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DS2 Manual - iNet Support
Administrator’s Guide to the
DS2 Docking Station
Hardware  Software  Installation  Operation  Troubleshooting
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Warnings and Cautionary Statements
WARNING: Failure to perform certain procedures or note certain conditions may impair the
performance of this product. For maximum safety and optimal performance, please read and
follow the procedures and conditions listed below.
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Use of this product in areas where it may be subject to large amounts of electromagnetic
interference may affect the reliable operation of this device and should be avoided.
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Sources of large amounts of interference could be and are not limited to:
o Operation near high radio frequency fields (near 2-way radio
transmission antennas where the RF fields may greatly exceed
10 V/M, etc.).
o AC Power Mains that may have excessive power surges / spikes /
transients (from large AC motors operating heavy loads which may
induce voltage sags and, etc.).
NOTE: This product has been tested to, and passes all EMC requirements to EN 61326:1998
Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and Laboratory Use for Type 2 (Industrial)
Apparatus, as well as FCC Part 15, Class A emissions levels when installed to the requirements
outlined within this manual. Mandatory compliance to these standards help to ensure controlled,
reliable operation of this device when exposed to typical levels of electromagnetic interference
as well as ensuring that this device is not source of emissions that might interfere with other
equipment installed nearby.
NOTE: Per 30 CFR 75.320(b), the DS2 Docking Station tests for oxygen deficiency of MSHA
approved oxygen detectors compatible with the DS2 Docking Station that can detect 19.5 percent
oxygen with an accuracy of ±0.5 percent.
NOTE: The DS2 has an internal pump that controls the flow of gas being delivered to the
system. As a result of the internal pump, a demand flow regulator must be used in conjunction
with this calibration and bump test station.
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Table of Contents
About This Manual ....................................................................................................................... 6
1.1. Document Overview ....................................................................................................... 6
1.2. Document Conventions ................................................................................................... 7
Introduction to the DS2 Docking Station.................................................................................... 8
2.1. Overview ......................................................................................................................... 8
2.2. Features ........................................................................................................................... 9
2.3. Components of the DS2 Docking Station Network ........................................................ 9
2.3.1.
Docking Station Server (DSS) Overview ............................................................... 9
2.3.2.
Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) Overview ............................. 10
2.3.3.
Instrument Docking Station (IDS) Overview ....................................................... 11
2.4. Functionality and User Roles ........................................................................................ 12
2.4.1.
Overview for Systems Administrators .................................................................. 13
2.4.2.
Overview for Technicians ..................................................................................... 13
2.4.3.
Overview for Guests ............................................................................................. 14
2.4.4.
Context Summary Based on Roles ....................................................................... 14
2.5. Required Network Connections .................................................................................... 15
Getting Started ............................................................................................................................ 17
3.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................... 17
3.2. Requirements for Software Installation ........................................................................ 18
3.2.1.
Server Requirements ............................................................................................. 18
3.2.2.
PC Requirements .................................................................................................. 20
3.2.3.
Additional Requirements and Warnings ............................................................... 20
3.3. Installing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft Message
Queuing (MSMQ) ..................................................................................................................... 21
3.3.1.
Overview ............................................................................................................... 21
3.3.2.
Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
Professional ........................................................................................................................... 21
3.3.3.
Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2000 Standard Server and Windows 2003
Server Web Edition ............................................................................................................... 27
3.3.4.
Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows Vista ........................................................... 31
3.3.5.
Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2008 ........................................................... 34
3.4. Installing the Docking Station Server (DSS) Software................................................. 42
3.5. Loading the Installer Software ...................................................................................... 43
3.6. Installation Wizard for DSS .......................................................................................... 47
3.7. Database Preparation Options for First Time Installations ........................................... 50
3.7.1.
Overview ............................................................................................................... 50
3.7.2a. Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and a New DSS Database on This
Machine 53
3.7.2b. Install New DSS Database to an Existing SQL Server/SQL Server 2005 Express
Edition on This Machine ....................................................................................................... 54
3.7.2c. Attach to An Existing DSS Database Available on My Network ........................ 57
3.8. Continuing Installation (or Installation After Uninstalling a Previous Version) .......... 60
3.9. Installing the DS2 Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) Software ......... 62
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3.10. The Docking Station Configurator................................................................................ 63
3.10.1. Installing the Docking Station Configurator Software ......................................... 63
3.10.2. Running the Docking Station Configurator Software ........................................... 64
3.11. Assigning a Static IP Address to a Sever or PC............................................................ 64
3.12. Applying Static Addressing to V1.4 or Higher IDS ..................................................... 67
3.13. Disabling the DS2 Broadcaster ..................................................................................... 70
3.14. Configuring the Firewall ............................................................................................... 71
3.14.1 Windows XP Firewall ............................................................................................... 71
3.14.2. Windows Firewall for SQL Server in Server 64-bit OS (Windows 2003, Windows
2008, and Windows 7) .......................................................................................................... 73
3.15. Overview of the DSSAC Application ........................................................................... 78
3.15.1. Starting the DSSAC Application .......................................................................... 78
3.15.2. Resetting the DSSUSER Password ....................................................................... 79
3.15.3. Specifying the DSS IP Address ............................................................................ 82
3.15.4. The DSSAC Screen................................................................................................... 83
3.15.5. Using the Navigation Pane.................................................................................... 85
3.15.6. Using the Contents Pane ....................................................................................... 86
3.15.7. Viewing and Re-instating Removed Instruments ................................................. 87
3.15.8. The Instrument Node in the Tree View ................................................................ 89
3.15.9. The Profiles Node in the Tree View ..................................................................... 90
3.15.10.
Applying Profiles – The Apply Profile Screen ................................................. 91
3.15.11.
The Edit Profiles Screen – General Tab ........................................................... 93
3.16. Changing Your Password ........................................................................................... 103
Setting Up Users ........................................................................................................................ 104
4.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 104
4.2. Understanding Roles ................................................................................................... 104
4.3. Adding Users .............................................................................................................. 104
4.4. Changing User Properties ........................................................................................... 105
4.5. Removing Users .......................................................................................................... 107
Configuring Instruments .......................................................................................................... 107
5.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 107
5.2. Instrument Compatibility ............................................................................................ 108
5.3. Setting Up an Instrument ............................................................................................ 109
5.4. Instrument Properties .................................................................................................. 110
5.5. Edit Instrument – The General Tab ............................................................................ 112
5.6. Edit Instrument – The Options Tab ............................................................................ 113
5.6.1.
Setting Instrument Options from the Instrument Itself ....................................... 113
5.6.2.
Setting Instrument Options from the DSSAC Application ................................. 113
5.7. Edit Instrument – The Users and Sites Tab ................................................................ 115
5.8. Edit Instrument – The Components Tab ..................................................................... 117
5.8.1.
Overview ............................................................................................................. 117
5.8.2.
Adding Components ........................................................................................... 121
5.8.3.
Removing Components ....................................................................................... 123
5.9. Edit Instrument – The Response Factors Tab ............................................................. 124
5.10. Edit Instrument – The Profiles Tab ............................................................................. 126
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5.11. Edit Instrument – The Notes Tab ................................................................................ 128
5.11.1. Overview ............................................................................................................. 128
5.11.2. Sample Application Using Notes Field – iNet Exchange Instruments ............... 129
5.12. Edit Instrument – The Calibrations Tab...................................................................... 131
5.12.1. Overview ............................................................................................................. 131
5.12.2. Adding Calibration Data ..................................................................................... 136
5.12.3. Removing Calibration Data ................................................................................ 138
5.12.4. Graphing Calibration Data .................................................................................. 139
5.12.5. The Graph Toolbar .............................................................................................. 141
5.13. Edit Instrument – The Bump Tests Tab ...................................................................... 142
5.13.1. Overview ............................................................................................................. 142
5.13.2. Adding Bump Test Data ..................................................................................... 147
5.13.3. Removing Bump Test Data ................................................................................. 149
5.14. Edit Instrument – The Datalog Tab ............................................................................ 151
5.14.1. Overview ............................................................................................................. 151
5.14.2. Find User/Location ............................................................................................. 154
5.14.3. Graph Session Data ............................................................................................. 155
5.14.4. Graph Period Data............................................................................................... 157
5.14.5. Print Summary .................................................................................................... 159
5.14.6. Export.................................................................................................................. 160
5.15. Edit Instrument – Alarm Events Tab .......................................................................... 161
5.16. Edit Instrument – Manage Events Tab........................................................................ 162
5.17. Special Features .......................................................................................................... 164
5.17.1. Adding Legacy Instruments ................................................................................ 164
5.17.3. Using the Find Instrument Feature ..................................................................... 167
Configuring the DS2 ................................................................................................................. 171
6.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 171
6.2. Instrument Docking Station Diagram ......................................................................... 171
6.3. Setting Up an Instrument Docking Station ................................................................. 173
6.4. Instrument Docking Station Status and Properties ..................................................... 174
6.5. Removing an Instrument Docking Station .................................................................. 182
6.6. Configuring Gas Cylinders ......................................................................................... 182
6.7. Adding Gas from Industrial Scientific ........................................................................ 186
6.8. Adding Gas from a Third Party .................................................................................. 188
6.9. Changing Gas Cylinders ............................................................................................. 189
6.10. Supported Sensors ....................................................................................................... 191
6.11. Using iGas ................................................................................................................... 192
Basic Operation of the DS2 ...................................................................................................... 195
7.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 195
7.2. Menu Options.............................................................................................................. 195
7.3. LED and Alarm Signals .............................................................................................. 197
7.4. Forced Bump Tests ..................................................................................................... 199
7.5. Calibration................................................................................................................... 200
7.5.1.
Forced Calibrations ............................................................................................. 200
7.5.2.
O2 Sensor Failures During Calibrations ............................................................. 201
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7.6. Download and Clearing Datalog Data ........................................................................ 202
7.6.1.
Forced Datalog Download .................................................................................. 202
7.6.2.
Clearing Datalog Data......................................................................................... 202
7.7. IDS Diagnostics .......................................................................................................... 203
7.8. Instrument Docking Station Operating Guidelines ..................................................... 205
7.8.1.
General ................................................................................................................ 205
7.8.2.
Cleaning .............................................................................................................. 206
7.8.3 Explanation of Symbols Used on Unit.................................................................... 206
7.8.4 Specifications .......................................................................................................... 206
7.8.5.
Regulatory Notices.............................................................................................. 206
7.8.6.
Wiring Requirements .......................................................................................... 207
Using Clusters............................................................................................................................ 208
8.1. Introduction to IDS Clusters ....................................................................................... 208
8.2. Instrument Docking Station Clusters .......................................................................... 209
8.2.1.
Introduction ......................................................................................................... 209
8.2.2.
Setting up the Instrument Docking Station Hardware ........................................ 209
8.2.3.
Configuring the Cluster....................................................................................... 211
8.2.4.
Removing a Cluster............................................................................................. 213
Event Scheduling....................................................................................................................... 214
9.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 214
9.2. Global Events .............................................................................................................. 215
9.2.1.
Global Instrument Docking Station Events ........................................................ 215
9.2.2.
Global Instrument Events ................................................................................... 217
9.3. Special Events ............................................................................................................. 220
9.4. DS2 Defaults for Scheduled Events (v5.0 and higher) ............................................... 223
The Journal Feature ................................................................................................................. 225
10.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 225
10.2. Viewing Journal Entries .......................................................................................... 225
Default Settings ......................................................................................................................... 229
11.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 229
11.2. Default Alarm Settings ............................................................................................... 229
11.3. Modifying Default Alarm Settings ............................................................................. 230
11.4. Default Calibration Gases ........................................................................................... 232
11.5. Modifying Default Calibration Gas Settings .............................................................. 232
Printing ...................................................................................................................................... 235
12.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 235
12.2. Printing a List from the Contents Pane ....................................................................... 235
12.3. Printing IDS or Instrument Detail ............................................................................... 236
12.4. Configuring the Auto-Print Feature (Versions 3.0 and Higher) ................................. 237
12.5. Printing Calibration and Bump Test Certificates ........................................................ 240
12.6. Printing Datalog Data ................................................................................................. 243
Language Features .................................................................................................................... 247
13.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 247
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13.2. Changing Language Settings ...................................................................................... 247
13.2.1. Instrument Docking Station Language Settings ................................................. 247
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................................................ 250
14.1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 250
14.2. Using the Event Log ................................................................................................... 250
14.3. DSSAC Issues ............................................................................................................. 253
14.4. DSS Issues .................................................................................................................. 254
14.5. Instrument Docking Station Issues ............................................................................. 255
14.6. Enabling the Tracelog ................................................................................................. 258
14.7. Industrial Scientific Support Services ......................................................................... 260
Warranty ................................................................................................................................... 261
15.1. Warranty ..................................................................................................................... 261
15.2. Limitation of Liability................................................................................................. 261
iNet Configuration for the DS2 ................................................................................................ 263
16.1. What is iNet?............................................................................................................... 263
16.2. Configuring iNet Settings ........................................................................................... 264
16.3. iNet and Proxy Settings .............................................................................................. 265
Acronyms and Abbreviations .................................................................................................. 267
Glossary of Terms ..................................................................................................................... 271
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1.1.
Document Overview
This documentation is designed to assist you in the day-to-day administration of DS2 Docking
Station. It provides detailed information about using the features of DS2 Docking Station.
This user guide contains the following main sections:
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Chapter 2: Introduction to the DS2 Docking Station - Begin with this section to learn
about the main components and an overview of the functionality of DS2 Docking Station.
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Chapter 3: Getting Started - This section provides an introduction to the Docking Station
Server Admin Console, the application that is used to perform administrative tasks in
DS2 Docking Station. It also provides minimum server and PC requirements for proper
installation and operation of the software. This section provides information on installing
required operating system components, the DSS software, and the DS2 DSSAC software.
An overview of the the DS2 Broadcaster is also provided, as well as how to enable and
disable this feature. Finally, an overview of the DSSAC application is provided.
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Chapter 4: Setting Up Users – This section explains how to set up user accounts.
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Chapter 5: Configuring Instruments – This section provides thorough explanations of
instrument configuration processes including instrument options, DSSAC configuration,
calibrations, graphing of data, bump tests, and datalog data.
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Chapter 6: Configuring the DS2 – This section explains how to setup the Docking Station
for operation. It includes explanations of status, properties, setup and removal, gas
cylinder configuration, and connections using iGas.
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Chapter 7: Basic Operation of the DS2 – This section explains the basic operation of the
DS2. It includes topics such as user interface menu options, LED and alarm signals,
forced bump tests, forced calibrations, downloading and clearing datalog data, IDS
diagnostics, and operating guidelines.
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Chapter 8: Using Clusters – This section explains the purpose of using clusters and how
to configure IDS clusters.
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Chapter 9: Event Scheduling – This section provides an overview of global and special
events, and explains how they are used in the DS2.
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Chapter 10: The Journal Feature – This section provides an overview of the journal
feature of the DS2, as well as how to view journal entries.
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Chapter 11: Default Settings – This section explains how to monitor and modify default
settings such as alarm settings and calibration gases.
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Chapter 12: Printing – This section provides information on various printing functions
available on the DS2. This includes how to print lists, IDS and instrument details,
calibration data, bump test certificates, and datalog data.
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Chapter 13: Language Features – This section explains the language feature that is
available with the DS2. Instrument Docking Station and DSSAC language settings are
explained.
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Chapter 14: Troubleshooting – Refer to this section if you are experiencing any problems
with DS2 Docking Station. It contains information about common problems in DS2
Docking Station and their solutions.
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Chapter 15: Warranty – Refer to this section for warranty and liability information.
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Chapter 16: iNet Configuration for the DS2 – This section provides an overview of iNet
and explains how to configure iNet settings on the DS2.
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Appendices – Various appendices provide quick access to reference material such as
acronyms and frequently used terms.
For information about installing DS2 Docking Station, please see The Planning and Installation
Guide to DS2 Docking Station.
1.2.
Document Conventions
To help you easily locate and interpret information, this manual uses the following conventions.
Table 1-1. Document Conventions
Convention
ALL CAPITALS
Description
Acronyms and keys on the keyboard.
Boldface type
Menus and menu commands, command buttons, tab and dialog
box titles and options, field names, and column headings.
“Quotation Marks”
System messages and options within a field.
Italic type
Terms that are being introduced, notes, alternatives, and book
titles.
NOTE: Throughout this document, the term server refers to either a PC or server running the
DSS software.
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2.1.
Overview
This chapter provides an overview of DS2 Docking Station – a network-based or PC-based
system that allows automatic testing, calibration, and battery charging of the following Industrial
Scientific instruments:
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Ventis LS Multi-Gas Monitor
Ventis MX4™ Multi-Gas Monitor
MX4 iQuad™ Multi-Gas Monitor
GasBadge® Plus
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GasBadge® Pro
MX6 iBrid™ Multi-Gas Monitor
iTX Multi-Gas Monitor
T82 Single Gas Monitor (available only for
T82 instruments currently in use; not pictured).
The DS2 Docking Station is a complete instrument management system that significantly
reduces the time associated with routine instrument maintenance, calibration, and record keeping.
MX6 iBrid (docked)
iTX
Ventis MX4
GasBadge Plus
MX4 iQuad
Ventis LS
GasBadge Pro
Figure 2-1. DS2 Docking Station and Compatible Instruments
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Features
Features of the DS2 Docking Station include the following.
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Ability to operate from a stand-alone PC.
Ability to handle up to 100 Instrument Docking Stations (IDS) with one Docking Station
Server.
Three (3) separate gas inputs on each IDS.
Ability to share up to 14 discrete gases for calibrations when IDSs are clustered together.
Built-in Smart charger on each IDS for rechargeable instruments.
Simplified feedback on the IDS via 3 LEDs (red, yellow, and green), and an audible
alarm.
A graphical user interface tool (DSSAC) that allows an administrator to view operations
on each IDS from a network computer.
Ability to schedule calibrations, bump tests, diagnostic tests and datalog data downloads
globally for all IDSs, or on an instrument-specific basis.
Multi-lingual user interface (English, French, Spanish, or German) on the IDS display as
well as in the DSSAC application.
Storage of instrument data in a central database.
Option to use the Industrial Scientific supplied run-time database or the customer’s own
existing Microsoft SQL Server.
Option to implement Industrial Scientific Corporation’s Instrument Network (iNet).
Optional iGas configuration for automatic configuration of gas cylinders on an IDS.
Components of the DS2 Docking Station Network
The DS2 Docking Station network consists of at least three (3) components:
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a Docking Station Server (DSS)
the Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) application
multiple Instrument Docking Stations (IDSs).
Refer to Figure 2-2. An introduction to each of these components can be found in the next three
sections.
2.3.1. Docking Station Server (DSS) Overview
The Docking Station Server (DSS) is a computer that controls the entire DS2 Docking Station
system, including all of the IDSs on the Docking Station Network. The DSS sends information
to, and retrieves information from, IDSs and the instruments docked in them. IDS and
instrument data, such as calibration and bump test results, are stored in databases that are
controlled by the DSS. Refer to Figure 2-2.
The DSS is administered using the Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) application.
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Figure 2-2. Sample Docking Station Network
2.3.2. Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) Overview
The Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) is a Windows-based application that is
used to manage the DS2 Docking Station system. The DSSAC is used to manage instrument
data, view IDS status, and manage Docking Station Server configurations.
Before using the DSSAC for the first time, read Chapter 3 Getting Started for an overview of the
application’s user interface. Chapter 4 contains information about setting up and using IDSs.
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2.3.3. Instrument Docking Station (IDS) Overview
An Instrument Docking Station (IDS) is the device into which
an instrument is placed for use in the DS2 Docking Station
system. When placed in an IDS, an instrument is ready for
automatic calibrations, bump tests, diagnostic tests, and datalog
data downloads, all of which are controlled by the Docking
Station Server. An IDS also serves as a battery charger for
instruments with rechargeable batteries.
An IDS contains an LCD panel that displays a menu used to
perform tasks on an instrument or on the IDS itself. The menu
is controlled using a keypad on the IDS. When the menu is not
in use, the LCD panel shows the current activity of the IDS.
The IDS also contains LED lights and an audible alarm to
provide you with additional feedback about current activity and
status of the IDS.
When idle, the IDS cycles through three screens of information,
as shown below. Each screen is shown for 10 seconds.
Figure 2-3. IDS with
Instrument and Gas Bottle
Docki ng St at i on
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Ser ver
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Docki ng St at i on
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Char gi ng
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Ser ver
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Char gi ng
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Docki ng St at i on
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Ser ver
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Ver si on
5. 012 ( VX500)
Ver si on
5. 012 ( I TX)
Ver si on
5. 012 ( I TX)
Char gi ng
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Docki ng St at i on
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Ver si on
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Figure 2-4. Sample LCD Panel Idle Displays (While and While Not Charging)
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2.4.
Chapter 6: Configuring the DS2
Chapter 7: Basic Operation of the DS2.
Functionality and User Roles
This section provides an overview of the functionality that is available in the Docking Station
Server Admin Console (DSSAC) and on an Instrument Docking Station (IDS). The availability
of functions in the DSSAC is determined by your user role. There are three user roles in the
DSSAC. The functionality of each is explained in the three sections that follow.
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Systems Administrator - Can perform all functions in the DSSAC.
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Technician - Can perform all functions except: managing users, editing iNet
configuration information, editing events, editing default alarm settings, and
editing default calibration gases.
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Guest - Can log in and view information in the DSSAC. This is a read-only role.
NOTE: Your current role is displayed in the title bar of the DSSAC application after you have
logged in. An example is shown below.
Figure 2-5. Sample Title Bar of the DSSAC Application Showing Administrator Role
NOTE: If you are assigned to the Technician role or Guest role in DSSAC, you will not see all
of the functions for DSSAC described in this user guide.
Technician and Administrator users can perform functions on the IDS, provided the IDS menu is
not locked. These functions are listed below.
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Performing on-demand calibrations, bump tests, and datalog downloads.
Clearing the datalog data stored on an instrument.
Changing language settings on the IDS.
NOTE: It is possible to lock the menu on an IDS so that no one can access it. See section
6.4 Instrument Docking Station Status and Properties (on page 174) for more information about
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In addition to the tasks in the DSSAC and on the IDS, a Technician or Administrator user may
also be responsible for the physical configuration of IDSs, such as changing gas cylinders or
setting up IDS clusters.
After logging in to the DSSAC using the “Guest” account, functionality is limited to read-only
access through-out the program.
NOTE: The functionality of the DSSAC is based on the highest assigned role for any particular
user (i.e., if a user is defined as both an Administrator and Technician, DSSAC will consider
them an Administrator).
2.4.1. Overview for Systems Administrators
As a Systems Administrator in the DSSAC, you are able to perform all functions in the
application. These functions include the following.
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User management - Add, edit and delete users of the DSSAC.
DSSAC configuration - Manage language settings and iNet configuration options.
Manage default settings - Configure the default alarm settings and default
calibration gas types for the iTX, T82, VX500, MX6 iBRID, and GasBadge Pro
instruments.
View IDS status - Track the status of IDSs in the system.
IDS management - Manage IDS data and configure gas cylinders.
Instrument management - Manage instrument data, run reports on calibration and
bump test results, and add legacy instrument information to the DS2 Docking
Station system.
Manage events - Schedule events for calibration, bump tests, datalog downloads,
and diagnostic tests; and create special events that apply to specific instruments.
View the Journal - View the dates and times of specific events on each instrument
and IDS.
A Systems Administrator may also be responsible for troubleshooting any issues related to the
DS2 Docking Station. As a part of troubleshooting and general maintenance, a systems
administrator will also typically be responsible for reviewing the Event Viewer for potential
errors and messages. All error information (for the DSS and the IDSs) is written to the event log
on the DSS computer.
See the Troubleshooting section (Chapter 14) for more information about possible DS2 Docking
Station issues and how to access the Event Viewer.
2.4.2. Overview for Technicians
If you are set up in the DSSAC as a Technician, you can perform the following functions in the
DSSAC.
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DSSAC configuration - Manage language settings for the DSSAC application on
your workstation.
View IDS status - Track the status of IDSs in the system.
IDS management - Manage IDS data and configure gas cylinders.
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and bump test results.
View events - View Global and Special events for calibration, bump tests, datalog
downloads, and diagnostic tests.
View the Journal - View the dates and times of certain events on each instrument
and IDS.
2.4.3. Overview for Guests
If you are set up in the DSSAC as a Guest, you can perform the following functions in the
DSSAC.
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View IDS Status - Track the status of IDSs in the system.
View Events - View Global and Special events for calibration, bump tests, datalog
downloads, and diagnostic tests.
View the Journal - View the dates and times of certain events on each instrument
and IDS.
2.4.4. Context Summary Based on Roles
The table below defines the context (right-click) menus for the DSSAC and what is displayed
when a particular role is logged in. In this table, “A”, “T”, and “G” refer to Administrator role,
Technician role, and Guest role, respectively.
Table 2-1. Context Summary Based on Roles
Left Panel (Tree View)
Add
DSS
Clusters
Refresh
Print
Right Panel (List View)
Find
Propertie
s
Remove
Print
ATG
A
ATG
ATG
A
A
ATG
ATG
ATG
A
ATG
ATG
ATG
ATG
A
ATG
Comp.
ATG
ATG
ATG
Profiles
ATG
ATG
ATG
A
ATG
A
A
A
DS
Global
ATG
ATG
A
Instr
Global
ATG
ATG
A
ATG
ATG
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ATG
ATG
D.S.
Instr.
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Instr
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Required Network Connections
Below is a summary of the required network connections needed for the DS2 system to function.
NOTE: Throughout this document, the term server refers to either a PC or server running the
DSS software.
Table 2-1. Required Network Connections
Connection
Requirements
The IDSs in a cluster must be capable of talking to each other over the
network.
IDS to IDS in
clusters
This takes place over TCP on port 55556.
To verify that IDSs in a cluster can reach each other, the best test is to run a
bump test in which one IDS in the cluster requires the gas connected to
another IDS. If this works, the communications between them is okay.
The DSSAC client software must be able to reach the DSS server.
This takes place over port 80 using http over TCP.
The DSSAC calls various web services running under IIS.
DSSAC to
server
The DSSAC gets the IP address of the server either by listening for the
broadcaster (if you are using it), or by reading it from the registry (if it has
connected successfully in the past), or by the user typing it in, if the other two
are not available.
The best way to verify the DSSAC machine can reach the server is to open
Internet Explorer and attempt to open one of the web services on the server,
such as http://<server_ip_address>/DSSWS/Directory.asmx.
The DSS server uses ODBC to access the SQL Server databases it uses.
This ODBC connection is established using the servernames, users, and
passwords in the Configuration.xml file.
Server to
SQLServer
There are a total of 3 databases the DSS needs access to: DSS, DSSDL, and
DSSUSERDIR.
These databases can be local or remote.
The database can use MSDE or SQLServer.
To verify that the server machine can reach the database, try establishing an
ODBC connection using the user, passwd, and servername from the
Configuration.xml file.
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Requirements
If you are subscribed to iNet, your DSS server must be able to reach iNet
through the internet.
Server to iNet
This communications occurs via https over TCP using port 80 and 443.
The iNet account and password must be correct in the Configuration.xml file.
The “DS2 iNet connector” service on your DSS server must be running under
a user account that has access to the internet.
Each IDS must be able to reach the server, and the server must be able to
reach the IDS(s).
This communication is XML over http, using TCP/IP.
This takes place on port 80.
The IDS posts XML to an ASP.NET page running under IIS. The ASP.NET
page used by the IDSs is shown below.
http://<server_ip_address>/DSSWS/Server.aspx
To IDS(s)
Each IDS contacts the server once each minute, unless the IDS is in the
middle of a long operation, in which case it contacts the server after the
operation is over.
The IDS learns the server IP address either by listening for the broadcaster (if
you are using it), or by being programmed with the server IP using
DS.Config.
The Server learns of the IDS IP when the IDS contacts the server (the server
merely replies).
The IDS can have either a dynamic or static IP address.
If a static IP address is used, you must set the address on the IDS using
HyperTerminal and a serial cable.
To verify the IDS is reaching the server, turn on the tracelog and look for
messages from the IDS in question. If there are any, it is reaching the server.
The “DS2 Broadcaster“ is a service that runs on the DSS server, broadcasting
Broadcaster to the IP address of the DSS server, to be received by any IDS and/or DSSAC
running on the network.
Network
The broadcasts take place from the server via UDP on port 55555.
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3.1.
Introduction
This chapter explains how to install the DSS Software package onto a computer system to be
used on either a server-based operating system or a PC-based system. It also explains how to
begin using the DSSAC application to administer your DS2 Docking Station system.
This chapter is divided into the following topics:
 Server requirements for software installation
 PC requirements for software installation
 Installing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
 Installing Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ)
 Installing the Docking Station Server (DSS) software
 Loading the installer software
 Installation wizard for DSS
 Database preparation options for first time installations
 Selecting the database option
 iNet considerations
 Installing the Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC) software
 Installing and running the Docking Station Configurator software
 Assigning a static IP address to a sever or PC
 Disabling the DS2 Broadcaster
 Configuring Windows XP firewall
 Starting the DSSAC application
 Specifying the DSS IP address
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Before installing the software make sure that your PC and Server meet the following minimum
requirements.
3.2.1. Server Requirements
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Pentium III, 800 MHz (or higher)
256 MB RAM
4 GB free disk space
Supported operating systems:
o Windows 2000 Server (DSS Version 8.0 and earlier), Advanced Server or
Datacenter Server with SP3 or higher
o Windows 2003 Standard Edition, Web Edition, Enterprise Edition or Datacenter
Edition)
o Windows 2000 Professional (DSS Version 8.0 and earlier) or Windows XP
(These support 5 Docking Stations or less).
o Windows Vista
o Windows 7 (DSS Version 8.0 and higher)
o Windows 2008 (DSS Version 7.0 and higher)
Supported operating system languages (for installation and running):
o English
o French
o German
o Spanish
o Czech
o Polish
o Russian.
o Other Western Europe Latin-based languages (i.e., “Latin-1” languages per
Windows) should also work, but have not been specifically tested. These include:
Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Faeroese, Finnish, Galician (Spain),
Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swahili, and
Swedish.
o The SQL Server (or SQL Server 2005 Express Edition) database must be
configured to use a Collation type within the Windows Latin codepage of 1252.
(NOTE: If the DS2 database has any other collation type, it prevents the DS2
software from functioning properly.) The SQL Server (or SQL Server 2005
Express Edition) will automatically default to “collation type” within the proper
codepage of 1252 if installed under the Latin-based languages listed above.
Installing SQL Server under a non-Latin-based operating system may result in a
non-Latin collation type for the DS2 database. Database administrators also have
the ability to change a database’s collation type. Changing the collation type of
the DS2 database to anything other than a Latin collation type is not be supported.
Internet Information Services (IIS) must be installed to the operating system if not
already present (may require the Operating System CD)
Message Queuing (MSMQ) must be installed to operating system (may require the
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NOTE: Server software is supported on English, French, German, and Spanish Czech, Polish,
or Russian operating systems. Other Latin-based language operating systems may work, but
they have not been fully tested.
The collation type of the database can be seen using SQL Server Enterprise manager and
examining the Properties of a database as in the screenshot below.
Figure 3-1. Determining the Collation Type of a Database
Although the DSS may run under non-English operating systems as described above, for it to
successfully communicate data back and forth between docking stations necessitates that the
English-US regional settings for Number formatting remain in their default state. That is, even if
the DSS is running under a non-English-US language, it is necessary that the settings for
English-US remain at their defaults. The default Number settings are shown below. If any of
these defaults are modified, then the DSS may be unable to properly communicate data with
docking stations.
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Figure 3-2. Default English-US Regional Options for “Numbers”
3.2.2. PC Requirements
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Pentium III, 800 MHz (or higher)
256 MB RAM
4 GB free disk space
Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista or Windows
7 or Window 2008 (32-bit only)
Internet Information Services (IIS) must be installed to the Operating System if not
already present (may require the Operating System CD)
Message Queuing (MSMQ) must be installed to Operating System (may require the
Operating System CD)
NOTE: DS2 software supports only 32-bit system architechtures
3.2.3. Additional Requirements and Warnings
WARNING: PCs or laptops having two network adapters will not allow the DSS to properly
function. Do not install to a laptop that has both a built in LAN adapter and a built in Wireless
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adapter. If the laptop has a removable wireless card, remove the wireless card and place laptop
on a LAN via Ethernet cable while doing the install.
WARNING: When connecting a single IDS to either a server or PC, an Ethernet cross over
cable must be used. If you are connecting multiple IDSs to a network, standard Ethernet cables
must be used.
WARNING: If you are installing the DSS software on a stand alone server or PC, any network
device must be connected to the PC via an Ethernet Cable, for the software to install. Simply
connecting a DS2 or any other network device such as a hub or router to the server or PC will be
adequate. If no devices are connected to the computer, the DSS will not install.
NOTE: If installing the software onto a Windows XP operating system, some screen shots may
have some inaccuracies; depending on if the PC views are set for Classic/Traditional View, or
XP View.
NOTE: Throughout this document, Internet Information Services will be referred to as IIS, and
Message Queuing will be referred to as MSMQ.
Prior to installing the DSS software, IIS must be installed to the Operating System if it is not
already present. Installing this Windows service requires the Operating System CD.
If you are not sure if IIS is installed, the DSS installer will check for this component. If the IIS
component is not detected, the installation will be aborted and a window will alert you that IIS
must be installed. At this time, the user can go back and install the IIS using the procedures
outlined on the following pages.
3.3. Installing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft
Message Queuing (MSMQ)
3.3.1. Overview
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) must be
installed before installing the DS2 software. The procedures for installing IIS and MSMQ differ
based on the version of the operating system that is used, namely:
 Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional
 Windows 2000 Standard Server and Windows 2003 Server Web Edition.
 Windows Vista
Separate sections are provided for explaining the IIS and MSMQ installation processes under
each of these systems. Refer to the appropriate section below.
3.3.2. Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP
Professional
To install IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional, follow
the instructions listed below.
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NOTE: You may need the Windows Operating System CD if the service was not previously
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1.
Navigate to Control Panel (Start /
Settings / Control Panel)
2.
Click on Add / Remove Programs.
3.
Click on Add / Remove windows
components.
4.
Find and, if needed, place a check mark
on Internet Information Services (IIS).
If a check mark already exists, the
service is currently installed.
Figure 3-3. The Add/Remove Windows
Component Button
Figure 3-4. The IIS Check Box
5.
Find, and if needed, place a check mark in the box labeled Message Queuing
Services. If a check mark already exists, the service is currently installed.
Figure 3-5. The Message Queuing Services Check Box
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6.
For Windows XP Operating Systems, highlight Message Queuing and select details.
Make sure that there is a check mark in the Common box and none in the Active
Directory Integration box.
Figure 3-6. The Active Directory Integration and Common Check Boxes
7.
Select OK.
8.
For Windows 2000 Professional, Choose NEXT.
Figure 3-7. The IIS Check Box
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9.
When installing the Windows 2000 Professional OS for the first time, the following
two choices must be made. At the Message Queuing (MSMQ) type option, leave
selection on Independent Client and choose Next.
Figure 3-8. Selecting Independent Client for MSMQ Type
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10.
At the Message Queuing Server (MSMQ) option select “Message Queuing will not
access a directory service” and choose Next.
Figure 3-9. The Message Queuing Server Option
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11.
Windows will then install the new components. If your PC does not contain the
source cabs (most do not), then you will be prompted to place the Windows system
disk into the CD drive. Answer any prompts accordingly.
12.
When it is completed, choose Finish.
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Server Web Edition
To install IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2000 Standard Server and Windows 2003 Server Web
Edition, follow the instructions below.
NOTE: You may need the Windows Operating System CD if the services were not previously
installed.
Step
Instruction
1.
Navigate to Control Panel (Start / Settings /
Control Panel)
2.
Click on Add / Remove Programs.
3.
Click on Add / Remove Windows
components.
4.
If you are installing on Windows 2000 Server,
the following three screens are applicable.
Find and if needed, place a check mark on
Internet Information Services (IIS). If a
check mark already exists, the service is
currently installed.
Figure 3-10. The Add/Remove
Windows Component Button
Figure 3-11. The IIS Check Box
5.
Find, and if needed, place a check mark on Message Queuing Services. If a check
mark already exists, the service is currently installed.
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Figure 3-12. The Message Queuing Services Check Box
6.
Choose Next.
7.
If you are running Server 2003, the Message Queuing (MSMQ) is installed in the
following manner.
8.
Select Application Sever from the check box and choose Details.
Figure 3-13. The Windows Components Wizard
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9.
Make sure that ASP.NET, Internet Information Services (IIS), and Message Queuing
are checked.
Figure 3-14. The ASP.NET, IIS, and Message Queuing Check Boxes
10.
Highlight Message Queuing and click Details. Make sure that there is a check mark
in the box marked Common and no check mark in the Active Directory Integration
box, and then click OK.
Figure 3-15. The Message Queuing Dialog Box
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11.
When installing the Windows 2000 Server OS for the first time, the following two
choices must be made. At the Message Queuing (MSMQ) type option, leave
selection on Independent Client and choose Next. At the Message Queuing Type
option, leave selection on Independent Client and choose Next.
Figure 3-16. The Message Queuing Type Option
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12.
At the Message Queuing Server option select “Message Queuing will not access a
directory service” and choose Next.
Figure 3-17. The Message Queuing Server Option
13.
Windows will then install the new components. It your PC does not contain the
source cabs (most do not), then you will be prompted to place the Windows system
disk into the CD drive. Answer any prompts accordingly.
14.
When it is completed, choose Finish, and reboot the PC or server.
15.
After the IIS is installed, the PC or Server is now ready to install the DSS software.
3.3.4. Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows Vista
To install IIS and MSMQ on Windows Vista follow the instructions below.
NOTE: You may need the Windows Operating System CD if the services were not previously
installed.
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The following images define which settings should be enabled for MSMQ and IIS Installed
Windows Components settings under Vista and Windows 7.
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Starting with version 5.1 of the DS2 Software suite, support has been added to allow the software
to run on the Windows Vista™ operating system. When installing any of the DS2 software
applications on Vista™, the user will need to have “administrative” privileges. This is due to the
new User Access Control (UAC) feature within Vista™. The following provides instructions on
installing the DS2 Software suite on Vista™ operating system. For more information about
Vista’s UAC, see the following link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/useraccountcontrol.
mspx
To install DS2 Docking Station software on Windows Vista follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
To avoid any problems with privileges, close the DS2 CD launcher if the autorun feature
automatically starts it.
Browse to the DS2 CD and right-click on the DS2Launch application. Choose the
Run as administrator option; provide an administrative password if required.
2.
3.
Install the DS2 applications as needed.
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If the current user does not have “administrative” privileges at the time of
installation, the User Access Control (UAC) will prompt for an admin password as
shown below.
5.
Provide an administrative password and then continue with the install as usual.
3.3.5. Installing IIS and MSMQ on Windows 2008
Step
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Navigate to Control Panel (Start
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Click on Programs / Features.
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Click on Turn Windows Features On and Off; this is located in the window pane to the
left.
4.
Click on Features, then choose Add Features.
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5. From Message Queuing / Message Queuing Services, find and, if needed, place a check mark on
HTTP Support.
If the check mark already exists, the service is currently installed. If the check mark is added, a
new window will open; click on “Add Required Role Services”.
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6. From the Add Features main window, under Web Server (IIS), click on Role Services.
The features that should be selected with a check mark are highlighted below. In some cases,
such as when choosing “ASP.NET”, a second window will open (similar to the second screen
shown in Step 5 above) requiring the user to confirm the choice to add the feature.
After selecting all required features, click on Next.
The following defines which settings should be enabled for Windows 2008.
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Web Server
 Common HTTP Features
 Static Content
 Default Document
 Directory Browsing
 HTTP Errors
 HTTP Redirection
 Application Development
 ASP.NET
 .NET Extensibility
 ASP
CGI
 ISAPI Extensions
 ISAPI Filters
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 Health and Diagnostics
 HTTP Logging
 Logging Tools
 Request Monitor
 Tracing
Custom Logging
ODBC Logging
 Security
 Basic Authentication
 Windows Authentication
 Digest Authentication
Client Certificate Mapping Authentication
IIS Client Certificate Mapping Authentication
 URL Authorization
 Request Filtering
 IP and Domain Restrictions
 Performance
 Static Content Compression
Dynamic Content Compression
Management Tools
 IIS Management Console
 IIS Management Scripts and Tools
 Management Service
IIS 6 Management Compatibility
 IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
IIS 6 Scripting Tools
IIS 6 Management Console
FTP Publishing Service
FTP Server
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Step
1.
Instruction
2.
Navigate to Control Panel (Start
/ Settings / Control).
Click on Programs.
3.
Click on Turn Windows features on or off.
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From the Microsoft Messaging Queue (MSMQ) Server / Microsoft message Queue
(MSMQ) Server Core. Select MSMQ HTTP Support.
5.
Select Internet Information Services / Web Management Tools. The features shown below
with a check mark should be turned on.
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In addition to the MSMQ and IIS features noted above in steps 4 and 5, other features are
required (e.g., Security). Refer to the full list of Windows 7 features that should be selected
as shown on page 25. After all features are selected, click OK.
Installing the Docking Station Server (DSS) Software
The procedures that follow are intended for the operating systems listed below:
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Windows 2000 Standard Server
Windows 2003 Server Web Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Professional (firewall must be configured)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 2008.
The DSS software is installed in segments. These segments are outlined in the sections that
follow.
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Loading the Installer Software
To load the installer software, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Place the DS2 Operating CD into your computer.
2.
The CD will automatically run and the following window will appear.
Figure 3-18. The DS2 Installer Software Startup Window
The launcher displays seven language options on the screen. Click a languge to redisplay the Launcher in the chosen language.
3.
Click on “Install Docking Station Server.” This will automatically launch the DSS
installer. The first window that appears is the License Agreement.
4.
If the Microsoft .Net Framework v2.0 is not currently installed, the following screen will
appear.
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Click the Next button at the
Welcome screen.
Figure 3-19. The Welcome Window
6.
Review
the
license
agreement, choose “I agree,”
and then click Install.
Figure 3-20. The License Agreement Window
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The
Installer
will
automatically
install
the .NET framework (if it
currently is not installed).
When this installation is
complete, the following
window will appear. Choose
Finish to continue with the
installation.
Figure 3-21. The .NET Framework Installation
Complete Message Box
8.
If the Installer detects a
version prior to Version 3.1
installed on the machine, the
following
window
will
appear. Choose OK and then
remove the previous version
of the DSS.
Figure 3-22. Previous Version Detected Message Box
9.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST REBOOT after uninstalling the previous version.
Failure to do so will cause the installation of the DSS to fail.
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The DSS software is now ready to install. Choose Next to continue.
Figure 3-23. The DSS Installation Wizard Window
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Installation Wizard for DSS
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Click YES to accept the license agreement.
Figure 3-24. The DS2 Software License Agreement Window
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2.
At this point the installation will check to make sure all prerequisites are already
installed.
Figure 3-25. The Prerequisite Check Window
3.
Choose Next.
4.
If installing the DSS software onto Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP
Professional operating systems, the following message will be displayed. This
message is a reminder that the maximum number of DS2s that can be connected to a
PC is limited to 8.
Figure 3-26. The Max Docking Station Information Window
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5.
Choose OK.
6.
WARNING: If you are installing the DSS onto a PC running Windows XP Service
Pack 2, the warning above applies to you. Please see section 3.16.
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7.
If the installer does not detect IIS and/or MSMQ, the installation will be halted, and
the following warning will appear. To install IIS or MSMQ onto either a server or
PC, refer to section 3.3 Installing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and
Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ).
Figure 3-27. The Prerequisite Check Failed Window
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3.7.1. Overview
This step in the installation is to select the database option that you are going to use. The
following window will appear if this is a new installation. For new installations, choose one of
the following three options:
(a) Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and a New DSS database on this machine
(b) Install new DSS database to an existing SQL Server/SQL Server 2005 Express
Edition on this machine
(c) Attach to an existing DSS database available on my network.
Each of these options is explained in the following sections (marked as a, b, and c). After you
select your option, choose Next.
NOTE: Regardless of the database location, the following apply:

