45, for
configuration procedures.
Flow Log Archival
The MC-III EXP saves up to 384 daily logs and 768 hourly logs in nonvolatile memory. By connecting with
the interface software, users can download the logs for viewing and/or printing in tabular format or in a trend
chart.
Users can also export daily and hourly logs to a spreadsheet. For more information, see Section 5, page 79.
Event Log Archival
The MC-III EXP saves up to 345 user event logs. Event logs are generated to track user changes such as KFactor changes, input setting changes, power-on reset and “watch-dog” reset, flow cut-off and frequency cutoff.
By connecting with the interface software, users can download the logs for viewing and/or printing in tabular
format. In addition to showing old and new values, each event log is time-stamped, and includes the register
associated with the change. For more information, see Section 5, page 79.
Password-Protected Security
A keypad security access code prevents unauthorized personnel from altering the calibration or accumulated
volume data in the instrument. The security feature may be disabled if this protection is not required.
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Password-protected security access is enabled using the interface software. When this feature is enabled,
the user will be prompted for a password when attempting to enter any menu from the keypad. For more
information, see Security Setup, page 61.
Optional Features
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch
An optional external reset/control switch allows the user to zero the total and view daily logs instantaneously
without opening the enclosure or accessing the interface software. The switch can be mounted in either of
the conduit openings near the top of the MC-III EXP enclosure. For installation and wiring instructions, see
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch, page A-1.
Important: The switch is approved by CSA and SIRA (ATEX) for use in hazardous areas. The CSAapproved model is Part No. 9A-30054001. The ATEX-approved model is Part No. 9A30054002.
Zeroing the Total. To reset the total with an explosion-proof switch, press and hold the switch for 3 seconds,
then release it.
Important: When resetting the total with the explosion-proof reset switch, do not release the switch
prematurely. Releasing the switch too quickly (before 3 seconds have passed) will
activate the daily log view function and WILL NOT reset the volume to zero.
Viewing Daily Logs. To view daily logs with the explosion-proof switch, press the switch for 1 second
and release it. Subsequent press-and-release actions increment the daily index, allowing the user to select
a specific daily total. Additionally, when the log viewing function times out, the accumulated total is
automatically saved to memory.
Saving the Total. When the daily log display times out, the MC-III EXP will automatically save the
accumulated total.
RS-485 Communications Adapter
An explosion-proof communications adapter provides an RS-485 connection for connecting a laptop or PC
to the instrument without removing the instrument cover. When the adapter is ordered with an MC-III EXP,
it is factory installed. It may be relocated to either conduit opening in the instrument housing. When ordered
separately, the adapter is easily installed using the instructions provided in this manual. For installation and
wiring instructions, see Explosion-Proof Communications Adapter, page A-3.
Important: The RS-485 communications adapter is approved by CSA and SIRA (ATEX) for use in
hazardous areas. The CSA-approved model is Part No. 9A-90017004. The ATEX-approved
model is Part No. 9A-90017008.
USB Communications Adapter (CSA-Approved Units Only)
The USB communications adapter allows an MC-III EXP to be connected directly to a USB port of a laptop
or PC. A user-supplied universal USB cable is required. The adapter is factory-installed when purchased with
an MC-III EXP. It is also available as a kit with an installation CD for upgrading communications in a field
unit. See USB Communications Adapter, page A-6.
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Important: The USB communications adapter is approved by CSA for use in hazardous areas. The
CSA-approved model is Part No. 2295524-01. The adapter kit, which includes an installation CD, is Part No. 2295634-01.
RS-485 IS Barrier (CSA-Approved Units Only)
The RS-485 output of a CSA-approved MC-III is approved for intrinsically safe installations. An intrinsically
safe barrier assembly with a conduit seal enables the RS-485 output to be used as an intrinsically safe output.
In such installations, only the turbine flowmeter input may be used. See Figure 2.18, page 34, for an IS barrier
assembly wiring diagram.
Commonly Used Functions
While the functions of the MC-III EXP are too numerous to mention, some of the most commonly used
functions are detailed in this section. They include:
•
reading the rate and accumulated total
•
saving totals to memory
•
resetting the total
•
viewing daily and hourly logs
•
saving and uploading configuration files
•
exporting log data to spreadsheet
•
saving log data in a report
Reading Totals
Current totals can be viewed from the LCD on the front of the MC-III EXP or from the interface software
(MC-III Main screen). The software calculates the flow total and updates the LCD display every 4 seconds, by
default. The user can adjust the calculation period with the interface software. See Calculation Period, page 65,
for more information.
Saving Totals to Memory
Hourly and daily totals are automatically saved to nonvolatile memory. A user may save an accumulated total
at any time by opening the enclosure and pressing ENTER (SAVE) on the keypad. In the event of a power
failure, the last saved total will be displayed on the LCD when power is restored. See also Explosion-Proof
Reset/Control Switch, page 15.
Note:
Always save the accumulated total before replacing batteries.
Resetting the Total
Totals can be reset to zero using the keypad, the interface software, an explosion-proof switch mounted in the
top of the enclosure (if equipped), or a pulse from an external device.
•
To reset the total with the keypad, press LEFT ARROW (LOG) and ENTER (SAVE) keys simultaneously.
•
To reset the total with the interface software, double-click the NuFlo MC-III icon on the computer desktop and wait for the software to connect to the instrument; then select MC-III Main from the Device
Autorun Options screen, and click on the “Reset Flow Total” button in the lower right corner of the Main
screen.
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•
To reset the total with an explosion-proof switch, press and hold the switch for 3 seconds, then release it.
See also Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch, page 15.
•
To reset the total with an external pulse generator located in safe area, configure the pulse to be active for
3 seconds. See also Remote Reset Input, page 29.
Viewing Daily and Hourly Logs
Each day, as the user-defined contract hour passes, a daily flow total is saved to nonvolatile memory. Hourly
logs are also automatically saved. A total of 384 daily logs and 768 hourly logs are accessible for viewing and
exporting using the interface software. See Section 5, page 79, for details.
Up to 99 daily flow log totals can be viewed from the LCD. Hourly flow log totals are accessible only through
the interface software.
To view daily flow totals from the LCD, perform the following steps:
1. Press the LEFT ARROW (LOG) key on the keypad. The words “Daily Volume Archive” will scroll across
the bottom of the LCD and the day index will display “01.” The daily flow total recorded at the last contract hour will appear at the top of the LCD.
The index number represents the number of days previous to the current date. For example, yesterday’s
totals are read by entering an index of “01”; totals from two days previous are read by entering “02.”
2. Press UP ARROW (TEST) to increment the index (01, 02, 03...); press LEFT ARROW (LOG) to decrement the index (01, 99, 98...).
3. Press ENTER (SAVE) to exit the Daily Volume Archive menu. (After 2 minutes of inactivity, the Daily
Volume Archive menu will timeout and the total readout will be restored automatically.)
The optional explosion-proof reset switch also allows users to view daily log totals. For more information, see
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch, page 15.
Saving and Uploading Configuration Files
The MC-III interface software allows users to save an unlimited number of configuration files to their
computer. In the event that a configuration setting gets changed unintentionally or a user simply wants to
restore the settings he used previously, the user can upload the configuration file and resume operation within
minutes. The upload function also allows a configuration file to be loaded quickly into multiple devices. The
default directory for saving configuration files is C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III. However, the user can specify a
different location, if desired.
For complete information, see Saving and Uploading Configuration Files, page 75.
Exporting Log Data
Flow logs and event logs can be directly exported to an .xls or .csv file. For complete information, see
Exporting Flow Logs, page 86, and Exporting Event Logs, page 89. The default directory for exported logs is C:\
NuFlo log data\MC-III. However, the user can specify a different location, if desired.
Saving Log Data in a Report
Flow logs can be saved in a report format that can be loaded back into the software for viewing or printing
at a later time. For complete information, see Printing/Saving a Report, page 89. The default directory for log
reports is C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>. However, the user can specify a different location.
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Section 2—Installation
The MC-III™ EXP is fully assembled at the time of shipment and ready for mounting to a flowmeter. Field
wiring enters the MC-III EXP enclosure through either of two threaded conduit openings in the top of the
enclosure. When not in use, the openings are sealed with pipe plugs (Figure 2.1). Ground screws are provided
both inside and outside the enclosure.
The device is shipped with ¾” recessed pipe plugs installed facing right and left, and the pipe union facing
downward. If the device is equipped with an explosion-proof reset switch or a communications adapter, only
one plug is required. The switch may be installed in the right or left conduit opening.
Pipe plugs
Ground
screws
Figure 2.1—Enclosure entry and ground screw locations
Installation requirements and meter mounts vary with certification regulations and meter types. For ATEX
installation requirements, see Hazardous Area Installations (ATEX) below. For CSA installation requirements,
see Hazardous Area Installations (CSA), page 22.
Cameron recommends that operators configure the device prior to mounting if the instrument is to be installed
in a hazardous area. The enclosure must be opened to configure the device, either via keypad controls or via
software.
!
WARNING: Once the instrument is mounted in a hazardous area, the cover should not be removed unless the area is void of combustible gas and vapors.
Hazardous Area Installations (ATEX)
The ATEX-certified MC-III EXP is fully compliant with European ATEX Directive 94/9/EC, Annex II,1.0.6.
The following instructions apply to equipment covered by certificate numbers 10ATEX1264X and IECEx
SIR10.0127X :
•
The device may be used in the presence of flammable gases and vapours with apparatus groups IIA, lIB
and IIC and with temperature classes T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, and T6.
•
The device is certified for use in ambient temperatures in the range -40°C to 70°C and should not be used
outside this range.
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•
The device has not been assessed as a safety-related device (as referred to by Directive 94/9/EC Annex II,
clause 1.5).
•
Installation shall be carried out by suitably trained personnel in accordance with the applicable code of
practice (EN 60079-14 within Europe).
•
Repair of this equipment shall be carried out by Cameron or in accordance with the instructions in this
manual.
•
If the instrument is likely to come into contact with aggressive substances, the user is responsible for taking suitable precautions to prevent it from being adversely affected, thus ensuring that the type of protection is not compromised.
–– Aggressive substances may include, but are not limited to, acidic liquids or gases that may attack metals, or solvents that may affect polymeric materials.
–– Suitable precautions may include, but are not limited to, regular checks as part of routine inspections
or establishing from the material’s data sheet that it is resistant to specific chemicals.
Conditions for Safe Use (ATEX)
•
In accordance with EN60079-0, Clause 16.5, all cable and cable glands must be rated for 80ºC.
•
Do not remove the cover unless the area is void of combustible gas and vapors.
•
Before removing the pipe plug to install a communications adapter, or disassembling the union nut and
blanking plug in a pre-installed communications adapter, make sure the area is nonhazardous. Reinstall
the pipe plug in accordance with the instructions in this manual.
•
An ATEX-approved standoff tube shall be used with a Barton 7000 Series turbine pickup coil boss or a
NuFlo turbine pickup coil boss in accordance with certificate SIRA 03ATEX1474U. See the MC-III Parts
List (ATEX), page 100, for part numbers.
•
Replace the lithium battery only with the ATEX-approved battery supplied by Cameron (Part No. 9A90099000).
•
The lithium battery that powers the MC-III EXP is a sealed unit; however, should a lithium battery
develop a leak, toxic fumes could escape upon opening the enclosure. Ensure that the instrument is in a
well-ventilated area before opening the enclosure to avoid breathing fumes trapped inside the enclosure.
Exercise caution in handling and disposing of spent or damaged batteries.
Mounting Options (ATEX)
The ATEX-approved MC-III EXP may be mounted directly to a flowmeter, or mounted remotely on a pole
and connected to a flowmeter with explosionproof signal cable. The type of meter mount required varies with
the meter in use. See Figures 2.2 through 2.4 for installation dimensions.
•
Mount the device to a NuFlo turbine meter. A 3/4-in. to 1-in. standoff tube is required (Figure 2.2, page 21).
•
Mount the device to a Barton 7000 Series turbine meter. A 3/4-in. to 3/4-in. stainless steel standoff tube is
required (Figure 2.3, page 21). (The 3/4-in. to 1-in. reducer supplied with the Barton 7000 Series meter is
not required when the standoff tube is used.)
•
Mount the device to a flat, vertical surface.
•
Remote-mount the device to a 2-in. pole using a NuFlo hardware kit (Figure 2.4, page 22). Pole mounting may be preferred where limited space or pipe vibration prohibits direct-mount installation. For best
results, install the device as near as possible to the meter to minimize the length of explosionproof signal
cable that must be used for communications. Stranded, shielded cable is recommended.
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5.00 (127)
5.71 (145)
4.94
(125.5)
8.57
(217.7)
approx.
Figure 2.2—Direct mount to NuFlo turbine meter with 3/4-in. to 1-in. standoff tube (ATEX)
5.71 (145)
5.71 (145)
4.94
(125.5)
9.29
(236.1)
approx.
Figure 2.3—Direct mount to a Barton 7000 series flowmeter with 3/4-in. to 3/4-in. standoff tube (ATEX)
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5.00 (127)
4.94
(125.5)
7.45
(189.3)
6.56
(16.7)
6.95
(17.65)
Figure 2.4—Remote mount on a 2-in. pole using a NuFlo hardware kit (Part No. 9A-30028004)
Hazardous Area Installations (CSA)
The CSA-approved MC-III EXP has been certified as explosion proof for Class I, Division I, Groups B, C,
and D for use in the US and Canada.
Conditions for Safe Use (CSA)
•
The device may be used in the presence of flammable gases and vapours with apparatus groups B, C, and
D and with temperature classes T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, and T6.
•
The device is certified for use in ambient temperatures in the range -40°C to 70°C and should not be used
outside this range.
•
Do not remove the cover unless the area is void of combustible gas and vapors.
•
Before removing the pipe plug to install a communications adapter, or disassembling the union nut and
blanking plug in a pre-installed communications adapter, make sure the area is nonhazardous. Reinstall
the pipe plug in accordance with the instructions in this manual.
•
All field wiring must conform to the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, Article 501-4(b) for installations
within the United States or the Canadian Electric Code for installations within Canada. State and local
wiring ordinances may also apply. All field wiring must be rated for temperatures of 90°C or higher, and
have a wire range of 22 to 14 AWG. Terminal block screws must be tightened to a minimum torque of 5
to 7 in-lb. to secure the wiring within the terminal block. Only personnel who are experienced with field
wiring should perform these procedures.
•
Do not use Teflon® tape on threads of the union, reducer, or pipe plugs. Use of Teflon® tape will void the
explosion-proof rating of the instrument.
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•
Replace the lithium battery only with the CSA-approved battery supplied by Cameron (Part No. 9A100005111).
•
Replace the optional alkaline battery pack only with the CSA-approved battery pack supplied by Cameron
(Part No. 9A-50099002).
•
The lithium battery that powers the MC-III EXP is a sealed unit; however, should a lithium battery
develop a leak, toxic fumes could escape upon opening the enclosure. Ensure that the instrument is in a
well-ventilated area before opening the enclosure to avoid breathing fumes trapped inside the enclosure.
Exercise caution in handling and disposing of spent or damaged batteries.
Mounting Options (CSA)
The CSA-approved MC-III EXP is available in either of two enclosure styles. The standard enclosure shown
on the cover of this manual and in Figure 2.5, page 24, features integral mounting holes on either side of the
enclosure, allowing it to be mounted to a flat bulkhead.
The alternate enclosure (Figure 2.6, page 24) does not have the bulkhead mounting holes on the sides. Another
distinguishing feature is the bright red ring that frames the display window. The alternate enclosure is slightly
taller than the standard enclosure.
The MC-III EXP may be mounted directly to a flowmeter, or mounted remotely on a pole and connected to a
flowmeter with explosionproof signal cable. The type of meter mount required varies with the meter in use.
See Figure 2.5 through Figure 2.7 for installation dimensions.
•
Mount the device to a NuFlo turbine meter or a Barton 7000 Series turbine meter. A CSA-approved pipe
reducer and union connector is required (Figure 2.5, page 24). Figure 2.6, page 24, shows the same installation with the alternate MC-III enclosure.
If mounting to the Barton 7000 Series meter, a 3/4-in. to 1-in. reducer supplied with the meter is used to
achieve the 3/4-in. connection required to mate the union to the meter.
•
Mount the device to a flat, vertical surface. The standard enclosure is ideal for a bulkhead mount; the
alternate enclosure is not recommended for bulkhead mounting.
•
Remote-mount the device to a 2-in. pole using a NuFlo hardware kit (Figure 2.7, page 25). Pole mounting may be preferred where limited space or pipe vibration prohibits direct-mount installation. For best
results, install the device as near as possible to the meter to minimize the length of explosionproof signal
cable that must be used for communications. Stranded, shielded cable is recommended.
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5.71 (145)
5.00 (127)
6.73
(171.1)
1.75
(44.5)
Figure 2.5—Direct mount (standard MC-III EXP enclosure) to NuFlo turbine meter with pipe reducer and
union (CSA)
5.00 (127.0)
4.55 (115.6)
7.05
(179.1)
1.63 (41.4)
Figure 2.6—Direct mount (alternate MC-III EXP enclosure) to NuFlo turbine meter with pipe reducer and
union (CSA)
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5.00 (127)
4.94
(125.5)
7.45
(189.3)
6.56
(16.7)
6.95
(17.65)
Figure 2.7—Remote mount on a 2-in. pole using a NuFlo hardware kit (Part No. 9A-30028004)
Installing the MC-III EXP
If the device is to be installed in a hazardous area, configure the device prior to mounting it. See Sections 3
and 4 for instructions.
1. Make sure the flowmeter and magnetic pickup are properly installed as follows:
a. Install the turbine flowmeter in the flow line.
b. Lightly grease the threads on both ends of the magnetic pickup, taking care to keep grease off of the
connector contacts. If the connector is plastic, apply grease only to the end that threads into the meter.
c. Install the magnetic pickup in the flowmeter.
4. Position the MC-III EXP above the flowmeter. If installing an ATEX-approved MC-III EXP with a tube
adapter, make sure the signal cable is disconnected from the MC-III circuit board. This will prevent the
cable from being damaged from twisting when the tube adapter is threaded onto the meter in step 6.
5. Plug the MC-III EXP cable connector into the magnetic pickup and hand-tighten the knurled nut on the
connector.
6. Screw the MC-III EXP onto the flowmeter threads surrounding the magnetic pickup with the display facing the desired direction.
7. Tighten all pipe connections.
Caution:
Do not use Teflon® tape on threads of the union, reducer, or pipe plugs. Use of Teflon®
tape will void the explosion-proof rating of the instrument.
