GF_EXPRESS

GF_EXPRESS
GF_EXPRESS
User Guide
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Sommario
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Introduction..............................................................................................................................1
PC requirements .....................................................................................................................1
Installation ...............................................................................................................................2
Installation of Catalog.................................................................................................2
Installation of GF_eXpress and RS-USBX driver.......................................................4
Usage of RS-USBX with Windows Xp .......................................................................8
Usage of RS-USBX with Windows 7 64bit version ..................................................11
Wiring with Gefran instrumentation ..........................................................................14
Work session.........................................................................................................................17
Parameters file ......................................................................................................................20
Communication .....................................................................................................................20
Parameter control..................................................................................................................22
Parameter value .......................................................................................................22
Read and write commands ......................................................................................23
On-line mode............................................................................................................24
Read-only parameters..............................................................................................24
Saving parameters ...................................................................................................24
Menu selection windows .......................................................................................................24
Parameter selection menu .......................................................................................24
Wizard selection menu ..........................................................................................................25
Recipe selection .......................................................................................................26
Alarms ...................................................................................................................................26
Monitor window .....................................................................................................................27
Graphic window.....................................................................................................................27
Remote Update .....................................................................................................................28
Import Export configuration ...................................................................................................30
Maintenance..........................................................................................................................30
GFX4 ........................................................................................................................31
Converting E@syDrives saved .par file ................................................................................32
Convert MDPLC par file ........................................................................................................33
Glossario
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Introduction
The GF_eXpress configurator lets you configure and use GEFRAN devices. To
simplify configuration, the
programme resembles a typical WindowsTM environment, with toolbar and statusbar.
Possible operations:
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Serial communication with the device (SLINK3, CanOpen, Cencal, Modbus
protocols)
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Parameter reading and writing
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Parameter saving in device flash memory
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Checking of device status
PC requirements
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Pentium (or higher) processor
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Adapter for RS232/RS485/TTL and/or CANOPEN communication
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Windows 2000 (or higher) operating system
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Communication adapter Communication adapter
Communication adapter
Installation
The GF_eXpress installation must be preceded by the installation of Catalog.
Installation of Catalog
Follow the steps below to install Catalog:
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Execute GF_ Catalog _#version#.exe and the welcome screen appears:
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Click Next to proceed to the next screen
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Read the license agreement, choose I accept the agreement and click Next
to proceed
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Select the installation folder and click Next to proceed
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Check the settings and click Install to proceed; the extract phase starts
At the end of the extract phase the last window appears:
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Click Finish to close the setup program
Installation of GF_eXpress and RS-USBX driver
Follow the steps below to install GF_eXpress:
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If you need to install the RS-USBX interface make sure to disconnect it from
USB port
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Execute GF_eXpress_#version#.exe and the welcome screen appears:
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Click Next to proceed to the next screen
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Read the license agreement, choose I accept the agreement and click Next
to proceed
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Select the installation folder and click Next to proceed
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Select the Start menu folder and click Next to proceed
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Select the additional tasks you want to install (for example drivers for RSUSBX) and click Next to proceed
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Check the settings and click Install to proceed; the extract phase starts
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Only when install drivers for RS-USBX: the following message may appear
on PCs running Windows XP, when setup program begins to install the USB
drivers:
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Ignore this message and continue with installation
At the end of the extract phase the last window appears:
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Click Finish to close the setup program
Usage of RS-USBX with Windows Xp
During the first usage of the interface on a specific USB port, it should be possible that
a driver search message will appear. In this case follow the below procedure:
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1. Choose Install from a list or specific location and click Next to
proceed
2. Choose Don't search the driver and click Next to proceed
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3. Select the compatible hardware (appears only one choice)
and click Next to proceed
4. Ignore the Windows Logo message and click Continue to
proceed
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5. Click Finish for complete the procedure
6. IMPORTANT: the procedure must be repeated twice
because the RS-USBX has two different device drivers
Usage of RS-USBX with Windows 7 64bit version
During the first usage of the RSUSBX interface on a specific USB port, the system
could fail the automatic installation of the driver software. In this case follow the below
procedure:
1. Choose Device Manager from Control Panel
2. Click on the first Axel srl USBX converter in Other devices to
proceed
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3. Click Update Driver… to proceed
4. Click Browse my computer for driver software to proceed
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5. Click Next to proceed
6. Ignore the Windows Security message and click Install this
driver software anyway to proceed
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7. Click Close to proceed
8. Verify in the Device status box the device is working
properly; click Close for complete the procedure
9. IMPORTANT: the procedure must be repeated for the
second Axel srl USBX converter in Other devices because
the RS-USBX has two different device drivers
Wiring with Gefran instrumentation
The connection between PC and Gefran instrumentation is possible by using the
interface kits and wiring called GF_eXK-x-x-x.