File attributes of .MDF files are set to “writable” mode (disables read-only). Since the
base structure of databases are copied from CD, the file attribute is set to read-only by
default; the change to a writable setting allows the application to use the database.

The following services are started through registry: INet Uploader, DS2 Printing, and
DS2 Broadcaster (during uninstall, these registry entries are removed).

In SQL Server, the following steps are completed during DSS Install:
o “DSSUSERROLE” user role will be created.
o “DS2” login will be created. This is the login used by the DSS server.
o “DS2” login will be given access to DSS, DSSDL and DSSUSERDIR databases
with DSSUSERROLE, and DB_OWNER permissions.
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Figure 3-28. The Setup Type Window
NOTE: When performing a fresh install of DSS that includes SQL Server 2005 Express Edition,
newer versions of the installer no longer ask for passwords for the SA, SQL DSSUSER and
DSSAC DSSUSER accounts. The default value of DS2user will be used for all three.
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Simplified Flow Diagram for DSS/SQL Express Installation
Welcome
License
Test for Prerequisites
Select DB Option
Data Files
Found
Select a DSS database option
Perform Upgrade?
The Docking Station Server installer
has detected existing database files.
Do you want to perform an
upgrade using those files?
Install SQL Express/New DSS
Existing SQL/New DSS on local
Existing SQL/Existing DSS elsewhere
Select Previous DB Files
Browse...
Set database path
SQL Server Location
Existing SQL/
Existing DSS
Existing SQL/
New DSS
Do Not
Use Files
Abort
Inform user files
must be removed
Server Name
Instance Name
Instance Name
Select Instance
MSSQLSERVER
Instance Name
DSS
SQLEXPRESS
SQL SA Password
New SQL Express/
New DSS
Enter Password
DSS SQL Database Login
DS2user
DS2 SQL Login
DS2
DS2 SQL Password
DS2user
Review Settings
Install
Figure 3-29. Simplified DSS Installation Flowchart
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3.7.2a. Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and a New DSS Database on This Machine
Step
1.
Instruction
Installation.
Figure 3-30. Review Settings and Begin Installation
NOTE: A new SQL Server 2005 Express Edition database installed with a fresh DSS
installation will use the following default account information:
Account
User
Password
SA Password
DS2 DB User Login
DSSAC Default Admin User Login
DSSAC Read-only User Login
SA
DS2
DSSUSER
GUEST
DS2user
DS2user
DS2user
guest
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3.7.2b. Install New DSS Database to an Existing SQL Server/SQL Server 2005 Express
Edition on This Machine
Step
Instruction
1.
When choosing this option, if the installer is unable to find a version of SQL Server
installed on the local machine, the following message will be displayed.
Figure 3-31. Missing SQL Server Message
2.
Select the database Instance name from list of instances currently installed on the PC
and choose Next.
Figure 3-32. Select the Database Instance
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3.
Enter the System Administrator (SA) Password for the selected instance and choose
Next.
Figure 3-33. Entering the System Administrator Password
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4.
Instruction
Start installation.
Figure 3-34. Review Settings and Begin Installation
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3.7.2c. Attach to An Existing DSS Database Available on My Network
Step
Instruction
1.
When choosing this option, the installer will display the following warning that,
before proceeding, SQL Server must already be installed on the target PC and
the DSS database files must be attached.
Figure 3-35. Entering the SQL Server Name
2.
Enter the name of the server that SQL Server is running.
Figure 3-36. Entering the SQL Server Name
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Enter the database Instance name and choose Next.
Figure 3-37. Entering the Database Instance Name
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4.
Enter the login Name and Password for the DS2 – SQL Server account and choose
Next.
Figure 3-38. Entering the DSS SQL Login information
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Step
5.
Instruction
Start installation.
Figure 3-38. Review Settings and Begin Installation
3.8. Continuing Installation (or Installation After Uninstalling a Previous
Version)
The following window will appear if you have uninstalled a version prior to v3.0 or you already
have SQL Server/SQL Server 2005 Express Edition installed on the current PC and it has the
DSS database tables already attached.
Figure 3-39. Existing DSS BD Files Popup
The installer will recognize the existence of the previous databases and give you the following
option. If you want to use the existing databases choose Yes. If you want to start with fresh
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databases, choose No. If you do choose No, the installer will inform you that you must remove
the databases and re-run the installer. It will then quit, allowing you to remove the database files.
Step
Instruction
1.
Finally, the installation is now complete. Select the desired restart method and
choose Finish.
Figure 3-40. Installation Complete Window
2.
Installation of the DSS will also install the DS2 Broadcaster and start it upon a reboot
of the PC. The DS2 Broadcaster is a UDP broadcaster that will broadcast out the IP
address of the PC or Server running the DSS such that all DS2s on the network will
know which computer to communicate with. Industrial Scientific does not
recommend turning off your DS2 Broadcaster unless you are running multiple DSSs
on your network. It is the policy of some IT professionals not to have the DS2
Broadcaster running on a network. Therefore, the Broadcaster can be turned off.
3.
If the DS2 Broadcaster is disabled, the DS2s will need to know the IP address of the
server running the DSS. This is accomplished through using the DS2 Configurator
Software. See section 3.12 on how to manually send out the IP address of the
computer running the DSS.
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3.9. Installing the DS2 Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC)
Software
NOTE: The following procedure is for the following Operating systems:
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Windows 2000 Standard Server
Windows 2003 Server Web Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Professional
Windows Vista
Windows 2008
Windows 7
To begin the installation of the DSSAC software, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Place the DS2 Operating CD into your computer.
2.
The CD will automatically run and the following window will appear.
Figure 3-41. DS2 Docking Station Installation Window
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3.
Click on “Install Docking Station Server Admin Console.” This will automatically
launch the DSSAC installer. The DSSAC can be installed on any computer on the
network as well as the server or PC running the DSS software.
4.
The software will guide you through the installation of the DSSAC.
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3.10. The Docking Station Configurator
3.10.1. Installing the Docking Station Configurator Software
The Docking Station Configurator Software is a tool that can be used to send the IP address of
the computer or server running the Docking Station Server Software (DSS) to a known DS2 IDS.
If the DS2 Broadcaster service is turned off, or if a DS2 IDS is located on a different subnet than
the computer or server running the DSS, then this software package must be used.
NOTE: The following procedure is for the following Operating systems:
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Windows 2000 Standard Server
Windows 2003 Server Web Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Professional.
Windows Vista
Windows 2008
Windows 7
Step
Instruction
1.
Place the DS2 Operating CD into your computer.
2.
The CD will automatically run and the following window will appear.
Figure 3-42. DS2 Docking Station Installation Window
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Click on “Install Docking Station Configurator.” This will automatically launch the
DS2 Configurator installer. The configurator software can be installed on any
computer on the network as well as the server or PC running the DSS software.
3.10.2. Running the Docking Station Configurator Software
3.
To run the Docking Station Configurator Software, follow the instructions below.
Step
1.
Instruction
Choose START / PROGRAMS / INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC / DS2
CONFIGURATOR. The Docking Station Configurator screen is displayed.
To tell the DS2 IDS what the IP address of the server is, select the Server IP Address
tab, and then type in:
 the IP address of the DS2
 the IP address of the server
and choose Send.
Figure 3-43. Docking Station Configurator Screen
2.
At this point, the DS2 IDS will automatically reboot.
3.11. Assigning a Static IP Address to a Sever or PC
Before assigning static IP addresses to the server or PC, consult with your Information
Technology (IT) Department. If the server or PC on which the DSS software was installed
already has a static IP address, then this section is not necessary. If the computer or server does
not have a static IP address, then one must be assigned to it. This can be accomplished by using
the following procedure.
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Instruction
1.
Any DS2 system should have a static IP address applied to the PC by a qualified IT
person. Be sure to consult qualified personnel before proceeding.
2.
Note that the following steps are used for reference only. They explain how to assign a
static IP address to either a server or PC. Your actual process and data may vary.
3.
Determine the current addressing on your PC.
 Choose Start
 Choose Run
 Enter CMD
 Choose OK
 In the Command Prompt (DOS) window, type ipconfig
 Press ENTER
Figure 3-20. Using the IPCONFIG Command
 Write down the three addresses for later use.
Item
Address
IP Address
.
.
.
Subnet Mask
.
.
.
Default Gateway
.
.
.
 In the Command Prompt (DOS) window now type ipconfig /all.
 Press ENTER.
 Scroll down through all the text until you find the DNS Server address or addresses
and record the DNS address. (There may be one or there may be two as seen here).
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Figure 3-21. DNS Server Results from IPCONFIG Command
DNS Server(s)
Address(es)
#1
.
.
.
#2 (if applicable)
.
.
.
 Type exit and press ENTER to close this window.
4.
Apply the current addressing to
your PC as Static addressing.
 Navigate to Control Panel
(Start / Settings / Control
Panel)
 Open Network and DialUp Connections.
 Right click on your
adapter
and
choose
properties as seen at the
right.
Figure 3-22. Selecting Adapter Properties
 Highlight the and click on
properties as seen at the
right.
Figure 3-23. Choosing TCP/IP Protocol
 Change selection from
‘Obtain an IP address
automatically’ to ‘Use the
following IP address’ as
seen at the right.
 Type in the 3 addresses
previously copied from
the Command Prompt.
Figure 3-24. The IP Address Group Box
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NOTE: A Network Administrator must be Informed about this change.
NOTE: This change can be reversed.
 Type in one or two DNS
addresses as recorded
from
the
Command
prompt and press OK.
Figure 3-25. Entering Your DNS Addresses
 Close any the subsequent windows.
NOTE: The system may appear to hang for 10-20 seconds as the new addressing is
being applied.
3.12. Applying Static Addressing to V1.4 or Higher IDS
All DS2 IDSs are programmed to receive a network IP address automatically from a DHCP
server. This service can be turned on/off of server operating systems. Other network devices
such as routers have internal DHCP servers that distribute IP addresses to devices on the network.
The DS2 IDSs can receive IP addresses from any DHCP server. If a DHCP server is not
available on the network, or subnet of the network, then the DS2s must have an IP addressed
assigned to them manually. All DS2 IDSs with software versions 1.4 or higher have the ability
to be programmed with a Static IP address.
NOTE: When running the DS2 system off of a PC operating system, the PC must either be
connected to the DS2s via a router running DHCP server, or have IP addresses assigned statically
to the units. The following procedure shows how to statically assign an IP address to the DS2
IDS.
NOTE: The following instructions are for non-Vista users. Vista no longer supports, and does
not include the HyperTerminal program. As an alternative, Vista users can use the supplied
program called PuTTY for their terminal emulation needs. The application, help files and a
DS2-Quick Start Guide can be found in the \Support\Misc\PuTTY directory of the DS2
Installation CD.
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Step
1.
Instruction
Configure HyperTerminal for
communications with IDS.
 Choose START /
PROGRAMS /
ACCESSORIES /
COMMUNICATIONS /
HYPERTERMINAL.
 Enter the name IDS at the
Connection
Description
dialog box and Choose OK.
 Change “Connect Using” to
COM1 and choose OK.
 Adjust settings as seen here
and choose OK.
Figure 3-26. Setting COM1 Properties
Optional: Choose FILE / SAVE AS and click on SAVE to save the settings of this
HyperTerminal session for future use.
2.
Prepare the line of text to be entered into the IDS.
 Open Notepad (choose START / PROGRAMS / ACCESSORIES / NOTEPAD)
 Type in a line as shown below substituting your desired addressing in the
appropriate areas.
ip
is the desired IP address
nm
is the desired network mask address
gw
is the desired gateway address
Figure 3-27. Preparing the IDS Text
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3.
Prepare the IDS to accept the static addressing.
 Connect a serial cable between the PC com1 port and the DB9 connector on the
back of the IDS.
 Power the docking station and monitor the information flow on HyperTerminal.
 Within 5 seconds of powering the docking station, hit the enter key on the
computer keyboard.
 If successful, HyperTerminal will display the prompt BL>.
 You are ready to enter the line of text which will program the IDS with the
desired addressing.
4.
Apply the Addressing to the IDS.
 Highlight the entire line of text entered into notepad.
Figure 3-28. Selecting the Prepared IDS Text for Copying
 Use CTRL-C to copy this line into the buffer.
 Within the HyperTerminal window, choose EDIT / PASTE TO HOST.
Figure 3-29. Pasting the IDS Text
 Within the HyperTerminal window, type the word EXIT and hit enter.
 Wait for the Docking Station to restart on its own. At this point, it has completed
the programming of the addresses.
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3.13. Disabling the DS2 Broadcaster
NOTE: This portion of the installation process is only to be done if the policy of your
Information Technology (IT) Department prohibits the broadcaster to be turned on.
The DS2 Broadcaster needs to be disabled if using the DSS on a LAN with other DSS installs.
This step is not necessary for a production install of a DSS. This procedure is to accommodate
users wishing to install DSS as a demo tool.
To disable the DS2 Broadcaster, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Navigate to Control Panel (Start / Settings / Control Panel).
2.
Choose Administrative Tools.
3.
Choose Services. The Services window is displayed.
Figure 3-30. Sample Services Window
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4.
Locate and right click on DS2 Broadcaster.
5.
Choose Properties.
6.
In the Startup type dropdown box, select Manual.
7.
If the service is currently running, click the STOP button.
8.
Click OK.
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3.14. Configuring the Firewall
3.14.1 Windows XP Firewall
If you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, the firewall will need to be set to allow the
DS2s to communicate to the server. To properly set the firewall, follow the instructions below.
Step
1.
Instruction
Select
Start/Settings/Control
Panel/Security Center.
The Windows Security
Center Screen will be
displayed.
Figure 3-31. Windows Security Center Screen
2.
Select Windows Firewall. The Windows Firewall screen will be displayed.
3.
The default setting shows the Windows Firewall “On”. Select the Advanced tab.
Select “Local Area Connection” and click the Settings button next to it.
4.
Check the box next to “Web Server (HTTP)” Click OK and exit.
5.
NOTE: This procedure does not disable the firewall. Adding the Web Sever (HTTP)
setting allows this service to communicate through the firewall. This allows the DS2
IDSs to communicate to the DSS software package installed on the PC.
6.
NOTE: When updating Windows XP, the firewall may be enabled and may stop
communications. When this occurs, the firewall must be disabled.
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Figure 3-32. The Windows Firewall Screen
Figure 3-33. The Advanced Tab of the
Firewall Window
Figure 3-34. The Web Server (HTTP) Check Box
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3.14.2. Windows Firewall for SQL Server in Server 64-bit OS (Windows 2003, Windows
2008, and Windows 7)
Step
Instruction
NOTE: the user should be logged-on as an Administrator to perform the following
tasks.
1.
Make sure that “IIS_IUSRS” group has been provided the full access permissions for
“C:\Windows\Temp” directory.

Navigate to C:\Windows.

Right-click on “Temp” directory and choose Properties.