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Field Wiring
The MC-III EXP supports connections for the following: internal power (battery), external power, turbine
flowmeter input, pulse input, remote reset input, pulse output, 4 to 20 mA output, flowmeter frequency (amp
& square) output, and RS-485 output.
Wiring diagrams for each connection are provided below.
Caution:
For a CSA-approved MC-III EXP installed in a hazardous location, all field wiring must
conform to wiring methods for explosion-proof installations as defined in the
National Electric Code for installations within the United States or as specified in the
Canadian Electric Code for installations within Canada. State and local wiring
ordinances may also apply.
To wire the MC-III EXP for operation, complete the following field connections:
1. Unscrew the cover of the enclosure and remove it.
2. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws located to the right and
left side of the display.
3. Lift the display/keypad assembly from the enclosure, making sure the circuit assembly does not contact
the enclosure.
4. Connect the lithium battery or alkaline battery pack to the J1 connector marked “BATTERY” near the top
of the circuit assembly.
5. Connect wiring for external power, if appropriate. See Figure 2.8, page 27.
6. Connect the flowmeter or pulse input wiring to terminal block TB1. See Figure 2.9, page 28, and Figure
2.10, page 28.
7. Connect wiring for the remote reset input to terminal block TB1, if appropriate. See Figure 2.11, page 29
and Figure 2.12, page 29.
8. Connect wiring for output signals, if appropriate. See Figure 2.13, page 30, through Figure 2.17, page 33.
9. Place the circuit assembly over the standoffs and fasten with the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws, ensuring that
all connector wiring is inside the enclosure and in no position where it may be damaged when the enclosure cover is replaced.
10. Recalibrate the MC-III EXP (if necessary).
11. If external and internal power supplies were removed, reset the clock to ensure that the time stamps in the
log data are accurate. The clock is reset using the MC-III interface software. See Time/Date Synchronization, page 60.
12. Replace the enclosure cover.
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Internal Power Supply
The MC-III EXP is shipped with one of three internal power supplies:
•
a CSA-approved 3.6V lithium battery
•
an ATEX-approved 3.6V lithium battery
•
a shrink-wrapped alkaline battery pack containing three C-size industrial-grade batteries (available only
with CSA-approved devices)
Low-power microprocessor technology enables the MC-III EXP analyzer to operate approximately 2 years on
a single lithium battery. The lithium battery is strongly recommended for use in extreme temperatures (below
-20°C).
Users can power the instrument from an external power supply or a 4-20 mA current loop, and use the lithium
or alkaline battery (where applicable) as a backup power supply. The use of an alternate power source extends
battery life and helps ensure that timekeeping and volume accumulation will not be interrupted during a
power failure.
External Power Supply
The MC-III EXP can be connected to a remote power supply by a two-conductor cable (Figure 2.8). The
power supply and cable must be capable of supplying 6 to 30 VDC @ 10 mA. This capability is available
only if the 4-20 mA rate output is not used.
A Zener diode (Part No. 1.5KE33CA) must be installed for CE approval.
EXT POWER
GND
A&S
4-20
OUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
RESET
INPUT
TFM
TB2
PULSE
INPUT
TB1
TB
3
J1
6-3
0V
DC
When using the amp & square output with the external power supply, make sure the
power supplies for both features share a common negative (-) terminal or that they are
totally isolated from each other, since both share a common negative (-) connection.
BATTERY
Caution:
POWER
SUPPLY
6 to 30
VDC
TB3 MARKINGS:
GND = SIGNAL GROUND
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.8—External power supply wiring
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Turbine Flowmeter (TFM) Input
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
The TFM input provides the turbine flowmeter input signal generated by a magnetic pickup, enabling the MCIII EXP to calculate and display instantaneous flow rates and accumulated totals.
TB
A&S
3
EXT POWER
GND
J1
TFM
B
TURBINE
MAGNETIC PICKUP
VMAX = 3.9 V
RESET
INPUT
A
PULSE
INPUT
TB1
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.9—Flowmeter input wiring
Pulse Input
A&S
3
EXT POWER
GND
TB
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
The pulse input provides an optically isolated input in systems where a preamplifier is inserted between the
sensor and the MC-III EXP.
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
TB1
RESET
INPUT
PULSE INPUT
3 TO 30 VDC
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.10—Pulse input wiring
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Remote Reset Input
The remote reset input allows the operator to reset the accumulated volume on the MC-III EXP to zero
without opening the enclosure. This input is optically isolated. The input is shown connected in two ways,
with a power supply and switch in a safe area (Figure 2.11), and with a pulse generator in a safe area (Figure
2.12). The remote reset input can also be controlled with an optional explosion-proof switch mounted in
the top of the enclosure. See Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch, page A-1, for installation and wiring
instructions.
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
The reset input, reset pulse, or local reset switch must be active for 3 seconds to clear the total. (The
explosion-proof switch can also be used to view daily logs and to save the accumulated volume to memory
without opening the enclosure. See Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch, page 15, for more information.)
TB
A&S
3
EXT POWER
GND
J1
RESET
INPUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
TB1
POWER SUPPLY
3 to 30 VDC
RESET
SWITCH
J2
A&S
3
EXT POWER
GND
TB
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
Figure 2.11—Reset input wiring (when power supply and reset switch are in a safe area)
RESET
INPUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
TB1
RESET PULSE
3 TO 30 VDC
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.12—Reset pulse input wiring (when pulse generator is in a safe area)
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Pulse Output
The pulse output is a solid-state relay. Each pulse represents a user-defined volume. Because the circuit is
isolated, it can be used in conjunction with any other feature on the MC-III EXP. A two-conductor cable from
the MC-III EXP to the remote location is required (Figure 2.13). The maximum current rating of the pulse
output circuit is 60 mA at 30 VDC.
A Zener diode (Part No. 1.5KE56CA) must be installed for CE approval.
EXT POWER
GND
* Resistor may be included in pulse readout
A&S
TB1
TB2
*
RESET
INPUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
4-20
OUT
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.13—Pulse output wiring
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device. Size the resistor to limit the current
to 60 mA.
TB
3
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
For information on configuring the pulse output with the keypad, see Configuring the Pulse Output, page 43.
For information on configuring the pulse output with the interface software, see Configuring Pulse Output,
page 73.
Leave this
end of shield
disconnected.
POWER SUPPLY
5 to 30 VDC
PULSE READOUT
DEVICE
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Analog (4-20 mA) Rate Output
The 4-20 mA rate output provides a linear current output that represents flow rate. This output requires a twoconductor cable connected to an 8 to 30 VDC power supply (voltage required is dependent on loop resistance)
and a current readout device located in the remote location. The 4-20 mA rate output current loop also powers
the MC-III EXP. The internal battery (lithium or alkaline) provides a power supply backup to maintain
timekeeping accuracy and to continue accumulating volume in the event that the 4-20 mA current loop fails.
Figure 2.14 shows the minimum required voltage to power the instrument for a given loop resistance. In
addition, the mathematical relationship between loop voltage and load resistance is given. For example, if a
power supply voltage of 24 volts is available to power the current loop, the maximum load resistance would
be 800 ohms.
Caution: The 4-20 mA rate output and the flowmeter frequency output circuits are not isolated
from each other and cannot be used simultaneously. When the 4-20 mA output option is
used, do not connect external power to TB3.
VD
C
EXT POWER
GND
A&S
TB
3
J1
6-3
0
BATTERY
For information on configuring the 4-20 mA rate output with the keypad, see Configuring the Rate Display,
page 40. For information on configuring the 4-20 mA rate output with the interface software, see 4-20 mA
Output, page 70.
TB2
TFM
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
RESET
INPUT
4-20
OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TB1
RESET
SWITCH
*Resistor may be
* LOAD
included in readout
device.
4-20 mA and
flowmeter frequency
(amp & square)
cannot be used
simultaneously.
J2
LOAD RESISTANCE (OHMS)
POWER SUPPLY
8 to 30 VDC
OPERATING
REGION
LOOP SUPPLY VOLTAGE (VDC)
Figure 2.14—4-20 mA rate output wiring
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Flowmeter Frequency Output
The flowmeter frequency (amp & square) output provides an open drain transistor output at the turbine meter
frequency, which may be used to provide flow rate and/or total information to peripheral equipment. The
output requires a two-conductor cable from the MC-III EXP to the remote frequency readout device requiring
50 mA or less and a 5 to 30 VDC power supply (Figure 2.15).
Caution:
The flowmeter frequency output and 4-20 mA rate output are not isolated from each other
and cannot be used simultaneously.
Caution: When using the flowmeter frequency output and powering the device from an
external power supply, make sure both power supplies share a common negative (-)
terminal or are totally isolated from each other.
*
Leave this
end of shield
disconnected.
EXT POWER
GND
A&S
4-20
OUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
RESET
INPUT
TFM
TB2
PULSE
INPUT
TB1
FREQUENCY
READOUT DEVICE
TB
3
J1
POWER SUPPLY
5 to 30 VDC
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
TB3 MARKINGS:
GND = SIGNAL GROUND
A&S = AMP & SQUARE
* Resistor may be included in frequency
readout device. Size the resistor to limit
the current to 50 mA.
4-20 mA and flowmeter frequency
(amp & square) cannot be used
simultaneously.
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure 2.15—Flowmeter frequency (amp & square) output wiring
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Section 2
RS-485 Output
The RS-485 output is required for communication with the interface software. Wiring diagrams are provided
for a permanent connection (Figure 2.16), as well as for temporary laptop connections using an RS-485 to RS232 converter (Figure 2.17).
The RS-485 output may also be used to install an external communications adapter for connecting a
laptop without opening the enclosure. See Explosion-Proof Communications Adapter, page A-3, and USB
Communications Adapter, page A-6, for details.
A&S
3
EXT POWER
GND
TB
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
Additionally, in a CSA-approved device, the RS-485 output is approved for intrinsically safe installations. An
intrinsically safe installation requires an intrinsically safe barrier assembly with a conduit seal (Figure 2.18,
page 34). In such installations, only the turbine flowmeter input may be used.
TB2
TB1
RESET
INPUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
4-20
OUT
A
B
RS-485
Communications
RESET
SWITCH
J2
A&S
TB1
3
EXT POWER
GND
TB
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
Figure 2.16—RS-485 output (permanent connection)
TB2
RESET
INPUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
4-20
OUT
TX+
TX-
TD(B)
TD(A)
GND
Part No.
9A-101283116
RESET
SWITCH
RS-232
9 - PIN
CONNECTOR
J2
Figure 2.17—RS-485 output (connection to laptop with 9-pin converter)
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Figure 2.18—Intrinsically safe RS-485 connection, based on control drawing 9A-50053010 (applicable to
CSA-approved device only)
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Section 3—Configuration and Operation via Keypad
Calibration of the MC-III™ EXP is a simple matter of entering necessary parameters into the instrument.
The process for calibrating the MC-III EXP depends on how the instrument will be used. The keypad can
be used to calibrate the MC-III EXP for liquid or gas measurement using preprogrammed units, or for liquid
measurement using a calculated divisor. When preprogrammed units are used, the MC-III EXP automatically
calculates the divisor for volume calculation and the rate multiplier for flow rate calculation, making
calibration quick and easy.
Important: For compensated gas measurement, or gas or liquid measurement requiring multipoint
(2- to 12-point) linearization, calibration must be performed with the software user interface (see Section 4, page 45).
Because the keypad is protected beneath the lid of the instrument, the enclosure must be opened to access the
keypad. For this reason, it is important to calibrate the instrument before installing it in a hazardous area.
!
WARNING: To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not remove the cover unless the
area is void of combustible gas and vapors.
The following parameters can be configured using the six-button keypad on the front of the instrument:
•
calibration factor and unit
•
units of measurement for Total and Rate displays
•
decimal position for Total and Rate displays •
input type and sensitivity level
•
4-20 mA output
•
pulse output scale factor
•
slave address
•
baud rate
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Entering a Calibration Factor
When the volume is to be expressed in barrels (BBL), gallons (GAL), liters (LIT), cubic meters (M3), or cubic
feet (CF), and the flow rate is to be expressed in barrels, gallons, liters, cubic meters or cubic feet per day, per
hour, per minute, or per second, the MC-III EXP calculates the divisor automatically; only the turbine meter
calibration factor is required.
When the volume is to be expressed in a unit other than the preprogrammed units listed above, a calculated
divisor must be entered at the K-Factor prompt. See Entering a Calculated Divisor, page 37.
To Enter a Calibration Factor:
Enter the K-Factor menu.
Press K-FACTOR MENU.
Select the unit of measure associated
with the calibration factor (typically,
pulses per gallon).
Press UP ARROW until the correct
unit is displayed.
TEST
Enter the decimal point position for
the calibration factor.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
decimal point.
LOG
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
Press LEFT ARROW to save the
decimal point position and proceed
with entering a calibration factor.
Enter the calibration factor, starting
with the last digit and entering digits
right to left.
Press UP ARROW until the last digit
of the calibration factor is displayed.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
next digit to the left.
K-FACTOR
MENU
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
00000000
.
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
3
M3
BBL
GAL
LIT
TEST
LOG
TEST
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
3
LOG
Repeat using UP and LEFT arrows to
enter all remaining digits.
Press ENTER.
ENTER
SAVE
The Input Sensitivity menu will appear following the entry of the calibration factor. See Setting Input Type
and Sensitivity, page 38, for the input sensitivity configuration procedure.
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Entering a Calculated Divisor
When registering the volume in units other than cubic meters, cubic feet, barrels, gallons, or liters, a
calculated divisor must be entered in the K-Factor menu instead of the turbine meter calibration factor.
Important: When a calculated divisor is used, the units for both the volume display and the volume
portion of the flow rate display should be set to USER (no units visible on the display).
The divisor and divisor decimal point must be determined, then entered in the K-Factor menu.
The formula for calculating the divisor is:
Divisor = FC × CON
Where:
FC = meter factor in pulses per gallon (P/G)
CON = the conversion factor for number of gallons per unit volume of desired measure
To Enter a Calculated Divisor:
Enter the K-Factor menu.
Press K-FACTOR MENU.
Select no unit of measure.
Press UP ARROW until no unit is
displayed (as shown).
Enter the decimal point position for the
calculated divisor.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
decimal point.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
Press LEFT ARROW to save the
decimal point position and proceed
with entering a calculated divisor.
Enter the calculated divisor, starting
with the last digit and entering digits
right to left.
Press UP ARROW until the last digit
of the calculated divisor is displayed.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
next digit to the left.
K-FACTOR
MENU
TEST
LOG
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
00000000
.
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
M3
BBL
GAL
LIT
TEST
LOG
TEST
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
LOG
Repeat using UP and LEFT arrows to
enter all remaining digits.
Press ENTER.
ENTER
SAVE
The Input Sensitivity menu prompt will appear immediately following the entry of the calibration factor. See
Setting Input Type and Sensitivity, page 38, for the input sensitivity configuration procedure.
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Setting Input Type and Sensitivity
The flowmeter signal can be obtained from a magnetic pickup or a pre-amplifier device.
The input sensitivity of the MC-III EXP is measured in millivolts (mV) peak-to-peak. This is the threshold
value at which the circuitry responds to a signal. If the input signal is less than this value, the MC-III EXP will
not count the electrical pulses as a valid turbine meter signal. If the input signal is equal to or greater than this
value, the electrical pulses received at the input will be counted. Care must be taken to ensure that the input
sensitivity is high enough to reject any electrical noise on the signal line, but not so high that flowmeter pulses
are missed. The input sensitivity of the MC-III EXP may be set to low, medium, or high when the input will
be provided by a turbine flowmeter.
If the input will be provided in the form of a pulse from a pre-amplifier or other device (rather than directly
from a turbine flowmeter), the “Pulse In” (pulse input) setting in the Input Sensitivity menu should be
selected.
See Section 2, page 19, for input wiring diagrams.
To Set Input Type and Sensitivity:
Enter the K-Factor menu.
Press K-FACTOR MENU.
Locate the input sensitivity setting.
Press ENTER, repeatedly if
necessary, to bypass calibration
factor.
If the input is the turbine meter, select
a sensitivity setting: low, medium, or
high.
If the input is provided by a different
device, such as a pre-amplifier, select
“Pulse in” (for pulse input).
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Press UP ARROW to select a
sensitivity setting.
Press ENTER. “SAVING” will appear
in the bottom display.
K-FACTOR
MENU
ENTER
SAVE
TEST
ENTER
SAVE
Select low, medium,
high, or Pulse In
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Configuring the Total Display
The Total display can be configured for measuring volume in any of five preprogrammed units, any
preprogrammed unit times 1,000, or a user-defined unit.
Users can specify a decimal point position ranging from 0.1 to 0.0001 of a unit.
The device will display volumes up to 10,000,000, however, a maximum of eight digits (including decimals)
are visible at a time. Therefore, once the volume (including decimals) grows beyond eight digits, digits on
the leading edge of the value will be hidden from view. To increase visibility of the whole numbers, move the
decimal one or more places to the right.
Important: Before enabling or disabling the “× 1000” unit option for displaying flow totals, clear the
total display to zero. If the total is not cleared, the accumulated total display will be inaccurate. To clear the display, press LEFT ARROW (LOG) and ENTER (SAVE) keys simultaneously.
To Configure the Total Display:
Enter the Display menu.
Press DISPLAY MENU.
Select the unit of measure in which
volume will be displayed.
Press UP ARROW until the correct
unit is displayed.
Note—If a calculated divisor was
entered, select user-defined (no units
visible).
To read the volume in terms of
thousands of units (ex. 1.0 = 1,000
bbl), continue pressing UP ARROW
until both the unit of choice and the
X1000 option are displayed.
Enter the decimal point position.
Press LEFT ARROW three times,
or until the decimal point in the Total
display begins blinking.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
Press ENTER. “SAVING” will appear
in the bottom display.
DISPLAY
MENU
TEST
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
TEST
000000
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
000000
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
3
LOG
00000000
.
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
TEST
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
000000
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
ENTER
SAVE
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Configuring the Rate Display
The Rate display comprises two parts: a volume unit and a time-base unit. The volume portion of the Rate
display can be configured in one of five preprogrammed engineering units or in a user-defined unit (for
use with a calculated divisor). To display the volume portion in multiples of 1,000 units, continue scrolling
through the volume unit options until the ×1000 entry is displayed, along with the appropriate unit of
measure.
The time-base portion of the Rate display can be configured in one of four preprogrammed engineering units:
per day, per hour, per minute, or per second.
Users can specify a decimal point position, ranging from no decimal up to 0.001 of a unit.
To Configure the Rate Display:
Enter the Display menu.
Press DISPLAY MENU.
Enter the volume factor used to
express flow rate (Ex.: bbl in bbl/day).
Press LEFT ARROW. The volume
unit of measure in the bottom portion
of the LCD window should begin
blinking.