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GF_eXK-0-0-0: RS232 (PC side)-TTL (instrument side)
GF_eXK-1-1-0: RS232 (PC side)-RS-485 (instrument side)
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GF_eXK-1-1-0: wiring details
GF_eXK-2-0-0: USB (PC side)-TTL (instrument side) and
USB (PC side)-RS-485 (instrument side)
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Work session
To work with the GF_eXpress you have to:
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Create a new configuration or use a previous session by opening a file with
extension “.gfe”
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Properly configure the communication options (protocol type, COM port,
baud rate)
There are three ways to start a work session:
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Open a parameters file with extension “gfe” via the “Open” command on the
“File” menu. Do this every time you want to work with a previously saved
configuration.
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Create a new configuration with “New configuration” on the “File” menu.
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This command opens the “Gefran devices catalogue” window, which lets
you choose a device from a list of devices grouped by category
Selecting a device displays the main HTML page of the device.
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Use wizard mode to create a new session. To do this, first click the
appropriate device category and then the device needed
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Parameters file
After starting the GF_eXpress work session by opening the appropriate parameters
file, you can display the information for the parameters.
Each parameter is defined by the following fields:
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IPA: identifies the parameter
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NAME: mnemonic name used to identify the parameter
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TYPE: type of parameter datum (ex.: int, enum...)
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VALUE: current parameter value
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DEFAULT VALUE: parameter default value
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MIN: minimum parameter value
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MAX: maximum parameter value
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UNIT: unit of measurement for the parameter value
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DESCRIPTION: explicit description of the parameter
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NOTES: optional information on the parameter
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: contains a brief description of the parameter.
GF_eXpress parameters can be organized in different menus; this lets you display the
complete list or a subset of the parameters.
The user can change the values of only the read/write parameters.
If one or more parameters are changed and you want to close the work session,
GF_eXpress automatically asks if you want to save the configuration in a gfe file.
Communication
Communication with the device takes place via serial or CAN line. To communicate
with the device, you need an appropriate serial or CAN adapter. Communication with
the device starts every time the user opens a parameters file or creates a new
configuration. The user can also enable or disable the connection via Connect on the
target menu. When the connection is active, the item Connect is checked and the
toolbar button is pushed.
The “Communication settings” command lets you select and define communication
options. A window lets you select and set the specific protocol.
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To activate a specific protocol, select the protocol and click “Activate”. Click
“Properties” to enable the configuration window for the specific protocol..
Each protocol has specific default values, which may vary from device to device.
EXAMPLES :
Device
Protocol
Communication properties
XVY
Slink3
COM1, 38400 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop
bit, address 0, time out 1000
GFX4
Modbus
COM1, 19200 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop
bit, address 0, time out 1000
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Note: To correctly activate communication with the device, the device address must
be the address set in GF_eXpress. Once the right address is selected, the parameters
have to be saved on the device flash to make the setting definitive. GF_eXpress
displays every communication error in a message box containing the specific error
code and its description. Communication status is shown on the right side of the status
bar.
Parameter control
Parameter value
When a parameter value is not updated with the device value, it is displayed in red. It
is assumed that parameters are not updated when:
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they are just loaded after an “Open” procedure
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the user changes a value by editing it
It is assumed that the value is updated after a read or after a write procedure. A value
can be changed via:
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Textbox
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Combobox
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Specific forms (activated by specific button in grid)
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Read and write commands
To send a parameter value to the device, the user can use the “Write parameter”
command. The user can also read the current value of a parameter directly on the
device with the “Read parameter” command. The read and write commands refer to
the currently selected parameter on the GF_eXpress grid. You can also read and write
all parameters or a set of parameters by using the “Read all” and Write all” commands.
To read or write all device parameters regardless of the currently selected menu, use
the "Read all file values" and "Write all file values" commands. By using “Write default
file values" you can load the device with the default values contained in the parameters
file. For some devices, you can use “Load default values,” which tells the device to
load its default values (these values are contained in the device).
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On-line mode
On-line mode, activated with the “Online” command, allows to GF_eXpress to update
the value of every parameter displayed into active window (only those ones). Likewise,
the parameter is immediately transmitted to the device each time the user changes the
value of the parameter selected on the grid.
Read-only parameters
Some parameters are read-only and are called variables. Variables cannot be edited
or written, and are marked by an asterisk next to the IPA of the parameter in the IPA
field (see figure below).
Saving parameters
Parameters are saved in the device flash via the “Save parameters” command. Saving
in the flash is required in order to permanently save values in the device. For some
devices, this command is inactive because Write also includes saving directly in the
device flash.
Menu selection windows
Parameter selection menu
Parameters are divided into menus that are displayed in the Menu selection window
and are organized in a tree structure for easy selection of parameter subsets.
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Wizard selection menu
The Menu selection window can also contain a list of wizard pages and/or a list of
recipes.
The wizard pages can be used to control some parameters as shown in the following
figure:
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Recipe selection
A recipe is a subset of parameters. This subset is a menu defined by the user.
To create a new recipe, just right-click the “recipes” menu, select “add”, and write the
recipe name.
To insert a parameter in a recipe, just select the parameter from the grid and drag it to
the recipe. As an alternative, you can select the parameter you want, select “Add to
recipe” on the “Parameters” menu, and select the destination recipe as shown in the
figure.