In Security tab, make sure that IIS_IUSRS group has been listed. If not listed,
click the “Modify” or “Edit” button; click the “Add” button and add
“IIS_IUSRS”; and click the Resolve button on the right-hand side. Mark “Full
Control” and click Apply and OK. It will give one warning message; click OK.
2.
Enable Windows Firewall if it was disabled earlier.
3.
Go to All Programs >> Microsoft SQL Server 2005 >> Configuration Tools >> SQL
Server Configuration Manager.
4.
Choose SQL Server Services and check that SQL Server (<<instance name>>) is
running.
5.
Navigate to SQL Server Network Configuration >> Protocols for MSSQLSERVER and
Enable TCP/IP if it is disabled.
6.
Navigate to SQL Server Network Configuration >> Protocols for DSS (if available) and
Enable TCP/IP if it is disabled.
7.
Right-click on TCP/IP and choose Properties.
Scroll to the bottom and clear TCP Dynamic Ports and add TCP Port as “14331” (note:
Port can be any number but it should not be conflict with any other port).
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8.
Navigate to SQL Server Network Configuration >> Protocols for MSSQLSERVER.
9.
Disable “VIA” protocol Name, if it is enabled. (Note: The VIA protocol only works with
VIA hardware that has the VIA driver installed. If you enable the VIA protocol on a
computer that does not support the VIA protocol, the SQL Server service will not start.)
10.
Repeat steps 7 and 8 for Protocols for DSS, if available.
11.
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12.
Make the following entries in the pop-up “Add a Port” and click OK.
13.
Verify “SQL” has been added to the Exceptions list and click OK.
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Click “Add Port” again and make the following entries in the pop-up and click OK.
Make sure that port number given in Step 6 is given here.
15.
Verify “SQLDSS” has been added to the Exceptions list and click OK.
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Click “Add Port” again, and make the following entries in the pop-up and click OK.
Make sure that UDP Protocol is selected and Port number is 1434. Name it as you
wish.
17.
Verify “SQLBROWSER” has been added to the Exceptions list and click OK.
18.
Log on to SQL Server using SA log-in or Windows Authentication. Right-click on the
server node and choose Properties
19.
Go to Left Tab of Connections and verify “Allow remote connections to this server” is
enabled.
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3.15. Overview of the DSSAC Application
This section explains how to start the DSSAC application and contains an overview of the user
interface.
3.15.1. Starting the DSSAC Application
To start the DSSAC application, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Using the Windows Start menu, select Programs, then Industrial Scientific Corporation,
and then Docking Station Server Admin Console.
2.
The DSSAC splash screen
appears, followed by the
DSSAC Login dialog box.
Enter your User Name and
Password and click the OK
button.
NOTE: Passwords are casesensitive and can be a
maximum of 30 characters in
length.
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Figure 3-35. DSSAC Login Window
Alternative: You may also press the ENTER key on your keyboard after you have
entered your User Name and Password.
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NOTE: If you click the Cancel button, the DSSAC does not open.
The DSSAC application opens. The title bar displays the role (e.g., Technician or
Administrator) to which your user account is assigned.
Figure 3-36. DSSAC Application Showing User Role in Title Bar
4.
To close the DSSAC application, click on the File menu, and select Exit.
3.15.2. Resetting the DSSUSER Password
This section explains how to reset the DSSUSER password.
Step
1.
Instruction
From the DSSAC Login
window, click on the
"Advanced" tab to reveal
its drop-down menu.
Figure 3-37.a. DSSAC Login Window
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2.
Instruction
From the Advanced dropdown menu, click on the
option, Reset DSSUser
Password.
Figure 3-38.b. DSSAC Login Window
3.
The Reset DSSUser
Password window will
open. The Request Key box
( read-only field) will be
automatically populated
with a randomly generated
string.
Figure 3-39.c. DSSUser Password Window with
Request Key.
4.
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Click on the Tech Support
link to locate an ISC
Technical Support center.
Provide the support
representative with the
Request Key. The
representative will then
provide the Reset
Password. Enter this into
the Reset Password field.
Click on Reset to complete
the process.
Figure 3-40.d. Reset DSSUser Password Window
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Instruction
If successful, a
confirmation box will open.
Click OK.
If unsuccessful, an error
message box will open.
The cause will be indicated
and may be due to an older
version of DSSAC installed
at the DSS IP address, or an
error in the DSS IP address
field. Contact ISC
Technical Support for
assistance.
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3.15.3. Specifying the DSS IP Address
By default, the DSSAC will attempt to log in to the nearest Docking Station Server (DSS) from
which it receives a broadcast. If you know the IP address of another DSS, you can log into it by
specifying the server’s address in the Login dialog. You will also need to specify the DSS IP
when your DSS is not using the broadcaster service.
To specify a DSS IP address, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Using the Windows Start menu, select Programs, then Industrial Scientific
Corporation, and then Docking Station Server Admin Console.
2.
The DSSAC splash screen appears, followed by the DSSAC Login dialog box. Enter
your User Name and Password.
3.
Click the Options button. The DSS IP field will appear in the DSSAC Login dialog.
NOTE: Clicking the Options button again will hide the DSS IP field.
4.
Enter the IP address of
the DSS to which you
would like to connect.
Click the OK button.
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Figure 3-41. Specifying the DSS IP Address at Login
5.
DSSAC connects to the specified DSS and the application opens.
6.
When the DSSAC is
unable to connect to the
server during log in, the
error message “Failed to
Connect to Server” is
displayed.
Figure 3-42. Failed to Connect to Server Message
NOTE: When you restart the DSSAC, it will always attempt to log in to the DSS from which a
broadcast is received, if any. If a broadcast is not received, it will remember the IP of the DSS to
which the DSSAC was last logged in.
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3.15.4. The DSSAC Screen
The DSSAC screen is similar to Windows Explorer, containing a navigation pane on the left
side, and a contents pane on the right.
NOTE: The title bar of the DSSAC shows the name of the user who is currently logged in. The
title bar also displays the user’s role (e.g., Technician “JOESMITH”).
Navigation Pane
Contents Pane
Figure 3-43. The DSSAC Screen
The DSSAC window also contains a menu that is used to perform certain commands. Specific
instructions on using the menu options are covered in the Using DS2 Docking Station section.
The menu options are shown below.
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Table 3-1. DSSAC Menu Options
Menu
Option
Description
Change Password
Used to change your DSSAC password.
Add
Used to add information into the system. This option may not be
available depending on what type of object is selected in the
DSSAC.
Remove
Used to remove information from the system. This option may
not be available depending on what type of item is selected in
the DSSAC.
Properties
Used to view information about the currently selected item. This
option may not be available depending on what type of object is
selected in the DSSAC.
Print
Used to print information about the currently selected item. This
option may not be available depending on what type of object is
selected in the DSSAC.
Exit
Used to close the DSSAC application.
Configuration
Used to change language settings, and, if you are a Systems
Administrator, iNet settings.
Default Alarm
Settings
Used to manage default alarm settings for the iTX, T82, VX500,
MX6 iBRID, and GasBadge Pro instruments. This option is
only available only if you are a systems administrator.
Default
Calibration Gases
Used to manage the default calibration gases for the iTX, T82,
VX500, MX6 iBRID, and GasBadge Pro instruments. This
option is only available if you are a systems administrator.
Refresh
Used to update the contents pane to display the most recent
information.
Find
Used to locate instruments that meet certain criteria, such as
those instruments due for calibration. This option is only
available when the instruments object is selected in the
navigation pane.
Contents
Used to view the help documentation for the DSSAC.
About DSSAC
Used to view version information about the DSSAC.
File
View
Tools
Help
Figure 3-44. The DSSAC Menu Options
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3.15.5. Using the Navigation Pane
The navigation pane contains a treelike structure showing the contents of
a Docking Station Network. When
you select an option in the navigation
pane, a list of related items appears in
the contents pane on the right. For
example, if you click on Instruments
in the navigation pane, a listing of
instruments configured for use in the
system appears in the contents pane.
At the top of the tree is an option for
DSS, which represents the Docking
Station Server. If you click on the
DSS option, you can see the current
status of IDSs that are currently
running in the Docking Station
Network.
Under the DSS entry are the following
options.
Figure 3-45. Navigation Pane
NOTE: The DSS and Events options in the navigation pane can be collapsed and expanded,
similar to file folders in Windows Explorer. If you see a minus sign (-) next to the option, then it
is expanded. If you see a plus sign (+) next to the option, then it is collapsed. You can collapse
or expand the entry by clicking on the minus or plus sign or by double-clicking on the entry. The
Docking Station and Instrument options underneath the Events option can also be collapsed
and expanded.
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Table 3-2. Options Under the DSS Entry in the Navigation Pane
Option
Description
Docking
Station
Clusters
Displays a list of clusters, if any, configured in your Docking Station Network.
These can be sorted by location and can be designated as “Out of Service”.
See the Instrument Docking Station Clusters (in Chapter 8) for more
information about setting up IDS clusters.
Docking
Stations
Displays a list of Instrument Docking Stations that are configured in your
Docking Station Network. These can be sorted by location and can be
designated as “Out of Service”. See the How to Setup and Configure an
Instrument Docking Station (Chapter 6) for information about setting up IDSs.
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Option
Description
Instruments
Displays a list of instruments in your Docking Station Network. See the How
to Setup and Configure Instruments section for information about configuring
instruments.
Components
Displays a list of all of the components in the DSS database, whether or not
they are currently installed in an instrument. The component list for each
instrument includes those items shown on the “Components” tab of the
Instrument form, including sensors and batteries.
The default sort order of the list is in ascending by instrument serial number.
If the user clicks any column header in the right pane list, the list is sorted by
that column. If the user double-clicks on any sensor in the list, the “Edit
Sensor” screen opens. If the user double-clicks on any battery in the list, the
“Edit battery” screen opens.
Users
Displays the user accounts created to use the DSSAC. Only Systems
Administrators can see the Users option. See the Setting up Users for more
information about user accounts.
Contains options for scheduling global and special events for IDSs and
instruments. See the How to Schedule Events section for more information
about scheduling DS2 Docking Station events. The Events options are:
Docking Station:
Global - Displays Global events that are configured for
IDSs.
Instrument:
Global - Displays Global events that are configured for
instruments.
Special - Displays Special events that are configured for
instruments.
Journal:
Displays information about activities that have occurred
for instruments in the system.
Events
3.15.6. Using the Contents Pane
The specific information that you see in the contents pane varies depending on the option
selected in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a list of information that can be
sorted in various ways. If more than one item is displayed in the contents pane, the column
headings can be used to re-sort the information that you are viewing.
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Figure 3-46. Sample Contents Pane Showing Column Headings for Sorting
For example, when viewing the list of instruments as in the picture above, the contents pane
contains six column headings: Serial Number, Type, Last Cal, Next Cal, Status and Location.
If you click the Type heading, the list sorts by instrument type. If you click on Serial Number,
the list sorts by Serial Number of the instrument. Likewise, if you click on Status, the list of
instruments sorts by status.
NOTE: All column headings in the contents pane can be used to sort the data that you are
viewing.
Each column heading can also be resized to better accommodate the information being displayed.
You can resize the column headings in one of two ways.
1. Place your mouse pointer over the divider between two column headings. Your mouse
pointer changes into a vertical bar with an arrow on each side. Click and drag to change the
size of the column.
2. Place your mouse pointer over the divider between two column headings. Your mouse
pointer changes into a vertical bar with an arrow on each side. Double-click to resize the
column to fit the widest entry in the column.
3.15.7. Viewing and Re-instating Removed Instruments
The DSSAC tree view (left panel) contains an “Out of Service” sub-node for Docking Stations
and instruments that have been removed.
NOTE: Pressing [F5] while the DSSAC Main Screen is selected, refreshes the Docking Station
and Instrument Sub-nodes.
Selecting the “Out of Service” sub-node will cause the right-panel to display all Docking
Stations (or instruments) which have been removed from service. This node will have an icon
similar to the other location nodes except it will have an “X” to indicate removed.
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Figure 3-47. DSSAC Tree View Showing Removed Instruments
The following functions apply to removed instruments:

Double-clicking or selecting the properties of a Docking Station or instrument has the
standard results.

Pressing [F5] while a Docking Station Archived sub-node is selected only refreshes the
docking station list in the right pane.

Selecting a docking station while on the Docking Station (or instrument) “Out of Service”
sub-node and right-clicking on it, adds “Restore” to the context menu list.

Selecting the “Restore” menu option causes the selected Docking Station or Instrument to
be un-removed and shown in the normal Docking Station node.

If the user assigns a location value of “Out of Service”, a separate node will be created
with the standard location node icon.
Figure 3-48. DSSAC Tree View Showing User-Assigned Out of Service Location Value
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To view out of service nodes, access the View menu and select the “Display ‘Out of Service’
Node” option.
Figure 3-49. The Display “Out of Service” Node Option
Clicking the “Display ‘Out of Service’ Node” menu toggles its check mark (which indicates
whether the feature is enabled or not). The default setting for the menu option is unchecked,
which means out of service nodes are not displayed.

When the check mark is on, the “Out of Service” node for the Docking Stations and
Instruments is visible (if docking stations and/or instruments have been removed).

When the check mark is off, the “Out of Service” node for the Docking Stations and
Instruments will not be visible (regardless if docking stations and/or instruments have
been removed).
3.15.8. The Instrument Node in the Tree View
The Instrument option is a node on the tree view used to perform functions associated with
instruments. These functions include adding instruments, refreshing instrument lists, applying
profiles of similar instruments, and printing instrument information.
Figure 3-50. The Instrument Node in the Tree View
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The context menu for the Instrument node on the tree view contains an “Apply Profile” option
that is used to apply profiles to selected instruments of matching instrument type. When this
option is selected, the Apply Profile screen is displayed.
3.15.9. The Profiles Node in the Tree View
The Profiles option is a node on the tree view used to apply profiles to selected instruments of
matching instrument type. When the Profile Node is selected, the list view in the right pane
displays all available Profiles currently saved within the DSS database
Figure 3-51. The Profiles Node in the Tree View
Whenever the Profiles node is selected, the File menu on the main menu bar will have an enabled
“Apply Profile” menu option. Selecting the Apply Profile menu option opens the “Apply Profile”
screen.
Figure 3-52. The Apply Profile Option of the File Menu
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Selecting File from the menu bar while the Profiles node is selected will enable the Add sub
menu. Right-clicking on the Profiles node will display a context menu which contains the Add
option (for Administrators only) and Refresh option.


Selecting the Add from the menu bar or from the context menu opens the Edit Profile
screen in add mode.
Selecting Refresh from the context menu refreshes the list of current profiles saved
within DSS.
The Profiles list view displays information about the current profiles.
provided in two columns:
The information is

Profile Name - This column will display the name for each available profile.

Type - This column will display the type of instrument the profile has been created for.
If the user clicks any column header in the right pane list, the list shall be sorted by that
column. By default, the list view will be sorted alphabetically first on the Type column
and then the Profile Name column.
If an Admin User double-clicks on any profile in the list, the “Edit Profile” screen will open. If
an Admin User right-clicks on a Profile, a context menu which contains the following menu
options will be displayed.


Properties
Remove from Service
(Single Selection)
(One or More Selected)
Selecting Properties from the context menu opens the Edit Profile screen in edit mode. Selecting
Remove from Service from the context menu prompts the user to confirm the deletion of the
Profile(s). If the user confirms the deletion, the profile(s) is permanently deleted.
3.15.10.
Applying Profiles – The Apply Profile Screen
The Apply Profile form is used to apply profiles to selected instruments of matching instrument
type. The Apply Profile form has a list view of all the available profiles, a list view of
instruments matching the profile instrument type, an Apply and Close button.
Figure 3-53. The Apply Profile Screen
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Table 3-3. Components of the Apply Profile Screen
Component
Available
Profiles list
view
Apply
Selected
Profile To
list view
Apply
Profile
Button
Description
The Available Profiles list view will display all of the currently created
profiles. The Available Profiles list view has two columns: Profile Name and
Type.
If the user clicks any column header within the list view, the list is sorted by
that column. By default, the list view is sorted alphabetically first on the
Profile Name column. Double-clicking on any single profile opens that profile
in the Edit Profile form.
The “Apply Selected Profile To” list view displays all of the instruments
associated with the currently selected profile type. It has three columns: Serial
Number, Status and Location Last Docked. If the user clicks any column
header within the list view, the list is sorted by that column. By default, the
list view is sorted alphabetically first on the Profile Name column. Multiple
instruments can be selected within the list view.
The Apply Profile button is disabled by default. Once one or more
instruments are selected, it is enabled. Clicking the Apply Profile button
applies the selected profile to the selected instruments. When the profile
is successfully applied, the following message is displayed.
Figure 3-54. Update Complete Message After Profile Is Successfully
Applied
Close
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The General tab of the Edit Profiles screen is shown below. It displays the profile name,
password and profile type.
Figure 3-55. The Edit Profiles Screen – General Tab
Table 3-4. Components of the Edit Profiles Screen – General Tab
Component
Description
Profile Name
This is the user-defined name for the profile. A name MUST be
specified, but can be no longer than 24 characters.
Profile Password
This field is used to specify an optional password needed to apply
the profile when using the instrument. Password maximum length is
10 characters.
Profile Type
This field is a pre-populated drop-down list of dockable instruments.
It determines which instrument types the selected profile may be
applied to.
This field is enabled during adding a new profile and is disabled
when editing an existing profile.
Changing this field removes existing options and components and reconfigures the tabs to match the newly selected profile type.
The Options tab of the Edit Profiles screen is shown below. It defines which options will be set
within the profile. This tab mimics the Options tab on the Edit Instrument Screen in
functionality. Only group options relevant to the instrument type are enabled, and only Boolean
options (true/false or on/off) relevant to the instrument type are shown within the tree node list.
The individual group options are enabled depending on the instrument type.
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Figure 3-56. The Edit Profiles Screen – Options Tab
The following table indicates when the controls are enabled for the supported instruments.
Table 3-5. Controls Enabled on the Options Tab Based on Instrument
Option
T82
iTX
VX500
Backlight
X
X
Display Mode
X
X
GBPro
MX6
X
Clock/temp Display Mode
X
PID/LEL Display Mode
X
Datalog Mode
X
X
X
Recording Interval
X
X
X
X
X
TWA Time Base
X
X
X
X
X
Calibration Overdue Warning
Bump Threshold
X
X
X
X
X
X
The Users and Sites tab of the Edit Profiles screen is shown below. It displays the users and sites
assigned within the profile. It displays all the users and sites currently available, the users and
sites which are currently assigned to the profile, and the active user and site to be set within the
profile. This tab mimics the Users and Sites tab on the Edit Instrument Screen in functionality.
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Figure 3-57. The Edit Profiles Screen – Users and Sites Tab
Table 3-6. Components of the Edit Profiles Screen – Users and Sites Tab
Component
Description
All Instrument Users
list box
This list box displays all of the users which are available within the
system and may be used in being assigned to a profile. The list
comes from all of the users currently assigned to an instrument
within the system. Double-clicking on a user within the All
Instrument Users list makes it the current Active User.
Active User text box
This text box displays/sets the currently selected Active User for the
selected profile. The maximum length allowed entered is 16
characters.
All Instrument Sites
list box
This list box displays all of the sites which are available within the
system and may be used in being assigned to a profile. The list
comes from all of the sites currently assigned to an instrument within
the system. Double-clicking on a site within the All Instrument Sites
list will make it the current Active Site.
Active Site text box
This text box displays/sets the currently selected Active Site for the
selected profile. The maximum length is 16 characters.
Set Active Button
The Set Active Button is used to indicate which user or site should
be the active user/site within the instrument when the profile is
applied. This button is disabled by default, but becomes enabled
when a single user/site is selected from the All Instrument
Users/Sites list.
Clear Button
The Clear button is used to clear the Active User/Site text box.
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The Components tab of the Edit Profiles screen is shown below. This tab displays the profile
component information. It contains a list of the component types assigned to the profile as well
as an Install and Uninstall button.
Figure 3-58. The Edit Profiles Screen – Components Tab
Table 3-7. Components of the Edit Profiles Screen – Components Tab
Component
Description
Component List View
The Component list view displays the component types assigned to
the profile as well as the information about each one. The columns
listed are Sensor Type, Enabled, Alarm Low, Alarm High, Alarm
STEL, Alarm TWA, and Gas Concentration.
When no component types are currently assigned to the profile, a
single column is displayed with the heading “There is no component
installed!”.
When one or more component types have been assigned, the data is
displayed in the above mentioned columns.
The list view is sorted by the Sensor Type column by default.
Clicking any column heading resorts by that column. Clicking a
column heading a second time reverses the sort order of that column.
Double-clicking on any row within the list view opens the selected
sensor type within the Edit Profile Component form.
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Component
Description
Install Button
The Install Button is used to add new component types to the profile.
It is only be enabled if the user has a role of ADMIN. Clicking the
Install Button opens the Add Profile Component form.
Uninstall Button
The Uninstall Button is used to remove an existing sensor type from a
profile. By default the Uninstall button is disabled.
The Uninstall Button is enabled if the user has a role of ADMIN and
one or more currently assigned sensor types have been selected.
When the Uninstall button is clicked, the following message is
displayed to confirm removing the components.
Figure 3-59. Confirm Component Removal Screen
If the user chooses Yes, then the selected components are removed
from the profile. If the user chooses No, the action is canceled and
the user is returned to the Components tab.
The Add Profile Component screen is used to assign a component to a profile. In addition, it
assigns the Sensor type, alarms, and (if its an MX6 instrument type) whether the sensor should
be enabled or not.
Figure 3-60. Add Profile Component Screen – Example 1 (CO Sensor)
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Figure 3-61. Add Profile Component Screen – Example 2 (PID Sensor)
Figure 3-62. Add Profile Component Screen – Example 3 (Combustible LEL Sensor)
NOTE: Not all screen components are shown for every sensor type. For example, for non-PID
an non-LEL sensors, no Response Factor or Correlation Factor field are shown.
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Table 3-8. Components of the Add Profile Components Screen
Component
Description
Sensor type
This drop down list will be populate with the appropriate sensor
types for the profile instrument type. Changing the sensor type will
enable or disable the STEL and TWA text boxes depending on the
selected sensor type.
Gas Response
Dropdown field is disabled for non-LEL and non-PID sensors.
 For PID sensors, shows a list of all MX6 Response Factors, plus
any Custom Response Factors that the user has created in the
profile.
 User must select an entry from the dropdown.
 Default is “Isobutylene”.
Gas Response



Enabled checkbox
The default value will be “Checked”. This control will only be
enabled for MX6 instrument types. For all prior instruments, this
control will be “Checked” and Disabled.
PID Response Factor
This dropdown field will only appear for MX6 PID sensors. From
this drop down, the user must select either a custom response factor
or a ‘built-in’ response factor from the list to specify what type of
gas the sensor should be configured to sense. Custom response
factors will be sorted alphabetically within the list of built-in
response factors.
LEL Correlation
Factor
This dropdown field will only appear for MX6 LEL sensors. From
this drop down, the user must select one of the provided correlation
factors to specify what type of gas the sensor should be configured to
sense.
Alarm Low text box
This field will hold the low alarm value to be applied to the senor
type. The value in this text box cannot be empty nor zero or less. It
also cannot have a decimal resolution of more than two.
Alarm High text box
This field will hold the high alarm value to be applied to the senor
type. The value in this text box cannot be empty nor zero or less. It
also cannot have a decimal resolution of more than two.
Alarm STEL text box
This field will hold the STEL alarm value to be applied to the senor
type. The value in this text box cannot be empty nor zero or less. It
also cannot have a decimal resolution of more than two. This text
box will be disabled for O2 and Combustible sensor types.
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User must select an entry from the dropdown.
Default is “Pentane”.
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Component
Description
Alarm TWA text box
This field will hold the TWA alarm value to be applied to the senor
type. The value in this text box cannot be empty nor zero or less. It
also cannot have a decimal resolution of more than two. This text
box will be disabled for O2 and Combustible sensor types.
Cal Gas Concentration
text box
This field will hold the Gas Concentration value to be applied to the
senor type. The value in this text box cannot be empty nor zero or
less.
Ok Button
Clicking the OK button will first validate the information entered by
the user and if there are no errors, the sensor component will be
added to or updated within the profile.
If validation fails, a variant of the following message will be
displayed.
Figure 3-63. Validation Error Screen
Cancel Button
Clicking the cancel button will close the Add/Edit Profile
Component form without applying any changes.
The Response Factors tab of the Edit Profiles screen is used to display the profile Response
Factor information. It contains a list of the possible Response Factors, a list of custom response
factors, and a list of favorite response factors for the instrument. Also, there is an Edit Custom
button and Clear Favorites button.
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Figure 3-64. The Edit Profiles Screen – Response Factors Tab
Table 3-9. Components of the Response Factors Tab of the Edit Profiles Screen
Element
Description
Response Factors The Response Factors list displays all response factors available for the
list
selected profile instrument type. Each item in the list has a checkbox.
Clicking in the checkbox toggles the check on and off.
Double-clicking on an item in the list also toggles the check on and off.
“Checking” a response factor adds it to the Favorite Response Factor list.
“Un-checking” a response factor removes it from the Favorite Response
Factor list.
Custom
The Custom Response Factor list displays all of the custom response
Response Factors factors currently available within the selected profile as well as their
list
response factor value. Each item in the list has a checkbox.
Clicking in the checkbox toggles the check on and off. Double-clicking on
an item in the list also toggles the check on and off.
Checking” a custom response factor adds it to the Favorite Response
Factor list. “Un-checking” a custom response factor removes it from the
Favorite Response Factor list
Response Factor
Name column
This is a customizable name for the custom response factor.
Response Value
column
This is the response value for the custom response factor.
Edit Custom
button
Used to edit the selected custom response factor.
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Favorite
Displays the selected response factors, standard or custom, which have
Response Factors been deemed a favorite. A maximum of 5 responses, in any combination
list
of standard or custom, may be selected. The order in which the favorite
responses are selected is the order in which they will be saved to the
instrument.
Clear Favorites
Used for removing the checks from the selected responses and thereby
removing them from the Favorite Responses list.
Edit Custom
Clicking the Edit Custom button opens the Edit Custom Response Factor
form.
Edit Custom
Response Factor
form
The Edit Custom Response Factor form will be used to modify the name
and or value of the custom response value.
Figure 3-65. The Edit Custom Response Factor Screen
Response Factor
Name
This is a customizable name for the custom response factor
Response Value
This is the response value for the custom response factor. The maximum
length allowed entered is 16 characters. This can be a number from 0 to
99.99 inclusive.
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You can change the DSSAC password that was assigned to you. You can change your password
at any time. To change your password, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Click on the File menu, and select Change Password.
2.
The Change Current Password dialog box appears.
Figure 3-66. Change Current Password Dialog Box
3.
Enter your Current Password, your New Password, and your New Password Again
for confirmation. Click the OK button.
NOTE: Your password must be between 6 – 30 characters in length.
4.
Your password has been changed.
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Chapter
Setting Up Users
4.1.
Introduction
This chapter explains how to create, change, and remove users in the DSSAC. Only Systems
Administrators can use this feature.
4.2.
Understanding Roles
Before setting up users, you should have an understanding of the three roles that can be assigned
to users. The roles determine the functions that a user is permitted to perform.
The roles in the DSSAC are:

Systems Administrator - Can perform all functions in the DSSAC.

Technician - Can perform functions related to configuration of instruments and
IDSs, as well as change language settings and his/her own password. They
cannot perform user management tasks, modify default alarm settings, modify
default calibration gases, or configure iNet options.

Guest - Can log in and view information in the DSSAC. This is a read-only role.
Typically, the Systems Administrator role should be given out to only select individuals. Most
users can perform their functions adequately with the Technician role.
NOTE: You can assign all roles to a user, however the highest role applies when the user
accesses the DSSAC.
4.3.
Adding Users
In order to use the DSSAC, a user must have a user account set up for him or her. To add a user
to the DSSAC, follow the instructions below.
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Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click the Users option in the navigation pane of the DSSAC. A list of users appears
in the contents pane.
3.
Click on the File menu, and select Add.
Alternative: You can also right-click on Users, and select Add from the context
menu.
4.
The Add User dialog box appears.
5.
Enter the user‘s information in the dialog box. Be sure to enter a unique user name
for the person in the User Name field, and enter a password in both the Password and
Password Again fields.
Figure 4-1. Add User Dialog Box
NOTE: The user is “Active” by default when it is first created.
6.
To select roles, click in the checkbox next to the role you wish to assign to the user.
You must assign at least one role to the user.
7.
Click the OK button when complete. The user appears in the Users contents pane.
4.4.
Changing User Properties
Once a user is created, you may need to update his/her personal information. For example, you
may need to reset a password if the user forgets his/her current password or you may want to
limit the information that the user can see to information only regarding his or her location..
To change user properties, follow the instructions listed below.
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Step
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1.
Click the Users option in the navigation pane of the DSSAC. A list of users appears in the
contents pane.
2.
Double-click on the user whose information you would like to change.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the user and select Properties.
Alternative: You can also select the user, and then click on the File menu, and select
Properties.
3.
The Edit User dialog box appears.
Figure 4-2. Edit User Dialog Box
4.
Change the data that needs to be updated.
NOTE: You cannot change the User Name.
NOTE: If you change the password, remember to enter it twice; once in the Password field
and a second time in the Password Again field.
NOTE: You cannot change the roles assigned to the account with which you are currently
logged into the DSSAC. Also, the Active check box is grayed out and may not be edited
for the current user.
5.
If you wish to inactivate the account, de-select the checkmark next to the Active option.
This prevents the user from logging into the DSSAC. To re-activate an account, click the
Active option so that a checkmark appears.
6.
Click the OK button to save your changes and return to the user list. If you click the
Cancel button, your changes are not saved.
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7.
If you wish to limit the locations from which the user can see information, click on the
Login Preferences tab. The Login Preferences dialog box appears. All available locations
or registered instruments and docking stations will be shown according to the Location
column of the instrument or docking station listing.
8.
Check the boxes under Available Locations of the locations that user should be able to
view information for. Checking the Show only selected box will limit the list for that user
to those locations selected. If the selection has been previously limited, checking the Show
all locations box will place all locations back in the user list.
9.
Click the OK button to save your changes and return to the user list. If you click the
Cancel button, your changes are not saved.
4.5.
Removing Users
You may wish to remove a user account completely from the system. Only do this when you are
sure that the user account is no longer going to be used. To remove a user account, follow the
instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Click the Users option in the navigation pane of the DSSAC. A list of users appears
in the contents pane.
2.
Click on the user that you wish to remove. You can select multiple users by pressing
the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each user.
3.
Click on the File menu, and select Remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the user and select Remove from the context
menu.
4.
A confirmation prompt appears. Click Yes to confirm that you wish to remove the
user(s). Otherwise, click No to cancel the action.
5.
The selected users are deleted from the system.
Note: You cannot delete the account with which you are currently logged in to the DSSAC.
Also, you cannot delete the default DSS User account.
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Chapter
Configuring Instruments
5.1.
Introduction
The DS2 Docking Station series was designed for use with several Industrial Scientific
instruments. When these instruments are docked in the appropriate IDS, the DS2 system
automatically detects them. While docked, the instruments can take full advantage of automatic
calibrations and bump tests, as well as datalog data management that DS2 Docking Station
provides.
MX6 iBrid (docked)
iTX
Ventis MX4
GasBadge Plus
MX4 iQuad
Ventis LS
GasBadge Pro
Figure 5-1. DS2 IDS and Compatible Instruments
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Instrument Compatibility
The IDS only accepts the type of instrument it was designed for. Be sure that you are using the
correct IDS for the instrument you are setting up. The DS2 Docking Station is compatible with:





Ventis LS Multi-Gas Monitor
Ventis MX4™ Multi-Gas Monitor
MX4 iQuad™ Multi-Gas Monitor
MX6 iBrid™ Multi-Gas Monitor
GasBadge® Plus