Press UP ARROW until the desired
volume unit of measure is displayed.
To read rate in terms of thousands of
units, press UP ARROW until both
the unit and “X1000” are displayed.
DISPLAY
MENU
LOG
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
TEST
000000
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
Note—If a calculated divisor was
entered, select user-defined (no units
visible).
Enter the time-base factor used to
express flow rate (Ex. /day in bbl/day).
Press LEFT ARROW. The time-base
factor in the bottom portion of the
LCD window should begin blinking.
Press UP ARROW until the desired
time-base factor is displayed.
Enter the decimal point position.
Press LEFT ARROW twice, or until
the decimal point in the Rate display
begins blinking.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
Press ENTER. “SAVING” will appear
in the bottom display.
Caution:
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
TEST
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
000000
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
3
LOG
00000000
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
STANDARD
3
TEST
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
000000
.
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
ENTER
SAVE
An overrun error occurs when the number of digits in the flow rate value exceeds the
display capacity of the device. To clear this error, reduce the number of decimal places
(for example, display rate in tenths rather than hundredths), or enable the “× 1000” unit
setting for the rate display, as described in the procedure above, to display rate in terms
of thousands of units.
Figure 3.1—Overrun error
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Section 3
Configuring the 4-20 mA Rate Output
Caution:
Before performing any 4-20 mA configuration, ensure that all peripheral equipment connected to the 4-20 mA current loop is either disconnected or disabled. Configuring and
testing the 4-20 mA output feature on the MC-III EXP with the peripheral equipment in
operation may cause false alarms or erroneous operation of the peripheral device or associated equipment.
The MC-III EXP has a 4-20 mA output feature that represents flow rate. Zero and full-scale values can be
configured to represent any flow rate range within the range of the flowmeter.
The low (or zero) setting is the flow rate value that will produce a 4-mA output. The high (or full-scale)
setting is the flow rate value that will produce a 20-mA output. Typically, the high value is greater than the
low value, as shown in Figure 3.2.
Figure 3.2—4-20 mA output configuration
See Analog (4-20 mA) Rate Output, page 31, for instructions on installing and wiring the 4-20 mA rate output.
Flow rates between the minimum and maximum rate setpoints will result in an output of current between
4 mA and 20 mA according to the following calculation:
I OUT =
[I MAX − I MIN ]×
High − Low
[RATECURR − Low]+ I MIN
Where:
IOUT = output current
IMAX = maximum current output (20 mA)
IMIN = minimum current output (4 mA)
High = programmed flow rate that produces a 20-mA output
Low = programmed flow rate that produces a 4-mA output
RATECURR= flow rate
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To Configure the 4-20 mA Output:
Enter the Output menu.
Press OUTPUT MENU.
Enable or disable the 4-20 mA output.
Press UP ARROW to toggle output to
“on” or “off”.
Press ENTER. If the 4-20 mA output
is enabled, the LCD will display the
“Low” flow rate and the decimal point
in the numeric display will begin
blinking.
Enter the decimal point position for the
“Low” flow rate. The words “4-20 mA
LOW” should appear at the bottom of
the LCD.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
OUTPUT
MENU
Toggles between
“off” and “on”
TEST
ENTER
SAVE
TEST
00000000
.
CF
/MIN
Enter the “Low” (4-mA) flow rate.
Digits are entered from right to left.
Press LEFT ARROW until the
rightmost digit in the top display
begins blinking.
Press UP ARROW to change the
digit.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
next digit to the left.
Continue pressing UP ARROW and
LEFT ARROW alternately to enter all
remaining digits.
Press ENTER. The LCD will display
the “High” flow rate and the decimal
point in the numeric display will begin
blinking.
Enter the decimal point position for the
“High” flow rate. The words “4-20 mA
HIGH” should appear at the bottom of
the LCD.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
LOG
00000000
CF
/MIN
TEST
LOG
ENTER
SAVE
TEST
00000000
.
CF
/MIN
Enter the “High” (20-mA) flow rate.
Digits are entered from right to left.
Press LEFT ARROW until the
rightmost digit in the top display
begins blinking.
Press UP ARROW to change the
digit.
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
next digit to the left.
Continue pressing UP ARROW and
LEFT ARROW alternately to enter all
remaining digits.
Press ENTER.
LOG
00000000
CF
TEST
/MIN
LOG
ENTER
SAVE
The Pulse Output menu prompt will appear immediately following the entry of 4-20 mA parameters. See
Configuring the Pulse Output, page 43, for the pulse output configuration procedure.
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Configuring the Pulse Output
The pulse output feature of the MC-III EXP is typically disabled to reduce current consumption. When the
pulse output is not needed, Cameron recommends that this feature be disabled.
If the pulse output feature is required, the user will be prompted to enter a pulse output scale factor, which is
the volume increment that will cause a pulse output to occur.
If the pulse output is configured via interface software instead of via the keypad Output menu, the user can
also specify a pulse length (pulse width), which determines the length of each output pulse in milliseconds
(ms). This parameter is configurable only with the interface software. See Pulse Output, page 73, for more
information.
See Pulse Output, page 30, for instructions on installation and field wiring of the pulse output feature.
To Configure the Pulse Output:
Enter the Output menu.
Press OUTPUT MENU.
Locate the Pulse Output setting.
Press ENTER repeatedly until the
words “Pulse Output” appear in the
lower display.
Enable or disable the pulse output.
Press UP ARROW to toggle output to
“on” or “off”.
Press ENTER. If the pulse output is
enabled, the LCD will display “Pulse
Output Scaler” and the decimal point
in the numeric display will begin
blinking.
Enter the decimal point position for the
output scale factor.
Press UP ARROW to change the
position of the decimal point.
OUTPUT
MENU
ENTER
SAVE
Toggles between
“off” and “on”
TEST
ENTER
SAVE
3
TEST
00000000
.
CF
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
X1000
...
Enter the pulse output scale factor.
Digits are entered from right to left.
Press LEFT ARROW until the
rightmost digit in the top display
begins blinking.
3
LOG
00000000
CF
Press UP ARROW to change the
digit.
TEST
Press LEFT ARROW to select the
next digit to the left.
LOG
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
X1000
...
Repeat using UP and LEFT arrows to
enter all remaining digits.
Press ENTER.
ENTER
SAVE
The Slave Address menu prompt will appear immediately following the entry of pulse output parameters. See
Entering the Slave Address, page 44, for information on entering the slave address.
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Entering the Slave Address
The slave address is a setting used in Modbus® communications. It is a number that ranges from 1 to 65535,
excluding 252 to 255 and 64764. If the Modbus® request message contains the matching address, the
device will respond to the request. In network arrangements, the device must have a unique slave address.
For more information about Modbus® communications, refer to the protocol manual section. If Modbus®
communications are not used, leave the slave address at the factory setting (1).
To Enter the Slave Address:
Enter the Output menu.
Press OUTPUT MENU.
Locate the Slave Address setting.
Press ENTER until the words “Slave
Address” appear in the lower display.
OUTPUT
MENU
ENTER
SAVE
The rightmost digit in the top display
will begin blinking.
Enter the slave address.
(range: 1 to 65535, excluding 252 to
255 and 64764)
00000000
00000000
...
Press UP ARROW until the correct
digit is displayed.
TEST
Then press LEFT ARROW to select
the next digit to the left.
LOG
Repeat using UP and LEFT arrows to
enter all remaining digits.
Press ENTER.
ENTER
SAVE
The Baud Rate menu prompt will appear immediately following the entry of the slave address. See Entering
the Baud Rate below for the baud rate entry procedure.
Entering the Baud Rate
The baud rate is the number of bits per second that are on the serial port. This setting must match the setting
of the master device polling the MC-III EXP or the serial port. This only applies to the Modbus® communications; if Modbus® communications are not used, leave the baud rate at the factory setting (9600).
To Enter the Baud Rate:
Enter the Output menu.
Press OUTPUT MENU.
Locate the Baud Rate setting.
Press ENTER repeatedly until the
words “Baud Rate” appear in the
lower display.
Enter the baud rate.
Press UP ARROW until the correct
baud rate is displayed.
Press ENTER. “SAVING” will appear
in the bottom display.
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OUTPUT
MENU
ENTER
SAVE
TEST
ENTER
SAVE
115200
...
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Section 4—Configuration and Operation via Software
The MC-III™ interface software provides easy access to all configuration parameters and is the quickest
way to configure the device. While basic parameters can be configured with the keypad (see Section 3), the
interface software is the only means of accessing every configurable parameter. For example, multipoint
calibration for liquid or gas measurement and gas volume correction parameters for measuring gas in standard
cubic feet are configurable only with the interface software.
Table 4.1, page 55, provides a quick reference for configuration methods.
Installing the Software
The MC-III interface software is stored on a CD that is shipped with each instrument, and it installs directly
onto a PC or laptop. To install the interface software on a computer, perform the following steps:
1. Place the MC-III CD in your CD-ROM drive. The MC-III install screen will load automatically.
2. Click “Install MC-III” on the introductory screen.
3. Click on “Next” to initiate the installation, and follow the instructions on the screen. An MC-III icon
(Figure 4.1) will appear on the desktop of the user’s PC or laptop when installation is complete.
To access the interface software, click on the MC-III icon on your desktop or go the Start menu and select
Programs>NuFlo>MC-III 2.1.0>MC-III 2.1.0.
Figure 4.1—MC-III desktop icon
User Documentation
Click the Help menu in the task bar at the top of the Welcome screen (Figure 4.2, page 46) to access
documentation for installing, configuring, and operating the MC-III EXP flow analyzer. This documentation
includes:
•
a “read me” file for general reference (includes contact information for technical assistance)
•
an electronic copy of the user manual
•
an electronic copy of the quick-start guide for installing and configuring the MC-III EXP
•
a COM troubleshooting guide for addressing communications errors (this guide will automatically display
on screen when a communication error is detected)
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Connecting the MC-III to a Computer
Before attempting to run the interface software, verify that the Scanner is connected to a computer with an
RS-485 to RS-232 converter or an RS-485 to USB converter.
•
See Figure 2.17, page 33, for converter wiring instructions.
•
See Explosion-Proof Communications Adapter, page A-3, for instructions on installing and wiring an RS485 communications adapter.
•
See USB Communications Adapter, page A-6, for instructions on installing and wiring the USB communications adapter. A USB driver supplied on the MC-III software installation CD must be installed on
the computer before the USB adapter will be operational. A customer-supplied universal USB cable is
required to connect the NuFlo USB adapter to a computer.
Running the Software
Once the software is installed and the computer is connected to the MC-III, the user may proceed with
running the software and configuring the device.
To connect to the MC-III device via software, perform the following steps:
1. Click on the NuFlo MC-III icon on the desktop, or select Start>Programs>NuFlo>MC-III 2.1.0>MC-III
2.1.0. The Welcome screen (Figure 4.2) will appear and a Select COM Port window will prompt the user
to select the communications port to be used to connect with the MC-III EXP (Figure 4.2).
2. Select a port from the dropdown list and click “OK.” If the NuFlo™ USB communications adapter is in
use, the COM port will appear as “NuFlo USB Adapter.” The software will attempt to connect with the
MC-III EXP. This automatic launch feature is referred to as an “express connect.”
3. If the internal time and date programmed into the instrument differs from the time and date displayed on
the computer by more than 60 seconds, the software will prompt the user to synchronize the instrument
time/date to match the computer time/date (Figure 4.3, page 47). This ensures that the instrument displays
correct time, regardless of time zone differences.
Figure 4.2—Select COM Port window
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Figure 4.3—Prompt for authorizing time and date synchronization
The time difference setting used to generate a synchronize prompt is user-configurable. For more information,
see General Options, page B-1.
Automating Functions on Software Startup
When the software connects with the instrument, the Device Autorun Options screen appears (Figure 4.4).
From this screen, users can configure the instrument, download logs, or upload previously saved configuration
settings.
A checkbox at the bottom of the Device Autorun Options screen allows the user to bypass the Device Autorun
Options screen and perform a selected function each time the software connects to the instrument.
Example: To download all logs on connection, select Download all logs from the Device Autorun Options
screen and check the “Always do...” checkbox. Each time the software computer connects to the instrument,
the software will bypass the Device Autorun Options screen, open the Flow Archive screen, and download all
logs. See Section 5, page 79, for more information on flow logs.
Figure 4.4—Device Autorun Options screen
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Changing Autorun Settings
To change an autorun setting —that is, to initiate an autorun action, to terminate an autorun action, or to
change to a different autorun action—without exiting to the Welcome screen, choose Options/Program
Options from the menu bar and select Autorun from the dropdown list (Figure 4.5).
Figure 4.5—Options/Program Options screen for changing autorun settings
Express Connect Option
By default, the MC-III EXP interface software automatically attempts to connect to the instrument when a
user clicks on the desktop application icon. For more information on disabling the “express connect” feature
and changing communications options, see Express Connect Option, page B-4.
Canceling Express Connect
To temporarily cancel the “express connect” function without exiting the software program, click in the LCD
area of the device on the Welcome screen or choose File>Cancel Express Connect from the menu bar (Figure
4.6, page 49). The software will stop all attempts to connect to the device. The “express connect” function will
be restored when the user exits the program and attempts to re-open the software.
To reattempt a connection to the device after canceling the “express connect” function, click the LCD on the
Welcome screen again, or choose File>Express Connect from the menu bar.
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Figure 4.6—Cancel Express Connect option
Changing the Communications Port
The computer will attempt to connect to the MC-III EXP via the port that the user selects the first time
he connects to the instrument. However, if a network dictates that the computer connect through another
communications port (actual or virtual), the user must specify the appropriate COM port. To change the COM
port setting, click on Options>Select COM Port (Figure 4.7), and select the appropriate COM port from the
list of ports detected.
Figure 4.7—COM port selection menu
Software Connection in Multi-Device Network
In most cases, the automatic launch (or “express connect”) feature is a convenient time-saver. However, if
multiple devices are daisy-chained together in a network, this feature can interfere with the user’s ability to
connect to a specific device. The MC-III allows the user to temporarily disable the “express connect” feature
and query the system for all connected devices. From the resulting list of devices, the user can then connect to
the appropriate slave address.
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To select a device from a network of instruments, perform the following:
1. From the Welcome screen, choose File>Cancel Express Connect (Figure 4.6, page 49).
2. Click File>Discover Modbus® Slaves.
3. Enter a range of addresses you want to search (Figure 4.8).
4. Enter the baud rate established for network communications.
5. Adjust the time-out setting, if necessary.
6. Click “Search.” The software will scan all addresses specified and display all instruments connected.
7. Click on the appropriate address to connect to a device.
Note: In daisy-chain configurations, verify that each device has a unique slave address.
Figure 4.8—Automatic detection of all connected devices
A user who knows the address of a specific device may also connect to it by clicking File>Connect Device at
Address (Figure 4.9).
Figure 4.9—Slave address selection screen
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Setting Log Download Preferences
The MC-III EXP automatically saves daily flow logs on the contract hour, and hourly flow logs around the
clock. The instrument also automatically creates an event record each time a user change is made. After
downloading these logs from the instrument, the instrument saves the data in a file. By default, the logs are
saved as .csv files.
The file format of the auto-save flow log and event log files is user-configurable. Users can configure the
instrument to download the auto-save flow and event logs as Excel (.xls) files by selecting Options>Program
Options>Downloading from the menu bar (Figure 4.10).
Figure 4.10—Log file type selection
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Configuring the MC-III EXP
The MC-III EXP offers three methods for configuring parameters:
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The “Configuration Wizard” (Figure 4.11) condenses the configuration process into nine easy-to-follow
steps (compensated gas measurement and multipoint linearization are not supported in the wizard).
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The MC-III Main screen (Figure 4.12, page 53) gives users complete access to all configuration parameters.
•
The Advanced screen (Figure 4.13, page 53) provides access to Modbus® registers that can be modified to
change configuration parameters (recommended only for system configurators and host programmers).
If the desired configuration settings have been saved previously, the configuration file can also be uploaded,
eliminating the need to re-input configuration data. See Saving and Uploading Configuration Files, page 75, for
details.
Figure 4.11—Configuration Wizard (for novice users)
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Figure 4.12—MC-III Main configuration option for complete access to configurable parameters
Figure 4.13—Advanced Access configuration option for system configurators and host programmers
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Configuration Wizard
The Configuration Wizard is ideal for first-time users who want to perform a basic calibration for liquid or gas
measurement. By following the instructions on nine screens, even a first-time user can successfully configure
the MC-III EXP.
See Table 4.1, page 55, for a list of settings that are configurable with the keypad, the software Configuration
Wizard, and the software MC-III Main Screen.
Important: The Configuration Wizard does not allow multipoint calibration or gas volume
correction. To select these parameters, the user must access the MC-III Main screen.
Caution:
Do not use the Configuration Wizard to change individual settings. When the Configuration Wizard is used, system default settings are restored before the new settings entered
in the Calibration Wizard are written to the program. Previous configuration settings are
saved automatically in C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\Config Backup Files.
Using the Pencil Tool
The data entry fields in the Configuration Wizard are highly intuitive, and most can be completed by clicking
in the field and entering new data or selecting a checkbox. For data fields that require the user to enter a value,
such as a K-factor, and designate a decimal position, a pencil icon provides a link to a data-entry window.
To enter a new value, click on the pencil icon (Figure 4.14). A new window will appear, allowing the user
to enter a new value, and designate the appropriate decimal position using a slide bar. This method ensures
that the decimal point setting and data-entry resolution displayed in the software and on the instrument LCD
correlate.
This tool is used to enter the calibration factor, flow rates for 4-20 mA output, and the scale factor for pulse
output.
Figure 4.14—Pencil tool icon and data-entry window
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Table 4.1—Menus for Configuring Parameters
Configurable Parameter
Instrument
Keypad
Configuration
Wizard
Menu Screen
(accessed from
MC-III Main)
For
information,
see…
Well Name
—
Step 1
Wellsite
Information
page 63
LCD Contrast
—
—
System Setup
page 60
Security Setup
—
—
System Setup
page 61
Contract Hour
—
Step 2
System Setup
page 60
Volume Display (units,
decimal location)
Yes
Step 5
Turbine Input
page 64
Rate Display (units, decimal
location)
Yes
Step 5
Turbine Input
page 65
Input Type
Yes
Step 3
Turbine Input
page 65
Input Sensitivity
Yes
—
Turbine Input
page 65
Input Cut-off Thresholds
—
—
Turbine Input
page 65
Calculation Period (seconds)
—
—
Turbine Input
page 65
Yes
Step 4
K-Factor Entry
page 66
Multipoint K-Factor
—
—
K-Factor Entry
page 66
Gas Volume Correction
—
—
K-Factor Entry
page 68
4-20 mA Output
Yes
Step 6
4-20 mA Output
page 71
Pulse Output
Yes
Step 7
Pulse Output
page 73
Slave Address
Yes
Step 8
COM Port
page 61
Baud Rate
Yes
Step 8
COM Port
page 62
Bus Delay
—
—
COM Port
page 63
Bus Timeout
—
—
COM Port
page 63
K-Factor
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MC-III Main Screen
The MC-III Main menu screen (Figure 4.15) is the configuration hub of the MC-III EXP. From the Main
screen, users can
•
review all current instrument settings and flow readings
•
check the log archive and instrument status
•
access all submenus for changing configurable parameters
•
reset the total to zero
Figure 4.15—MC-III Main screen provides direct access to all menu functions using the scrolling menu bar at
the left side of the screen.