Import Export
On the “Parameters” menu, or by right-clicking the mouse on “Recipes,” you can
import or export single recipes in separate files.
The reference file has extension .GFR and contains the recipe parameters list with
assigned values (see below).
Set Recipe Value
The “Default Value” column takes the named “Recipe Value” in the recipes.
The “Recipe Value” column does not allow direct input. To change the value, you first
have to change the value in the “Value” column and, on the “Parameters” menu, press
Set Recipe Values, which copies the value from the “Value” column.
As opposed to the “Value” column, which is changed after read/write operations, the
“Recipe Value” column is never changed. In this way, the recipe value is protected
against any accidental changes..
Alarms
The current device status (normal work or alarm) is displayed on the right side of the
status bar.
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Monitor window
The monitor window displays the value of the current parameter (or parameters). The
value displayed in the monitor window is constantly updated with the current device
value. The user can insert the required parameter in the monitor window by selecting it
and dragging it from the parameters grid.
Graphic window
The graphics window is a tool that displays the graphics flow of some parameter
values. The parameters to be displayed can be dragged from the parameters grid to
the graphics window. A track is assigned to each parameter; each track has a different
colour. A maximum of 8 tracks can be displayed simultaneously. This window also has
a series of graphics display tools, such as (for example) zoom and scale.
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Remote Update
By default, remote updating of the program starts automatically when the software
launches.
To start it manually, press “?” on the menu and launch “Check for updates.”
GF_Update will check for updates on the Gefran website and will display any new
versions of the catalog and software in the window.
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To update the program and the catalog, select the update and press the “Update”
button.
The Change Log window lists the changes included in the new version.
You can deactivate automatic updating by unchecking “Automatically check for
updates” on the “Connection Settings” menu in “Settings” and manually setting any
network settings for the proxy. On the first startup, any such settings will be
automatically imported by Internet Explorer.
In case of problems with the remote updating of Catalog or GF_eXpress, it is possibile
proceed with a manual updating following these steps:
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From Windows Control Panel uninstall the programs:
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Catalog
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GF_eXpress
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SetIpTools (if installed)
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Verify that the folder where Catalog and GF_eXpress were installed (eg c: \
Program Files \ Gefran) is empty; if not execute the backup and then delete
them
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Delete, if exists, the GF_EXPRESS.ini file in c: \Documents and
Setting\User\ Application Data
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Download from www.gefran.com the setup files of Catalog and
GF_eXpress, and procceed with their installation
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Import Export configuration
With the “Import Configuration” and “Export Configuration” commands on the “File”
menu, you can import and export GFE files with assigned GFT in a single ZIP packet.
This function lets you reuse the configuration and the definition of a specific custom
device created by the user.
It is used to export to another PC a device not inserted in the standard catalog ;
typically a device written with MDPLC program.
This window tool has the following input boxes:
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Gfe FileName : path of the input file (.gfe)
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Output Folder: path of the folder containing the .zip output file
It builds a .zip file containing the .gfe file and the relative .gft file,
inclusive of all over folders until Catalog\.
For example, if the saved file.gfe refers to .gft file ADV200_1_X_0.gft,
located in C:\Programmi\Gefran\Catalog\Custom\App\ADV200_1_X_0, then the
program will generate a .zip file named saved file.zip, containing the file saved.gfe and
the folder Custom\App\ADV200_1_X_0\ADV200_1_X_0.gft
This window tool has the following input boxes:
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Zip FileName : path of the input file (.zip), already made by exportaion option
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Output Folder: path of the .gfe file just extracted
It unzips the .zip file checked, then places the .gft file in the original position and
saves the .gfe file in the desired path.
All the existing files will be overwritten.
Maintenance
The “Maintenance” menu has a list of specific commands for each device.
You can also add external tools by means of the ServiceCommand.INI file. Links to the
two conversion tools par2gfeW and par2gftW are present by default..
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GFX4
The GFX4 device has the following commands:
Auto Baud
The AutoBaud command is used for setting device Baud Rate and Parity via software.
Press the Start key to send values to the device.
Copy zone
The Copy Zone command is used for copying the values of a Zone and pasting them
in another zone. Values are automatically copied and pasted when the Copy key is
pressed. You can copy values to one or more destination zones by selecting multiple
zones in the “Copy to“ list.
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Converting E@syDrives saved .par file
This program has the following input boxes:
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Input File : path of the input file (.par)
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Output File: path of the output file (.gfe)
It builds an .xml file extended as .gfe (Output File) starting from a .par saved file (Input
File) of a version already existing inside Catalog.
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Convert MDPLC par file
This tool is to convert a par file created by MDPLC.
This program has the following input boxes:
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Parameter File
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Configuration File
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gfe destination folder: path of the folder containing the .gfe output file
(optional)
: path of the input file (.par)
: path of the configuration file (AppConfig.xml)
It builds :
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a .xml file extended as .gfe (Output File)
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a .gft file of the MDPLC application (Output File), that will be used from
GF_Net (network setting tool)
starting from a .par file.
Configuration File path is already set.
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Glossario
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