GasBadge® Pro
iTX Multi-Gas Monitor
T82 Single Gas Monitor (available only for
T82 instruments currently in use).
Certain legacy instruments are not compatible with the DS2 Docking Stations, but their
information can be entered manually into the DS2 Docking Station system for record keeping.
The legacy instruments whose information can be entered into the system are listed in Table 5-1.
Table 5-1. Legacy Instruments
Model Number
ATX612
ATX620
CD210
CD211
CDU440
CL266
CMX270
CMX271
CO262
HMX271
HS110
HS560
LD322
LTX310
LTX311
LTX312
MDU440
MG140
MX250
MX251
STX70
T40
T80
TMX410
TMX412
TX418
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Multi-Gas Aspirated Monitor
Multi-Gas Aspirated Monitor
Digital Methanometer
Methane Detector
Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Chlorine Monitor
Combination Oxygen/Methane/Carbon Monoxide Gas Monitor
Combination Oxygen/LEL/Carbon Monoxide Gas Monitor
Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Combination Oxygen/LEL/Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Monitor
Hydrogen Sulfide Monitor
Hydrogen Sulfide Monitor
Combustible Gas Monitor
Multi-Gas Monitor
Multi-Gas Monitor
Multi-Gas Monitor
Dual-Range Methane Monitor
Four Gas Monitor
Combination Oxygen/Methane Gas Monitor
Combination Oxygen/LEL Gas Monitor
Single Gas Monitor/SewerGuard
Rattler Single Gas Monitor
Single Gas Monitor
Multi-Gas Monitor
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Setting Up an Instrument
The IDS contains a cradle that is designed to hold one of the DS2-compatible instruments (iTX
Multi-Gas Monitor, T82 Single Gas Monitor, GasBadge Pro, GasBadge Plus, or the MX6 iBRID
Multi-Gas Monitor). The first time that an instrument is docked in the DS2 Docking Station, the
Docking Station Server detects it, and adds its information into the system.
The IDS only accepts the type of instrument it was designed for. Be sure that you are using the
correct IDS for the instrument you are setting up.
To set up an instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Place the instrument securely into the IDS cradle. For the iTX Multi-Gas Monitor,
make sure that the instrument display is not in menu mode.
2.
Be sure that the IDS is powered on,
and is connected to the network. (See
Chapter 6 for information about setting
up and configuring the IDS.)
3.
The Docking Station Server detects the
instrument and registers it in the
system. The LCD screen on the IDS
displays “Discovering.” The yellow
LED is illuminated.
Figure 5-2. Front Panel of a DS2 IDS
NOTE: When docking an instrument that has already been registered, the LCD on the IDS also
displays “Discovering” while it determines which instrument has just been docked.
Step
Instruction
4.
When the LCD displays the current , and the green LED is illuminated, the
instrument has been registered and is now ready to be used in the DS2 Docking
Station system.
If any events are scheduled for the instrument, they automatically occur after the instrument is
docked. In order to successfully complete the calibrations and bump tests, ensure that the proper
gas cylinders are connected and configured for use on the IDS. See section 6.6: Configuring Gas
Cylinders on page 6-182 for information about setting up an IDS to use gas cylinders.
NOTE: For information of adding legacy instruments, removing instruments, and using the find
instrument feature, refer to section 5.17: Special Features on page 5-164.
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Instrument Properties
Once the Docking Station Server has detected the instrument, and added the instrument’s
information into the system, the instrument’s properties can be viewed in the DSSAC. The
DSSAC can also be used to:



update instrument options and alarms
review calibration and bump test results
view datalog data.
To view an instrument’s properties, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments. Refer to Figure 5-3.
NOTE: Any instrument that is currently docked appears in blue.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose properties you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and then click on the File menu, and
select Properties.
Figure 5-3. Instruments Option in the Navigation Pane
Step
Instruction
4.
The Edit Instrument dialog box appears. Refer to Figure 5-4.
NOTE: If you are viewing a Docking Station compatible instrument, many of the
fields cannot be changed since they are automatically configured by the system. If
you are viewing a legacy instrument, additional fields can be modified.
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5.
The Edit Instrument dialog box contains the tabs shown in Figure 5-4.
Each of these tabs is explained in the sections that follow.
6.
If you made any changes that you would like to save, click the OK button.
Otherwise, click the Cancel button.
Figure 5-4. Edit Instrument Dialog Box
NOTE: Certain reserved characters may not be used in fields. Unacceptable characters include
the following.
>
<
&
%
greater than
less than
ampersand
percent
If the user types any of these keys, nothing will appear. The application ignores these key-stokes
if the user attempts to use them when creating a new user or new site (Users and Sites tab of the
Edit Instrument screen), as well as on the Status field (General tab of the Edit Instrument screen)
and Location field (General tab of the Edit Docking Station screen).
NOTE: The Datalog tab is only available for Docking Station compatible instruments.
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Edit Instrument – The General Tab
The contents of the General Tab are explained in the table below.
Figure 5-5. Edit Instruments – General Tab
Table 5-2. Fields in the Event Journal Details Screen
Field
Description
Serial Number
Displays the serial number of the instrument.
Type
Displays the instrument type. For example:
 GasBadge Pro Single-Gas Monitor
 GasBadge Plus Single-Gas Monitor
 iTX Multi-Gas Monitor
 T82 Single-Gas Monitor
 MX6 iBrid Multi-Gas Monitor
 any one of the legacy instrument types.
This is displayed as text via a drop-down box.
Part Number
Displays the Industrial Scientific part number for the instrument.
Job Number
The user-supplied job number associated with this instrument (optional).
Setup Technician
The name of the technician who configured this instrument (optional).
Setup Date
Displays the manufacture date of the instrument.
Software Version
Displays the current version of the software installed in the instrument.
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Description
Operation
Minutes
Displays the number of minutes that the instrument has been in operation.
This field does not apply to legacy instruments. For Docking Station
compatible instruments, Operation Minutes is updated by the system.
Status
Displays a text field that can be used to identify the status of the
instrument. The status displays in the instrument’s contents pane in the
DSSAC.
Location Last
Docked
A read-only text box that displays the “Location” value of the docking
station upon which it was last docked.
Access Code
The password required to use certain features of the instrument. Only
users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can see the contents of
the Access Code field.
5.6.
Edit Instrument – The Options Tab
Instrument options can be set in two ways:


on the instrument itself
by using the DSSAC application.
The options in the DSSAC will always take precedence over the settings on the instrument. If
settings are changed on the instrument, they are overridden by the DS2 Docking Station system
when the instrument is next docked. If settings are changed using the DSSAC, they are
transferred to the instrument when the instrument is next docked.
NOTE: Instrument options are only available for Docking Station compatible instruments.
5.6.1. Setting Instrument Options from the Instrument Itself
For information about the specific options for an instrument and their purposes, please refer to
your Instruction Manual for the instrument. The Instruction Manual also describes how to
change the settings on the instrument. This user guide only covers how to change instrument
settings using the DSSAC.
5.6.2. Setting Instrument Options from the DSSAC Application
To change instrument settings using the DSSAC, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose options you wish to change.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
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Properties.
4.
Click on the Options tab. Instrument options are displayed in separate fields on the
left and a tree-like structure on the right. You can find any setting under the category
All or in a specific category, such as Basic or Survey. A checkmark is displayed next
to any setting that is enabled.
5.
To change a setting, click in the checkbox next to a setting or edit the appropriate
fields. For check boxes, clicking in the checkbox toggles whether or not it is
enabled/disabled. You can also select all settings in a category by clicking in the
checkbox next to the category name. For example, to select all Survey options, click
in the box next to Survey. You can then de-select individual options in the category,
if desired.
6.
Click OK to save your changes. Otherwise, click Cancel to close the Edit Instrument
dialog box without saving your changes.
NOTE: The Options tab is only available for Docking Station compatible instruments.
Figure 5-6. The Options Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box
Key fields on this screen are shown in the table that follows.
NOTE: The settings update occurs after the instrument is docked. If you change settings while
an instrument is docked, you must undock and then re-dock the instrument for the changes to
take effect.
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Component
Description
Backlight
Displays “Timed”. Dropdown is grayed out.
Display Mode
Displays the current Display Mode. Possible values are “Text”,
“Numeric” and “Graphical”.
Clock/Temp Display
Mode
Indicates whether the instrument will display the “Clock”,
“Temperature” or both.
PID/LEL Display
Mode
Indicates whether the instrument will display the “PID Response
Factor”, the “LEL Correlation Factor” or both.
Datalog Option
Displays “Installed”. Dropdown is grayed out.
Datalog Mode
Display whether the datalog mode is “Enabled”, “Snapshot” or
“Event Logging”.
Recording Interval
Displays the current recording interval for the datalogger. This must
be between 1 and 300 seconds in increments of 1 second. Default
value: 60 seconds.
TWA Time Base
Displays the current TWA Time Base for the instrument.
must be an integer between 0 and 40. Default value: 8.
Bump Threshold
The percentage concentration of gas (from 50% to 99%) that must be
seen in order for a bump test to pass. The default value for this field
is 50%.
Bump Timeout
The maximum amount of time (from 30 to 300 seconds, given in
5-second increments) after a bump test is initiated that a Docking
Station will wait to complete/pass the test, before ultimately aborting
and failing the bump test. The default value for this field is 120
seconds.
5.7.
This field
Edit Instrument – The Users and Sites Tab
Some instruments have the ability to record user and site information with the datalog feature.
This information can then be downloaded with the datalog data.
User and Site information can be maintained using the DSSAC, and then transferred to the
instrument the next time it is docked.
To manage User and Site data, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
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Double-click on the instrument whose Users and Sites information you wish to view
or change.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Users and Sites tab.
5.
User information is displayed in the top half of the dialog box, while Site information
is displayed in the lower half of the dialog box. The instructions that follow can be
applied to both the User section and the Site section.
6.
The Users / Sites section contains two lists. The list on the left (All Instrument Users /
All Instrument Sites) displays the user or site names available in the system. The list
on the right (Current Instrument Users / Current Instrument Sites) contains the users /
sites stored in the current instrument.
NOTE: Only instruments that have a Users and Sites feature display this tab in DSSAC.
Figure 5-7. The Users and Sites Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box
Step
Instruction
7.
To add a new User or Site, type the name in the text box under the Current
Instrument Users or Current Instrument Sites field, and then click the Add New
button. The name is added to the Current Instrument Users / Current Instrument
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Sites list. Once saved, the name can also be used on the Users and Sites tab for other
instruments.
8.
To add a user or site from the existing names in the system, select the name in the All
Instrument Users / All Instrument Sites list and click the Add button.
9.
To remove a user or site from the instrument, select the name you wish to remove
from the Current Instrument Users / Current Instrument Sites list, and click the
Remove button. The name is removed from the list.
10.
You can select multiple user or site names by pressing the CTRL key on your
keyboard while clicking on each name that you would like to include.
11.
Click the OK button on the Edit Instrument dialog box to save your changes.
5.8.
Edit Instrument – The Components Tab
5.8.1. Overview
Instrument components are accessory parts of an instrument, such as batteries and sensors.
Component information is maintained using the DSSAC. For Docking Station compatible
instruments, information about these components is automatically detected and stored in the DS2
Docking Station system. For legacy instruments, component information can be manually added
to the system using the Edit Instrument dialog box.
To view component information, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose components you wish to view or change.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
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4.
Click on the Components tab. A screen containing a list of components appears.
Installed components are shown in blue. The Uninstall Date column contains the date
the component was uninstalled. If the component is currently installed, then this field
is blank. The Components tab contains the following columns.
Field
Description
Type
Displays the type of device (i.e., battery pack, sensor, etc.).
Position
For MX6 instruments, this is the position of the sensor. Battery
packs are shown as “N/A”.
Enabled
This column indicates the status of the listed components. Only
currently installed components will have a value in this column.
Batteries will always show “N/A”. Sensors will either show “Yes”
for enabled or “No” for not. For all instrument except the MX6,
this column will display “Yes” for all installed sensors. For the
MX6, the column will reflect the actual state of the sensor.
Serial
Number
Displays the serial number of the component.
Part Number
Displays the part number of the component.
Install Date
Shows the date and time when the component was installed.
Uninstall
Date
Shows the date and time when the component was uninstalled.
Figure 5-8. The Components Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box
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5.
Optionally, select an option in the Filter By field. If you select “Batteries,” then the
list displays only batteries. If you select “Sensors,” then the list displays only
sensors. Selecting “All” displays the entire list of installed components.
6.
To view a component, double-click on its entry in the list.
7.
If you selected a battery, the Edit Battery dialog box appears. See the table below for
an explanation of the fields on the Edit Battery tab.
Figure 5-9. The Edit Battery Dialog Box
NOTE: You cannot edit the properties of a battery once it is installed. If you need to
change the properties, remove the battery, and then reinstall it.
8.
If you selected a sensor, the Edit Sensor dialog box appears.
Figure 5-10. The Edit Sensor Dialog Box
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Instruction
The Edit Sensor dialog box contains three tabs.
Tab
10.
Description
Sensor
Displays general sensor information. See the table below for an
explanation of the fields on the Sensor tab.
Calibrations
Used to display results of calibration tests specific to the sensor.
See Calibrations for more information about viewing the data on
the Calibrations tab.
Bump Tests
Used to display results of bump tests specific to the sensor. See
Bump Tests for more information about viewing the data on the
Bump Tests tab.
Click the OK button to close the Edit Battery or Edit Sensor dialog box.
Table 5-4. Fields in the Edit Battery Dialog Box
Field
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the battery.
Type
The battery type.
Part Number
The part number for the battery.
Manufacturer
The manufacturer of the battery, e.g., Industrial Scientific Corporation.
Install Date
The date that the battery was first installed in the instrument. For
Docking Station compatible instruments, this is the date that the DSS
first detected the battery. For legacy instruments, it is the date that the
battery was added using the DSSAC application.
Operation Minutes
The number of minutes that the battery has been in use.
NOTE: The battery screens are grayed out (and therefore may not be edited) for dockable
instruments.
Table 5-5. Fields in the Edit Sensor Dialog Box (Sensor Tab)
Field
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the sensor.
Type
The sensor type, e.g., Chlorine Sensor, Carbon Monoxide Sensor.
Part Number
The part number for the sensor.
Manufacturer
The manufacturer of the sensor, e.g., Industrial Scientific Corporation.
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Description
Install Date
The date on which the sensor was first installed in the instrument. For
Docking Station compatible instruments, this is the date that the DSS
first detected the sensor. For legacy instruments, it is the date that the
sensor was added using the DSSAC application.
Position
The position of the sensor in the instrument.
Setup Date
The date on which the sensor was manufactured.
Enabled checkbox
This check box determines if the sensor type should be enabled or
disabled within the instrument. This control will only be enabled for
MX6 instrument types. For all other instruments, this control is
“Checked” and Disabled. The default value is “Checked”
PID Response
Factor
This dropdown field will only appear for MX6 PID sensors. From this
drop down, the user must select either a custom response factor or a
‘built-in’ response factor from the list to specify what type of gas the
sensor should be configured to sense. Custom response factors will be
sorted alphabetically within the list of built-in response factors.
LEL Correlation
Factor
This dropdown field will only appear for MX6 LEL sensors. From this
drop down, the user must select one of the provided correlation factors
to specify what type of gas the sensor should be configured to sense.
NOTE: For non-PID an non-LEL sensors, no Response Factor or
Correlation Factor field will be shown.
Calibration Gas
The type of calibration gas to use to calibrate the sensor.
Gas Concentration
The concentration of gas to use to calibrate the sensor.
Alarm High
The gas reading that triggers a high alarm.
Alarm Low
The gas reading that triggers a low alarm.
Alarm STEL
The threshold that a Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) reading must
cross to trigger an alarm.
Alarm TWA
The threshold that a Time Weighted Average (TWA) reading must cross
to trigger an alarm.
5.8.2. Adding Components
If an instrument is not a Docking Station compatible instrument, you can manually add or
remove component information. To add components, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
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3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to add components.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab. A screen containing a list of installed components
appears.
5.
Click the Install button.
6.
The Add Battery or Add Sensor dialog box appears. Select the type of component you
wish to add and complete the fields. See the tables above for the fields used to
describe batteries and sensors.
7.
Click OK to add the component to the instrument.
8.
Click the OK button on the Edit Instrument dialog box to save your changes.
NOTE: The title of the dialog box will change depending on the type of component selected.
Figure 5-11. The Add Battery Dialog Box
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5.8.3. Removing Components
If an instrument is not a Docking Station compatible instrument, you can manually add or
remove component information. To remove components, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to remove components.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab. A screen containing a list of installed components
appears.
5.
Select the component you would like to remove. You can select multiple
components by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each
component.
6.
Click the Uninstall button.
7.
A confirmation prompt appears. Click Yes to remove the component.
8.
Click the OK button on the Edit Instrument dialog box to save your changes.
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Edit Instrument – The Response Factors Tab
The Response Factor Tab of the Edit Instrument screen displays the instrument Response Factor
information. It contains a list of the possible Response factors, a list of custom response factors
and a list of favorite response factors for the instrument. Also, there is an Edit Custom button
and Clear Favorites button.
Figure 5-12. The Response Factors Tab of the Edit Instrument Screen
Table 5-6. Fields in the Edit Instrument Screen (Response Factors Tab)
Element
Description
Response Factors list
The Response Factor list displays all response factors available for
the selected instrument type. Each item in the list has a checkbox.
Clicking in the checkbox toggles the check on and off. Doubleclicking on an item in the list toggles the check on and off.
“Checking” a response factor will add it to the Favorite Response
Factor list. “Un-checking” a response factor removes it to the
Favorite Response Factor list.
Custom Response
Factors list
The Custom Response Factor list displays all of the custom
response factors currently available within the selected instrument
as well as its response factor value. Each item in the list has a
checkbox. Clicking in the checkbox toggles the check on and off.
Double-clicking on an item in the list toggles the check on and off.
“Checking” a custom response factor adds it to the Favorite
Response Factor list. “Un-checking” a custom response factor
removes it from the Favorite Response Factor list.
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Element
Description
Response Factor Name - This is a customizable name for the
custom response factor. The maximum length allowed entered is 16
characters.
Response Value - This is the response value for the custom
response factor. Each item in the list has a checkbox. Clicking in
the checkbox toggles the check on and off. This can be a number
from 0 to 99.99 inclusive.
Double-clicking on an item in the list toggles the check on and off.
“Checking” a custom response factor adds it to the Favorite
Response Factor list. “Un-checking” a custom response factor
removes it to the Favorite Response Factor list.
Edit Custom Button
The Edit Custom button is used to edit the selected custom response
factor. Clicking the edit Custom button opens the Edit Custom
Response Factor form. The Edit Custom Response Factor form is
used to modify the name and or value of the custom response value.
Remove Custom Button
The Remove Custom button is used to delete the selected custom
response factor. When a Custom response factor is removed, then
any installed PID sensor currently configured to use that custom
response factor is automatically reverted back to Isobutylene.
Favorite Response
Factors list
The Favorite Response Factor list displays the selected response
factors, standard or custom, which have been deemed a favorite. A
maximum of 5 responses, in any combination of standard or
custom, may be selected. The order in which the favorite responses
are selected is the order in which they are saved to the instrument
Clear Favorites Button
The Clear Favorites button is used for removing the checks from the
selected responses, thus removing them from the Favorite
Responses list.
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5.10. Edit Instrument – The Profiles Tab
The Profiles tab within the Edit Instrument screen is present only for MX6 instruments. The
Profiles tab allows an Admin User to assign up to five profiles to the current MX6 instrument.
Figure 5-13. The Profiles Tab of the Edit Instrument Screen
Table 5-7. Fields in the Edit Instrument Screen (Profiles Tab)
Component
Description
Available Profiles list
box
The Available Profiles list box displays all profiles currently
available for the current instrument based on the instrument type.
Double-clicking a Profile in the Available Profiles list box removes
that Profile from the list and adds it to the Current Instrument
Profiles list box.
Current Instrument
Profiles list box
The Current Instrument Profiles list box displays the possible five
profiles assigned to the current instrument. The Current Instrument
Profiles list box shows 0 to 5 profiles, depending on how many are
currently assigned the instrument.
Double-clicking a Profile in the Current Instrument Profiles list box
removes that Profile from the list and adds it to the Available
Profiles list box.
Double-clicking a Profile in the Available Profiles list box while
there are already five Profiles listed in the Current Instrument
Profiles list box, displays the following message and the profile is
not moved.
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Description
Figure 5-14. Validation Error Screen
Add button
The Add button assigns the selected profile to the instrument. If
there is no profile selected in the Available Profiles list box when the
user presses the Add button, nothing happens.
Pressing the Add button while a Profile in the Available Profiles list
box is selected removes that Profile from the list and adds it to the
Current Instrument Profiles list box
If the user presses the Add button while a Profile is selected in the
Available Profiles list box and there are already five Profiles listed in
the Current Instrument Profiles list box, the previous validation error
message is displayed and the profile is not moved.
Remove button
The Remove button removes the selected profile from the assigned
list. If there is no profile selected in the Current Instrument Profiles
list box when the user presses the Remove button, nothing happens.
Pressing the Remove button while a Profile in the Current Instrument
Profiles list box is selected removes that Profile from the list and
adds it back to the Available Profiles list box.
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5.11. Edit Instrument – The Notes Tab
5.11.1. Overview
Instrument Notes are comments about an instrument that you can store in the system. You can
also remove notes that no longer apply to the instrument. To maintain instrument notes, follow
the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose notes you wish to view or change.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Notes tab. A screen containing a list of notes appears.
5.
To view a note, double-click its entry in the list.
6.
To add a note, click the Add button. The Add Note dialog box appears.
7.
Enter your note and then click the OK button. The Note has been saved.
NOTE: You may not change a note once it has been saved.
8.
To remove a note, select the note and then click the Remove button. A confirmation
prompt appears. Click Yes to remove the note.
9.
Click the OK button or the Cancel button to close the Edit Instrument dialog box.
Figure 5-15. The Notes Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box
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Figure 5-16. The Add Note Dialog Box
5.11.2. Sample Application Using Notes Field – iNet Exchange Instruments
In order to indicate that an instrument is a replacement for another instrument, the following
must apply.
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The replacement instrument must be new to the DS2 database in question. If the
replacement instrument is already in the database (even if “removed”), it will not be
recognized by the DS2.
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The serial number of the instrument being replaced should be entered into both the Active
User and Active Site field of the replacement instrument before it is docked for the first
time on the target system.
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For those dockable instruments in which DS2 does not support Active User and Active
Site, a list containing a single user and a list containing a single site should be entered,
with both the user and the site being the serial number of the instrument to be replaced.
Note: This would normally be done by ISC personnel before the instrument is sent to the
customer. The customer DS2 system would be considered the target system.
The replacement serial number can be entered into the user & site field either by
DataLink or by manually using the keypad, if the instrument supports keypad entry.
The replacement serial number should not be added to the user and site fields using
DSSAC. Although this may work, it is not a recommended practice because the DS2
may at that time trigger the replacement logic.
For instruments with a list of users and sites, the list must contain only this 1 entry, which
is the serial number of the instrument being replaced.
The serial number must be exactly the same as the number programmed into the
replacement instrument, including any dashes or lack of dashes.
The serial number must be exactly the same in both the user and site field.
If all the above conditions are met, the DS2 will trigger a replacement algorithm when the
replacement instrument is docked for the first time. The new instrument will be given all the
settings of the old instrument. The old instrument will be “removed” automatically. The old
instrument will then act like any other “removed” instrument. The old instrument will be given a
“Note” visible through DSSAC indicating when it was replaced and which instrument replaced it.
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Figure 5-17. Sample Note for Exchanging Instruments
The following settings will be copied from the old instrument to the new one:
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Access code
Backlight setting
Language
Location
Recording interval
Status
TWA timebase
All options
All users
All sites.
Copying of sensor settings occurs according to the following rules.