Data Display and Updates
Each time the software polls the instrument, a small icon appears briefly in the lower left corner of the screen.
If the “Live Updates” checkbox in the lower right corner of the screen is checked, the instrument settings and
the LCD displays will automatically update with each poll.
“Live Updates” Checkbox
The “Live Updates” option is enabled by default. However, in the event that slow communication speeds are
used or the system times out frequently, the user can uncheck the “Live Updates” checkbox and periodically
query the system by clicking on the LCD graphic on the Main screen.
Reset Flow Total Button
The flow total can be reset to zero at any time by clicking on the “Reset Flow Total” button.
Scroll Bar
A scroll bar at the left side of the screen (Figure 4.15) gives the user easy access to any of seven configuration
menus and two log archive screens (see page 58 and page 59). Using these menus, the user can change all
configurable parameters of the instrument. Once the instrument has been configured, the Main screen access
should always be used for changing individual parameters while retaining all other configuration settings.
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Buttons and Tools
Apply and OK Buttons
Changing parameters on a submenu screen involves selecting the proper screen from the scroll bar, selecting
information from dropdown menus or entering data in data fields, and saving the data using the “Apply” or
“OK” button. “Apply” allows the user to apply the changes without leaving the submenu screen. “OK” allows
the user to apply the changes and returns the user to the Main screen.
Refresh and Cancel Buttons
To update the display of settings on any submenu screen by forcing a reread of configured parameters, press
the “Refresh” button. The “Refresh” button clears any entry that has not been applied, therefore, pressing
“Refresh” is also a convenient way to erase an incorrect entry. A “Cancel” button allows the user to close out
of a submenu screen without saving new settings and returns the user to the Main screen.
Pencil Tool for Data Entry
The data-entry fields in the MC-III Main sub-menu screens are highly intuitive, and most can be completed
by clicking in the field and entering new data, or selecting a checkbox. For data fields that require the user to
enter a value, such as a K-factor, and designate a decimal position, a pencil icon provides a link to a data-entry
window.
To enter a new value, click on the pencil icon (Figure 4.16). A new window will appear, allowing you to enter
a new value, and designate the appropriate decimal position using a slide bar. This method ensures that the
decimal point setting and data-entry resolution displayed in the software and on the instrument LCD correlate.
This tool is used to enter the calibration factor, flow rates for 4-20 mA output, and the scale factor for pulse
output.
Figure 4.16—Pencil tool icon and data-entry window
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Configuration Submenus (See Scroll Bar on MC-III Main Screen)
System Setup
Wellsite Information
K-Factor Entry
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Configuration Submenus (cont’d)
Pulse Output
Flow Archive
Event Archive
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System Setup
The first of the submenus on the Main screen scroll bar—System Setup—allows users to adjust time/date,
set the desired contract hour, enable or disable the password-protected security option, and adjust the LCD
contrast (Figure 4.17).
Figure 4.17—System Setup screen
Time/Date Synchronization
The MC-III EXP includes a real-time clock for timekeeping and log time stamps. Upon connecting with
the instrument, the interface software prompts the user to synchronize the instrument time and date with
the time and date displayed on the computer if the time difference exceeds 60 seconds. To change the clock
synchronization threshold to a value other than 60 seconds, see General Options, page B-1.
A user can synchronize the instrument and computer clocks at any time by clicking the “Sync to Computer
Time” button on the System Setup screen.
Contract Hour
Hourly flow totals are logged in the archive on the hour. The contract hour determines the exact time when
the daily flow total is logged. The contract hour is easily adjusted by selecting the appropriate hour from the
dropdown list on the System Setup screen.
LCD Contrast Adjustment
LCD contrast is temperature-dependent and may require adjustment for optimum readout visibility. A slide
bar allows users to quickly adjust the contrast of the LCD.
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Security Setup
Setting a keypad security code will prevent unauthorized personnel from altering calibration data or resetting
totals, and the security function is recommended to preserve data integrity of the system. The MC-III EXP’s
keypad security feature is disabled at the factory.
To enable the security protection, check the “Keypad Lock” checkbox on the System Setup screen, and enter
a four-digit lock code in the field below the checkbox. (Do not use “0000.”) The security feature will be
activated the next time a user attempts to access the keypad.
Firmware Version Number
As firmware is upgraded, firmware version numbers change. The firmware version number shown may assist
technical support personnel in troubleshooting an operational issue.
Serial Number
The serial number of your MC-III EXP can be used to track the history of your unit to include warranty status.
Communications Port
The Communications Port screen (Figure 4.18) allows users to change the settings that are required for
Modbus® communication.
Figure 4.18—Communications Port screen
Slave Address
The slave address allows the MC-III EXP to communicate with other devices via Modbus®. It is a number
that ranges from 1 to 65535, excluding 252 to 255 and 64764. If a Modbus® request message contains the
matching slave address, the device will respond to the request. In network arrangements, the slave device
must have a unique address. For more information about Modbus® communications, refer to the protocol
manual section.
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To change the slave address, select a number using the “plus” and “minus” buttons on the screen, or using the
page-up and page-down keys on your computer keyboard. If Modbus® communication is not used, leave the
slave address at the factory setting (1).
Baud Rate
The baud rate is the number of bits per second that are on the serial port. Baud rates supported by the MC-III
EXP range from 300 to 115.2K. This setting must match the setting of the master device polling the MC-III
EXP or the serial port. This only applies to the Modbus® communications; if Modbus® is not used, set the baud
rate to 9600.
To change the baud rate, slide the selector bar to the appropriate setting. The default setting is 9600 baud.
Note that the 9600 baud rate is available in both the low-power and high-power modes. When the instrument
is powered by batteries alone, the low-power mode is recommended.
Auto-Negotiate Option
When connected devices are capable of switching baud rates automatically or when devices are directly
connected to an MC-III EXP, a user may configure the MC-III interface to automatically negotiate the fastest
baud rate during device connection. This “negotiated” baud rate does not replace the configured baud rate,
but rather provides a temporary boost of baud rate while the computer is connected to the device for faster
downloads. After the software disconnects, the device reverts to the configured baud rate.
By default, this function is disabled. To enable automatic baud rate negotiation on device connect, choose
Options/Program Options from the menu bar, select Communications from the dropdown options list, check
the “Attempt auto-negotiation...” checkbox, and click “OK” (Figure 4.19). To initiate an immediate search
for the fastest baud rate without exiting tto the Welcome screen, check the “Enable auto-negotiated baud
rate” checkbox, click the “Test Now” button to the right of the checkbox, and click “Yes” at the prompt in the
Confirm dialog box. See also Auto-Negotiate Option, page B-4.
Figure 4.19—Communications Options screen
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Bus Delay
Bus delay is the amount of time (in milliseconds) that passes before the MC-III EXP attempts to take control
of the RS-485 bus and transmit a message back to the requesting device. The MC-III EXP responds very
quickly to incoming Modbus® requests—in some cases, too quickly. A configurable delay allows the user to
control this response time. A setting of 10 ms is normally sufficient, but may require adjustment when the
MC-III EXP is communicating with a radio or other end device that responds more slowly.
Bus Timeout
Bus timeout is the amount of time (in milliseconds) that must pass to cause the MC-III EXP to reset its
internal Modbus® message handler. The default value of 50 ms is normally sufficient.
Software Communication Options
The default timing parameters in the MC-III EXP support communication with most radios and Modbus®
devices. However, if the MC-III EXP is used with a device that has a very slow response time, it may be
necessary to adjust the timing parameters to enhance performance. For information about these parameters,
see Timing Parameters, page B-4.
Wellsite Information
The Wellsite Information screen (Figure 4.20) allows users to enter information that distinguishes the wellsite,
such as company name, well name, and site location. While most of the fields on this screen are optional, a
well name should be assigned.
The well name (limited to 20 characters in length) will also serve as the name of the folder where flow logs
generated by the MC-III software will be archived. If a well name is not entered on this screen, logs will be
saved in a folder titled “NO_WELLNAME.”
Figure 4.20—Wellsite Information screen
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Turbine Input
The Turbine Input screen (Figure 4.21) allows users to configure the displays for volume and rate, select the
type of input to be used (turbine input or pulse input), determine cut-off thresholds for measuring flow, and
determine the display update frequency.
Figure 4.21—Turbine Input screen
Volume Display
The Volume display can be configured to display totals in one of five preprogrammed engineering units or in a
user-defined unit (for use with a calculated divisor).
Important: If volume is to be measured in user-defined units, the K-Factor unit must also be
entered as “pulses per unit.” For more information, see Entering a Calculated Divisor, page
37.
To display the volume in multiples of 1,000 units, check the “Multiplier” checkbox.
The device will display volumes up to 10,000,000, however, a maximum of eight digits (including decimals)
are visible at a time. Therefore, once the volume (including decimals) grows beyond eight digits, digits on
the leading edge of the value will be hidden from view. To increase visibility of the whole numbers, move the
decimal one or more places to the right.
Important: Before enabling or disabling the “× 1000” unit option for displaying flow totals, clear
the total display to zero. If the total is not cleared, the accumulated total displayed will
represent a combination of two different units and will not provide an accurate flow reading.
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Rate Display
The Rate display comprises two parts: a volume unit and a time-base unit. The volume portion of the Rate
display can be configured in one of five preprogrammed engineering units or in a user-defined unit (for use
with a calculated divisor). To display the volume portion in multiples of 1,000 units, check the “Multiplier”
checkbox.
The time-base portion of the Rate display can be configured in one of four preprogrammed engineering units:
per day, per hour, per minute, or per second. Users can specify decimal point position, from no decimal up to
0.001 of a unit, using the slide bar on the Turbine Input screen.
Important: If the volume portion of the Rate display is to be measured in user-defined units, the
K-Factor unit must also be entered as “pulses per unit.” For more information, see Entering a Calculated Divisor, page 37.
Caution:
An overrun error occurs when the number of digits in the flow rate value exceeds the
display capacity of the device. To clear this error, reduce the number of decimal places
(for example, display rate in tenths rather than hundredths), or enable the “× 1000” unit
setting for the rate display using the “Multiplier” checkbox described above to display
rate in terms of thousands of units.
Figure 4.22—Overrun error
Input Type and Sensitivity Configuration
The MC-III EXP accepts either a turbine input or a pulse input. When the turbine input is selected, the user
can also specify one of three sensitivity levels (low, medium, or high) to help minimize noise interference in
the signal reception. A “low” sensitivity setting will detect a signal of approximately 20 mV peak-to-peak,
while a “high” sensitivity setting will detect only signals that exceed 40 mV, peak-to-peak.
When a pulse input is selected, no sensitivity setting is required.
Cut-Off Thresholds
Periods of very low or interrupted flow can lead to inaccuracies in indicated flow totals. To help prevent these
inaccuracies, the user can establish cut-off thresholds to determine the minimum frequency and/or flow rate at
which a signal will be recorded.
The flow rate cut-off is a setpoint for the accumulation of flow time in the hourly and daily records, and can
be applied to either a turbine input or pulse input.
The frequency cut-off is reserved for the turbine input only. When the low-frequency cut-off is configured, the
MC-III EXP will ignore inputs that are less than the user-entered value.
Calculation Period
The flow calculation period is the number of seconds that are allowed for calculating the flow condition. This
setting is easily adjusted with the “plus” and “minus” buttons on the screen, or the page-up and page-down
keys on your computer keyboard. Increasing this setting value results in flow rates with greater resolution.
This setting is also the time allowed for processing of display updates.
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K-Factor Entry
The K-Factor Entry screen (Figure 4.23) allows users to calibrate the MC-III EXP using a single calibration
factor from a turbine flowmeter or multipoint linearization. Users can also configure the MC-III EXP to
compensate for the effect of pressure, temperature, and compressibility on gas volume measurements.
Figure 4.23—K-Factor Entry screen
K-Factor Units
K-Factor entry consists of selecting the K-Factor unit and type (linear or multipoint). In selecting the unit,
users can choose from five preprogrammed units (pulses per gallon, barrel, cubic meter, cubic foot, or liter). If
a calculated divisor is to be used, “pulses per unit” should be selected.
K-Factor Type
For linear calibration, the user need only select the Linear checkbox and enter the K-factor of the turbine
meter. To enter the K-factor value, click on the pencil icon to open a data-entry window (Figure 4.24). Enter
the digits, left to right, and adjust the slide bar to move the decimal point to the proper position.
Figure 4.24—Data-entry screen for linear K-factor
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For multipoint calibration, the user selects the Multipoint checkbox, and then enters the number of calibration
points he desires using the “plus” and “minus” buttons on the screen or the page-up and page-down keys on
a computer keyboard. Up to 12 calibration points may be entered. Frequency and factor data-entry fields are
automatically activated for the number of calibration points selected. The user can then enter the appropriate
data for each point.
K-Factor Backup
Each time a calibration factor is entered or changed, the software prompts the user to copy the previous
settings to backup memory (Figure 4.25). In the event that an error is made while entering configuration
parameters, the user can restore the last saved set of configuration settings to the instrument.
Figure 4.25—Prompt to copy previous calibration settings to backup
Select “yes” to save the previous calibration factor to memory. The date and time of this backup is displayed
next to the “Retrieve K-Factor Backup” button on the K-Factor Entry screen (Figure 4.26, page 68). Only the
last saved backup can be retrieved.
To retrieve the last saved K-Factor backup, perform the following steps:
1. Press the “Retrieve K-Factor Backup” button. A confirmation screen will appear with a prompt to proceed
or terminate the retrieval.
2. Press “yes” to retrieve the last backup.
3. Click “OK” or “Apply” to save the retrieved settings to the configuration file. Because the retrieval of
these settings represents a change to the current K-Factor settings, you will again be prompted to copy the
previous settings to backup.
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Gas Volume Correction (Supercompressibility Calculation)
Gas turbine meters are calibrated in actual cubic feet (ACF), and measure gas in actual cubic feet. In some
applications, a user may benefit from referencing gas measurements back to standard conditions by measuring
in terms of standard cubic feet (SCF). The MC-III EXP makes this process quick and easy, by using fixed
average values for the flowing gas temperature and flowing gas pressure.
By default, this option is disabled.
To access this feature, check the “Enable volume correction” checkbox in the Gas Volume Correction section
of the K-Factor Entry screen. The “STANDARD” annunciator on the LCD will illuminate, and all other Gas
Volume Correction data fields will be activated (Figure 4.26).
Figure 4.26—Gas volume correction settings on K-Factor Entry screen
Atmospheric pressure is set at 14.73 psia by default, but can be adjusted to local conditions.
To compensate the gas measurement to standard conditions, complete the following steps:
1. Enter the atmospheric pressure.
2. Enter the base pressure and unit. The base pressure is the pressure to which the gas will be compensated
(typically, 14.73 psia).
3. Enter the base temperature and unit. The base temperature is the temperature to which the gas will be
compensated (typically, 60°F).
4. Enter the working pressure and unit. The working pressure is the user-entered pressure that represents the
average working (flowing) pressure.
5. Enter the working temperature and unit. The working temperature is the user-entered temperature that
represents the average working (flowing) temperature.
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6. Enter a known compressibility factor, or press “Calculate compressibility from gas comp.” to view a
selection of gas compositions (Figure 4.27).
•
•
To automatically calculate the compressibility factor, enter the gas composition and click on
“Calculate.” The software will calculate flowing gas compressibility in accordance with the
AGA-8 detail method.
The K-Factor Entry screen will reappear, and the calculated super-compressibility factor will be
displayed.
Figure 4.27—Gas Composition screen
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4-20 mA Output
Caution:
Before performing any 4-20 mA calibration, ensure that all peripheral equipment connected to the 4-20 mA current loop is either disconnected or disabled. Calibrating and
testing the 4-20 mA output feature on the MC-III EXP with the peripheral equipment in
operation may cause false alarms or erroneous operation of the peripheral device or associated equipment.
The 4-20 mA Output screen (Figure 4.28) allows users to configure the MC-III EXP to provide a 4-20 mA
output representing flow rate. Zero and full-scale values can be configured to represent any flow rate range
within the range of the flowmeter. A test mode function is also included, allowing a user to calibrate and/or
verify the output received by an end device.
Figure 4.28—4-20 mA Output screen
The low (or zero) setting is the flow rate value that will produce a 4-mA output. The high (or full-scale)
setting is the flow rate value that will produce a 20-mA output. Typically, the high value is greater than the
low value.
Flow rates in-between the minimum and maximum rate setpoints will result in an output of current between
4 mA and 20 mA according to the following calculation:
I OUT =
[I MAX − I MIN ]×
High − Low
[RATECURR − Low]+ I MIN
Where:
IOUT = output current
IMAX = maximum current output (20 mA)
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IMIN = minimum current output (4 mA)
High = programmed flow rate that produces a 20-mA output
Low = programmed flow rate that produces a 4-mA output
RATECURR= flow rate
Figure 4.29—4-20 mA output configuration
Enabling 4-20 mA Output
By default, the 4-20 mA output option is disabled. To enable this feature, perform the following steps:
1. Check the “Enable” checkbox.
2. Click on the pencil icon next to the Low Flow Rate field to launch a data-entry window (Figure 4.30) and
enter the “low” or “zero” flow rate value that will produce a 4-mA output. Adjust the decimal position,
if necessary, using the slide bar. A flow rate less than or equal to this minimum setpoint will result in an
output of 4 mA.
3. Click on the pencil icon next to the High Flow Rate field and enter the “high” or “full-scale” flow rate
value that will produce a 20-mA output. Adjust the decimal position, if necessary, using the slide bar. A
flow rate equal to or greater than this maximum setpoint will result in an output of 20 mA.
Figure 4.30—Data-entry screen for 4-20 mA low and high values
4-20 mA Output Testing
The MC-III software allows users to test the 4-20 mA output by entering an output current value and reading
the live value generated in response.
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To use the test mode, press the “Test 4-20 mA Output” button at the bottom of the 4-20 mA Output screen.