When the replacement instrument has a sensor of the same sensor type in the same
position as the original, the sensor settings will be copied.
If the replacement instrument is missing 1 or more sensors that were present in the
original instrument, the settings will still be copied for the sensors that are present.
If the replacement instrument has a sensor of a type which was not present in the original
instrument, the settings of that sensor will not be changed.
If the replacement instrument has 1 sensor which is the same type as the original, but it is
in a different position, the settings for that sensor will still be copied.
If the replacement instrument has 2 sensors of same type, 1 in the same position as the
original instrument, and 1 in a different position, only the sensor in the correct position
will be modified.
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If original instrument has sensor of type A in positions 1 and 2, and replacement
instrument has sensor of type A in position 1 only, then only the settings from position 1
should be copied to the replacement instrument.
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The sensor settings that will be copied are as follows:
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Alarms settings
Calibration gas
Calibration gas concentration
Gas detected
Response Factor.
5.12. Edit Instrument – The Calibrations Tab
5.12.1. Overview
A calibration is a test that is used to detect inaccuracies in an instrument’s sensors and make
minor adjustments if necessary. When a calibration is performed on an IDS, the results are sent
from the IDS to the DS2 Docking Station system.
Calibration results can be viewed in the DSSAC for an instrument, or for an individual sensor.
NOTE: Calibration data can also be entered into the system manually using the DSSAC. For
example, if you performed a hand calibration on an instrument, you may wish to store the results
in the DS2 Docking Station database.
To view calibration results for an instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose calibration information you wish to view.
4.
Click on the Calibrations tab.
5.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last calibration for
each of the sensors in the instrument.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show calibration results for a specific date range.
6.
The calibration results appear in the list.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
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Figure 5-18. Calibrations Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box
Figure 5-19. Displaying Calibration Information
The following information is displayed for each calibration:
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Serial Number -The serial number of the sensor
Time -The date and time on which the calibration was performed
Gas Type - The type of gas that was used for the calibration
Passed/Failed -Whether or not the sensor passed the calibration. (Failed entries also
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the IDS does), and “Failed” (if the IDS times out before the instrument does), although
the user should only ever see “Passed” or “Span failed.”
Full Span Reserve - The Full Span Reserve measurement of the sensor at the time of the
calibration.
To view the details of a calibration, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
To view the details of a calibration, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the entry and select Properties from the
context menu.
2.
The Gas Responses dialog box appears. See the table below for an explanation of the
fields in the Gas Responses dialog box.
3.
Click OK or Cancel to return to the Edit Instrument dialog box.
Figure 5-20. The Gas Responses Dialog Box
You can also view calibration results for each individual sensor in an instrument that contains
multiple sensors.
To view calibration results for an individual sensor, follow the instructions listed below.
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Table 5-8. Fields in the Gas Responses Dialog Box (Calibrations Tab)
Field
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the sensor.
Gas Type
The type of gas that is used to perform the calibration
Gas Concentration
The concentration of gas in the gas cylinder.
Reading
The concentration reading that the instrument took during the
calibration.
Date
The date on which the calibration was performed.
Time
The time at which the calibration was performed.
Passed
Whether or not the sensor passed the calibration.
“Passed” or “Failed.”
Step
Values can be
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose calibration information you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
5.
Double-click on the sensor whose calibration results you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Calibrations tab.
7.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last calibration.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show calibration results for a specific date range.
8.
The calibration results appear in the list. You can sort the calibration results by
clicking on the column heading by which you would like to sort.
9.
To view the details of a calibration, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the entry and select Properties from the
context menu.
10.
The Gas Responses dialog box appears. See the table above for an explanation of the
fields in the Gas Responses dialog box.
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Figure 5-21. The Calibrations Dialog Box
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5.12.2. Adding Calibration Data
You can also manually add calibration data to the system. You can use the instrument properties
or the properties of an individual sensor to add calibration data.
NOTE: For legacy instruments, be sure that you have added sensor information to the
Components tab of the instrument before you add calibration data. Refer to section 5.8 The
Components Tab on page 5-117 for more information about adding sensor information.
To add calibration data using instrument properties, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to add calibration data.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Calibrations tab.
5.
Click the Add button. The Gas Responses dialog box appears.
6.
Enter the data for each calibration, and then click the Add button to add it to the list.
7.
Click the OK button when you have finished adding calibration results in order to
save them to the system. The results display on the Calibrations tab.
Figure 5-22. The Gas Responses Dialog Box – Serial Number Field
To add calibration data to an individual sensor, follow the instruction listed below.
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Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to add calibration
information.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
5.
Double-click on the sensor for which you would like to add calibration information.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Calibrations tab.
7.
Click the Add button. The Gas Responses dialog box appears.
8.
Enter the data for the calibration, and then click the OK button to save the entry. The
new
calibration data displays on the Calibrations tab.
9.
Click the OK or Close button to close the Edit Sensor dialog box.
Figure 5-23. The Gas Responses Dialog Box – Gas Concentration Field
NOTE: If you are an iNet customer, calibration information that is added manually to the
system will not be downloaded to iNet.
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5.12.3. Removing Calibration Data
You can remove calibration data from the system by using the Calibration tab in the instrument
properties or in the properties of an individual sensor.
To remove calibration data from the instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument that contains calibration results you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Calibrations tab.
5.
Do one of the following to locate the calibration results:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last calibration.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show calibration results for a specific date range.
6.
The calibration results appear in the list.
7.
Select the calibration result you wish to remove. You can select multiple calibration
results by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each entry.
8.
Right click on the calibration result(s) and select Remove.
9.
The system displays a confirmation prompt. Click Yes to remove the calibration
entries.
10.
Click OK to close the Edit Instrument dialog box.
To remove calibration data from a specific sensor, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument that contains calibration results you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
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5.
Double-click on the sensor that contains calibration results you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Calibrations tab.
7.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last calibration.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show calibration results for a specific date range.
8.
The calibration results appear in the list.
9.
Select the calibration result you wish to remove. You can select multiple calibration
results by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each entry.
10.
Right click on the calibration result(s) and select Remove.
11.
The system displays a confirmation prompt. Click Yes to remove the calibration
results.
12.
Click OK to close the Edit Sensor dialog box. Click OK to close the Edit Instrument
dialog box.
5.12.4. Graphing Calibration Data
You can display a graph that shows the results of calibrations over a period of time. The graph
can be used to view the trend of sensor degradation over a period of time.
To view a calibration data as a graph, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose calibration information you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Calibrations tab.
5.
Select a Start Date and an End Date. You may optionally click the Display button to
view the data that you are about to graph.
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NOTE: The Graph feature does not necessarily graph the data that is displayed in the list of
calibration results on the Calibration tab. It will graph the data that is between the dates selected
in the Start Date and End Date fields.
Step
Instruction
6.
Click the Graph button.
7.
A graph of the calibration results that were in the selected date range appears in the
Span Reserve Trend window. The graph shows the Span Reserve Values of the
sensor(s) over the selected time range. You can modify the appearance of the graph
by using the Graph Toolbar. See section 5.12.5 The Graph Toolbar for information
about using the Graph Toolbar.
Figure 5-24. The Span Reserve Trend Window
Step
Instruction
Click the close button (
9.
Click the Cancel button to close the Edit Instrument dialog box.
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5.12.5. The Graph Toolbar
When you display a graph in the DSSAC, you can use the toolbar to change the graph settings.
Each of the buttons on the toolbar is described below.
Figure 5-25. The Graph Toolbar
Table 5-9. Buttons on the Graph Toolbar
Button
Icon
Description
Copy to
Clipboard
Allows you to copy the graph so that you can paste it into other
applications. You can copy as a bitmap image, a metafile image, or as
text.
Print
Displays the Print dialog box so that you can print the graph.
NOTE: Graphs print best on a color printer. If you do not have a color
printer, you can set your printer settings to use grayscale. Please see
your printer’s documentation or contact your IT support representative
for more information.
Gallery
Contains a drop-down set of buttons that allow you to display the data
using different types of graphs.
Antialiasing
Applies anti-aliasing to your graph to sharpen the image.
Palette
Selector
Contains a drop-down list of color palette options that you can apply to
your graph.
3D/2D
Switches between a two-dimensional and three-dimensional graph
display.
Rotated
View
Rotates the graph for added perspective. This setting only applies to 3D
graphs.
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Description
Rotate
Around Y
Axis
While in rotated view, use this button to rotate the graph on its Y axis.
Rotate
Around X
Axis
While in rotated view, use this button to rotate the graph on its X axis.
Clustered
(Z - Axis)
Turns the Z-axis of your graph on or off. This option does not apply to
all graph types.
Axes
Settings
Allows you to display or hide various options for each axis, such as the
gridlines and labels on your graph.
Point
Labels
Allows you to display or hide each data point on the graph.
Data
Editor
Displays or hides the spreadsheet containing the values that were used
to create the graph.
Legend
Box
Displays or hides the graph legend.
Zoom
Zooms in on your graph. Click the Zoom button, and then select an area
on your graph that you would like to view in zoom mode. Click the
Zoom button again to view the graph in normal mode.
Properties
Allows you to set custom properties for your graph.
If you have applied settings, but wish to return to the default graph, close the graph window, and
click the Graph button from the Edit Instrument dialog again.
5.13. Edit Instrument – The Bump Tests Tab
5.13.1. Overview
A bump test, also known as a functional test, is a procedure that verifies that an instrument is
able to detect gas. In a bump test, an instrument is exposed to a concentration of gas that is
above the lowest alarm setting to verify that the alarm is functioning properly. Results of bump
tests performed on an instrument while docked are downloaded to the DS2 Docking Station
system, and can be viewed in the DSSAC.
Bump test results can be viewed in the DSSAC for an instrument, or for an individual sensor.
NOTE: Bump test data can also be entered into the system manually using the DSSAC.
To view bump test results for an instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
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Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose bump test information you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Bump Tests tab.
5.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last bump test.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show bump test results for a specific date range.
6.
The bump test results appear in the list.
Figure 5-26. The Bump Test Tab of the Edit Instrument Dialog Box with Sample Results
Step
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7.
You can sort the bump test results by clicking on the column heading by which you
would like to sort.
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The following information is displayed for each bump test.
Item
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the sensor
Time
The date and time when the bump test was performed
Gas Type
The type of gas that was used for the bump test
Passed/Failed
Whether or not the sensor passed the bump test.
entries also display in red.)
Bump Threshold
The bump threshold for the bump record. If no value has been
recorded, the column will display the default value of 50.
Bump Timeout
The bump timeout for the bump record. If no value has been
recorded (pre-5.0 docking stations), the column will display
“N/A”, since some older docking stations bump with a timeout
of two minutes, and others at 90 seconds.
(Failed
9.
To view the details of a bump test, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the entry and select Properties from the
context menu.
10.
The Gas Responses dialog box appears. See the table below for an explanation of the
fields in the Gas Responses dialog box.
Figure 5-27. The Gas Responses Dialog Box
Table 5-10. Fields in the Gas Responses Dialog Box (Bump Test Tab)
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Gas Type
The type of gas that is used to perform the bump test.
Gas Concentration
The concentration of gas in the gas cylinder.
Date
The date on which the bump test was performed.
Time
The time at which the bump test was performed.
Passed
Whether or not the sensor passed the bump test. Values can be “Yes” or
“No.”
You can also view bump test results for each individual sensor in an instrument that contains
multiple sensors. To view bump test results for an individual sensor, follow the steps listed
below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument whose bump test information you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
5.
Double-click on the sensor whose bump test results you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Bump Tests tab.
7.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last bump test.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show bump test results for a specific date range.
8.
The bump test results appear in the list.
9.
To view the details of a bump test, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the entry and select Properties from the
context menu.
10.
The Gas Responses dialog box appears. See the table above for an explanation of the
fields in the Gas Responses dialog box.
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Figure 5-28. The Bump Tests Tab of the Edit Senor Dialog Box
Figure 5-29. Sample Bump Test Data
NOTE: In the event of a failed sensor (CL2, HCL, or NH3), the docking station ignores any
large reading that are above the sensor’s maximum reading. In addition, the docking station
ignores any negative readings whose absolute value is larger than the sensor’s maximum reading.
NOTE: For bump tests, the IDS does not purge gas lines immediately before, during, or
immediately after a bump test. The exception is the MX6 iBrid instruments that have an
attached pump. For these, a 30-second gas line purge occurs at the end of all bump tests.
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5.13.2. Adding Bump Test Data
You can also manually add bump test data to the system. You can use the instrument properties
or the properties of an individual sensor to add bump test data.
NOTE: For legacy instruments, be sure that you have added sensor information to the
Components tab of the instrument before you add bump test data. Refer to the Instrument
Components section for more information about adding sensor data.
To add bump test data using instrument properties, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to add bump test
information.
Alternatives: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu. You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and
select Properties.
4.
Click on the Bump Tests tab.
5.
Click the Add button. The Gas Responses dialog box appears.
6.
Enter the data for each bump test, and then click the Add button to add it to the list.
7.
Click the OK button to save the bump test results. The results display on the Bump
Test tab.
Figure 5-30. Adding Bump Test Data Using Instrument Properties
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To add bump test data to an individual sensor, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument for which you would like to add bump test
information.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
5.
Double-click on the sensor for which you would like to add bump test information.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Bump Tests tab.
7.
Click the Add button. The Gas Responses dialog box appears.
8.
Enter the data for a bump test, and then click the OK button to save the entry. The
new bump test data displays on the Bump Test tab.
9.
Click the OK or Close button to close the Edit Sensor dialog box.
Figure 5-31. Adding Bump Test Data to a Sensor
NOTE: If you are an iNet customer, bump test information that is added manually to the system
will not be downloaded to iNet.
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5.13.3. Removing Bump Test Data
You can remove bump test data from the system. You can use the instrument properties or the
properties of an individual sensor to remove bump test data.
To remove bump test data from the instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument that has bump test data you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Bump Tests tab.
5.
Do one of the following to locate the bump test results:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last bump test.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show bump test results for a specific date range.
6.
The bump test results appear in the list.
7.
Select the bump test result you wish to remove. You can select multiple bump test
results by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each entry.
8.
Right click on the bump test result(s) and select Remove.
9.
The system displays a confirmation prompt. Click Yes to remove the bump test
results.
10.
Click OK to close the Edit Instrument dialog box.
To remove bump test data from a specific sensor, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument that contains bump test data you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the instrument and select Properties from
the context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument, and click the File menu and select
Properties.
4.
Click on the Components tab.
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5.
Double-click on the sensor that contains bump test data you wish to remove.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor entry and select Properties from
the context menu.
6.
The Edit Sensor dialog box appears. Click on the Bump Tests tab.
7.
Do one of the following:
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last bump test.
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show bump test results for a specific date range.
8.
The bump test results appear in the list.
9.
Select the bump test result you wish to remove. You can select multiple bump test
results by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each entry.
10.
Right click on the bump test result(s) and select Remove.
11.
The system displays a confirmation prompt. Click Yes to remove the bump test
results.
12.
Click OK to close the Edit Sensor dialog box. Click OK to close the Edit Instrument
dialog box.
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5.14. Edit Instrument – The Datalog Tab
5.14.1. Overview
Datalog data is information that is recorded during an instrument’s normal operation. This data
is used to compute the STEL and TWA values over a period of time. For Docking Station
compatible instruments, datalog data is downloaded into the DS2 Docking Station system and
can be viewed using the DSSAC. Components of the Datalog tab are explained below.
Figure 5-32. Datalog Tab
Table 5-11. Elements of the Datalog Tab
Element
Description
Session
This field shows the current session number. Below it are the associated
date and time.
Forward/Back
Arrow Buttons
The forward and back buttons are located on the left side of the screen and
allow the user to navigate through different data session screens.
Start Date and
End Date
These fields define selection criteria for session data. Select a Start Date
and an End Date, and then click the Display button to show datalog data
sessions for the specified date range in the Session Window.
Display Button
Displays session data in the Session Window. To view only those
sessions within a selected date range, use the Start Date and End Date
fields.
Actions Button
The Actions button (or clicking the right mouse button over the list
control) displays the Actions Context Menu.
Print Button
Prints the current screen to the selected printer.
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Element
Description
OK Button
Displays specific device data for the session selected in the Session
Window.
Cancel Button
Pressing the Cancel button returns the user to the Session selection screen
of the Datalog tab with no change to the data shown.
Status Bar
The status bar (located at the bottom of the screen) indicates any filters
that may be applied.
Sessions Window
Scrollable window in which session data is displayed. Columns of the
Session Window are listed and explained in the following table.
If the user selects and double clicks a session, the window will change to
show the session details. (Alternative is to select Show Selected
Components from the Actions button.) If the datalog data has a session
number, this number appears above the session date.
Figure 5-33. Session Details Window Showing Session Number
NOTE: Datalog session numbers are uploaded to iNet as part of datalog
uploads. Refer to the iNet section for more information.
Table 5-12. Elements of the Sessions Window
Column
Description
Serial Number
This column lists the serial number of the sensor.
Gas Type
This column lists the type of gas that the sensor was detecting. It is not
the type of sensor. For example, if a PID sensor is configured to use a
“Hexane” response factor, then a gas type name of “Hexane” will appear
in this column.
Status
This column lists the state of the sensor when the session was recorded.
(Note: It is always empty for non-MX6 instruments).
 States are any combination of the following: “Disabled”, “Zero failed”,
or “Calibration failed”. The sensor will have no readings associated
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Alarm Low
Description
with it in the session if it has any of these three states.
 A sensor may have more than one state, separated by commas; e.g.
“Disabled, Zero failed”.
The gas reading that triggers a low alarm.
Alarm High
The gas reading that triggers a high alarm.
Alarm TWA
The threshold that a Time Weighted Average (TWA) reading must cross
to trigger an alarm.
Alarm STEL
The threshold that a Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) reading must
cross to trigger an alarm.
NOTE: If a sensor was Disabled, or was in Cal Failure or Zero Failure mode during recording
of the session, then the sensor information appears in red in the session window.
NOTE: If session contains a PID sensor that was using a Custom Response Factor (CRF) at the
time of datalog recording, then that CRF is displayed in the DSSAC. The CRFs name and value
are displayed in the column that normally displays the gas type for sensor. For example, instead
of “02 – Oxygen”, the column would contain something like “My Custom RF – 1.01”.
NOTE: Users are able to select multiple sensors on the Session/Sensor screen.
Figure 5-34. Actions Context Menu
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Table 5-13. Elements of the Actions Context Menu
Item
Description
Show Selected
Components
Causes the sessions window to change to the session details window. If the
datalog data has a session number, this number appears above the session
date as shown in Figure 5-33.
Selecting one or more sensors will enable this option on the context menu.
Selecting this option or double-clicking on any single selection will display
the Session/Data screen.
Find
User/Location
Presents the user with the Find form which is used to filter session data by
user, location, and date. For additional information, refer to the Find
User/Location section that follows.
View/Edit
Comments
Displays a form in which comments for the selected session can be viewed,
entered and/or edited. It is disabled until a session is selected.
Graph Session
Data
Presents a graph of the selected session’s data. The graph displays data from
all of the sensors in the session.
Graph Period
Data
Presents a graph of the selected period’s data. The graph displays data from
all of the periods in the session.
Print Data
Prints a Detail Report of the selected session data. This option is disabled
until a session is selected.
Print Summary
Prints a Datalog Summary Report of the selected session data. This option is
disabled until a session is selected.
Export
The Export option exports all data for the selected sensors. This option is
disabled until one or more sensors are selected.
5.14.2. Find User/Location
The Find User/Location option of the Actions context menu displays the Find User/Location
form which is used to filter session data by user, location, and date.
Figure 5-35. Find User/Location Form
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Table 5-14. Elements of the Find User/Location Form
Element
Description
User field
Use this field to specify user text search criteria.
Location field
Use this field to specify location text search criteria.
Start Date and
End Date fields
The Start and End dates reflect the values from the datalog tab. If these
dates are changed on this screen, the Start and Stop drop-down boxes on
the datalog tab will reflect those changes after the Find button is pressed.
Entering nothing in the User and Location fields and pressing the Find
button will be the same as selecting dates on the Datalog tab and pressing
the Display button.
Cancel button
Pressing the Cancel button returns the user to the Session selection screen
of the Datalog tab with no change to the data shown.
Find button
Pressing the Find button after entering user and/or location search criteria
will return the user to the Session selection screen of the Datalog tab. The
data shown will be filtered with only sessions that meet the selected criteria
of user, location, and date(s).
NOTE: Search filtering does implicit wildcarding on the entered user and location fields. For
example, if the user types in “smith”, the filtering will show both “Joe Smith” and “Smithers”
records.
NOTE: If both a user and location are specified, the search will logically “AND” these fields.
That is, it will find all matches that have both the specified user and the specified location.
NOTE: The status bar on the Datalog tab indicates if there is a filter applied.
5.14.3. Graph Session Data
You can display a graph that shows datalog data over a period of time. There are two ways to
graph datalog data: you can display a graph of an entire datalog session (Graph Session Data),
or you can graph each period within the session for a particular sensor (Graph Period Data).
The Graph Session Data option of the Actions context menu displays the Datalog graph shown
below. In the header of the graph, the datalog graph contains the instrument serial number, and
the session date. The legend of the graph contains the sensor serial numbers and sensor types.
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Figure 5-36. Sample Datalog Graph (No User Name Associated)
Figure 5-37. Sample Datalog Graph (With an Associated User Name)
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5.14.4. Graph Period Data
You can display a graph that shows datalog data over a period of time. There are two ways to
graph datalog data: you can display a graph of an entire datalog session (Graph Session Data),
or you can graph each period within the session for a particular sensor (Graph Period Data).
The Graph Period Data option of the Actions context menu displays the TWA/STEL graph.
One or more sensors are selected, then period information is displayed. The Session/Data screen
shows a the selected sensors and sensor data. A new list box displays the selected sensors.
Figure 5-38. Selecting Sensors to Graph Period Data
Information recorded for each sensor is displayed. To return to the previous screen, use the back
button. The following information is displayed for each sensor.
Table 5-15. Descriptions of Displayed Sensor Information
Item
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the sensor
Gas Type
The type of gas that was being monitored.
Alarm Low
The Low Alarm setting on the sensor for the session.
Alarm High
The High Alarm setting on the sensor for the session.
Alarm TWA
The TWA Alarm setting on the sensor for the session.
Alarm STEL
The STEL Alarm setting on the sensor for the session.
NOTE: Selecting one or more sensors enables the Export Data and Show Selected Components
options of the Actions menu.
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NOTE: Selecting the Show Selected Components option (or double clicking any single
selection) displays the Session Data screen.
Figure 5-39. Period Data and List Box Showing the Sensor List Box
The following period information is displayed for each sensor.
Table 5-16. Descriptions of Displayed Period Information
Item
Description
Period-Location
The period and site, if any, for which the readings were taken.
NOTE: The T82 Single Gas Monitor does not record Site data, so only
the period number displays in the Period-Location column for the T82.
Time
The time of the reading.
Reading
The actual reading that was taken by the instrument.
Temp (C)
The temperature (in Celsius) at the time of the reading.
TWA
The Time Weighed Average (TWA) value at the time of the reading.
STEL
The Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) value at the time of the reading.
Selecting the Graph Selected Period Data from the Actions button displays a graph of all the
sensors selected on previous screen.
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Figure 5-40. TWA/STEL Graph
5.14.5. Print Summary
The Print Summary option of the Actions button prints the Datalog report illustrated below.
Highlighting any displayed session enables this option. This option is disabled by default and
whenever no session is currently selected.
Figure 5-41. Selecting the Print Summary Option
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Figure 5-42. Sample Datalog Summary Report
5.14.6. Export
The Export option of the Actions button is used to send sensor datalog information to an external
file in comma separated variable (CSV) format. Upon successful completion, the following
message is displayed:
“Exporting sensor datalog information completed successfully.”
If an error occurs during the export process, the following message is displayed:
“The Docking Station Server Administration Console could not export
datalog information! Please contact your System Administrator for assistance.”
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5.15. Edit Instrument – Alarm Events Tab
The Alarm Events tab displays alarm events downloaded from the instrument during a schedule
Alarm Events Download Event. The contents of the Alarm Events Tab are explained below.
Figure 5-43. Edit Instruments – Alarm Events Tab
Table 5-17. Components of the Alarm Events Tab of the Edit Instrument Screen
Component
Description
Forward/Back
Arrow Buttons
The forward and back buttons are located on the left side of the screen
and allow the user to navigate through different alarm event screens.
Start Date and
End Date
These fields define selection criteria for session data. Select a Start Date
and an End Date, and then click the Display button to show alarm
information for the specified date range in the Session Window.
Display Button
Displays alarm data in the Session Window. To view only those sessions
within a selected date range, use the Start Date and End Date fields.
Print Button
Prints the current screen to the default printer.
OK Button
Displays specific alarm data for the sensor selected.
Cancel Button
Pressing the Cancel button returns the user to the Session selection screen
of the Alarm Events tab with no change to the data shown.
Alarm Events
Window
Scrollable window in which alarm data is displayed. Columns of the
Alarm Events Window include sensor type, serial number, the time the
alarm event was reported, the duration of the alarm event, and peak, high,
and low alarm values.
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5.16. Edit Instrument – Manage Events Tab
The Manage Events tab of the Edit Instrument screen displays the journal events for the current
instrument. The Manage Events tab has a Journal Entries frame and a Force Event frame. The
contents of this tab are explained below.
Figure 5-44. Edit Instruments – Manage Events Tab
Table 5-18. Components of the Manage Events Tab of the Edit Instrument Screen
Element
Description
Force Event frame
Inside the Force Event frame will be a drop-down list of all the possible
events which may be forced and a button which will force the selected
event.
Event Code Dropdown
The Event Code selection drop-down box lists the available events for
that instrument. It also includes a “None” as the first entry.
The drop-down element “all the possible events” is defined as any event
that has been performed by the instrument and now has a journal entry.
The “None” entry is the default.
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Element
Description
Force Event button
The Force Event button is disabled while “None” is the current
selection of the Event Code drop-down box. Selecting an Event Code
other than “None” enables the button.
Pressing the Force Event button after an event code is selected removes
the selected event from the Journal Entry listview and Event Code
dropdown and then sets the currently selected Event Code to “None”.
The following error messages are displayed when the user attempts to
force an event in any of these cases.
- “Instrument failed its last calibration”
- “Docking Station unavailable due to leak detected”
- “Instrument not docked”
Forced event will not take place in these cases.
Forced events will not occur if the matching Global Event is currently
disabled.
Journal Entries
frame
Inside the Journal Entries frame is a list view which displays all journal
entries for the current instrument and a Refresh List button.
Refresh List Button
The Refresh List button forces the DSSAC to re-query the journal
entries for the current instrument and updates the Journal Entry list
view.
Journal Entry list
view
The Journal Entry list view displays the Journal Type and Time for all
journal entries for the current instrument.
The list is sorted
alphabetically by journal type. Double-clicking on any journal entry
opens the Event Journal Details screen.
Figure 5-45. Event Journal Details Screen
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5.17. Special Features
5.17.1. Adding Legacy Instruments
Legacy instruments are those instruments that are cannot be docked with an IDS in DS2 Docking
Station. See section 5.2 Instrument Compatibility on page 5-108 for a list of the instruments that
are not Docking Station compatible, but can be entered into the DS2 Docking Station system.
You can enter information about these legacy instruments into the DS2 Docking Station system
so that all of your instrument information is stored in a central location.
NOTE: The system provides an “Other Instrument” option for instruments that are not specified
on the list of non-Docking Station compatible instruments.
To add a legacy instrument to the system, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Click on the File menu and select Add.
Alternative: You can also right click on the Instruments option in the navigation
pane and select Add from the context menu.
4.
The Add Instrument dialog box appears, displaying the General tab.
Figure 5-46. Adding a Legacy Instrument to the System
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Step
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5.
Enter the serial number of the instrument and select an instrument type. Complete
the remaining fields. See the Instrument Properties section for a description of each
of the fields on the General tab.
6.
Click on the Components tab. Enter the batteries and sensors that are used in the
instrument. See the Instrument Components section for detailed instructions for
adding instrument components.
7.
Click on the Users and Sites tab to enter User and Site information for the instrument.
See the Users and Sites section for detailed instructions for adding user and site data.
8.
Click OK to save your changes. The instrument information has been added to the
system.
5.17.2. Removing an Instrument
You can also remove an instrument from the system using the DSSAC. However, if you remove
a Docking Station compatible instrument, the system will detect it the next time it is docked, and
re-add it to the system.
To remove an instrument, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Select the instrument you would like to remove. You can select multiple instruments
by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while selecting each instrument.
4.
Click on the File menu and select Remove.
Alternative: You can also right click on the instrument(s) you have selected and
select Remove from the context menu.
5.
A confirmation prompt appears. Select Yes to remove the instrument. If you select
No, the instrument is not removed.
6.
The instrument is removed from the system.
5.17.4 Manual Instrument Registration
Instruments typically are registered into the docking station system automatically. However, in
some cases system administrators wish to prevent instruments from coming into the system
automatically. This may be the case for example, when an instrument user from outside the
system wishes to use the docking station to calibrate his instrument. The Manual Registration
feature is designed to handle this case.
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To use the Manual Registration feature, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the View option in the main tool bar. Select Configuration from the context
menu.
3.
The Configuration dialog box appears.
4.
Select the Registration tab within the Configuration dialog box.
 Click on the Enforce Manual Registration button. Once the manual
registration option is selected, users will now be informed on the docking
station display that their instrument is unregistered and should contact the
system administrator.
Unregistered
Instrument
Contact
Administrator
SN: XXXXXXX-XXX
5.
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When the Enforce Manual Registration feature is selected and Unregistered
instruments list will now appear under the Instruments heading in the Navigation
Pane. Right clicking on one or more of the options in the “Unregistered” list in the
contents pane will provide the option to register previously unwanted instruments
into the system.
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Figure 5-48. Instrument Configuration Dialog Box
5.17.3. Using the Find Instrument Feature
The Find Instrument feature allows you to display instruments that meet certain criteria, such as
those instruments that are overdue for calibration, are due for calibration by a particular date, or
failed their last calibration. You can also print a report that displays the instruments meeting the
criteria rather than displaying the results on your screen.
To use the Find Instrument feature, follow the instructions listed below.
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Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Right click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. Select Find from the
context menu.
3.
The Find Instruments dialog box appears.
4.
Select one of the options below.
 Due for Calibration – If you select this option, you must also select a date in
the By Date field. This option displays instruments that are due for a
calibration by the specified date.
 Overdue for Calibration – Select this option to view all instruments whose
calibration is overdue based on today’s date.
 Failed Last Calibration – Select this option to view all instruments for which
the last calibration failed.
 Marginal Calibration – Select this option to view all instruments for which the
last calibration was marginal
Figure 5-479. Finding Instruments Dialog Box
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5.
Do one of the following:
 Click Display to view only the instruments that meet the criteria in the
Instruments contents pane. This option works as a filter, displaying only the
instruments that match, and hiding those that do not. After you are done
viewing the instruments, you must turn off the filter to view all instruments.
To turn the filter off, right-click on the Instruments option in the navigation
pane, and select Cancel find from the context menu.
 Click Print to print a report that lists the instruments that meet the selected
criteria.
 Click Cancel to close the dialog box and not perform the instrument find.
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Chapter
Configuring the DS2
6.1.
Introduction
This chapter explains information about how to set up an Instrument Docking Station (IDS),
from plugging it in, to configuring it to use gas cylinders for calibrations and bump tests, to
viewing its status in the DSSAC.
Before you set up an IDS, be sure that the Docking Station Server (DSS) is running on your
network, since the IDS requires the DSS in order to function. Each IDS also requires an Ethernet
connection to your network as well as a power outlet.
6.2.
Instrument Docking Station Diagram
Below is a diagram that shows all of the connections on the back of an IDS. The details about
how to use these connections are explained later in this chapter. Information on using clusters is
explained in Chapter 8.
(Optional)
Figure 6-1. Diagram of a Back Plate of an IDS
The table below briefly describes the connections on the back of an IDS.
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Table 6-1. Connections on the Back of an IDS
Connection
Description
Gas In #1, #2 and #3
Connects the IDS to calibration gas cylinders using gas tubing.
iGas Port #1, #2 and #3
If you are using iGas, these ports are used to connect the Smart
Card reader to the IDS.
Service Port
A serial port that is used by Industrial Scientific technicians to
service the IDS.
DC (12-volt) Power Inlet
Connects the IDS to a 12-volt power source.
AC Power Inlet
Connects the IDS to an AC power source.
Compact Flash Bay
A port used to accept Compact Flash cards. Compact Flash cards
are used to upload future software updates to the Docking Station.
Network Port
A standard Ethernet port to connect the IDS to your network.
Cluster #1 and #2
Gas connections that are used to cluster IDSs.
NOTE: Industrial Scientific recommends that gas tubing should be ester-based polyurethane
type 85A.
The front of the IDS contains the cradle into which an instrument is docked. It also contains an
LCD screen, a series of LED lights, and a keypad.
The LCD screen contains information about the activity of the IDS. The IDS contains three LED
lights: red, yellow, and green. In general, if the red LED is illuminated, there is a problem with
the IDS or the instrument that is currently docked. The yellow LED indicates that the IDS is
busy performing a task, such as calibrating an instrument or downloading data. The green LED
lights when the IDS is ready to receive instructions, either from the Docking Station Server, or
from the IDS menu.
NOTE: Do not either dock or undock an instrument on the IDS when the yellow LED is
illuminated, except when the instrument battery is charging.
Please refer to the LED and Alarm Signals section for more detail about the meanings of LED
indicators, LCD messages, and alarm signals.
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Figure 6-2. Diagram of the Front Panel of an IDS
6.3.
Setting Up an Instrument Docking Station
To prepare the IDS hardware for operation, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Be sure that the Docking Station Server is running on your network, and that you
have a connection to the network for the IDS.
2.
Connect a network cable to the Network Port located on the back of the IDS. Plug
the other end of the cable into a network connection on your network.
3.
Plug the AC power cord to the AC Power inlet or the output cord from the DC power
supply into the DC power inlet located on the back of the IDS. (The DS2 may
alternatively be powered using a UL Listed I.T.E. power supply, supplied with the
unit.)
4.
Plug the power cord into a grounded wall outlet. The IDS automatically turns on
when you plug it in.
NOTE: When the IDS is first plugged in, the three LEDs simultaneously flash. There is then a
40-second delay while the IDS boots. During the boot-up phase, the yellow LED is illuminated.
When the IDS has completed booting, the backlight on the LCD panel turns on and the IDS
emits a short beep.
Step
Instruction
5.
After the IDS has finished booting, the Docking Station Server automatically detects
the IDS on the network. The LCD on the IDS displays “Discovering.” The yellow
LED illuminates.
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6.
When the LCD on the IDS displays the current date and time and the green LED is
illuminated, the IDS has been configured in DSSAC and is now set up and ready for
further configuration.
6.4.
Instrument Docking Station Status and Properties
When an IDS has been connected to the network and powered on for the first time, the Docking
Station Server detects it and gathers its information to store in the system.
(Optional)
Figure 6-3. Diagram of the Back Plate of an IDS
To view the current status of the IDS in the DSSAC, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
Launch the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the DSS option in the navigation pane.
3.
The contents pane displays a list of IDSs and their current status. It also displays
the serial number of the instrument that is currently docked, if any, and the date and
time of the last connection.
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Figure 6-4. Contents Pane Showing IDSs and Current Status
NOTE:
This screen will automatically update with the most recent information every
30 seconds. If you would like to see the most current information immediately, you can refresh
the screen by right-clicking on the DSS option in the navigation pane and selecting Refresh.
You can also press the F5 function key on your keyboard.
Step
Instruction
4.
You can double-click on an entry in the list to view the properties of the IDS or of the
instrument that is docked. If there is no instrument docked on the IDS, the DSSAC
displays the Edit Docking Station dialog box. See below for more information about
the IDS properties. If an instrument is docked on the IDS, the Select Device dialog
appears.
Figure 6-5. Select Device Dialog Box
5.
Select whether you wish to view the IDS or instrument properties. If you select View
instrument properties and then click OK, the Edit Instrument dialog box appears. If
you select View Docking Station properties and then click OK, the Edit Docking
Station dialog box appears.
You can also view the IDS properties in the DSSAC. To do this, follow the instructions listed
below.
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1.
Click the Docking Stations option in the navigation pane.
2.
The contents pane displays a list of IDSs that have been configured in the system.
Any IDS that is currently active appears in blue.
Figure 6-6. Sample Contents Pane
Column Title
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Description
Serial Number
Serial number of the docking station as well as an icon to
indicate a docking station type.
Type
Indicates the instrument type for the docking station: ITX,
VX500, T82, Ventis LS, Ventis MX4, MX4 iQuad, MX6 iBrid,
GasBadge Pro, or GasBadge Plus.
Gas In <x>
Indicates the type of gas, if any, currently assigned to port x and
its current status. The status of a Gas In connection can be
“OK”, “Low”, “Empty”, “Due to Expire”, “Expired”,
“Disabled” or “N/A”.
Cluster Name
The name, if any, of the cluster the docking station is currently a
member of.
Last Connected
The Date/Time stamp for the last time the docking station talked
to the Docking Station Server.
Location
Current location assigned to the Docking Station.
Software
Version
The version of the Docking Station software that the docking
station is currently running.
Printer
The Windows printer that the docking station will automatically
print calibration reports to.
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3.
Double-click on the IDS whose properties you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the IDS and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the IDS, and then click the File menu, and select
Properties.
Step
Instruction
4.
The Edit Docking Station dialog box appears.
5.
The Edit Docking Station dialog box contains two tabs.
General This tab contains information about the IDS. Since IDSs are
automatically configured by the Docking Station Server, many
of the fields cannot be changed. You can, however, change the
Language Setting, Location, Menu Locked and IDS Printer
fields. See the table below for an explanation of each field on
the General tab.
Gas Inlets - This tab is used to configure the Gas In connections on the
IDS.
See section 6.6 Configuring Gas Cylinders for
information about using the Gas Inlets tab.
Manage
Events This tab displays the journal events for the current Docking
Station.
NOTE: The optional iGas feature can automatically configure your gas cylinders in
the DSSAC for you. See section 6.11 Using iGas for more information about iGas.
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Figure 6-7. Edit Docking Station Dialog Box – General Tab
Step
Instruction
6.
If you make any changes, click the OK button to save your changes. Otherwise, click
the Cancel button to return to the list of IDSs without making any changes.
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Table 6-2. Fields in the Edit Docking Station Dialog Box (General Tab)
Field
Description
Serial Number
The serial number of the IDS.
Type
The type of instrument that the IDS supports. Possible options are “iTX
Multi-Gas Monitor,” “T82 Single Gas Monitor,” "Ventis LS,", “Ventis
MX4 Multi-Gas Monitor," "MX6 iBrid Multi-Gas Monitor," "MX4
iQuad Multi-Gas Monitor," “GasBadge Pro Single Gas Monitor,” and
“GasBadge Plus Single Gas Monitor.”
Part Number
The Industrial Scientific part number for the IDS.
Setup Date
The manufactured date of the IDS.
Software Version
The version of the IDS software that is running on the IDS.
Language Setting
The language that is used on the IDS menu. Options are: “English,”
“Français,” “Espanol” “Deutsch,” “Czech,” “Polish,” or “Russian.”
Location
Use this field to identify the physical location of the IDS.
Menu Locked
Indicates if the menu can be used on the IDS. If “No” is selected, then
the IDS menu can be used. If “Yes” is selected, then the IDS menu
cannot be used.
IDS Printer
A non-editable dropdown list of all printers configured on the DSS server
machine. A blank selection (the default) means “none” (i.e., no printer
selected). Whenever a calibration takes place on the IDS, a calibration
certificate is printed automatically to the selected printer, if a printer has
been chosen. Whenever a bump test takes place on the IDS, a bump
certificate will be printed automatically to the selected printer, if a printer
has been chosen. If no printer has been chosen, the certificates will not
print automatically.
NOTE: In DSSAC, if the “Print” button for calibration or bump
certificates is pressed, the user will be presented with his/her web
browser with the certificate rendered within. The user chooses the
printer to print to, and prints, using the browser’s print/print setup
functions.
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Figure 6-8. Edit Docking Station Dialog Box – Manage Events Tab
The Edit Docking Station screen will have a new tab which displays the journal events for the
current Docking Station. The Manage Events tab has Journal Entries and Force Event frames.
Table 6-3. Fields in the Edit Docking Station Dialog Box (Manage Events Tab)
Field
Description
Force Event frame
Inside the Force Event frame is a drop-down list of all the possible
events which may be forced and a button which forces the selected
event.
Event Code Dropdown
The Event Code selection drop-down box lists the available events for
that Docking Station. It also includes a “None” as the first entry.
The “all the possible events” option is defined as any event that has
been performed by the Docking Station and now has a journal entry.
The “None” entry is the default.
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Description
The Force Event button is disabled while “None” is the current
selection of the Event Code drop-down box. Selecting an Event Code
other than “None” enables the button.
Pressing the Force Event button after an event code is selected removes
the selected event from the Journal Entry listview and Event Code
dropdown and then sets the currently selected Event Code to “None”.
The following error messages is displayed when the user attempts to
force an event in any of these cases.
“Docking Station unavailable due to leak detected”
Forced event will not take place in those cases. Similarly, forced events
will not occur if the matching Global Event is currently disabled.
Journal Entries
frame
Inside the Journal Entries frame is a list view which displays all journal
entries for the current Docking Station and a Display button.
Refresh List Button
The Refresh List button forces the DSSAC to re-query the journal
entries for the current Docking Station and updates the Journal Entry
list view.
Journal Entry list
view
The Journal Entry list view displays the Journal Type and Time for all
journal entries for the current Docking Station. The list is sorted
alphabetically by journal type.
Double-clicking on any journal entry opens the Event Journal Details
screen (same functionality as the original Journal node)
Figure 6-9. Event Journal Details Screen
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6.5.
Removing an Instrument Docking Station
You can remove an IDS from the DSSAC. However, the next time that the IDS is connected to
the network, the Docking Station Server detects it and adds it back into the list of IDSs in the
DSSAC.
You may need to remove an IDS if it is no longer in use or it is being moved to another Docking
Station Network.
To remove an IDS, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Launch the DSSAC application.
2.
Click the Docking Stations option in the navigation pane.
3.
Select the IDS that you wish to remove. You can select multiple IDSs by pressing
the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking on each IDS.
4.
Click on the File menu and select Remove.
Alternative: You can also right click on the selected IDS(s) and select Remove from
the drop-down menu.
5.
A confirmation prompt appears. Click Yes to remove the IDS(s). Click No to cancel
the removal.
6.6.
Configuring Gas Cylinders
In order to perform calibrations and bump tests using DS2 Docking Station, the IDS Gas In
connections must be configured to use gas cylinders. Configuring gas cylinders involves two
steps: (1) setting up the physical hardware, i.e., the IDS and cylinders, and (2) configuring the
Gas In connection in the DSSAC.
Each IDS has three Gas In connections that are used to connect to gas cylinders. One of these
Gas In connections should be configured to use fresh air or a Zero Air gas cylinder that is used to
purge the gas lines between calibrations or bump tests using different types of gases. A Zero Air
gas cylinder should always be used if there is a potential for interference from background gases,
or if the atmosphere is dirty.
DS2 Docking Station requires that a demand flow regulator be used on calibration gas cylinders
that are connected to an IDS.
NOTE: You can increase the number of gases available for calibration by clustering your IDSs.
See Chapter 8 for more information about clustering IDSs.
NOTE: If you are using iGas, you do not need to follow the instructions below. Please refer to
section 6.11 Using iGas.
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CAUTION: Compressed gas cylinders and their contents may present specific hazards to the
user. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Use only in accordance with the instructions and
warnings marked on the cylinder and the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheets.
To configure an IDS Gas In connection to use calibration gas, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Connect the demand flow regulator to the gas cylinder. With the gauge facing away
from you, place the regulator on top of the cylinder and turn the cylinder until it is
connected tightly.
2.
Disconnect the supplied Luer fittings from the Gas In connection that you wish to
use.
3.
Connect one end of a piece of polyurethane gas tubing to the fitting on the demand
flow regulator. Connect the Luer fitting to the other end of the tubing, and then
attach the fitting to the Gas In connection in the back of the IDS.
NOTE: For Chlorine (Cl2), Ammonia (NH3) and Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) gases, the gas
tube length should not exceed three (3) feet.
NOTE: Industrial Scientific recommends that gas tubing should be ester-based polyurethane
type 85A.
Step
Instruction
4.
Launch the DSSAC application. Click the Docking Stations option in the navigation
pane.
5.
Double-click on the IDS whose Gas In connections you wish to configure.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the IDS and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the IDS, and then click the File menu, and select
Properties.
6.
The Edit Docking Station dialog box appears. Click on the Gas Inlets tab. The Gas
Inlets tab contains three (3) tabs, one for each Gas In connection on the IDS.
NOTE: Each Gas In tab contains an icon to identify the status of the connection. See the
Table 6-4 for a description of each of the icons.
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Figure 6-10. Diagram of the Back Plate of an IDS
Step
Instruction
7.
Click on the Gas In tab that corresponds to the Gas In connection to which you have
connected the gas cylinder.
Figure 6-11. Gas Inlets Tab
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8.
Click the Assign button. A menu of options appears. Choose from the options
below.
 Fresh Air – Configures the Gas In connection to use fresh ambient air, or for a
Zero Air cylinder.
 ISC – Configures the Gas In connection to use an Industrial Scientific gas
cylinder. See the Using ISC gas section for specific procedures for adding
ISC gas.
 Non-ISC – Configures the Gas In connection to use a gas cylinder that was
not purchased from Industrial Scientific. See the Using non-ISC gas for the
specific procedures for adding non-ISC gas.
 Disabled – Configures the Gas In connection to be disabled, i.e., not using
either a gas cylinder or fresh air.
9.
The settings you have chosen appear in the dialog box on the Gas In tab that you had
selected. If the Gas In connection is configured with gas, then the Gas Name,
Concentration and Gas Symbol displays on the screen. The expiration date of the gas
cylinder appears above the list of gases.
Figure 6-12. A Configured Gas In Tab
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10.
Click the OK button from the Edit Docking Station dialog box to save your changes.
11.
The gas cylinder is now ready to be used.
CAUTION: When configuring Gas In connections, be careful that you have configured the
correct gas type in the DSSAC that matches the gas type in the cylinder connected to the Gas In
connection on the IDS. If this setup is incorrect, your calibrations may be run with the incorrect
gas, rendering the results inaccurate.
Table 6-4. Gas Inlets Tab Icons
Icon
Description
Explanation
Solid Green Circle
The cylinder is ok or is using fresh air.
Solid Yellow Circle
The cylinder is low.
Solid Red Circle
The cylinder is empty.
Yellow Circle with a Rex X
The cylinder will expire within 30 days.
Red Circle with a White X
The cylinder is expired.
Yellow Circle with an
exclamation point
The Gas In connection is disabled.
NOTE: If you hover your mouse pointer over one of the icons on the Gas Inlets tab, the status
of the cylinder or Gas In connection displays.
6.7.
Adding Gas from Industrial Scientific
To add an ISC gas, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
From the Edit Docking Station dialog box, click on the Gas Inlets tab.
2.
Select the tab corresponding to the Gas In connection that you are configuring.
3.
Click the Assign button and select ISC.
4.
The Cylinder Configuration dialog box appears.
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5.
Select an Expired Date for the gas.
NOTE: You cannot enter a date for the Expired Date that is earlier than today’s date.
6.
Select an ISC gas type from the list.
7.
Click OK. The cylinder information is added to the Gas In tab.
8.
Optionally enter a cylinder serial number. (This field may be left blank.) This field
is editable when the user is manually adding a cylinder (both for ISC and NON-ISC
cylinders). NOTE: Valid characters include any combination of alphanumeric
characters, dashes, and period, up to 30 characters in length. Invalid characters
include “%”, “&”, “<”, and “>”. Leading or trailing spaces will be trimmed from the
data entered in this field. Data entered in this field is saved to the Cylinder table in
the DS2 database, but is NOT sent to iNet.
9.
Click OK from the Edit Docking Station dialog box to save your changes. If any of
the Gas In tabs contain a disabled configuration, the system displays a Confirm Save
Docking Station message. Click Yes to save the IDS information.
Figure 6-13. Adding Gas from Industrial Scientific
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6.8.
Adding Gas from a Third Party
To add a gas from a company other than Industrial Scientific, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
From the Edit Docking Station dialog box, click on the Gas Inlets tab.
2.
Select the tab corresponding to the Gas In connection that you are configuring.
3.
Click the Assign button and select non-ISC.
4.
The Cylinder Configuration dialog box appears.
5.
Select an Expired Date for the gas.
NOTE: You cannot enter a date for the Expired Date that is earlier than today’s date.
6.
Click the Add button. The Concentration dialog box appears.
7.
Select a Gas, and enter a value for PPM, %VOL or %LEL (if applicable). Click OK.
Figure 6-14. Adding Non-ISC Gas
NOTE: When you enter a PPM value, the %VOL value will automatically compute. Similarly,
if you enter a value for %VOL, the PPM value will automatically compute. This feature also
applies to gases that use a %LEL value. When you enter a value for one of the fields, the other
two compute automatically.
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Figure 6-15. The Gas Concentration Dialog Box
NOTE: You cannot enter a value that would compute a %VOL greater than 100%.
Step
Instruction
8.
Repeat steps 6 and 7 to add additional gases, if necessary.
9.
If you want to remove a gas from the list, you can select it, and then click the
Remove button. You can select by pressing the CTRL key while clicking on each
gas that needs to be removed.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the gas and select Remove from the context
menu.
10.
Once all of the gases have been entered, click OK from the Cylinder Configuration
dialog box. The cylinder information is added to the Gas In tab.
11.
Click OK from the Edit Docking Station dialog box to save your changes. If any of
the Gas In tabs remains disabled, the system displays a Confirm Save Docking
Station message. Click Yes to save the IDS information.
6.9.
Changing Gas Cylinders
When you change a gas cylinder on IDS, there is a specific set of steps that must be followed in a
certain order. First, you should disable the Gas In connection in the DSSAC. Then, disconnect
the gas cylinder from the IDS, and reconnect the new bottle. Finally, open the DSSAC
application and configure the Gas In connection to use the new gas.
The order of operations is important to prevent any calibration errors. For example, if a Gas In
connection is not disabled before disconnecting a gas cylinder, there is a chance that the system
might attempt a calibration while there is no gas connected. Disabling the Gas In connection
prevents this from occurring.
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NOTE: If you are using iGas, cylinder changes are automatically detected when you change
Smart Cards. Please refer to section 6.11 Using iGas for additional information about
configuring gas cylinders using iGas.
To change gas cylinders on an IDS, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application. Click the Docking Stations option in the navigation
pane.
2.
Double-click on the IDS for which you are changing gas cylinders.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the IDS and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the IDS, and then click the File menu, and select
Properties.
3.
Click on the Gas Inlets tab.
4.
Click on the Gas In tab that corresponds to the Gas In connection for which you are
changing gas cylinders.
5.
Click the Assign button, and select Disabled from the menu. This disables the Gas In
connection.
6.
Click OK from the Edit Docking Station dialog box. Click Yes when the Confirm
Docking Station Save message appears.
7.
Disconnect the old gas bottle from the IDS. Remove the gas tubing from the fitting
on the demand flow regulator. With the gauge facing away from you, unscrew the
gas cylinder bottle until it detaches from the regulator.
8.
Connect the new gas bottle to the IDS. See section 6.6 Configuring Gas Cylinders
for detailed instructions on connecting gas cylinders.
9.
Return to the DSSAC application.
navigation pane.
10.
Double-click on the IDS for which you are changing gas cylinders.
11.
Click on the Gas Inlets tab.
12.
Click on the Gas In tab that corresponds to the Gas In connection for which you are
changing gas cylinders.
13.
Click the Assign button, and select ISC or non-ISC from the menu, depending on the
gas cylinder you are adding. See the previous sections on using ISC gas or using
non-ISC gas for specific procedures for adding ISC or non-ISC cylinders.
14.
Click OK from the Edit Docking Station dialog box.
15.
The Gas In connection is now configured to use the new gas cylinder.
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Below are lists of the supported sensor types for each instrument that is compatible with the
Docking Station.
Ammonia
Carbon Dioxide
(IR)
Carbon Monoxide
Chlorine
Chlorine Dioxide*
Combustible (CH4)
Combustible (LEL)
Hydrogen
Hydrogen Chloride
Hydrogen Cyanide
Hydrogen Sulfide
Methane (IR)
(CH4)
Nitric Oxide
Nitrogen Dioxide
Oxygen
Pentane (IR)
(C5H12)
Phosphine
PID
Propane (IR)
(C3H8)
Sulfur Dioxide
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GasBadge Plus
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T82 Single Gas
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iTX Multi-Gas
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6.11. Using iGas
iGas is an optional feature of DS2 Docking Station that uses a Smart Card to automatically
configure gas cylinders. This feature can save time that you would spend manually disabling and
then reconfiguring a Gas In connection in the DSSAC each time you change a gas cylinder.
If you are an iGas customer, an iGas Smart Card will be attached, via a plastic ring, to the neck
of each of your calibration gas cylinders. The iGas Smart Card contains information about the
gas cylinder. When the card is connected to the card reader, the system reads the information
about the gas and automatically configures the Gas In connection in the DS2 Docking Station
system.
iGas can also be used with an optional pressure switch which detects when the gas pressure in
the cylinder is low. iGas sends this information to the Docking Station Server so it is visible in
the DSSAC. If you are an iNet customer, this data is also sent to the iNet Network Operations
Center so that Industrial Scientific can proactively send new gas cylinders to you.
NOTE: The pressure switch option is standard when you use iGas with iNet.
To connect a cylinder using iGas, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Connect the demand flow regulator to the gas cylinder.
With the gauge facing
away from you, place the regulator on top of the cylinder and turn the cylinder until it
is connected tightly.
2.
Connect one end of the polyurethane gas tubing bundled with the iGas reader cable to
the fitting on the demand flow regulator.
NOTE: Industrial Scientific recommends that gas tubing should be ester-based
polyurethane type 85A.
Disconnect the supplied Luer fitting from the Gas In connection you wish to use.
4.
Connect the Luer fitting to the other end of the tubing, and then attach the fitting to
the Gas In connection in the back of the IDS.
5.
Connect the Smart Card reader cable to the iGas Port directly below the Gas In
connection to which you connected the gas tubing.
6.
If necessary, connect the Smart Card reader cable to the Smart Card reader.
7.
If you are using the Pressure Switch option, connect the wires from the pressure
switch to the pressure switch connection on the right side of the Smart Card reader.
8.
Slide the iGas Smart Card that is attached to the calibration cylinder into the Smart
Card reader.
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Figure 6-16. Diagram of iGas Smart Card and Reader
NOTE: It is important that the gas line is connected before the iGas card so that the system is
ready to draw gas after it reads the card.
NOTE: Be sure that the Smart Card is connected to the correct iGas Port. For example, if you
have connected the gas line to Gas In # 2, then the Smart Card must be connected to iGas Port #2.
If the correct port is not used, the system could use the wrong type of gas for a calibration or
bump test, rendering the results inaccurate.
Step
Instruction
9.
The system reads the information about the gas cylinder from the iGas Smart Card
and automatically configures the Gas In connection in the DSSAC.
10.
The gas cylinder is ready to use.
NOTE: If you are using iGas, do not edit the cylinder configuration in DSSAC. Doing so could
temporarily override the settings configured by iGas, possibly causing DS2 Docking Station to
use inaccurate information for calibrations or bump tests. If the settings do get overwritten,
simply reinsert the iGas Smart Card to reconfigure the gas cylinder.
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Chapter
Basic Operation of the DS2
7.1.
Introduction
This section describes the features of the Instrument Docking Station (IDS), such as menu
options, the LED and alarm signals, and how to force the Docking Station to perform immediate
calibrations and bump tests from the IDS menu. The diagram below shows the front panel of an
IDS. This panel contains the LCD screen, the LED lights and the keypad with which you access
the menu on the IDS.
Figure 7-1. Front Panel Components of the DS2 Docking Station
7.2.
Menu Options
The menu on an IDS is used to request actions from the IDS, such as on-demand calibrations or
bump tests.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing a task (the yellow LED is
illuminated), except for when it is charging an instrument’s battery.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.” This option can be set in the DSSAC in the Edit Docking Station dialog box. See
section 6.4 Instrument Docking Station Status and Properties for more information about the
Menu Locked setting.
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To access the menu on an IDS, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Be sure that the IDS is not performing a task. (The green LED is illuminated, and the
LCD panel displays the current date and time.)
2.
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad. The main menu appears.
3.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to navigate the menu. Use the ENTER key to
select an option.
4.
The menu options are listed below.
Item
Description
If you select this option, the following submenu appears:
Item
Instrument
Description
Bump
Test
Used to force the IDS to perform a bump test. See
the Forced Bump Tests section later in this chapter
for more information about using the Bump Test
menu option.
Calibrate
Used to force the IDS to perform a calibration. See
the Forced Calibration section later in this chapter
for more information about using the Calibrate
menu option.
Used to download datalog data to the Docking
Download Station Server. See the Downloading and Clearing
Data
Datalog Data section later in this chapter for more
information about the Download Data menu option.
Clear
Datalog
Used to clear datalog data from the instrument. See
the Downloading and Clearing Datalog Data
section later in this chapter for more information
about the Clear Datalog menu option.
Previous
Returns to the main menu.
NOTE: The Instrument menu is only available when an instrument
is docked on the IDS.
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If you select this option, the following submenu appears:
Item
Docking
Station
Description
Set
Language
Changes the language used on the LCD display on
the IDS. See the Changing Language Settings
section later in this chapter for more information
about the Set Language menu option.
Diagnose
Used to run the pressure diagnostic test on the
IDS. See the IDS Diagnostics section later in this
chapter for more information about the Diagnose
menu option.
Provides information about the IDS, such as serial
Information number, software version and the IP address of the
DSS.
Previous
Returns to the main menu.
NOTE: The IDS menu will exit if no key on the keypad is pressed after 10 seconds. If this
occurs, and you wish to re-access the menu, simply press any of the keys on the keypad,
provided that the IDS is not actively performing a task (the yellow LED is illuminated), except
for when the instrument’s battery is charging.
7.3.
LED and Alarm Signals
The IDS contains LED lights and an alarm to provide you with feedback about the activities on
the IDS. The LEDs (green, yellow, and red) will light alone or in combination depending on the
status of the IDS. The status of lit LEDs is explained below.
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Yellow LED only - Indicates that the IDS is busy.
Green and yellow LEDs - Indicate that the IDS is currently charging.
Red LED only - Indicates that the IDS is unavailable due to an error or a problem.
NOTE: Never dock or undock an instrument while the yellow LED is illuminated (IDS is busy),
except when the instrument battery is charging (both yellow and green LEDs are lit).
The alarm is used to indicate a problem with the IDS. For example, if an instrument is removed
from the IDS before a calibration is complete, an alarm will sound.
The LEDs and alarm work in combination with the LCD display to indicate the status of the IDS.
Below is a series of tables that show possible LCD display, LED and alarm combinations when
the IDS is in various states.
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The following table displays possible feedback when the IDS is on, but no instrument is docked.
Table 7-1. System Feedback (No Instrument Docked)
LCD Display
LED
Alarm
Description
Starting <type of
instrument>
Yellow
Off
IDS is booting up.
Discovering
Yellow
Off
IDS has just finished booting up and is
identifying itself to the Docking Station Server.
Diagnosing
Yellow
Off
Running diagnostics on the IDS
Updating Data
Yellow
Off
Updating the system with new IDS settings
Unavailable
Red
Off
IDS is not functioning properly. Check the
DSS error log.
Unavailable Server
Red
Off
IDS cannot connect to the Docking Station
Server.
Unavailable Leaking
Red
Off
IDS failed the diagnostic pressure leak test.
The following table displays possible feedback when the IDS is on, and an instrument is docked.
Table 7-2. System Feedback (Instrument Docked)
LCD Display
LED
Alarm
Description
Registering Instrument
Yellow
Off
The instrument is being registered in the DS2
Docking Station system.
Discovering
Yellow
Off
IDS is detecting the instrument that was just
docked.
Calibrating
Yellow
Off
Currently calibrating the instrument.
Testing Instrument
Yellow
Off
Currently performing
instrument.
Downloading Datalog
Yellow
Off
Downloading datalog data to the DSS.
Downloading Alarm
Events
Yellow
Off
Downloading alarm events from the instrument.
Clearing Datalog
Yellow
Off
Clearing datalog data from the instrument.
Diagnosing Instrument
Yellow
Off
Running diagnostic tests on the instrument.
Updating Instrument
Yellow
Off
Updating settings on the instrument.
Current Date and Time
Charging
Yellow
Off
Instrument’s battery is being charged.
Off
When forcing a bump test or calibration,
another IDS in the cluster is using the required
gas.
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Red
Off
When scheduling a bump test or calibration,
another IDS in the cluster is using the required
gas.
Unavailable Instrument
Red
On
There is a problem with the instrument, such as
a failed calibration.
Unavailable Gas
Red
On
The IDS could not locate required gas for a
bump test or a calibration.
Undocked Instrument
Red
On
An instrument was undocked from the IDS
during an event.
Unsupported Software
Version
Red
On
The docked instrument’s software is not
supported for use with DS2 Docking Station.
Current Date and Time
Battery Error
Red
Off
There is a problem with the battery in the
docked instrument.
7.4.
Forced Bump Tests
You can force an IDS to run a bump test on an instrument by using the IDS menu. You may
wish to do this when you want to run a bump test before the next automatic bump test scheduled
for the instrument.
To force a bump test, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Make sure that the IDS is on and that the proper gas cylinder is connected to the
Docking Station and that it is correctly configured in the DSSAC. See the
Configuring Gas Cylinders section for more information about configuring gas
cylinders. If the IDS is configured in a cluster, make sure that the gas cylinder is
connected to an IDS in the cluster. See Chapter 8 for more information about IDS
clusters.
2.
Dock the instrument in the IDS.
3.
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing an instrument action.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
Step
4.
Instruction
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Instrument is highlighted.
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5.
Press the ENTER key. The Instrument menu appears.
6.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to select Bump Test. Press the ENTER key.
7.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Use the ARROW keys
on the keypad to highlight Yes and then press the ENTER key. If you select No, the
LCD returns to the main menu.
8.
The IDS begins performing the bump test. The LCD displays “Testing Instrument.”
The yellow LED is illuminated.
9.
When the bump test is complete, the LCD returns to the main menu, and the green
LED is illuminated.
NOTE: In the event of a failed sensor (CL2, HCL, or NH3), the docking station ignores any
large reading that are above the sensor’s maximum reading. In addition, the docking station
ignores any negative readings whose absolute value is larger than the sensor’s maximum reading.
NOTE: If the instrument fails the bump test, the IDS will perform a calibration. If the
calibration fails, then the red LED illuminates and the IDS sounds an alarm. If the oxygen
sensor fails the bump test, the DS2 will display an “Unavailable Instrument” message.
7.5.
Calibration
7.5.1. Forced Calibrations
You can force an IDS to calibrate an instrument by using the IDS menu. You may wish to do
this when you want to perform a calibration prior to the next calibration scheduled for the
instrument.
To force a calibration, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Make sure that the IDS is on and that the proper gas cylinder is connected to the IDS
and that it is correctly configured in the DSSAC. See section 6.6 Configuring Gas
Cylinders for more information about configuring gas cylinders. If the IDS is
configured in a cluster, make sure that the gas cylinder is connected to a IDS in the
cluster. See Chapter 8 for more information about IDS clusters.
2.
Dock the instrument in the IDS.
3.
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing an instrument action.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
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4.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Instrument is highlighted.
5.
Press the ENTER key. The Instrument menu appears.
6.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to highlight Calibrate. Press the ENTER key.
7.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Use the ARROW keys
on the keypad to highlight Yes, and then press the ENTER key. If you select No, the
LCD returns to the main menu.
8.
The IDS begins performing the calibration. The LCD displays “Calibrating.” The
yellow LED is illuminated.
9.
When the calibration is complete, the LCD returns to the main menu and the green
LED is illuminated.
NOTE: If the instrument fails the calibration, the red LED illuminates and the Docking Station
sounds an alarm.
7.5.2. O2 Sensor Failures During Calibrations
If an O2 sensor fails a DS2 bump test in any docked instrument, the IDS will display the red light,
and the message “Unavailable instrument”, and will beep. Underneath the “Unavailable
Instrument” message, the IDS will display “O2 Bump Failure” in parenthesis.
Figure 7-2. DS2 Error Screen after O2 Sensor Failure
An automatic calibration will not take place if an O2 sensor fails a bump test, regardless of what
other sensors are installed. In addition, most forced events will also not be allowed. This
prevents the user from simply forcing a calibration, clearing the error, and thinking all is well.
A forced Bump test will be the only type of forced event which is allowed in this case. All other
forced events will simply result in the same “unavailable instrument” message.
NOTE: The only way to clear this error is to either replace the sensor, or to force a bump test
and have it pass.
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Download and Clearing Datalog Data
You can force an IDS to download datalog data from an instrument to the Docking Station
Server. When you download datalog data from an instrument, the instrument’s datalog
memory is also cleared.
You can also choose to clear datalog data on an instrument without downloading it to the system.
7.6.1. Forced Datalog Download
To download datalog data, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Make sure that the IDS is on.
2.
Dock the instrument in the IDS.
3.
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing an instrument action.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
Step
Instruction
4.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Instrument is highlighted.
5.
Press the ENTER key. The Instrument menu appears.
6.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to select Download Datalog. Press the ENTER
key.
7.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Use the ARROW keys
on the keypad to highlight Yes, and then press the ENTER key. If you select No, the
LCD returns to the main menu.
8.
The IDS begins downloading the datalog data. The LCD displays “Downloading
Datalog.” The yellow LED is illuminated.
NOTE: The instrument’s datalog memory is also cleared. The LCD displays
“Clearing Datalog” when the datalog data is being cleared.
9.
When the datalog download is complete, the LCD returns to the main menu and the
green LED is illuminated.
7.6.2. Clearing Datalog Data
To clear datalog data from an instrument’s memory without downloading it to the system, follow
the instructions listed below.
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Make sure that the IDS is on.
2.
Dock the instrument in the IDS.
3.
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing an instrument action.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
Step
Instruction
4.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Instrument is highlighted.
5.
Press the ENTER key. The Instrument menu appears.
6.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to select Clear Datalog. Press the ENTER key.
7.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Use the ARROW keys
on the keypad to highlight Yes, and then press the ENTER key. If you select No, the
LCD returns to the main menu.
8.
The IDS clears the datalog data from the instrument’s memory. The LCD displays
“Clearing Datalog.” The yellow LED is illuminated.
9.
When the datalog data has been cleared, the LCD returns to the main menu, and the
green LED is illuminated.
7.7.
IDS Diagnostics
You can manually run a pressure diagnostics test for an IDS using the menu on the IDS LCD
display. This feature can be used to reset the IDS to an available state after a leak has been fixed.
For example, if the cluster fittings are left on the back of the IDS without physically connecting
it to be a part of a cluster, the system-automated pressure diagnostics test will detect a leak.
After the test fails, the LCD on the IDS will display “Unavailable Leaking.” Once the problem
has been corrected (i.e., the cluster fittings are removed), you can manually run the pressure
diagnostics test to remove the error state, and allow the IDS to be used.
NOTE: If a leak is detected in a cluster, the system will fail each member of the cluster. Once
the problem is corrected, the diagnostic test must be run on each IDS in the cluster in order to
allow them to be available for use.
To run IDS Diagnostics, follow the instructions listed below.
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Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
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Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Docking Station is highlighted.
3.
Press the ENTER key. The Docking Station menu appears.
4.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to select Diagnose. Press the ENTER key.
5.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Select Yes, and press the
ENTER key.
6.
The LCD screen displays “Diagnosing.”
If the leak issue has been corrected, the
LCD screen displays the current date and time. The green LED is illuminated.
7.
If the diagnostic test fails again, contact Industrial Scientific Corporation for service.
See section 14.7 Industrial Scientific Support Services for contact information.
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Instrument Docking Station Operating Guidelines
Use the following safety guidelines to help to ensure your own personal safety and to help
protect your Instrument Docking Station and working environment from potential damage.
CAUTION: Compressed gas cylinders and their contents may present specific hazards to the
user. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Use only in accordance with the instructions and
warnings as marked on the cylinder and the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet.
7.8.1. General
A Instrument Docking Station (IDS) is a sensitive piece of equipment that should be treated with
care. It should be handled in the same way you would handle a laptop computer. General
guidelines are listed below.
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Install or locate this device only in accordance with the provided installation instructions
found in the Planning and Installation Guide to DS2 Docking Station.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose the IDS to rain or moisture.
Do not operate an IDS with any cover(s) removed.
Avoid extremes in temperature. Typical operating temperature should be between -5º C
(23º F) and 40º C (122º F).
Do not drop the unit.
The IDS should be serviced only by qualified service personnel. Contact Industrial
Scientific Corporation for examination, repair, or adjustment.
To help prevent electric shock, plug the IDS power cable into properly grounded
electrical outlets. These cables are equipped with 3-prong plugs to help to ensure proper
grounding. Do not use adapter plugs or remove the grounding prong from a cable. If you
must use an extension cable, use a 3-wire cable with properly grounded plugs.
Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors near the IDS.
Do not immerse the cord or plug in water.
To avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not use a IDS during an electrical
storm without proper protection.
To avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not connect or disconnect any cables
to or from the IDS during an electrical storm.
To avoid possible damage to the system board, wait 5 seconds after turning off the IDS
before restarting.
To avoid shorting out an IDS when disconnecting a network cable, first unplug the cable
from the network adapter on the back of the IDS, and then from the network jack. When
reconnecting a network cable to a IDS, first plug the cable into the network jack, and then
into the network adapter on the back of the IDS.
To help protect an IDS from sudden, transient increases and decreases in electrical power,
use a surge suppressor, line conditioner, or uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
Be sure nothing rests on an IDS’s cables and that the cables are not located where they
can be stepped on, cut, or tripped over.
Do not push any objects into the openings of an IDS. Doing so can cause fire or electric
shock by shorting out interior components.
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Keep IDSs away from radiators and heat sources. Do not block cooling vents.
Avoid
placing loose papers underneath an IDS; do not place an IDS in a closed-in wall unit, or
on a bed, sofa, or rug.
An IDS is equipped with a fixed-voltage power supply. The IDS will operate at only one
voltage (see the regulatory label on the outside of the IDS for its operating voltage).
7.8.2. Cleaning
Before you clean your IDS, disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet. Clean your IDS
with a soft cloth dampened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, which may contain
flammable substances. Do not spray water directly onto the unit.
7.8.3 Explanation of Symbols Used on Unit
Symbol
Description
Direct Current
Alternating Current
Protective Conductor Terminal
Caution (refer to accompanying documents)
7.8.4 Specifications
CAUTION: Equipment is rated for indoor use only. Use only indoors at altitudes below 2000
meters (6000 ft.)
Electrical Input:
+12VDC +/-500mV, 5A
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz, 1.75A (optional)
Note: Mains supply voltage not to exceed ±10% of nominal voltage.
Installation Category #2
Operating Temperature Range:
5°C to 40°C
Operating Humidity Range:
0 - 80%RH up to 30°C, decreasing linearly to 50%RH at
40°C
Pollution Degree 2
7.8.5. Regulatory Notices
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or emission, radiated in free space or conducted
along power or signal leads, that endangers the functioning of radio navigation or other safety
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service or seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a licensed radio communications
service. Radio communications services include but are not limited to AM/FM commercial
broadcast, television, cellular services, radar, air-traffic control, pager, and Personal
Communication Services (PCS). These licensed services, along with unintentional radiators
such as digital devices, including computer systems, contribute to the electromagnetic
environment.
7.8.6. Wiring Requirements
Voltage used must be the same as specified on this device (120/240 VAC) or 12VDC. Using a
higher voltage is dangerous and may result in a fire or other accident causing device damage.
Using a lower voltage will cause unexpected results. Industrial Scientific is NOT responsible for
damage resulting from improper use of an IDS.
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Using Clusters
8.1.
Introduction to IDS Clusters
DS2 Docking Station allows IDSs to be connected together so that they can share the same gas
cylinders. This configuration is referred to as an Instrument Docking Station cluster. This
section provides an overview of, as well as instructions on how to set up, IDS clusters.
The benefit of using IDS clusters is the cost savings as a result of less the reduction in the
number of cylinders required to perform bump tests and calibrations. However, when IDSs are
clustered, the time to run bump tests and calibrations for all instruments docked in the cluster
increases, because only one instrument in the cluster can be calibrated at one time. This is
because the shared gas can only be used by one IDS in the cluster at a time.
The following considerations apply to IDS clusters.
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Up to 5 IDSs may be clustered together.
An IDS may only belong to one cluster at a time.
The total number of gas cylinders that can be shared is 1 less than the total number of Gas
In connections available on all of the IDSs in the cluster. (One Gas In connection must
always be used for a fresh air or zero air purge.) The table below shows the maximum
number of gas cylinders that can be shared in various cluster arrangements.
Not all Gas In connections are required to be used in the cluster; some may be disabled if
they are not in use.
One of the Gas In connections must be configured with fresh air or Zero Air in order to
purge the gas lines between calibrations with different gases.
Table 8-1. Shared Gas Cylinder Requirements
Number of IDSs
Maximum Number of
Shared Cylinders
2
5
3
8
4
11
5
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NOTE: If you require Zero Air for your gas line purge, make sure that you have a Zero Air
cylinder connected to each Gas In connection that is set to use Fresh Air.
NOTE: When using Chlorine (CL2), Ammonia (NH3) and Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) gases, it
is recommended not to use clusters of more than 3 IDSs.
Figure 8-1. Cluster of 3 IDSs Sharing 7 Gas Cylinders and 1 Zero Air Purge
NOTE: For bump tests, the IDS does not purge gas lines immediately before, during, or
immediately after a bump test. The exception is the MX6 iBrid instruments that have an
attached pump. For these, a 30-second gas line purge occurs at the end of all bump tests.
8.2.
Instrument Docking Station Clusters
8.2.1. Introduction
There are two major steps to setting up an IDS cluster: (1) setting up the IDSs so that they are
interconnected and can physically share gas, and (2) configuring the IDS cluster in DSSAC so
that the Docking Station Server knows which IDSs are being used in the cluster.
8.2.2. Setting up the Instrument Docking Station Hardware
IDSs that are going to be placed in a cluster should be in close physical proximity to one another,
since they must be connected together using gas tubing.
To set up IDSs in a cluster, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Connect one of the supplied cluster fittings to a Cluster connection on the first IDS,
and another to a Cluster connection on the second IDS.
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NOTE: The cluster fittings should only be used when clustering IDSs. Do not leave the fittings
connected to IDSs that are not a part of a cluster.
Step
Instruction
2.
Connect a piece of polyurethane gas tubing from the cluster fitting on the back of the
first IDS and connect it to the cluster fitting on the back of the second IDS.
Figure 8-2. Back Plate of an IDS
Step
Instruction
3.
Repeat this procedure (steps 1 and 2) for each of the IDSs that will be included in the
cluster, connecting the second IDS to the third, and the third to the fourth, and the
fourth to the fifth.
NOTE: Up to 5 IDSs can be included in a cluster.
4.
Connect each gas cylinder you wish to use to the Gas In connections on one of the
IDSs in the cluster. Be sure to reserve one Gas In connection for fresh air or a Zero
Air cylinder. See section 6.6 Configuring Gas Cylinders (page 6-182) for detailed
instructions for connecting gas cylinders.
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Step
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5.
If you are using iGas, make sure that the card reader is connected to the iGas card,
and is connected to the iGas Port directly below the appropriate Gas In connection.
See section 6.11 Using iGas (page 6-192) for detailed instructions on connecting gas
cylinders with iGas.
NOTE: Typically the first Gas In connection on the first IDS is reserved for the fresh air / Zero
Air purge.
Step
6.
Instruction
The IDSs are ready to be configured in the DSSAC.
Figure 8-3. Example of 3 Clustered IDSs
8.2.3. Configuring the Cluster
To configure the cluster in DSSAC, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application. If you are using iGas, proceed to step 4.
2.
Click on the Docking Station option in the navigation pane. The contents pane
displays a list of IDSs.
3.
For each IDS in the cluster, configure the Gas In connection to use the gas that was
connected to it. See section 6.6 Configuring Gas Cylinders (page 6-182) for
information about configuring gas cylinders in DSSAC.
4.
Click on the Docking Station Clusters option in the navigation pane. The contents
pane displays a list of IDS clusters configured in the system.
5.
Click on the File menu and select Add.
Alternative: You can also right click on the Docking Station Clusters option in the
navigation pane and select Add from the context menu.
6.
The Add Docking Station Cluster dialog box appears.
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Type a name for the cluster in the Cluster Name field.
8.
The Available Selections box contains a list of all IDSs, identified by their serial
number, that are in the system.
NOTE: If an IDS is already assigned to a cluster, its serial number appears in red.
Step
Instruction
9.
To add an IDS to the cluster, select its serial number in the Available Selections box
and click the Add button. You can select multiple IDSs by pressing the CTRL key
while you click on each IDS serial number.