The test page will appear (Figure 4.31), and the 4-20 mA Output option will be temporarily disabled.
To test the output, enter a value in the Output Current (mA) field, and press “Set Output.”
Figure 4.31—4-20 mA output test screen
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Pulse Output
The Pulse Output screen (Figure 4.32) allows users to configure the MC-III EXP to provide a pulse output
representing increments in volume. A test mode function is also included, allowing a user to calibrate and/or
verify the output received by an end device.
Figure 4.32—Pulse Output screen
Configuring Pulse Output
By default, the pulse output option is disabled to reduce current consumption. To conserve power, do not
enable this feature unless it will be used.
To enable the pulse output option, perform the following steps:
1. Check the “Enable” checkbox.
2. Enter the pulse duration value using the “plus” and “minus” buttons on the screen, or the page-up and
page-down keys on a computer keyboard. The pulse length (pulse width) determines the length of each
output pulse in milliseconds (ms).
3. Click on the pencil icon next to the scale field to open a data-entry window (Figure 4.33, page 74), and
enter the scale factor. Adjust the decimal position, if necessary, using the slide bar. The scale factor sets
the volume increment that will cause a pulse output to occur. The unit for this factor is determined by the
unit set for the volume display.
Note—The scale factor can be any number; it is not limited to powers of 10 (1, 10, 100, etc.).
In applications where high flow rates may occur for extended periods, pulses can be lost due to the
instrument’s inability to register the flow rate at the maximum output frequency. To avoid the loss of pulses,
users can raise the scale factor or shorten the pulse duration. The software calculates the maximum flow
rate that can be reached before pulse caching is likely to occur, and displays the information on the Pulse
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Output screen. In applications where short bursts of high flow rates are common (separators, tank loading,
dump cycles, etc.), the displayed flow rate can exceed the maximum flow rate for short periods without
compromising the accuracy of the total represented by the pulse output.
Figure 4.33—Data-entry screen for pulse output scale factor
Pulse Output Testing
The MC-III software allows users to test the pulse output by writing a value to the pulse accumulator. Such
tests can aid in troubleshooting problems with hardware compatibility, threshold settings, and pulse duration
settings.
To use the test mode, press the “Test Pulse Output” button at the bottom of the Pulse Output screen. The test
page will appear (Figure 4.34), and the Pulse Output option will be temporarily disabled.
To test the output, enter a value in the Pulse Count field, and press “Set Output.” The value in the Live Value
field will decrement to zero in accordance with the programmed pulse duration.
Figure 4.34—Pulse output test screen
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Saving and Uploading Configuration Files
The MC-III EXP allows a user to save configuration settings in a file that is stored on the user’s computer and
can be uploaded to the MC-III EXP as needed. Configuration files are easily identified by the .mc3 extension.
The default filename begins with “config” and uses the following structure:
File Format
.mc3
Filename Structure
“config”<date (YYMMDD)> <time (hhmmss)>.mc3
Example: config050209133922.mc3 is a configuration file that was
downloaded on February 9, 2005 at 1:39:22 p.m.
Saving a Configuration File
To save current configuration settings for future reference, perform the following steps:
1. Select File>Save Configuration File (Figure 4.35). A “Save MC3 Configuration File” screen (Figure 4.36)
will appear, prompting the user to save the file to the computer hard drive. The default directory is C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>, however the user can specify a new location, if desired.
Figure 4.35—File dropdown menu allows user to save a configuration file
Figure 4.36—Default directory for configuration files
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2. Click “Save.” An “Information” window will appear to confirm that the file has been saved.
The “wellname” folder will bear the well name that appears on the Wellsite Information screen. If no well
name is entered on this screen, the folder will be named “NO_WELLNAME” (Figure 4.36, page 75).
Uploading a Configuration File
To upload a configuration file, perform the following steps:
1. From the Main screen, select File>Return to Welcome Screen (Figure 4.37).
2. Click on the LCD to connect to the MC-III EXP.
3. Click “Upload a configuration” (Figure 4.38, page 77) and click “Do It Now.” A “Load MC3 Configuration
File” window will appear (Figure 4.39, page 77), displaying the contents of the MC-III folder.
4. Click on the appropriate well name folder, select the configuration file of your choice, and click “Open.”
A “Progress” window will appear momentarily, followed by an “Information” window confirming the
upload.
Figure 4.37—File dropdown menu allows user to return to the Welcome screen
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Figure 4.38—Upload a Configuration option
Figure 4.39—Default directory for configuration files
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Advanced Access
System configurators and host programmers can also access the software through the Advanced Access menu
(Figure 4.40). This option provides access to the Modbus® registers for the MC-III EXP. A series of tabs on
the right side of the screen (real time, input configuration, output configuration...) allows the user to view a
specific group of registers, or to view all registers in one list.
Important: The Advanced Access option is not required for the routine operation of the MC-III EXP,
and novice users should not access this portion of the software unless instructed to do
so by Cameron technical support personnel.
Data retrieved from the MC-III EXP while in Advanced access mode can be logged to a file by enabling the
“Automatically log data polls” checkbox on the Advanced Options screen (Figure B.6, page B-6). The file will
include values that are retrieved from the instrument when the user clicks the “Get All Data” button or enables
“Auto Polling” on the Advanced Access screen. See also Automatic Data Logging, page B-6.
Figure 4.40—Advanced Access screen
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Section 5—Flow Logs and Event Logs
The MC-III™ EXP’s flow archive expands the user’s ability to track flow volume over time by allowing the
user to view flow data in tabular and trend formats, to save or print log data in reports, and to export log data
into a spreadsheet. Additionally, an event archive allows users to identify changes to configuration parameters
and other settings for troubleshooting operational issues.
A user can download logs from the Flow Archive and Event Archive screens as needed, or configure the
software to automatically download the logs upon connection with the instrument. See Automating Functions
on Software Startup, page 47, for more information.
When the “download all logs” or “download only new logs” option is selected from the Device Autorun
Options menu and the “Always do...” checkbox is checked, the software will download both flow logs and
event logs each time the software connects to the MC-III EXP (Figure 5.1).
Figure 5.1—Device Autorun Options screen allows automated log downloads with every connection
Auto-Save Log Formats
The MC-III EXP automatically saves daily flow logs on the contract hour, and saves hourly flow logs around
the clock. The instrument also automatically saves an event log each time a user change is made. After
downloading these logs from the instrument, the software saves the data in a file. By default, the logs are
saved as .csv files.
The file format of the auto-save flow log and event log files is user-configurable. To save logs in Excel (.xls)
format, click Options>Program Options in the task bar, select Downloading from the dropdown options list,
and check the “XLS-MS Excel File” checkbox (Figure 5.2, page 80).
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Figure 5.2—Log download options
Log Directory and Filenames
Auto-save log files are saved in C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>. The “wellname” folder will bear
the well name that appears on the Wellsite Information screen. If no well name is entered on this screen, the
folder will be named “NO_WELLNAME.”
Log filenames incorporate the serial number of the MC-III EXP, the date, the time, and a capital letter
indicating the log type, as shown below.
File Format
.xls or .csv
Filename Structure
<Serial number>_<date (YYYYMMDD)>_<time (hhmmss)>_<log
type indicator> where the log type indicator is
“H” for hourly, “D” for daily, or “E” for event
Example: 16_20050302_102031_H.xls is an hourly log file from the
MC-III EXP serial number 16 that was downloaded on March 2, 2005
at 10:20:31 AM.
Flow Archive
The MC-III EXP automatically saves daily flow logs on the contract hour, and hourly flow logs. The Flow
Archive screen (Figure 5.3, page 81) allows users to download, view, and print trend charts, and export daily
and hourly logs. On the Flow Archive screen, users can view up to 384 daily logs and 768 hourly logs in
tabular format (note the Daily Logs and Hourly Logs tabs at the bottom of the screen), or in a trend chart (see
Daily Trend and Hourly Trend tabs).
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Figure 5.3—Flow Archive screen
Downloading Flow Logs
To download flow logs, click the “Download” button on the Flow Archive screen, and select either Download
All Flow Logs or Download Only New Flow Logs (Figure 5.4). (Download Only New Flow Logs will display
only flow logs that have been created since the last download was performed.) Tabular views of the archive
record (Figure 5.5, page 82) include a time stamp showing the exact time each log was recorded, as well as
flow volume, run time, and supply voltage. Trend views (Figure 5.6, page 83) show the flow volume and time
stamp only.
Figure 5.4—Menu for downloading flow logs from the Flow Archive screen
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Figure 5.5—Downloaded flow logs (tabular view)
Viewing Trend Charts
In the daily and hourly trend views, flow volumes are charted on a grid, with flow record numbers forming
the horizontal axis, and flow volumes shown on the vertical axis. A graphical line defined by two yellow
endpoints represents the range of archived logs available for viewing. A yellow triangle marks the first record,
and a yellow circle marks the final record. The arrowhead cursor is paired with dotted circle. As the user drags
the cursor across the chart, the circle’s position corresponds with the record displayed at the top of the screen
(Figure 5.6, page 83). The circle’s snap function allows the user to pinpoint transitional points within the trend
display; the greater the zoom, the more precise the navigation.
Note—The interactive cursor cannot be turned off.
•
To zoom in, left-click and drag the mouse to the right and down.
•
To zoom out, drag the mouse up and to the left.
•
To reposition the chart within the viewing window, right-click the chart and move the mouse slowly in
any direction.
•
To exit the page and return to the Main screen, press OK.
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Figure 5.6—Flow Archive screen, trend view
Printing/Saving a Report
A flow log can be printed and/or saved as a table (Figure 5.7) or a trend chart (Figure 5.8, page 84).
To print a log, select the appropriate tab at the bottom of the Flow Archive screen, and press the “Print”
button in the upper right corner of the Flow Archive screen. (If the display is tabular, the button will read
“Print Table”; if the display is a chart, the button will read “Print Chart.”) A Print Preview screen will appear,
displaying the image to be printed.
To print the report, select File>Print from the task bar (Figure 5.7).
Figure 5.7—Print preview, tabular view
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Figure 5.8—Print preview, trend view
To save the report, perform the following steps:
1. Select File>Save from the task bar (Figure 5.8). A “Save Report As” window will open (Figure 5.9).
2. Enter a filename. The filename extension will be .rps.
3. Click “Save.” By default, log archive reports are saved in C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>.
However, the user can specify a new location, if desired. The “wellname” folder will bear the well name
that appears on the Wellsite Information screen. If no well name is entered on this screen, the folder will
be named “NO_WELLNAME.”
Figure 5.9—Save Report As screen
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Viewing a Saved Report
To view a saved report, perform the following steps:
1. From the Flow Archive screen, click “Print Table” (or “Print Chart” for trend chart views) in the upper
right corner of the screen.
2. Select File>Load from the task bar at the top of the page (Figure 5.10). A Load Report window will open
(Figure 5.11).
3. Click on the report you wish to view. A preview of the report will appear in the right portion of the window.
4. Click “Open.”
Figure 5.10—Menu for loading a saved report
Figure 5.11—Load Report screen for viewing saved flow log reports
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Exporting Flow Logs
Flow logs can be directly exported to an .xls or .csv file for ease in viewing and distributing. To export a file,
perform the following steps:
1. Click the “Export Data” button near the top of the Flow Archive screen and select the .xls or .csv format
(Figure 5.12).
2. When the “Export Daily (or Hourly) Log Data...” window appears, click “Save.” By default, exported
logs are saved in C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>, however the user can specify a new location, if desired (Figure 5.13, page 87). The “wellname” folder will bear the well name that appears on the
Wellsite Information screen. If no well name is entered on this screen, the folder will be named “NO_
WELLNAME.”
Important: Users can also specify the file format to be used for all auto-save logs (.csv or .xls). To
change the auto-save format, follow the procedure described in Downloading Options,
page B-5.
Figure 5.12—Dropdown menu for exporting log data
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Figure 5.13—Default directory for exported log files
Event Archive
The Event Archive screen (Figure 5.14) allows users to download, view, export, and print up to 345 user event
logs. Event logs are generated to track user changes such as K-Factor changes, input setting changes, poweron and “watch-dog” resets, and the flow and frequency cut-off settings.
Figure 5.14—Event Archive screen
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To download event logs, click the “Download” button on the Event Archive screen, and select either
Download All Event Logs or Download Only New Event Logs, (Figure 5.15). Download Only New Event
Logs will display only flow logs that have been created since the last download was performed. Tabular views
of the archive record (Figure 5.16) include a time stamp showing the exact time each log was recorded, as
well as the name of the register changed, and the old and new values assigned to that register.
Figure 5.15—Menu for downloading event logs from Event Archive screen
Figure 5.16—Downloaded event logs
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Printing/Saving a Report
To print an event log, press the “Print Table” button in the upper right corner of the Event Archive screen. A
Print Preview screen will appear, displaying the image to be printed.
To print the report, select File>Print from the task bar.
To save the report, perform the following steps:
1. Select File>Save from the task bar. A “Save Report As” window will open.
2. Enter a filename. The filename extension will be .rps.
3. Click “Save.” By default, log archive reports are saved in C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>,
however the user can specify a new location, if desired.The “wellname” folder will bear the well name
that appears on the Wellsite Information screen. If no well name is entered on this screen, the folder will
be named “NO_WELLNAME.”
The procedure for printing and saving an event log report is nearly identical to the procedure for printing and
saving a flow log report. See the flow log screen captures, pages 77 and 78, for reference.
Exporting Event Logs
Event logs can be directly exported to an .xls or .csv file for ease in viewing and distributing. To export a file,
perform the following steps:
1. Click the “Export Data” button near the top of the Event Archive screen and select the .xls or .csv format
(Figure 5.17, page 90.
2. When the “Export Event Logs...” window appears, click “Save.” By default, exported logs are saved in
C:\NuFlo log data\MC-III\<WELL NAME>, however the user can specify a new location, if desired. The
“wellname” folder will bear the well name that appears on the Wellsite Information screen. If no well
name is entered on this screen, the folder will be named “NO_WELLNAME.”
Important: Users can also specify the file format to be used for all auto-save logs (.csv or .xls). To
change the auto-save format, follow the procedure described in Downloading Options,
page B-5.
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Figure 5.17—Dropdown menu for exporting log data
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Section 6 - MC-III EXP Maintenance
The MC-III™ EXP is designed to provide many years of service with minimal maintenance. Batteries require
periodic replacement, and battery life depends on whether battery power is the primary or secondary power
source.
All configuration settings are stored in nonvolatile memory; therefore, configuration settings will not be lost
in the event of battery failure.
The circuit assembly or keypad may also require replacement over the life of the instrument. Procedures are
provided in this section.
Lithium Battery Replacement
The MC-III EXP uses a lithium battery with a life expectancy of approximately 2 years. Due to the flat
discharge characteristics of the lithium battery, it is difficult to determine how much life remains in a battery
at any given time. To preserve configuration and accumulated volume data, replace the battery at 2-year
intervals.
!
WARNING: CSA-APPROVED DEVICE. To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not
remove the cover unless the area is void of combustible gas and vapors. Replace the battery
pack only with battery part number 9A-100005111.
!
WARNING: ATEX-APPROVED DEVICE. To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not
remove the cover unless the area is void of combustible gas and vapors. Replace the battery
pack only with battery part number 9A-90099000.
!
WARNING: The lithium battery that powers the MC-III EXP is a sealed unit; however, should a
lithium battery develop a leak, toxic fumes could escape upon opening the enclosure. Ensure
that the instrument is in a well-ventilated area before opening the enclosure to avoid breathing
fumes trapped inside the enclosure. Exercise caution in handling and disposing of spent or
damaged batteries. See additional information on lithium batteries in Appendix C, page C-1 of this
manual.
Important: Press the ENTER/SAVE key on the keypad before replacing the lithium battery to save
the accumulated total to nonvolatile memory. Once the battery is replaced and power is
restored to the unit, the last saved accumulated total will be displayed in the LCD.
The lithium battery is secured inside the enclosure by a velcro strap and connected to a connector (J1) near the
top of the circuit assembly.
To replace a lithium battery in the MC-III EXP, perform the following steps:
1. Unscrew the cover of the enclosure counter-clockwise until it separates from the main body of the enclosure.
2. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws located to the right and
left side of the display (Figure 6.1, page 92).
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Remove screws
to access battery
compartment
Figure 6.1— Removal of faceplate/keypad assembly
3. Lift the display/keypad assembly from the enclosure, making sure the circuit assembly does not contact
the enclosure.
4. Loosen the velcro strap, disconnect the battery from the J1 connector on the circuit assembly, and remove
the battery from the enclosure (Figure 6.2).
Figure 6.2— Removal/replacement of lithium battery
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5. Install the new battery in the enclosure in the same position as the original battery, and secure the Velcro
tightly around the battery.
6. Connect the replacement battery to the J1 connector.
7. Place the circuit assembly over the standoffs and fasten with the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws, ensuring that
all connector wiring is inside the enclosure.
8. Replace the enclosure cover, threading it onto the enclosure in a clockwise direction.
Important: The interruption of power to the MC-III EXP will cause the internal clock time to be inaccurate. Reset the time via the interactive software. See Time/Date Synchronization, page 60.
Alkaline Battery Replacement
The alkaline battery pack will require periodic replacement. The dimming of the LCD may be an indicator
that battery power is diminishing, and the battery pack should be replaced.
!
WARNING: To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not remove the cover while
circuits are alive. Under normal conditions, the MC-III EXP poses no hazard when opened in a
safe area. Replace the battery pack only with battery pack part number 9A-30099007.
Important: Press the ENTER/SAVE key on the keypad before replacing the alkaline battery to save
the accumulated total to nonvolatile memory. Once the battery is replaced and power is
restored to the unit, the last saved accumulated total will be displayed in the LCD.
The shrink-wrapped alkaline battery pack is secured inside the MC-III EXP enclosure by a Velcro strap and
connected to a connector (J1) near the top of the circuit assembly.
To replace the battery pack, perform the following steps:
1. Unscrew the cover of the enclosure counter-clockwise until it separates from the main body of the enclosure.
2. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws located to the right and
left side of the display (Figure 6.3, page 94).
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Remove screws
to access battery
compartment
Figure 6.3—Removal of faceplate/keypad assembly
3. Lift the display/keypad assembly from the enclosure.
4. Loosen the Velcro strap, disconnect it from the J1 connector on the circuit assembly, and remove the battery from the enclosure (Figure 6.4).
Figure 6.4—Removal/replacement of alkaline battery pack
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5. Install the new shrink-wrapped battery pack in the same position as the original battery pack as shown in
Figure 6.4, page 94 and secure the Velcro strap to hold the pack tightly in place.
6. Connect the replacement battery pack to the J1 connector.
7. Place the circuit assembly over the standoffs and fasten with the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws, ensuring that
all connector wiring is inside the enclosure.