NOTE: If the IDS was already assigned to a cluster, it will be removed from that cluster when
your changes are saved.
Figure 8-4. Add Docking Station Cluster Dialog Box
Step
Instruction
10.
The IDS is added to the Members field.
11.
To remove an IDS from a cluster, select its serial number in the Members box, and
click the Remove button.
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NOTE: If you remove an IDS that was previously assigned to another cluster, it remains
assigned to that cluster, unless you had clicked the OK button from the Add Docking Station
Cluster dialog box.
Step
Instruction
12.
The IDS is removed from the Members field and appears in the Available Selections
box.
13.
Click the OK button to save the IDS cluster. The cluster is ready to be used by the
system.
8.2.4. Removing a Cluster
If a cluster is no longer in use, you can remove it from the system. To remove a cluster, follow
the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application. If you are using iGas, proceed to step 4.
2.
Click on the Docking Station Clusters option in the navigation pane. The contents
pane displays a list of IDS clusters configured in the system.
3.
Select the IDS cluster you would like to remove.
4.
Click on the File menu and select Remove.
Alternative: You can also right click on the IDS cluster in the contents pane and
select Remove from the context menu.
You can select multiple IDS clusters by pressing the CTRL key while you click on
each IDS cluster.
5.
A confirmation prompt will appear. Click Yes to remove the IDS cluster.
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Event Scheduling
9.1.
Introduction
An event is an activity that automatically occurs in DS2 Docking Station. You determine when
these events run by scheduling them in the DSSAC.
NOTE: Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can edit and add events. Users
assigned to the Technician role may view events, but not change them.
The types of events that you can schedule at particular dates and/or times in DS2 Docking
Station are:
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Calibration - Used to automatically calibrate an instrument.
Alarm Events Download - Used to automatically downloading alarm events from an
instrument
Bump Test - Used to automatically perform bump tests on an instrument.
Datalog Download - Used to download datalog data from an instrument.
Diagnostics - Used to run diagnostic tests on an instrument or IDS. The results of these
tests are sent to the iNet Network Operations Center for analysis.
NOTE: There are also two events that occur automatically in the system. These events are
Settings Update and Settings Read. “Settings Update” controls the transfer of option
information from the DS2 Docking Station Server to instruments and IDSs. “Settings Read”
handles registration of new Docking Stations, instruments, and components. These events occur
daily for IDSs, and upon docking for instruments.
There are two types of events.
Global -These events are built into the system, and apply to all IDSs or instruments that
are configured in your Docking Station Network. There are Global events for both IDSs
and instruments.
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Special -These events are created by an administrator, and apply only to the instruments
designated to use them. Special events override Global events. For example, if an
instrument is configured to use a Special calibration event, it calibrates according to the
schedule set in the Special event, and not the Global calibration event. The Global
calibration event is ignored for that instrument.
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Events can be run at the following intervals.
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Upon Docking -The event will run each time that an instrument is placed on the IDS.
This interval only applies to instrument events.
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Daily -The event runs each day at a specified time, or whenever the IDS or instrument is
available that day.
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Weekly - The event runs on the specified day of the week at a specified time, or
whenever the IDS or instrument is available on the specified day or thereafter.
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Monthly -The event runs on the specified day of the month at a specified time, or
whenever the IDS or instrument is available on the specified day or thereafter.
NOTE: If an IDS or instrument is not available at the scheduled time, the event will run for that
IDS or instrument the next time it is available. For example, if an instrument event is set up to
run weekly on Tuesdays, and an instrument is not docked until Wednesday, the event will run on
Wednesday for that instrument.
9.2.
Global Events
Global events apply to all IDSs or instruments in your Docking Station Network. You cannot
add or remove global events. However, you can schedule global events to run at a time that you
specify.
9.2.1. Global Instrument Docking Station Events
There is one global Instrument Docking Station event built-in to the system:
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Diagnostics.
By default, the Diagnostics IDS event is set to run Daily at midnight.
NOTE: Starting in version 5.0, the Diagnostics IDS event is set to run Daily at 12:30 AM, not
midnight. For upgrades to DSS, default event schedules are not be modified by the installer.
NOTE: You cannot disable the IDS global event.
To view or edit the global IDS event, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Expand the Events option in the navigation pane, if necessary.
3.
Expand the Docking Station option that is underneath Events, if necessary.
4.
Click on Global. The IDS global event appears in the contents pane.
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2
3
Figure 9-1. IDS Global Event Screen
Step
Instruction
5.
Double-click on the Diagnostics event.
Alternative: You can also click on the File menu and select Properties.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the event and select Properties from the
context menu.
Figure 9-2. IDS Global Event Screen
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Instruction
6.
The Edit Docking Station Event dialog box appears. It contains two tabs:
 General - Contains information about the event and when it is scheduled to
run.
 Journal - Contains records of the last time that the event ran for various IDSs.
See Chapter 10 for more information about the Journal.
NOTE: Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can edit events. Users assigned
to the Technician role may view events, but not change them.
NOTE: Global IDS events cannot be disabled.
Step
Instruction
7.
From the General tab, select an Interval. The choices are:
 Daily -If you select “Daily,” you must also specify an Effective Date to
indicate when the event should start running.
 Weekly -If you select “Weekly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., Sunday,
Monday, etc.) to indicate the day of the week on which the event should run,
and specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running.
 Monthly -If you select “Monthly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., 1st, 2nd,
3rd . 31st) to indicate the day of the month on which the event should run,
and specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running.
NOTE: If you select the 30th or 31st as the Day, the event runs on the last day of the month for
months that do not have 30 or 31 days, e.g., the event would run on February 28th.
Step
8.
Instruction
Click OK to save the changes to the Event.
9.2.2. Global Instrument Events
The global instrument events that are built-in to the system are:
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Bump Test
Diagnostics
Calibration
Alarms
Download Datalog.
See Table 9-1 for the default settings for each of these events.
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NOTE: You can disable instrument global events that you do not want to run.
To view or edit a global Instrument Event, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Expand the Events option in the navigation pane, if necessary.
3.
Expand the Instrument option that is underneath Events, if necessary.
4.
Click on Global. The instrument global events appear in the contents pane. The
contents pane displays the Event ID, the Type of event, and the current scheduled
Interval. If the Event ID column contains an icon with a red line through it, the event
is disabled.
Figure 9-3. Instrument Global Events Screen
Step
Instruction
5.
Double-click on the Event whose settings you would like to view or edit.
Alternative: You can also click on the File menu and select Properties.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the event and select Properties from the
context menu.
6.
The Edit Instrument Global Event dialog box appears. It contains two tabs.
 General Contains information about the event and when it is scheduled to run.
 Journal Contains records of the last time that the event ran for various
instruments. See Chapter 10 for more information about the Journal.
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Figure 9-4. Edit Global Instrument Event Dialog Box
NOTE: Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can edit events. Users assigned
to the Technician role may view events, but not change them.
Step
Instruction
7.
From the General tab, select an Interval. The choices are:
 Upon Docking - If you select “Upon Docking,” you must also specify an
Effective Date when the event should start running. The event runs each time
that an instrument is docked in the IDS.
 Daily - If you select “Daily,” you must also specify an Effective Date to
indicate when the event should start running and a Run Time to indicate the
time at which the event should run. Daily calibration and bump test events may
be set to run up to 4-times per day at intervals of 6 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours and
24 hours.
 Weekly - If you select “Weekly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., Sunday,
Monday, etc.) to indicate the day of the week on which the event should run,
and specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running
and a Run Time to indicate the time at which the event should run.
 Monthly - If you select “Monthly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., 1st, 2nd,
3rd . 31st) to indicate the day of the month on which the event should run, and
specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running and a
Run Time to indicate the time at which the event should run.
NOTE: If you select the 30th or 31st as the Day, the event runs on the last day of the month for
months that do not have 30 or 31 days, e.g., the event would run on February 28th.
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8.
If you do not want the event to run, click in the checkbox next to the Disabled option.
If the Event is already disabled, you can also enable the event by deselecting the
checkbox next to the Disabled option.
9.
Click OK to save the changes to the Event.
Table 9-1. Default Settings for Global Instrument Events
Event
Default Settings
Bump Test
Interval:
Effective Date:
Run Time:
Daily, 24 hours
1/1/03
12:00 AM
Diagnostics
Interval:
Effective Date:
Run Time:
Daily, 24 hours
1/1/03
12:00 AM
Calibration
Interval:
Day:
Effective Date:
Run Time:
Monthly
1st
1/1/03
12:00 AM
Download Datalog
Interval:
Effective Date:
Upon Docking
1/1/03
Alarms
Interval:
Run Time:
Effective Date:
Upon Docking
After Download Datalog
1/1/03
9.3.
Special Events
Special Events are custom events that you can assign to specific instruments. If an instrument is
assigned to a Special Event, the Global Event no longer applies to that instrument. You may
wish to setup special events to handle groups of instruments that have special maintenance
requirements. For example, you may have a group of heavily used instruments that you wish to
calibrate weekly instead of monthly, as specified in the global event.
You can add the following types of Special Events:
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Bump Test
Diagnostics
Calibration
Alarms
Download datalog.
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Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Expand the Events option in the navigation pane, if necessary.
3.
Expand the Instrument option that is underneath Events, if necessary.
4.
Click on Special. Any instrument Special Events that have been previously added
appear in the contents pane. The contents pane displays the Event ID, the Type of
event, the current scheduled Interval, and the Event Name. If the Event ID column
contains an icon with a red line through it, the event is disabled.
5.
Click the File menu and select Add.
Alternative: You can also right click on the Special option in the navigation pane
and select Add from the context menu.
NOTE: Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can add special events. Users
assigned to the Technician role may view events, but not change them.
Step
Instruction
6.
The Add Instrument Special Event dialog box appears.
7.
Select an Event Owner from the drop down list of users. Only the event owner or the
system administrator DSSUSER will be able to edit the special event.
8.
Select an Event Code. The choices are:
 Bump Test
 Diagnostics
 Calibration
 Alarms
 Download Datalog.
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9.
Select an Interval. The choices are:
 Upon Docking - If you select “Upon Docking,” you must also specify and
Effective Date when the event should start running. The event runs each time
that an instrument is docked in the IDS.
 Daily - If you select “Daily,” you must also specify an Effective Date to
indicate when the event should start running and a Run Time to indicate the
time at which the event should run. Daily calibration and bump test events
may be set to run up to 4-times per day on intervals of every 6 hours, 8 hours,
12 hours or 24 hours.
 Weekly - If you select “Weekly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., Sunday,
Monday, etc.) to indicate the day of the week on which the event should run,
and specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running
and a Run Time to indicate the time at which the event should run.
 Monthly - If you select “Monthly,” you must also select a Day (e.g., 1st, 2nd,
3rd, …, 31st) to indicate the day of the month on which the event should run,
and specify an Effective Date to indicate when the event should start running
and a Run Time to indicate the time at which the event should run.
Figure 9-5. Add Special Instrument Event Dialog Box
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NOTE: If you select the 30th or 31st as the Day, the event runs on the last day of the month for
months that do not have 30 or 31 days, e.g., the event would run on February 28th.
Step
Instruction
10.
Enter a name for the event in the Event Name field.
11.
In the Instruments field, select the instrument to which the event should apply. You
can select multiple instruments by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while
clicking on each instrument.
12.
Click the Add button. The instruments are added to the Instruments Included in
Event box. To remove an instrument from a special event, select the serial number of
the instrument that should be removed from the Instruments Included in Event list,
and click the Remove button.
13.
Click OK to save the event. The event is added to the list of Special Events in the
contents pane.
NOTE: The next time that you view the special event, the Journal tab will be visible. The
Journal tab contains records of the last time that the event ran for various instruments. See
Chapter 10 for more information about the Journal.
9.4.
DS2 Defaults for Scheduled Events (v5.0 and higher)
For new DSS installs, the table below shall be the default schedules for all events. For upgrades
to previous versions of DSS, the default schedule is not altered by the installer. For upgrades, all
current event schedules remain unmodified by the installer. See the table below.
Table 9-2. DS2 Defaults for Scheduled Events
Priority
Schedule
Time
New in
v5.0
Enabled
IDS Settings Read
1
Daily
12:00am
No
Yes
IDS Settings Update
2
Daily
12:00am
No
Yes
IDS Diagnostics
3
Daily
12:30am
Yes
Yes
Instrument Settings Read
4
Upon Docking
1:00am
Yes
Yes
Instrument Settings Update
5
Upon Docking
1:00am
Yes
Yes
Instrument Diagnostics
6
Upon Docking
1:30am
Yes
Yes
Bump Test
7
Daily
2:00am
Yes
Yes
Calibration
8
Monthly
2:00am
Yes
Yes
Datalog Download
9
Upon Docking
2:30am
Yes
Yes
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Chapter
The Journal Feature
10.1. Introduction
The Journal provides a history of when the Global and Special events ran in your Docking
Station Network. The Journal records events that ran successfully and unsuccessfully.
The Journal tracks only the last occurrence of each event for each IDS or instrument. When an
event occurs again for an instrument or IDS, the old entry is overwritten. For example, if
Instrument X was last calibrated on 8/01/06, the Journal contains this data. When the next
calibration occurs on 9/01/06, the journal entry for 8/01/06 is replaced with the new entry for
9/01/06.
Journal entries are overwritten based upon the event’s ID. It is possible to see multiple journal
entries for the same type of event for an instrument if it occurred as a result of different events.
For example, if an instrument calibrates under the global event, and then it is assigned to a
special calibration event, journal entries will exist for both the global event and the special event.
10.2. Viewing Journal Entries
You can view Journal entries for your entire Docking Station Network or for an individual event.
Journal entries are created for all of the global and special events, and the two system events,
“Settings Update” and “Settings Read.” To view all Journal entries, follow the instructions listed
below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Expand the Events option in the navigation pane, if necessary.
3.
Click on Journal.
4.
The Journal entries appear in the contents pane. For each entry, the following
information displays: the Date/Time at which the event occurred, the Serial Number
of the instrument or IDS for which the event ran, and the Type of event (e.g., Bump
Test, Calibration, Diagnostics) that ran.
NOTE: Journal entries that appear in blue text represent instruments that are currently docked,
or IDSs that are currently running on the network.
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5.
Double-click on the journal entry to view detailed information about the event that
occurred. The Event Journal Details dialog box appears.
6.
Click OK to close the Event Journal Details dialog box.
7.
You can sort the Journal entries by clicking on a column header in the contents pane.
Figure 10-1. Event Journal Details Dialog Box
NOTE: The journal details display in the language that is set for the DSSAC.
NOTE: Journal details having entries greater than 8K bytes are truncated.
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Figure 10-2. Sample Event Journal Details Screen
An IDS (Version 5.0 and later) uploads its IP Address to the DSS. The DSS uploads the
following network-related information to iNet for each IDS, if it has the information for the IDS.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Docking station’s IP Address.
MAC address of docking station’s wired Ethernet port.
MAC address of wireless card (only if there is one).
Docking station’s Server IP Address (or host name if IDS is configured with a specific
server host name instead of server IP address; e.g., “AN1632”).
To view Journal entries for an individual event, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Expand the Events option in the navigation pane, if necessary.
3.
Expand the Docking Station or Instrument options that are underneath Events, if
necessary, depending on the type of event you wish to view.
4.
For Docking Stations, click on Global. For Instruments, click on either Global or
Special.
5.
The list of configured events appears in the contents pane.
6.
Double-click the event whose journal you wish to view.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the event and select Properties from the
context menu.
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7.
Click on the Journal tab. For each journal entry you can view the Date/Time at
which the event occurred, and the Serial Number of the instrument or IDS for which
the event was run.
Figure 10-3. Viewing Journal Entries for an Individual Event
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Default Settings
11.1. Introduction
This section describes how to maintain the default settings for alarms and calibration gases in the
DSSAC. These functions are only available to users who are assigned to the Systems
Administrator role. However, a user assigned to the Technician role can view the settings, but
not change them.
11.2. Default Alarm Settings
When first installed, DS2 Docking Station contains a series of default alarm settings for each of
the Docking Station compatible instruments and each of the sensor types that can be used with
them. These settings are the recommended thresholds for the following alarms:
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Alarm Low -The gas concentration threshold that triggers the low
alarm. The alarm sounds when the instrument detects that the gas
concentration has reached or exceeds this level. The exception to
this rule is for Oxygen (O2) where the alarm sounds when the
concentration of oxygen reaches or falls below this level.
Alarm High -The gas concentration threshold that triggers the
high alarm.
TWA -The gas concentration threshold for Time Weighed
Average (TWA) readings that triggers an alarm.
STEL -The gas concentration threshold for Short Term Exposure
Limit (STEL) readings that triggers an alarm.
Default Alarm Settings apply only to instruments when they are docked for the first time, or to
new sensors whose information is not in the database. Therefore, you should set up your default
settings before docking any instruments that are registered in the database. Changing the Default
Alarm Settings after an instrument has been registered will not update the instrument sensor’s
settings, unless a new sensor is installed in the instrument. You can, however, change an
individual sensor’s settings to different alarm values, if desired, using the DSSAC. See section
5.8 The Components Tab on page 117 for information about sensor-specific alarm settings.
NOTE: Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role may configure Default Alarm
Settings in the DSSAC.
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11.3. Modifying Default Alarm Settings
To modify Default Alarm settings, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the View menu and select Default Alarm Settings.
3.
The Company Alarms dialog box appears. The Company Alarms dialog box
contains multiple tabs, one for each Docking Station compatible instrument.
4.
Each tab contains a list of sensor types that can be used with the instrument. Select
the instrument for which you want to change alarm settings.
5.
To edit an alarm setting for a sensor type, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can select the sensor type, and click the Properties button.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor type and select Properties from
the context menu.
NOTE: Access to the Alarms Settings screen (via the double-click method or the
Properties button) is only available if the user is an administrator.
Figure 11-1. Company Alarms Dialog Box
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Step
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6.
The Alarm Settings dialog box appears (for Administrators only). By default, the
Factory setting is selected. You can override this setting by selecting Company.
Figure 11-2. Alarm Settings Dialog Box
NOTE: You can return to the factory settings by editing the Alarm Setting and selecting
Factory.
Step
Instruction
7.
You can now edit the values for Alarm Low, Alarm High, Alarm TWA and Alarm
STEL. Click OK to confirm your changes.
NOTE: Look at the Sensor Type to determine the type of value that should be
entered for the alarm values (e.g., PPM, %VOL, or %LEL).
8.
The sensor type appears in the list in bold type, which indicates that custom settings
have been entered, but are not yet saved.
9.
In the Company Alarms dialog box, Click on Update Sensors to save the changes.
10.
Click OK to close the Company Alarms dialog box.
11.
The changes you made are applied to instruments and sensors when they are first
registered in the database.
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11.4. Default Calibration Gases
DS2 Docking Station allows you to define the concentration of calibration gas that you typically
use to calibrate certain sensor types. You can define calibration gases for each of the Docking
Station compatible instruments.
Default Calibration Gases apply only to instruments when they are docked for the first time, or to
new sensors whose information is not in the database. Therefore, you should set up your default
settings before docking any instruments that are registered in the database. Changing the Default
Calibration Gas settings after an instrument has been registered will not update the instrument
sensor’s settings, unless a new sensor is installed in the instrument.
11.5. Modifying Default Calibration Gas Settings
To modify Default Calibration Gas settings, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the View menu and select Default Calibration Gases.
3.
The Company Calibration Gases dialog box appears. The Company Calibration
Gases dialog box contains a tab for each Docking Station compatible instrument.
Each tab contains a list of sensor types that applies to the instrument. Select the
instrument for which you want to change calibration gas settings.
Figure 11-3. Company Calibration Gases Dialog Box
NOTE: VX500 Photo Ionization Detector contains one entry for the PID Sensor.
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4.
To edit a calibration gas setting for a sensor type, double-click on its entry in the list.
Alternative: You can select the sensor type, and click the Properties button.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the sensor type and select Properties from
the context menu.
NOTE: Access via the double-click method or the Properties button is only available
if the user is an administrator.
5.
The Gas Calibration dialog box appears. By default, the Factory setting is selected.
You can override this setting by selecting Company.
NOTE: You can return to the factory settings by editing the Gas Calibration setting and
selecting Factory.
Step
Instruction
6.
Enter the Concentration of the calibration gas that you wish to use for the sensor
type. Click OK to confirm your changes.
NOTE: Look at the Sensor Type to determine the type of value that should be
entered for the concentration value (e.g., PPM, %VOL, or %LEL).
7.
The sensor type appears in the list in bold type, which indicates that custom settings
have been confirmed, but are not yet saved.
8.
In the Company Calibration Gases dialog box, Click on Update Sensors to save the
changes.
9.
Click OK to close the Company Calibration Gases dialog box.
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Figure 11-4. Gas Calibration Dialog Box
NOTE: If the user is an administrator, selecting any sensor type enables the properties button.
If the user is a technician, selecting any sensor type does not enable the properties button.
Clicking the Properties button or selecting the Properties menu opens the Gas Calibration screen.
NOTE: If the user is an administrator, right-clicking on any sensor type displays a pop-up
menu with Properties as a menu option. If the user is a technician, right-clicking on any sensor
type does nothing. If the user is an administrator, double-clicking on any sensor type opens the
Gas Calibration screen. If the user is a technician, double-clicking on any sensor type does
nothing.
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12.1. Introduction
You can print information that appears in the contents pane of DSSAC for the following options:
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Clusters
Users
Docking Stations
Events
Instruments
Journal.
You can also print the details of individual IDSs and instruments. For instruments, you can
print calibration and bump test certificates, as well as datalog data. In addition, you can print
calibration and datalog graphs using the Graph Toolbar. Please see the Working with the Graph
Toolbar section for more information about printing graphs.
12.2. Printing a List from the Contents Pane
To print the contents pane, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the option in the navigation pane that represents the type of information you
would like to print. For example, if you would like to print a list of Instruments,
click on the Instruments option.
3.
If necessary, click on a column heading to sort the list the way you would like it to
appear for the print out. You can also resize the columns to display the data properly
for the print out.
4.
Click on the File menu and select Print.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the option in the navigation pane and select
Print from the context menu.
5.
The Print dialog box appears. Select the printer to which you would like to print, and
the number of copies that you would like to print.
6.
Click OK. The information is sent to the printer you selected.
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7.
The output is a formatted report of the data that appears in the contents pane for the
option that you had selected.
12.3. Printing IDS or Instrument Detail
To print the details of an instrument or IDS, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments or Docking Stations option in the navigation pane.
3.
Right click on the instrument or IDS whose details you would like to print.
4.
The Print dialog box appears. Select the printer to which you would like to print, and
the number of copies that you would like to print.
5.
Click OK. The information is sent to the printer you selected. If you printed an IDS,
the output contains the information on the General tab and each of the Gas In tabs. If
you printed an instrument, the output contains the information on the General,
Options (if available), Components, Users and Sites (if available), and Notes tabs.
Alternative: You can also select the instrument or IDS, and click the File menu and
choose Print.
NOTE: The Access Code field will not be included on an instrument print out.
You can also print the details of an instrument or IDS from within the Edit Instrument or Edit
Docking Station dialog box. Follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments or Docking Stations option in the navigation pane.
3.
Double-click on the instrument or IDS whose details you would like to print.
4.
Click the Print button.
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12.4. Configuring the Auto-Print Feature (Versions 3.0 and Higher)
After the DS2 system is completely operational, the follow feature may be enabled to allow
calibration and bump test reports to be automatically printed to a specified printer after the event
has occurred.
Before setting up the software for the auto-print feature make sure that the user that is logged
onto the machine has administrative privileges to change the printer.
The user will be required to properly configure the printers on the server or PC before they will
become available for use in this feature. The steps to configure a printer are listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Create or choose a user account on the server or PC machine which will be used by
the printing service. This user account must be password protected. The user MUST
have administrator rights.
2.
Log into the server or PC machine using the user account created in the previous
step.
3.
Make sure you can open Internet Explorer. If IT needs to go through the wizard,
complete the steps asked.
NOTE: Internet Explorer version 6.0 (or later) must be installed for the Auto-Print
feature to operate.
4.
Through Windows, add any printers desired by selecting START / SETTINGS /
PRINTERS AND FAXES / ADD PRINTER.
5.
Log back in as an Administrator.
6.
Access the services running on the server by START / SETTINGS / CONTROL
PANEL / ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS / SERVICES.
7.
Locate the service named “DS2 Auto Print”.
8.
Right-click on this service and select “Properties”.
9.
Select the “log-on” tab.
10.
Select “This account” instead of the default.
11.
Click “Browse”.
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12.
Instruction
The following window will appear.
Figure 12-1. The Select User Window
13.
Enter the name of the user that was selected previously into the textbox.
14.
Click “Check names” and verify that the name is recognized.
15.
Select ok.
16.
Enter the users password into the password box and confirm box.
17.
Right click the service and select “Stop.”
18.
Right click the service and select “Start.”
19.
The service should now have access to all printers configured for that user.
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Step
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20.
When using DSSAC and a selected Docking Station is chosen from the Docking
Station lists, the General Information tab for the docking station will look like the
following. A drop down list of printers is available. (Printers will appear in this list
if the service was set up properly).
Figure 12-2. The General Information Tab for the Docking Station
21.
When a printer is selected from the IDS Printer list, Calibration and Bump Test
Certificates will automatically print to the chosen printer each time one of these
events occurs. A sample of each of the reports is shown below.
NOTE: If DSS’s tracelog service is enabled, then the DS2 AutoPrint service will write debug
messages to the file called “ds2_printing_log.txt” in the same directory that the server’s tracelog
file is configured to write to.
For example, if tracelog is configured to be
D:\logs\ds2_server_log.txt,
then the AutoPrint service will log its messages to
D:\logs\ds2_printing_log.txt.
The AutoPrint service reads configuration settings on startup to determine if and where it should
write its log file. It will reread the configuration file once every minute to see if trace log
settings have changed and, if so, then the AutoPrint service will change on the fly to use the new
log settings.
The AutoPrint service uses the maximum size specified tracelog file to also control the
maximum size of the printing log. That is, if tracelog is configured to restart at 1MB, then the
AutoPrint service will also restart the printing log once it exceeds 1MB. Each time the
AutoPrint server logs a message, it checks the size of the log file. If the file is less than tracelog
max size, it appends the message. If the file is greater than this max size, it clears the file and
then writes the message.
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12.5. Printing Calibration and Bump Test Certificates
To print calibration or bump test certificates, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
3.
Double-click on the instrument that has the calibration or bump test data for which
you would like to print a certificate.
4.
Click on the Calibrations or Bump Tests tab.
5.
Do one of the following:
 Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to
show data for a specific date range.
 Click the Show Last button to display the results of the last calibration or
bump test.
6.
Select the entry that you would like to print. You can select multiple calibration
entries by pressing the CTRL key on your keyboard while selecting each entry.
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7.
Calibration and bump test certificates may optionally have signature lines printed to
include a Performed By and/or a Received By signature. To add the signature lines
to the Cal or Bump certificates
 Select the View dropdown menu from the DSSAC main tool bar.
 Click on Configuration.
 The Configuration dialog box will appear as shown. Select the Reporting tab.
 Check the one or both boxes for the desired signature line to appear on the
Cal or Bump Certificate
8.
Click the Print Certificate button.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the entry, and select Print Certificate from
the context menu.
9.
The Print dialog box appears. Select the printer to which you would like to print, and
the number of copies that you would like to print.
10.
Click OK. The information is sent to the printer you selected.
11.
The output displays the serial number of the instrument, the serial number of the
sensor, the gas type, and whether or not the test passed or failed. For calibrations, the
Full Span Reserve calculation is also printed.
NOTE: Any user-selected calibration or bump certificate can be printed.
NOTE: For a multi-gas instrument, selecting one sensor and then clicking the PRINT button
prints the instrument’s calibration certificate for all of the installed sensors at that time.
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A “Cylinder ID” column (represented by “CYL”) contains the Serial number of the cylinder, if
the cylinder is iGas. This serial number is read from the iGas card. It consists of the Lot number
and the cylinder number
If the cylinder is not iGas, the cylinder ID column contains the Cylinder ID number entered
manually by the user through DSSAC. If the user has not entered an ID, this column is blank.
A “Cylinder Expiration” column (represented by “Exp”) contains the expiration date read from
the iGas card. If the cylinder is non-iGas, this column contains the expiration date entered
manually by the user through DSSAC.
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Figure 12-3. Sample ITX Calibration Certificate
Figure 12-4. Sample ITX Bump Certificate
12.6. Printing Datalog Data
To print datalog data, follow the instructions listed below.
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Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the Instruments option in the navigation pane. The contents pane displays a
list of instruments.
Figure 12-5. The Instruments Option in Navigation Pane
Step
Instruction
3.
Double-click on the instrument that has the datalog data that you wish to print.
4.
Click on the Datalog tab.
5.
Select a Start Date and an End Date, and then click the Display button to show data
for a specific date range.
6.
Select the session whose information you would like to print.
7.
Click the Actions button.
8.
Selecting the Print Data option prints a Datalog Detail Report. It is disabled until a
session is selected.
Selecting the Print Summary option prints a Datalog Summary Report. It is disabled
until a session is selected. Note that this option is disabled by default or whenever no
session is currently selected.
9.
The information is sent to the printer you selected.
10.
The output displays each reading taken during the session, as well as the TWA and
STEL calculations at the time of each reading. The list is categorized by period and
site information.
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Figure 12-6. The Datalog Tab
Figure 12-7. Sample Datalog Summary Report
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Chapter
Language Features
13.1. Introduction
DS2 Docking Station supports seven languages for the user interface on the IDS LCD display
and in the DSSAC application: English, French, Spanish, German, Czech, Polish, and Russian.
When the DSS installation software is launched, the Software Startup Window displays four flag
icons on the screen, one representing each of the four languages supported. Click a flag to redisplay the Launcher in the chosen language.
Figure 13-8. Installer Software Startup Window Showing Language Flag Icons
13.2. Changing Language Settings
This section describes how to change your language settings for both the IDS and the DSSAC.
13.2.1. Instrument Docking Station Language Settings
Language settings for an IDS can be changed by either of the following ways:
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Using the Edit Docking Station dialog box in the DSSAC
Using the IDS menu.
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To change IDS language settings using the DSSAC, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click the Docking Stations option in the navigation pane.
3.
The contents pane displays a list of IDSs that have been configured in the system.
4.
Double-click on the IDS whose language settings you wish to change.
5.
The Edit Docking Station dialog box appears.
6.
On the General tab, select a language in the Language Setting field.
7.
Click the OK button to save your changes. The change will take effect the next day,
when the system runs the Settings Update event for the IDS.
Alternative: You can also right-click on the IDS and select Properties from the
context menu.
Alternative: You can also select the IDS, and then click the File menu, and select
Properties.
To change IDS language settings using the IDS menu, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
1.
Instruction
Press any of the keys on the IDS keypad to access the main menu.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used when the IDS is performing an instrument action.
NOTE: The menu cannot be used if the Menu Locked setting for the IDS in DSSAC is set to
“Yes.”
Step
Instruction
2.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad until Docking Station is highlighted.
3.
Press the ENTER key. The Docking Station menu appears.
4.
Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to select Set Language. Press the ENTER key.
5.
A list of languages appears. Use the ARROW keys on the keypad to navigate to the
language that you would like to use. Press the ENTER key to select the language.
6.
The LCD displays a confirmation prompt: “Are you sure?” Select Yes, and press the
ENTER key.
7.
The LCD screen returns to the main menu. The language setting on the Docking
Station has been changed.
NOTE: If the language is not changed in DSSAC, the language set in DSSAC will override the
setting made on the IDS menu the next time the system runs the Settings Update event for the
IDS.
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13.2.2. DSSAC Language Settings
To change the language used in the DSSAC application, follow the instructions below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the View menu and select Configuration.
3.
Click on the Language tab, if necessary.
4.
Select a language from the drop-down list in the “Language Setting” field. Click
OK.
5.
A DSSAC Settings Change message appears to inform you that the change will not
take effect until the next time that DSSAC is restarted.
6.
Click the File menu and select Exit to close the DSSAC application.
7.
Re-open the DSSAC application. The language you selected is used to display
information in the DSSAC.
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Troubleshooting
14.1. Introduction
This section provides information about troubleshooting problems in DS2 Docking Station. The
issues are categorized into three main areas:
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DSSAC Issues
DSS Issues
Instrument Docking Station Issues.
For troubleshooting DS2 Docking Station installation or network issues, please refer to the
Planning and Installation Guide to DS2 Docking Station.
14.2. Using the Event Log
If you experience a problem with the Docking Station Server (DSS) or the DSSAC, many error
messages can be viewed in the operating system‘s Event Log. In addition, information about
events that did not run successfully is recorded in the Event Log.
For DSSAC workstations, you can view the event log from the computer on which DSSAC is
running. For the DSS computer, you can view the event log in the same way only if you have
physical access to the server. You can also access the event log of the DSS remotely, provided
you have administrative rights on the server. The DSS messages will be written to the DS2
Docking Station Log in the Event Log.
To access the Event Log on the current computer, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Click on the Start button. If you are using Windows 2000, select Settings.
2.
Select Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
3.
Double-click on the Administrative Tools icon to open the Administrative Tools
window.
4.
Double-click on Event Viewer. The Event Viewer utility opens.
Station records errors to the Application log.
5.
If you need to access the DSS Event Log, you can use the Computer Manager icon
instead of the Event Viewer icon. When the Computer Manager opens, click on the
Action menu and choose Connect to another computer. Select the server that is
running the DSS software.
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To access the Event Log on another computer, follow the instructions that are listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Click on the Start button. If you are using Windows 2000, select Settings.
2.
Select Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
3.
Double-click on the Administrative Tools icon. The Administrative Tools window
opens.
4.
Double-click on the Computer Manager icon. The Computer Manager utility opens.
5.
Click on the Action menu and choose Connect to another computer. Select the server
whose Event Log you wish to view.
6.
Once you have connected to remote computer, click on Event Viewer in the left pane
of the window. Please refer to your operating system‘s user guide for detailed
information about using the Event Viewer.
Table 14-1. Sample Event Log Messages
Error
Condition
Event Viewer Message
Required gas is
not connected
(no iGas
connected and
no gas manually
configured
through DSSAC)
******* EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE: Warning 0 Event type:
InstrumentCalibrationForcedEvent
Docking Station: 0403525-075
Docked Instrument: 0211350084
Description: Resources for event on 0403525-075 were
unavailable.Could not find cylinder needed for sensor:
001714522082#S0001
Error Text:
*******END EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE*******
Required gas is
connected, but
expired
******* EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE: Warning 0 Event type:
InstrumentCalibrationForcedEvent
Docking Station: 0403525-075
Docked Instrument: 0211350084
Description: Resources for event on 0403525-075 were
unavailable.Cylinder has expired.
Cylinder id =83075A-104
Port number: 2
Could
not
find
cylinder
needed
for
sensor:
001714522082#S0001
Error Text:
*******END EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE*******
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Condition
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Event Viewer Message
Required gas is
connected, but
empty
******* EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE: Warning 0 Event type:
Instrument Heartbeat
Docking Station: 0403525-075
Docked Instrument: 0211350084
Description: Resources for event on 0403525-075 were
unavailable.Cylinder is empty.
Cylinder id =82041-89
Port number: 2
Could
not
find
cylinder
needed
for
sensor:
001714522082#S0001
Error Text:
*******END EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE*******
Fresh air is not
configured
manually
through DSSAC
******* EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE: Warning 0 Event type:
InstrumentCalibrationForcedEvent
Docking Station: 0403525-075
Docked Instrument: 0211350084
Description: Resources for event on 0403525-075 were
unavailable.Fresh air not found.
Error Text:
*******END EVENT VIEWER MESSAGE*******
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14.3. DSSAC Issues
Situation
Explanation/Solution
You cannot log on to the
DSSAC (Invalid User Name or
Password. Please reenter to log
in.)
 Make sure that you user name and password are typed
correctly. Passwords are case-sensitive. Check to see
if the CAPS LOCK is turned on your keyboard.
You cannot log on to the
DSSAC (Invalid IP Address)
 Click the Options button on the DSSAC Login dialog.
Make sure that the IP address is the correct address for
the DSS you are trying to access.
You receive a network error
when launching the DSSAC
application
 The DSS is down, or the computer is not connected to
the network. Contact your network administrator or
DS2 Docking Station systems administrator.
Data entered in DSSAC is not
saved
 Connection to the network has been interrupted.
Contact your network administrator.
You receive a network error
while in the DSSAC
 Connection to the network has been interrupted.
Contact your network administrator.
 The DSS may be down. Contact your network
administrator or DS2 Docking Station systems
administrator.
 Your user account has been removed or modified (e.g.,
role changed, password changed, account disabled) by
a Systems Administrator.
You cannot see the User option,
the Default Alarm Settings, or
the
iNet
tab
in
the
Configuration dialog
 Your role is set to “Technician.” An administrator
needs to change your role to “Systems
Administrator“ in order to for you to use these
functions.
You cannot see all of the
instruments in the system when
you click on the instruments
option in the navigation pane
 A filter is in effect. Right click on the Instruments
option in the navigation pane, and select Cancel.
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14.4. DSS Issues
Situation
Explanation/Solution
Upload to iNet fails
 Internet connection failure. Contact your network
administrator.
 Verify that the correct Company Password and URL
have been configured in the DSSAC.
DSSAC clients and IDS cannot
connect to the DSS
 Verify that the server is running and is connected to the
network.
 For DSSAC clients, ensure that the correct server IP
address is specified in the Login dialog box.
 For IDSs, verify that the correct server IP address is
configured by checking the Information screen from the
IDS menu. DSS does not communicate with IDSs
 Verify that the DSS has a fixed IP address, and that
DHCP is running to assign IP addresses to the IDSs.
Bump
and/or
Calibration
certificates are blank when
printed using the Auto Print
feature
 Verify the version of Internet Explorer that is being
used. The DS2 requires version 6.0 or later. Earlier
versions may print blank bump and calibration
certificates.
NOTE: Also see the Planning and Installation Guide to DS2 Docking Station for DSS
troubleshooting tips.
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Situation
Instrument did not calibrate
Explanation/Solution