8. Replace the enclosure cover, threading it onto the enclosure in a clockwise direction.
Important: The interruption of power to the MC-III EXP will cause the internal clock time to be inaccurate. Reset the time via the interactive software. See Time/Date Synchronization, page 60.
Circuit Assembly Replacement
!
WARNING: To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not remove the cover while
circuits are alive. Under normal conditions, the MC-III EXP poses no hazard when opened in a
safe area.
Important: Static electricity can damage a circuit board. Handle new boards only by their edges,
and use proper anti-static techniques (such as wearing anti-static wrist strap or touching
metal to establish an earth ground) prior to handling a board.
Important: If possible, record the accumulated total and all configuration settings before replacing
the circuit board. This information can be recorded by hand or captured by saving a configuration file that can be reloaded into the unit after the circuit board is replaced. (See
Saving and Uploading Configuration Files, page 75)
To replace the circuit assembly, perform the following steps:
1. Unscrew the cover of the enclosure counter-clockwise until it separates from the main body of the enclosure.
2. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws located to the right and
left side of the display.
3. Lift the display/keypad assembly from the enclosure.
4. Record the locations of all cable connections to the circuit assembly.
5. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove all wiring from terminal blocks TB1, TB2, and TB3,
and J2, ensuring that all wiring that is connected to powered circuits is insulated with tape.
6. Unplug the battery cable from connector J1 on the circuit assembly.
7. Remove the two #4-40 × 5/16” screws fastening the circuit assembly to the keypad assembly (Figure 6.5,
page 96.
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Figure 6.5—Disassembly of circuit board/keypad assembly
8. Disconnect the keypad ribbon cable from the J3 connector on the LCD side of the circuit assembly as follows:
a. Grasp the black clip between a thumb and forefinger (see white arrows in Figure 6.6 below).
b. Squeeze both sides of the clip and gently pull to release the clip from the plastic connector that holds
it in place. DO NOT PULL on the ribbon cable. When the black plastic clip is properly disengaged,
the cable will release freely.
Figure 6.6—To release the ribbon cable from the connector, press in on the side tabs of the connector (white
arrows) and gently pull forward (black arrow).
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9. Remove the original circuit assembly from the enclosure.
10. Connect the ribbon cable of the keypad to the J3 connector on the LCD side of the circuit assembly as
follows:
a. Insert the end of the ribbon cable into the plastic clip.
b. While holding the ribbon cable in place, press the black plastic clip into the connector until it snaps.
11. Mount the circuit assembly to the keypad with the two #4-40 × 5/16” screws.
12. Reconnect the battery cable to J1 on the circuit assembly.
13. Reconnect all wiring to terminal blocks TB1, TB2 and TB3 (and J2, if applicable).
14. Mount the display/keypad assembly to the enclosure with the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws.
15. Recalibrate the MC-III EXP, then replace the enclosure cover.
16. Re-establish power to the peripheral circuitry.
Keypad Replacement
!
WARNING: To prevent ignition of hazardous atmospheres, do not remove the cover while
circuits are alive. Under normal conditions, the MC-III EXP poses no hazard when opened in a
safe area.
To replace the keypad of the MC-III EXP, perform the following steps:
1. Unscrew the cover of the enclosure counter-clockwise until it separates from the main body of the enclosure.
2. Using a small standard blade screwdriver, remove the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws located to the right and
left side of the display.
3. Lift the display/keypad assembly from the enclosure.
4. Remove the two #4-40 × 5/16” screws fastening the circuit assembly to the keypad (Figure 6.5, page 96.
5. Disconnect the keypad ribbon cable from the J3 connector on the LCD side of the circuit assembly as follows:
a. Grasp the black clip between a thumb and forefinger (see white arrows in Figure 6.6, page 96.
b. Squeeze both sides of the clip and gently pull to release the clip from the plastic connector that holds
it in place. DO NOT PULL on the ribbon cable. When the black plastic clip is properly disengaged,
the cable will release freely.
6. Remove the circuit assembly.
7. Connect the ribbon cable of the keypad to the J3 connector on the LCD side of the circuit assembly as
follows:
a. Insert the end of the ribbon cable into the plastic clip.
b. While holding the ribbon cable in place, press the black plastic clip into the connector until it snaps.
8. Mount the circuit assembly to the keypad with the two #4-40 × 5/16” screws.
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9. Mount the display/keypad assembly to the enclosure with the two #4-40 × 7/8” screws.
10. Recalibrate the MC-III EXP if necessary and replace the enclosure cover.
Firmware Update
Before installing new firmware or moving the instrument to a new site, it is recommended that the user
clear the EEPROM, which will erase all configuration settings and log data. To clear the EEPROM, choose
Options/Program Options from the menu bar, select Advanced from the dropdown options list, and click on
the “Clear EEPROM” button (Figure 6.7).
Technical assistance is typically required for upgrading firmware. Contact Cameron’s Measurement Systems
Division to arrange an upgrade.
!
WARNING: Clicking the “Clear EEPROM” button will delete all configuration settings and log
records in the MC-III EXP memory.
Figure 6.7—EEPROM clearing and automatic data log option
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MC-III Parts List (CSA)
CAUTION: EXPLOSION HAZARD—SUBSTITUTION OF COMPONENTS MAY IMPAIR SUITABILITY FOR CLASS I, DIVISION 1 IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. USE OF SPARE PARTS
OTHER THAN THOSE IDENTIFIED BY CAMERON VOIDS CSA CERTIFICATION. CAMERON BEARS NO LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF A PRODUCT
THAT HAS BEEN SERVICED OR REPAIRED WITH PARTS THAT ARE NOT AUTHORIZED
BY CAMERON.
Quantity
Part Number
1
9A-30166003
Assembly, Switchplate
Description
1
9A-50160002
Circuit Assembly
1
9A-90017002
Cable Assembly, Flowmeter
1
9A-100005111
Battery - Lithium, 3.6 V (CSA-approved units
only)
1
9A-50099002
Battery Pack, Alkaline (3 “C”), Shrink-wrapped
(CSA-approved units only)
1
9A-100002605
Desiccant Packet
1
9A-30054001
Assembly, Explosion-Proof Reset/Control
Switch, with Extension, Fits ¾ in. Female Pipe
Thread, for Standard Enclosure, CSA
1
9A-50053008
Assembly, Reset Switch, Explosion-Proof, for
Alternate Enclosure (Red Rim on Cover), CSA
1
9A-50053009
IS Barrier, RS-485, CSA
1
9A-90017004
Cable Assembly, 3/4 in. NPT Explosion-Proof
Union, 2-Pin Connector, 10 in., for External
RS-485 Communications, CSA
1
2296692-01
Kit, Cable Assembly, USB, Software Driver CD
1
9A-101283116
Converter, RS-485 to RS-232, 9-Pin, with 20-ft
Cable
1
2296650-01
Converter, RS-485 to USB, Port-Powered, with
20-ft Cable
1
9A-100017622
Union, 1-in.
1
9A-30028004
Kit, Pole Mount, Plated Steel
1
9A-30028005
Kit, Pole Mount, Stainless Steel
1
9A-50074001
Assembly, Installation Software CD and CD
Pocket Folder, MC-III
1
9A-50165003
Manual, User
1
2296694-01
1
9A-50053010
Manual, Quick-Start
Control Drawing, Intrinsically Safe RS-485
Connection, MC-III EXP
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MC-III Parts List (ATEX)
CAUTION: EXPLOSION HAZARD—SUBSTITUTION OF COMPONENTS MAY IMPAIR SUITABILITY FOR ATEX AND IECEX APPROVALS. USE OF SPARE PARTS OTHER THAN THOSE
IDENTIFIED BY CAMERON VOIDS ATEX/IECEX CERTIFICATION. CAMERON BEARS NO
LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF A PRODUCT THAT HAS BEEN
SERVICED OR REPAIRED WITH PARTS THAT ARE NOT AUTHORIZED BY CAMERON.
Quantity
Part Number
Description
1
9A-30166003
Assembly, Switchplate
1
9A-50160002
Circuit Assembly
1
9A-90017005
Cable Assembly, Flowmeter, ATEX
1
9A-90099000
Battery, Lithium, Intrinsically Safe, Current
Limited, ATEX
1
9A-100002605
Desiccant Packet
1
9A-30054002
Assembly, External Explosion-Proof Reset/
Control Switch, with Extension, Fits 3/4 in.
Female Pipe Thread, ATEX
1
9A-90017008
Cable Assembly, 3/4 in. NPT Explosion-Proof
Brass Union, 2-Pin Connector, 10 in., for
External RS-485 Communications, ATEX
1
9A-101283116
Converter, RS-485 to RS-232, 9-Pin, with 20-ft
Cable
1
9A-30025001
Tube, Standoff, Stainless Steel, for Barton 7000
Series Turbine Meters,1.18 in. Hex X 3.56 in.
long with 3/4 in. NPT Male & Female Ends,
ATEX *
1
9A-30025006
Tube, Standoff, Stainless Steel, for NuFlo
Turbine Meters, 4.00 in. long with 3/4 in. NPT
Male & 1 in. NPT Female Ends, ATEX *
1
9A-30028004
Kit, Pole Mount, Plated Steel
1
9A-30028005
Kit, Pole Mount, Stainless Steel
1
9A-50074001
Assembly, Installation Software CD and CD
Pocket Folder, MC-III
1
9A-50165003
Manual, User
1
2296694-01
Manual, Quick-Start
* Standoff tube adapters are available in lengths up to 18 inches on request.
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Appendix A
Appendix A—MC-III EXP Hardware Options
Explosion-Proof Reset/Control Switch
An external explosion-proof reset/control switch (Figure A.1) allows the user to zero the total and manually
select which parameter is displayed on the LCD and view daily logs instantaneously without removing the
instrument cover or connecting the instrument to a laptop computer.
Caution:
This switch is available in two models. The CSA-approved model has a stainless steel
adapter, and the ATEX-approved model has a brass adapter.
Figure A.1—Explosion-proof reset/control switch (CSA-approved stainless steel adapter shown)
The reset/control switch assembly mounts in either threaded conduit opening in the instrument housing.
The CSA-approved assembly is available in two variations for use with the standard enclosure shown above,
and the alternate enclosure shown in Figure 2.6, page 24. The alternate enclosure is identified by a red ring
around the face of the cover. Both parts are included in the MC-III Parts List (CSA), page 99.
Installation
If the switch is ordered with an MC-III, it will be installed prior to shipment.
To add a switch to an existing MC-III, connect the leads to connector J2 on the main circuit board (Figure
A.2, page A-2).
A-1
A&S
TB1
3
EXT POWER
GND
TB
J1
6-3
0V
DC
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BATTERY
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TB2
RESET
INPUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
4-20
OUT
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Remote switch
connector
(Part No. 9A-50053008)
Figure A.2—Explosion-proof switch wiring
Operation
Zeroing the Total. To reset the volume total with an explosion-proof switch, press and hold the switch for at
least 3 seconds, then release it.
Important: When resetting the volume total with the explosion-proof reset switch, do not release the
switch prematurely. Releasing the switch too quickly (before 3 seconds have passed) will
activate the daily log view function and WILL NOT reset the volume to zero.
Viewing Daily Logs. To view daily logs with the explosion-proof switch, press and release the switch. (Do not
depress the switch for more than 1 second.) The words “Daily Volume Archive” will scroll across the bottom
of the LCD and the day index (Figure A.3) will display “01.” The daily flow total recorded at the last contract
hour will appear at the top of the LCD.
The index number represents the number of days previous to the current date. For example, totals from two
days previous are read by pressing the switch until “02” appears in the Day index field of the display.
Subsequent press-and-release actions increment the daily index, allowing the user to select a specific daily
total.
Day
00000000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
00
Figure A.3—Daily index (Day) displays
A-2
CF
X1000
CF
X1000
3
M
BBL
GAL
LIT
Total
/SEC
/MIN
/HR
/DAY
Rate
STANDARD
000000
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Additionally, when the log viewing function times out, the accumulated total is automatically saved to
memory.
Saving the Total. When the daily log display times out, the MC-III EXP will automatically save the
accumulated total.
Explosion-Proof Communications Adapter
The explosion-proof communications adapter provides an RS-485 connection for connecting a laptop or PC to
the instrument without removing the instrument cover. When the adapter is ordered with an MC-III EXP, it is
factory installed. The installed adapter is comprised of an RS-485 adapter socket, a blanking plug, and a union
nut (Figure A.4). It may be relocated to either conduit opening in the instrument housing.
Caution:
This adapter is available in two models—a plated steel CSA-approved model and a brass
ATEX-approved model.
An RS-232 to RS-485 converter cable (available from Cameron’s Measurement Systems Division) is required
for connecting the adapter to a laptop computer. See MC-III Parts List (CSA), page 99, and MC-III Parts List
(ATEX), page 100, for converter cable options.
Adapter socket
Blanking plug
Union nut
Figure A.4—Components of explosion-proof communications adapter
Assembly of the Plug Connector
A plug connector that mates with the RS-485 adapter socket is shipped with the device (uninstalled). This
plug connector should be wired to an RS-485 converter cable as shown in Figure A.5, page A-4, and stored with
the cable when the COM adapter is not in use.
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COM ADAPTER SOCKET
PLUG CONNECTOR
(LEFT AND RIGHT WIRE POSITIONS ARE VALID ONLY
WHEN PLUG IS FACING SOCKET IN POSITION SHOWN)
TD(A)
TD(B)
GND
RS-485
CONVERTER
RS-232 9-PIN
CONNECTOR
GND
+12V
Part No. 101283116
Figure A.5—Wiring of plug connector to 9-pin RS-232 to RS-485 converter cable, Part No. 9A-101283116
Connecting to the Communications Adapter
Take the following precautions when disassembling the communications adapter.
!
WARNING: When a hazardous area is present, ensure the union nut and blanking plug are
properly fitted in the conduit opening. The explosion-proof rating applies only when the union
nut and blanking plug are secured in place. When the union is broken, the device is no longer
explosion-proof.
!
WARNING: Before disassembling the union nut and blanking plug, make sure the area is nonhazardous.
To connect a PC or laptop to the communications adapter, perform the following steps:
1. Unscrew the union nut to expose the connector socket shown in Figure A.4, page A-3. (A blanking plug will
be removed with the union nut. Store the union nut and blanking plug in a safe place. They will need to be
reinstalled when the adapter is not in use.)
2. Wire the plug connector to an RS-485 converter cable, if it is not already attached (Figure A.5).
3. Insert the plug connector into the adapter socket.
4. Connect the converter cable to the PC or laptop.
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Disconnecting the Communications Adapter
To disconnect the adapter, perform the following steps:
1. Remove the plug connector (with converter cable attached) from the socket.
2. Place the blanking plug inside the union nut (removed in step 1).
3. Screw the union nut onto the union half to cover the socket. Hand-tighten to ensure a snug connection.
Important: Do not disconnect the plug connector from the RS-232 to RS-485 converter cable when it
is not in use. For best results, store the plug connector with the converter cable.
Installation of Adapter (when purchased separately from an MC-III EXP)
!
WARNING: If the communications adapter is ordered separately from the MC-III EXP Flow Analyzer, the conduit openings in the enclosure will be sealed with brass or stainless steel plugs.
Do not remove the plug from the enclosure to install the adapter unless the area is known to be
non-hazardous.
To install a communications adapter purchased separately from an MC-III EXP, perform the following steps:
1. Thread the cable of the adapter through a conduit opening in the instrument housing and screw the adapter
into place.
2. Connect the adapter cable to the RS-485 port on the MC-III EXP main circuit board (Figure A.6).
EXT POWER
GND
A&S
TB1
TB
3
J1
6-3
0V
DC
BATTERY
3. Connect the plug connector to an RS-485 converter cable (Figure A.5, page A-4) if applicable.
TB2
RESET
INPUT
RS485 PULSE
SLAVE OUT
PULSE
INPUT
TFM
4-20
OUT
Red
Black
Communications
Adapter
RESET
SWITCH
J2
Figure A.6—Circuit board connection for communications adapter
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USB Communications Adapter
The NuFlo™ USB Adapter (Figure A.7) allows a user to connect a computer to the MC-III using a standard
off-the-shelf USB connector cable for quick and easy downloads without opening the MC-III enclosure.
Caution:
This adapter is CSA-approved for use in hazardous areas. It does not have ATEX/IECEX
approval.
The USB adapter is comprised of a USB adapter socket, a blanking plug, and a union nut (Figure A.8). A CD
includes the software for installing the driver.
When the USB connection is ordered with an MC-III, the USB adapter is pre-installed at the factory. No
field wiring is required. If the USB adapter is purchased as a kit, see Adapter Kit Installation, page A-7, for
installation instructions.
Important: Do not connect the USB adapter to a computer until a USB driver is installed using the
CD provided. MC-III software cannot connect to an MC-III without these files. See Using
the Adapter, page A-7.
Figure A.7—NuFlo USB adapter
Figure A.8—NuFlo USB adapter components
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User-Supplied Hardware
To connect the USB adapter to an MC-III using MC-III software, a user-supplied universal serial bus USB
A/B cable is required (Figure A.9).
Figure A.9—User-supplied USB A/B cable
Using the Adapter
The MC-III software CD supplied with the NuFlo USB Adapter contains the drivers required to enable USB
communications for an MC-III when the NuFlo USB Adapter is installed.
For step-by-step installation instructions, insert the CD in your computer and click the “Install USB Driver”
link on the Welcome screen. The software will install the appropriate driver that is compatible with your
computer’s operating system.
When the software is fully installed, the adapter can be connected to the computer and used to connect to the
MC-III via MC-III software (Tools/Select COM Port).
!
WARNING: When a hazardous area is present, ensure the union nut and blanking plug are
properly fitted in the conduit opening. The explosion-proof rating applies only when the union
nut and blanking plug are secured in place. When the union is broken, the device is no longer
explosion-proof.
!
WARNING: Before disassembling the union nut and blanking plug, make sure the area is nonhazardous.
Covering the Adapter
When the USB port is not in use, nest the blanking plug inside the union nut and screw the union nut onto the
adapter to cover the USB socket. Hand-tighten to ensure a snug connection.
Adapter Kit Installation
If the NuFlo USB adapter is purchased as a kit, install it in the MC-III EXP according to the steps below.
The USB adapter is comprised of a USB adapter socket, a blanking plug, and a union nut (Figure A.8, page A-6).
The blanking plug and union nut are connected to the adapter only when the USB port is not in use.
1. Remove the plug from a conduit opening in the MC-III EXP enclosure.
2. Thread the cable of the adapter through the conduit opening and screw the adapter into place.
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3. Connect the adapter cable to the RS-485 port on the MC-III EXP main circuit board (Figure A.6, page A-5).
4. Connect the plug connector to an RS-485 converter cable (Figure A.5, page A-4), if applicable (black wire to
negative terminal).
RS-485
SLAVE
USB
CONNECTOR
4-20
OUT
+ – + –
PULSE
OUT
TB2
Figure A.10—Wiring of NuFlo USB adapter (required only when purchased as a kit)
5. If the USB port will not be used immediately, nest the blanking plug inside the union nut and screw the
union nut onto the adapter to cover the USB socket. Hand-tighten to ensure a snug connection.
Important
A-8
Before using the USB adapter for the first time, it is necessary to install a USB driver on
the computer used to run MC-III software. The driver is supplied on the MC-III software
CD provided with the USB adapter kit. For step-by-step installation instructions, insert
the CD in your computer and click the “Install USB Driver” link on the Welcome screen.
The software will install the appropriate driver that is compatible with your computer’s
operating system.
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Appendix B
Appendix B—Software Program Options
In addition to the standard configuration and flow log menus, the MC-III™ interface software includes a
Program Options menu that allows users to customize the way the software functions, handles log data, and
communicates.
To access the Program Options menu, select Options in the menu bar; Program Options is the last entry in the
dropdown list (Figure B.1).
Figure B.1—Program Options menu location
General Options
The General Options screen allows a user to change the threshold setting used to generate a user prompt for
synchronizing the internal clock with the time displayed on the user’s computer.
The MC-III EXP includes a real-time clock for timekeeping and log time stamps, and the internal time and
date is preset at the factory. However, if the factory-set time and date are inaccurate for the user (for example,
if the user is in a different time zone), the program will automatically detect the difference between the
device’s internal time and the date and the time/date displayed on the user’s personal computer and prompt
the user to authorize time and date synchronization.
By default, the MC-III prompts a user to synchronize the clock display if the time difference is 60 seconds or
more. To change the time difference required to generate a “synchronize” prompt, enter a new threshold value
(seconds) in the General Options screen (Figure B.2, page B-2) and click “OK.”
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Figure B.2—Threshold setting for internal clock synchronization
Autorun Options
When the software connects with the MC-III EXP, the Device Autorun Options screen appears, prompting the
user to select any of six actions, including navigating to one of three configuration screens, downloading flow
and event logs, and uploading a configuration file. A checkbox at the bottom of the screen allows the user to
automate the selected function each time the software connects to the instrument.
The Autorun Options screen in the Program Options menu allows a user to terminate all autorun functions, or
change the autorun selection.
To change an autorun setting —that is, to initiate an autorun action, to terminate an autorun action, or to
change to a different autorun action at the next connection—select Autorun from the Program Options menu
(Figure B.3, page B-3), select the appropriate checkboxes, and click “OK.” Verify that the “Always do...”
checkbox is checked if the selected function is to be automated upon each software connection.
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Figure B.3—Menu for changing autorun option selection
Communications Options
The Communications Options screen (Figure B.4) allows users to customize communication parameters for
optimizing performance, depending on the communication path.
Figure B.4—Menu for changing communication parameters
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Express Connect Option
By default, the MC-III interface software automatically attempts to connect to the instrument when a user
clicks on the desktop application icon. This feature is controlled by the “Always attempt Express Connect on
program startup” checkbox setting in the Communications Option screen (Figure B.4, page B-3).
When multiple devices are daisy-chained together in a network, the “express connect” function can interfere
with the user’s ability to connect to a specific device. To disable the Express Connect function, deselect the
“Always attempt...” checkbox and click “OK.” The software will now attempt to connect with the instrument
only when the user clicks on the LCD image on the Welcome screen or selects File>Express Connect. For
more information, see Software Connection in Multi-Device Network, page 49.
To cancel the “express connect” function without disabling the autorun option, the user can toggle between
connect/disconnect by clicking in the LCD area of the device on the Welcome screen.
Auto-Negotiate Option
When connected devices are capable of switching baud rates automatically or when devices are directly
connected to an MC-III EXP, a user may configure the MC-III interface to automatically negotiate the fastest
baud rate during device connection. This “negotiated” baud rate does not replace the configured baud rate,
but rather provides a temporary boost of baud rate while the computer is connected to the device for faster
downloads. After the software disconnects, the device reverts to the configured baud rate.
By default, this function is disabled. To enable automatic baud rate negotiation on device connect, check the
“Attempt auto-negotiation….” check box in the Communications Option screen (Figure B.4, page B-3) and click
“OK”. To initiate an immediate search for the fastest baud rate without exiting to the Welcome screen, check
the “Enable auto-negotiated baud rate” checkbox, click the “Test Now” button to the right of the checkbox,
and click “Yes” at the prompt in the Confirm dialog box.
Enable Auto-Negotiated Baud Rate Option
The “Enable auto-negotiated…” checkbox enables usage of the baud rate that has been automatically selected
or “negotiated” by the MC-III interface, either upon connection with the instrument or when the “Test Now”
button was last clicked. See also Auto-Negotiate Option above.
Toggle RTS Line Option
Some RS-485 to RS-232 converter modules require a request-to-send (RTS) line for switching between a
“receive” and “transmit” state. This checkbox allows the software to toggle this line, ensuring that incoming
data will be readily transmitted and that the converter will not stall in a “receive” mode after a period of
inactivity (see Figure B.4, page B-3). By default, this option is enabled. To disable the option, deselect the
checkbox and click “OK.”
Enable Modbus Address Support for Firmware Versions 1.06 through 1.08
Operators with MC-III units programmed with firmware versions 1.06 through 1.08 must check the checkbox
labeled “Enable Modbus Address Support for Firmware Versions 1.06 through 1.08” to ensure seamless
Modbus communication with their units. Operators using any other firmware version with the MC-III should
leave the checkbox unchecked.
Timing Parameters
Presend Delay
On the Communications Options screen (Figure B.4, page B-3), a user can enter a presend delay (milliseconds)
to help ensure a successful connection between the computer and the MC-III EXP when the instrument is
networked with a radio or other low-speed device. The computer transmits a request to send, which turns
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the device on, and then waits the specified length of time before attempting to transmit data. By default, this
parameter is set to zero.
Number of Retries
By default, the computer will make two attempts to connect to the MC-III EXP before providing an error
message. In situations where timeouts are anticipated—for example, due to a slow-speed computer—the
user can increase the length of time allowed for a connection by inputting a larger number in the Number of
Retries field. See Figure B.4, page B-3.
Timeout Period Type
A user can select an “optimal” timeout, which is based on the response time of the MC-III EXP to various
requests for data at all baud rates during extensive testing, or a “fixed” timeout determined by the user. By
default, the “optimal” period type is enabled. When a communication error occurs, the “optimal” timeout
allows the software to respond much faster than the more conservative fixed timeout. The optimal setting
is recommended when the software is connecting directly to the instrument. The “fixed” timeout type is
recommended when data is being transmitted through a radio or other network device (serial to TCP/IP) and
there are recognizable delays in the communication system. See Figure B.4, page B-3.
Timeout Period
When a “fixed” timeout period type is selected, the user enters the timeout period value (in milliseconds) in
the Timeout Period field. When an “optimal” timeout period type is selected, the user can use this field to
enter a percentage by which the “optimal” timeout period is extended. This extension can be advantageous
when connecting to a slow computer. See Figure B.4, page B-3.
Downloading Options
The MC-III EXP automatically saves daily flow logs on the contract hour, and hourly flow logs around the
clock. The instrument also automatically saves an event log each time a user change is made. By default, the
logs are saved as .csv files. The Downloading Options screen (Figure B.5) allows a user to change the format
of the auto-save flow logs and event logs to Excel (.xls) files.
Figure B.5—Menu for changing the auto-save log file format
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To save the logs in .xls format, check the “XLS-MS Excel File” checkbox (Figure B.5, page B-5). Additional
checkboxes allow for changes in the appearance of downloaded log data.
Users can also export flow data to a .csv or .xls file as needed. For complete information, see Exporting Flow
Logs, page 86.
Advanced Options
Clear EEPROM
The Clear EEPROM function will erase all configuration settings and log data. This task is typically
performed when updating to a new firmware version or before moving the instrument to a new site. To clear
the memory, click on the “Clear EEPROM” button (Figure B.6).
Technical assistance is typically required for upgrading firmware. Contact Cameron’s Measurement Systems
Division to arrange an upgrade.
!
WARNING: Clicking the “Clear EEPROM” button will delete all configuration settings and log
records in the MC-III EXP memory.
Figure B.6—Menu for clearing EEPROMs and enabling automatic data logs
Automatic Data Logging
Data retrieved from the MC-III EXP while in Advanced access mode can be logged to a file by enabling
the “Automatically log data polls” checkbox on the Advanced Options screen. To specify the filename and
location of the file, click the folder icon on the right of the Data logging filename field. The file will include
values that are retrieved from the instrument when the user clicks the “Get All Data” button or enables “Auto
Polling” on the Advanced Access screen. See also Advanced Access, page 78.
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Appendix C
Appendix C—Lithium Battery Information
Lithium Battery Disposal
Once a lithium battery is removed from a device and/or is destined for disposal, it is classified as solid waste
under EPA guidelines. Depleted lithium batteries are also considered to be hazardous waste because they meet
the definition of Reactivity, as per 40 CFR 261.23(a)(2), (3) and (5). This document describes how the lithium
reacts violently with water, forms potentially explosive mixtures with water, and when exposed to certain pH
conditions, generates toxic cyanide or sulfide gases.
Federal law requires that depleted lithium batteries be sent to a fully permitted Treatment, Storage and
Disposal Facility (TSDF) or to a permitted recycling/reclamation facility.
Important: Do not ship lithium batteries to Cameron. Cameron facilities are not permitted recycling/
reclamation facilities.
Caution: Profiling and waste characterization procedures must be followed prior to shipping a
lithium battery to a disposal site. It is the shipper’s responsibility to comply with all applicable federal transportation regulations (see below).
Transportation Information
!
WARNING: The MC-III EXP™ Flow Analyzer contains lithium batteries. The internal component
(thionyl chloride) is hazardous under the criteria of the Federal OHSA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1920.1200. Before shipping a lithium battery or equipment containing a
lithium battery, verify that the packaging and labeling conforms with the latest version of all
applicable regulations.
The transport of the lithium batteries is regulated by the United Nations, “Model Regulations on Transport of
Dangerous Goods,” (special provisions 188, 230, and 310), latest revision.
Within the US the lithium batteries and cells are subject to shipping requirements under Part 49 of the Code
of Federal Regulations (49 CFR, Parts 171, 172, 173, and 175) of the US Hazardous Materials Regulations
(HMR), latest revision.
Shipping of lithium batteries in aircraft is regulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements in Special Provisions A45, A88 and A99,
latest revision.
Shipping of lithium batteries on sea is regulated the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG)
requirements in special provisions 188, 230 and 310, latest revision.
Shipping of lithium batteries on road and rail is regulated by requirements in special provisions 188, 230 and
310, latest revision.
Material Safety Data Sheet
For a link to the current MSDS for the lithium batteries used to power the MC-III EXP Flow Analyzer, see the
Cameron website: www.c-a-m.com.
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Appendix D
Appendix D—Communications Protocol
Firmware Version 2.03
Register Table Version 1
Introduction
The communications protocol for the MC-III is in accordance with Modicon, Inc. RTU Mode Modbus® as
described in Modicon Modbus Protocol Reference Guide, PI-MBUS-300 Rev. J, June 1996. All registers are
implemented as 4X or holding registers. Reading of registers is implemented via function code 03H (Read
Holding Registers). Writing to registers is implemented via function code 10H (Preset Multiple Registers).
The instrument provides Enron Modbus® compliant downloads for hourly, daily and event records. For details
on Enron Modbus®, refer to Specifications and Requirements for an Electronic Flow Measurement Remote
Terminal Unit for Enron Corp., Dec. 5, 1994.
Supported Commands
The Modbus® functions supported by the MC-III are as follows:
Function Code
(Hex)
Description
03
Read Holding Registers
05
Preset Boolean
(for Enron event record acknowledgement)
10
Preset Multiple Registers
For the read holding and preset multiple registers, the instrument supports the full 250 bytes of data in a
message. This corresponds to 125 registers in 16-bit holding register size and 62 registers in 32-bit holding
register size.
Data Types
Various data types are implemented in the MC-III. The following table lists the formats and the numbers of
bytes and registers associated with each type.
Data Type
Byte Count
Register Count
Floating Point (FP)
4
2
Floating Point (FP32)
4
1
Unsigned Word (U16)
2
1
Packed ASCII (PA)
2
1
The Floating Point (FP) type follows the IEEE-754 format and consists of 32 bits contained in two registers.
It is utilized for parameters and values that are not integers. For example, Instantaneous Flow Rate is a
parameter that is a floating-point data type. It can be interpreted by reading two registers, starting with register
17014.
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The Floating Point-32 bit (FP32) data type follows the IEEE-754 format and consists of 32 bits contained in a
single register.
The standard word ordering for multiple register data types, such as floating-point numbers or long integers, is
for the most significant word to appear first in the message. For master devices requiring the least significant
word to appear last, a subset of registers is provided on page D-11.
The Unsigned Word (U16) type is used for 16-bit integers and fits into one register.
The Packed ASCII (PA) type contains two bytes that are two unsigned characters. Generally, multiple Packed
ASCII types are arranged consecutively for implementing strings. For example, the device’s well name is a
string of 10 unsigned characters that is implemented as 5 Packed ASCII registers. Here is an example of a
well name that contains the string, “Test Well 413.”
Register
Hexadecimal #
ASCII Characters
210
54 65
Te
211
73 74
St
212
20 57
<SPACE>W
213
65 6C
el
214
6C 20
l<SPACE>
215
34 31
41
216
33 FF
3<UNUSED>
Unused characters at the end of each string will report 0xFF hexadecimal.
Registers
Each register has an Access type: read-only or read-write, as described below.
Access Type
Description
Read Only (RO)
Register can only be read.
Read/Write (R/W)
Register can be read and written.
The registers are grouped into Modbus® map blocks based on function. The MC-III contains the following
map functions.
Function
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Starting Register
System Configuration
1000
Real Time
1200
Input Configuration
2000
Output Configuration
4000
Holding Register (16-bit)
8000 and 17001
Holding Register (32-bit)
7000
Control Registers
70
Wellsite Parameters
200
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Note
All registers cited in this document refer to the address of the register that appears in the actual Modbus® message. For example, register 17001 has an address of 0x4268 Hexadecimal in the message.
Note
Two sets of 16-bit holding registers are provided (starting at 17001 and 8000). The “8000” set should
be used with master devices that require the holding registers to be in the range of 40000 to 49999.
System Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
Default
1000
03E8
Product Code
U16
RO
64
1001
03E9
Register Table Version Number
U16
RO
1
1002
03E
Firmware Version Number
(Version = register value divided by 100)
(Example: 100 = Version 1.00)
U16
RO
1003
03EB
Manufacture Date (MMYY)
U16
RO
1004
03EC
Sales Date (MMYY)
U16
RO
1005
03ED
Serial Number 1
U16
RO
1006
03EE
Serial Number 2
U16
RO
1007
03EF
Power Mode
0 = High Power
1 = Low Power
U16
R/W
1
1008
03F0
Internal System Sample Rate
Number of seconds to measure temperature
and battery voltage
U16
R/W
3600
1009
03F1
Slave Address
[1-65535, not including 252-255 or 64764]
U16
R/W
1
1010
03F2
Baud Rate
Low Power
0 - 300
1 - 600
2 - 1200
3 - 2400
4 - 4800
5 - 9600
U16
R/W
5
1011
03F3
Bus Delay – mS of delay before transmitting data
(Delay = register value multiplied by 10 mS)
U16
R/W
1
(10 ms)
1012
03F4
Bus Timeout – mS of delay before resetting
Modbus®
(Timeout = register value multiplied by 10 mS)
U16
R/W
5
(50 mS)
1013
03F5
Contract Hour
[0-23]
U16
R/W
8
1014
03F6
Lock Code
[0001-9999]
U16
 R/W
0
1015
03F7
Lock Code Enable
0 - Disabled
1 - Enabled
U16
R/W
0
Description
High Power
5 - 9600
6 - 19200
7 - 38400
8 - 57600
10 - 115200
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System Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
1016
03F8
Description
LCD Contrast
[0-31]
Data
Type
Access
Default
U16
R/W
6
Product Code (register 1000)
The Product Code is a read-only parameter used for identification. This parameter is set at the factory and it
will always read 0x40 hexadecimal (64 decimal).
Firmware/Register Table Version Numbers (registers 1001, 1002)
The Firmware Version and Register Table Version numbers are unsigned 16-bit integers. These parameters are
set at the factory and are read-only. To determine the firmware version number, read the appropriate register
and divide the value read by 100. The general format for firmware version numbers is A.BC. For example, the
firmware register number is read as 0xA7 hexadecimal. This represents 167 and a firmware version of 1.67.
Manufacture Date/Sales Date (registers 1003, 1004)
These parameters are set at the factory and are read-only. These registers are formatted as MMYY. For
example, a value of 0905 represents the date September 2005.
Slave Address (register 1009)
The Modbus® slave address is an unsigned word (U16) data type that has a range of values from 1 to 65535,
not including 252 through 255 or 64764. The slave address is configured from a laptop or via the keypad and
is stored in nonvolatile memory.
Important: All MC-III devices will respond to addresses 252 through 255 and 64764, and the
response will always be at a baud rate of 9600 baud. For this reason, addresses 252
through 255 and 64764 are reserved and should never be used.
When the slave address is written, the response message will be at the current address. After the response
message is transmitted, the MC-III will change to the new slave address.
Baud Rate (register 1010)
The baud rate is an unsigned word (U16) data type that sets the data rate on the serial port. When the baud rate
is written, the response message will be at the current baud rate. After the response message is transmitted, the
MC-III will change to the new baud rate.
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Real Time
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
1200
04B0
Year
(Real Year = register value plus 2000)
U16
R/W
1201
04B1
Month [1-12]
U16
R/W
1202
04B2
Day [1-31]
U16
R/W
1203
04B3
Hour [0-23]
U16
R/W
1204
04B4
Minute [0-59]
U16
R/W
1205
04B5
Second [0-59]
U16
R/W
Description
This block of registers is used to set the instrument’s internal clock. To set the time, it is recommended that all
registers be written in one message.
The time and date can also be read in the holding register groups as floating-point data.