Unexpected calibration failure



Gas cylinder is expired.
Gas cylinder is empty.
Gas requested for calibration was not available.
Gas tubing that supplies the gas is blocked or
disconnected.
The Gas In connections are configured incorrectly in
DSSAC.
If the IDS is part of a cluster, the cluster is configured
incorrectly in the DSSAC.
Gas is not connected to the appropriate Gas In
connection; thus, the instrument was calibrated using
fresh air.
Gas configured for the Gas In tab in the DSSAC does
not match actual gas in the cylinder.
If the IDS is part of a cluster, the cluster is configured
incorrectly in the DSSAC.
Changes to settings were not
properly applied to a IDS or
instrument



IDS was unplugged during the event.
Network connection possibly interrupted.
Instrument was not properly docked in the IDS.
Cannot perform a forced
calibration

If the IDS is clustered, another IDS is currently using
the requested gas.
Instrument is not properly docked in the IDS.

When a datalog download is
attempted, the IDS displays
“Unavailable”

The instrument’s datalog data is probably corrupt.
Manually clear the datalog from the instrument.
Cannot use the menu on the
IDS


The IDS is actively performing a task.
The Menu Locked option has been set for the IDS in
the DSSAC.
IDS green LED is on, but the
IDS is not displayed in blue text
in the DSSAC

Network connection from the IDS may be down or
unplugged.
“Discovering” message displays
on the IDS for an extended
period of time

Network connection from the IDS may be down or
unplugged.
IDS does not display the correct
time

Verify that the Docking Station Server has the correct
time for your time zone. The IDSs use the time
available from the server.
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Situation
Explanation/Solution
An instrument shows a failed
sensor on its display, but the
IDS displays the instrument as
available

The instrument was probably calibrated in the field.
DS2 Docking Station is not aware of the failed
calibration. Force a calibration on the IDS.
IDS display reads
“Unavailable”

An error occurred with the IDS. Review the DSS
event log, and look for errors related to the IDS serial
number
IDS display reads “Unavailable
Instrument”

Check the docked instrument’s properties in DSSAC
to see if the instrument failed calibration.
IDS display reads “Unavailable
Leaking”


The IDS failed the pressure diagnostic test.
Check for cluster fittings that are connected to an
unused cluster connection on the back of the IDS.
If the IDS is a member of a cluster, gas tubing may
have become disconnected from the cluster fitting.
If you have corrected the problem, manually run a
pressure diagnostics test on the IDS. See the IDS
Diagnostics section for information on manually
running pressure diagnostics.
If the problem is not resolved, contact Industrial
Scientific Corporation for service. See the Industrial
Scientific Support Services section for contact
information.



IDS display reads “Unavailable
Server”

IDS cannot contact the DSS Server. The IDS display
shoes its own IP address and also the IP address of the
server it is currently configured to connect to.
“Diagnostic Vacuum” error

Diagnostic test fails if vacuum <= 130 or vacuum >= 325
“Diagnostic Solenoid No
Vacuum“ error

Diagnostic test fails if vacuum >= 325.
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IDS display reads “Unavailable
Gas” (or “No Fresh Air” when
connected to v5.0 DSS or later)
Explanation/Solution







Gas that was required for a bump test or calibration
was not available.
The gas cylinder may be low or empty.
Ensure that the Gas In configuration in DSSAC is
correct.
If using a cluster, ensure that the IDS to which the gas
is connected is running.
If more than one gas is missing, the IDS displays the
first gas it needed, but did not have access to. Thus, if
the first missing gas is then provided, but a second gas
is still missing, the user is presented with a second
“Unavailable Gas” message, but with the chemical
symbol of the second gas.
If prior to an aborted cal/bump the pressure of the
cylinder was previously “OK” or “Low”, then
underneath the Unavailable Gas message, the word
“Low” or “Empty” appears (respectively)
If the server determines that a scheduled or forced
calibration or bump cannot occur because a needed gas
cylinder is empty or expired, then the IDS displays
“Empty” or “Expired” (as appropriate) along with the
chemical symbol of the missing gas.
Unavai l abl e Gas
( H2S)
Unavai l abl e Gas
( Fr esh Ai r )
Unavai l abl e Gas
( Low)
SN: 0511061- 023
SN: 0511061- 023
SN: 0511061- 023
Unavai l abl e Gas
( Empt y)
Unavai l abl e Gas
( H2S Empt y)
Unavai l abl e Gas
( H2S Expi r ed)
SN: 0511061- 023
SN: 0511061- 023
SN: 0511061- 023
Figure 14-1. Examples of No Gas Displays
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14.6. Enabling the Tracelog
To enable the tracelog feature in the Docking Station Server Admin Console version 4.1, follow
the procedure listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Log into the Docking Station Server Admin Console. A sample display is shown
below.
Figure 14-1. Sample Display of Docking Station Server Admin Console
2.
Select the Configuration
option from the View
menu. The Configuration
window is displayed.
Figure 14-2.
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3.
Instruction
Click the “Logging” tab
on the Configuration
window.
Figure 14-3.
4.
Click the “DS2 Server
Logging Enabled” check
box.
5.
Ensure that the log file
“c:\ds2_server_log.txt” is
entered into the “Log
File” field.
6.
Ensure that “1000” is
entered into the "Max
Size (KB)" field.
7.
The “View Log” button
can be used to view the
log file. The “Purge Log”
button can be used to
purge the log file. Refer
to Figure 14-5 to view a
sample log file.
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Figure 14-5. Viewing a Sample Log File Using the View Log Button
8.
Click “OK” to exit the menu.
NOTE: The log file grows in small increments as the logged data is added to the file. The log
file is stored as “c:\ds2_server_log.txt.”
14.7. Industrial Scientific Support Services
Contact the Industrial Scientific Customer Service Department 24 hours a day by phone, fax or
e-mail. Phone lines are handled by friendly, knowledgeable professionals 24 hours a day from
8 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) Sunday evening through 6 PM (EST) Friday evening. Your
call will be answered by a real person, not an answering machine or an automated attendant with
complicated menu selections.
Industrial Scientific Corporation
1001 Oakdale Road
Oakdale, PA 15071-1500
USA
Phone: 412-788-4353
Toll Free: 1-800-DETECTS (338-3287)
Fax: 412-788-8353
Service: 1-888-788-4353
Web: www.indsci.com
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Chapter
Warranty
15.1. Warranty
Industrial Scientific fixed system products are warranted to be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of eighteen (18) months from the date of shipment, or one (1) year
from the date of first use, whichever occurs first, except where otherwise stated in writing in
Industrial Scientific literature accompanying the product.
The above warranty does not include sensors, pumps, or filters, all of which are warranted to be
free from defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of shipment, except
where otherwise stated in writing in Industrial Scientific literature accompanying the product.
15.2. Limitation of Liability
Industrial Scientific makes no other warranties, either expressed or implied, including but not
limited to the warranties of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose.
Should the product fail to conform to the above warranty, buyer’s only remedy and Industrial
Scientific’s only obligation shall be, at Industrial Scientific’s sole option, replacement or repair
of such non-conforming goods or refund of the original purchase price of the non-conforming
goods. In no event will Industrial Scientific be liable for any other special, incidental or
consequential damages, including loss of profit or loss of use, arising out of the sale,
manufacture or use of any products sold hereunder whether such claim is pleaded in contract or
in tort, including strict liability in tort.
It shall be an express condition to Industrial Scientific’s warranty that all products be carefully
inspected for damage by Buyer upon receipt, be properly calibrated for Buyer’s particular use,
and be used, repaired, and maintained in strict accordance with the instructions set forth in
Industrial Scientific’s product literature. Repair or maintenance by non-qualified personnel will
invalidate the warranty, as will the use of non-approved consumables or spare parts. As with any
other sophisticated product, it is essential and a condition of Industrial Scientific’s warranty that
all personnel using the products be fully acquainted with their use, capabilities and limitations as
set forth in the applicable product literature.
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Buyer acknowledges that it alone has determined the intended purpose and suitability of the
goods purchased. It is expressly agreed by the parties that any technical or other advice given by
Industrial Scientific with respect to the use of the goods or services is given without charge and
at Buyer’s risk; therefore, Industrial Scientific assumes no obligation or liability for the advice
given or results obtained.
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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Chapter
iNet Configuration for the
DS2
16.1. What is iNet?
This section provides a brief overview of the iNet service, and how to configure DS2 Docking
Station for use with iNet.
Industrial Scientific’s Instrument Network (iNet) provides a full-service management system for
your gas detection program. Using the Internet, instrument data from your DS2 Docking Station
system is transferred to the iNet Network Operations Center, where it is analyzed by Industrial
Scientific to ensure that the equipment is in optimum working condition.
When diagnostic data is downloaded to iNet, it is analyzed to determine if there are any issues
that need to be addressed, such as a faulty sensor or malfunctioning instrument. If a problem is
detected, the Network Operations Center notifies the appropriate customer service personnel to
dispatch a service call, send replacement parts, or exchange an instrument. In addition, as part of
the IDS diagnostic data, iNet can detect when calibration gas cylinders are low, and proactively
send new cylinders to you.
iNet is intended to add a layer of protection to your investment in DS2 Docking Station and your
gas detecting instrument fleet. iNet allows customers to be constantly connected with ISC in
order to ensure the most responsive service and support.
iNet has three service level options:

On-site Service and Support - An Industrial Scientific technician will be dispatched to your
site to provide assistance.

Parts Replacement Service - New parts will be sent to your site via next-day business
delivery. You are responsible for installing the new part.

Exchange Service - A new instrument will be sent to your site to replace the faulty equipment.
You ship the malfunctioning instrument back to Industrial Scientific.
For more information about iNet, please contact the Industrial Scientific Customer Service
Department.
Phone:
Fax:
e-mail:
(800) DETECTS (800-338-3287) or (412) 788-4353
(800) 788-8383 or (412) 788-8353
info@indsci.com
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16.2. Configuring iNet Settings
When you subscribe to the iNet service, Industrial Scientific supplies you with a Company
Password and a URL that is used to access the iNet Network Operations Center. This
information is entered into the DSSAC for the Docking Station Server to use when it connects to
iNet. Only users assigned to the Systems Administrator role can configure iNet settings.
NOTE: Certain network configurations must be completed prior to connecting to iNet. Please
see the Planning and Installation Guide to DS2 Docking Station for more information about
network setup for iNet.
To configure iNet settings, follow the instructions listed below.
Step
Instruction
1.
Open the DSSAC application.
2.
Click on the View menu and select Configuration. The Configuration dialog box
appears.
3.
Click on the iNet tab.
4.
Click on the Enabled checkbox to enable iNet.
5.
Enter the URL provided to you in the URL field.
6.
Enter the Company Password provided to you in the Company Password field.
7.
Click OK to save your changes. DS2 Docking Station is now ready to use iNet.
Figure 16-1. iNet Configuration Dialog Box
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16.3. iNet and Proxy Settings
The iNet connector behaves as follows with regard to proxy settings.
1. If the configuration.xml file contains proxy settings, it uses them.
2. If the configuration.xml file does not contain proxy settings, it defaults to the proxy
address programmed into Internet Explorer for the user account under which the DS2
iNet connector service is running.
3. The proxy settings in the configuration.xml file must appear as follows in order to be
valid and used.
<iNet enabled="T" url="https://indscinet/upload" cdbid="mycdbid"
proxyaddress="http://<server>" proxyuser="userid"
proxypassword="passwd" />
Figure 16-2. Proxy Setting Syntax in File configuration.xml
4. The iNet connector will output the following lines to tracelog when there is data to
upload.
5/16/2005 4:43:13 PM 2
INET: IE Proxy address=<IE proxy address here>
5/16/2005 4:43:45 PM 2
INET: Found proxy settings in
Configuration.xml file, overriding IE
settings:
5/16/2005 4:43:47 PM 2
INET: proxy ip=<address from config file>
5/16/2005 4:43:48 PM 2
INET: proxy user=<user from config file>
5/16/2005 4:43:48 PM
INET: proxy passwd=<passwd from config file>
2
Figure 16-3. Sample Tracelog Output
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A
Appendix
Acronyms and
Abbreviations
This appendix contains acronyms and abbreviations that are used within this document.
Table A-1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
Abbr
Definition
A
Ampere
AAW
toxic
ABS
acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
BBIR
broad band infrared
bit
binary digit
bps
bits per second
C
centigrade
CALI
calibration
CAT
catalytic
Ch
channel
CH4
methane
chem
chemical
Cl2
chlorine
ClO2
chlorine dioxide
CO
carbon monoxide
CSV
comma separated variables
DC
direct current
DCS
distributed control system
DHCP
dynamic host configuration protocol
DISP
display
DSN
docking station network
DSS
Docking Station Server
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Abbr
Definition
DSSAC
Docking Station Server Admin Console
F
Fahrenheit
FAQ
frequently asked questions
FAUL
fault
FIFO
first-in-first-out
GND
ground
H2
hydrogen
H2S
hydrogen sulfide
HCl
hydrogen chloride
HCN
hydrogen cyanide
IDS
instrument docking station
iNet
instrument network
ISC
Industrial Scientific Corporation
IT
Information Technology
LAT
latch mode
LED
light emitting diode
LEL
lower explosive limit (combustible gases)
LSB
least significant bit
mA
milliampere
MINU
minute
mm
millimeter
MON
month
MSMQ
Microsoft Message Queuing
NC
normally closed
NEMA
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NH3
ammonia
NO
normally open, Nitric Oxide
NO2
nitrogen dioxide
NOR
normal mode
O2
oxygen
OXY
oxygen
PH3
phosphene
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Definition
PID
Photo ionization detector
PLC
programmable logic controller
ppm
parts per million
R.HI
high alarm relay
R.FAU
fault relay
R.LOW
low alarm relay
REST
restart
RTC
real time clock
RTU
remote terminal unit
SN
serial number
SO2
sulfur dioxide
SPST
single-pole, single-throw
STEL
short term exposure limit
TOX
toxic
TWA
time weighted average
UDP
user datagram protocol
V
Volts
VAC
Volts Alternating Current
VOL
volume
WDAY
weekday
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B
Appendix
Glossary of Terms
This appendix contains a glossary of terms that are used within this document.
Table B-1. Glossary of Terms
Item
Definition
Bump Test
Also known as “Functional test,” a procedure that verifies that an
instrument is able to detect gas. A brief exposure of the monitor to a
known concentration of gas(es) for the purpose of verifying sensor
and alarm operation. It is not intended to be a measure of the accuracy
of the instrument.
Bump Test Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station that will automatically perform
a bump test on a docked instrument.
Calibration
A test that is used to adjust an instrument to correct for inaccuracies.
A known gas concentration is used as a calibration standard to verify
and adjust the output of the instrument.
Calibration Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station that will automatically perform
a calibration on a docked instrument.
Compact Flash
Removable storage cards that are efficient in terms of weight, size,
and durability. Often used in digital cameras, printers, and handheld
computers, and can be used for wireless access.
Contents Pane
The right frame of the DSSAC application that displays the details an
option that was selected in the navigation pane. For example, the
instruments contents pane displays a list of instruments that have been
configured in the Docking Station Network.
Diagnostic Test
A test to determine if a particular function on an instrument or IDS is
operating properly. Diagnostic tests are run on instruments as a part
of the iNet service to proactively determine if a malfunction exists.
Diagnostics Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station that will automatically perform
diagnostic tests on a docked instrument or on an IDS. The results of
these tests are sent to iNet for analysis.
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Item
Definition
Docking Station
Network
Also referred to as DSN, the network on which all components of DS2
Docking Station reside. A Docking Station Network consists of one
(1) Docking Station Server, multiple Instrument Docking Stations
(IDS), and multiple Docking Station Server Admin Console (DSSAC)
workstations.
Docking Station
Server Admin
Console
Also referred to as DSSAC, the Windows application that is used to
administer the components of a Docking Station Network.
Docking Station
Server
Also referred to as DSS, server software that controls a Docking
Station Network. The DSS handles all functions of the IDSs and
DSSAC clients. DSS runs on a Microsoft Windows 2000 or
Windows 2003 server.
Full Span Reserve
The difference between a reading on an instrument and the actual
known gas concentration in a calibration gas cylinder, displayed as a
percentage, used to measure the accuracy of a sensor. A Full Span
Reserve value is computed by dividing a sensor’s reading by the
actual concentration in the gas cylinder. For example, if a sensor’s
reading was 70 ppm, and the concentration in the cylinder was 100
ppm, the Full Span Reserve value would be 70%.
Functional Test
See “Bump Test.”
Datalog data
Information about the levels of exposure to gases over a period of
time. This information is recorded on an instrument during its
operation.
Datalog Download
Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station that automatically downloads
datalog data from a docked instrument and stores it in the DS2
Docking Station system.
iGas
A feature of DS2 Docking Station that utilizes Smart Card technology
to automatically configure gas cylinders for your IDSs.
iNet
Also known as the Instrument Network, a service provided by
Industrial Scientific Corporation that monitors a customer’s
instrument data to ensure that equipment is in optimum working
condition. If a service need is detected, appropriate action is taken
depending on the iNet program in which the customer participates.
Typical service options are an on-site service visit, replacement
product, or a new part.
Instrument
Any device that is used to detect gases or Volatile Organic
Compounds (VOCs). For purposes of DS2 Docking Station, these
devices are within Industrial Scientific Corporation’s Portable
Instruments product line.
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Item
Definition
Instrument Docking
Station
The physical hardware into which an instrument is placed for
calibration, bump tests, diagnostic tests, and datalog downloads to the
Docking Station Server.
LEL (Lower
Explosive Limit)
The minimum concentration at which a gas will explode, displayed as
a percentage (%LEL). The term “LEL” is also used to describe a type
of sensor that detects combustible gases.
Navigation pane
The left frame of the DSSAC application that contains a tree-like
structure used to navigate to different items in the Docking Station
Network.
Network
Administrator
Typically the person or persons assigned to configure an
organization’s network and troubleshoot connectivity issues.
communications protocols used to connect hosts on the Internet.
PID (Photo Ionization An instrument that utilizes ultra-violet light energy to ionize and
Detector)
detect the presence of an unknown gas or vapor.
PPM (Parts per
Million)
A unit of measurement used for small proportions of concentrations.
In gas analysis, it expresses the volume of a gas present in terms of its
relationship to a whole of 1 million parts of air. Examples: 1% of
volume = 10,000 ppm; 100% of volume = 1,000,000 ppm.
Settings Read Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station where the current settings on an
instrument or IDS are read to see if they have changed. This event
runs daily for IDSs, and upon docking for instruments, in conjunction
with the Settings Update Event. This event cannot be configured by
an end-user.
Settings Update
Event
An event in the DS2 Docking Station in which Instrument or IDS
settings that were updated in the DSSAC are uploaded to the docked
instrument or to the IDS. This event runs daily for IDSs, and upon
docking for instruments. This event cannot be configured by an enduser.
Smart Card
A plastic card, about the size of a credit card, with an embedded
microchip that contains data. DS2 Docking Station uses Smart Cards
for the iGas component.
Span
See “Full Span Reserve”
Span Reserve
See “Full Span Reserve”
STEL (Short Term
Exposure Limit)
The average amount of gas (in PPM) a worker can be exposed to in a
15-minute period with no long term health effects. This may occur 4
times a shift with one hour between 15-minute exposures.
TWA (Time
Weighted Average)
The average amount of gas (in PPM) a worker can be exposed to over
a certain time period. This time is defined as 8 hours to represent a
normal workday.
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Item
%VOL
Definition
The percent of volume, assuming a whole of 100%, typically used to
describe the amount of a particular gas in a gas/air mixture.
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