Input Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Description
Data
Type
Access
Default
U16
R/W
2
U16
R/W
1
Volume Units
Units
2000
07D0
0 = No Units
1 = Gallons
2 = Barrels
3 = Cubic Meters
4 = Cubic Feet
5 = Liters
Standard Units
32 = No Units
33 = Gallons
34 = Barrels
35 = Cubic Meters
36 = Cubic Feet
37 = Liters
2001
07D1
Units × 1000
16 = No Units
17 = Gallons
18 = Barrels
19 = Cubic Meters
20 = Cubic Feet
21 = Liters
Std. Units × 1000
48 = No Units
49 = Gallons
50 = Barrels
51 = Cubic Meters
52 = Cubic Feet
53 = Liters
Volume Decimal Point Location
1 = Tenths
2 = Hundredths
3 = Thousandths
4 = Ten Thousandths
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Input Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
Default
U16
R/W
2
07D3
Rate Time Base
0 = Second
1 = Minute
2 = Hour
3 = Day
U16
R/W
3
2004
07D4
Rate Decimal Point Location
0 = No digits to the right of the decimal point
1 = Tenths
2 = Hundredths
3 = Thousandths
U16
R/W
2
2005
07D5
Calculation Period
(sec)
U16
R/W
4
2006
07D6
Turbine Meter Input Configuration
0 = Pulse Input
1 = TFM - LOW
2 = TFM - MED
3 = TFM - HIGH
U16
R/W
1
2007
07D7
Low Frequency Cut-Off Threshold
(Hz)
U16
 
2
07D8
Factor Type
1 = 1-Point K-Factor
2 = 2-Point K-Factor
…
12 = 12-Point K-Factor
U16
R/W
1
Description
Rate Volume Units
Units
2002
07D2
0 = No Units
1 = Gallons
2 = Barrels
3 = Cubic Meters
4 = Cubic Feet
5 = Liters
Standard Units
32 = No Units
33 = Gallons
34 = Barrels
35 = Cubic Meters
36 = Cubic Feet
37 = Liters
2003
2008
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Units × 1000
16 = No Units
17 = Gallons
18 = Barrels
19 = Cubic Meters
20 = Cubic Feet
21 = Liters
Std. Units × 1000
48 = No Units
49 = Gallons
50 = Barrels
51 = Cubic Meters
52 = Cubic Feet
53 = Liters
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Input Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Data
Type
Access
Default
07D9
Factor Units
0 = No Units
1 = Gallons
2 = Liters
3 = Barrels
4 = Cubic Feet
5 = Cubic Meters
U16
R/W
1
2010
07DA
Factor Decimal Point Location
0 = No digits to the right of the decimal point
1 = Tenths
2 = Hundredths
3 = Thousandths
4 = Ten Thousandths
U16
R/W
2
2011
07DB
Calibration Frequency [1] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2013
07DD
Calibration Frequency [2] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2015
07DF
Calibration Frequency [3] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2017
07E1
Calibration Frequency [4] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2019
07E3
Calibration Frequency [5] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2021
07E5
Calibration Frequency [6] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2023
07E7
Calibration Frequency [7] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2025
07E9
Calibration Frequency [8] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2027
07EB
Calibration Frequency [9] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2029
07ED
Calibration Frequency [10] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2031
07EF
Calibration Frequency [11] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2033
07F1
Calibration Frequency [12] (Hz)*
FP
R/W
1.00
2035
07F3
Calibration Factor [1]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
900.00
2037
07F5
Calibration Factor [2]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2039
07F7
Calibration Factor [3]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2041
07F9
Calibration Factor [4]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2043
07FB
Calibration Factor [5]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2045
07FD
Calibration Factor [6]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2047
07FF
Calibration Factor [7]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2049
0801
Calibration Factor [8]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2009
Register
(Hex)
Description
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Input Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
Default
2051
0803
Calibration Factor [9]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2053
0805
Calibration Factor [10]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2055
0807
Calibration Factor [11]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2057
0809
Calibration Factor [12]*
(pulses per configured factor unit)
FP
R/W
1.00
2059
080B
Standard Measurement Correction Factor
(to be configured by software only)
FP
RO
1.00
2061
080D
Low Flow Rate Cut-Off Threshold
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP
R/W
1.00
Description
*Calibration frequencies and calibration factors are associated in pairs—i.e., Calibration Frequency [1] and
Calibration Factor [1]— and must be sorted in ascending order, based on calibration frequency values, prior
to writing the values to the instrument. Therefore, Calibration Frequency [1] should be the smallest of all
calibration frequencies.
Output Configuration
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
Default
4000
0FA0
Pulse Output Source
0 = Test Mode/Disabled
1 = Enabled
U16
R/W
0
4001
0FA1
Pulse Output Duration
(time is register value multiplied by 10 ms)
U16
R/W
10
(100 mS)
4002
0FA2
Pulse Output Decimal Point Location
U16
R/W
2
4003
0FA3
Pulse Output Scale Factor
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
R/W
1.00
4005
0FA5
Analog Output Source
0 = Test Mode/Disabled
1 = Enabled
U16
R/W
0
4006
0FA6
Analog Output Decimal Point Location
U16
R/W
2
4007
0FA7
Analog Output Low Value
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP
R/W
0.00
4009
0FA9
Analog Output High Value
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP
R/W
1700.00
Description
Important: Two sets of 16-bit holding registers are provided (starting at 17001 and 8000). The
“8000” set displayed in parentheses in the Holding Registers table on page D-9 should be
used with master devices that require the holding registers to be in the range of 40000 to
49999.
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Holding Registers (16-bit Mode)
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
17001
(8000)
4269
(1F40)
Hourly Pointer
[1 to 768]
FP
RO
17003
(8002)
426B
(1F42)
Daily Pointer
[1 to 384]
FP
RO
17005
(8004)
426D
(1F44)
Event Counter
[1 to 345]
FP
RO
17007
(8006)
426F
(1F46)
Real Date
(MM/DD/YY)
FP
RO
17009
(8008)
4271
(1F48)
Real Time
(HH:MM:SS)
FP
RO
17011
(8010)
4273
(1F4A)
Grand Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17013
(8012)
4275
(1F4C)
Instantaneous Flow Rate
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP
RO
17015
(8014)
4277
(1F4E)
Daily Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17017
(8016)
4279
(1F50)
Daily Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17019
(8018)
427B
(1F52)
Hourly Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17021
(8020)
427D
(1F54)
Hourly Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17023
(8022)
427F
(1F56)
Polling Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17025
(8024)
4281
(1F58)
Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17027
(8026)
4283
(1F5A)
Previous Day Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17029
(8028)
4285
(1F5C)
Previous Day Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17031
(8030)
4287
(1F5E)
Previous Hour Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17033
(8032)
4289
(1F60)
Previous Hour Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17035
(8034)
428B
(1F62)
Previous Polling Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
17037
(8036)
428D
(1F64)
Previous Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17039
(8038)
428F
(1F66)
Polling Index
[0-65535]
FP
RO
17041
(8040)
4291
(1F68)
Internal Temperature
(°C)
FP
RO
Description
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Holding Registers (16-bit Mode)
D-10
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
17043
(8042)
4293
(1F6A)
Supply Voltage
(VDC)
FP
RO
17045
(8044)
4295
(1F6C)
Battery Voltage
(VDC)
FP
RO
17047
(8046)
4297
(1F6E)
Grand Total
(base unit)
FP
RO
17049
(8048)
4299
(1F70)
Instantaneous Flow Rate
(base unit)
FP
RO
17051
(8050)
429B
(1F72)
Daily Total
(base unit)
FP
RO
17053
(8052)
429D
(1F74)
Daily Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17055
(8054)
429F
(1F76)
Hourly Total
(base unit)
FP
RO
17057
(8056)
42A1
(1F78)
Hourly Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17059
(8058)
42A3
(1F7A)
Polling Total
(base unit)
FP
RO
17061
(8060)
42A5
(1F7C)
Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17063
(8062)
42A7
(1F7E)
Previous Day
(base unit)
FP
RO
17065
(8064)
42A9
(1F80)
Previous Day Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17067
(8066)
42AB
(1F82)
Previous Hour
(base unit)
FP
RO
17069
(8068)
42AD
(1F84)
Previous Hour Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17071
(8070)
42AF
(1F86)
Previous Polling Total
(base unit)
FP
RO
17073
(8072)
42B1
(1F88)
Previous Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP
RO
17075
(8074)
42B3
(1F8A)
Polling Index
[0-65535]
FP
RO
17077
(8076)
42B5
(1F8C)
Pulse Output Pulses
FP
R/W
17079
(8078)
42B7
(1F8E)
Analog Output Current
FP
R/W
17081
(8080)
42B9
(1F90)
Calculated K-Factor
(in terms of configured factor unit)
FP
RO
Description
MC-III™ EXP Flow Analyzer
Appendix D
Note: The registers below should be used with master devices that require the floating point numbers to
be presented with the least significant word first. Their counterparts with floating point numbers in
reverse word order—registers 17011, 17013, 17027 and 17015—are listed in the previous table.
Holding Registers (16-bit Mode)—Least Significant Word First
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
550
226
Grand Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
552
228
Instantaneous Flow Rate
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP
RO
554
22A
Daily Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
556
22C
Previous Day Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP
RO
Description
Base Units/Configured Units
The holding register area provides two blocks of registers. The first block is based on the configured units
of measurement. The configured volume units will follow the settings in the Volume Unit register (2000).
The configured rate units will follow the settings in the Rate Volume units (2002) and the Time-Base register
(2003).
For example, if the settings for the volume unit is 2 (BBL), all of the total parameters such as Grand Total
(17011), Daily Total (17015), etc. will be in terms of barrels. The values in these registers will change if the
user changes the units of measurement that appear on the LCD.
The second block is in terms of base units. These register values are independent of the configured volume
units in the Volume Unit, Rate Volume Unit, and Time-Base registers. For base units, the time base is always
measured in seconds, and the volume and rate volume units are measured in gallons. If the standard correction
factor has been enabled, the volume unit is standard gallons. The standard gallon is calculated as the gallon
measurement times the Standard Measurement Correction factor (2059). If the x1000 unit is enabled, the
volume unit is gallons times 1000.
Conversion Factors
For base units, the volume unit and rate volume unit is measured in gallons.To convert gallons to another unit
of measure, use the conversion factors listed in the table below. For example, to convert gallons to barrels,
multiply gallons times 0.02380952381.
To Convert From Gallons To...
Multiply By...
No units
1.00000000000
Barrels
0.02380952381
Cubic meters
0.00378541178
Cubic feet
0.13368055556
Liters
3.78541178400
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Polling Registers
The MC-III EXP device stores the volume accumulated since the last polling sequence in a set of polling
registers (17023). In addition, the instrument monitors the number of seconds of flow time in each polling
interval (17025). There is also an index to the number of polls requested (17039).
The polling sequence is started by writing to the Control Register. Writing the Control Register 1 (70) with
a value of 20000 decimal transfers the polling total (17023) and polling run time (17025), to the previous
polling total (17035) and previous polling run time (17037) registers, increments the polling index (17039)
register and resets the polling total and polling run time registers.
Pointer/Daily/Event Pointer (registers 17001 through 17006)
These registers provide an index of the last record that was stored in the log data. These values start at 1 and
increment with each newly created log. When the maximum number of records is reached, the pointer resets
at 1 and starts incrementing again.
Real Date (registers 17007, 17008)
This register is a floating-point representation of the date, formatted as MMDDYY. For example, a value of
91005 represents a date of September 10, 2005.
Real Time (registers 17009, 17010)
This register is a floating-point representation of time, formatted as HH:MM:SS. For example, a value of
180205 represents a time of 6:02:05 PM.
Totals
The instrument provides Grand Total (17011), Daily Total (17015), Hourly Total (17019) and a Polling Total
(17023). It also provides Previous Day Total (17027), Previous Hour Total (17031), and Previous Polling
Total (17035). These totals are available in terms of configured units and base units. Refer to Base Units/
Configured Units, page D-11, for details.
Pulse Output Pulses (register 17077)
When the pulse output is enabled (see Pulse Output Source, register 4000), this register indicates the
current number of output pulses to be sent to the output relay, based on the configured duration. In a typical
application, this register will generally indicate a small number, then quickly count down to zero. In a
situation where pulses are being cached, the pulses register will indicate a large value. When the pulse output
is disabled, a user can use this register to write a desired number of pulses to be output, for use in testing end
devices. Users can also perform this output test from the software Pulse Output configuration screen. For
details, see Pulse Output Testing, page 74.
Analog Output Current (register 17079)
When the analog output is enabled (see Analog Output Source, register 4005), this register indicates the
calculated output current based on the low and high values and the instantaneous flow rate. When the analog
output is disabled, a user can use this register to write a desired output current for use in testing end devices.
Users can also perform this output test from the software 4-20 mA Output configuration screen. For details,
see 4-20 mA Output Testing, page 71.
Calculated K-Factor (register 17081)
This register represents the K-factor that was used for the most recent calculation interval. This number
is calculated based on the factor type (register 2008), the instantaneous frequency from the flowmeter,
calibration frequencies (registers 2011 through 2033), and calibration factors (registers 2035 through 2057).
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The unit of measurement for this register is pulses per configured factor unit. Once the K-factor is calculated
based on frequency and K-factor points, this value is multiplied by 1000 if the user chooses to read the
volume in units x 1000, and it is divided by the Standard Measurement Correction Factor (register 2059).
Holding Registers (32-bit Mode)
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Description
Data
Type
Access
7000
1B58
Hourly Pointer
[1 to 768]
FP32
RO
7001
1B59
Daily Pointer
[1 to 384]
FP32
RO
7002
1B5A
Event Counter
[1 to 345]
FP32
RO
7003
1B5B
Real Date
(MM/DD/YY)
FP32
RO
7004
1B5C
Real Time
(HH:MM:SS)
FP32
RO
7005
1B5D
Grand Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7006
1B5E
Instantaneous Flow Rate
(in terms of configured flow rate units)
FP32
RO
7007
1B5F
Daily Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7008
1B60
Daily Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7009
1B61
Hourly Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7010
1B62
Hourly Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7011
1B63
Polling Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7012
1B64
Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7013
1B65
Previous Day Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7014
1B66
Previous Day Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7015
1B67
Previous Hour Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7016
1B68
Previous Hour Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7017
1B69
Previous Polling Total
(in terms of configured volume units)
FP32
RO
7018
1B6A
Previous Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
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Holding Registers (32-bit Mode)
D-14
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Description
Data
Type
Access
7019
1B6B
Polling Index
[0-65535]
FP32
RO
7020
1B6C
Internal Temp
(°C)
FP32
RO
7021
1B6D
Supply Voltage
(VDC)
FP32
RO
7022
1B6E
Battery Voltage
(VDC)
FP32
RO
7023
1B6F
Grand Total
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7024
1B70
Instantaneous Flow Rate
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7025
1B71
Daily Total
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7026
1B72
Daily Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7027
1B73
Hourly Total
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7028
1B74
Hourly Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7029
1B75
Polling Total
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7030
1B76
Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7031
1B77
Previous Day
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7032
1B78
Previous Day Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7033
1B79
Previous Hour
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7034
1B7A
Previous Hour Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7035
1B7B
Previous Polling Total
(base unit)
FP32
RO
7036
1B7C
Previous Polling Run Time
(seconds)
FP32
RO
7037
1B7D
Polling Index
[0-65535]
FP32
RO
7038
1B7E
Pulse Output Pulses
FP32
R/W
7039
1B7F
Analog Output Current
FP32
R/W
7040
1B80
Calculated K-Factor
(in terms of configured factor unit)
FP32
RO
MC-III™ EXP Flow Analyzer
Appendix D
Control Register
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
70
0046
Description
Control Register #1
Data
Type
Access
U16
R/W
The Control register allows specific functions to be implemented via the communication port. The following
table shows the value to be written to the control register to implement the desired function.
Code
Function
20000
Transfers the polling total and polling run time
to the previous polling total and previous polling
run time registers, increments the polling index
register, and resets the polling total and polling run
time registers.
30000
Resets grand total
40000
Loads factory defaults
40040
Creates processor reset
Wellsite Parameters
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
Data
Type
Access
200
00C8
Company Name [20 characters]
PA
RO
210
00D2
Well Name [20 characters]
PA
RO
220
00DC
Site Location [20 characters]
PA
RO
300
012C
Site ID [20 characters]
PA
RO
310
0136
Tag Name [10 characters]
PA
RO
315
013B
Legal Description [34 characters]
PA
RO
400
0190
Sensor Model Number [20 characters]
PA
RO
410
019A
Sensor Serial Number [20 characters]
PA
RO
420
01A4
Measurement Type [20 characters]
PA
RO
500
01F4
User Note [64 characters]
PA
RO
Description
These registers provide access to the ASCII characters that are used in the Wellsite Information screen of the
software. These registers are read-only; if these parameters need to be changed, the user must use the interface
software program.
Log Data
The MC-III provides Enron Modbus® compliant downloads. For detailed instructions on downloading hourly,
daily and event data, refer to Specifications and Requirements for an Electronic Flow Measurement Remote
Terminal Unit for Enron Corp. If an Enron host is not available or is too cumbersome to implement, the Enron
records are individually addressed in another Modbus® map. Contact Cameron technical support for details.
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The following registers are used for hourly, daily and event log registers. Hourly and daily records comprise
five values (registers). See the Enron Hourly/Daily Record Format, page D-16. Note that event records are
downloaded one at a time.
Enron Registers
Register
(Decimal)
Register
(Hex)
32
0020
700
Description
Data Type
Access
Enron Modbus® Event Log Register
Refer to Enron
Event Record
Format
 RO
02BC
Enron Modbus® Hourly Log
Refer to Enron
Hourly/Daily
Record Format
RO
701
02BD
Enron Modbus® Daily Log
Refer to Enron
Hourly/Daily
Record Format
RO
7000
1B58
Hourly Pointer
[1 to 768]
FP32
RO
7001
1B59
Daily Pointer
[1 to 384]
FP32
RO
7002
1B5A
Event Counter
[1 to 345]
FP32
RO
Enron Hourly/Daily Record Format
Parameter
D-16
Data Type
Date
(MMDDYY)
FP32
Time
(HH:MM:SS)
FP32
Total
(base units)
FP32
Flow Time
(number of seconds of flow)
FP32
Supply Voltage
(VDC)
FP32
MC-III™ EXP Flow Analyzer
Appendix D
Enron Event Record Format
Parameter
Data Type
Status
U16
Address
U16
Time
(HH:MM:SS)
FP32
Date
(MMDDYY)
FP32
As-Found
FP32
As-Left
FP32
The Event Log status is a 16-bit value used to indicate the reset source in the event log. The following table
indicates the reset status.
Reset Status
Status Code
Value
Normal
0
Power-On Reset
3
Watch-Dog
8
Software Reset
16
Flash Memory Error
32
Log Capacity
Log Type
Capacity
Hourly Logs
768
Daily Logs
384
Event Logs
345
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